Friday, October 20, 2017

Review: Dangerous to Know

Dangerous to Know Dangerous to Know by Anne Buist
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Welcome back, Natalie King!

After having serious personal issues, Natalie King has spent a time in a psychiatric ward and now has exiled herself to the country, trying to lead a quieter life.

But that's not possible at all. It's just not in her personality.

And as the world is small, she finds out that the wife of her new boss is an old "enemy". Not a good situation in which to be, especially as the boss uses Natalie as a personal therapist and downloads all his personal problems on her. There's a certain strange attraction between Frank, the boss and Natalie, which adds to the story. His first wife died shortly before giving birth and his new wife is also pregnant. Will history repeat itself?

Though less complex a story, and with less characters than in Book 1, this book lives up to the first one in the series.

Will there be a book 3 in the series? I certainly hope so!

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Review: Medea's Curse

Medea's Curse Medea's Curse by Anne Buist
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Such a good book! Great start to the Natalie King, Forensic Psychiatrist Series.

Natalie King, the main character, is as complicated and unconventional a person as you'll ever find. Besides being a forensic psychiatrist, she sings in a band, rides a motorcycle, has affairs with married men and has her own mental health problems.

The book deals with very hard issues: mothers suspected of killing their children, pedophile rings, stalking.

I like that the main character is flawed but very human. She's strong even when things gets more and more difficult with each page, and the stories she hears from her patients (and her own) are enough to get anybody down. Add to it that her personal life is kind of messy and you have very complex story.
But the more complex it gets, the more it got me hooked. It's a great book, and one I recommend fully

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Review: Blood's Echo

Blood's Echo Blood's Echo by Isabella Maldonado
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Good debut book by Isabella Maldonado.

Veranda Cruz works in law enforcement in Phoenix, Arizona. She is obsessed with fighting the drug cartels, especially the Villalobos cartel. Living in a country where the cartels are day to day news, it's very vivid and well described.

I like the strong character that Veranda is, I also love her family who stands together always, and that there's a love interest in the book.

My only "but" is that the Spanish expressions sometimes sound wrong to me, but I have to take into consideration that I'm a native Mexican speaker and that the Spanish in the book is different from mine, as it's Tex-Mex and the idioms and expressions are not the same.

Looking forward to Book 2 in the series.

3.5 stars

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Review: Curious Minds

Curious Minds Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My first Janet Evanovich book (this one written in collaboration with Phoef Sutton)
I've read that she is one of the best cosy mystery writers, and her books have been recommended by many friends.

Sadly, this book was just ok with me. Janet Evanovich fans, please don't hate me

The plot, in a nutshell, is the following: Emory Knight is am eccentric billionaire. Riley Moon is a lawyer just a week into a new job in an investment firm when she is ordered to make Emerson invest his inheritance with them.
There's missing gold, evil characters and some very bizarre situations.

It's a funny, light book, and for me, forgettable. But, I'm still in for reading other books written by this author, just not these series.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review: Outsider in Amsterdam

Outsider in Amsterdam Outsider in Amsterdam by Janwillem van de Wetering
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There's something missing for me in this book. I don't know if it's the translation or the writing, but after I read it, I felt that I enjoyed it, but did not grasp everything. It is not a complicated book, for certain. It's probably just a slow read and I was hoping for something else.

This book is a best seller/classic mystery from 1975. Cops Grijpstra and de Geer are called to a murder scene, that of the leader of an esoteric sect. There's any number of suspects, as he was not a well liked man: his ex-wife, a boarder, the people that worked for him in his sect/society/restaurant.

Maybe because it was written more than 40 years ago, there are some racist and mysoginist comments that would not be acceptable now, and it was difficult for me to place myself in the context of the time.

A good thriller, with a well written plot and interesting characters.

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Review: Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet

Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Coney Island, 1904
It's full of locals, tourists and "freaks" who call themselves "The Unusuals"

Kitty Hayward, just arrived from South Africa is looking for a special medicine for her sick mother. When she returns to the ship where her mother is, she's gone. Looking for her, she meets all the inhabitants of Coney Island, especially those from Magruder's.

There's an extraordinary cast of characters, and this is a book that lets your imagination run wild. You can picture the boardwalk, the attractions, the clothes, the smells and the colors.

When the place is put under quarantine due to the plague, The Unusuals get together to defend their place against outsiders. There's the good ones and the bad ones, but they're all different, each one perfectly described.

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Review: Heidelberg Requiem

Heidelberg Requiem Heidelberg Requiem by Wolfgang Burger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn't know what to expect of this book, and I was pleasantly surprised.

Alexander Gerlach has been promoted to Chief Inspector in Heidelberg. He must now move to that town from Karlsruhe with his adolescent twin daughters, typical teenagers with an attitude. His wife died some time ago and there's only the three of them.
Gerlach is one of the most agreeable characters I've found in thriller books. He's confused, trying to be a good father (and sometimes failing miserably), a good boss and in general, trying to get his life in track again. He's not a super policeman/detective/man. Quite the contrary!

His first case makes him question if he is fit to be a Chief Inspector, as what he really likes is the investigative work, not the paperwork part of it, much to the annoyance of his superiors. A man has been left to bleed to death and this will not be the only murder in the book.

The plot is made lighter by the interaction between Gerlach and his daughters, and also by a mystery woman with whom he embarks in a relationship.

I hope the next books in the series will be soon translated into English, as this seems to be the only one available now.

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