Monday, January 26, 2015

Terri's Top 10 Reads of 2014

In no particular order since they are very different books:

Death of the Mad hatter - Sarah J Peepper
Creepy - Jennifer Hillier
Sing it to her Bones - Marcia Talley
Undead by Morning - Joyce 7 Jim Lavene
The Man Who Watched the World End - Chris Dietzel
The Sherlock Files - Guy Adams
Animal Kingdom - Iain Robb Wright
Creatures of the Night (ed) Absolute Xpress
Treasure Me - Chrstina Nofti
Ebola:  The Natural and Human History-David Quammen

Most of these I have posted reviews on

Terri

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Review: The Halloween Mask and Other Strange Tales by David Stuart Davies


  • File Size: 219 KB
     
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (September 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • ASIN: B00JIE89PC

  • An Anthology of dark tales by a new-to-me author who is very skilled at his craft.  Some of my favorites include:  'The Key', 'The Lady in the Garden' and a very fun Sherlock Holmes story (This author is VERY good at Holmes Stories I have discovered) - 'Sherlock Holmes and the Ghost of Christmas Past'.

    Then I have to discuss his story 'The Books' which, though NOT a vampire tale, reminded me very much of Jonathan Harker's journey and first night in Dracula's castle.  Similar elements such as the storyteller being dropped off reluctantly at the end of the path to the Lodge and his arrival to a note, wine, fire and so on, brought back that foreboding feeling I felt when reading Dracula for the first time.  Is it homage?  Or too similar?  I found I didn't care, it still took me where I needed to go in my mind.

    And finally, my favorite story in the book: 'The Oldest Ghost Story-Writer in the Land'.  A very hold horror writer is invited to appear as a guest on a television adaptation of one of his stories on Halloween.  My two favorite descriptions follow:

    "This was real and all the more terrifying because he didn't know why he was frightened.  For a moment, his body turned to ice and his heart began to race.  He blinked furiously, gasping or breath."

    and

    "I am a Relic.  that's how I have been treated today.  Some old curiosity from a bygone age who's been wheeled out for his novelty value.  The oldest living ghost-writer in the land."

    Well written words that manage to convey atmosphere and feelings without slapping you in the face with it.  Horror at its best.

    I will definitely be reading more by this author!

    Terri


    Friday, January 23, 2015

    Review: Tagged for Death by Sherry Harris

    Title: TAGGED FOR DEATH (A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery)
    Author: Sherry Harris
    Paperback: ISBN-12: 978-1-61773-017-7
    Price: 7.99

    Sarah Winston is starting her life over. At age thirty-eight she is no longer a military wife. When her ex-husband has a fling with a nineteen year old. Sarah moves out but still stays in the same area just off base.

    However her whole married life has been that of a military wife. She has friends and people who will vouch for her to be on base. She helps with the thrift shop, garage sales and many other things.

    Sarah and her friend go to tag sales. After taking a friend to tag sales all over the Ellington Massachusetts area she returns home with many bags of things to sort, tag and maybe keep a few things. The problem arises the next morning when she finds a bag of bloody shirts that belong to her ex-husband.

    Then the more drastic concern is what has happened to Tiffany the nineteen year old CJ is seeing. Tiffany has disappeared. Sarah tries to stay busy but when she discovers a body on the acres the thrift shop sits on and when they arrest CJ for murder.

    Sarah thinks CJ is a lot of things but he isn't a murderer. Life gets complicated has more issues and another death come to light.

    TAGGED FOR MURDER by Sherry Harris is everything you want in a cozy mystery. It's also true another persons junk is someone else's treasure. Don't miss this wonderful first in the series.


    Pam 

    Monday, January 5, 2015

    Pamela's Top Ten books for 2014

    As promised here is my 2014 list of my top ten books. I will do a another list of runner up's this week. Now some of the book have already been returned to the library so I couldn't get detailed.
    1. The Yard (I forgot the name of the author but it's the first in the series. There is a Scotland Yard Murder Squad that forms after Jack The Ripper. Nice historical start that hits the right mark on character, plot and history.

    2. Twelve Clues Of Christmas by Rhys Bowen this is a wonderful historical cozy series. I think this book sparkles.

    3. Christmas Carol Murder by Leslie Meier What a great cozy to read at Christmas or in the winter. Lucy Stone takes on a mortae company plus is in a Christmas Play and her daughter moves out. I want to add these are only a few of the highlights.

    4. Ophelia Wylde Series by Max McCoy I can't say enough about this historical series. Ophelia dreams and when she does all hell breaks loose. She knows how to be a detective and often works with a bounty hunter. This series is one of the best of the best historical series.

    5.TheSayer Swindle by Victoria Abbott all I have to say is "If you haven't read this series you very well are missing out on one of the best cozy series on today's market." This book in the series ha me hooked from the first line.

    6.Forget Me Knot Murder by Mary Hart for anyone who likes quilts, loves quilting and has friends must read this series. Definitely cozy but add adventure and interesting characters.

    7. Mrs. Jefferies and the Merry Gentlemen. As always this book in the series does not fail and is a wonderful Christmas historical cozy.

    8. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith Okay this is my book find of the year. Not only a great detective story but the characters are witty, unique, interesting and the plot is much more layered than your average detective novel. Also Robert Galbraith is the pen name for JK Rowlings.

    9. The Skeleton Takes A Bow by Leigh Perry I have to say this is the most entertaining series that I have ever read. Sid the family skeleton is a wonderful character, as are Georgia and her teenage daughter Madison. In this one Sid is going to be in the play Hamlet.

    10. Ghost Gone Wild by Carolyn Hart in this one there is a huge problem. Bailey Ruth Evans thinks that Wiggins her boss from Heaven's Department of Good Intentions has sent her to Adelaide, Oklahoma to save Nick Magruder but while Nick needs saving it wasn't Wiggins who sent her but instead Nick's Aunt Dee. Bailey Ruth has no way to disappear or even change into lothes. From there the plot takes an interesting turn. Aunt Dee and Bailey Ruth need to et along long enough to help Nick and solve murder.


    Okay this is my top ten.

    Pam


    Review: Milwaukee Autumns can be Lethal - Kathleen Anne Barrett

    Beth is a lawyer who writes briefs for other attorneys.  She goes to deliver one to Don (a lawyer she does work for) and finds him dead.  She decides it is up to her to solve the murder and goes about it with gusto.

    The problem with writing a cozy is for the author to make the reason for investigating the crime believable.  After all, why not let the police do their job?

    I liked most of the characters well enough in this book BUT that said, the enthusiasm with which they embrace Beth's involvement in the investigation really irritated me at times.  one friend of hers actually pumped fist in the air and exclaimed YES or something like that.  I found it off-putting.

    Yet I can get past it if the story keeps me going.  And for the most part, it did.  But then, I felt the resolution didn't work either.  Where did the killer come from out of the story?  Were their clues? Maybe it was just me, but I missed it.

    Review: The Road to Jonestown - Jeff Guinn

    Jim Jones and the Jonestown suicides remain one of the most horrific cult moments of all time.  I was just a kid at the time and was so ho...