Posts Tagged: Chicago

Review: Nightshades by Melissa F. Olson

Review: Nightshades by Melissa F. Olson

February 16, 2017 2017, B, book rating, reviews 2

Nightshades by Melissa F. Olson Nightshades #1 e-book, purchased Fantasy, Urban Fantasy Alex McKenna is the new Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office of the Bureau of Paranormal Investigations—the division tasked with investigating crimes involving shades. Or vampires, as they’re more widely known. Children have been going missing, and agents are routinely being slaughtered. It’s up to McKenna, and some unlikely allies, to get to the bottom of the problem, and find the kids before it’s too late. ……………………….. Melissa F. Olson is an author whose books I’ve read and liked before. This book is the beginning of a new series and is a novella (208 pages) published… Read more »

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TBR Review: Geared for the Grave by Duffy Brown

TBR Review: Geared for the Grave by Duffy Brown

April 15, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 10

Geared for the Grave by Duffy Brown Series: The Cycle Path Mysteries #1 Genre: Mystery (cozy) Published by Berkley, 2014 E-book, purchased 288 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Mackinac Island is a peaceful summer resort town where everyone coasts through the streets on bicycles. But after someone sends a prominent local on her final ride, it’s up to one resourceful visitor to get things running again… Hoping to shift her chances of a promotion in her favor, Evie Bloomfield heads to Mackinac Island to assist her boss’s father. Rudy Randolph has broken his leg and operating his bike shop, Rudy’s Rides, is too much to handle by himself. But Evie’s good turn… Read more »

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Sunday Post: Apr 12

Sunday Post: Apr 12

April 12, 2015 2015, Sunday Post 4

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading. This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!   Last Week Home & blog I’m in Chicago for a wedding this weekend. My niece is getting married–a joyous and fun occasion! I’m sitting in the hotel lobby… Read more »

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Review: Hot Lead, Cold Iron by Ari Marmell

Review: Hot Lead, Cold Iron by Ari Marmell

March 5, 2015 2015, B, book rating, COYER Winter, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Hot Lead, Cold Iron by Ari Marmell Series: Mick Oberon #1 Genre: Urban Fantasy (Historical) Published by Titan Books, 2014 E-book, purchased 400 pages Grade: B Synopsis: Chicago, 1932. Mick Oberon may look like just another private detective, but beneath the fedora and the overcoat, he’s got pointy ears and he’s packing a wand. Oberon’s used to solving supernatural crimes, but the latest one’s extra weird. A mobster’s daughter was kidnapped sixteen years ago, replaced with a changeling, and Mick’s been hired to find the real child. The trail’s gone cold, but what there is leads Sideways, to the world of the Fae, where the Seelie Court rules. And Mick’s not… Read more »

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Review: Turn Coat by Jim Butcher

Review: Turn Coat by Jim Butcher

February 16, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, COYER Winter, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Turn Coat by Jim Butcher Series: The Dresden Files #11 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Roc, 2009 E-book, Library 540 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: When it comes to the magical ruling body known as the White Council, Harry keeps his nose clean and his head down. For years, the Council has held a death mark over Harry’s head. He’s still thought of as a black sheep by some and as a sacrificial lamb by others. But none regard him with more suspicion and disdain than Morgan, a veteran Warden with a grudge against anyone who bends the rules. Like Harry. So when Morgan turns up asking for help, Harry isn’t exactly… Read more »

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TBR Review: The Witness by Nora Roberts

TBR Review: The Witness by Nora Roberts

October 15, 2014 2014, A-, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 10

The Witness by Nora Roberts Series: None Genre: Romantic Suspense Published by Penguin, 2012 492 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman known as Abigail Lowery lives on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she designs sophisticated security systems — and supplements her own security with a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing…. Read more »

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Review: White Night by Jim Butcher

Review: White Night by Jim Butcher

June 20, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, Reading Challenges, reviews 10

  White Night by Jim Butcher Series: The Dresden Files, Book 9 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Roc, 2007 E-book, Purchased 416 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: In Chicago, someone has been killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry Dresden’s half-brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling’s name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too…   …and at some point you realize that there are more flavors of pain than coffee. There’s the little empty pain of leaving something behind ‒ graduating, taking the… Read more »

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Review: Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher

Review: Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher

May 30, 2014 2014, B+, book rating, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher Series: The Dresden Files, Book 8 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Roc, 2006 E-book, Purchased 403 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: There’s no love lost between Harry Dresden, the only wizard in the Chicago phone book, and the White Council of Wizards, who find him brash and undisciplined. But war with the vampires has thinned their ranks, so the Council has drafted Harry as a Warden and assigned him to look into rumors of black magic in the Windy City. As Harry adjusts to his new role, another problem arrives in the form of the tattooed and pierced daughter of an old friend, all grown-up and… Read more »

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Sunday Post–May 4

Sunday Post–May 4

May 4, 2014 2014, Sunday Post 7

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading. This is a great meme to participate in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!   Last Week Around the house A busy and wet week. We got lots of rain on several days. On Friday we left for a long weekend…to Chicago to attend… Read more »

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Sunday Post– April 27

Sunday Post– April 27

April 27, 2014 2014, Sunday Post 13

  The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading. This is a great meme to participate in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!   Last Week Around the house My husband and I went to a Shakespeare play (Henry IV, part 1) Sunday night in Washington, DC with dinner beforehand. We enjoyed… Read more »

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