Book Review: Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1)

Book Title: Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1)
Author: Charlaine Harris

“That is what we are. Death.” Bill Compton, Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Final Verdict: If you like Vampires and you don’t mind a lot of sex and gore, this may be the series for you.

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Also, click the book title and scroll down to the bottom for the secret content including: Who is Bubba Really? AND If Sam isn’t a Vampire, what is he?

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Book Review: The Secret of Shadow Ranch (Nancy Drew Mysteries #1 UK)

Book Title:The Secret of Shadow Ranch (Nancy Drew Mysteries #1 UK)
Author: Carolyn Keene

“We could certainly use a detective. And I’ve got to hand it to you, Nancy – you sure can keep your head.” The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene

Final Verdict: A fast read for children and young adults with a great female sleuth, or for older adults, like myself, reliving the nostalgic of a youth well spent reading Nancy Drew.

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Book Review: The Heavens Rise

Book Title: The Heavens Rise
Author: Christopher Ricec

“But Ben Broyard, pipsqueak that he was, always looked at Marshall as if there was a stink coming off of him, as if he could detect the dark thoughts Marshall nursed about people who made him angry and thought they were kind of stupid even if they did involve knives and rope.”
The Heavens Rise
by Christopher Rice

Final Verdict: An exciting horror/thriller that keeps your interest until the end.

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Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling

Book Title: The Cuckoo’s Calling
Author: Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling)

“He found Robin’s company satisfactory and restful, not only because she was hanging off his every word, and had not troubled to break his silences, but because that little sapphire ring on her third finger was like a neat full stop: this far, and no further. It suited him perfectly. He was free to show off, in a very mild way, which was one of the few pleasures remaining to him.”
The Cuckoo’s Calling
and Robert Galbraith

Final Verdict: A wonderfully written mystery that will keep you guessing until the final pages. Another reason to love JK Rowling!

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Book Review: Moriarty Deluxe Edition

Book Title: Moriarty Deluxe Edition
Writer: Daniel Corey
Artists:
Anthony Diecidue, Mike Vosburg, Perry Freeze, and Dave Lanphear

Then one day the dragon had a face. I looked deeply into that face…and I killed it. For a moment, it seemed I had escaped death, and was born again. But then I realized…it is the fear of death that really makes you alive…”
Moriarty in Moriarty written by Daniel Corey

Final Verdict: A great reimagining of a classic character with a complicated plot and intriguing art. Not for everyone, but a delight for those who love anti-heroes.

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Book Review: Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Mysteries: and Other Stories

Book Title: Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Mysteries: and Other Stories
Author: John Taylor

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.”
The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle

Final Verdict: Too easy for hardcore Sherlock Holmes fans, but in the end, a good way to spend the morning commute.

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Book Review: The Tiger in the Well: A Sally Lockhart Mystery

Book Title: The Tiger in the Well: A Sally Lockhart Mystery
Author: Phillip Pullman

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

The Tyger by William Blake

Final Verdict: A good continuation of the series. But be prepared for a pretty depressing book, until the last few chapters!

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Book Review: The Shadow in the North: A Sally Lockhart Mystery

Book Title: The Shadow in the North: A Sally Lockhard Mystery
Author: Phillip Pullman

This was what love ought to be like: playful and passionate and teasing, and dangerous, too, with sharp intelligence in it.The Shadow in the North by Phillip Pullman

Final Verdict: Go beg, borrow, or steal it, right now! A wonderfully complex mystery for YA readers, which is a rare gem in the sea of other mediocre stories.

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Frances and Lynne Adventure: Benedict Cumberbatch: Sherlock – A Thoroughly Modern Victorian

Event: Benedict Cumberbatch: Sherlock – A Thoroughly Modern Victorian
Place: The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival
Date: 6 October 2012

Running in the coat, makes me feel like an action start (mimics running with the coat and flicking his hair out of his face). Benedict Cumberbatch as remembered by Lynne.

Final Verdict: Great evening out. Push children out of the way (if needed) to attend an interview with either Benedict or Louise.

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Book Review: The Ruby in the Smoke: A Sally Lockhart Mystery

Book Title: The Ruby in the Smoke: A Sally Lockhart Mystery
Author: Phillip Pullman

She was a person of sixteen or so—alone, and uncommonly pretty. She was slender and pale, and dressed in mourning, with a black bonnet under which she tucked back a straying twist of blond hair that the wind had teased loose. She had unusually dark brown eyes for one so fair. Her name was Sally Lockhart; and within fifteen minutes, she was going to kill a man.The Ruby in the Smoke by
Phillip Pullman

Final Verdict: Full speed ahead. A good mystery, at a decent pace, with good characters, and a strong female lead. So get your headphones and jump in.

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