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Madam Tulip- A book Review


This book was a delightful read. It starts a bit slow and this reviewer wasn’t sure it would be enjoyable, but luckily, it picked up speed as well as the reader’s interest by the second chapter. Don’t give up on this one based merely on the first few pages. Keep going for a richly described tale with compelling and fully fleshed-out characters.

Derry O’Donnell is a financially strapped actor and, needing to earn some cash, with some help from her friend, recreates herself as Madam Tulip. She naturally has the gift of premonition and can read cards intuitively and accurately. What better way to try to make a living when her mother threatens to stop her financial assistance?

Little does Derry know she’s about to get herself in way more trouble than just her mother cutting off her funding.

When someone dies at an event where Madam Tulip is reading cards, Derry finds herself in the middle of the drama—certainly not like a stage drama—this is real. Life and death.

She gets by with some help from her gay former navy SEAL friend and her outrageous painter father.  She also stumbles upon an old love who is operating under cover. Friend or foe? That is something she can’t tell even with her psychic gifts.

The heroine is plucky and irreverent. Her internal dialogue is wonderful. The father and SEAL friend are both unique characters and so well-done personality-wise, this reader wanted to hang out in the pub with them all.

The author clearly has a wonderful sense of humor. There were a number of places that made this reviewer laugh out loud. I love a smart story and this one fits the bill. An adventure with serious moments as well as humor to lighten the mood. A perfect read- not great, heavy literature, but an amusing way to spend some time.

I was glad to learn there’s a whole series of these stories as I’m not ready to let them leave my life yet. This one is a keeper. Highly recommended for a fun read.

“The Killing Edge” A Book Review


This book was written by Heather Graham. It’s a light paranormal with some ghostly elements.  The heroine survives a blood bath/massacre when she’s a teen. It’s now a decade later and things are heating up again. People are dying and she may be a target again herself. 

This is a great read and I highly recommend it. Ms. Graham is an excellent writer and she really brings her “A” game to this story. I figured it out pretty early on but that’s what I do. I love to try to solve the mystery along with the characters. This story occurs in Miami, the Keys and a snippet in New Orleans.  AND most importantly, the hero is another to die for kinda guy. Luckily for the heroine, that’s might not be necessary!

“Sinful Surrender”- A Book Review- A Valentine’s Day Recommended Read


This weekend, I read Beverley Kendall’s book called Sinful Surrender. Can I just say, Oh. My. Gosh.  What a great read. This book was a perfectly executed work of romantic historical fiction. It had all the elements of romance as well as spot on historical data.  The heroine was feisty and funny. She was intelligent and strong. I liked that she was tall as well. Sometimes, I get tired of the tiny little heroines in these type books. A tall woman was a nice change.

The hero in  this story was ooh la la hot. His name is James and man, oh, man, would I like to meet this guy. He was fine looking and a very strong man. There were a few times I’d like to have been able to shake some sense into him, but that’s a sign of a well written book to me. And the sex scenes were very nicely done.

Ms. Kendall does an awesome job on making the reader feel she’s in the scene. I love that her descriptions were adequate but not overly done. There’s nothing I hate more than a long, dreary scene description- these were enough to give a sense of place but not to the point of a snooze-fest.

This was a great read and I’m planning to read her next one very soon. I already have it in my hot little hands.

“Unwilling Accomplice” – a Book Review


Last night, I finished reading Unwilling Accomplice by Melanie Atkins. This was book five in a series called New Orleans Detectives.  I haven’t read any of the other four but I will be doing so now. You can read this one without knowing what happened in the other four. I’m sure some of the other detectives that are in this story as minor characters had their own story in the earlier books but it’s not necessary to have read them in order. 

I was attracted to this book because of the cover and the setting. Living here in Pensacola, I love to drive the 2.5 hours to New Orleans. It’s the most European city we have here in the USA and I love it.  The cover of this book is perfect- it shows some of the awesome architecture of the city.

Here is the blurb for this book:

Marcy Moretti believes that anyone can be redeemed, until she witnesses a murder at the hands of her ex-husband and is forced to go on the run with her young son in order to survive. The only person who can help her is Joe Riso, her former brother-in-law, a detective staggered by the loss of his wife and daughter. If he’s going to protect both Marcy and her boy, he must first find a way to unfreeze his icy heart — and along the way find his own redemption.

