Monthly Archives: May 2015

Things Half in Shadow by Alan Finn

Things Half in ShadowThings Half in Shadow by Alan Finn
My rating: 4 of 5 tophats

Journalist hired to debunk Philadelphia’s mediums in post Civil War 1869 discovers the best medium to murder mediums.

All is not as it appears to be as you’ll soon discover in this thrilling, chilling, story by Alan Finn.

Philadelphia 1869. Mediums abound after the Civil War has run its course. Most of them are charlatans some of them aren’t. Lenora Pastor is the real thing but someone doesn’t want the dead to tell tales to the living.

This is not a gore fest by any means but I found myself checking over my shoulder a couple of times when reading this…and there might have been a light left on overnight…by accident of course. You’ll enjoy the case of the heebie jeebies you’ll get from this tight tale.

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Eeny Meeny by M.J. Alridge

Eeny Meeny (Helen Grace, #1)Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge

My rating: 4 of 5 Tophats

Clever British set police procedural with a savvy serial killer who specializes in killing two birds with one stone.

Super competent police officer, Helen Grace, has a guilt fetish so strong she meets her master on a regular basis to get beaten till she bleeds…but she’s always in control.

If I had one complaint it would be that Helen tends to blame others before she has the full details which seems a bit screwy since she’s so kick ass in everything else.

Tension is created from the get go and you will come away from this story admiring the solid plot twist. Who will be the last to emerge from this twisted plot and will they ever really recover from having won?

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Emergence by John Birmingham

Emergence (David Hooper, #1)Emergence by John Birmingham

My rating: 3 of 5 tophats

Hungover oil rigger kills deep sea alien and gets aliens super powers. War for planet domination begins.

Dick lit that is good but somehow misses the mark. The main character is a philandering ass who, by his own admission, is not worth much to his family. He is good at getting drunk and hiring top shelf “hookers” and he does care about his staff out on the open water oil rig. Otherwise his depth of character is definitely in the shallows if not in the kiddie pool. By accident Dave kills an interloper from the underworld and all hell breaks loose. If you’re wondering, of course good triumphs in the end…doesn’t it.

Good beach read but I’d suggest a backup.

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