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Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace

Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace

June 10, 2016 2016, B-, book rating, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, Science Fiction/Fantasy Bingo Reading Challenge 0

“Envy of Angels” by Matt Wallace Series: Sin du Jour #1 Genre: Urban Fantasy novella Setting: New York City Published by Tor.com, 2015 E-book, purchased 225 pages Grade: B- Synopsis: In New York, eating out can be hell. Everyone loves a well-catered event, and the supernatural community is no different, but where do demons go to satisfy their culinary cravings? Welcome to Sin du Jour – where devils on horseback are the clients, not the dish. “Most important rule of working here,” he tells her. “Just when you think you’ve got a handle on how fucking sick the universe’s sense of humor is, it goes and tells you an even dirtier… Read more »

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Roses and Rot by Kat Howard

Roses and Rot by Kat Howard

June 9, 2016 2016, B, book rating, Goodreads, NetGalley, Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge, New Author Challenge, New Release Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, Science Fiction/Fantasy Bingo Reading Challenge 2

Roses and Rot by Kat Howard Series: Unknown Genre: Fantasy — Dark Fairy Tale Setting: New Hampshire at Melete — an artist’s colony Published by Saga Press Format: e-Arc (Release Date: May 17) –I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own. 336 pages Grade: B Synopsis: Imogen and her sister Marin have escaped their cruel mother to attend a prestigious artists’ retreat, but soon learn that living in a fairy tale requires sacrifices, be it art or love. What would you sacrifice in the name of success? How much does an artist need to… Read more »

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Cold in the Earth by Aline Templeton

Cold in the Earth by Aline Templeton

June 3, 2016 2016, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 4

Cold in the Earth by Aline Templeton Series: DI Marjory Fleming #1 Genre: Mystery, police procedural Setting: Southwest Scotland–near Galloway Published by Witness Impulse, 2005 E-book, purchased 372 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Death is in the air. Death is on the ground. Death is everywhere for the people of Galloway. As a catastrophic virus devastates the Scottish countryside, killing cattle and destroying lives, Detective Inspector Marjory Fleming finds herself at the stormy heart of a troubled, trapped community. Pyres are built, infected animals are burnt, and farmland is dug up as burial ground. But the all-pervasive stench of death develops a horrifying, unfamiliar edge when human remains are dug up near… Read more »

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Burning Man by Alan Russell

Burning Man by Alan Russell

May 27, 2016 2016, B, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Burning Man by Alan Russell Series: Gideon & Sirius #1 Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural Setting: Los Angeles, California Published by Thomas & Mercer, 2012 E-book, Kindle Unlimited 328 pages Grade: B Synopsis: LAPD cop Michael Gideon and his police dog partner Sirius became reluctant celebrities after capturing a notorious serial killer in the midst of an inferno. For their heroism, they were chosen to head up the newly formed Special Cases Unit. Now the duo tackles out-of-the-ordinary cases, anything deemed unusual or bizarre even by Hollyweird standards. When a teenager is found crucified in a city park, Gideon and Sirius are handed the bizarre case. Confronting the gruesome tableau and having… Read more »

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Death Comes to Kurland Hall by Catherine Lloyd

Death Comes to Kurland Hall by Catherine Lloyd

May 20, 2016 2016, Audiobook Challenge, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, I love Libraries, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Death Comes to Kurland Hall by Catherine Lloyd Series: Kurland St. Mary Mystery series #3 Genre: Historical Mystery Setting: Kurland St. Mary in rural England, 1817 Published by Kensington, 2015 Library book 281 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: As wedding bells chime in Kurland St. Mary, a motley group of visitors descends on the village—and with a murderer on the prowl, some of them may not be returning home… Lucy Harrington has returned to Kurland St. Mary to help with her friend Sophia Giffin’s wedding. But her homecoming is made disagreeable by the presence of Major Robert Kurland, whose bungled proposal has ruffled Lucy’s composure, and a meddling widow who has designs… Read more »

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In the Shadow of the Glacier by Vicki Delany

In the Shadow of the Glacier by Vicki Delany

May 19, 2016 2016, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

In the Shadow of the Glacier by Vicki Delany Series: Constable Molly Smith series #1 Genre: Contemporary Mystery (police procedural) Setting: Trafalgar, British Columbia, Canada Published by Poisoned Pen Press E-book, purchased 302 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Trouble is brewing in the small, bucolic mountain town of Trafalgar, British Columbia. An American who came to Trafalgar as a Vietnam War draft dodger has left land and money to the town. But there’s a catch. The money must be used to build a garden to honor draft dodgers. Initial impressions I’ve found a new author! I really liked this police procedural about a young police constable in a small town in Canada…. Read more »

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Clouds in My Coffee by Julie Mulhern

Clouds in My Coffee by Julie Mulhern

May 13, 2016 2016, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, NetGalley, Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge, New Release Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 0

Clouds in My Coffee by Julie Mulhern Series: The Country Club Murders #3 Genre: Historical Mystery, cozy Setting: Kansas City, Missouri Published by Henery Press Format: e-Arc (Release Date: May 10) –I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own. 256 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: When Ellison Russell is nearly killed at a benefactors’ party, she brushes the incident aside as an unhappy accident. But when her house is fire-bombed, she’s shot at, and the person sitting next to her at a gala is poisoned, she must face facts. Someone wants her dead. But why?… Read more »

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A Useful Woman by Darcie Wilde

A Useful Woman by Darcie Wilde

May 6, 2016 2016, B, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, NetGalley, Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge, New Author Challenge, New Release Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

A Useful Woman by Darcie Wilde Series: Rosalind Thorne Mysteries #1 Genre: Historical Mystery Setting: England, 1817 Published by Berkley, 2016 Format: e-Arc (Release Date: May 3) –I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own. 368 pages Grade: B Synopsis: Inspired by the novels of Jane Austen, this new mystery series set in 19th-century London introduces the charming and resourceful Rosalind Thorne, a woman privy to the secrets of high society—including who among the ton is capable of murder… The daughter of a baronet and minor heiress, Rosalind Thorne was nearly ruined after her… Read more »

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Admiral by Sean Danker

Admiral by Sean Danker

May 5, 2016 2016, B-, book rating, Goodreads, NetGalley, Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge, New Author Challenge, New Release Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, Science Fiction/Fantasy Bingo Reading Challenge 4

Admiral by Sean Danker Series: Evagardian #1 Genre: Science Fiction (military sci fi) Setting: A small inhospitable planet Published by Roc, 2016 Format: e-Arc (Release Date: May 3) –I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own. 320 pages Grade: B- Synopsis: “I was on a dead ship on an unknown planet with three trainees freshly graduated into the Imperial Service. I tried to look on the bright side.” He is the last to wake. The label on his sleeper pad identifies him as an admiral of the Evagardian Empire—a surprise as much to him… Read more »

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A Front Page Affair by Radha Vatsal

A Front Page Affair by Radha Vatsal

May 4, 2016 2016, B, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, NetGalley, Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge, New Author Challenge, New Release Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

A Front Page Affair by Radha Vatsal Series: Kitty Weeks Mystery series #1 Genre: Historical Mystery Setting:New York City, 1915 Published by Sourcebooks Landmark Format: e-Arc (Release Date: May 3) –I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own. 336 pages Grade: B Synopsis: New York City, 1915 The Lusitania has just been sunk, and headlines about a shooting at J.P. Morgan’s mansion and the Great War are splashed across the front page of every newspaper. Capability “Kitty” Weeks would love nothing more than to report on the news of the day, but she’s stuck… Read more »

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