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When you need to be vigilant

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…

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

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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. 

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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

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?

                                                                                                                                         A reverse harem book with 3 archangels

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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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