Review: The Roses of May

The Roses of May 2nd in the series by Dot Hutchison Thomas and Mercer, 2017 Adult Thriller Summary: This isn't a continuation of the story in The Butterfly Garden. This is a new situation with a different serial killer but it features the same FBI team and there are characters and events related to the…

Review: Certain Dark Things

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Nightfire, 2021 Adult Supernatural Horror 7 cups of tea out of 11 Summary: Atl is on the run after her family is decimated by a rival group of vampires. Domingo collects interesting items out of the trash and sells them. Ana is an experienced cop. All of them are…

Urban Fantasy Wrap-Up!

Photo by Ying Owens on Pexels.com Let's start with the positive. Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire was the most entertaining. There is a lot of fun humor throughout. McGuire has lots of creative twists and plays with urban fantasy tropes. Night Shift by Lilith Saintcrow stood out because of the writing. It was the most…

Review: Royal Blood

Royal Blood 4th in the series by Rhys Bowen Berkley Prime Crime, 2010 Adult Historical Murder Mystery Summary: Lady Georgiana must represent the English royals at the wedding of Princess Maria Theresa in Transylvania. When a prominent member of the government is murdered Georgiana must figure out if it's vampires or her old school friend.…

Review: Death by Dumpling

Death by Dumpling 1st in the series by Vivien Chien St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2018 Adult Contemporary Murder Mystery Summary: Lana breaks up with her cheating boyfriend, quits her job but when the bills start piling up she goes back to working at her mother's restaurant. When the man who owns the plaza their restaurant is…

I may have bitten off more than I can chew…

*looks over at the four urban fantasies sitting on my desk* *chuckles with hysteria* Part of the problem is that I finished the books I assigned myself last week early so I thought I'd double how many books I'd try to complete this week. My first mistake. Next, it has clearly been a while since…

First Impressions: Murder Mysteries and Urban Fantasies

Before I get too far into these six books, I'll share some initial thoughts. I debated about starting four different urban fantasy series at the same time. Debated about doing a try-a-chapter challenge, elimination style but so far I want to continue all of them. I've also liked comparing them so far. Night Shift by…

What am I doing?

So this week I thought I'd try and read a stack of spooky paperbacks. Most are murder mysteries and some of them are urban fantasy. I'm starting with Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien. My morning began with a chai latte and some waffles with peanut butter. What are you reading this week?

Review: Ghost Town

Ghost Town 9th book in the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine New American Library, 2010 Adult Supernatural Gothic Romance Summary: I won't spoil this one but I will spoil previous books. The machine that controls the portals, barriers, and mind modifying stuff in Morganville is broken and Claire needs to fix it. The problem…

Review: Ghost Squad

Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega Scholastic Press, 2020 Middle Grade Supernatural Adventure Summary: Lucely and her best friend, Syd, accidentally cast a spell to wake up hostile ghosts who start wreaking havoc on the town. They need help from Syd's grandmother, Babette, and her cat, Chunk, plus Lucely's spirit family members to reverse the…