Author: alinefromabook

“Give the Devil His Due” by Sulari Gentill

“Give the Devil His Due” by Sulari Gentill

Rowland Sinclair Mystery Series #7

Wealthy Rowland Sinclair, an artist with leftist friends and a free-wheeling lifestyle, reluctantly agrees to a charity race. He’ll drive his beloved yellow Mercedes on the Maroubra Speedway, renamed the Killer Track for the lives it has claimed. His teammates are a young Errol Flynn and the well-known driver Joan Richmond. It’s all good fun. But then people start to die…

The body of a journalist covering the race is found murdered in a House of Horrors. An English blueblood with Blackshirt affiliations dies in a Maroubra crash. Reporters stalk Rowly for dirt while bookmakers are after an edge. When someone takes a shot at him—it could be anyone. Then the police arrest one of Rowly’s housemates for murder.

This is the second book I’ve read from this series and I have to say that the character of Rowland Sinclair and his various companions continue to grow on me. Ms. Gentill has crafted some incredible personalities for the lead characters which all work together to keep the reader engaged and at times on the edge of their seat. While this book is not a thriller it does contain some harrowing moments, this time centered around a racetrack which by its very nature is a threat to life and limb. There’s also a coven of witches coming out to play and complicate the mystery, and a quirky young lady trying get break in to the art world. Although I was never a big fan of the actor Errol Flynn, his appearance in this story helps to draw you into the time period. Overall, I found this to be a fun romp through Australia in the years between the wars and look forward to more installments in this series.

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“Tripwire” by Lee Child – Audiobook

“Tripwire” by Lee Child – Audiobook

Narrated by Johnathan McClain

Jack Reacher, ex-military policeman relaxed in Key West until Costello turned up dead. The amiable PI was hired in New York by the daughter of Reacher’s mentor and former commanding officer, General Garber. Garber’s investigation into a Vietnam MIA sets Reacher on collision with hand-less “Hook” Hobie, hours away from his biggest score.

Jack Reacher is quickly becoming my newest hero. Parts of this story were very gruesome and hard to listen too, but that was definitely outweighed by the complexity of the story. Reacher starts to develop a personal life which I enjoyed and adds additional dimension to him as a character. The Vietnam War connection in the plot really points out Jack Reacher’s former years in the military and the death of his former mentor will have a completely unexpected outcome on his life. Reacher continues to be a loner, for the most part, and someone who wants to live by his own code, which I have to admit is an archetype that I relate well too. The ultimate resolution of this mystery took me by surprise by seemed very appropriate to the events that had taken place. This story represents to me another way in which war can destroy lives, and that’s something that I think we should all be reminded of frequently. There are multiple lives at stake in this story and the action is riveting. I think this story translated well to audio and the narrator did a great job of bringing the characters to life.

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“A Book of Bones” by John Connolly – Audiobook

“A Book of Bones” by John Connolly – Audiobook

Narrated by Jeff Harding

He is our best hope.

He is our last hope.

On a lonely moor in northern England, the body of a young woman is discovered. In the south, a girl lies buried beneath a Saxon mound. To the southeast, the ruins of a priory hide a human skull.

Each is a sacrifice, a summons. And something in the darkness has heard the call.

Charlie Parker has also heard it and from the forests of Maine to the deserts of the Mexican border, from the canals of Amsterdam to the streets of London, he will track those who would cast the world into darkness.

Parker fears no evil—but evil fears him.

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Charlie Parker but this one really made me work, in a good way. The religious roots in this story are very complicated and I really had to pay attention while listening so as not to get completely lost. That being said, I love a complex story that makes my brain work along the way, so for me this is a winning characteristic. This installment also felt like it was more emotional for the characters as we are faced with a battle against cancer while trying to stop evil from destroying the world. I continue to enjoy the expansion of the roles of Charlie’s daughters as the series progresses. For me the incorporation of the children makes it all a little more real. Charlie and his team (my word for the group of recurring characters) are not just fighting evil as a theoretical concept or as a function of law enforcement, but as an actual living force that can end all hope of a future for mankind. This may well be my favorite so far, though I wouldn’t suggest this one as your first foray into this series. John Connolly continues to dazzle me with his creativity, and Charlie Parker is still one of my favorite heroes.

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“A Snowflake at Midnight” by Anne Renwick – Audiobook

“A Snowflake at Midnight” by Anne Renwick – Audiobook

Narrated by Anais Inara Chase

A rare manuscript. A midnight promise. A man who would steal them both away.

Pressured by looming deadlines and an annoying patron, Evie Brown, an academic librarian, struggles to find joy this Christmas holiday. Worse, her sick father is ready to abandon treatments and surrender to fate – a decision she refuses to accept. Delving into a medieval manuscript, she searches for answers in the distant past.

For the woman who has stolen his heart, only a perfect proposal will do. Ash Lockwood, botanist, has transformed the rooftop greenhouse into a tropical fairyland. But when Evie begs him to help her harvest mistletoe at midnight, they venture down a different garden path, unaware that danger circles close.

