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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
Pan
November 27, 2018
368

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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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
Piatkus
(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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No Longer Indebted

Maxon Book Cover Maxon
Angelbound Offspring Book #1
Christina Bauer
Demonology, Angels, Fantasy, Romance
Monster House Books
October 4, 2016
274

Prince Maxon may be twenty-two years old now, but he's still haunted by his boyhood abduction and torture in Hell. To deal with his past, Maxon limits his present-day activities to killing demons and seducing women. No long-term relationships. No combat too dangerous. No problem, right?Wrong. Maxon's life has stalled out. The old thrills aren't there anymore, either on the battlefield or in the bedroom. While staking out his next fight, Maxon meets what seems like just another girl after a good time. What he gets is a close encounter with Lianna, a lady warrior with ties to the mysterious elemental rulers called the monarkki. It's love at first fight. Trouble is, Lianna's running from a dark history of her own, and her elemental enemies are closing in. When Lianna gets taken, Maxon realizes that after years of wrong choices and dead ends, the right woman is worth risking it all. Book contains adult language and sexuality. Can be read as a standalone.

I didn’t quite gel with these 2 characters, Maxon and Lianna. Somehow they seemed 2 dimensional. I think it may have been because we joined them with significant pasts which we do not hear about until well into the story. Pasts which affect their current actions it would appear but…

Maxon referred to, and was dominated by an event that happens when he was 3 years old, yet the last time we met him in this series he was 6 months old. I get that some authors know their characters’ histories and have them plotted out in their heads, and don’t necessarily write linearly, but readers don’t know this history and do tend to read linearly, so some explanations are required for them – as the book starts please.

Also, Elementals were totally new to this series, so I thought a short pre-explanation of them and their role in the 4 kingdoms would have been useful. A lot of authors do this to help readers.. Especially as Fire and Earth are missing from this story – no doubt to appear later.

From my perspective also, I found the stones that transfer the Elementals’ energy a poor plot device – too easy to be used and found. Needed something sneakier.

I’m now leaving this series alone until the next in the original set appears as I am getting too confused in timelines.


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From Rugby Scrums to Business Fights






Rock Hard Book Cover




Rock Hard




Rock Kiss #2





Nalini Singh





Businessmen, romance




Tka Distribution




2015




387



Wealthy businessman, Gabriel Bishop, rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he'll go after it no-holds-barred. And what he wants is Charlotte Baird. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, Charlotte just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO clearly has other plans.

‘The Bishop’ was a rugby legend in New Zealand but he was injured and then this career was finished.

This book is where Gabriel Bishop goes after his rugby career is over – he goes into destroying – and rebuilding – in the stock market and company world.

Note that Gabriel is the older brother of Sailor Bishop in Cherish Hard – different series by author.

So now he has a different reputation and still not such a good one – as people only think about his destruction and not his re-building.

This is a fun romance with the usual hot scenes and well written story line  from this author. She transitions well from Fantasy into Romance – or the other way round… Overall, all her books are fun to read.

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