This story starts out fast paced and keeps the momentum going.  I found myself, in several places, holding my breath to see what would happen next. I read this on my kindle app on my I-Pod and couldn’t slide the page fast enough on some of the action scenes.  This. to me, is the sign of an excellent story. To want to race through to see how it turns out is the best kind of suspense book.

The love scenes were well done as well. I was glad the author explained how Joe could still have a great, hard body when he’d been drinking himself into oblivion for a while.  Seems he worked out a lot to ease some of his stress.  I liked the hero and  the heroine in this story a lot.  I don’t usually like a book with a kid in it but I enjoyed this one.

I recommend this book.  It can be ordered at the publisher http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-143/Melanie-Atkins-New-Orleans/Detail.bok     or Amazon among other places.

“I’m So Happy For You”- a Book Review


I’m reluctant to review books that I really don’t enjoy but I wanted to talk a bit about this one. I read this book over a few days on my lunch break. I read the first two chapters with the thought that I really didn’t like any of the characters in the thing.  I hoped that somewhere along the line that would change. It did not. I never liked any of them.

The writer is an excellent writer. She does quite well with her prose and there were a few spots that amused me but the overall tenor of the book was just not my cup of tea. Both of the female main characters (I know one was supposed to be the protagonist, but I like to like the protagonist so I don’t want to call her that! LOL!) were unlikable in many respects. It was just not a fun read at all. 

In the author notes, she states, “One of my goals in writing…was to make both main characters simultaneously problematic and sympathetic. If you come away loathing one or both of them, I haven’t done my job.”  Well, I hate to say it, but for this reader, she didn’t do her job. I loathed them both.

I believe the book to be well written but it was sadly not for me. I did finish it with the hope that it would be more satisfying than it was.  Regrettably, I can’t recommend this one.



Just finished reading an advance reader copy of this book and I’ll be posting a review of it both on this blog and my alter-ego’s blog.  I thought I’d share the beautiful book trailer with you all before I get the review done- whet your appetite so to speak.  This book comes out in February from Desert Breeze Publishing http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/StoreFront.bok.  The book is by Stephanie Burkhart.  Enjoy the trailer!

“The Victoria Vanishes”- A review


I love this series of books by Christopher Fowler. The main characters are Bryant and May and they are the lead detectives of the Peculiar Crimes Unit in London. These two men are past the age of retirement but they stay on because their work is so interesting and intriguing. I’ve read all of the prior books in the series and this one is just as great as the others. 

I love this writer. He’s brilliant. He know a lot of wonderful facts about one of my favorite cities in the world, London. His mysteries are sophisticated and complicated. I like that. As someone that can see the endings coming in a lot of books I read, Fowler’s books make me think and I think that’s fantastic.

The characters are all well developed and fully fleshed out. Not only the main characters, but the minor ones as well. 

The Victoria Vanishes is a delightful read. Its premise is unique and the fact that an English pub disappears is a fun start to the tale.  I recommend this whole series.  These old detectives have a lot to offer and they’re both just wonderful characters.



I just finished the book named Dimiter by William Peter Blatty. This is the same man that wrote the Exorcist, among other books.   I like lots of different genres and thought this one sounded like a good read. Alas. It was below my expectations.

This book was a little slow to catch my attention. There were a lot of characters with a lot of strange names. It was difficult at first to keep them straight and it didn’t get much better. I had to keep going backward (not easy to do on an e-reader, by the way) to be sure I had the right character in mind.

It was a depressing tale as well. There was a bit of redemption but not enough to make me happy.  The reviewers called it a thriller- sorry, I didn’t see that at all. Nope.  Kind of dull and scholarly in my opinion.  No thrill there.

As to the New York Post reviewer, Jennifer Shaw, it would be my opinion that she either didn’t read the book or the hard cover is a totally different story than the e-book.  She named some of the characters but she obviously had no clue as to their relationship.  Sounded like she read the book jacket and moved on.  Should’ve been what I did.

In all, I give this one a thumbs down.