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Edinburgh Twilight by Carole Lawrence

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     Let me begin my review by pointing out that I normally do not do novels set this far back in time. Matter of fact, I try to avoid them at all cost, especially if I'm reading it for the purpose of a public review. Also, it didn't say anywhere in the description that this story took place in 1881. 
     However . . . I thoroughly enjoyed Edinburgh Twilight from the very first page to the very last. 
     Honestly, I can't say enough, it's well thought out, well plotted, and well written. All the characters are enjoyable and developed right. There is an escalating tension as the story progresses, which only adds to the mystery. 
     And the dialogue is absolutely hilarious at times. Though, I'll openly admit that I am quite fond of the Scottish people; my very best friend is one. Which was fantastic, because I understood the wordage perfectly. In saying that, I'm certain that even if I wasn't familiar with the phrases and words, it would have still been enjoyable to read and easy to understand.
     Because it's that well written.

__________B O O K__D E T A I L S__________

T I T L E: Edinburgh Twilight
S E R I E S: Ian Hamilton Mysteries (Nº 1)
A U T H O R: Carole Lawrence
P U B L I S H E R: Thomas & Mercer
P U B L I S H--D A T E: September 05, 2017
I S B N: 9781477848814
Mystery, Thriller, General fiction (adult)

As a new century approaches, Edinburgh is a city divided. The wealthy residents of New Town live in comfort, while Old Town’s cobblestone streets are clotted with criminals, prostitution, and poverty.
Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh’s darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park.
With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind. But the body count is rising. As newspapers spin tales of the “Holyrood Strangler,” panic sets in across the city. And with each victim, the murderer is getting closer to Hamilton, the one man who dares to stop him.
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The River Is Dark by Joe Hart

The River Is Dark - Joe Hart

There is plenty of fasted paced story in this novel to keep you moving through the story fluently. The writing is great. The story enjoyable. The story holds just the right amount of description in the right places. I did figure out the early on who the killer was, but it didn't deter me from the desire to keep reading. Liam is a great, well-developed character. Matter of fact, all the characters are very well developed. Hopefully, soon I'll get my hands on the second in this mystery series.


__________B O O K__D E T A I L S__________
T I T L E: The River is Dark
S E R I E S: Liam Dempsey Thriller (Nº 1)
A U T H O R: Joe Hart
P U B L I S H E R: Thomas & Mercer
P U B L I S H--D A T E: September 23, 2014
I S B N: 9781477825778
Mystery, Crime, Thriller
In a small town along the Mississippi River, separate but nearly identical attacks have left two married couples brutally murdered in their homes. A young boy—the lone survivor of the killings—now lies comatose in the hospital. And the police’s only lead is the boy’s terrified description of the assailant: a “monster.”
Enter former homicide detective Liam Dempsey, whose estranged brother fell victim to the killer. Dragged into the investigation as a suspect, Dempsey vows to solve the case and clear his name. But two things stand between him and the truth: a web of local politics, and the grim secrets the victims held close. All the while, a murderer with boundless hatred continues to raise the body count.
As the troubled ex-cop tries to pull justice from the town’s emotional wreckage, he realizes that his could be the next life lost to the killer’s ruthless, twisted plan for revenge.


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The Darklights by Michaelbrent Collings

    This novel moved a little slower than I normally care for, and slower than the last book I read by Michaelbrent Collings; The Longest Con. However, in saying that, I do love Collings' first person, and it was the interest I developed early in the novel of the character (Gerrold) that kept me going.
     Another thing that kept me reading was his near flawless transition through "then" and "now" chapters. I do love when authors step away from tradition storytelling to lay out their stories for us.
     I loved the world; the sci-fi, setting Collings leads the reader through is indeed well built and engaging. Speaking of engaging, Gerrold's tale is full of love, hate, betrayal, and revenge. There are many twists and turn, thing I didn't think were possible, became possible, and what I thought was really going on . . . well, let's just say I couldn't have been further from the ending. A solid and fitting resolution, I assure you.
     The Darlights is another book by this author that I enjoyed, and reminds me that I need to read more of his work. 
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T I T L E: The Darklights
A U T H O R: Michaelbrent Collings
P U B L I S H E R: Michaelbrent Collings
P U B L I S H--D A T E: June 5, 2017
Sci-fi, Thriller

FROM INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER MICHAELBRENT COLLINGS comes a new venture into deepest space and darkest fear...

When the Company has a problem - a factory gone under, books that need auditing, or a rebellious planet to be destroyed - I'm there, and I take care of it.

I'm the most successful FixIt in Company history, and I have never failed to punch a ticket.

TF-653 is different.

The staff and crew of a terraforming installation on a planet so strange it cannot be described have disappeared. It's my job to get there, to find the problem, and to stop it.

Or kill it.

But some things can't be killed. Because some things are already dead.

And some things... are even worse. Because some things can only be seen in THE DARKLIGHTS.
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The Dragon's Staircase by McKenna Grey and Everly Archard

The Dragon's Staircase (Kyndall Family Thrillers Book 1) - Everly Archard, McKenna Grey

The thrilling aspect of this book was impressive and unexpected. The mystery wasn’t off either. The story did a good job of stringing me along through many twists and turns before it revealed its secrets. I wanted to give this book four stars, but it took me more chapters than I like to get into the story. However, in saying that, once it got going for me, I had a hard time putting it down. I also wasn’t very fond of the characters. I found them predictable and uninteresting which played against the mystery for me. Overall, I’m glad I gave this novel a chance, and I believe that many readers, particularly genre readers, will indeed enjoy this book.

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The Longest Con by Michaelbrent Collings

The Longest Con - Michaelbrent Collings
T I T L E: The Longest Con
P U B L I S H E R: Michaelbrent Collings
P U B L I S H--D A T E: August 6, 2016
I S B N: 978-1536873283
Fantasy, Humor

Larry Correia. Kevin J. Anderson. D.J. Butler. Orson Scott Card. Mercedes Yardley.
Would you like to know - I mean, REALLY know - what they're doing when they go to those fancy comic-cons? Because it ain't just writing.
See, every year, thousands of people attend comic-cons dressed as monsters.
Of course, you probably already knew that.
But did you ALSO know that...
every year, thousands of MONSTERS attend comic-cons dressed as PEOPLE.
Sure. Nothing could POSSIBLY go wrong there.
Luckily, the con organizers have placed Wardens throughout the conventions. These undercover supernatural troubleshooters are tasked with stopping mayhem before it starts . . . or solving the murders after they happen.
I'M MICHAELBRENT COLLINGS: author of this book, and one of the Wardens. My job is to go to the cons, where I sell books, make fans, and kill the occasional monster.
It's not just me, either. Those authors I told you about, and even more . . . you'd never guess what many of your favorite authors are REALLY up to at the conventions.
Luckily, though, you don't have to guess.
And get ready to have . . . your . . . mind . . . BLOWN.*
* Disclaimer: your mind may or may not be blown.




"From the first page to the last, this book offers a magnitude of fun, humor, and awesome storytelling. I knew within three chapters that I was going to love this book, but I had no idea until I read further in just how much that love . . .(MORE)."

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Grave Predictions: Tales of Mankind’s Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian and Disastrous Destiny

Grave Predictions: Tales of Mankind’s Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian and Disastrous Destiny (Dover Doomsday Classics) - Stephen King, Greg Bear, Ramsey Campbell, Joe R. Lansdale, Carmen Maria Machado, Mark Samuels, Erica L. Satifka, Brian Stableford, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, W.E.B. Du Bois, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Drew Ford, Harlan Ellison
T I T L E: Grave Predictions: Tales of Mankind’s Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian and Disastrous Destiny
A U T H O R: Stephen King; Greg Bear; Ramsey Campbell; Joe R. Lansdale; Carmen Maria Machado; Mark Samuels; Erica L. Satifka; Brian Stableford; Ray Bradbury; Arthur C. Clarke; W.E.B. Du Bois; Kurt Vonnegut
P U B L I S H E R: Dover Publications
P U B L I S H--D A T E: September 21, 2016
I S B N: 9780486802312
Anthology, Horror, Sci-fi, Fantasy

"This is a book of stories intended to describe that hand of mortal destruction in 16 utterly different, yet all apocalyptically stunning ways!"—Harlan Ellison, from the Introduction.
These compelling visions of post-apocalyptic societies and dystopian worlds include short stories by some of the most acclaimed authors of our time. Among the noteworthy contributors and their works are Stephen King's "The End of the Whole Mess," "The Pedestrian" by Ray Bradbury, and Arthur C. Clarke's "No Morning After."
The first-ever apocalyptic fantasy about global warming, "The End of the World," appears here, in translation from Eugene Mouton's 1872 French-language original. "The Pretence," by Ramsey Campbell, questions the nature and structure of everyday life in the aftermath of a doomsday prediction. In addition, thought-provoking stories by Philip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Greg Bear, Erica L. Satifka, and others offer an end-of-the-world extravaganza for fans of science fiction, horror, and fantasy.

