‘The Green Pearl Caper’ is a very enjoyable detective-noir style whodunnit story that keeps the audience guessing right to the end. The narration by Tom Lennon really suits the style of the story, very reminiscent of the black and white private eye movies that used to play on Saturday afternoon TV.
The story is well constructed, developing at a good pace while keeping the reader guessing until the end. There are plenty of characters, both major and minor, who could be suspects, and the first person perspective of Damien Dickens invites the audience to develop theories and speculate on the evidence as more than an onlooker.
This was a really engaging audiobook, and I am glad to know there are more in the series.
‘The Great Pearl Caper’ has been awarded a Silver Acorn.
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‘Freedom’ is a real page-turner, full of intrigue and suspense.
The third and final book in the Mystery of Landon Miller series, Freedom answers the questions that readers have wanted the answers to since reading ‘Control’ and ‘Bound’. Far from being about light-hearted romance and alternative lifestyles, ‘Freedom’ turns the spotlight onto Landon’s experiences and point of view in a way that raises some really important issues.
It’s really great, as someone who has read ‘Control’ and ‘Bound’, to get that different point of view that really opens up the main character and explores his motivations and concerns. It makes it much easier for the reader to empathise with Landon after having felt so much concern and sympathy for Lexi in those previous two books.
I also really appreciated the fact that the author was able to complete the story and maintain continuity with the previous books without going over old ground or telling parts of the story over again. Instead, the events in ‘Freedom’ fit neatly into that story like pieces of a puzzle, completing the bigger picture that carries with it so much more understanding.
If you enjoyed ‘Control’ and ‘Bound’, you really need to read ‘Freedom’ for the answers. If you’ve not read any of this series yet – you should! Not only do these books offer a great mystery/thriller read, they’ll open your eyes to important issues and open your mind to seeing things from different points of view.
A real page turner, ‘Freedom’ has been awarded a Gold Acorn.
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Third in the Jessica Sweet trilogy, ‘Sweet Destiny’ will knock your socks off.
What. A. Journey.
While reading this third book in the Jessica Sweet trilogy, without a word of a lie, I have cheered, I have held my breath, I have raged, and I have wept.
Theories I had maintained from reading ‘Sweet Vengeance’ and ‘Sweet Discovery’ were confirmed and developed, and my questions were answered in unexpected ways. The sensation of looking on as the lives of people I had become close to almost burned to the ground was at times almost unbearable, but yet I had to read on. I had to know how it all worked out.
It was hard to put this book down. I read it in two sittings, and finished it with new respect for some old characters, and interest in seeing what might happen in the future with some new ones.
Of one thing I am sure: an author who can take a reader to both the heights of excitement and the depths of despair is a blessing to readers in a world where humdrum and cliche often seem to overwhelm the market. Aliya DalRae is a gifted writer, and I will one-click her books forever.
‘Sweet Destiny’ has been awarded a Gold Acorn.
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This is an intriguing story which appears at first to consist of separate and quite distinct observations and reflections from Verity and Peter during a time in which they are separated by Peter’s investigation of a case. The reader does not understand these recollections to be convergent at all until, at some indistinct point, they realise that the two characters’ accounts both relate to the same mystery.
It’s very cleverly constructed, and while it does work as a standalone, the reader can gain considerable understanding of the context of this story and its central characters by reading ‘Hope’s Well’ by the same author.
This is a great short read that can be enjoyed in the space of a lunch break. Book Squirrel has awarded it a Silver Acorn
Weekly Author Spotlight: Eva Pasco
January 15, 2017
Eva Pasco is the author of ‘An Enlightening Quiche’ and ‘Underlying Notes’.
Both her novels explore issues relevant to women in the 21st century while taking readers on a journey that engages them with wonderfully crafted characters and intriguing storylines.
Eva also writes personal and reflective short stories, which can be read free of charge on her Authors Den
Eva is currently putting together a series of her memoir pieces for publication. This series is a wonderful trip through yesteryear, bringing up hits and trends of the past, and some very treasured memories.
You can be sure the Book Squirrel will let you know when that book is released!
Eva has author profiles at:
Reviews of Eva’s book ‘An Englightening Quiche’ can be read here
“If you thought ’50 Shades’ was good, this is better.”
I couldn’t put this book down. Right from the start, the characters were interesting, and I could relate easily to Lexi as she explored her thoughts and feelings. Before long, I felt like I knew her and was travelling alongside her in her adventures. I grew protective and defensive of her as the story progressed, and felt anger at those who hurt or disappointed her.
Comparisons with ’50 Shades’ are probably unavoidable, except that Gauthier’s ‘Control’ is better written and the characters are more realistic. There is much less graphic sex, but the tension and desire are palpable, which I actually find a lot more interesting. As an avid reader, I am thankful that there is a lot more thoughtful character development and a far more believable plot. The characters are less wooden and far less shallow and selfish than Ana and Christian, who both frustrated me and angered me at different times.
There are some occasional typos, but they are easy to overlook as the story keeps moving at a really good pace, with some surprises and twists to keep the reader hooked.
There are some sophisticated and complex ideas and themes explored in this book that really challenge the reader’s own perceptions and assumptions. While some of the elements of the book are things that many people might not ever undertake or express an interest in, the point is that we can all benefit from remembering that there is always more to someone’s story than what they are willing or able to tell us.
This book is only for an adult audience, and I’d suggest that those adults be open-minded and not too conservative in their outlook on life. If you fit into that demographic, then you’ll enjoy this book. If you thought ’50 Shades’ was good, this is better.
I really enjoyed ‘Control’. Gauthier also has two related novellas, ‘Waiting’ and ‘Longing’, available on Amazon. They are also well worth the read!
Brilliant work, Ms DalRae. I already want the sequel.
If you love a riveting read, and you’re not averse to a little paranormal romance, this book has it all: jealousy, love, rage, angst, mystery and intrigue, and some breathtakingly hot moments without being gratuitous or needlessly graphic.
The plot is as intriguing as it is complex, although as one is reading, it does seem straightforward. Such is DalRae’s genius at weaving plot, sub-plot and backstory seamlessly together.
The characters are believable and engaging, yet at the same time vivid and unique.
And that “penny drop” moment at the end? Nothing prepared me for that.
Brilliant work, Ms DalRae. I already want the sequel.