book review/Books/fiction/crime fiction
1 Comment

What do you inherit?

A Heritage of Death Book Cover A Heritage of Death
(A Reverend Cici Gurule Mystery, #2)
Alexa Padgett
Adult, Mystery, Thriller
October 23rd 2018

An unconventional pastor. A brutal murder. To solve the case, one reverend will look for help from beyond the grave…

Reverend Cecelia “Cici” Gurule dreams of a bruised and bloodied woman who looks alarmingly like Cici. She’d like to pretend the dream is a nightmare and nothing more, but there are too many coincidences in her waking life to write it off. Like the baby that turns up on her porch–a baby that disappeared weeks before.

Cici and Detective Sam Chastain race to find the woman, but the killer finds her first. As the trail grows cold, Cici’s only chance to solve the mystery before she becomes the next target may be a clue left by her ghostly twin.

A Heritage of Death is the second novel in a compelling female sleuth mystery series for fans of Ruth Ware and Gilly MacMillan. If you like convention-shattering heroines, vivid Southwest settings, and a touch of the paranormal, then you’ll love Alexa Padgett’s twisty mystery.

So here we have a pastor who lives in a small town in the USA but whose twin died by murder. She has always been linked to her twin, in the way they often are, in that they would feel each other’s emotions and pains. And so she knew when her sister was in trouble and when she died.

And now, from the grave, her sister’s ‘ghost’ or at least its presence and some semblance of words, tries to help her when she gets involved in crimes. Because this pastor always does.

i read book 1 first to obtain the background and by the end of it,

i was wondering if there was anyone left alive in her church and the small town. For me, it was Midsummer Murders in a book form, but better written. Just too many people were killed. So I was not sure about book 2 which is the one this blog tour is for.

But it is better. As with so many authors, they learn their craft and improve their story-telling and the characters develop as the series progresses. This is what has happened here I think.  but let’s not have too many murders please. One complex one per book is enough.

 

about the author

With a degree in international marketing and a varied career path that includes content management for a web firm, marketing direction for a high-profile sports agency, and a two-year stint with a renowned literary agency, award-winning author Alexa Padgett has returned to her first love: writing fiction.

Alexa spent a good part of her youth traveling. From Budapest to Belize, Calgary to Coober Pedy, she soaked in the myriad smells, sounds, and feels of these gorgeous places, wishing she could live in them all—at least for a while. And she does in her books.

She lives in New Mexico with her husband, children, and Great Pyrenees pup, Ash. When not writing, schlepping, or volunteering, she can be found in her tiny kitchen, channeling her inner Barefoot Contessa.

http://alexapadgett.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15193920.Alexa_Padgett

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAlexaPadgett/

https://twitter.com/AlexaPadgett

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40963296-a-heritage-of-death?ac=1&from_search=true

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FVZVPH3/

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-heritage-of-death-alexa-padgett/1129039660?ean=2940155521440

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-heritage-of-death/id1432300300?mt=11

ttps://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/a-heritage-of-death-1

Share This:

book review/Books/Fantasy/fiction
0 Comments

Mary is an Angel – of some sort

Marked by Hell Book Cover Marked by Hell
Mary Wiles Chronicles #1
Erin Bedford
paranormal, mythology, crime
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(14 May 2017)

The road to heaven is paved with Mary Wiles' victims.

Los Angeles isn’t just a playground for those searching for a new start. It’s a darker and more dangerous place than they’ll ever know. But Mary’s not fooled.

With her hands full trying to play human while looking for a way back to heaven, Mary doesn’t have time to polish her halo let alone solve a murder case. But when she finds out demons are responsible, Mary just can’t help herself.

When Mary makes a mistake causing her best friend to be taken, she will have to make a choice: sacrifice an innocent for the chance to get her revenge or lose everything she has worked for. Mary starts to realize there is no clear path back to heaven without becoming tainted herself.

So Mary is really Muriel – an Angel – well actually an Archangel:

Muriel means “Perfume of God.” This is a female archangel who brings peace and harmony to one’s life. She is responsible for carrying around the message of peace and harmony to people on the Earth.

Her angelic responsibilities also include tending the plants and animals on this Earth.

Depicted with a crown made of flowers, it is known that when she is in your presence, you will smell the scent of your favorite flower. When this happens, it will confirm that Archangel Muriel is somewhere near you. [https://www.guardian-angel-reading.com/blog-of-the-angels/archangel-muriel/]

But now she is on Earth after her wings have been removed by demons, she is not quite as peaceful as before – at least when it comes to fighting demons.

She is also not quite au fait with human behaviour and norms and speech. Which gives a lighter touch to this novel which could otherwise be rather dark as is it mostly about the fights she gets into when dealing with possessed humans.

Erin writes a good story and this is a good series of novels about Muriel and how she adapts to her new life and new companions.

Share This:

book review/Books/Fantasy/fiction/crime fiction
0 Comments

FBI uses Magic:

The Federal witch Book Cover The Federal witch
The Federal Witch bks 0-7
TS Paul
fantasy, paranormal, romance, humour, crime
Kindle

Imagine a world where Witches, Weres, and Vampires work among us. The Paranormals came out to the world during World War one. History as we know it took a left turn as world events changed. World war two never happened as we remember it. The Empire of Japan still exists. As does the British Empire. America is finding itself overwhelmed by magic. Particularly the FBI.

