Month: March 2016

Book Review: “The Devil’s Grin” by A. Wendenberg

Book Review: “The Devil’s Grin” by A. Wendenberg

Dr. Anton Kronberg is a bacteriologist and epidemiologist in 1889 London. He receives a message requesting his presence at the site where a dead body has been found. Cholera is suspected, hence the need for Dr. Kronberg. But another type of detective is also on site. None other than the infamous Sherlock Holmes. The two, reluctantly at first, agree to work together to determine the circumstances of the man’s death. Their plan is a complex one which will involve danger for both of them, and take Dr. Kronberg to Berlin and back. They are up against some very powerful and secretive adversaries but this will deter them from the pursuit of truth.

I just loved this book! Dr. Anton Kronberg works to solve a mystery while himself being a mystery. The character is delightful and intriguing. I found the author’s interpretation of Sherlock to be equally as engaging. The plot is complex and full of enough twists to keep any mystery lover guessing. If you love historical mysteries and/or Sherlock Holmes, don’t let this one get away!

Alinefromabook’s rating: TWO THUMBS-UP!

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Book Review: “Dying to Keep It” by Donna Thompson

Book Review: “Dying to Keep It” by Donna Thompson

Brea was abandoned as an infant and raised in the foster care system. So was her boyfriend Ben. In fact, that’s all they have in common when they decide to buy a B&B, sight unseen, in rural Maine. Ben turns tail and runs as soon as he sees the place. When Brea inadvertently finds millions of dollars hidden in the structure, Ben comes back looking for more than his share. Then he turns up dead and Brea becomes the prime suspect. Not only is she being investigated by the police but Toby, a very handsome local private investigator, is also checking her out. In more ways than one. Will Brea be able to clear her name before she too ends up dead? Will she ever be accepted into the community? Is there a future for her and Toby?

The answers await you in the pages of this mystery/romance. I really couldn’t help but like Brea and Toby, while at the same time wondering who was trying to kill them. The storyline has some nice twists and was engaging throughout. Overall, this is a good read as a mystery and as a romance.

Alinefromabook’s rating: THUMBS-UP for great characters and an intriguing plot.

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Book Review: “A Question of Will” by Alex Albrinck

Book Review: “A Question of Will” by Alex Albrinck

I found this book fascinating not only because of the complex storyline but also because of the glimpse at the possible future of technology that it provides. The characters, who play their parts excellently, are the frosting on the cake. They are intriguing and believable, especially the good guys, and well developed throughout the story.

Will Stark is the richest man in the world, a brilliant entrepreneur and developer, who lives with his wife, Hope and his young son, Josh, in a secure community with guards patrolling 24 hours a day. As the story opens the community is being attacked by the Hunters of the Aliomenti and their target is the Stark family. Their house is burnt to the ground in a huge explosion and all three are presumed dead in the fire. But Will is not dead. He has been rescued by the Alliance, the enemies of the Aliomenti. What follows is Will’s journey as he discovers who he really is. But what has happened to Hope and Josh? Pick up a copy and find out. This book is the first in the Aliomenti Saga series. Bonus: the Kindle version of the book is free – click here to download.

Alinefromabook’s recommendation: THUMBS-UP! This is science fiction and will appeal to lovers of the genre.

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Book Review: “Pistols and Petticoats” by Erika Janik

Book Review: “Pistols and Petticoats” by Erika Janik

I was immediately captivated by the title of this book. It just seemed to roll off the tongue in such an intriguing way. Then I saw the subtitle, “175 Years of Lady Detectives in Fact and Fiction”, I knew I had to read this one. I was not disappointed. The author took me on a fascinating jaunt through a segment of women’s history I’d never considered before. This book highlights the struggles that women faced just to become police officers and how our society’s way of thinking also had to change in order for women to be included in the process of solving crime. The author points out the role that fictional female detectives played in spurring on some of these changes. In rounding up her account, the author points out the current state of women in policing. There is still a ways to go in fighting for equality between the sexes in policing.

As you can tell, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author’s combination of detection and history hit my sweet spot perfectly. One of my hopes is that my readers will broaden their reading horizons beyond just fiction and this book would be a great place to start.

Alinefromabook’s recommendation: TWO THUMBS-UP! For a well-researched piece of non-fiction that reads as easily as fiction.

