review: skin and bones

Skin and Bones by Susan Harris (2016) Skin and Bones is the first book in Susan Harris’ urban fantasy series, The Ever Chace Chronicles. Before you have a chance to read the blurb teasing the story, the first thing appearing in the back cover copy is a pronouncement identifying the book as a “2017 RONE... Continue Reading →

review: these haunts are made for walking

These Haunts Are Made For Walking by Rose Pressey (2014) I have a complicated relationship with cozy mysteries. On the one hand, cozies typically provide a pleasant but not too intellectually demanding reading experience. On the other hand, they are too often littered with boring, plain vanilla characters and plots that are wholly sanitized of... Continue Reading →

review: lost soul

Lost Soul by Adam J. Wright (2016) Have you ever downloaded a sample of a book, gotten a couple of pages in, and decided to take a pass? Then, months later you give the sample another, dive in, and devour the book? Well, this is what happened to me with Lost Soul by Adam J.... Continue Reading →

review: haunted on bourbon street

Haunted on Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase (2011) It’s a ghost story + a love story + a cozy mystery sans the murder and has touches of the supernatural. Oh, and it’s also book one in the Jade Calhoun series. The mishmash makes it a challenge to categorize Haunted on Bourbon Street in a specific... Continue Reading →

review: the grendel affair

The Grendel Affair by Lisa Shearin (2013) Have you seen The Librarians or Bones? The Grendel Affair feels a lot like those shows, but with supernatural elements. This is the first book in Shearin’s SPI Files series and it could easily be viewed as a kind of pilot episode for the series itself. We are... Continue Reading →

review: maggie for hire

Maggie for Hire by Kate Danley (2011) Looking for a new urban fantasy series featuring a female protagonist as the main character? May I suggest Maggie for Hire, the first book in Kate Danley’s Maggie MacKay Magical Tracker series. Even for this slow reader it was a quick read, and I’ve already added the second... Continue Reading →

review: the strongest steel

The Strongest Steel by Scarlett Cole (2015) Are you here to find out whether or not you should add The Strongest Steel by Scarlett Cole to your to-be-read list of books? Short answer: yes. Want to know more? Keep reading… The Strongest Steel is the first book in Cole’s Second Circle Tattoos series. The book... Continue Reading →

review: wrong side of hell

Wrong Side of Hell by Sonya Bateman (2016) I read a lot of books that are the first in a series, and Wrong Side of Hell by Sonya Bateman is the next addition to that particular section on my bookshelves. When I read the first book in a series, I’m looking for the author to... Continue Reading →

review: odd thomas

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz (2003) Though I have liked both of the books I have read by Dean Koontz in the past (Fear Nothing and Phantoms) he isn’t one of my go-to authors.  My perception of his work and the fact that his name is frequently spoken in the same breath as Stephen King’s... Continue Reading →

review: cursed city

Cursed City by William Massa (2016) Do you ever get into reading slumps?  You know, those periods when you search and search for something to read (even though you have tons of books already on your bookshelf just waiting for your attention) but nothing ever really sparks your interest? When you read sample after sample... Continue Reading →

review: dead things

Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore (2013) I stumbled upon Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore when I was trying to find new authors to read.  I decided to give this one a try and it’s been on my e-reader for a couple of months.  Dead Things exists within the urban fantasy genre, and if you don’t... Continue Reading →

review: black wings

Black Wings by Christina Henry (2010) I have another first-in-series book to write about, this time Black Wings by Christina Henry.  It fits into the urban fantasy genre and takes place in one of my favorite cities--Chicago (I wonder if the protagonist and Harry Dresden have run into each other). This series follows the story... Continue Reading →

review: the lazarus gate

The Lazarus Gate by Mark A. Latham (2015) While haunting the science fiction/fantasy section of the bookstore a couple of weekends ago, I picked up the second book in this series--The Iscariot Sanction--and was intrigued enough to seek out the first book, The Lazarus Gate.  This year has been about completing and catching up on... Continue Reading →

review: the devil you know

The Devil You Know by Mike Carey (2007) I tried really hard not to allow myself to do this, but alas, I have no willpower when it comes to books.  The Devil You Know by Mike Carey is the first in a series featuring exorcist Felix “Fix” Castor, and although I’ve been trying to avoid... Continue Reading →

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