...it attempts to be a procedural. Trouble is, good procedural mysteries involve well-developed characters and a good deal of atmospheric detail to keep readers engaged with and tied to the action. Without those things, this book feels slim.
...The Kind Folk is written in a lucid (and often disorienting) third-person present tense. Even as the tension mounts and the terrors unfold, the novel’s tempo hardly ever rises to a typical horror frolic...
Mary Robinette Kowal’s prose is enjoyable and the mix of romance, mystery, history, and the supernatural will appeal to readers looking for an easy read, a splash of nostalgia, and a moment of escape.
Both storylines are exciting and gripping, making it difficult to prefer one mystery over the other. This is another winner by the New York Times bestselling author. Readers should be prepared to laugh, to care about these characters, as they try to solve the two mysteries.
The ending is inconclusive in the worst way; in other words, culpability is established—but not addressed. Long on atmosphere, short on answers.
Though the writing has some beginner notes, it is engaging, heartbreaking, and thrilling, with an expert pace that never touches the brakes.
Mamatas provides a heartfelt homage to Lovecraft lore, perfectly captures the antics of conventioneers...However, chapters of the deceased Panossian waxing nostalgic divert the action, and Colleen’s sleuthing involves too much speculation...
But however static Dame Darcy's world, within that world she can be relied on to provide engaging, unsettling delectations.
I really liked Dark Carousel and it instantly became one of my favorite Dark Series books. It has action, mystery, romance, and sexy Carpathians. If you’re a fan of Christine Feehan and her Dark Series, this is a must read book.
No more likely than late Faulkner novels to win new fans for the author, but bestselling author Connolly’s fans, who already know what they like, won’t care a bit.
She waits to revisit something she has seen before at times of great emotional change, and the meaning of that vision, while ambiguous, is also full of life, violence, and wild beauty. Moments of strange fantasy make this meditation on loss both unexpected and meaningful.
While the novel initially seems to follow a somewhat familiar plot along the lines of Single White Female, be prepared for the unexpected. Camilla Way is a deceitful storyteller in the best possible and thrilling manner.
Throw in enough twists and turns for a couple of novels, and you have BULLSEYE, which, with its excruciating suspense and explosive action, is worth every minute of your time and attention.
...his art very much have the same impact now as they did in the height of the days of “sexy fumetti,” and with the release of this book, his eye-popping pictures will not be forgotten anytime soon.
...various people involved with Dead Heat are murdered with grotesque clues seeming to point to Cassie as the killer. Jackson settles for a lot of smoke but little heat in this tepid thriller.
Perhaps the most vividly plotted of Rimington’s recent spy thrillers, though still less persuasive when it ventures into foreign waters than when it exposes interpersonal rivalries among staffers who are supposed to be on the same side.
Power adeptly mashes together Horatio Hornblower–style adventure with the art of training dragons and a hint of backstabbing treachery for a thoroughly enjoyable tale.
A fitting capstone to an epic adventure replete with monsters, huge explosions, clever twists, and just deserts.
While the suspension of disbelief is required to become fully engaged in this narrative about a love that reaches across the great divide, the reward is the guilty pleasure of gradually unraveling the puzzle that defines a raven-haired beauty who struggles with the feeling that she is somehow “different.”
Various kinky menages—not just à trois, but à quatre and perhaps potentially à cinq or more—are described in turgid prose. Pedestrian in concept and execution, this fantasy quest has less steel than boiled spaghetti.