Originally envisioned as a six-book series, the novel won most major awards, including a Macavitty Sadly, after nine books, the series has ended. Hopefully, Bradley will come up with another compelling character to entice us. There is a Flavia deLuce Fan Club, by the way. And, best of all, you've got nine delicious, unexpected, heart-warming and -wrenching books to wallow in. Enjoy.
Following up on his debut novel Black Fridays, Sears has proved with this new release that he's not a one-book wonder. This one, again starring Jason Stafford, takes us deeper into the world offinancial arcana, and is equally as tense and captivating as the first. Even better, the harrowing life of the parent of an autistic son - AKA The Kid - is woven through the novel with seamless attention to emotion and detail. The story centers around the legacy of the late William von Becker, who ran one of the largest private banking firms in the country, giving investors returns on their money that should have sent warning signals to even the greediest. When the Ponzi scheme blew up, von Becker went to jail.
This woman must write in her sleep. Here's another inimitable Krentz romance, complete with feisty heroine Lucy Sheridan and steely-eyed Mason Fletcher, who saved Lucy from sexual assault back when they were teens. Now they're both grown up and returned to Summer River, where Lucy is sorting out her beloved aunt's estate. Mason has returned as well, and when he goes to the aunt's Craftsman cottage to give his views on a proposed renovation, he uncovers a grisly, long-held secret. From then on, events spiral out of control, placing Lucy in danger. In typical Krentz style, the pair are drawn to each other despite serious doubts and roadblocks. Sex is steamy and explicit. And the outcome is not completely predictable. It's a 4, a fun summer read. Sex is a 3+.
It's a 3.
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19/series. The unique team of Dave Robichaux and Clete Purcel are at it again, this time on the track of Tee Jolie Melton, a young woman who appears to Dave in a morphine-addled dream. He later learns she was kidnapped and her sister, Blue, subsequently vanishes. As with all Burke’s novels, the violence and gore is copious, the one-liners bitingly funny, the plot subtle and the characters unique and fascinating. I know I shouldn't, as an unpublished writer, grouse about the writing style or technique of a Pulitzer Prize winner (among many other awards). This author has impeccable chops, he's even got a Pulitzer Prize (among many, many others), and I admire not only his body of work but his amazing work ethic. But the pontificating is starting to get to me and no author ought to pause at the beginning of a fight scene to muse for paragraphs, for Pete’s sake, upon the state of the world, no matter how dire, depressing, and accurate that musing is. A 4.