Month: March 2011

Kelley Armstrong, Exit Strategy

Kelley Armstrong, Exit Strategy

Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong Series: Nadia Stafford, 1 My rating: 5 of 5 stars First in the Nadia Stafford suspense series, it’s very well titled as it sums up the entire purpose for the anti-hero and his spree. The Story There’s a nation-wide serial killer who appears to be choosing his victims out of a hat and is taunting the FBI with his ability to kill anywhere, anywhen. It also seems that he may be a contract killer—and all this indiscriminate killing is giving hitmen a bad name. The Characters The story serves to introduce the series’ primary characters—Nadia, Jack, Evelyn, and Quinn, hitmen all—who decide that their profession will be best served by their ganging together and finding the killer. Nadia is an ex-cop with a bad past that affects her life 24/7 with wonky decisionmaking. Now, she’s a hitwoman with a moralistic bent—she only kills people who deserve it and it helps to pay the bills on the Canadian lodge she bought after she retired from the force. Between the killing and the lodge’s offerings of spelunking, rapelling, riding the rapids in kayaks, and shooting on the lodge’s range, Nadia manages to feed that adrenalin rush. A […]

Posted March 30, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

David Lawrence, Down into Darkness

David Lawrence, Down into Darkness

Down into Darkness by David Lawrence Series: DS Stella Mooney, 4 My rating: 5 of 5 stars Fourth in the mystery series, DS Stella Mooney, set in modern-day London where Stella is struggling with a serial killer who is not leaving a pattern—choosing people randomly with a purpose. It’s an interesting cast of victims: a hooker, a researcher, a news editor, a retired teacher, and a politician. Finding the common thread is a tough task for Stella and her crew. As they tease out the connections, we are exposed to BIG money and its manipulations in our world as well as the depths to which such men will descend to accumulate it. Emotionally, Delaney is struggling between boredom and love while Stella is experiencing her own struggle between her never-there mother who has suddenly reappeared in her life and the comfort she has with Delaney. Her fellow cop, Pete Harriman, has his own struggle with his sincere desire to share himself with as many women as possible and the one who just may prove his downfall. The whole squad has to deal with a replacement DI, Brian Collier, when Sorley is forced onto leave. It’s kinda fun to watch the […]

Posted March 29, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Angela Knight, Master of Smoke

Angela Knight, Master of Smoke

Master of Smoke by Angela Knight Series: Mageverse, 11 My rating: 1 of 5 stars Eleventh in the erotic Mageverse paranormal series. And eminently missable. The StoryThis particular installment focuses on the Dire Wolves with Warlock at their head as a semi-mythical godlike being either worshipped or believed to be a legend by the wolves. Initially created by Merlin to police the Mages, Warlock has gone round the bend and is paranoid with power and the gathering of more. At the moment, Warlock is focused on taking Smoke down, a god-cat-elf creature. Luckily for Smoke, Eva, a bitten Dire Wolf, just happens to be in the woods where Warlock is torturing him and is able to help him get away but not before he falls all over her with his excitement at having found the woman for whom he has been waiting all these centuries. Naturally, Warlock isn’t giving up so we get the full course of attacks and love scenes…yawn… There’s a small subplot to reinforce our opinion as to how awful Warlock and his Chosen are involving Warlock’s daughter, Miranda, and his evil plans for her…bwah-hah-hah. My TakeI sure wish Knight had taken more time to write Miranda […]

Posted March 29, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

David Lawrence, Cold Kill

David Lawrence, Cold Kill

Cold Kill by David Lawrence Series: DS Stella Mooney, 3 My rating: 5 of 5 stars Third in the DS Stella Mooney mystery series set in modern-day London, Cold Kill demonstrates a sick mind! How Lawrence comes up with such nasty characters??! Oh, wait, they’re everywhere aren’t they? Still, coming up with Kimber’s physical display of his obsessions…ick…Lawrence has got one imagination! Mooney is investigating what appears to be a serial killer targeting young women but there are enough similarities AND differences that it just doesn’t make sense. Then Robert Kimber walks into the station house to confess but his confession doesn’t quite make sense either. Lots of dramas between Kimber’s fantasy/reality and his obsession with Mooney; Mooney’s dithering between Delaney, George, and the flat in Vigo—and doesn’t that just catch her on the hop!; Delaney’s investigation of the plight of the homeless at Christmas; Tom Davison and the silky, black thong; the developing relationship between Mooney and Anne Beaumont…and Maxine and Jan; Pete Harriman’s womanizing; and, all the red herrings which Lawrence drags across our path. The revelations just keep coming the further we read as subplot after subplot untwists its nasty selves. Down into Darkness is next in […]

Posted March 23, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments