Wendy Roberts has upped the ante her second novel in the Ghost Dusters Mystery series. Before we simply had to deal with finding the killer of a silent ghost but this time there is a cult, a biker gang, missing money and the big reveal on how she gained her gift.
What are gnash-ups you may ask? Well, imagine two characters gnashing their teeth at each other trying to work out which one would win in a fight. Grrr. I will be taking a variety of tropes, characters, themes and stylistic choices and putting them up against each other in a completely whimsical, hypothetical battle. No actual fighting will occur because not only is it indecorous, I dislike the thought of cleaning blood out of my carpets.
Knit One, Kill Two is a crafty, cozy mystery that combines learning to knit along with catching a killer. Our heroine is Kelly Flynn who moves into her aunt’s place while she winds up her aunt’s estate. Her aunt was murdered and Kelly soon discovers her aunt re-mortgaged her house just before her death and the $20,000 she borrowed is missing along with a family quilt. Kelly makes friends with the knitters across the road at House of Lambspun yarn shop and starts to poke her nose into her aunt’s death.
Soulless was my first foray into the world of steampunk and it was quite a journey. This book is equal parts philosophical musings, Victorian etiquette minutiae, Gothic tropes and paranormal romance. At times the transitions between these sections can be a little clunky and even disorientating. In our opening pages Miss Alexia Tarabotti is attacked by a hungry, lisping vampire at a society ball. Rather than shrieking or attempting to flee like any normal Victorian female, Alexia grabs him by his nostrils and shoves him. She then whacks him repeatedly with her parasol after trading pithy comments, dispatches him. I knew […]
Trey Lewis meets his match in Macy Beckett’s second novel in this series. He is still suffering physically from the fall off a roof in the first novel. While I wouldn’t want to wish anyone (real or imaginary) pain, it adds a little touch of realism that he is just a little bit bitter and having to knock back the aspirin to cope. He is drowning his sorrows in Luke and June’s tavern when a hot-as-hell redhead saunters in. Bobbi Gallagher, Luke’s half-sister, is a film maker who with one mistake lost all credibility in the field. She has been offered […]
This is a sweet and fluffy contemporary romance that won’t strain your brain but might just tug at those heart strings. Mae-June Augustine (just call her June) is all set to open up her dream bar in Austin, only to discover they won’t give her a liquor licence because she has an outstanding warrant back home in Sultry Springs. She knows she hasn’t done anything terribly wrong and can’t understand why the judge, who happens to be a close friend of her grandmother, would issue a bench warrant. There is nothing she can do but head home to the place she […]
A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder features an unlikely hero, Inspector Singh. He has been seconded from Singapore to Malaysia to help solve the murder of Alan Lee, the ex-husband of famous Singaporean model, Chelsea Liew. Alan was shot at point blank range and Chelsea has the best motive as he was trying to take her children away from her. Although Singh thinks she is innocent, he blocked by the Malaysian police who are equally convinced of her guilt.
Show No Mercy is a classic romantic suspense novel. You have an exotic location, alpha men, feisty women, bad guys galore, bombs, bullets and a conspiracy to boot. Although this is the first in a new series, the events leading up to this novel are covered in Into the Dark (Bodyguard #6). If you have the time it is worthwhile reading just to find out why our hero Gabriel Jones is so angst ridden. A few months prior to the start of this novel, he rescued journalist Jenna McMillan who was being held hostage. Sparks flew between the two […]
Wendy Roberts’ new paranormal mystery series features Sadie Novak, a professional crime scene cleaner and part time medium. Often ghosts remain when people die violently and Sadie helps them come to grips with what has happened to them, much to the dismay of her partner and ex-cop Zack Bowman. When Sadie is hired to clean up the murder-suicide of Trudy and Grant Toth, she meets Trudy’s ghost who insists that Sadie prove Grant’s innocence. Trudy won’t talk no matter how Sadie tries to convince her, making it difficult to glean much information.
Hell on Wheels is the first novel in the Black Knights Inc. series by Julie Ann Walker. An elite special ops team works out of a custom motorcycle shop, handling jobs that no one else can. Our hero, Nate “Ghost” Weller, is an ex-Marine sniper has had a crush on his best friend’s sister, Ali, for over ten years. Even after his best friend dies, Nate honours the guy’s warning to stay the hell away from her. Ali of course is also in love with Nate but can’t understand why he is so cold towards her. When she is […]