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“The Iron Fin” by Anne Renwick

“The Iron Fin” by Anne Renwick

The Elemental Web Chronicles Book 3

When I was growing up my favorite fantasy world was the Land of Oz, which I loved for its complexity and the ingenious mechanics that would pop up periodically (a city that can raise and lower itself to the bottom of a lake?!). There was also something delightful to read about. Anne Renwick has created a steampunk world that is equally delightful. Even more so in this this installment because there is a whole crew of hunky naval guys as supporting characters.

In this installment of the Elemental Web Chronicles we meet Isa and Alec who are on a mission to save a castle and capture a megalodon. Isa is a young woman who has been a widow for a year. She has some medical training, though she is not a doctor, and she travels amongst the villages of the Finn people helping those in need of medical attention. She is half Scottish and half Finn and has some of the distinctive characteristics of the Finn. Her marriage was a disappointment and she is not interested in giving up her independence. Alec is a naval officer who leads a highly trained team that specializes in covert operations. He has never been interested in marriage because he doesn’t want to repeat the disastrous relationship of his parents. When Alec is injured while on an underwater mission he is sidelined from his team and instead asked to track down rumors of seamen being attacked by octopus in the North Sea. This is when he meets Isa, and to say that sparks fly would be a huge understatement. As they work together to uncover the secrets of the megalodon and the octopus both will put their lives on the line.

I think this is my favorite book so far in this series. I felt an instant connection to the main characters and I just love the way they play off of each other. There is no holding back with these two, no playing hard to get, they want to be together but they also want it on their own terms. The story also holds quite a lot of surprises and moves at an excellent pace. Once I picked it up, I was very reluctant to put it down. For me, this is another homerun from Anne Renwick.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

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Weekly Round-Up 3/18/2018

Happy Sunday Everybody! It’s time for another round-up. With the snow finally beginning to melt around here and the time change, it’s starting to look like spring. So let’s check out the numbers.

TBR – I added 3 books this week and finished reading 2. The TBR total now stands at 277.

Goodreads Challenge – I am currently 1 book ahead of schedule.

NetGalley Score – slipped a bit here, down to 86%.

John Connolly Challenge – I finished listening to “The White Road”, which is book 4 in the Charlie Parker series (review coming soon). Next up is “Nocturnes”, a book of short stories which includes a Charlie Parker story.

Coming Up – My reading schedule is in a bit of chaos right now but the following will be coming soon:

“Pendle Fire” by Paul Southern – I loved this author’s first book and can’t wait to dig in to this one. Pendle Fire

Hopjoy Was Her” by Colin Watson – this is book 3 in the Flaxborough Mysteries and I am loving this series. Release as an e-book on 3/22. Hopjoy Was Here

The Punishment She Deserves” by Elizabeth George – this is the latest in the Inspector Lynley series, it releases in hardback and Kindle on 3/20. The Punishment She Deserves

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“A False Report” by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong

“A False Report” by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong

This is a true and disturbing story. In August 2008, 18-year old Marie reports a man breaking in to her apartment and raping her for hours. In the initial days of the investigation, detectives begin to have doubts and Marie finds the tables have turned and she is now being charged with filing a false report. Two years later, women in Colorado start reporting that their homes were broken into and they were raped repeatedly. Each rape takes place in a different jurisdiction but word starts to get around and a task force is formed. While investigating their own cases the team finds evidence of the rape of a young lady in Washington. This young lady is Marie.

I was riveted by this story. These Pulitzer prize winning authors relate the events in this case in a very relatable way. I felt like the actions of those involved in the various investigations were presented fairly and objectively. In the end it is obvious where mistakes were made and I was pleased to see that those responsible not only admitted the errors but took steps to ensure they would not happen again. I think this book is timely, given current events, and points out the places in our society where more work needs to done in how we approach rape. This story is very moving and, quite frankly, I think everyone should read it.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

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“Unwanted” by Andrew Young

“Unwanted” by Andrew Young

It’s the late 1800’s in the Cincinnati, Ohio area and a young woman’s decapitated body has been found in a farmer’s field. This book traces the story of the investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators. The initial challenge is to simply identify her because the head is missing. With fingerprints not yet broadly used in law enforcement and crime scene preservation not even a topic of conversation, the attempt to identify the girl finally comes down to an observant shoe seller who recognizes her shoes uniqueness and is able to actually trace the sale. The young lady had traveled to Cincinnati from her family’s rural farm to meet up with a boyfriend.

