Posts Categorized: B+

Review: And Justice There is None by Deborah Crombie

Review: And Justice There is None by Deborah Crombie

December 12, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 3

And Justice There is None by Deborah Crombie Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James series, Book 8 Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural (British) Published by Bantam, 2002 E-book, Library 416 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Gemma James is adjusting to professional and personal changes that include her eagerly sought promotion to the rank of inspector–and a future now intricately entwined with Duncan Kincaid. But her new responsibilities are put to the test when she is placed in charge of a particularly brutal homicide: The lovely young wife of a wealthy antiques dealer has been found murdered on fashionable Notting Hill. Dawn Arrowood was six weeks pregnant. Her lover, Alex Dunn, a porcelain… Read more »

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Review: A Finer End by Deborah Crombie

Review: A Finer End by Deborah Crombie

December 5, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

  A Finer End by Deborah Crombie Series: Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James series, Book 7 Genre: Mystery Published by Bantam Books, 2001 Library Book 325 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: When Duncan Kincaid’s cousin calls from Glastonbury to ask for help on an unusual matter, Duncan welcomes the chance to spend a relaxing weekend away from London with Gemma. But Glastonbury’s ancient past soon reveals a dark and bloody secret which is about to shatter the calm of the present day. Once outside, she stood her bike upright, then paused. There was a sharpness to the air that matched the clarity of the magenta sky above the Tor, and from somewhere… Read more »

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Review: Kissed a Sad Goodbye by Deborah Crombie

Review: Kissed a Sad Goodbye by Deborah Crombie

November 28, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Kissed a Sad Goodbye by Deborah Crombie Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James series, Book 6 Genre: Mystery, British Police Procedural Published by Bantam Books, 1999 Library book 322 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Scotland Yard’s Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James face their most haunting case yet when the past devastatingly intersects with the present…. The call from Scotland Yard couldn’t have come at a worse time for Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid. He has promised the weekend to Kit, the eleven-year-old son of his ex-wife. The son he never knew he fathered — who doesn’t yet know Kincaid’s true identity. But Duncan’s best intentions are shattered by an investigation that draws… Read more »

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Review: Mourn Not Your Dead by Deborah Crombie

Review: Mourn Not Your Dead by Deborah Crombie

November 20, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

  Mourn Not Your Dead by Deborah Crombie Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James series, Book 4 Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural (British) Published by Scribner, 1997 E-book, Purchased 310 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: The murder at Holmbury St Mary was not one that Superintendent Duncan Kincaid of Scotland Yard would relish investigating. A man has been beaten to death in his own home. A man who just happened to be Commander Alastair Gilbert of the Metropolitan Police… Only adding to Kincaid’s problems are his tangled personal feelings for Sergeant Gemma James. And in an investigation of this importance neither can afford a breakdown in their relationship. Combining subtle emotional nuances… Read more »

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Review: Shakespeare’s Christmas by Charlaine Harris

Review: Shakespeare’s Christmas by Charlaine Harris

November 8, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, Goodreads, Read-a-Thons, Reading Challenges, reviews 6

  Shakespeare’s Christmas by Charlaine Harris Series: Lily Bard #3 Genre: Mystery Published originally by Minotaur, 1998 e-book, Library 260 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Lily heads to her hometown of Bartley for her estranged sister’s Christmas Eve wedding. But there is something in the air besides holiday cheer—there’s murder. And Lily must work fast to clean up the messy case before her sister promises to love, honor, and obey a killer.   The town’s seasonal centerpiece (since the manger scene had to be removed) was a huge Christmas tree on the courthouse lawn; the churches sponsored a big public party to decorate it. In consequence, it looked very homey rather than… Read more »

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Review: All Shall Be Well by Deborah Crombie

Review: All Shall Be Well by Deborah Crombie

October 24, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, Goodreads, reviews 2

All Shall Be Well by Deborah Crombie Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, Book 2 Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural (British) Published by Scribner, 1994 E-book, Purchased 268 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Perhaps it is a blessing when Jasmine Dent dies in her sleep. At long last an end has come to the suffering of a body horribly ravaged by disease. It may well have been suicide; she had certainly expressed her willingness to speed the inevitable. But small inconsistencies lead her neighbor, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid of Scotland Yard, to a startling conclusion: Jasmine Dent was murdered. But if not for mercy, why would someone destroy a life already so fragile and… Read more »

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Review: Jhereg by Steven Brust

Review: Jhereg by Steven Brust

September 26, 2014 2014, Audiobook Challenge, B+, book rating, Reading Challenges, reviews 6

  Jhereg by Steven Brust Narrated by Bernard Setaro Clark Series: Vlad Taltos, Book 1 Genre: Fantasy Published by Audible Studios, 2012 (originally published 1983) E-book & Audiobook, Purchased 239 pages 8 hours, 40 minutes Grade: B+ Narrator Grade: B+ Synopsis: The first to be published, this is actually the fourth novel in the timeline of the VLAD TALTOS series. The books recount the adventures of the wisecracking hired killer Vlad, a human on a planet mainly inhabited by the long-lived, extremely tall sorcerers known as the Dragaerans. One of the most powerful bosses in the Jhereg–Dragaera’s premier criminal organization–hires Vlad, one of their guild members, to assassinate Mellar, who… Read more »

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Review: Small Favor by Jim Butcher

Review: Small Favor by Jim Butcher

September 13, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, reviews 10

Small Favor by Jim Butcher Series: The Dresden Files, Book 10 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Roc, 2008 E-book, from Library 420 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: No one’s tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But the past casts one hell of a long shadow. An old bargain has placed Harry in debt to Mab, monarch of the Winter Court of the Sidhe, the Queen of Air and Darkness-and she’s calling in her marker. It’s a small favor he can’t refuse…one that will trap Harry Dresden between a nightmarish foe and… Read more »

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Review: Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

Review: Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

August 27, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, COYER Summer Vacation, reviews, TBR Pile 6

  Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey Series: Expanse #1 Genre: Science Fiction Space Opera Published by Orbit, 2011 E-book, Purchased 561 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Humanity has colonized the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond – but the stars are still out of our reach. Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, “The Scopuli,” they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for – and kill on… Read more »

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TBR Review: The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan

TBR Review: The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan

August 20, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, COYER Summer Vacation, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 6

The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan Series: Brothers Sinister, Book 2 Genre: Historical Romance–1867 England Published by Courtney Milan, 2013 E-book, Purchased 280 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Miss Jane Fairfield can’t do anything right. When she’s in company, she always says the wrong thing—and rather too much of it. No matter how costly they are, her gowns fall on the unfortunate side of fashion. Even her immense dowry can’t save her from being an object of derision. And that’s precisely what she wants. She’ll do anything, even risk humiliation, if it means she can stay unmarried and keep her sister safe. Mr. Oliver Marshall has to do everything right. He’s… Read more »

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