Rapid Fire #Book Tag #Books #Reading

Thanks to Kate from The Quiet Knitter for tagging me. Here we go….

eBooks or physical books?

Physical… but kindles are so handy.

Paperback or hardback?

Paperback for ease of reading but hardbacks look great.

Online or in-store shopping?

Probably works out mostly online. Continue reading

The Surgeon ~ Rizzoli & Isles book 1 by Tess Gerritsen #Crime Medical #Drama #TuesdayBookBlog

  • 51qkygahxvlAuthor: Tess Gerritsen
  • First Published in 2001 by Bantam Press
  • Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense
  • three-half-stars

IN BOSTON, THERE’S A KILLER ON THE LOOSE…

A killer who targets lone women, who breaks into their apartments and performs terrifying ritualistic acts of torture on them before finishing them off. His surgical skills lead police to suspect he is a physician – a physician who, instead of saving lives, takes them.

Having been a long time fan of Rizzoli & Isles, the TV series, I decided to give the books a go. Very late in the day, I know, since this book was published in 2001. It was strange to read the description of Detective Jane Rizzoli as small, square-jawed and insecure in her position as part of a male dominated team, among other less than flattering characterisations. The only similarity is the dark, curly hair. The only other name I recognise is Frost and in the book he’s white. Maura Isles doesn’t appear in this book either. Continue reading

Irex by Carl Rackman ~ based on fact #BookReview for #RBRT @CarlRackman #Histfic #FridayReads

  • 51gv4vgjy-lAuthor: Carl Rackman
  • Published: September 2016 by Rackman Books
  • Category: Historical, Fiction, Drama
  • five-stars

In the harsh winter of December 1889, the sailing vessel Irex leaves Scotland bound for Rio de Janeiro. She carries three thousand tons of pig iron and just three passengers for what should be a routine voyage. But Captain Will Hutton discovers that one of his passengers hides a horrifying secret.

First of all, I have to say it’s hard to believe this is a debut novel. It’s so good and the quality of the writing is excellent throughout. The story is based in history, the ship, a couple of the main crew members, reason for the wreck and the attempts at rescue, are all fact. Carl Rackman has woven an incredibly imaginative and compelling tale around that tragic event. Continue reading

The Winter Over by Matthew Iden @CrimeWriter #Thriller #Suspense at the South Pole #TuesdayBookBlog

  • 31815415Author: Matthew Iden
  • Published: February 2017 by Thomas & Mercer
  • Category: Thriller, Suspense, Crime
  • four-half-stars

Each winter the crew at the Shackleton South Pole Research Facility faces nine months of isolation, round-the-clock darkness, and one of the most extreme climates on the planet. For thirty-something mechanical engineer Cass Jennings, Antarctica offers an opportunity to finally escape the guilt of her troubled past and to rebuild her life.

Cass Jennings’ career had ground to a halt after a tragic accident caused her to seriously doubt her own judgement. She applied and had been accepted as one of the Shackleton South Pole Research Facility’s over-winter staff. Cass was the station’s mechanic, plumber and carpenter among other things. Each member of staff had to be able to cover other jobs as well as their own. Continue reading

The Kasari Nexus (Rho Agenda Assimilation Book 1) by Richard Phillips #ScienceFiction #Thriller @RhoAgenda

Jennifer Smythe escapes Earth’s invasion by the insidious Kasari race, hijacks an alien starship, and survives the deadly passage through a wormhole.

But escape is short-lived…

Back on a divided Earth, Jennifer’s brother, Mark, and Jack “the Ripper” Gregory wage their own war against the Kasari.

Although this is the first of the Rho Agenda Assimilation trilogy, the books do follow on from the Rho Agenda Inception and the Rho Agenda series, both of which give lots of insight into the development of the characters and, of course, fill in the previous storylines. Continue reading

Ghost Variations: The Strangest Detective Story in Music by Jessica Duchen #RBRT @jessicaduchen #bookreview #FridayReads

  • 32053103Author: Jessica Duchen
  • Kindle Edition
  • Category: Historical, Fiction
  • five-stars

London, 1933. Dabbling in the once-fashionable “glass game” – a Ouija board – the famous Hungarian violinist Jelly d’Arányi is amazed to receive a message supposedly from the spirit of the great composer Robert Schumann, asking her to find and play his long-suppressed violin concerto.