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Thank you to Edelweiss and Beacon Press for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book will be available April 26, 2016. Click here to pre-order: Pistols and Petticoats: 175 Years of Lady Detectives in Fact and Fiction

Book Review: “The Forgotten Girls” by Alexa Steele

Book Review: “The Forgotten Girls” by Alexa Steele

“The Forgotten Girls” is the first of 2 books in the Suburban Murder series by Alexa Steele. In this book, the author introduces us to Sex Crimes detective Bella DeFranco. Bella usually works in New York City, but in this case, a friend of her boss has asked for help with a murder in his ritzy suburb. Bella is his top detective and she grudgingly takes the case and Mack as a temporary partner. Upon arriving in town, Bella and Mack are faced with the brutal murder of a local mother. They also quickly realize that there may be a connection between her murder and the apparent double suicide of two teenage girls a few weeks before. Before long it is evident that the shine of this community is only superficial and evil simmers just below the surface.

I enjoyed Bella DeFranco as a character though I would have liked her to be developed a little more. I also would have liked to know more about Mack. The storyline was strong and had some clever twists. All in all not a bad story.

Alinefromabook’s recommendation: THUMBS-UP for a clever storyline and enjoyable characters.

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This book is free for Amazon Kindle. Click here to get a copy. The Forgotten Girls (Book #1 in The Suburban Murder Series)

Book Review: “Good Morning Diego Garcia” by Susan Joyce

Book Review: “Good Morning Diego Garcia” by Susan Joyce

Batten down the hatches! This memoir will take you on a wild ride across the Indian Ocean on a 54’ yacht. This is the second book in a series of Susan Joyce’s memoirs. In this book she and her husband Charles agree to join their friends Dylan and Mia as they sail a yacht from Sri Lanka to the Seychelles. The author’s vivid descriptions have you feeling like you are right there with her. When she described the storms on the ocean I actually started to feel queasy. This story takes place in 1975 and the author incorporates well the political upheaval taking place in India and Sri Lanka at the time. The trip also turns out to be a significant personal journey for the author and she includes her many reflections throughout the story.

I really enjoyed the story and the author’s descriptions of all the places they visited. If I were planning a trip to India, this book would certainly give me lots of ideas for things to do and see.

Alinefromabook’s recommendation: THUMBS-UP! To a great travel story/memoir.

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Book Review: “3 Lies” by Helen Hanson

Book Review: “3 Lies” by Helen Hanson

I was on the edge of my seat with this story. Clint Masters is planning to take his girlfriend, Beth, out sailing for the day. When he arrives at her door expecting breakfast, she’s not there. His first thought is that he’s been stood up, after all they’ve only been dating a couple of months. But his affection for her keeps him curious and his questions begin to reveal that something sinister is going on, and Beth’s life is in danger.

I was a little annoyed with Clint and his attitude at the beginning but as the story unfolds and his devotion to Beth becomes clear he became a hero in my eyes. Beth is a dialysis patient, a fact that her captors are unaware of. If she doesn’t get to a machine within the next couple of days, her blood will become toxic and her body will shut down. Beth’s body may be fragile but her spirit is tough as nails and she is not going down without a fight. What neither one of them knows could get them both killed.

The story is told from four perspectives. Clint’s is primary as we follow him through his investigation. Pieces start to fall in place as the captor’s, Beth and CIA operatives each tell the story from their separate perspectives. I absolutely loved this story which is the first in a series. It took me a couple of chapters to really get into it, but once this story took off there was no slowing it down. Clint and Beth are both good people caught up in circumstances NOT of their own making.

Alinefromabook’s recommendation: THUMBS-UP! For believable and likable good guys, and lots of twists and thrills.

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Book Review: “Avonelle’s Gift” by Nova Scheller

Thanks to NetGalley and Bookbaby for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.

A gripping biography of an American family. This story of the Medling family spans from the late 1800’s to the 1960’s. Virgil and Ethel Medling are both born into difficult circumstances in rural Missouri. Falling in love as teenagers, they marry after Virgil returns from military service in Europe. They picture themselves building the family they never had but when life starts throwing curveballs their resolve begins to falter. The book traces their story as they suffer the death of a child, extramarital affairs, and Virgil’s imprisonment. Along the way Ethel raises their two children. After Ethel’s premature death, Virgil remarries and makes some heart-wrenching choices.

I found this book to be beautifully written. The author’s notes mention a family tradition of story-telling which she has put to good use in telling the story of her ancestors. The characters are vivid and the author does not gloss over their faults in an attempt to make them more likable, but tells their stories with honesty and the clarity that comes with hindsight.

Alinefromabook’s recommendation: THUMBS-UP to a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging read. Caution: there are some sex scenes so this may not be appropriate for younger readers.

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