When their plans implode and a murderer threatens their lives, only invention and teamwork will save them. 

Christmas in steampunk Victorian England! What could be better. I don’t usually go for Christmas themed books because I find them to be rather sappy, but I can’t resist an Anne Renwick story and this one is no exception. I was also very pleased to see Anais Inara Chase return as the narrator. So what makes this Christmas story different for me? Well, as always there is a lot of science in the story which gives my brain a workout, while at the same time there is a love affair taking place and it’s all wrapped in mistletoe and bio-luminescent light. Evie the librarian, with her love of books, was somebody I could completely relate to. And Ash is so sincere in his love for her, it warmed even my old heart. I have to say though, that I was most charmed by the squirrel, and if you want to know why you need to read or listen to the story for yourself. I don’t know where Ms. Renwick gets all her stories from but I certainly feel privileged to be able to read them. Pick up this winter treat as soon as you can!

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“The Course of all Treasons” by Suzanne Wolfe

“The Course of all Treasons” by Suzanne Wolfe

Blurb:

England, 1586. Tensions rise as threats to the realm abound. Traitors are plotting for Mary Queen of Scots to depose Elizabeth I and take the throne. Rumors of a Spanish invasion by sea mount daily. And the body of one of Sir Francis Walsingham’s agents is found floating in the Thames as other agents face enemies armed with crossbows and vials of poison.

Nicholas Holt, a spy in Walsingham’s employ, narrowly averts the same fate while setting off in pursuit of the killer–or killers. And when he surprises a suspect in the company of a Spanish agent, he believes he’s close not only to solving the case but preventing an act of high treason.

But soon, the attacks begin to threaten Nick’s circle of friends. As those he loves face mortal peril, Nick must unravel the tangled plot, all the while steering a careful path through the fierce rivalry between Walsingham’s agents and those of the Queen’s favorite, the upstart Earl of Essex. Now it’s a race to the breathless conclusion as Nick desperately searches for the answers that can save the day–and a vestige of loyalty that can save his own life.

My Thoughts:

When I picked up this book, I was honestly shocked to find myself in Medieval England. I had completely forgotten why I originally selected this one and I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy it. It turns out that this story took me on a rollicking adventure across London. And the tour was guided by the handsome Nicholas Holt. This is a different kind of investigation because it’s in medieval times and Nicholas doesn’t have all the fancy tools that we have today but it forces you to pay more attention to the characters and their motives. My favorites were Nicholas and Rivkah. I also really enjoyed Annie as a counterpoint to Nick. The author did an excellent job of bringing Nicholas’s part of London alive and incorporating the differences between wealthy parts of the city and the impoverished parts. I found the politics of the time that influence the events to be really interesting too. This story is very much driven by the characters themselves, no gun fights or high speed chases, but that’s why it was such a good read.

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Book Releases Dec 9 – Dec 13

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Outlaws: A King & Slater Thriller by Matt Rogers, releases Dec. 10.

My Daddy is a Hero: How Chris Watts Went from Family Man to Family Killer by Lena Darhally, releases Dec. 9.

Blood Ties (A Nik Pohl Thriller Book 2) by Alexander Hartung, releases Dec. 12.

Shattered Truth (Opus X Book 2) by Michael Anderle, releases Dec. 13.

The Idealist by Terry Conrad, releases Dec. 10.

Blood and Treachery: A Scottish Crime Thriller (DCI Logan Crime Thrillers Book 4) by JD Kirk, releases Dec. 13.

Wings and Broken Things: Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Mitzy Moon Mysteries Book 3) by Trixie Silvertale, releases Dec. 13.

In Plain Sight (Knight & Culverhouse Book 9) by Adam Croft, releases Dec. 13.

Devil On My Doorstep (Witch Hazel Lane Mysteries Book 2) by J. L. Collins, releases Dec. 13.

Cherry Cream and Murder (Holly Holmes Cozy Culinary Mystery Series Book 4) by K. E. O’Connor, releases Dec. 13.

Dead in the Dinghy (A Mollie McGhie Cozy Sailing Mystery Book 4) by Ellen Jacobson, releases Dec. 13.

Murdercon by Maureen Catherine Orkwis, releases Dec. 13.

Close Call: a crime thriller series (G.E.E.K.S. Inc. Book 2) by Mike Clayton, releases Dec. 13.

Forever 27 by Greg Hall, releases Dec. 13.

Till Morning is Nigh (Ben Bracken Book 4) by Rob Parker, releases Dec. 13.

Walk Like You (Chrissy Livingstone Book 2) by Linda Coles, releases Dec. 13.

Who’s There? by Kerena Swan, releases Dec. 13.

Wasted Thyme (A Dinner Club Murder Mystery Book 7) by Karen C. Whalen, releases Dec. 13.

Ferry to Williamstown by Colin Heston, releases Dec. 13.

Kingdom Chaos: A Novel by Jeff Dixon, releases Dec. 12.