Agatha Blackmore is a Witch and she has all but been drafted by the FBI to help. Demons, Dragons, Weres, and Fae are her opponents. What can one small Witch and her pet Unicorn do against the world?

Read the Prequel and books 1 & 2 to find out!

  • Born a Witch ... Drafted by the FBI!
  • Conjuring Quantico
  • Magical Probi

I read all the way through the Federal witch stories, and even started on the Universe stories without a breather. They were fun! and such a blast to read.

There are 8 stories in the main series:

0. Born a Witch: Drafted by the FBI

  1. Conjuring Quantico
  2. Magical Probi
  3. Special Agent in Charge
  4. Witness Enchantment
  5. Night of the Unicorn
  6. Invisible Elder
  7. Blood on the Moon

This is paranormal fantasy with every possible species you can think of. Each book tells you a little more backstory and also about each character – do read number 5!

We have the FBI as the central organisation but then there are gateways/portals into various multiverses and pocket worlds such as Tir Nan Og – hence the Unicorns (yeah) who actually are nasty fighters witht horn and battle dragons with Arthur and his Round Table Nights – but don’t ask about Merlin…

And there is politics. Scheming that makes Machiavelli look simplistic. Playing the long gang as many species – such as Vampires – live for a very long time and manipulate from behind the ‘scene’.

So the Federal witch is Agatha and these stories are based on her adventures with her friends – of various species but especially Cat, Chuck and her micro-unicorn Fergus and the FBI cases they get involved in.

During the time period of the stories, which start when she joins and end (at present) Agatha graduates and becomes a Special Agent in Charge of her own unit. she goes from being a rather naive teenager to a seasoned agent, despite the interference of various gods and Goddesses.

Oh and please could she share the clothes cleaning spell? and is there one for keeping hair under control too? (See Abby from the Aphrodite series – she has one, and a self-cleaning one too) Would make life so much easier and cheaper too.

There are 2 books known to be in the list to come:

  • Child of Darkness
  • A Draft of Dragons

Share This:

book review/Books/Fantasy/fiction/Romance/crime fiction
0 Comments

Mixed Magic brings interest

This is a series I read from book 4 (a free offering) back to 1 and through to the final book one after the other. And now I’m on her next series!

I loved this series. Great fun and a different universe where pure humans are extremely rare – only about 5% of the population as waves of magic have transformed every one else in some way producing shape shifters or those such as elves and goblins who are nearly always in their magic forms. And lots of cross breeding – imagine a drummer with 4 arms and a piano player with 6… or trolls living in your garbage cans and getting rid of all the rubbish..

Each new wave creates new types of magical beings, yes even unicorns, and they take on appropriate jobs too, ghouls and zombies work in undertakers or mortuaries or as pathologists.

Book 4 was about Ritual Space which is different from the rest of the series as the first 3 books follow one character through and then we hear about this magic space where you can not only hold wedding but also practice your spells.

I am seriously hooked by this author and shall devour all her output as i can afford it!

Share This:

book review/Books/Fantasy/fiction
0 Comments

Urban Fantasy Box Set – 8 to Read

Urban Fantasy: 8 in the Chamber Book Cover Urban Fantasy: 8 in the Chamber
multi-author
urban fantasy, dystopian, magic
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition
(26 Jun. 2017)
Kindle

Murderous goblins, thieving ghouls, and mages with criminal intent on their minds... Nothing's too tough for these paranormal investigators, and no collection has more of them. In Eight in the Chamber, your favorite authors have banded together to offer you an easy compendium of mischief, action, and adventure. So if you love magic wrapped in a gritty cityscape, then get your copy today!

Urban Fantasy box set – 8 in the Chamber

  1. Blood Money

by Chris Underwood

4 stars

A short story  with trolls, vampires, Cunning Men, and a missing vampire’s blood donor which turns out all to be about internal politics. Enjoyed the twist and turns in this story, and,  considering its length it managed to read as a complete story.

  1. Croft and Wesson

by Brad Magnarella

4 stars

Wizards, werewolves, dwarves, and leylines. Missing women and old – very old – Norse gods with nasty eating habits and some dynamite. Again a well written story with dwarves being remarkably apt with dynamite – I wonder why? The Norse gods aspect was grisly but understanable.

  1. Dane Curse

by Matt Abraham

Superheroes and Villains – white and black capes! Lots of fighting. Seemed to be aimed at the YA male? Copy of Micky Spillane style? Comic style adventures that didn’t do it for me.

2 stars for me.

  1. Dark City

Kit Hallows

Dystopian. Magic. Non-humans and again seemed to be aimed at the YA audience. And again not my scene. I am not really a dystopian future fan. I prefer to think happy futures not nasty ones…

2 stars for me

Books Not Yet Read

5. Null Factor

6. Strange Magic

7. Blood Scent

8. Just One Night

===================

Average score for those read is 3.

Share This:

Social Media Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com