biss boutiques-francophones Learn more snsflyour Furniture All-New Kindle Paperwhite Own the 2016 GRAMMY Nominee Album featuring the Biggest Hits from Music's Biggest Night s Tools ca_ty_gno
Profile for Lady Sam > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Lady Sam
Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,236
Helpful Votes: 49

Guidelines: Learn more about the ins and outs of Amazon Communities.

Reviews Written by
Lady Sam (100 Mile House / BC)

Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-16
pixel
About a Vampire: An Argeneau Novel
About a Vampire: An Argeneau Novel
by Lynsay Sands
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.99
35 used & new from CDN$ 1.83

5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner!, Feb. 2 2016
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This Argeneau novel is somewhat different to the ones I read before - especially where enforcers are concerned. Those usually involved some sort of bodily danger to those involved. Reading a pretty straight forward - albeit fictional - dramatic life story in this series makes for a wonderful change. And yet, there is an interesting twist to the story.
Lynsay has penned tales before where unsuspecting ladies (usually) were turned without permission asked first - this time round, she went a step further. The lady in question is married and thus unavailable to her intended life mate. Add to that the fact that she takes her vows very seriously and you really have a dilemma on your hands.
As always, the author masterfully spins her tale, drawing the reader in from beginning to end. You simply cannot help yourself but reading on, wondering where the plot will lead to next - right up to a rather unexpected ending.

Classified as Murder
Classified as Murder
by Miranda James
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.53
60 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!, Jan. 30 2016
Am really getting into this series about one middle-aged librarian sleuth and his furry companion. And their continued involvement in solving crimes is equally well described and plausible as are the happenings preceding the case – this time round, even the aftermath and explanation as to the happenings are most satisfying.
While the reader was also made aware of the fact that Charlie Harris – the hero of these adventures – is a widower with two grown children, this time round, son Sean is introduced to the mix. A lawyer by trade, his knowledge does come in handy at times.
Additionally, some more of the overall backstory is told in this tale, involving both, how kitty Diesel came into his life and exploring the effects he had and has on his master, but there is also an estrangement within the family that is being addressed which is most interesting and, no doubt, happens in many such cases.
Miranda James appears to be delving into a variety of everyday problems and how to deal with them – be it family, friends or those encountered on a daily basis, including the four-legged kind – aside from spinning an intriguing mystery as the main plot. Truly a series that once you pick up a book to read, you’ll be hard-pressed to put it down before the end.

Devoted in Death
Devoted in Death
by J. D. Robb
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 21.57
37 used & new from CDN$ 7.73

5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner!, Jan. 27 2016
This review is from: Devoted in Death (Hardcover)
The latest Dallas, Lieutenant Eve adventure is yet another scorching suspense thriller. And even though the reader is aware of the culprits’ identity and actions right from the start, that does not take away any of the overall mystery. You still wonder what will happen next, to whom and how everything will unravel in the end.
There are also a number of subplots involving other members of the homicide division, in which various officers come more to the foreground than they were before. Other characters introduced in previous investigations also become involved again, with just the right amount of detail to describe them to new readers of the ‘In Death’ series but not too much for those having faithfully read book after book after book. After all, this is number 41 …
Again, J D Robb masterfully combines the search of unknown murderers from beginning to end, while also covering the main heroine’s continued struggle on a more social level. She is still amazed, how she could have ‘acquired’ not only a loving husband but also an ever increasing amount of supporting friends, aside from the undisputed respect at work of both subordinates as well as her superiors. Both aspects, no doubt, making this continued series the great success it is.

Murder Past Due
Murder Past Due
by Miranda James
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.53
61 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Purrrrrrrrfect Suspense, Jan. 21 2016
Another wonderful story by Miranda James and, I believe, the first in this particular series. While there was reference to how Diesel came to live with the amateur sleuth librarian, it would have been a wonderful little ‘sub-storyline’ to read about how he found the kitten and how exactly they bonded. But then that’s a cat lover’s take on it and not really relevant to the tale at hand, per se.
There is one other little complaint I have – while the murder itself was resolved with a great deal of red herrings, mystery and suspense, the reader was subsequently left high and dry as to the resolution of the estate. That seems suddenly have become obsolete once the culprit was apprehended which left something of a ‘sour taste’ as to what happened with this particular subplot which is a great shame.
Nonetheless, the whole adventure was masterfully set up and followed through and I cannot wait to read the next quest involving both cat and librarian.

My Life After Death: A Memoir from Heaven
My Life After Death: A Memoir from Heaven
by Erik Medhus
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.16
31 used & new from CDN$ 9.67

4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing ..., Jan. 18 2016
Do I believe in life after death - yes. Do I believe that certain people can communicate with those who have passed - yes. Do I believe that a young man who committed suicide several years ago could and would have literally dictated a book from the hereinafter? That's where it starts to get dicey. And the 'authentic' swearing in the book certainly does not help, even with the explanation that he used to do it while alive, too. For the book, it could most definitely and should have been 'tidied up'!
Overall, the subject itself was an interesting one and most definitely makes the reader think about 'Life after Death’, and that is most probably the primary ‘motif’ for writing this book in the first place. Should it then be ‘categorised’ as a self-help book, per se? In way, I guess. One way or another, though, it does bring up interesting ‘insights’ in what awaits us, once we move on – which, on the whole, makes for interesting reading.

