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Trauma: A Novel
Trauma: A Novel
by Daniel Palmer
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.35
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Subject ..., April 29 2016
This review is from: Trauma: A Novel (Paperback)
An intriguing set-up of a very actual and worrisome problem – vets suffering from PTSD, which is increasing with epidemic force. Our heroine is a gifted neuro-surgeon, recovering from a serious mistake and being given a second chance to operate on the suffering ex-soldiers in order to reduce their ails. Her sidekick is an investigative reporter who happens to cover a story on PTSD, even though he is not as yet certain as to what exactly it is he is going to write about. He enters her life while interviewing her brother who returned from Afghanistan a while back and has serious anger, even rage issues. And not all is as it seems or is supposed to be with that new, experimental treatment – and thus we have a very intriguing premise.
According to the ‘afterword’ in which Daniel Palmer explains how he got to write this story and why – a lot of thought and research went into this tale. I am not certain whether he has any medical knowledge as such, however, there are a lot of detailed procedures, drugs and medications described within a number of meticulously dissected plots, and it definitely sound very authentic to me.
The suspense is developing slowly as mysterious activities occur and start building up, from the doc being attacked prior to surgery to non-sanctioned visits post-op that seem to send up red flags. Naturally, our heroine is of the tenacious kind that will not ‘let go of her bone’ which can be rather unhealthy. However, while some of the ‘badies’ are exposed or at least under suspicion pretty quickly, in true ‘whodunit’ style, there are a number of leads needing to be pursued and there is a nice little and most welcome twist at the end.

Moses, Me, and Murder: A Barkerville Mystery
Moses, Me, and Murder: A Barkerville Mystery
by Ann Walsh
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.88
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Cariboo Mystery, April 21 2016
This is a fictional story based on real occurrences in the second half of the 19th Century. However, it reads and feels very tangible - even the 'did he really do it?' in the end.
Basically, there was a murder and the dead man's body was found, however, do we ever REALLY know whether the person on trial is guilty without actual witnesses present at the deed? This is the dilemma this story deals with.
The way, Ann Walsh sets the tale up, the reader is meant to believe that there is absolutely no doubt as to the guilty party ... right up to the trial. All of a sudden, the 'dreadful man' makes a very 'learned' statement that DOES put his guilt into question. With other words, the author has done her research - as the statements at the end prove - and provided a very real quandary for the reader to decide which was, no doubt, her intention.
An easy read for all ages and language abilities, and a real local mystery.

Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories
Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories
by Mary Higgins Clark
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 6.17
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5.0 out of 5 stars A ten-fold Winner, April 19 2016
This book contains ten short mysteries and it was absolutely amazing to realise, just how different they all were - in structure, plots and set-up, aside from al the different characters and locations. Some of them were straight forward crime stories, where the perpetrator was known right from the get-go, however, that did not distract from wanting to know the outcome and/or why exactly they did what they did. Other tales were a lot more complex and the reader is left to wander about the 'whodunit', still others end in a real and absolutely unexpected twist.
Mary Higgins Clark most definitely knows how to spin a tale - be that a story of twenty pages or a hundred, the plots are brilliant and the outcome often surprising ... just as a good mystery is meant to be.

No Cats Allowed
No Cats Allowed
by Miranda James
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 29.96
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5.0 out of 5 stars Purrfect Suspense, April 14 2016
This review is from: No Cats Allowed (Hardcover)
No Cats Allowed is a definite no-no where Charlie Harris and Diesel are concerned - never mind all the fans of this extraordinary feline. And there you have the premise of yet another adventure of the librarian turned sleuth and his kitty-friend - this time set within the library's own walls.
The mystery starts off with yet another impossible character who is hated by everyone, thus affording an extended pool of suspects among library staff and beyond. Many a red herring is set up and followed through - some that are beloved characters that nobody really wants to see either coming to harm or being locked up. Yes, Miranda James is that skilled at making the reader get really involved and caring for the characters involved, especially the recurring ones and ever extending Harris' 'family'.
There is a wonderful and rather unexpected twist at the end when things finally come to a head, with the last chapter being dedicated to explaining just exactly what has been going on and thus rounding up another 'whodunit' perfectly.

Speaking in Bones
Speaking in Bones
by Kathy Reichs
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 20.78
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner, April 11 2016
This review is from: Speaking in Bones (Hardcover)
With this Temperance Brennan adventure, Kathy Reichs introduces us to the world of web sleuthing. While I had never even heard this expression, somehow, I was not surprised that people would … not so much try and help overworked law enforcement but really wanting answers themselves.
What does web sleuthing entail? Well, when Tempe first encounters one, she introduces her activities as ‘sending the dead home’. What it boils down to is that there are open websites where both, the missing and those found are listed and described, but there simply isn’t the ‘manpower’ to compare and identify. This is where the ‘hobby detectives’ come in … and this appears to be real, not just for the book!
While I am not sure whether anthropologist turned author Kathy Reichs has actually dealt with web sleuths during her former work, she certainly has done her homework (speak, research) where those sites and their use are concerned. As always, she spins a very intriguing tale around her chosen subject matter, includes many a red herring and still manages to take the reader by surprise with an intricately twisted ending.

