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Olmec Obituary by L.J.M. Owen

Olmec Obituary (Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth Book 1) - David L. Owen

Archaeologist Dr Elizabeth Pimms thoroughly enjoys digging up old skeletons.

But when she is called home from Egypt after a family loss, she has to sacrifice her passions for the sake of those around her.

Attempting to settle into her new role as a librarian, while also missing her boyfriend, Elizabeth is distracted from her woes by a new mystery: a royal Olmec cemetery, discovered deep in the Mexican jungle, with a 3000-year-old ballplayer who just might be a woman.

She soon discovers there are more skeletons to deal with than those covered in dirt and dust.

Suitable for readers young and old, Olmec Obituary is the first novel in a delightful cosy crime series: Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth. Really cold cases.

 
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For some reason did I not expect Olmec Obituary to take place in present time. I thought it would take place at the beginning of the 20th century. It's odd how a cover and the blurb can make you expect something else than what you get.
 
I'm actually a bit surprised that this book is labeled cozy crime because that's not the feeling I got when I read the book. Sure there are no sex scenes and not much violence, but it felt too serious to be a cozy crime book. Sure it had its funny moments, but most of the time it had a serious tone, especially since the main character and her family is recovering from a death in the family and Elizabeth herself has had to give up on her career as an archaeologist to support her family. So, she's not always a happy camper. But I guess since it's not many bloody murder scenes sprinkled in the book can one see this book as a cozy crime novel.
 
Olmec Obituary is a page-turner. I started to read the book in the evening and finished in the middle of the night. I came to enjoy Elizabeth Pimms and her family quite much and the flashbacks 3000 years ago to the life of the skeletons Emily is examining adds drama to the story. What was is that killed all those people and will Elizabeth get to the bottom of the mystery?
 
This is definitely a new favorite series of mine. I was intrigued by the mystery with the skeletons and Elizabeth's problem with both her family and work kept my interest up from the beginning until the end of the book. It was such a splendid book.
 
Olmec Obituary is one of those books that I hoped would be entertaining to read, but in the end, surpassed my expectations. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
 
I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through Netgalley for an honest review!

The Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo

The Fire by Night - Teresa Messineo

A powerful and evocative debut novel about two American military nurses during World War II that illuminates the unsung heroism of women who risked their lives in the fight—a riveting saga of friendship, valor, sacrifice, and survival combining the grit and selflessness of Band of Brothers with the emotional resonance of The Nightingale.

In war-torn France, Jo McMahon, an Italian-Irish girl from the tenements of Brooklyn, tends to six seriously wounded soldiers in a makeshift medical unit. Enemy bombs have destroyed her hospital convoy, and now Jo singlehandedly struggles to keep her patients and herself alive in a cramped and freezing tent close to German troops. There is a growing tenderness between her and one of her patients, a Scottish officer, but Jo’s heart is seared by the pain of all she has lost and seen. Nearing her breaking point, she fights to hold on to joyful memories of the past, to the times she shared with her best friend, Kay, whom she met in nursing school.

Half a world away in the Pacific, Kay is trapped in a squalid Japanese POW camp in Manila, one of thousands of Allied men, women, and children whose fates rest in the hands of a sadistic enemy. Far from the familiar safety of the small Pennsylvania coal town of her childhood, Kay clings to memories of her happy days posted in Hawaii, and the handsome flyer who swept her off her feet in the weeks before Pearl Harbor. Surrounded by cruelty and death, Kay battles to maintain her sanity and save lives as best she can . . . and live to see her beloved friend Jo once more.

When the conflict at last comes to an end, Jo and Kay discover that to achieve their own peace, they must find their place—and the hope of love—in a world that’s forever changed. With rich, superbly researched detail, Teresa Messineo’s thrilling novel brings to life the pain and uncertainty of war and the sustaining power of love and friendship, and illuminates the lives of the women who risked everything to save others during a horrifying time.

 
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The Fire by Night is a book that really shows the dark side of WW2. The book as two POV, first we have Jo McMahon who is stuck tending six seriously wounded soldiers in a makeshift medical unit. She had to do this all alone after bombs destroyed the hospital convoy she would have traveled with and to make it all worse is the unit close to the Germans. Her friend Kay is trapped in a Japanese POW camp in Manila. Both of them have gone through so much and in flashbacks we get to see what happened to them, both during the nurse training as well events before the predicaments they are in now. It's a story about heartache and of losses, but it's also a story about friendship.

I found The Fire by Night to be an engaging and strong book. The characters are well-developed and it's hard not to feel for them and all they have gone through in life and all they have to go through before the war is over. There is a moment in the beginning of the book when Jo realizes that the American soldiers are not as they appear in the movies, they are not always a charming Gary Grant type, they can be quite unpleasant and rude and that felt so good to read. Well, not that they can be assholes, but that not everything is black and white. It doesn't feel like a glamorized WW2 novel with no depth and flat characters. This book feels real and everything the go through feels real.

I'm deeply impressed with this book and I hope that Teresa Messineo writes more books like this.

 

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through Edelweiss for an honest review!

Cast Iron by Peter May

Cast Iron: Enzo Macleod 6 (The Enzo Files) - Peter May

West of France, 1989.

A weeping killer deposits the unconscious body of nineteen year old Lucie Martin, her head wrapped in a blue plastic bag, into the water of a picturesque lake.

Lot-et-Garonne, 2003.

Fourteen years later a summer heatwave parches the earth, killing trees and bushes and drying out streams. In the scorched mud and desiccated slime of the lake a fisherman finds a skeleton wearing a bag over its skull.

Paris, October 2011.

In an elegant apartment in Paris, forensic expert Enzo Macleod pores over the scant evidence of this, the sixth cold case he has been challenged to solve. In taking on this old and seemingly impossible task he will put everything and everyone he holds dear in a peril he could never have imagined.


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Once again I read the latest book in a series, and part of my wonder why on earth that I have not read any of the previous books? Especially since I love Peter May's Lewis trilogy.

Cast Iron is book six in the Enzo file series. Forensic expert Enzo Macleod made a bet to solve cold cases that journalist Roger Raffin has written about in a book, which includes the murder of Roger's wife Marie. In this, the sixth book is the murder of nineteen-year-old Lucie Martin that Enzo is trying to solve. However, it's a difficult case, and it gets personal when someone goes after someone Enzo loves.

I think that Peter May really have a talent for creating interesting characters and the Scottish-Italian Enzo Macload is a really fascinating character. He is a very good forensic expert with a very messy family situation. A baby with a woman that seems to loathe him (for some unknown reason), two daughters, Kristy who has a child with Raffin and Sophie who is not really his daughter after they found out that Enzo's ex-wife had an affair with his best friend. So, Enzo must also deal with a lot of personal stuff during the books progress.

I like the progress of the story, how Enzo starts off with Lucie Martin's murder, but soon realize that the case is bigger than just the one killing and the man suspected of killing Lucie, a serial killer who killed three prostitutes may or may not be Lucie's killer. The ending was really thrilling and intense. And I loved that there was a twist in the end that I did not foresee. I did think that the ending felt a bit too easy that there must be a game change and I was right, I just didn't see the one coming.

I really like the book and I hope to get the chance to read the previous five books some day!

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!

 

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

A Promise of Fire - Amanda Bouchet

Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…

Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he's ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.

 
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I freely admit that I was quite captivated with the cover when I first saw it and the interesting description sealed the deal. How could I not say yes to this blog tour? I also freely admit that I was a bit worried that the romance part would take over the story, but thankfully it was not the dominant part of the book. Although I had some issues with it. But, more about that later.

A Promise of Fire is the first book in the series about Catalia "Cat" Fisa (Btw Fisa in Swedish means farting and I was a bit amused by that) who the last eight years have been running away from her past and her terrible mother. Now a warlord has found her and decided that she is what his family's newly conquered realm needs since she is the Kingmaker. She doesn't go with him willingly instead he kidnaps her with treats of hurting her friends. What he doesn't know that she is protected by the Gods themselves...

I must admit that I came to like Cat quite a lot while reading this boo. She had a terrible childhood and have many scares (physically and psychically) from that. And, all she want is to stay away from her mother. Enter Griffin, a man so infuriating that she can't help starting to like him and his team of men that would fight and die for him. I do love the banter throughout the book, the book was much more amusing than I thought it would be. Also, it was way darker than I had expected. But, what really made me enjoy this book was the Greek mythology that was incorporated into the story, for instance, is Cat's friend Selene the mistress of Hades och Cat herself is protected by Poseidon. As the story progress, you realize that Cat has a purpose and that the Gods seem to have a plan for her.

Now, as I mentioned in the beginning of the review was I worried about the romance part and yes there is a lot of sexual tension between Cat and Griffin all through the book, but I can't say that it bothered me that much. It was a bit refreshing to have Cat not giving in early on in the book to Griffin. However, I found Griffin to be a bit stereotypical when it came to being a male hero. With his attitude and his jealousy. And, that's fine if that's what you are looking for, but for me is this just the kind of male that bores me a bit when I read books. While Cat felt multilayered with all her problems did Griffin tend to play the typical strong male lead. And, that was just too bad. Also, there is a very explicit sex scene in the end of the book, and frankly it went on just a bit too long because, in the end, I grew bored with it and just wanted it to be over so that the story could continue to progress.

All and all did I like this book and I would definitely recommend this book to people that like to read fantasy romance and I definitely want to read the next book!
 
I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!

Cover Crush: The Weight of Night by Christine Carbo

 
For new visitors do I want to explain that Cover Crush is something that my friend Erin over at Flashlight Commentary came up with and I adopted the idea together with some other friends. And, now we try to put up a Cover Crush every week. You can check below my pick of the week for their choices this week!



