Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Bloodline by Felix Francis

Mark Shillingford is happy in his life as a race commentator.  Most of all he loves getting to call races in which his sister is one of the jockeys riding a speedy Thoroughbred.  All that comes to an end with the apparent suicide of his twin.

Race fixing, blackmail, affairs, threats, betting, and a behind the scenes look at what goes into producing a seamless racing program for the live television audience.  All things combine for a face paced read that will make you gallop through the chapters.

This is the first novel I have read by Felix Francis and he does a good job of continuing the legacy of his father Dick Francis.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Killer by Jonathan Kellerman

Child psychologist Alex Delaware is offered what looks like an easy case in a child custody dispute between two sisters, with one saying the other is not a fit mother.  Of course being a mystery novel nothing is ever simple.

Dr. Delaware has his life threatened, there is a murder, and Milo Sturgis, friend and LAPD detective becomes involved. 

Medium paced novel that gets the reader to think, always a positive.  The ending is interesting as all of Kellerman's books tend to be and leaves you wanting just a few more pages. 

Part of a series but the books do not have to be read in order.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Hollow City starts with a dangerous escape from a secluded island that is being bombed by the Germans and things go downhill from there. 

Miss Peregrine's loop has been invaded, the house is bombed, she is stolen, recovered, and off the children go looking for another loop and help to save Miss Peregrine. 

Once again the vintage photographs make the story much richer, making the reader pause to pursue the pictures and enhance the story line. 

A real page turner that leaves the reader wanting more.  I just hope that Riggs is not taking vacations and is glued to the typewriter, or more likely computer, working on more peculiar novels.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

By. The. Angel!  Okay, Magnus might not like that but this is an amazing collection of stories through a great period of time.  Filled with Downworlders, Shadowhunters and even a few mundanes are there to tell the story of an adventures life.  The glimpses into characters lives, past and present is very well done.  Great job ladies!