Meow If It's Murder
Meow If It's Murder
by T.C. LoTempio
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.40
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply purrfect, April 11 2016
The concept here is quite unusual in that the cat ‘detective’ acts all but human, bar being able to speak. With other words, where he is concerned, expect the unexpected.
However, this does not mean that his owner is lacking or slacking. The fact that she has taken on her late mother’s business does in no way diminish her background as a crime reporter – and a good and resourceful one at that. And while not everything is always spelled out for the reader – adds to the suspense, of course, and makes the story so much more interesting along the way – everything does make sense in the end when all is revealed.
'Meow if it’s Murder’ is a wonderful opening story to a series that will hopefully come to pass. All the main characters are introduced and set up, with one mystery still to be revealed at a later date … maybe. However, the adventure uncovered is resolved in full and there is no ‘you have to read the next book to find out’ here as other authors have decided to do. However, there is equally no first chapter of the next book in the series … yet.
All in all, T C LoTempio’s thriller is an intriguing lead, keeping the reader on their toes from beginning to end.

The Longest Ride
The Longest Ride
by Nicholas Sparks
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.02
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!, April 1 2016
This book came to my attention through a local book club and I am very glad it did! I have read books by this author before and have been impressed many a time by his penmanship. I have also seen a number of movies that were based on his publications over the year and am very aware that while love and romance is involved, they are not exactly what you call a ‘cheesy chick flick’. Instead, this novelist tackles everyday problems and occurrences and spins them into extraordinary tales with profound meanings that everyone can learn from.
The Longest Ride is no different – and while there does not seem much of a parallel between the two couples involved to start with, the ending WILL blow you away, I guarantee it! This story IS all about love and that love conquers all, however, it also draws the reader’s attention to the fact that it depends on how you look at it that is most important. Whether you are rich or poor does not matter either. And, in the end, the question is asked – do you understand? My answer is – yes, I do! Do you?

Runaway Vampire: An Argeneau Novel
Runaway Vampire: An Argeneau Novel
by Lynsay Sands
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.59
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner!, March 24 2016
This is number 23 in the Argeneau series and still going strong! Granted, the story covers one of the Notte twins, however, by marriage and profession, they, too, now form part of the extended family and author Lynsay Sands never appears to run out of new adventures where our beloved vampires – pardon, immortals – are concerned.
As always, head council rep Lucian and head enforcer Mortimer as well as Becker get involved, however, there are also new characters popping up, two of which are an already matched couple of men … with their very own problems and issues. And, it appears, this tale is essentially part one of two as the second Notte twin is still missing …
The author superbly interweaves plots and subplots, describing what went on and what is happening now in her usual masterful manner – easy to follow by both, followers of this series and newcomers alike. There is enough information for those reading an Argeneau novel for the very first time to understand the individuals involved but not too much to put off those who already got know them during previous quests.
The core of this book is an older widow who happens to literally run over Dante Notte with her RV and, being the kind-hearted woman she is, naturally, she is trying to do the right thing and get help for the injured man. She subsequently has to decide what is more important to her, her new life or the life with children and grandchildren she has to leave behind – a new start or sticking to the trusted safety of what she knows. A question everybody has probably faced at least once in their lives.

Out of Circulation
Out of Circulation
by Miranda James
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.40
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Feline Charm, March 22 2016
Book number four in the Cat in the Stacks mystery series once again tackles both, the past and the present - although, while both stories are relevant and revealing, they do not really help solving the case itself. Nonetheless, they are important to the characters involved and give the reader yet another level of insight into the recurring individuals as well as their background and relationships with each other which is always interesting to follow.
This is yet another adventure of the librarian turned amateur sleuth and his charming feline companion, however, the twist this time round is that Charlie Harris is actually URGED to investigate the incident at hand, not only by the charming Ducote sisters, but none other than chief deputy Kanesha Berry herself. What a turnabout indeed!
Miranda James once again proves to be a masterful scribe where interweaving plots and suspects are concerned, and even if you guess who the culprit may well be, I bet you never saw the twist and turns of the resolution coming ...

Arsenic and Old Books
Arsenic and Old Books
by Miranda James
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 28.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense and History Galore, March 20 2016
This review is from: Arsenic and Old Books (Hardcover)
YESSSSS! Finally! The story on how librarian and amateur sleuth Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat Diesel met - even if it is just literally describing that very first day. I would have loved reading more about their bonding, how the cat came to get used to a leash, visiting everywhere ... bit, I guess, we can always garner titbits during their main adventures as we have done over the past six books in the series.
This tantalising little tale was added at the end of the actual mystery, one that delves well into the past, nonetheless is very relevant to the current case to be investigated. In fact, both plots involve death and harbour vast similarities - with good intentions and not so good ones. The story around both incidences are masterfully woven by Miranda James, a most talented and skilled scribe if ever I have come across one.
This author has a wonderful way of combining small town life, where everyone knows everything and everyone, with the suspense of the mystery at hand, with a number of possible suspects and red herrings discretely woven into events, but also mixed with light interludes, particularly where a rather large feline is concerned. Whatever is there not to love about this series?
Happy Reading.

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