In the magnificent and brutal terrain of Glacier National Park, a devastating forest fire reveals a long ago crime that may be connected to the recent disappearance of a young boy, from the award-winning author of The Wild Inside and Mortal Fall—perfect for fans of Nevada Barr and C.J. Box.

In a land sculpted by glaciers, the forest is on fire. Thick smoke chokes the mountain air and casts a twilight glow over the imposing mountains and vistas of Montana’s Glacier National Park. When firefighters are called in to dig fuel line breaks near the small town bordering the park, a crewmember is shocked to unearth a shallow grave containing human remains.

Park Police Officer Monty Harris is summoned to the site to conduct an excavation. But with a 2,500-degree incendiary monster threatening to barrel through the town and no forensic detective on hand, Monty must work outside protocol. So he seeks help from Gretchen Larson, the county’s lead crime scene investigator, and someone on whom Monty feels he can rely.

The two are working against the clock to determine the true identity of the victim when a teenager suddenly disappears from one of the campgrounds in Glacier. Could the cases somehow be connected? As chances for recovery of the missing boy grow slimmer and the FBI finds only dead ends, Gretchen and Monty desperately race to fit all the pieces together in time.

The Weight of Night is Christine Carbo’s latest book in a series which “paints a moving picture of complex, flawed people fighting to make their way in a wilderness where little is black or white” (Publishers Weekly). This gripping thriller is a tribute to the power of family, set against one of America’s most majestic and unforgiving landscapes.
 
 
The Weight of Night: A Novel of Suspense
Christine Carbo
Atria Books (Simon & Schuster)
FRONTLIST | June 6, 2017
ISBN 9781501156236, 1501156233
Trade Paperback | 304 pages 
Fiction / Crime
 
Some thoughts about the cover:
 
What I love about this cover is the glorious combination of black, red and yellow. The forest fire looks devastating and it really suits the book's description. Also, the font feels appropriate, clean cut, not and strong. It has stability and perfectly suits the background image.   
 
Check out what my friends have picked for Cover Crush's this week:
 

The Dry by Jane Harper

The Dry - Jane Harper

A small town hides big secrets in The Dry, an atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper.

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.

 
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Right now I'm sitting and waiting for the coffee to be ready so that I can write a really good review. Or rather so that I can write a review with proper sentences because I'm struggling to start this review in a perfect way. Not that there is anything wrong with the book, on the contrary, it's more how can I describe this book in a good way so that everyone will know how great the book is.

Let's see, now I have coffee, hope it will work its magic on me. The Dry is the kind of books that instantly looks intriguing, from the great cover to the intriguing description of the book. And, I have as far as I know, never read a thriller set in Australia before, which was a wonderful change. And add the drought which makes everyone a little bit on the edge in this story.
 
A whole family is murdered and all the evidence points to the father killing them and then himself. But, is the case really so cut and dried? Federal Agent Aaron Falk returns to his hometown for the first time since he and his father was practically driven out of the town. He is there to see his old childhood friend Luke be laid to rest together with his wife and son. He can't understand what could drive Luke to kill hos own family. And, when he is asked by Lukes father and mother to look into the case does he so and while investigates the case does he also realize that the people living in the town have not forgotten or forgiven him for what they think he did all those years ago...

The Dry is a well-written thriller. The drought brings an extra tension to the story and Finn faces a lot of difficulties when he is trying to find out the truth about the murders. I was surprised towards the end of the book when Finn starts to realize what's going on because I really did not anticipate the turn it the story. This book was really great and I recommend it warmly!  

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy for an honest review! 

Plaid and Plagiarism by Molly MacRae

Plaid and Plagiarism - Molly MacRae

A murder in a garden turns the four new owners of Yon Bonnie Books into amateur detectives, in a captivating new cozy mystery novel from Molly MacRae.

Set in the weeks before the annual Inversgail Literature Festival in Scotland, Plaid and Plagiarism begins on a morning shortly after the four women take possession of their bookshop in the Highlands. Unfortunately, the move to Inversgail hasn’t gone as smoothly as they’d planned.

First, Janet Marsh is told she’ll have to wait before moving into her new home. Then she finds out the house has been vandalized. Again. The chief suspect? Una Graham, an advice columnist for the local paper—who’s trying to make a name for herself as an investigative reporter. When Janet and her business partners go looking for clues at the house, they find a body—it’s Una, in the garden shed, with a sickle in her neck. Janet never did like that garden shed.

Who wanted Una dead? After discovering a cache of nasty letters, Janet and her friends are beginning to wonder who didn’t, including Janet’s ex-husband. Surrounded by a cast of characters with whom readers will fall in love, the new owners of Yon Bonnie Books set out to solve Una’s murder so they can get back to business.

A delightful and deadly new novel about recognizing one’s strengths and weakness—while also trying to open a new book shop—Plaid and Plagiarism is the start of an entertaining new Scottish mystery series

 
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As this is a cozy mystery book there are lots of eccentric people and lots of humor, at least it tries to be humorous. However, I did find it hard to really enjoy PLAID AND PLAGIARISM. Despite the bookstore and all. Sure, there were moments that I enjoyed, a man and his dog that kept on disappearing throughout the book. One minute there, the next gone. The old lady that just showed up one day in the bookstore, not saying a word, just sitting there knitting. But, the mystery just never really got to me. I felt that, despite this being a fairly short book, it was hard for me to concentrate on the story.
 
READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION!

Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang

Dragon Springs Road - C. Janie Chang

From the author of Three Souls comes a vividly imagined and haunting new novel set in early 20th century Shanghai—a story of friendship, heartbreak, and history that follows a young Eurasian orphan’s search for her long-lost mother.

That night I dreamed that I had wandered out to Dragon Springs Road all on my own, when a dreadful knowledge seized me that my mother had gone away never to return . . .

In 1908, Jialing is only seven years old when she is abandoned in the courtyard of a once-lavish estate outside Shanghai. Jialing is zazhong—Eurasian—and faces a lifetime of contempt from both Chinese and Europeans. Until now she’s led a secluded life behind courtyard walls, but without her mother’s protection, she can survive only if the estate’s new owners, the Yang family, agree to take her in.

Jialing finds allies in Anjuin, the eldest Yang daughter, and Fox, an animal spirit who has lived in the courtyard for centuries. But Jialing’s life as the Yangs’ bondservant changes unexpectedly when she befriends a young English girl who then mysteriously vanishes.

Murder, political intrigue, jealousy, forbidden love … Jialing confronts them all as she grows into womanhood during the tumultuous early years of the Chinese republic, always hopeful of finding her long-lost mother. Through every turn she is guided, both by Fox and by her own strength of spirit, away from the shadows of her past toward a very different fate, if she has the courage to accept it.

 
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Dragon Spring Road is a book that mixes two genres that I love; historical fiction and fantasy. I think adding the fantasy element of the Fox, an animal spirit to the story was a brilliant move. It gave the story something extra. Otherwise, we would have a traditional historical fiction tale, but now with the added mysticism, we get something a bit different.

The story of Jialing is a sad tale, she is left by her mother when she is a little girl and she is taking in by the family that moves in. However, she is not part of the family, she is a bondservant. But, she does grow up close to the daughter in the house. But, she also has a secret, Fox, an animal spirit that has lived in the courtyard is looking after her. And, she does need the extra help, it's not easy for a Eurasian child growing up in a world where everyone looks down at a mixed raced child.

Dragon Springs Road is a captivated story, I found Jialing story interesting, especially since it takes place in such a turbulent time in China. I did for a while think that the story spent a little too much time on Jialing as a child and the love story towards the end felt a bit rushed. Like the author realized that she had to add some happiness to Jialing by throwing in a man that she would love. I never felt that the romance part truly convinced me. However, it did find it made the ending sweet.

I think Dragon Springs Road is a good book. The story never dragged on, and I found myself taken with the ending when Jialing faced a hard decision. Her final thoughts at the end of the book are probably one of the reasons I ended giving the book 4-stars. It tipped the scale. That and that I love the fantasy elements of the story and reading about China is so fascinating.

 

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through Edelweiss for an honest review!

You Are Dead by Peter James (SWE/ENG)

You Are Dead (Roy Grace) - Peter James

SWEDISH REVIEW

 

Logan Somerville kör in på parkeringen under sitt bostadshus i Brighton samtidigt som hon pratar med sin pojkvän i telefon. I nästa sekund skriker hon och samtalet bryts tvärt. Polisen dyker upp några minuter senare, men Logan är försvunnen. Kvar på platsen är hennes bil och hennes mobiltelefon.

I en park i en annan del av staden hittas kvarlevorna efter en kvinna i tjugoårsåldern, som visar sig ha varit död i trettio år.

Först ser inte kriminalintendent Roy Grace att det skulle finnas någon koppling mellan de två händelserna, men så försvinner ytterligare en ung kvinna. Och ännu ett lik från det förflutna uppdagas.
Samtidigt träffar en framstående psykolog en man som påstår att han vet vad som har hänt Logan. Roy Grace får känslan av att informationen kan utgöra nyckeln till morden.

 
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Den föregående boken var den första jag läst i Roy Grace serien och jag fann boken mycket bra. Så bra att jag blev riktigt glad över chansen att få läsa uppföljaren. Dödsmärkt börjar med att en kvinna försvinner spårlöst från parkeringen under bostadshuset där hon bor. I en annan del av staden hittas kvarlevor efter en kvinna i en park. Det visar sig att hon har varit begravd i trettio år. Inte kan dessa fall ha något gemensamt? Men så försvinner ännu en kvinna och Roy börjar inse att fallen har gemensamma nämnare. Kan kvinnan i parken vara det första offret?

Jag tycker att Roy Grace serien är behaglig att läsa, böckerna är lättlästa och intressanta. Vad som jag tycker fascinerande med denna serie är att Roy Grace första fru Sandy försvann för flera år sedan. Roy är nu omgift och har en liten son. Men han grubblar fortfarande över vad som hände med Sandy och i denna bok kan han kanske äntligen få svar på gåtan.

