The (Mis)Adventures of Queen Abby

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The Goddess Chronicles
SE Babin
paranormal, mythology, romance

A new day. A new boss. A new job that may not be all it's cracked up to be.

Hades has given Abby what appears to be an easy task. Wrangle his errant wife Persephone back to the Underworld. No problem, right?

When Abby finally finds her, things don't go well. Persephone isn't happy to see her, nor is she willing to even entertain the possibility of going back to the Underworld. She's found a mortal and is determined to get him down the aisle. Considering Persephone is already married to Hades, there's something not quite right upstairs with her.

As wedding bells grow closer for Persephone and her unsuspecting mortal groom, Abby begins to wonder what Hades sees in this wretch of a girl and why she's even bothering to try to bring her back home.

But as with most things involving Olympus, things are not always as they seem. Much to Abby's chagrin, it's not just Olympus getting involved this time. Join Abby and her friends for the wedding of the century, complete with bad bridesmaid dresses, paranormal drama, and cake testing. By the end of it, someone is either going to be married...or dead.

Book 1 in this series – new to me – didn’t quite convince me, but it was light and breezy and all about gods and Olympus and I wasn’t going to quibble. The interesting thing I’ve found with series is that either improve as the author gets to know her trade and her characters better, or disintegrate as the author had one brilliant idea bt didn’t know how to follow it up.

This was the former. The books got better. And ended up a 4.5….

Book 2 improved in style and tension and left you with a cliff-hanger and unresolved situation, so you needed to sort it in book 3. As I read book 3 I journeyed through jealousy, magic, prophecies and epic quarrels and unrequited love. Nothing too small happens in these books. They are always epic happenings with un expected results! No real plan but Abby bumbles through and comes out ahead – just.

I do suspect that the author has been watching the TV programme Lucifer as her description fit him to a tee – apart from the singing and piano playing. Although one should suspect the good voice from the actor as he comes from Wales – a total Black Welsh.

And then we have the mystery of the daemon and is there a Heaven and a Christian God and if so, what about all the other mythic deities and their heavens. Can of Worms.. and a serious case of Google to find out just who these creatures are.

Well done SE Babin. You totally hooked me and you have done lots of research too on myths.

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Way to Hell?

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Orphan X
Gregg Hurwitz i
war, spy, action thrillers
Michael Joseph
(22 Feb. 2018)

To some he is Orphan X. Others know him as the Nowhere Man. But to veteran spymaster Jack Johns he will always be a boy named Evan Smoak.

Taken from an orphanage, Evan was raised inside a top secret programme designed to turn him into a deadly weapon. Jack became his instructor, mentor, teacher and guardian. Because for all the dangerous skills he instilled in his young charge, he also cared for Evan like a son. And now Jack needs Evan's help.

The Orphan programme hid dark secrets. Now those with blood on their hands want every trace of it gone. And they will stop at nothing to make sure that Jack and Evan go with it.

With little time remaining, Jack gives Evan his last assignment: to find and protect the programme's last recruit. And to stay alive long enough to uncover the shocking truth .

I was hooked and really had difficulty putting it down to sleep. I just wanted to know what happened next.

This is a taut and fast paced thriller in the guns and action genre where there are lots of weapon and advanced technology talk – and lots of amazing deeds by our hero.

Our hero here is OCD, overcompensates, is emotionally retarded and a trained assassin.

Who is ably assisted by by the gutsy, feisty, screwed up foster girl with a genius IQ and quite some way with computers and programming.

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What is it that is needed?

The Unlikeable Demon Hunter : Need Book Cover The Unlikeable Demon Hunter : Need
Nava Katz #3
Deborah Wilde
paranormal, demons and devils, urban fantasy
Te Da Media
(14 Aug. 2017)

Less Hopelessly Devoted, more Worse Things I Could Do.

Nava is hot on the heels of a demonic serial killer and finally working with her brother. The assignment should be a dream come true, not a nightmarish power struggle made worse by her twin's refusal to believe there's corruption within the Brotherhood. Nava is determined to find proof of their dirty dealings, even as she risks irrefutably breaking her sibling bond.

