“A man’s or a woman’s?”
Dr. Mortimer looked strangely at us for an instant, and his voice sank almost to a whisper as he answered: “Mr Holmes, they were the footprints of s gigantic hound!””
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Final Verdict: An interesting take on the classic story, but ultimately failing to make a connection with the audience.
“She was the only creature in the world who would really care if something happened to me, even if it was only because I was the bringer of kibble.” Sylvie in The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Final Verdict: A paranormal romance lacking enough “paranormal” and a “romance” to make a great book.
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“He made his way around the table to where his sister sat, raised his arm to thump her back, then choked, clutched his throat, fell forward, and landed on the floor with a thud that reverberated up the legs of the chairs upon which the seven young ladies sat. ‘Dead, I imagine,’ Dour Elinor observed.” The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
Final Verdict: A wonderful book with a great mystery and a wonderful story of a sisterhood of choice and strong female characters working together!
“Emery cut in impatiently, ‘For crying out loud. Who do you think you are, Nancy Drew?’ ‘Hey,’ I snapped, because no one sniped at my sister but me, and Mark echoed with a stern ‘Chill, dude.’ Phin was unperturbed. ‘Those books were highly unrealistic. Do you have any idea how much brain damage a person would have if she were hit on the head and drugged with chloroform that often?’” Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Final Verdict: If you like the Nancy Drew, you’ll enjoy Texas Gothic. Think of Amy as the modern day Nancy Drew, but where the mysteries include actual ghosts!
“I am Raguel, who is the Vengeance of the Lord. I serve the Name [God] directly. It is my mission to discover the nature of this deed, and to take the Name’s vengeance on those responsible. My questions are to be answered.” Raguel in Murder Mysteries by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell
Final Verdict: A fascinating quick read with some Neil Gaiman twists and darkness!
“Niquette is living proof that things done can’t be undone. Nothing will put her family back together again. And nothing can save her. But as Niquette, Ben, and Anthem uncover the truth of a devastating parasite that has the potential to alter the future of humankind, Niquette grasps the most chilling truths of all: someone else has been infected too. And unlike her, this man is not content to live in the shadows. He is intent to use his newfound powers for one reason only: revenge.” The Heavens Rise by Christopher Rice
Final Verdict: A slow read that’s ultimately mind-boggling. You’ll either love it or hate it.
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Book Title: Spirit and Dust (Goodnight Family #2) Author: Rosemary Clement-Moore “It didn’t matter, because he was an employee of a criminal enterprise and I was an FBI consultant and, oh yeah, technically kidnapped and probably in the throes of some kind of Stockholm syndrome.” Daisy Goodnight, Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Cement-Moore
Final Verdict: Overall, an enjoyable paranormal mystery. The paranormal world and characters are interesting and are what make this book enjoyable. The mystery, however, may leave you disappointed in the end.
“”I’m not your lover,” Darryl said as the woman’s eyes slowly rose from his chest to meet his. His irises faded from their usual shade of violet and gradually brightened approaching the color of wisteria. “I’m more like an angel”.
His corneas twinkled, and the air around his body filled with suspended particles, looking like not-quite-clear raindrops, each of them smaller than a thumbtack.
The drops multiplied. After an uncertain number of them appeared, they moved, scurrying until gathered into two crescent shapes that hovered just above and behind his shoulders. Before T. could say anything, the crescents unfolded, cascading down and down in waves of intangible watery light. When it was all over, two large, radiant wings featuring various shades of violet extended from Darryl’s back…
…“Like all angels,” he said, “I am essentially a messenger.” He extended his hand to her. “I can give you something better than sex, something that can erase all false notions of love from your pretty-pretty head.””
Darryl, Broken Angels by Harambee K. Grey-Sun
Final Verdict: Unless you are a philosophy nut, I wouldn’t recommend this book. I won’t be reading the next book.
“You’ve reached Fangtasia, where the undead live again every night. For bar hours, press one. To make a party reservation, press two. To talk to alive person or a dead vampire, press three. Or, if you were intending to leave a humorous prank message on our answering machine, know this: we will find you.” Voicemail at Fantasia,Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
Final Verdict: Not the best in the series, but the future looks bright.