Fallet var intressant, speciellt när det visade sig Logan, den försvunna kvinnan kan ha hamnat i klorna på en seriemördare. Frågan är om Roy och hans kollegor kan finna henne i livet och det verkar som om kidnapparen/mördaren inte är nöjd med att bara föra bort en kvinna då snart en annan kvinna blir kidnappad. vem är mördaren och vad är hans motiv? Kanske måste de söka sig tillbaka i tiden för att finna svaren. Kan liket vara svaret på deras gåta?

Dödsmärkt är en spännande och intressant bok. Jag tycker om att läsa böcker som sträcker sig tillbaka i tiden och Roy privatliv är fängslande. Slutet på denna bok, tja allt jag kan säga är att det ska blir intressant att läsa nästa bok...

 

Tack till Massolit Förlag för recensionsexemplaret!

 
ENGLISH REVIEW
 

You are Dead is the eleventh thrilling crime novel in Peter James' Roy Grace series.

They were marked for death.

The last words Jamie Ball hears from his fiancée, Logan Somerville, are in a terrified mobile phone call. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the block of flats where they live in Brighton. Then she screams and the phone goes dead. The police are on the scene within minutes, but Logan has vanished, leaving behind her neatly parked car and mobile phone.

That same afternoon, workmen digging up a park in another part of the city, unearth the remains of a woman in her early twenties, who has been dead for thirty years.

At first, to Roy Grace and his team, these two events seem totally unconnected. But then another young woman in Brighton goes missing - and yet another body from the past surfaces.

Meanwhile, an eminent London psychiatrist meets with a man who claims to know information about Logan. And Roy Grace has the chilling realization that this information holds the key to both the past and present crimes . . . Does Brighton have its first serial killer in over eighty years?

 
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The previous book was the first one I read in the Roy Grace series, and I found the book quite good. So good that I was really happy for the chance to read the sequel. You Are Dead begins with a woman who disappears without a trace from the car park below the apartment building where she lives. In another part of the town, the remains of a woman buried thirty years ago are discovered in a park. Nothing indicates that the cases have something in common. But, then another woman disappears and Roy starts to notice similarities between the victims, could the corpse have been the first victim of a serial killer?
 
I think the Roy Grace series is very enjoyable to read, the books are easy to read and interesting. What I find fascinating about this series is that Roy Grace's first wife Sandy disappeared several years ago. Roy is now remarried and has a young son. But he is still brooding over what happened with Sandy and in this book he might finally get the answer to the riddle.
 
The case was interesting, especially when it turned out that Logan, the missing woman may have fallen into the clutches of a serial killer. The question is whether Roy and his colleagues can find her before it's too late and it seems that the kidnapper/murderer is not content to just take away a woman as soon as another woman is kidnapped. Who is the killer and what are his motives? Maybe they need to look back in time to find the answers. Can the body be the answer to their mystery?
 
You Are Dead is an exciting and interesting book. I like to read books where cases go back in time and Roy private life is fascinating to read about. The end of this book, well all I can say is that it should be interesting to read the next book...
 
Thanks to Massolit Förlag for the review copy!

Djävulsdoften (The Devil Scent) by Mons Kallentoft (SWE/ENG)

SWEDISH REVIEW


Malin Fors fortsätter kampen mot ondskan - nu i Bangkok

Efter succén med årstids- och elementserierna, inleder Mons Kallentoft en ny svit inspirerad av de fem sinnena. I den första delen, Djävulsdoften, har kriminalinspektör Malin Fors lämnat Linköping för den myllrande miljonstaden Bangkok. En stad fylld av dofter, färger, ljud och smaker. Men också av korruption, våld och död.

Malin Fors befinner sig på flykt. Ett ouppklarat fall och en personlig kris har fått henne att falla dit igen. Hon har druckit sig genom kvällar och nätter, och allt snabbare närmat sig botten. Som en sista chans har hon fått tjänstledigt och erbjudits ett vikariat som sambandsofficer i Bangkok.

Att bryta med allt verkar vara det enda vettiga. Men ensamheten i den nya staden är svår att hantera och frestelserna finns överallt. Arbetet blir som vanligt Malins räddning, och hennes jaktinstinkter väcks när en svensk kvinna hittas mördad. Vem var kvinnan? Varför blev hon dödad på ett så brutalt sätt? Och hur kände hon den thailändske man som blir nästa offer?

Samtidigt som Malin kämpar mot sina demoner blir hon indragen i ett fall som förbryllar både den thailändska och den svenska polisen. Och hon måste gräva djupt i det förflutna för att finna svaren och den hänsynslösa mördare som är ute efter upprättelse och hämnd.

 
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Djävulsdoften är den första boken jag har läst utav Mons Kallentoft. Jag var nyfiken på hans serie om Malin Fors och tycke att denna bok verkade spännande. Det är alltid lite vanskligt att börja läsa en bok mitt i en serie, om man har tur så känns det som om man snabbt kommer in i handlingen ibland är det tuffare. När det gäller Djävulsdoften så kan jag säga att det både funkade och inte funkade att läsa denna som fristående bok.