Speaking of clocking annoying males upside the head... Nava is also totally over smoking hot rock star and fellow hunter Rohan Mitra. There is a veritable buffet of boy options out there, and this girl is now all-you-can-eat. So when her demon hunt brings her first love, Cole, back into her life, her revenge fantasies for closure-on all fronts-are a go. Except neither her old wounds nor her new ones are as healed as she believes.

Still, she's got work to do:
Brotherhood: unmask.
Demons: slaughter.
Guy problems: terminate with extreme prejudice.

Nava rides again to the rescue! Her twin finally finds a way to help. There is fighting. There are demons and devils and magic and…

All good fun with a feisty heroine to imitate? Role model?

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Ghosts and More

Interview with a Ghost in Arizona Book Cover Interview with a Ghost in Arizona
Cozy Mysteries of the SouthWest
Darcy Troy
cozy mystery, ghosts, paranormal, crime thriller

Piper was hoping to meet her favorite author before he died, but now that he's a ghost, she can't shake him!

When a celebrity crime reporter takes Piper on as her apprentice, Piper's life in Copeland, Arizona gets turned upside down. Now she's crashing funerals, breaking into houses, pretending to be someone she isn't, and dating a young man she can't even say two words to.

With the help of her best friend, as well as her trusty Boston Terrier bodyguard, Piper will stop at nothing to discover who murdered her favorite author. With so many suspects having motivation to kill the controversial author, it won't be easy. The sky's the limit... and during a harrowing plane ride over the Grand Canyon, the sky will be the final battleground!

Join Piper, her clever dog Teddy, her best friend Winnie, and the ghost of legendary author George Morrison for a sky-high cozy murder mystery adventure in sunny Arizona!

INTERVIEW WITH A GHOST IN ARIZONA is Book 2 in the Ghost Mysteries of the Southwest series by Angela Pepper.

Would you want a ghost to help you solve crimes? Possibly – or possibly not, but if ghosts are determined, it can  be difficult to get rid of them.

Piper Chen  has a cute dog – the breed, Boston Terrier has only been around for a hundred years and was originally a fighting dog, and so is rather muscular. It has a tendency to drool and over-eat and doesn’t like hot weather so having one in Arizona is probably not a good idea.  That said, they are very affectionate and happy to live in flats.file_23138_boston-terrier-460x290

Piper is a rather spoilt young lady as she a private income and indulgent parents, who are often not around. She is a fan of the author George Morrison who wrote spooky books – in a long  running series, which was never ending it appeared. But when she went to meet him, she found him dead. And so the fun begins.

As indicated by her name, Piper comes from Asia and in the small town she was living in, was rather a curiosity. Small town USA being so very white. And leads to the confusion that arises later in the book.

As a ‘cozy’ this is a fun light-hearted read which I enjoyed.


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Dealing Dirt

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Olesia Anderson
by DD Marks
Crime, Thriller, & Mystery, Thrillers , Espionage, Action and Adventure

Olesia Anderson - sharpshooter, quick-talker, and corporate spy-for-hire - has been given a second chance by her shadowy employers, the Blackrock Association. A Lockheed engineer has stolen the schematics for a new missile defence system, and Lockheed wants that data back... along with whoever he was planning to sell to.

It's supposed to be an easy job - get in, shake down the engineer, get out. But with a gorgeous foreign agent and a gang of uzi-toting teenage thugs thrown into the mix, Olesia will have a hard enough time keeping her head on her shoulders, let alone keeping her pants up around her waist. Dirty deals are going down in Bethesda, and the bullets are already flying...

DIRTY DEALS is an adults only 24,000 word erotic spy thriller packed with gunfights, intrigue and illicit liaisons.

This is a short story –prequel to the remainder of the series about Olesia Anderson.

I found it interesting to compare DD Marks with Mimi Barbour in terms of style and empathy for the main character as I read the books at very much the same time.

For me, Olesia was just a sketch. We know little about her and her feelings or her background until the very end of the book. For me, she did not excite and sympathy or empathy.

The style of writing was spare and harsh with only the sex scenes written in any detail. Olesia was a shadow with a gun and without humour or natural female behaviour.

3 if it’s your thing.

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