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Death’s Executioner

Death’s Executioner by Charlotte E English.

 

  • Publisher : Frouse Books (September 5, 2019)
  • Paperback : 366 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9492824108

 

Amazon Review:

 

To catch a monster, send a killer.
Murderers and monsters alike stalk the snow-drowned streets of Ekamet.

When nightmares creep out of the dark, distant past, who can face them?
It will take the eldritch powers of the spirit-witch. The ruthless cruelty of the undead. And the monstrous implacability of the Malykant at his best — and his worst.

But when it costs everything they can give, can a trio of killers win against nightmare?
If you can’t beat the dark, the only way through is to join it…

Konrad Savast returns in four final, brutal cases in the collected Malykant Mysteries.

 

Amazing.  Me, who doesn’t like short stories, nor do I normally read of ghosts or spirits etc.. really liked these books!  And will admit that I am sorry they have ended.

If you like mystery and murder etc and want something a bit “different” these books are for you!

The first book I sent for was a mistake!  I didn’t know it was 4 short stories!  But for a change, the mistake worked in my favor and I had a really enjoyable trilogy to read.  You might want to try book one and see what you think!!

Death’s Avenger

Death’s Avenger: The Malykant Mysteries, vol. 2 by Charlotte E English.

 

Publisher : Frouse Books (October 1, 2018)
Paperback : 394 pages
ISBN-10 : 9492824051

 

 

Amazon Review

 

To catch a killer, send a monster…
But what if a monster isn’t enough?
Shadows gather, winter deepens, and Assevan falls farther into the dark.
Pitted against monsters and men, Konrad faces deeper challenges. Darker foes.
Some can rival even the Malykant’s power.
Pushed beyond his endurance, challenged beyond his sanity, at long last Death’s Avenger might need a little help…
Konrad Savast returns for another chilling set of adventures in the second volume of the Malykant Mysteries.

 

Oh boy! Charlotte E. English has some great imagination!  I still am shocked that I like these books.  First off I don’t like short stories… each book contains 4 stories.  And her characters are certainly original, at least to me!

If you are intending on reading books 2, all I will say about it is :  The ending is a real shocker!! .. on to book 3 !  (I know, not much of a review, but, to be honest I really don’t know how to review these books and not give away anything important!  I guess you will just have to read them yourself!

Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

 

Publisher : G.P. Putnam’s Sons; (August 14, 2018)
Hardcover : 384 pages
ISBN-10 : 0735219095

 

 

Amazon Review

 

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.


Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

 

This books was one of those stories about someone and the hardships she went through growing up in the swamps, while at the same time becoming exceptionally knowledgeable about the swamps and all the nature within.

While sad at times it really is a good read.  I feel like I am last on the list of people who have read this book.. I hope not.. and I do suggest it to anyone who wants a heartfelt feeling while reading it.

 

Nicholas Flamel a Lost Story: Nicholas and the Krampus by Michael Scott.

 

ASIN : B08CD4QHML
Publisher : Delacorte Press (January 19, 2021)
Publication date : January 19, 2021
Language : English
File size : 3495 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
X-Ray : Enabled
Word Wise : Not Enabled
Print length : 57 pages
Lending : Not Enabled

 

Amazon Review:

 

Nicholas Flamel appeared in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series—but did you know he really lived? And he might still be alive today! Discover the truth behind Michael Scott’s New York Times bestselling series the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel with “Nicholas and the Krampus,” an ebook original short story.

Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel have rescued the world from destruction countless times over—but can they save Christmas as well?

Now, that lost story is told. . . .

It is the first Christmas after the end of World War II, and something evil is moving through New York. The ancient immortal human Sinter Klaas, better known as Kris Kringle, is being hunted by a terrifying horned creature: the goat-demon called the Krampus. When the Flamels receive a desperate call from their old friend Kris, they must devise a plan to trap the monster—and get it all done before Christmas Eve.

 

How grand!  Yet, another great novella with Nicholas Flamel and Perenelle !  As far as I am concerned Michael Scott can continue writing novella’s about the characters in his stories, forever!  It feels to me that the more I learn about the characters the more I am drawn to re-read the original books. (And I recently did that!)

Michael Scott has so many wonderful characters and such a great story to tell in the original Six books, that you really never want the story to be over!  Don’t miss reading the original books… you know not what you will miss.

 

Read the whole series!
The Alchemyst
The Magician
The Sorceress
The Necromancer
The Warlock
The Enchantress

The Late Show

The Late Show by Michael Connelly.

 

Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (January 23, 2018)
Paperback : 448 pages
ISBN-10 : 1455524239

 

 

Amazon Review

 

In this first installment of the Renée Ballard series, #1 bestselling author Michael Connelly introduces a “complicated and driven” young detective fighting to prove herself on the LAPD’s toughest beat (The New York Times).