This is a very detailed look at a very brutal crime. The story is based on extensive research of the accounts that remain from the time. I really appreciated the structure of the chapters, with each looking at an aspect of the investigation from start to finish. It’s almost surprising that the identification of the body and the perpetrators was possible given the limited tools the police had available to them at the time. This book should be of interest to those who like true crime or historical crime stories.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  3-5-star-rating  3.5 stars!!

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Thank you to Pen & Sword Publishing for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.

“Last Stop in Brooklyn” by Lawrence H. Levy

“Last Stop in Brooklyn” by Lawrence H. Levy

New York in the 1890’s. Mary Handley has made a career for herself as a private investigator and she has no interest in her mother’s wish for her to get married and settle down. Harper Lloyd is an investigative reporter. These two cross paths when Mary is asked to investigate the murder of a prostitute that occurred three years earlier. The police have tried and convicted their man but his brother wants Mary to prove his innocence. Mary is convinced after she reads the trial transcript and realizes that the immigrant from Algeria, with poor English skills, was railroaded and embarks on a search for the real killer.

This book is the 3rd in the series but the first that I have read. I really enjoyed how the author brought Victorian New York to life with his descriptions of the city. The book also addresses some compelling social issues which are still relevant in our current culture. The story had quite a few twists and some gripping moments which kept it lively and engaging. Mary Handley is the star of this show and I found her delightful. She’s not willing to follow “the plan” that society dictates for young women, unless she wants to. of course. I found her to be an intelligent investigator and very resourceful. Her relationship with Harper is quite entertaining and not your typical romance. This story is based on actual events of the time and features several real persons throughout. I think lovers of historical fiction and mysteries will enjoy this one.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  3-5-star-rating 3.5 stars!!

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Thank you to Penguin Books and First to Read for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.

“A Lady in Shadows” by Lene Kaaberbol

“A Lady in Shadows” by Lene Kaaberbol

It’s so nice to see my new friend Madeleine Karno again! She’s back with a new mystery and her handsome fiancé. It’s June 1894 and the French president has been assassinated triggering riots in the streets. When the body of a young woman is found in an alley the next morning, Madeleine is called and finds herself with a possible Jack the Ripper copycat roaming the streets. Then she receives word that she has been accepted as the first female student at the local university. While she will be learning from the best, her professor will test her limits in every way possible. Meanwhile, her fiancé is facing charges and their future is starting to look very uncertain.

There is a lot going on in this story and I love how the author is able to balance all the parts of the storyline and weave them together seamlessly. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged and guessing till the end. The character of Madeleine continues to develop in this 2nd installment of the series and my affection for her just continues to grow. She is not just smart and well-educated but a caring and empathetic individual as well. She can distance herself enough to be able to expertly carry out an autopsy but turn around and cry for the victims. I really like the depth of this character. Finally, I like how the author places her character in a historical setting but manages to incorporate issues such as homosexuality and women’s rights into the story without disturbing the history. If you haven’t checked out this series yet, then I definitely think you need to.

This book releases on Dec. 5, 2017 in the U.S. and U.K. but can be pre-ordered now. Links are listed below.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  5 stars!!

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A review copy of this book was provided by NetGalley and Atria Books in exchange for an honest review.

Weekly Round-Up 11/26/2017

Sorry guys, I totally lost track of my day yesterday and didn’t get this up. So here goes:

TBR – I finished 1 book and did not add any so the new total is 278.