Hard Shot (A Jon Reznick Thriller Book 7) by J. B. Turner, releases Dec. 12

A Place Called Fear (Maggie Novak Thriller Book 2) by Keith Houghton, releases Dec. 12.

Deathly Affair (DI Geraldine Steel Book 13) by Leigh Russell, releases Dec. 12.

Death at Eden’s End (A DCI Satterthwaite Mystery Book 2) by Jo Allen, releases Dec. 12.

Last Request by Liz Mistry, releases Dec. 12.

The Terror Within: The DCI Banham Series by Linda Regan, releases Dec. 12

Murder at the Dolphin Hotel by Helena Dixon, releases Dec. 11.

Hysteria: An Alexander Gregory Thriller (The Alexander Gregory Thrillers Book 2) by LJ Ross, releases Dec. 10.

The Hunt by Jack Cashill, Mike McMullen, releases Dec. 10.

All That’s Bright and Gone: A Novel by Eliza Nellums, releases Dec. 10.

The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters, releases Dec. 10.

True to Me (A By the Sea Novel) by Kay Bratt, releases Dec. 10.

Down the Darkest Road (Cady Maddix Mystery Book 2) by Kylie Brant, releases Dec. 10.

Verse and Vengeance: A Magical Bookshop Mystery by Amanda Flower, Releases Dec. 10.

The Special Counsel: The Mueller Report Retold by Mark Caro, releases Dec. 10.

Shatter the Night: A Detective Gemma Monroe Mystery (Detective Gemma Monroe Novels Book 4) by Emily Littlejohn, releases Dec. 10.

Murder at the Opera: An Atlas Catesby Mystery by D. M. Quincy, releases Dec. 10.

The Course of All Treasons: An Elizabethan Spy Mystery by Suzanne M. Wolf, releases Dec. 10.

Sauvigone for Good (The Wine Trail Mysteries Book 4) by J. C. Eaton, releases Dec. 10.

Crossroad by W. H. Cameron, releases Dec. 10.

The Wonderful by Saskia Sarginson, releases Dec. 10.

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 3 Book Releases

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Children of Virtue and Vengeance

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Fix It with Food by Michael Symon and Douglas Trattner (Clarkson Potter, $30; ISBN 978-1-984825-53-7).

Instant Loss: Eat Real, Lose Weight: How I Lost 125 Pounds—Includes 100+ Recipes by Brittany Williams (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-358-12185-5).

Goodful Cookbook by Goodful (Rodale Books, $29.99; ISBN 978-0-593-13549-5).

Dr. Kellyann’s Cleanse & Reset by Kellyann Petrucci, MS, ND (Rodale Books, $27; ISBN 978-1-984826-67-1).

Ninja: The Most Dangerous Game, a Graphic Novel by Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Justin Jordan, art by Felipe Magaña, (Ten Speed Press, $16.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-984857-44-6).

Fancy AF CocktailsFancy AF Cocktails: Drink Recipes from a Couple of Professional Drinkers by Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $22; ISBN 978-0-358-17171-3).

The Clergyman’s Wife by Molly Greeley (William Morrow Paperbacks, $15.99 paper; ISBN 978-0-06-294291-3).

Just Watch Me: A Novel by Jeff Lindsay (Dutton, $26; ISBN 978-1-5247-4394-9).

Reputation: A Novel by Sara Shepard (Dutton, $16 paper; ISBN 978-1-5247-4290-4).

Genesis by Robin Cook (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $27; ISBN 978-0-525-54215-5).

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $16 paper; ISBN 978-0-525-54231-5).

Labyrinth of Ice by Buddy Levy (St. Martin’s Press, $29.99; ISBN 978-1-250-18219-7).

“Music Macabre” by Sarah Rayne

“Music Macabre” by Sarah Rayne

Blurb:

Music researcher Phineas Fox has been enjoying his latest commission, gathering background material for a biography of Franz Liszt. But although he has – as anticipated – uncovered plenty of scandal in the 19th century composer’s past, matters take a decidedly unexpected turn when his investigations lead to Linklighters, a newly-opened Soho restaurant built on the site of an old Victorian music hall, and unearth evidence of a possible murder involving the notorious music hall performer known as Scaramel.

Just what was Liszt’s connection to Scaramel … and, through her, to the infamous Victorian serial killer Jack the Ripper? As he delves further, Phin’s enquiries uncover clues to a fascinating and extraordinary story – and plunge his own life into jeopardy.

My Thoughts:

This is the 4th book in this series, but the first one I have read. I found Phineas Fox to be a delightful character. The story here I thought was very unique, with 3 different story lines taking place but they all come together in the end. I’m not sure how much of the story is historically accurate but the historical parts felt real to me. There’s a supporting cast of great characters. The movement between the 3 stories keeps you engaged in trying to figure out the mystery. There are some thrills also to keep you on the edge of your seat and a good dose of London fog to give you that little chill down the spine. This was a great read and I hope to have a chance to read more from this series.

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