“The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years — if it ever did end — began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain.”* And then the murders began. There’s a meme going around Facebook where you add “then the murders began” to the opening line of a famous story. Stephen King’s It doesn’t really change much when you add that line, because, you see, that is when the murders began. Spoiler alert for It and some for the climax to Under the […]
4.5 stars This is book three in a series. This review will contain spoilers for previous books in the series, so if you mind that sort of thing, skip this, and start at the beginning, with Dead Witch Walking. Never one to live a quiet life, Rachel Morgan, independent witch for hire is in trouble. She successfully took down the master vampire who was summoning demons to murder leyline witches and lived to tell the tale. She had to bargain with a demon in order to do so, and he now wants to make her his familiar. She tricks Algaliarept, […]
Not actually a cozy mystery! I think this one is technically a thriller.
The alternative world presented in Smoke is a fascinating idea, and a mix of ideas I was thrilled to be spending time with. In Vyleta’s altered Victorian England sinful thoughts and feelings are manifested as smoke that rises from your skin and leaves a unwashable soot behind. Breathing in the smoke of another can spread their feelings into you, and breed more and darker thoughts. The cleanest of people, who happen also to be the wealthiest, are seen as morally better people, and spend their lives learning to control and repress their Smoke. Two boys from a high class boarding school are sent […]
4.5 stars This is book 2 in a series. You’d be better off starting with Dead Witch Walking. Rachel Morgan has successfully paid off the IS death threat and is in her third month of working as an independent runner. She still doesn’t have a car, however, and hates relying on public transport or rides from friends to get around. She’s also struggling to pay her bills from month to month, so when a werewolf pack refuses to pay her for snatching their pet fish back from another clan, she’s in a bit of a bind. The FIB, the human-led, […]
Beatrice Lockwood, one of the intrepid ladies of Lantern Street, is in the middle of a case when her past comes back to haunt her. Joshua North, a former spy for the Crown, has come out of a self-imposed retirement after a disastrous case that left him scarred and forced to use a cane. He is hunting the villain who is blackmailing his sister. This is book two of The Ladies of Lantern Street, but I don’t think it was a problem not to have read the first book. My problem with this was it really didn’t capture my interest […]
I might have to lay off cozies for a little bit. I didn’t highlight enough of this one for pull quotes, even.
Lake Eden’s too small to have more than one murderer. (Kindle edition, location 3056) More cozy, more cats, more murder, all inside!