"When I read this was a collection of stories about the end of the world, I knew I would enjoy it. Each of these stories are incredibly creative. Some of them blindingly so - you think you know where some of the authors are going. . . (MORE)"

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One Man's Purpose by Stephen D. Senturia

One Man's Purpose - A Novel - Stephen D. Senturia
T I T L E: One Man's Purpose
A U T H O R: Stephen D. Senturia
P U B L I S H E R: Friesen Press
P U B L I S H--D A T E: November, 2015
I S B N: 9781460274699
Literary fiction, General fiction (adult)

Martin Quint, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Cambridge Technology Institute, is at the top of his professional career. Beloved as a teacher and internationally lionized as a researcher, he enthusiastically embraces his academic overload. But with a baby on the way, a voyeuristic computer specialist posting things in public that shouldn't be, and a critical tenure case for a junior female colleague hanging by a thread, life throws more at Martin than he can juggle.




In the end, I'm very happy I accepted the book to review. I didn't expect a story that would hold me, yet that is exactly what . . . (M O R E).

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The Devourers by Indra Das

The Devourers - Indra Das
T I T L E: The Devourers
A U T H O R: Indra Das
P U B L I S H E R:Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine/Del Rey
P U B L I S H -- D A T E: July 12, 2016
I S B N: 9781101967515
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy
On a cool evening in Kolkata, India, beneath a full moon, as the whirling rhythms of traveling musicians fill the night, college professor Alok encounters a mysterious stranger with a bizarre confession and an extraordinary story. Tantalized by the man's unfinished tale, Alok will do anything to hear its completion. So Alok agrees, at the stranger's behest, to transcribe a collection of battered notebooks, weathered parchments, and once-living skins. From these documents spills the chronicle of a race of people at once more than human yet kin to beasts, ruled by instincts and desires blood-deep and ages-old. The tale features a rough wanderer in seventeenth-century Mughal India who finds himself irrevocably drawn to a defiant woman—and destined to be torn asunder by two clashing worlds. With every passing chapter of beauty and brutality, Alok's interest in the stranger grows and evolves into something darker and more urgent. Shifting dreamlike between present and past with intoxicating language, visceral action, compelling characters, and stark emotion, The Devourers offers a reading experience quite unlike any other novel.


This book was an interesting and unique read for me. I’m not much into werewolves, of any type, however, this isn’t really a werewolf story, at least not in the sense I’m used to. They are not the only characters either. There is a rack of . . . (MORE)

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Beneath The Fall by Aaron Safronoff

Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall - Aaron Safronoff
T I T L E: Beneath The Fall
S E R I E S:  Sunborn Rising (Nº 1) 
A U T H O R: Aaron Safronoff
P U B L I S H E R: Neoglyphic Entertainment
P U B L I S H--D A T E: May 5, 2016
I S B N: 9781944606008
Fantasy, Children's Fiction, Middle Grade

Cerulean is on the brink of collapse. The decay wasn't fast, it wasn't obvious, but now the world stands on the precipice.
Woven forests floating on an ocean around a star, Cerulean's once vibrant treescape has grown dim over generations of arboreal life, and the creatures of the forest have forgotten the light.
Barra, a young, willful Listlespur, finds her late father's hidden journal, and reads about his discovery of Cerulean's brighter past and the mysterious plague he believed has all but destroyed it. He warned the Elders. He urged them to take action. Those were his last words...
Together with her two best friends, Barra will rekindle her father's legacy and traverse the Great Forest to relight her world, even if she has to travel beneath the Fall.

     This book is one of the most beautifully put together books I’ve had in my hands in a very long time. The illustrations are remarkable works of art, that not only give you give a direct link into the author’s mind, but show you how fantastic. . . (MORE)
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A Lady in the Smoke by Karen Odden

A Lady in the Smoke: A Victorian Mystery - Karen Odden

T I T L E: A Lady in the Smoke

A U T H O R: Karen Odden

P U B L I S H E R: Random House Publishing-Alibi

P U B L I S H--D A T E: March 29, 2016

I S B N: 9781101886403

Historical Mysteries




Following a humiliating fourth Season in London, Lady Elizabeth Fraser is on her way back to her ancestral country estate when her train careens off the rails and bursts into flames. Though she is injured, she manages to drag herself and her unconscious mother out of the wreckage, and amid the chaos that ensues, a brilliant young railway surgeon saves her mother's life. Elizabeth feels an immediate connection with Paul Wilcox—though society would never deem a medical man eligible for the daughter of an earl.

After Paul reveals that the train wreck was no accident, and the inspector who tried to prevent it dies under mysterious circumstances, Elizabeth undertakes a dangerous investigation of her own that leads back to her family's buried secrets. The more she learns, the more she must risk. Not only are her dowry and her reputation at stake; Paul's very life hangs in the balance when he is arrested for manslaughter. As the trial draws near, and Parliament prepares for a vote that will change the course of the nation, Elizabeth uncovers a conspiracy that has been years in the making. But time is running out for her to see justice done.

     A Lady in the Smoke was a bit different but a great mystery. It seemed to be a combination of two genres - Literary Fiction and Historical Mysteries. I found that . . . (M O R E)

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The Dragon Round by Stephen S. Power

The Dragon Round - Stephen S. Power
T I T L E: The Dragon Round
A U T H O R: Stephen S. Power
P U B L I S H E R: Simon and Schuster
P U B L I S H--D A T E: July 5, 2016
ISBN: 9781501133206


A swashbuckling adventure with a dark side for fans of George R.R. Martin and Naomi Novik—when a ship captain is stranded on a deserted island by his mutinous crew, he finds a baby dragon that just might be the key to his salvation…and his revenge.
He only wanted justice. Instead he got revenge.
Jeryon has been the captain of the Comber for over a decade. He knows the rules. He likes the rules. But not everyone on his ship agrees. After a monstrous dragon attacks the galley, the surviving crewmembers decide to take the ship for themselves and give Jeryon and his self-righteous apothecary “the captain’s chance”: a small boat with no rudder, no sails, and nothing but the clothes on his back to survive on the open sea.
Fighting for their lives against the elements, Jeryon and his companion land on an island that isn’t as deserted as they originally thought. They find a baby dragon that, if trained, could be their way home. But as Jeryon and the dragon grow closer, the captain begins to realize that even if he makes it off the island, his old life won't be waiting for him and in order get justice, he’ll have to take it for himself.


     Normally, I’m not much on stories with a nautical theme, however, I was lured by the dragon. I am also a fan of George R R Martin and Naomi Novik, so I couldn’t wait to read this book. And it was good, I didn’t love it, but it was good. I just didn’t really find that the comparison to . . . (M O R E)

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Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants - Sylvain Neuvel
T I T L E: Sleeping Giants
A U T H O R: Sylvain Neuvel
S E R I E S: Themis Files (Nº 1) 
P U B L I S H E R: Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine DelRay
P U B L I S H--D A T E: April 26, 2016
I S B N: 9781101886694
Sci-Fi, Fantasy

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square-shaped hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.
Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—the object's origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.
But some can never stop searching for answers.
Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top-secret team to crack the hand's code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the relic they seek. What's clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history's most perplexing discovery—and finally figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?


There are so many twists and turns, so many great opportunities in this book to love it, but it never happened for me because you never actually see what happens, you’re told about it AFTER the fact. (MORE)
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Much of Madness by S. E. Summa

Much of Madness (The Conexus Chronicles) (Volume 1) - S. E. Summa
T I T L E: Much of Madness
S E R I E S: The Conexus Chronicles (Nº 1) 
A U T H O R: S. E. Summa
P U B L I S H E R: Inkmancy Press
P U B L I S H--D A T E: February 29, 2016
I S B N: 9780997295412

Seraphina Pearce doesn’t know what’s more frustrating: her magic’s affinity for death, her best friend’s transformation into an albino Sin Eater, or that simply touching a guy she loves means someone’s headed to the morgue.
After a sin-eating job goes awry, she casts a risky spell and butts heads with a handsome stranger in order to win an infamous grimoire.
Marceau L’Argent is the last person she should confide in because the occult cat burglar has a mysterious past, and he’s made it no secret he also wants the grimoire. He recognizes her dark magic and offers his unique help as a rare curse breaker. If all that weren’t enough, Marceau causes butterflies in her stomach—a feeling she’d long thought dead. Seraphina was only trying to break her curse—not piss off Death himself.

This book was quite the pleasant read with lots of little surprises in a supernatural world. It captivated me from the very first chapter and (MORE)
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An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel

An Unattractive Vampire - Jim McDoniel

T I T L E: An Unattractive Vampire
A U T H O R: Jim McDoniel
P U B L I S H E R: Inkshares
P U B L I S H--D A T E: March 16, 2016
I S B N: 9781941758649
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Jim McDoniel’s debut novel, An Unattractive Vampire, is a darkly comic urban fantasy of ancient horrors in suburban cities. After three centuries trapped underground, thousand-year-old Yulric Bile—also known as the Curséd One, the Devil's Apprentice, He Who Worships the Slumbering Horrors—awakens only to find that no one believes he is a vampire. Apparently he’s just too ugly—modern vampires, he soon discovers, are pretty, weak, and, most disturbing of all, good. Determined to reestablish his bloodstained reign, Yulric sets out to correct this disgusting turn of events or, at the very least, murder the person responsible. With the help of pert vampire-wannabe Amanda; Simon, the eight-year-old reincarnation of his greatest foe; and a cadre of ancient and ugly horrors, Yulric prepares to battle the glamorous undead. But who will win the right to determine, once and for all, what it truly means to be a vampire?

While I may not have laughed out loud when reading this book, I did smile or chuckle frequently. It was a great concept and executed very . . . (M O R E)

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Green Eye by Vena Cork

Green Eye (A Rosa Thorn Thriller) - Vena Cork

T I T L E: Green Eye
S E R I E S: Rosa Thorn (Nº 3)
A U T H O R: Vena Cork
P U B L I S H E R: Endeavour Books
P U B L I S H--D A T E: February 6, 2016
I S B N: 9780755324084

Danny Thorn has enrolled in Billings College, Cambridge.
After the tragic events of his unsettling past, including the death of his father, Danny was happy to blend in at university.
But, his involvement in a production of Othello opposite the beguiling Stella, sees Danny drawn into the hedonistic lifestyle of university.
On the surface it may seem enviable but right now, Danny can see little to be jealous of.
While Stella doesn't seem to be interested in him, his ex, Julie, won't leave him alone.
But as the term progresses, getting a date for the May ball will be the least of his worries.
A rapist, who's been preying on female students for months, is still at large, and the Othello cast are not beyond his reach.
A potentially deadly case of the green-eyed monster, jealousy, is about to rear its ugly head, and Danny may just find himself unwittingly caught in the middle.
All too soon Danny finds the May week, the height of the Cambridge social calendar, spirals into terror, chaos and murder.

I will start by saying that this book did hold my attention to a certain degree, but unfortunately, not completely. There were times that I actually had to force myself to keep reading . . . (M O R E)

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The Death House by Sarah Pinborough

The Death House - Sarah Pinborough

T I T L E: The Death House
A U T H O R: Sarah Pinborough
P U B L I S H E R: Titan Books
P U B L I S H--D A T E: September 1, 2015
I S B N: 9781473202320
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Literature fiction (adult)

Taken from his family, Toby now lives in the Death House: an out-of-time existence far from the modern world, where he, and the others who live there, are studied by Matron and her team of nurses. They're looking for any sign of sickness. Any sign of their wards changing. Any sign that it's time to take them to the sanatorium.
No one returns from the sanatorium.
Withdrawn from his house-mates and living in his memories of the past, Toby spends his days fighting his fear. But then a new arrival in the house shatters the fragile peace, and everything changes.
Because everybody dies. It's how you choose to live that counts.

So wow. Where to begin? This novel about children of various ages had me weary to begin. I don't normally read book about kids, and I most definitely stay clear books about . . . (M O R E)

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