Wednesday, June 27, 2012

(49) Kiss the Dead

Title: Kiss the Dead by Laurell K Hamilton
Publisher: Berkley
367 Pages
Genre: horror, romance,

Synopsis: When a fifteen-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people—kids, grandparents, soccer moms—all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more…

But even vampires have monsters they're afraid of. And Anita is one of them...


Review: I really like Anita Blake and her harem of gorgeous guys but the writing of these books is getting repetitive.  I get it, she feeds off sex, she likes sex, she is good at sex, and the men in her life are all gorgeous even if they have scars, and they are all amazing in bed and have large equipment.  Call me crazy but I actually like when the books have a plot.  This one waffled between having one and just being a big crazy orgy.

The plot itself was good, I liked the story about Anita and the cops and how hard it is for them to accept her etc, although it does get tedious reading her inner struggle of "is she or isn't she a monster" move on girl, you are what you are get over it.  I think the earlier novels had more depth to them and now she is just sort of treading water.  Maybe the addition of a new character Brice will spice things up because there is very little of Jean Claude and Mr. Grumpy werewolf is no where to be found.  What happened to the politics, the intrigue? It all just seems stale.  But I will probably keep reading them because I love Anita.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Teaser Tuesday June 26


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser Tuesday is from: Kiss the Dead by Laurell K. Hamilton

    "They needed someone to hold their leashes, because you give most people this kind of power and you find out that they aren't nice people at all; they'd been nice because they were weak. It takes a truly good person to gain power, strength and mystical abilities and not misuse them."  

When a fifteen-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people—kids, grandparents, soccer moms—all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more…

But even vampires have monsters that they’re afraid of. And Anita is one of them…



Friday, June 22, 2012

(48) The Girl Who Fell From The Sky

Title: The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow
Publisher: Algonquin Books
272 pages
Genre: Fiction

Synopsis: Rachel, the daughter of a danish mother and a black G.I., becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy after a fateful morning on their Chicago rooftop.

Forced to move to a new city, with her strict African American grandmother as her guardian, Rachel is thrust for the first time into a mostly black community, where her light brown skin, blue eyes, and beauty bring a constant stream of attention her way. It’s there, as she grows up and tries to swallow her grief, that she comes to understand how the mystery and tragedy of her mother might be connected to her own uncertain identity.

Review: Switching time periods and perspectives Heidi tells the story of Rachel, the girl who literally fell from the sky with the rest of her family.  Did they jump? Were they pushed?

Now Rachel is living in NY with her grandmother in an African-American community who doesn't understand her. She is black, yet she isn't she has blue eyes and light skin, because her mother is Danish and her father African-American.  Before she moved she didn't realize she was black, she never thought about what she was but now she has to try to figure out where she fits and make sense of what happened to her, her brother and sister and her mother.

Through the eyes of Rachel, her Aunt, her mothers employer, her father, her mothers journal entries and a young boy who witnessed the tragedy that befell this family you start to piece together what happened in the past that is helping to shape the future.  This book is tragic and magically, it pulls you in from the beginning and takes you on a journey that is heartbreaking and tragic yet also feels very honest and beautiful.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

(47) Tats Too

Title:Tats Too: The Case of the Devil's Diamond by Layce Gardner
Publisher: Bella Books
248 Pages
Genre: Lgbt, Lesbian, romance, mystery

Synopsis: They got out of Oklahoma alive. With a baby on the way, Lee Hammond and Vivian Baxter have settled down to uncomplicated domesticity—until Lee finds bugs in the smoke detectors. The electronic kind.

It seems that there are a few details about her past that Vivian has neglected to share with Lee, and the men with the big guns are back. They want what Vivian took from them: the thirty million dollar Devil’s Diamond.

From the bright lights of Vegas to the dazzling sights of Hollywood, the chase is on in Layce Gardner’s sequel to the instant sensation Tats.

Review: Tats had me laughing so hard I must have looked like a lunatic reading that book and this one is no different.  I chuckled, I spit water across the room, and I smiled my way through reading this book.  Lee and Vivian are perhaps the most dysfunctionally functional couple you will ever encounter outside of Janet Evanovitch's number series.

Lee and Vivian were just settling down to a uncomplicated life with a new baby when all hell breaks loose and they find themselves on the run from Italian thugs and the FBI. Faking their own death they take to the road to try to escape the bad guys and track down a missing diamond.  There is never a dull moment, with these two! Then add Vivian's brother Lulu who is now her sister and the spitting image of Vivian, and the laughs just keep coming.

Caution: Don't drink or eat while reading this book or you will be spitting your food across the table with liquid coming out your nose.  The same could be said for reading this book in public, like I was doing on the train the other day and had people staring at me because I couldn't help but laugh out loud. A fabulous, funny ride.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

(46) My Two Moms

Title: My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family by Zach Wahls
Publisher: Gotham Books
234 pages
Genre: memoir, biography

Synopsis: On January 31, 2011, Zach Wahls addressed the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in a public forum regarding full marriage equality. The nineteen-year-old son of a same-sex couple, Wahls proudly proclaimed, “The sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect on the content of my character.” Hours later, his speech was posted on YouTube, where it went viral, quickly receiving more than two million views. By the end of the week, everyone knew his name and wanted to hear more from the boy with two moms.

Review: I was moved when I saw Zach Wahls address the Iowa Judiciary Committee it was hard to believe he was only 19 years old.  Wahls book is about his family.  Growing up with two moms and how although he doesn't have anything to compare it to he thinks it wasn't too much different than the way a lot of kids grow up.  Sure there were times when he was picked on, or bullied because his family was different and there were times when he hid that he had two moms because he didn't want to be seen as different, not that he was embarrassed by them he just wanted to fit in at that moment.

One of my favorite quotes of the book was "I'm not gay, but I know how it feels to be in the closet." This is such a profound statement.  He has a unique perspective on what gay people deal with on a daily basis.  He has seen his parents struggle for basic rights.  But this book isn't just about having two moms, its about being a good person.  Its about standing up for yourself but not at the expense of someone else.  Its about opening your heart and your mind to differences and being open to listen. He may not change your mind on gay marriage or even gay parenting but I would find it hard to believe that anyone could say that this boy wasn't raised by two very loving parents who instilled in him an amazing value system, and taught him to appreciate the differences in everyone, even those you may not agree with.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Teaser Tuesday June 19


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


    "It is not identical." Vivian raised her voice. "Believe you me, it is not fucking identical! I want the casket I paid for!"
    That was when the lid to the coffin raised and I looked up with a mouthful of left tit and a handful of right tit to see Feinberg looking down on us. He looked even more surprised than me.
    Nonplussed, Vivian stared right at his shocked face and spewed, " And you can bet your sweet ass I'm going to demand a full refund!"
      

They got out of Oklahoma alive. With a baby on the way, Lee Hammond and Vivian Baxter have settled down to uncomplicated domesticity—until Lee finds bugs in the smoke detectors. The electronic kind.

It seems that there are a few details about her past that Vivian has neglected to share with Lee, and the men with the big guns are back. They want what Vivian took from them: the thirty million dollar Devil’s Diamond.

From the bright lights of Vegas to the dazzling sights of Hollywood, the chase is on in Layce Gardner’s sequel to the instant sensation Tats.

Monday, June 18, 2012

(45) Brook Street: Rogues

Title: Brook Street: Rogues (Brook St. Trilogy) by Ava March
Publisher: Carina Press
71 pages
Genre: lgbt

Synopsis: Two of London's most notorious rakehells, Linus Radcliffe and Robert Anderson, are the best of friends. They share almost everything—clothes, servants, their homes, and even each other's bed on occasion. The one thing they don't share: lovers. For while Linus prefers men, Robert prefers women...except when it comes to Linus.

As another Season nears its end, Robert can't ignore his growing jealousy. He hates watching Linus disappear from balls to dally with other men. Women are lovely, but Linus rouses feelings he's never felt with another. Unwilling to share his gorgeous friend another night, Robert has a proposition for Linus.

A proposition Linus flatly refuses—but not for the reasons Robert thinks. Still, Robert won't take no for an answer. He sets out to prove a thing or two to his best friend—yet will learn something about the heart himself.

Review: I liked this much better than the 2nd book in the series.  The first book in this Regency Romance series, Thief is definitely the steamiest but this one just had a good story.  Although Linus and Rob, share just about everything including on occasion a bed and have been best friends and more since childhood, Linus just can't wrap his brain around the idea that Rob has finally realized that he wants him and only him.  The struggle Linus has and the awkward way Rob goes about trying to convince his friend that he really does want to be with him rings true.  I could easily see both their points of view and to watch the inner struggles of both of them was a unique twist.  Of course the sex was hot and steamy and the men both gorgeous so that doesn't hurt the plot either.

Friday, June 15, 2012

(44) Sara

Title: Sara by Greg Herren
Publisher: Bold Stroke Books
264 pages
Genre: lgbt, YA

I received an E-ARC of this book from netgalley.com - it is being released July 17, 2012

Synopsis: For Tony Martin, being a senior means being a star on the football team, classes to get through, hanging out with his friends—and dating Candy Dixon. And once he graduates, he’s getting out of Kansas and never looking back. But his best friend Glenn’s decision to come out and be openly gay at their small rural high school creates a lot of problems for the two of them. But a beautiful new student arrives at Southern Heights High—Sara. When all the kids who’ve been mean to Glenn start dying in very strange circumstances, and Glenn starts acting strangely, it’s up to Tony and Candy to get to the bottom of what’s going on in their school—before it’s too late for them.

Review: What starts off seeming like a coming of age story about Glenn coming out and how his best friend Tony and his football team mates handle it turns into a supernatural tale with a dark ending.  When you first meet Sara you know there is something weird about her but you can't quite put your finger on it and when people start dying you start to wonder what she is up to. I really didn't expect the book to go where it did and I'm actually a little disappointed with the ending but the book kept me interested and I was on the edge of my seat near the end trying to figure out how it was all going to play out.

I appreciated the struggles that some of the characters had with Glenn's coming out.  Tony, his best friend struggling with being accepting but also not totally comfortable and knowing that he shouldn't feel that way but not being able to help it. Glenns ex-girlfriend Laney who is struggling with understanding that Glenn is gay and dealing with the hurt and other peoples reactions to why she seemed shocked by it.  I really think Greg did a great job getting into the head of teenagers and the reasons behind some of the ways they behave or feel with regard to someone they know coming out.  I think the multiple deaths at the school would have effected these kids a lot more than they were in the book and that was drawback but I understand that they needed to be able to function for the story to keep going.  I guess like in Buffy people didn't really seem distressed when their friends or family members started dying because of some demon or another life must go on.

All in all a good YA book with characters you could relate to and a good plot.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

(43) Brook Street: Fortune Hunter

Title: Brook Street: Fortune Hunter (Brook St. Trilogy) by Ava March
Publisher: Carina Press
127 Pages
Genre: LGBT

Synopsis: London, 1822
Impoverished Julian Parker returns to London with one goal: marry an heiress. He'll do whatever it takes, even if it means denying his desire for men. After all, with a fortune comes happiness and social acceptance—which have eluded Julian his entire life.

The only things a vast fortune has brought Oscar Woodhaven are greedy relatives and loneliness. At twenty-one years of age, he has everything a man could possibly want—except someone to love him. When he meets devastatingly handsome Julian Parker, he believes his luck has turned.

Between Oscar's lavish gifts and their searing-hot nights, Julian is caught between what he thinks he needs and what his heart truly desires. But when a betrayal threatens to tear them apart, Julian discovers he'll do whatever it takes to convince Oscar the greatest fortune of all is love.