Renee Ballard works the midnight shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing few, as each morning she turns everything over to the daytime units. It’s a frustrating job for a once up-and-coming detective, but it’s no accident. She’s been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.

But one night Ballard catches two assignments she doesn’t want to part with. First, a prostitute is brutally beaten and left for dead in a parking lot. All signs point to a crime of premeditation, not passion, by someone with big evil on his mind. Then she sees a young waitress breathe her last after being caught up in a nightclub shooting. Though dubbed a peripheral victim, the waitress buys Ballard a way in, and this time she is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her partner’s wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night.

As the investigations intertwine, Ballard is forced to face her own demons and confront a danger she could never have imagined. To find justice for these victims who can’t speak for themselves, she must put not only her career but her life on the line.

 

It took me longer to read as my eyes continue to blur.

This was a new detective for Michael Connelly, but as usual for his writing and where it all happens makes me still enjoy it.  There’s something about reading a book when you know the towns and many of the roads they travel on while searching for the bad guy!  

This is a good book for twists and turns.  You think you know, but guess what.. you don’t lol. My next book will consist of Ballard and Bosch!!  But it is another over 400 page book, so don’t expect a review next week!

This is my first book for the new year and a good one to start with!  I thank my girlfriend in California, Kris for sending it to me!! (Danke Kris!)   I hope some of you who like detective stories read Michael Connelly.. he knows how to write a good book!

Death’s Detective

 

Death’s Detective by Charlotte E English.

 

Publisher : Frouse Books (August 27, 2018)
Language: : English
Paperback : 326 pages
ISBN-10 : 9492824043

 

 

Amazon Review:

 

To catch a villain, send a monster.
There’s a realm. Wreathed in ice and snow, drowning in the dark, Assevan needs a different kind of hero.
There’s a god. Merciless and cold, and quick to anger, the Lord of the Dead insists upon one thing only: vengeance for a murdered soul.
And there’s a man. A ruthless killer, Konrad is detective, judge and executioner in one. Dauntless, relentless, monstrous, he stands alone against the dark.
Meet the Malykant. Justice will be served.
Four cases. Four killers. Four executions. Dark fantasy and murder mystery collide in this first collection of the Malykant Mysteries.

 

When I got this book I didn’t realize that it was 4 “short stories”.  Friends who know me know I am not a fan of “short stories”. (with one exception: Nicholas Flamel).. anyway, it was here so I gave it a try.  Can you say “hooked”?!  Even I can’t believe I am hooked on this book, the stories, the characters and their backgrounds and even “spirits” (snakes no less!).  Now, I like fiction and fantasy but I’ve never been into anything like this.

Now, that you know all of that………. I loved this book!  So much that I ordered the other two books that uses these same characters.  Each of those have 4 stories also.   I will say, that the way book one was written it could have been just one story.  Each story is another murder and how the “detective” handles it in the manor in which his “boss” (who is “Death) wants him to.

My suggestion is to give this one a shot…

Different? Definitely.

Ghosts and Spirts?  Absolutely.

Characters with a background?  Totally.

Should you read it?  Without a doubt!

 

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.

 

Publisher : Sourcebooks Landmark; Reprint edition (May 7, 2019)
Paperback : 480 pages
ISBN-10 : 149267012X

 

 

 

Amazon Review:

 

“Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day . . . quite unlike anything I’ve ever read, and altogether triumphant.”―A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

Aiden Bishop knows the rules. Evelyn Hardcastle will die every day until he can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest at Blackheath Manor. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others. With a locked room mystery that Agatha Christie would envy, Stuart Turton unfurls a breakneck novel of intrigue and suspense.

For fans of Claire North, and Kate Atkinson, The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a breathlessly addictive mystery that follows one man’s race against time to find a killer, with an astonishing time-turning twist that means nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

 

The title alone drew me to this book.  How does one die 7 1/2 times?  Astonishingly enough.. if you read the book, you will find out!

Lot’s of things for me to like about this book.  One of my absolute favorites is “short chapters”!  Also big on the list is, double spaced sentences, for easy reading for people like me!

But after all the “extra” goodies, I must say this book DID keep me picking it up. The only reason it took me so long is health reasons.  Doctor visits, hospital procedures, and just all around yucky.

While fiction abides in this book… mystery will keep you reading!

I enjoyed this book and I think you will too!!

The Little Exile

 

The Little Exile by Jeanette S Arakawa.

