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When you need to be vigilant

Vigilante Dead
A Kate Jones Thriller: Volume #8
DV Berkom
Thriller, Detective, Crime, Female Sleuth
Duct Tape Press
(26 Nov. 2016)

Death. Lies. Revenge.After years of running, Kate Jones is finally putting her past behind her. Between restoring ties with her younger sister, moving in with Sam, a cop-turned PI, and working as a PI herself, she's learning to live life without looking over her shoulder.Then Kate lands a case that changes everything: a young college student with no history of drug abuse dies of an overdose, and the parents come to Kate demanding answers. Soon, Seattle is reeling from dozens more deaths, all with the same chemical markers. At first, police assume that the victims are closet junkies who got a hold of a bad combination, but after someone close to her becomes a victim, Kate believes something far more sinister is going on.The deeper Kate digs, the more she uncovers about the deadly drug’s origins, forcing her to choose between doing what’s right… and getting revenge

I read ‘Bad Spirits’ (book #1 in this series) some time ago and meant to follow it up but didn’t. I just may have read the last book in the series and missed all the ones in between… but still, DV Berkom hasn’t disappointed.

 And I could follow enough of the series’ storyline for this book to stand alone.

Kate thinks she has finally left her nemesis behind and is free of being hunted, but by deciding to interfere in a drug case, she finds more people who want her dead. The story about the drugs gets complicated as more unsuspecting people die from tainted pain killers.

A good suspense and thriller story, which doesn’t get too technical and gives some handy hints for women about self-defence.

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Books are so precious…

The Mortal World Book Cover The Mortal World
The Invisible Library #5
Genevieve Cogman
Fiction, Alternate History, Sword and Sorcery, Fantasy, Female Sleuth
November 27, 2018

A corrupt countess. A spy in danger. And an assassin at large. The fifth title in Genevieve Cogman's witty and wonderful Invisible Library series, The Mortal Word is a sparkling bookish adventure. Peace talks are always tricky . . . especially when a key diplomat gets stabbed. This murder rudely interrupts a top-secret summit between the warring dragons and Fae, so Librarian-spy Irene is summoned to investigate. In a version of 1890s Paris, Irene and her detective friend Vale must track down the killer - before either the peace negotiations or the city go up in flames. Accusations fly thick and fast. Irene soon finds herself in the seedy depths of the Parisian underworld on the trail of a notoriously warlike Fae, the Blood Countess. However, the evidence against the Countess is circumstantial. Could the assassin - or assassins - be closer than anyone suspects?

Just when you think you know who did what and why, the author throws in another twist and off we go again.

Irene manages to logically deduce all from the minutest of inklings and fails to get herself killed, several times, by the skin of her teeth – usually as she uses them to help her pronounce The Language.

This universe and world building gets ever more complicated in its political scheming and skulduggery, and fast pace action follows.

A very satisfying read with much philosophy about truth and reality to contemplate and ponder.

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And it Howls: Majanka explains

Wolf of Baskervilles Book Cover Wolf of Baskervilles
(Adventures of Marisol Holmes, #3)
Majanka Verstraete
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: November 12th 2019

Who is Marisol Holmes? She’s a teenager. Detective. Jaguar shifter. And don’t forget, she’s also the descendant of the great Sherlock Holmes. Our heroine had been in some pretty tight spots before, but now? She’s about to face her biggest challenge yet: a powerful shifter with a taste for blood. No one has faced down the deadly wolf of the Baskervilles and lived to tell the tale. Even so, Marisol Holmes plans to do just that.

The idea of writing about the great-great granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes actually arose because my publisher suggested I write a story about shifters and combine it with my background as a Criminology major. So, we started brainstorming about how we could combine these two factors, and I had the idea of a young girl working for a secret Conclave solving supernatural mysteries involving monsters. Now, Sherlock Holmes is the world’s most famous detective, and the whole atmosphere of running around in catacombs and hunting monsters reminded me of Victorian London, of eras long past, which is the timeframe for the Holmes novels. I wanted a main character who was as analytic, calculated and smart as the great detective, so why not make her Sherlock Holmes’ great-great granddaughter?

