Month: November 2013

Book Review: Zoë Sharp’s Killer Instinct

Book Review: Zoë Sharp’s Killer Instinct

First in the Charlie Fox thriller series based in Lancaster, England, and revolving around Charlie, a self-defense instructor. My Take I can see why Lee Child is impressed with Zoë Sharp. She’s good. It’s even more amazing that this is her first book. The only quibbles I could come up with was why didn’t she figure out the bit about seven a whole lot earlier? And WHY would she stay in her flat?? Why doesn’t she pick up on what Gary’s up to? Why would she go back to work at the Adelphi after the lack of support about that fight she broke up? If Marc is the one without the fancy education and Charlie has had one, why is it that he knows about Bacchus and Charlie doesn’t? In some ways, Charlie reminds me of Reacher — they both assess the situation and decide ahead of time how they’re going to take out the bad guy, and they’re comfortable — not happy — with realizing they’re going to get hurt. I do like that Charlie emphasizes leaving a scene rather than wading into the fight. A very realistic approach. Wait till you read the scene in which Len is […]

Posted November 27, 2013 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Kelley Armstrong’s Omens

Book Review: Kelley Armstrong’s Omens

First in the Cainesville urban fantasy series revolving around Olivia Taylor-Jones / Eden Larsen and Gabriel Walsh. Do NOT skip the prologue! My Take Wow, excellent! It’s such a slow, subtle buildup, and it does take a long time to set us up, but Armstrong develops the story and pulls us in as she does it. In some ways, it drove me mad for how long it took, and in other ways, it was almost perfect as it gave Armstrong the time to build the multiple secretive backgrounds, create the series characters on the several sides of the fence, and stir the chemistry between Olivia and Gabriel. To make me overwhelmingly curious about Cainesville and its inhabitants. They each want something from Olivia with some feeling more benign than the others. Rozalyn has me thoroughly confused as she swings in so many directions! I’m just as confused about James. On the one hand, he seems to be like every other self-serving politico wannabe (talking to his adviser about his wedding??), a bit of a Neanderthal, and then, after handing out an ultimatum, he turns around and wants Olivia protected. What a scum bucket of a mother! I can’t believe she […]

Posted November 26, 2013 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments