Thursday, October 12, 2017

Book 133: Louisiana Longshot

CIA agent Fortune Redding blew her last up when she killed the brother of a major arms dealer with her stiletto, and now she has a huge bounty on her head.  Her boss suspects that her cover had been blown even earlier by a CIA leak, so he her down to Louisiana under the identity of his niece, who just inherited her aunt's bayou home.  Fortune's quiet hideaway quickly turns chaotic when her aunt's hound digs up a human bone.  Fortune joins forces with Ida and Gertie, two of Aunt Marge's friends, to track down a murderer before their friend Marge can be arrested.

A nice cozy mystery with lots of laughs.  5 stars

Monday, October 9, 2017

Book 132: Demigod Files

Demigod Files by Riordan compiles three Percy Jackson short stories, interviews of several campers, and a few fun activities as well.  The stories all feature Percy and are funny and entertaining.  4 stars

Book 131: Foxglove Summer

After the surprising betrayal at the end of book four of the Peter Grant series, Foxglove Summer by Aaronovitch takes a break from the series story arc as Nightengale sends Peter to check on an old retired wizard in the country, who happens to live near the area where to eleven year old girls have been abducted.  Peter's interview with the elderly wizard confirms that he has nothing to do with the kidnappings, but Peter still wants to help and volunteers with the mundane police to assist in the search.  Everything seems to be normal and nonmagical until the girls' phones are found, and Peter realizes that they have been destroyed by magic.  Peter launches his own investigation of the local supernatural phenomena beginning with the girls' supposed imaginary invisible horse friend.  5 stars

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Book 130: Dead Witch Walking

Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison is the beginning of the Hollows series featuring Rachel Morgan.  Tired of scrappy runs and mistakes that are not her fault, Rachel quite her job as a runner for the U.S. and goes into business with Ivy, a living vampire and previous runner as well. Because losing Ivy angers the IS, they place a bounty on Rachel's head.  With assassins at every turn, Rachel has no choice but to go after something big enough to bargain for her freedom.  Her target of choice is Trent Kalamack, a rich well connected businessman long suspected as a major player in the illegal drug Brimstone.  If Rachel is going to survive, she's going to need a crash course in teamwork.  4 stars

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Book 129: Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye

Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye by Valerie Laurie is a delightful cozy mystery getting the Psychic Eye Mystery series off to a great start.  Abby runs her own psychic business giving her clients advise regarding the problems in the lives in the near future.  She accepts a substitute client and warns her to be careful, but her client ends up dead.  Feeling guilty, Abby helps the police with the investigation but soon finds herself in the killers crosshairs.

I really enjoyed this series beginning.  4 stars

Friday, October 6, 2017

Book 128: Opal Fire

Opal Fire by Barbra Annino is the first book in the Stacy Justice series.  Stacy is a reporter in a small town and a very reluctant witch despite all of her grandmother's attempts to the contrary.  Her cousin's bar is catches fire; and when Cinnamon is accused of arson by the insurance agent, Stacy is determined to discover the truth.  The stakes increase drastically when they discover the body of a missing 18 year old girl blocked up in the basement wall of the burnt bar.  Then the coroner is killed, and someone attempts to kill Stacy. Now she must uncover the truth before she becomes the next victim.

The mystery was a well written cozy.  Thor the dog was hilarious, but Stacy herself was overly abrasive and rude to anyone that tries to help her.  It made the whole story offputting.  At this point I'm not sure I'll try the next book in the series.  3 stars

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Book 127: Eagle Strike

Alex is enjoying a vacation in the South of France with Sabina and her family at the beginning of Eagle Strike, the fourth Alex Rider book.  His peaceful getaway is shattered as he spies the Russian contract assassin Yassen Gregorovitch arriving in a yacht.  The next afternoon, the beach house explodes, and Sabina's father is severely injured.  Alex sneaks onto the yacht and find the number of the man who contracted him.  Unfortunately Damian Cray is far too wealthy with far too many connections for MI6 to be willing to take Alex's word and begin an investigation. So Alex decides to go it alone.

Another face paced series of impossible events that still manage to be entertaining.  4 stars.