Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Curse of the Pharoahs

In the second installment of Elizabeth Peters's Amelia Peabody series, The Curse of the Pharoahs, Amelia and Radcliffe Emerson return to Egypt in this newest adventure. This time, they went to deal with an ancient curse in Luxor Egypt, when the late Lord Baskerville was found dead. When they left their son, Ramses, behind in England, they meet an interesting array of characters, like the crazy Lady Berengeria. They came to a bunch of mishaps and accidents, when it dealt with the lady in white floating around, and the curse of King Tut's tomb. It was up to them to discover who was the murderer, too.

I always found this series charming and intellectual at the same time. I loved the concept of setting a mystery in the 1800s for Egypt. It seemed to me, that Egyptology is still now a fascinating subject for novels. I found Amelia and Radcliffe a helluva pair for a couple, while Ramses, I did find a tiny bit sad for him, when they left him behind. But I'm always amused when they manage to solve the crime in the end of the novel.  Great mystery, nice action and adventure, and plenty of intrigue and danger along the way.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

The Orion Project

In Edward Marin's The Orion Project, this action-adventure was something different than your typical action-adventure novel. For Dan and Linda, two museum workers who were in charge of the Egyptian sarcophagi for display. When one mummy named Tonemcadu reawakened, it took them a wild ride for them. From there, they taught him English and the modern technology, when he informed him about his special project. Later on, he went on his adventure to find work, love, and to complete his mission with some complications with a surprise ending. This action-adventure had some fantasy elements in it, too.

For starters, I only gave this three stars, because it was a bit whimsical and not a typical action-adventure. I did feel sorry for Dan and Linda, when they had to deal with Tonemcadu, and the aftermath when he wanted to be free. For awhile, it took me awhile to get used to him. He was okay for the mummy. I was happy that he was happy to find new love, since he was separated from his own family from centuries, and to complete his mission on time. I liked the adventure it took us from Chicago to Egypt in the end. This did feel a bit like a fantasy to me. Good humor, a light pace for action, and plenty of drama for a quick read.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SEAL's Seduction

If you love sexy romantic suspense novels with a military theme, you'll love the first installment in the Uniformly Hot SEALs book, SEAL's Seduction, by Tawny Weber. For Lieutenant Blake Landon from the Navy SEALs, he needed to distract himself while he on leave, and mourned the loss of his best friend. He wasn't looking for a commitment or serious relationship. And that's when he met Alexia Pierce, the admiral's daughter, this red-headed spitfire who turned his world upside down and seduced him. After their first encounter, it was nothing but hot sex to turn up the heat. She was a linguist who studied sexual behavior, but didn't want to get involved with anybody in the military. And things change between them, a year later, when she got abducted and Blake had to rescue her, before they sorted out their feelings.

This steamy military romance would turn up the heat and melt the cold weather outside. I loved how Alexia became her own person in spite of her father's orders. I loved how close she was to her brother Michael, though her parents weren't so much, either. I loved how Blake was a military man and wanted something more permanent. The chemistry between them was so palpable and heated. I loved the dual locations of Alaska and California, when they've gotten close and almost too close to comfort. I did feel for Blake on losing her best friend in the war. Great romance, sexy intrigue, and plenty of hot dramatic action to keep you warm all over.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Special review: Salvation in Death from December 2008

In the 27th installment of the In Death series by JD Robb, Salvation in Death, we've returned back to the year of 2060. When Father Flores sipped wine from his chalice during a funeral mass, he fell over and wounded up dead. Now it was up to Eve to discover the true story behind that unholy act, when she uncovered he was poisoned. For Eve, Roarke, and the NYSPD, they dug into his background and unearthed his shady background of being a former gang member. When they've thought they've got it all figured out, a second murder occurred in front of worshippers, threw them for a loop.

This futuristic romantic suspense dealt with some shady religious overtones. I still love the futuristic backdrop of a future New York in 2060 with modernized and advanced high technology in communications and transportation. I loved how Eve worked well with her fellow superiors and with Roarke with this grisly murders.  This one dealt with some sinister and nefarious twists to leave you at the edge of your seat and then some. Great drama, hot passion between Eve and Roarke, and plenty of suspense and intrigue with non-stop action to leave you cold all over.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Wishing Season

Welcome to Chapel Springs, Indiana. In the third installment of the Chapel Springs series by Denise Hunter, The Wishing Season, she told us a heart-warming love story about a small town. For Penelope Jane "PJ" McKinley, she wanted to open her own restaurant and B&B to prove to her family she could do it on her own. For Cole Evans, a handyman and adopted by a foster family, he wanted a transitional house for young adults to learn life skills before they can life on their own. When they proposed their idea dreams for Mrs. Simmons's old ancestral home, they had a year to make it work before a final decision would be made. For PJ and Cole, they started out as rivals and friends and later to something more, when  they went through their own ups and downs in life and realized they wished for something better and more... each other, when their wishes and dreams would come true.

This was a wonderful small town contemporary romance. This would move you to tears and warm your heart. I loved the community connections in Chapel Springs, Indiana. It sounded ideal to have both a B&B/restaurant and a transitional house for adopted kids too. I instantly cared about Cole and PJ and how they worked things out. I fell in love with then, since I could see how they were well made for each other. My heart broke into a thousand pieces for Cole a few times and for PJ, too. You would fall in love with this book. It had a blooming romance, a hint of intrigue and suspense, and an excellent storyline.

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Special review: Promises in Death from March 2009

Welcome back to the year 2060 in the 28th installment of the In Death series, Promises in Death, by JD Robb. For Amaryllis Coltraine, she was a recent transfer to the New York City Police Department from Atlanta, and knew how to defend herself against an assailant. When she was killed in front of her own place by her own weapon, this was more than personal for Eve Dallas and the rest of the NYPSD, too. For all of them who mourned her loss, it was up to Eve to investigate her background to see who wanted to take one of their own. And this time, she didn't take taunted treats too kindly, when the next one was aimed at her.

This was a wild and crazy futuristic romantic suspense. I loved the futuristic outlook of New York in 2060 in ways of communication and technology that have improved ten times over.  I loved how Eve became strong, while letting no one ever bring her down. I like how Roarke backed her up and assist her on these cases. I loved how their romance and marriage was strong as hard nails. I did care about Eve, Roarke and the others in this novel. To lose one of their own in the worst unimaginable way was unconscionable to me. Great drama, terrific intrigue and plenty of suspense for a perfect page-turner to the end.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Fatal Grace

In Three Pines, Canada, it was a bitter cold winter and holiday season. In the second installment of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny, a Fatal Grace (or Cold Death), Chief Inspector Gamache was asked to investigator the murder of CC de Pointiers, a most despicable woman. At the same time, he looked in the murder of a vagrant woman who died right before her. When Gamache and his team returned to Three Pines, he interviewed the same people he met, a year ago, when Jane Neal died. This time, he learned about the emotional abuse of CC's daughter and the hunt for her heritage. While he understood why people hated her, he needed to get a closer look on who wanted to do her in and why, before it was too late. The ending had a shocking twist, too.

This was a compelling mystery series. I did feel sorry for Crie, for CC naming her that way and giving her emotional abuse. I don't blame her one bit for acting out. I did feel sorry for those who knew CC. I loved how Armand and Reine-Marie worked together in two complex mysteries. I loved the recurring characters from Three Pines, except for Ruth, who I didn't like so as much. Her poetry was terrible in my opinion. I love the Quebecois location for Three Pines in their small knit community. I loved the little bit of curling as an interesting tidbit in the storyline. Great suspenseful drama, good action, and an interesting story to boot for this mystery.

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