NetGalley score – Still at 84%

Goodreads challenge – 4 books behind schedule. I’m starting to get a little anxious about this.

Coming Up – My review of “A Lady in Shadows” by Lene Kaaberbol, probably tomorrow. A Lady in Shadows I’m currently reading “The Tea Planter’s Wife” by Dinah Jeffries. The Tea Planter's Wife And “The Bookworm” by Mitch Silver. The Bookworm That’s it for now. See you again next week.

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“X” by Sue Grafton

“X” by Sue Grafton

Kinsey Millhone is probably my all-time favorite female detective and she did not disappoint me with this investigation. In “X”, Kinsey is on the trail of a woman who hired her under false pretenses and then paid her in counterfeit bills. She has also discovered an unfinished investigation that Pete Wolinsky was working on at the time of his death and decides, rather reluctantly, to see it to completion. And just to make her days a little more interesting, she and Henry have some annoying neighbors and a water leak on the property.

As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with Kinsey. She continues to delight me with her somewhat caustic personality and her persistence. I also really enjoy getting to hang out in sunny California while reading this series. Sue Grafton continues to deliver with carefully crafted plots that flow seamlessly from beginning to end. This story, in particular, has several different threads weaving through it that all work together to present an engaging mystery. Another job well done. Mystery lover should not miss out on this one, or any of the books in this series.

Alinefromabook’s rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  5 stars!!!

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Weekly Round-Up 10/29/2017

Hello everybody! Hope you are having a great day. We got our first cold snap of the season this week here in North Dakota. A few snow flakes flying around but no accumulations yet. The first quarter of the school year finished up this week. Only 3 more to go and then my son graduates! So, I’m telling you all of this as a distraction because my reading progress was dismal this week and I don’t really want to check the numbers. 😔 Enough horsing around, let’s get into it.

TBR – I finished 1 whole book this week. This is digraceful. I also added one book. So no gain there. I also removed a book from the TBR because I found the writing to be a little bit juvenile for me, so the new total is 268.

Goodreads challenge – I am currently 4!!! books behind. I have never been so far behind on a challenge. And it’s not as if I was involved in some big project that took me away from reading. I have no excuses, I have just been lazy this week.

NetGalley score – Well this number hasn’t gotten any worse because the one book I did read was a NetGalley book. So, I’m still at 86%.

Coming soon – So this coming week, I am going to try to finish “Treachery and Retribution” by Andrew Rawson. I know I said that last week but I really mean it this time. Treachery and Retribution I’m also currently reading “Smoke and Mirrors” by Casey Daniels and will try to finish and review it this week. Smoke and Mirrors Finally, I’m still listening to “Another Man’s Moccasins” by Craig Johnson on audiobook and might finish it this week also. Another Man's Moccasins So there you have the ugly truth. I hope this week turns out better and there will actually be some activity on the blog for you to read. I’ll see you all next Sunday!

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“The Trouble With Harriet” by Dorothy Cannell

“The Trouble With Harriet” by Dorothy Cannell

Ellie Haskell is back! She is quickly becoming my favorite cozy mystery heroine. And that handsome husband of hers, Mmm, Mmm. This story was delightful from beginning to end. Ellie and Ben are supposed to be off to France for a romantic getaway while the kids are with the grandparents. Then, just as they are about to leave, Ellie’s long-lost father shows up on their doorstep, with a broken heart and an urn. Seems he fell in love with Harriet while in Germany and then she died in a car accident. Meanwhile, the new vicar’s wife is putting on a play with Cousin Freddy as its star and objects are disappearing from the house. And who was the doom predicting gypsy?

As usual, the author has gathered up a quirky bunch of characters and the type of happenings that could only take place in an English village. The vicar’s wife is a force of nature but she has to be to keep up with her very absent-minded husband. Not only do we meet Ellie’s father but her kleptomaniac aunt as well. The storyline has something new for the reader on every page but she manages to flawlessly wrap it all up at the end. I highly recommend this book if you like to have some fun along with your mystery.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 5-star-rating  5 stars!!

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