Ghost Variations is created from real people and true events which occurred during their lives; history dramatised into a rich and enchanting narrative.

Jelly d’Arányi, the central character, is a renowned Hungarian violinist, living in 1930s London with her sister, Adila and her family. Jelly has been the muse for several famous composers and is dedicated to her music, to the exclusion of her personal life, especially since she lost the man she loved at the Battle of the Somme during WWI. The sisters have lived in London since Jelly was sixteen and now as she approaches her fortieth birthday, Jelly is aware she is (unfairly) considered past her prime as a musician.  Continue reading

The Caretaker ~ a #ShortStory by Dan Klefstad #Vampire @danklefstad

A very intriguing short story which I believe the author has plans to develop into a novel. It was published in Crack The Spine Literary Magazine on February 1st 2017. I enjoyed reading The Caretaker very much, it’s a unique perspective on a vampire tale. To hear Dan read the quote below, check out the video clip.

Dear Applicant, Congratulations. Out of hundreds of applications, yours stood out…..But, I must warn you: The more you read, the more my employer will consider you a threat if you decline our offer. If you have no intentions of taking the job, delete this message now before reading further.” 

Then…the final warning.  Do you want to devote your best years to an exacting employer who will pay more than handsomely for loyalty and secrecy, spending your retirement in wealth and luxury or settle for a mundane job, family and regular yearly holidays? Continue reading

Spotlight on Hinting at Shadows by @SarahBrentyn Short & #FlashFiction #WWWBlogs

I’m delighted to be spotlighting Sarah Brentyn’s collection of short and micro fiction ~ Hinting at Shadows ~ and sharing two extracts from the book along with my review.

hinting-at-shadows_ebook-cover_sarah-brentyn-resizedDelve into the deeper reaches of the human condition and the darkness that lives there.

A girl haunted by her sister’s drowning. A boy desperate for his father’s affection. A woman forced to make a devastating decision. A man trapped by his obsessions.

Experience tales of love, loss, murder, and madness through this collection of flash and micro fiction.

Take a peek behind the smile of a stranger. Get a glimpse inside the heart of a friend. Scratch the surface and discover what is hidden beneath.

These stories will open your mind, tug at your thoughts, and allow you to explore the possibility that, even in the brightest moments, something is Hinting at Shadows.

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Character #Spotlight & #Extract from The Frog Theory by Fiona Mordaunt @AuthorightUKPR #TuesdayBookBlog

Character Spotlight on Kim

When I was younger, the pub become a huge part of my life because I realised that I had a talent for playing pool and it was the only place I could play. I was under age but I looked older than I was and regulations were not so strict then, so I got away with it.

All sorts of people would participate – students, business people, cab drivers – many from the surrounding council estates. I made many friends.

Two guys stood slightly apart from the crowd and all the girls just loved them, including me! I was too young for them even to glance in my direction (their radar was better than the landlord’s). Kim and Flow are loosely based on them. Continue reading

Self-Serve Murder (Death by Cupcake #3) by D.E. Haggerty #RBRT #SundayBlogShare #CozyMystery @denaehaggerty

  • 32715636Author: D.E. Haggerty
  • Kindle Edition
  • Category: Cozy Murder/Mystery
  • four-stars

Kristie is kind with a capital K, so it’s quite the surprise when she wakes up next to a dead man with no recollection of the previous night. Even worse? She’s naked. Kristie may be a sweetheart out to save the world, but sticking her nose into an investigation of rapes across campus makes her the target of a murderer.

As well as being a grad student and working part time at the local youth centre, Kristie Larson helps out as a barista at Callie’s Cakes. When she finds herself in bed one morning with a man she doesn’t know, and soon realises is dead, dazed and shocked she calls her best friend Anna.  Kristie has no memory of the previous night, the man or how he ended up at her house, much less in her bed. She and her two friends, Callie and Anna, and their police detective boyfriends, Logan and Ben, begin to unravel the mystery and find out more than they bargained for.  Continue reading