The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem KhanIt’s become clear over the years that there are a number of types of books for which I am a sucker. So let’s add a cozy, humorous mystery set in India to the list. That is what I expected from The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan and that is exactly what i got. Continue reading

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Clue #4 for The Last Treasure Hunt by Jane Alexander

The Last Treasure Hunt by Jane Alexander

I am so excited to be taking part in a cyber treasure hunt for the release of Jane Alexander‘s The Last Treasure HuntThe book is a fun take on modern media, and who doesn’t love a treasure hunt? And I’ll be reviewing it later this week.

Clue #4

To unmask the man with glasses

She throws herself from up high

Roaring currents would have killed her

Had he been willing to let her die.

So, here’s how it works:

  • Each clue refers to a landmark or iconic location in a film. The landmark/location is the answer – when you figure it out, make a note of it!
  • (If you need a hand, check out the #treasurehunt hashtag on Twitter or Instagram for a hint to the landmark’s location…)
  • When all the clues are revealed, the first letter of every answer will make an anagram. Solve the anagram and you have your final answer!
  • Email this answer and all the landmarks you figured out to hermes@saraband.net by April 30th to be entered into the prize draw. Two entrants will win a signed copy of The Last Treasure Hunt – and if you’ve guessed the most landmarks and locations, you’ll win a goodie bag and something special from Jane personally! On top of that you’ll get bragging rights on Twitter and we’ll publicly dub you queen/king sleuth.
  • Good luck!

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

crooked-letterSeveral people have recommended Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin to me over the years. Mindy from Minty Fresh Mysteries even gave me a copy. But it wasn’t until Amy at Read A Latte said it was worth reading if you are a fan of Serial, that i dove in. As an aside, if you’re not listening to Serial already, download the podcast today. Continue reading

A Savage Harvest by Carl Hoffman

savage-harvestI read A Savage Harvest by Carl Hoffman several weeks ago and have waited until now to review it. That is never a good idea. One thing I can say, however, is that I loved this book. It just might be my favorite non-fiction read of the 2014. It scratched so many of my itches – exploration, anthropology, mystery, famous families – the list goes on. Continue reading

A Death in Duck by Mindy Quigley

A-death-in-duckWith a nod to full disclosure, I must tell you, nay – brag to you that Mindy Quigley is a very good friend of mine. She is also smart, hysterically funny and a pretty darn good writer (and she’s now on Twitter – @MintyFreshBooks). A Death in Duck is the second book in her Lindsay Harding mystery series. Continue reading

The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky

the-golden-dayIs it just me, or is Australian literature experiencing somewhat of a renaissance right now? It seems as though every other book I pick up these days is by an Australian. The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky is the latest piece of Aussie lit to grab my attention. The novel is about the day Miss Renshaw goes missing on a class excursion to the park and the legacy it leaves behind on the eleven girls in her class.

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Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich

takedown20Is it possible that I’ve finally out grown my adolescent love for Stephanie Plum? Oh boy, I didn’t see that coming. But I’m going to have to be honest and say that I did not get my usual thrill out of reading Takedown Twenty. It took me three days to read it. If you’ve read much Janet Evanovich then you’ll know that that is at least 1.5 days too long.

I think that maybe it’s time for Stephanie Plum’s saga to end, and I think she might feel the same way. Steph has grown up and I think she wants to settle down. She is certainly tired of getting thrown down stairs and having her cars blown up. And if she would only show a little backbone I think she knows that there is no potential for a relationship with Ranger and that Morelli is the one. Sigh.

It would be untrue to say that I was bored by Takedown Twenty. It was more that I was bored by Stephanie. Lula and Grandma Mazur held this book together. These characters continue to be great, but this time around even Morelli seemed boring, and for the record I’m Team Morelli.

Who would like this book? Janet Evanovich’s novels are what one could call light, humorous little mysteries. There is very little that is challenging about them. On top of that, they are rather formulaic. Don’t get me wrong though, the formula is good and the characters are mad-capped and the books are entertaining. They are like popcorn. They just are what they are. Last year I reviewed Notorious Nineteen, which I liked better than 20.