 

  • Paperback : 240 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1611720365

 

 

 

Amazon Review:

 

After Pearl Harbor, little Marie Mitsui’s typical life of school and playing with friends in San Francisco is upended. Her family and thousands of others of Japanese heritage are under suspicion and forcibly relocated to internment camps far from home. Living conditions in the camps are harsh, but in the end Marie finds freedom and hope for the future. Told from a child’s perspective, The Little Exile deftly conveys Marie’s innocence, wonder, fear, and outrage. This work of autobiographical fiction is based on the author’s own experience as a wartime internee.

Jeanette Arakawa was born in San Francisco in 1932 and was interned in the 1940s at the Rohwer War Relocation Center in Arkansas.

 

A little learning from the eyes of a 10 year old who’s family was interned during the war with Japan. 

This is a story  about the author with some fiction tossed in, but for the most part (with the name changed) it’s how she remember her life with her family trying to make it in America and then getting treated like it was her fault.  Can you imagine being 10 yrs old and thinking, because you are “different” you caused a war and now was being treated like a prisoner?

It’s a good little book .. and it makes you think.  You might want to pick it up and read it!

Black Hills

Black Hills by Dan Simmons.

 

  • Hardcover : 496 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780316006989

 

 

Amazon Review

When Paha Sapa, a young Sioux warrior, “counts coup” on General George Armstrong Custer as Custer lies dying on the battlefield at the Little Bighorn, the legendary general’s ghost enters him – and his voice will speak to him for the rest of his event-filled life.

Seamlessly weaving together the stories of Paha Sapa, Custer, and the American West, Dan Simmons depicts a tumultuous time in the history of both Native and white Americans. Haunted by Custer’s ghost, and also by his ability to see into the memories and futures of legendary men like Sioux war-chief Crazy Horse, Paha Sapa’s long life is driven by a dramatic vision he experienced as a boy in his people’s sacred Black Hills. In August of 1936, a dynamite worker on the massive Mount Rushmore project, Paha Sapa plans to silence his ghost forever and reclaim his people’s legacy-on the very day FDR comes to Mount Rushmore to dedicate the Jefferson face.

 

Another (older) book by Dan Simmons.  I find I wonder about all the research he did for this book.   Paha Sapa  is Lakota for Black Hills.

This story covers the life of Paha Sapa from a very young child up to and including a man in his 70’s.   Young enough to be raised by traditional Lakota  ways , yet lives to work on Mt. Rushmore and his dreams of retaliating the white people for what they have done to their tribe and others.

If you have interest in Native Americans this is a really good book.  Many truths about their life incorporated into a fictional novel.

If you have read any book by Dan Simmons you know what a good writer he is… the choice is yours.

 

Nicholas Flamel: A Lost Story: Aoife and Scathach Shadow Twins by Michael Scott.

 

Publication date : November 3, 2020
File size : 2681 KB
Publisher : Delacorte Press (November 3, 2020)
ASIN : B08CD4BW7W
Print length : 86 pages

 

 

Amazon Review:

 

Nicholas Flamel appeared in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series—but did you know he really lived? And he might still be alive today! Discover the truth behind Michael Scott’s New York Times bestselling series the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel with “Aoife and Scathach, Shadow Twins,” an ebook original that includes two short stories.

Discover two lost stories from the life of the Shadow Twins, Scathach and Aoife, told now for the first time. . . .
“Aoife of the Shadows”

Lost on a distant Shadowrealm, Aoife is tempted by a crystal skull older than most civilizations. If she worships it, she will be given the power to kill her twin sister, Scathach.

“Scathach the Shadow in the Land of Youth”

The Warrior Maid Scathach is hiding out in a dangerous Shadowrealm, the Land of Youth, and must use all her skills to prevent a war.

 

This is yet another great novella from Michael Scott.  Stories of two more of his fantastic characters in his series of “The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel”

Read the whole series!
The Alchemyst
The Magician
The Sorceress
The Necromancer
The Warlock
The Enchantress

In the series I loved Scathach and did not know a lot about her twin sister Aoife.  This Novella has 2 stories.  One of Aoife and one of Scathach.   I loved them both!  But, of course this being a Novella, they were way to short!

AS far as I am concerned, Michael Scott can do no wrong when writing about his series of books, and now short stories of many of the characters that were in his books.  He could do the novella’s about every single character in the books and I would be happy!

Sometimes I wonder what it is that makes me love a book or not be that thrilled with it.  I think, to me it has always been the characters and the personalities of them.  Of course a good story has to go along with them!  Michael’s books, and now the novella’s has all of that and more.

I wish they would never end!

Thank you Michael Scott, for such wonderful writing and fantastic story telling.  I hope you never stop writing!

 

(I anxiously await December for: Nicholas and Krampus!)