August 11th, 2008

Review - Haunted Ground; Erin Hart

Haunted Ground
Erin Hart
Fiction; Mystery
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We’ve probably all heard stories about mummified bodies and historical artifacts turning up in peat bogs all over Europe, as the bogs are cut for turf or drained for new construction. This story, set in modern-day Ireland, has young archaeology professor Cormac Maguire and American anatomist Nora Gavin looking into the mystery surrounding the grim find of a young woman’s head in an Irish countryside peat bog, with its mane of red hair still attached and an old, engraved ring stuffed deep into her mouth. 
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Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsay

This is the third, but not final book in Lindsay's popular series about the lovable serial killer Dexter.

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I liked this book a lot. In general, I feel this series has been consistently good, although the first book still reigns. This book, however, changes the way we see the central character, which is both interesting and a little disappointing. Questions that I thought more interesting unanswered were answered, if you take my meaning. So I can only give it three stars, because while it was extremely enjoyable, I feel it was not good for the series as a whole, if that makes sense. For those who have not read the series, if you enjoy dark humor and mysteries, you should give it a try. Darkly Dreaming Dexter is where you should start. A fourth book, Dexter by Design, is forthcoming. There is no official release date but it may come out in February 2009, according to the Internet.

When Demons Walk by Patricia Briggs

This is an older fantasy novel by Patricia Briggs, author of the popular Moon Called series and the new novel Cry Wolf. It has recently come out in a new edition. Warning - if you get the old edition, the cover is lurid to the point of being silly (or silly to the point of being lurid). Don't be fooled - the book has much more substance than the cover would lead you to expect.

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Four stars. Recommended for fans of Briggs, and fans of fantasy mystery or cultural invasion/assimilation tales.

Recent reads and reading list

Undead and Unappreciated by Mary Janice Davidson

Book 3 of this series was a really quick read only took me 2 days…well approx 2 days. I really loved it, couldn’t put it down. I have a tendency to not be able to put a good book down. My one criticism is this book does not wrap up as nicely as I would have liked. The character of Laura and her mother I would have liked to have more but I get it, it’s a series so can’t really wrap things up nice and neat. I love these characters I am so glad I found this series.

4 out of 5

 Affinity by Sarah Waters

I enjoyed her book Fingersmith. I did not enjoy this one as much. I love the detail Waters puts into her texts. It makes for an easy transition into the novel. I did not like the way this book ended. I felt left hanging. Something that has always bothers me. I do like the plots that she creates and follows. Overall the book was ok.

 2.5-3 out of 5

Undead and Unreturnable by Mary Janice Davidson

I appear to be wiping through this series. Probably because it is such a fantastic read. Davidson is amazing with characters and her novels flow so well. Unlike the third novel this novel wrapped up a little more neatly. Enough that you know another book follows but not as abruptly as the third novel. Looking forward to the next one in the series!

5 out of 5

I am actually heading out to cottage country for the week so I am taking too many books with me. I will post my reviews upon my return…so excited at least 4 days of uninterrupted reading time! (I am guessing four because you have to be social too!). Here is a sample of my reading list

Undead and Unpopular & Undead and Uneasy by Mary Janice Davidson, Dexter in the Dark By Jeff Lindsay, Vanity Fair, Mr. Darcy & Me by Alexandra Potter (if it arrives from bookmooch), The Night Inside by Nancy Baker (if it arrives from amazon) and I am sure there are a few more I have forgotten about.

7- The Trials of Rumpole

The Trials of Rumpole
John Mortimer

A collection of Horace Rumpole who never prosecutes, whose fame rests on an infinite knowledge of Blood and Typewriters, whose court scenes are proverbial, whose home (Casa Rumpole) is ruled by Mrs. Rumpole- She Who Must Be Obeyed. (Taken from The Trials of Rumpole)

An interesting collection of Rumpole, whom I greatly like. Though he is professed to regard himself as a taxi cab driver whose services are on the hire to the lowest and most guilty, he does occasionally get a suffering victim at the end of a hurriedly barked out accusation. A good read.

Book 20. True Evil by Greg Iles

Book 20. True Evil by Greg Iles fiction
637 pages

How far will people go for money?

That is a question that is answered, albeit cynically in this novel.  If you have read enough murder mysteries, you know the many different types of reasons for murder.  Most of them involving infedelity and/or money.  This one touched on both a bit.  

Alex Morse is trying to catch a killer.  Someone that she believes murdered her sister in a very bizarre fashion.  She approaches Dr. Chris Shephard, because she believes he is also going to be killed.  That is how the story starts. 

I like Greg Iles.  He writes unique stories (at least I think he does) that deal with a lot of issues.  They also usually take place in the deep south, which I find interesting.  This was a really good book that made me think quite a bit.  It made me wonder how far someone will go to get $$$$, and the lengths they will go to get away with it.  

The plot and characters were well written, and the book flowed very well.  

Rating.  Amazingly good read.  

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