Jag tyckte inte att det var så krångligt att sätta mig i Malins liv, jag förstod till stor del henne problem, både med det olösta fallet och hennes alkohol problem. Men jag fann även att jag inte direkt sympatiserade med henne, och jag tror att det är lättare att känna medlidande med henne om man har läst de tidigare böckerna genom att man då har lärt känna henne och på djupet innan allting gick åt skogen. Nu istället fick jag läsa om en människa som har nått botten och håller på att gå under totalt. Och det funkar inte i längden, oavsett hur intressant fallet var så kände jag att Malin's drickande och de problem det förde mig sig gjorde boken en björntjänst. Det kändes som i alkoholens dimma så fanns det en intressant handlingen, men jag tröttande snart på att läsa om Malin's försök att självförstöra. För att vara fullständigt ärlig, jag tröttnade på henne. Jag tycker om att läsa om trasiga karaktärer, men det finns en gräns även för mig.

På plus sidan så verkar det som om hon tog sig i kragen mot slutet och jag hoppas att nästa bok är bättre och att Malin kommer tillbringa mindre tid att supa.
 
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ENGLISH REVIEW

Malin Fors continues the fight against evil - now in Bangkok

Following the success of seasonal and elements series, is Mons Kallentoft back with a new suite inspired by the five senses. In the first part, The Devil Scent, has Inspector Malin Fors left Linkoping for the swarming megacity of Bangkok. A city full of scents, colors, sounds and tastes. But also of corruption, violence, and death.

Malin Fors is on the run. An unsolved case and a personal crisis have led her to fall there again. She has been drinking through the evenings and nights, and she is approaching the bottom fast. As a last chance, she got time off and offered a temporary position as a liaison officer in Bangkok.

Breaking with everything appears to be the only sensible. But the solitude of the new city is difficult to handle and the temptations are everywhere. The work will be as usual Malin's salvation, and her hunting instincts are awakened when a Swedish woman is found murdered. Who was the woman? Why was she killed in such a brutal way? And what's the connection with the Thai man who will be the next victim?

Malin becomes entangle in a case that baffles both the Thai and Swedish police while she is fighting her demons, and she had to dig deep into the past to find answers and a ruthless killer who is looking for vindication and revenge.
 
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Devil's scent is the first book I have read out Mons Kallentoft. I was curious about his series about Malin Fors and liking that this book seemed exciting. It is always a bit risky to start reading a book in the middle of a series if you're lucky, it feels as if it will quickly into the action sometimes it's tougher. As for the Devil scent, I can say that both worked and did not work to read this as a standalone book.
 
I did not think it was so difficult to get into the book and understand Malin. I realized that she did have some personal problem, both with the unsolved case from a previous book and her drinking problem. But I also found that I did not sympathize with her, and I think it is easier to feel compassion for her if you have read the previous books because by then you have come to know her before it all went wrong. Now, instead, I had read about a woman who has reached the bottom and is about to go under completely. And it does not work in the long run, no matter how interesting the case is. I felt that Malin's drinking and the problems it brought her did the book a disservice. It felt like outside the fog of alcohol, there was an interesting plot, but I soon got tired of reading about Malin's attempts to destroy herself. To be completely honest, I got tired of her. I like to read about broken characters, but there is a limit even to me.
 
On the plus side, it seems as if she got her drinking under control toward the end of the book and hope that the next book is better and that Malin will spend less time drinking.

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Lycke by Mikaela Bley

8-year-old Lycke disappears without a trace a Cold and rainy day in May from the from the Royal Tennis Hall in Stockholm.

On TV4, a stone's throw away, you want to be first with the news - if nothing else, create the news - and crime reporter Ellen Tamm is commissioned to follow the case.

Ellen becomes obsessed with the search for Lycke, But as time goes by the search is starting to feel increasingly hopeless. Frustrated by corrupt police, the divorced parents 'strange behavior and their colleagues' jibes, is she trying to control her emotions and handle the situation professionally. But the case reminds her too much of a similar event, an event that is much closer to her, and she pulled into a tangle full of family secrets, lies and deceit that forces her to confront her own past.

Lycke is the first book in the series about the stubborn journalist Ellen Tamm.

 
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Lycke is a Swedish crime novel and the first in the series about a journalist called Ellen Tamm. Ellen Tamm has some personal problem, the greatest one is that she is a bit obsessed with death. And, working as a crime reporter is probably not the best thing for her. She also lost someone close to her when she was young. In this book, does she get obsessed with a missing child case. And, throughout the book we learn that little Lycke is a child that was pretty much unloved by everyone., But why would anyone take her, and where is she?
 