Suspicious
Suspicious
by Heather Graham
Edition: Library Binding
8 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Another WOW Novel, Jan. 13 2016
This review is from: Suspicious (Library Binding)
This is yet another suspense adventure penned by Heather Graham, with a strong female character standing up to her male counterpart's need to protect. Thankfully, he is open and understanding enough to overcome his wanting to keep her safe and out of harm's way, which is not always the case in these types of storyline. Very refreshing indeed!
The tale itself is set in Florida's Everglades, probably best known as 'alligator alley', and alligators do play a major role in this book. It is also great to see that the author mixes what we call 'different races' - from Native Americans to Hispanics to Caucasians - and they all work together without prejudice.
Having never visited Florida, never mind the Everglades myself, Heather Graham's descriptions of the location(s) it-/themselves make me feel as if I was there and getting a good idea of the area and what is happening. The characters are equally well introduced and despite there being quite a few 'bit-players' involved, there is never any question as to who is who and/or their role in this particular adventure.
As always, very well written and set up/out, with the mystery slowly unfolding, a number of red herrings involved and a lovely twist at the end. Enjoy!

Bless Her Dead Little Heart
Bless Her Dead Little Heart
by Miranda James
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.49
36 used & new from CDN$ 2.83

4.0 out of 5 stars Southern Belle Mystery, Jan. 8 2016
Imagine, you owned a lovely big house and your sorority sister of about 60 years ago suddenly asked to be put up because she's in fear of her life. Within hours, the rest of her family show up and everyone now lives in and sponges off you, while accusing one another of murder. Makes for an intriguing setting, right? Well, it seems that money is the main factor of the feud and the two sisters owning the house are too curious about the situation to simply turf all of them to the curb. Southern hospitality they call it. And things get from bad to worse from there.
This is the introduction to Miranda James' second mystery series set in Athena, Mississippi, and Diesel - librarian Charlie Harris' cat from the other such series - also forms part of the story. However, it appears, as if the sisters are about to become 'parents' to their own menagerie - which appears to form the basis to the adventures penned by this author.
The story in itself is captivating with its 'whodunnit' effect, making the reader wonder right to the end, who the culprit could possibly be. There are a number of options that make sense and the solution is definitely not the obvious one, though once revealed does make sense.
The only complaint I have is that I cannot understand how and why you would let people literally invade your house that you have never met before and that most definitely do not have any manners - are rude and obnoxious. Plus, the ending is rather sudden, and the explanation of the how and why very short and unsatisfactory. You are introduced to the characters and you really want to know what happens to them and their affairs, and this is something that was missed out on which is a great shame.

Whispers
Whispers
by Lisa Jackson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.99
22 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense Galore!, Jan. 5 2016
This review is from: Whispers (Mass Market Paperback)
The mystery was very well constructed, with many a red herring and even more shadowy figures to go with it. The storyline also proves that no matter how many lies you tell and how well constructed they are - they still have 'short legs' as the saying goes and the truth will come out eventually.
'Whispers' starts in the present after the initial prologue/set-up and then explores the past when everything really started to happen, only to return to the present day again for the finale. The story is very well constructed, to be perfectly honest and may deserve an even better rating on that part - my rating is based on personal feelings as this book touched a nerve or two and almost made me forego finishing it. Yes, the writing is that good and definitely can 'go under the skin' of the reader, so be warned!

How to Start Seeds Successfully: Step by step instructions to enable any gardener to confidently produce strong, organic vegetable seedlings. (Cariboo Gardener Series Book 1)
How to Start Seeds Successfully: Step by step instructions to enable any gardener to confidently produce strong, organic vegetable seedlings. (Cariboo Gardener Series Book 1)
Price: CDN$ 3.91

5.0 out of 5 stars Gardening in the Cariboo, Jan. 2 2016
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
WOW! There is a lot involved in successful gardening according to Ken Bourne's book - however, knowing the author personally and having visited his gardens, I have to admit that his way works.

File M for Murder
File M for Murder
by Miranda James
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.99
52 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Another interesting Series ..., Dec 28 2015
At first, I was not sure I was going to finish reading this book - and then I was glad I persevered! All of a sudden, the story captured me and I simply could not put the novel down until I finished it.
What was it that made me apprehensive to start with? It may have been the introduction of family members that I knew nothing about and at least some of which appears to have been disclosed in earlier adventures. The beginning of the book was also rather slow, with a number of annoying characters appearing that may have hit a little close to home and life-like ... then, however, the pace picked up and my interest was peaked.
The difference in this series is that the amateur sleuth is a middle-aged librarian with an oversized cat by his side that goes absolutely everywhere with him. There also appears to have been some family drama in the past, the dis-function of which is currently being 'healed'. All of this, plus a murder investigation is packed into just under 300 pages, which is a lot to accomplish. However, Miranda James did manage all that and then some and I am now looking forward to catching up with her previous two murder mysteries in this series.

Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-16