Month: October 2011

Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Shadow Thieves

Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Shadow Thieves

Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Barry Series: Peter and the Starcatchers, 2 My rating: 5 of 5 stars Second in the Peter and the Starcatchers children’s fantasy-adventure series about a boy who will never grow up and can fly. The Story Peter has gotten just a bit too cocky on Never Land, teasing Captain Hook and the pirates when he’s the only one who can fly. He’s not setting a very good example as a leader and because of it, James gets caught by Hook and his crew. Rescuing James leaves the Mollusk peoples’ compound unguarded which enables Lord Ombra to steal away Fighting Prawn’s daughter, Shining Pearl. Two good things do come of this, however, Peter has learned that Lord Ombra does something to peoples’ shadows and Lord Aster and his daughter, Molly, are in trouble. Peter must follow the ship back to London. And so Peter’s adventures begin. Again. With an angry Tink’s help, Peter makes it to London by stowing away on Le Fantome with yet more adventures upon arrival. Canaries. Jail and a cage. A prison escape. Rescue. A talking bear. Sneaking into the Tower. Saving the day. And don’t think that Peter, Molly, […]

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Laura Lippman, Baltimore Blues

Laura Lippman, Baltimore Blues

Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman Series: Tess Monaghan, 1 My rating: 3 of 5 stars First in the Tess Monaghan suspense series set in Baltimore, Maryland and revolving around an unemployed journalist. The StoryFutzing about with little odd jobs here and there isn’t putting much food on the table for Tess Monaghan, so when her best friend, Rock, asks her to do some spying on his fiancée, Ava Hill, for $30 an hour, Tess jumps on it. What she learns about Ava is enough to worry her and so she sets them both up for the big confrontation. Which, naturally, does not go as planned. Especially when Rock is arrested for murder. The CharactersTess Monaghan is a 29-year-old Jewish-Catholic girl who lost her job as a journalist when the paper was bought out. She’s currently working a number of odd jobs including one at her Aunt Kitty Monaghan’s bookstore, Women and Children First. To de-stress, she rows a scull on the Patapsco River, runs, and lifts weights. Crow, a.k.a., Edgar Allan, is a musician who works part-time at Kitty’s bookstore and is passionate about Kitty. Jonathan Ross is an old boyfriend of Tess’ who just keeps on coming on. Whitney […]

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Anne Perry, Cater Street Hangman

Anne Perry, Cater Street Hangman

The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry Series: Charlotte and Thomas Pitt, 1 My rating: 4 of 5 stars First in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt historical mystery series set in Victorian England in 1881. The StoryA number of murders committed by the same person brings Inspector Thomas Pitt to the Ellison household with questions regarding the victims. Naturally, being a respectable household, the Ellisons clam up. Then one of the household becomes a murder victim and Pitt becomes a regular, if mostly unwanted, fixture. And so the summer winds into fall with few clues but leaving time for some in the Ellison house to gain insight into their own characters while the neighbors increasingly begin to look amongst themselves in fear. A most uncomfortable year. The CharactersCharlotte Ellison is a forthright, outspoken young woman of whom her mother, Caroline, despairs of every marrying off. Fortunately, Emily Ellison, the youngest daughter, is quite practical and has set her sights on Lord George Ashworth while Sarah Ellison is married to Dominic Corde, a beautiful young man with whom Charlotte is in love. Edward Ellison is the patriarch and his word is law. Maddock is the butler. His mother, Mrs. Ellison, a.k.a., […]

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Seanan McGuire, One Salt Sea

Seanan McGuire, One Salt Sea

One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire Series: October Daye, 5 My rating: 5 of 5 stars Fifth in the October Daye urban fantasy series based in San Francisco and revolving around Toby Daye, a private detective for humans and the fae. The StoryLife is good. Well, as good as it’s gonna get when Sylvester insists on teaching Toby how to use a sword and saddling Toby with a squire. Even worse, Quentin wants to be her squire! Still, life is good. All the changelings who used to live in Lily’s Court in Golden Gate Park have all moved to Toby’s knowe, Goldengreen. May has settled in as her roommate and the cats and her rose gremlin are happy. And Connor is a free man. Well, as happy as life can get when the Luidaeg turns out to be sitting in her apartment’s living room. War is coming between the fae and the Luidaeg requires that Toby stop it…as payment Toby owes the sea hag. Tension has been building for a long time between the Undersea and the land fae. Then the Lordens’ children are stolen. Stolen from the Court of Saltmist! When children are sacred to the fae! And Rayseline […]

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Doc Coleman, Gift

Doc Coleman, Gift

The Gift by Doc Coleman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Excellent short story about love, both lost and found. The StoryIn the sunset of her years, a woman discovers she has had no secrets from her husband nor from her first love. The CharactersThere are only three absolutely lovely characters in this story—Margaret, Andy, and Henry—with one being much more ephemeral than the other two. My TakeI didn’t even make it to the end of page two before I was crying! This is such a romantic story of friendship and devotion as we eavesdrop on the memories of this long-lived couple. The secrets revealed. The tenderness that is shared. The depth of love that grew over the 50-some years they have had together. The CoverThe cover is absolutely perfect…too perfect. Under this dome is where one of the great tragedies of Margaret’s life occurred. It just makes me want to cry again at the juxtaposition of such loss and beauty. The title truly is the summation of this story, a true Gift of love. View all my reviews

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