Sunday, January 24, 2016

Dreaming Spies (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #13) by Laurie R. King

Book: Dreaming Spies (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #13)

Author: Laurie R. King

Release date (if applicable): Published

Synopsis: From Goodreads:
It is 1925, and Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes arrive home to find a familiar decorative stone installed in their garden. A stone with a name, which they last saw in the Tokyo garden of the future Emperor of Japan. It is the first indication that the investigation they did for him in 1924 might not be as complete as they had thought. In Japan there were spies, in Oxford there are dreams. In both places there is a small dark-haired woman and danger.
My rating: 4 Stars

My opinion: I have to say that this was not my favorite in this series by far. I found it to be a  bit slower for me than others in the series. Furthermore, I found it to be much more focused on the setting vs. the mystery. On that note, this is why friends of mine who are as in love with this series as much as I am have stated that it is their favorite in the series. It is all about what you love.

Source: Publisher for review

Would I recommend? : Always! I love this series. This book can be read alone, but do yourself a favor and read this dynamic duo in series order. They have a great story that is slowly released in each novel. It is well worth your time or my name isn't Naomi!

Stand Alone or Part of a Series: Number 13 in series

Saturday, January 23, 2016

No Safe House: A Thriller by Linwood Barclay

Book: No Safe House: A Thriller

Author: Linwood Barclay

Release date (if applicable): Published

Synopsis: Sometimes, the past is a difficult thing to shed. 

For the Archers, it is the reason for their continued problems. Terry and Cynthia are separated and daughter Grace is heading down a terrible path of poor decision making. 

When Grace makes a bad decision to follow her delinquent boyfriend into a house to rob it, it opens up a can of worms with killers and those who pay them. The Archers thought they left this behind seven years ago, but the past isn't quite through with this family yet. 

Can this dysfunctional, broken family come together to save themselves?

My rating: 3 Stars

My opinion: I must say that I have very mixed feelings regarding this book. I love this author but feel that the span of time between books in the series was too far. I had given the first book in this series 5 stars, but found that I had to spend too much time remembering events and dynamics between characters than on the story itself.

As in his typical style, character and plot development is superb. I simply wish that this book would have been published several years ago. It easily would have garnered a higher rating than the 3 stars given. It just seemed off with the length of time between releases. 

This author still remains in my top 3 of Canadian mystery writers who are highly recommended when I am asked.

Source: Publisher for review

Would I recommend? : I would. Do yourself a favor and read No Time for Goodbye prior to reading this book. 

Stand Alone or Part of a Series: Second in series