Lycke is quite a tragic book, it highlights the fact that not everyone is suited to have children and that grown-ups just sometimes doesn't see what is going one. I was quite made about how Lycke's parents and step-mom just didn't seem to care about her, even when she went missing. Yes, they were worried, but still, it was like they hardly knew anything about her. Only her nanny seemed to care about her.
 
Lycke is an easy book to read, to especially thrilling, to be honest, but nevertheless, it's a page-turner. But, I have it down to the way it was written rather than the story and its characters. I have read better books about missing children. This book never really got under my skin. It was OK, but it never really surprised me.
 
There is a sequel to this book called Liv, and it will be interesting to read it and see if the storyline in that book is better!

The 7th Canon by Robert Dugoni

The 7th Canon - Robert Dugoni

A riveting new legal thriller from the bestselling author of My Sister’s Grave.

In San Francisco’s seamy Tenderloin district, a teenage street hustler has been murdered in a shelter for boys. And the dedicated priest who runs the struggling home stands accused. But despite damning evidence that he’s a killer—and worse—Father Thomas Martin stands by his innocence. And attorney Peter Donley stands with him.

For three years Donley has cut his legal teeth in his uncle’s tiny, no-frills firm, where people come before profits. Just as Donley is poised to move on to a lucrative dream job, the shocking case lands in his lap, and he must put his future on hold while putting his courtroom skills to the test. But a ruthless DA seeking headlines and a brutal homicide cop bent on vengeance have their own agendas. Now, as he unearths the dirty secrets surrounding the case, Donley must risk his neck to save his client’s life…and expose the face of true evil.

 
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I think that THE 7THE CANON is an excellent thriller. The story takes place in 1987 and I was thrilled to read a book that takes place in the 80s, before all modern inventions like cell phones, etc. It's not that far back in time, but I quite enjoy reading books from that time. Probably because I'm a child of the 80s. THE 7THE CANON is a story about injustice and corruption, always a fascinating subject. One can't help wonder through the book why some of the characters in the book seem so desperate to get Father Thomas Martin convicted. What are they hiding? Will Donley be able to free Father Thomas Martin, and is he really innocent?

 

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The Man Who Fell from the Sky by Margaret Coel

The Man Who Fell from the Sky - Margaret Coel

New York Times bestselling author Margaret Coel returns to Wind River with Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O’Malley investigating a lethal link between legendary outlaw Butch Cassidy and a present-day murder…

When Robert Walking Bear’s body is found in the Wind River mountains, his death appears to be accidental—except for the fact that he had been hunting for Butch Cassidy’s buried loot with a map he had gotten from his grandfather, a map believed to have been drawn by the leader of the Hole in the Wall gang himself.

It isn’t long before rumors circulate that Robert was murdered by his own cousins to get the map and find the treasure themselves. Despite there being no evidence of foul play, the gossip gains credibility when both Vicky and Father John are contacted by an anonymous Arapaho claiming to have witnessed Robert’s killing.

When one of Robert’s cousins falls prey to another deadly accident, Vicky and Father John are convinced the victim is the witness who confided in them, and the hunt for the killer is on in earnest—before more die in search of Cassidy’s cache.

 
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THE MAN WHO FELL FROM THE SKY is book 19 in the Wind River Reservation series and it's also the first book I have read in the series. And, as a newbie must I say that I had no problem whatsoever getting into the book. The only drawback is that there is a lot of history between Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O'Malley. They have been through a lot of things since they met years ago. But, reading this book just made me interested in getting the previous books to get to know them better.

 
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The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman

The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman

"The third title in Genevieve Cogman's clever and exciting The Invisible Library series, The Burning Page is an action-packed literary adventure!

Librarian spy Irene has professional standards to maintain. Standards that absolutely do not include making hasty, unplanned escapes through a burning besieged building. But when the gateway back to your headquarters dramatically malfunctions, one must improvise. And after fleeing a version of Revolutionary France astride a dragon (also known as her assistant, Kai), Irene soon discovers she's not the only one affected. Gates back to the Library are malfunctioning across a multitude of worlds, creating general havoc. She and Kai are tasked with a mission to St Petersburg's Winter Palace, to retrieve a book which will help restore order.

However, such plans rarely survive first contact with the enemy - particularly when the enemy is the traitor Alberich. A nightmare figure bent on the Library's destruction, Alberich gives Irene a tainted 'join me or die' job offer. Meanwhile, Irene's old friend Vale has been damaged by exposure to Chaotic forces and she has no idea how to save him. When another figure from her past appears, begging for help, Irene has to take a good hard look at her priorities. And of course try to save the Library from absolute annihilation. Saving herself would be a bonus.

Irene's adventures feature stolen books, secret agents and forbidden societies - think Doctor Who but with librarian spies!

 
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I would have preferred to read book two, The Masked City before I read this book. But, it just didn't turn out that way. Did the mentioning of the events from The Masked City make me want to read that book? Oh yes, so I will definitely try to get the book one day.
 
