26.9.15

THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT, by Simone St. James

London, 1925, where talented occult mistress Ellie Winter is left a note by her arch-rival Gloria Sutton, who has been murdered at one of Gloria's own seances. Reluctant to enter Sutton's high-visibility world, Ellie decides to honor her adversary's request to "find me", only to find herself dogged by handsome and relentless war veteran James Hawley, who despises charlatans and fakes, and lives to expose them. But Ellie is the real thing, and had given up contacting the dead after the brutal war which wiped out nearly a generation of English men, and now she will only find lost objects. Click below for more...

THEHAUNTING OF MADDY CLARE, by Simone St. James

Mesmerizing! This is what a careful, meticulous author can accomplish: a stunning read that will grab you and ruin your entire normal schedule. Hired as an assistant to handsome Alistair Gellis while his usual assistant is out of town, penniless Sarah Piper goes to a small English village to investigate a haunting. The spirit belongs to Maddy Clare, a nineteen year-old maid who killed herself in a barn, and her ghost is now supposed to inhabit the building. Click below for more, but no spoilers...

23.9.15

SAVAGE GARDEN, by Denise Hamilton

4/series starring Eve Diamond, LA reporter and trouble magnet. In Sugar Skull, Eve Diamond met and fell for the handsome and irresistible Silvio Aguilar. In this fast-paced novel, Catarina Velosi, mercurial actress playing the lead in Alfonso Reventon's new play, vanishes on opening night. Eve and Silvio go to the actresses' apartment; something has happened there, a window screen is missing, but the actresses' purse is on a table. Why does Eve's lover Silvio have a key to Velosi's apartment? Click below for more...

THE SHOGUN'S DAUGHTER, by Laura Joh Rowland

There is a trend among some authors to create a novel and then leave enough loose ends to force the reader to buy the next tale. This is one of those, so if you deplore the pernicious (and hopefully not growing) habit of writing most of a novel but not all, you can skip this one.
17/series starring Sano Ichiro, the Emperor's investigator. After the 1705 earthquake and fire that destroys Edo (Tokyo), the Tokugawa shogun's daughter dies of smallpox. The upheaval that follows allows Ichiro's arch-enemy, the evil and ambitious Yanagisawa to propel his son forward as the shogun's son, and the easily-led shogun (who prefers men) agrees. The following purge removes not only Ichiro from his position, but scores of others including his own son. When the shogun's mother begs Ichiro to prove that the daughter wasn't murdered, he risks both family and honor to follow all clues to their end. As always, Rowland writes knowingly and simply of the torturous world of feudal Japan, and the mystery is well-paced. Too bad the side story was left openly dangling, a tarnished lure. It's a 3.
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ALONG THE BROKEN ROAD, by Heather Burch

Sweet romance doesn't get much better than this delightful Ozark-based encounter between feisty, grieving Carlee and handsome ex-soldier Ian Carlisle, who is on a highly-tense mission: fulfilling the last wishes of his former Commanding Officer. Just back from Afghanistan, Carlisle brings with him Carlee's father's diary, written to express the late Major's love for his only daughter. Click below for more....