I think Sherlock Holmes is an inspiration for all mystery writers. He is, hands down, the world’s most famous detective. Instead of just drawing inspiration from the source material, I also wanted to give a wink to readers who are more familiar with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works: this is why the first novel in The Adventures of Marisol Holmes series is called “A Study in Shifters”, a twist on the first official Sherlock Holmes’ novel, “A Study in Scarlet”. The second book is called “The Sign of the Serpent,” a title which is a spin on the second Sherlock Holmes’ book, “The Sign of the Four”. Although the books are not similar in terms of content, I liked the idea of drawing inspiration from the titles. Hence again, the title of this book, “The Wolf of the Baskervilles”, reminiscent of “The Hound of the Baskervilles.”

The same is true for some characters in the book. Mannix, the villain, the descendant of Moriarty. Wyatt, who takes up the role of Watson. Indra, who partially takes up the role of Irene Adler from the original books. While they all remind of characters from the original, they’re all also very different, and that’s what I enjoyed the most about this series, being able to give subtle hints to the source material while writing something completely different. 

Author Bio

Author Majanka Verstraete has written more than twenty unique works of fiction. A native of Belgium, Majanka’s novels explore the true nature of monsters: the good, the bad, and just about every species in between. Her young adult books include the acclaimed Mirrorland (YA Dark Fantasy) and Angel of Death (YA Paranormal) series of novels. At MHB, Majanka is currently developing a new YA shifter series with a fresh take on fierce female detectives called THE ADVENTURES OF MARISOL HOLMES.

When she’s not writing, Majanka is probably playing World of Warcraft or catching up with the dozens of TV series she’s addicted to.

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The Final Grave – and Showdown

Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave Book Cover Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave
Charley Davidson #13
Darynda Jones
urban fantasy,contemporary
(15 Jan. 2019)

Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the final installment of Darynda Jones' New York Times bestselling paranormal series!

Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She's been kicked off the earthly plane for eternity -which is exactly the amount of time it takes to make a person stark, raving mad. But someone's looking out for her, and she's allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently it is. Bummer.

She's missed her daughter. She's missed Reyes. She's missed Cookie and Garrett and Uncle Bob. But now that she's back on earth, it's time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine for a broken heart? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.

Turns out this is book 13! And I haven’t read the previous ones – but Darynda Jones scatters enough details in the storyline to enable me not to have read the previous 12.. just as well as 12 would have been rather too many.

In many ways I wish had found this series before the finale (although the author cleverly permits there to be enough hints that a new series will be able to link into this one in due course). I enjoyed reading this even if I was a trifle confused at times – well I would be if I was picking up the storylines of 12 previous books and integrating them into this one! But I managed enough to work out what was happening, and who most of the characters were, and what their relationships were, and what their ‘powers’ were to make sense of this book.

So, I wouldn’t really recommend reading this book my way – coming in at the very end of the series, but if you have been following the story, then the finale is satisfying. And only 13 people died. Which for an apocalyptic storyline was excellent lack of bloodshed!

Oh, and I loved the T-Shirt lines about coffee – I’m a coffee addict myself – but please – just try and drink it black (no sugar) – then you’ll actually taste the coffee.. and understand that it can be just like wine in its bouquet, after flavours, etc ec.

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How many angels are enough?

Heaven’s Embrace
Her Angels series #1
Erin Bedford and JJ.A. Cipriano
Urban, Low Fantasy, Metaphysical and Visionary
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(2 Aug. 2018)

Jane has a problem. She can see angels, and not just any angels, but archangels.There’s Michael, tough, gorgeous, and smarter than Sherlock Holmes.Lucifer, the bad boy you love to, well, love.And Gabriel? Well, he’s like the best friend she always wanted, only with washboard abs.Together they make an awesome team when they aren’t trying to figure out a way to screw like bunnies. Or, at least, they will when a girl goes missing.Now it’s up to Jane and her angels to crack the case, bring the girl home, and save the day.…and this time, she might find that helping gets her what she’s really wanted all along.

                                                                                                                                         A reverse harem book with 3 archangels

I loved the main character – she is funny, fun and having fun! – at least by the end of the story. And oh, how she teases the cop.  

Here’s hoping she has lots of adventures as the ‘psychic’ Private Investigator, ably assisted by her hot 3 buddies.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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