The Sans Pareil Mystery by Karen Charlton

There were several good things about The Sans Pareil Mystery. I enjoyed learning about the theater in London in 1810 and it is interesting to note that both the San Pareil Theater and the woman running it did actually exist. The mystery itself was okay, although the clues were not …

Bookburners: Anywhere but Here by Brian Francis Slattery

So far, Bookburners reminds me of The Librarians tv show – which is a good thing, but it doesn’t have the math/literary/science references The Librarians. What it does have is a group of non-magical people very good at what they do who go around the world collecting magical artifacts – …

Bookburners: Badge, Book, and Candle by Max Gladstone

“Badge, Book, and Candle” is the first episode in the Bookburners serial. I picked it up mostly because I enjoyed The Witch who Came in from the Cold and wanted to try another. We’ve got a basic urban fantasy set up – demons trying to break into our world, a main character who just …

The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Is The Pursuit good? Probably not – but it’s entertaining and action-packed and funny. It’s got sex (off-screen) and explosions and life-threatening situations. You know the good guys, presuming you consider Nick Fox a good guy, and the bad guys are going to lose. It’s a perfect quick summer read. The …

The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North

I discovered Claire North earlier this year with her Gameshouse trilogy and loved her style, so I had to pick up The Sudden Appearance of Hope. I was not disappointed. I like how North writes, her ways of describing things, of conveying her characters’ thoughts. She takes an idea, bases …