Month: April 2011

Anne Perry, Silence in Hanover Close

Anne Perry, Silence in Hanover Close

Silence in Hanover Close by Anne Perry Series: Charlotte and Thomas Pitt, 9 My rating: 5 of 5 stars The StoryThomas has been ordered to look back into a three-year-old murder of a Foreign Office dignitary that was never solved. It seems the powers-that-be are concerned about his widow’s marrying a fellow dignitary and want assurances that she’s as pure as driven snow. Poor Thomas. He has such a high solve rate and his marriage to Charlotte along with his speech and manners mean that he’s often requested to take on cases, which involve the upper classes. It does not mean that he’s supported by his…ahem…superiors. And this case is no exception. A cold case with no forensic evidence and no truly desired ending at least by the Foreign Office. A man killed in his library with some few things of middling value that never show up in the market. Whispers of a lady in cerise appearing at the murdered man’s home as well as at a close friend’s besides several public places. A lady who has never been seen in the three years hence. Charlotte takes it upon herself to investigate pulling her sister, Emily, in as well to […]

Posted April 25, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Kelley Armstrong, Reckoning

Kelley Armstrong, Reckoning

The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong Series: Darkest Powers, 3 My rating: 4 of 5 stars The StoryWe open with Chloe, Simon, Derek, and Tori arriving with Andrew at a safe house having escaped an earlier attack. Shortly after their arrival, Andrew’s fellows show up to meet the kids and hear their story. Only one of them actually believes them and she’s too young to have much influence to push for the teens’ deepest desire—an assault upon the Edison Group to rescue Rae and Aunt Lauren. The primary task for the teens and their new allies is to teach the kids how to wield their powers. A task that backfires for Chloe when Margaret insists upon taking her to a cemetery. Chloe tries to tell Margaret that she can already raise the dead but Margaret, insecure in her own talent, insists that Chloe can’t possibly do such a thing especially without the necessary herbs and such. Even with Tori’s support as a witness, Margaret continues to insist that Chloe do as she is told leading to a massive upheaval in the graveyard. There’s even enough time for Chloe and Simon to have their first date. A disaster as it turns out. […]

Posted April 22, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Loretta Chase, Lord of Scoundrels

Loretta Chase, Lord of Scoundrels

Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase Series: Lord of Scoundrels, 3 Awards: Romance Writers of America RITA Award My rating: 2 of 5 stars The StoryAn interesting tale that I slogged through. It was obvious and bore a slight resemblance to the dialog, mores, or culture of the time period. Lord Dain lost his mother when he was 8-years-old when she ran off with another man and his father shipped him off to boarding school to get rid of him. Never knowing love, young Dain grew up believing that women were good for only one thing and it was best if he simply bought that. Then he finds himself challenged in this regard when he encounters Jessica Trent over a very naughty watch in Paris. It’s struggle from then on for each of them to stay away from the other. Jess is too smart to be taken in and Dain is in too much lust. I will give Lord of Scoundrels this much, Chase does not conform to the usual path an historical romance takes but has both Dain and Jess thumbing their noses at convention and rescuing each other along with a very young man. View all my reviews

Posted April 22, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Orson Scott Card, Lost Gate

Orson Scott Card, Lost Gate

The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card Series: Mither Mages, 1 My rating: 5 of 5 stars The StoryCenturies ago, Loki closed every gate between Earth and Westil destroying the possibility of any member of any Family to pass through a gate and be healed, made stronger in his/her own powers. And so, the power of the Families has dwindled as their fears increased. No longer were these mages worshipped as gods. Fear that another Family would produce a Gatefather ran rampant and each made war upon the other. Treaties were made that if any one Family produced a Gatefather, that one would be killed immediately. No Family was more abused than the North Family, as, for centuries, all the other Families believed that it was the Norths who had closed the gates. And so the Norths plotted and so they planned, hiding their strengths, putting forth a façade of weakness. Lost Gate opens with a 13-year-old Daniel North who believes he has no magic and lives in fear of being killed by his Family, for being a drekka. He’s the smartest boy in his Family. He knows many languages. Yet he has no friends. His cousins despise him. The […]

Posted April 20, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments