Tour’s Books Blog

June 13, 2010

More Super Short Reviews – All Genres

Moving right along, we have:

  • Title: Pretty in Ink
  • Author:  Karen E Olsen
  • Type:  Mystery
  • Genre: Amateur sleuth in Vegas
  • Sub-genre:  Tattoo artist gets involved in another murder
  • My Grade: B  (4.0*)
  • Rating:  PG-13
  • Length and price:  Full length novel; about 80,000+ words for $6.99
  • Where Available:  book available at at any book store; 4-for-3 program on Amazon
  • FTC Disclosure:  purchased book from online bookstore

I always like finding a worthwhile amateur sleuth/cozy that isn’t so contrived my eyes roll.  I so enjoyed The Missing Ink that I won in a book swap on Paperback Swap, I bought this book as soon as it was released and it went right to the top of the TBR pile.  I’m glad I did.  This sophomore outing for 30 something tattoo artist and high end shop owner, Brett Kavenaugh, is really worth the effort.  Karen E. Olsen is a journalist and mystery writer, and her training shows in her tight prose that moves the story surrounding the murder of a female impersonator and a missing broach at fast clip despite the convoluted plot.  On my list of ‘must read’ series. (more…)

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September 28, 2009

Book Review: Gothic Dragon by Marie Treanor

  • Title: Gothic Dragon
  • Author: Marie Treanor
  • Type: Paranormal Romance
  • Genre:  Time travel – Alternate world where magic works
  • Sub-genre: Villain is good guy
  • My Grade:  C- (2.8*)
  • Length: Sold as a Category length book
  • Rating: NC-17
  • Where Available: Everywhere books are sold

With a title like Gothic Dragon I had high expectations for this twisted time travel story.  I started it three times and three times I stopped reading, unable to get into the story.  I wasn’t worried.  It happens time to time.  Finally, I finished it.  After a rather slow and difficult start, it was occasionally an interesting read, but more often, just choppy and vaguely annoying.  The basic premise: a modern researcher, Esther Conway, gets pulled into a book and keeps moving between the modern world and the semi-fictional world of The Prince of Costanzo, a Gothic novel written by Margaret Marsden, a distant relative and the subject of Esther Conway’s proposed novel.  Lady Hay invited her down to see the papers in her husband’s collection pertaining to Margaret’s life and book, but she had never thought to find an actual copy of the The Prince of Costanzo!  Rounding out the cast of characters in real life are Lord Hay, a somewhat secretive book collector, and Kevin, her whining fiancee who would look much better with a boot in the ass. (more…)

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