I found this book's story just as captivating as the first book in the series The Invisible Library. All my favorite characters are back in this book Irene (of course), Kai and Vale. Vale has been to a chaotic world in the previous books and it's affecting him badly and Irene ponders over how she could help him without damaging him in any way. I have a favorite scene in this book where they are discussing his condition and, well let's say the tension rises between them. It will be interesting to see what the future has in store for them.
 
The Burning Page is a wonderful mix of adventure and humor. I love the characters, and I love the idea of an invisible library that collects books from alternative worlds. In this book, the Library is in danger from an old foe and Irene, of course, happen to cross path with this old foe and perhaps she is the one that could save the library? There is never a dull moment, it's action from the beginning until the end. And, it was with a bit of bittersweet that I came to the last page. I want more!
 
Can you read this book as a stand-alone? Well, yes, but I think reading the first book will make it easier to come to grips with the story in this book.
 
This series is fantastic, it's thrilling, humorous and adventures and I just saw that book four is going to be released in December. Can't wait to read it!
 
I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review! 

I Am Providence by Nick Mamatas

I Am Providence - Nick Mamatas

For fans of legendary pulp author H. P. Lovecraft, there is nothing bigger than the annual Providence-based convention the Summer Tentacular. Horror writer Colleen Danzig doesn’t know what to expect when she arrives, but is unsettled to find that among the hob-knobbing between scholars and literary critics are a group of real freaks: book collectors looking for volumes bound in human skin, and true believers claiming the power to summon the Elder God Cthulhu, one of their idol’s most horrific fictional creations, before the weekend is out.

Colleen’s trip spirals into a nightmare when her roommate for the weekend, an obnoxious novelist known as Panossian, turns up dead, his face neatly removed. What’s more unsettling is that, in the aftermath of the murder, there is little concern among the convention goers. The Summer Tentacular continues uninterrupted, except by a few bumbling police.

Everyone at the convention is a possible suspect, but only Colleen seems to show any interest in solving the murder. So she delves deep into the darkness, where occult truths have been lurking since the beginning of time. A darkness where Panossian is waiting, spending a lot of time thinking about Colleen, narrating a new Lovecraftian tale that could very well spell her doom.

 
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I AM PROVIDENCE is a book that I feel would really appeal to Lovecraft fans. I can imagine that this book would be a bit confusing to people with not much knowledge about Lovecraft's books. You do get information about Lovecraft, the man, and his books in the story. Especially about the Elder God Cthulhu, who will bring the end to humanity when summoned. And, yes there are those in the book that wants that.

 
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The Amulet Thief by Luanne Bennett

The Amulet Thief - Luanne Bennett

Fitheach blood doesn’t just run through the veins–it’s a binding contract that can never be broken.

Alex Kelley vanished twenty-one years ago–the night her mother was murdered. When she comes home to New York City, she wants just two things: a little peace, and answers about the unsolved murder and why she was abandoned in the middle of America at the age of eight.

Greer Sinclair, an enigmatic stranger who knows a little bit more than he should, just might give her both–and more if she’ll let him.

What is she?

What is he?

Who is this beguiling satyr who keeps coming between them?

She attracts the otherworldly like moths to a flame. And why does every stranger on the streets of Manhattan want a piece of her and that pendant hanging around her pretty little neck?

Maybe the answers are in a peculiar shop in the heart of Greenwich Village where ghosts, memories, and secrets are bursting from the walls and the books and the one person who knows her best.

The line between the mundane and supernatural worlds is starting to blur. Which side will she choose? Which would you?

 
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I found the description of the book intriguing. I find urban fantasy to be a very interesting genre, the mix of magic and modern world blended together. The book started good, with Alex Kelley arriving in New York, where years ago her mother was murdered and she abruptly together with her mother's best friend Ava left without telling anyone. What really happened all those years ago? Alex feel watching when she comes to the town, like everyone around her is watching her every move. Is she just being paranoid?
 
I think the first part of the book was the best when Alex was in the dark. Then, she meets Greer Sinclair and for me, the story just didn't work after that. Suddenly the story turned new adult, with Alex being attracted to Greer and jealous of other women. And, it didn't take a long time for them to sleep together. Now, for some readers is this fine, they want this and like reading stories with lots of passion and sex. I don't. I like when everything moves along at a slower pace between two characters. And, I just don't like the alpha male stereotype. Rich, sexy and rough. A man that sees a woman as a possession. Which of course happens when Constantine enters the story and suddenly there are two sexy men after Alex. Sorry, this is just not my thing. I wanted a mystery story with magic elements, but I just couldn't find my interest on the same level after around 31% of the book. 
 
The Amulet Thief is just not for me, I like urban fantasy, but the story just never turned out to be as interesting as I hoped it to be. I just couldn't muster much interest in Alex hunt for the amulet that her mother left for her that then went missing. And, frankly this "let's keep Alex in the dark about her past" was just annoying. Sometimes it's just better to sit down and have it all out. Not being all mysterious and cryptic. On the plus side, the book was easy to read. I just wish the story had been better, and the characters less stereotypical. 
 
I want to thank the TBConFB for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!