Review: I'm not sure I liked this one as much as I liked "Brook Street: Thief" but it was still a good quick read.  Still hot and steamy but maybe not as steamy as the Thief was - well at least for me.  I liked that the character from the first book was in this one as well, reminding me of the harlequin series that follow different characters in the same group.  The beginning and the end for me were the best and it lost me a little somewhere in the middle but since it was such a short book it was easy to keep going.  I think that characters just lacked something in this one.  Oscar was a bit too naive and Julian just seemed a bit dim.  I mean if you are seeking a fortune and a handsome wealthy man asks you to live with him why would you keep seeking a wife when you don't even like women? Seems just a bit silly to me.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

(42) Death Scent

Title:Death Scent by SV Wolf
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
252 Pages
Genre: Mystery - Native American Folklore

I received this book through netgalley.com - it was released in April 2012

Synopsis: Titan is a Death Dog (trained to detect human remains), belonging to an undisclosed sect of the Shawnee Nation, which provides special services to the highest levels of U.S. Law Enforcement. The sect members all possess superior skills, most involved with the tracking and sometimes killing, of the most grievous of perpetrators. Titan though is not only a specially trained dog, he also possess supernatural abilities such as seeing and speaking to the spirits of the dead. As he matures he slowly learns of new gifts and uses them as he is pressed into service through a series of murders of young women. Titan embarks along with his handler (daughter of the sect chief) and other sect members on a suspense filled hunt for the killer; tracking down the victims with Titan's fine nose, and collecting the evidence that will lead them to a final showdown with the murderer. As Titan locates these victims he helps them to find their way across the Great Divide. Death Scent is filled with spirits, Native American culture, murder, hunt-and-chase, and characters you can connect with.

Review: Titan isn't just any dog, he is blessed with special skills from the Great Mystery. He understands and can communicate with his human companion but he is young and like all young doesn't like to follow directions all the time. Titan and his companion, Shawnee are part of a special sect and are called in to help catch a serial killer who is leaving clues at his dump sites about his next murder.

The mystery itself was very good, the killer, sadistic and appalling, the cops were capable and good at their jobs, Titan was entertaining and the whole folklore around the special sect of the Shawnee Nation was interesting.  I found some of the depictions of the sect to be a bit over the top though.  The chief who doesn't seem to ever wear a shirt, despite it snowing or being freezing, the Native cops who are all buff and big.
They didn't have to be depicted as superhuman to have great skills at what they do or be who they are.  That was the only distraction I found. I wouldn't have found them to be any less if they wore clothes and weren't all rippled muscle. I mean I didn't object to the rippling muscles I just thought it was a bit over the top when the book didn't need it.  

The science and forensics were very good, the descriptions of cadaver dogs and how they work was well researched and all in all I found this to be a  good start to a series that has potential.  The weaving together of folklore and crime reminds me of John Connolly's books which I love and  I can't wait to see what trouble Titan gets into next time.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Teaser Tuesday June 12


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser Tuesday is from: Death Scent by S.V. Wolf

    "Our integration into this wabi world (white) has always been for the sacred purpose. But I will tell you this: A man needs not hold a knife to my throat for me to know when my life is in danger. Just because this killer stands not before our Death Dog or my daughter does not diminish the fact that he has indeed placed their lives in danger from afar."  

Titan is a Death Dog (trained to detect human remains), belonging to an undisclosed sect of the Shawnee Nation, which provides special services to the highest levels of U.S. Law enforcement. The sect members all possess superior skills, most involved with the tracking and sometimes killing, of the most grievous of perpetrators. Titan though is not only a specially trained dog, he also possess supernatural abilities such as seeing and speaking to the spirits of the dead. As he matures he slowly learns of new gifts and uses them as he is pressed into service through a series of murders of young women. Titan embarks along with his handler (daughter of the sect chief) and other sect members on a suspense filled hunt for the killer; tracking down the victims with Titan's fine nose, and collecting the evidence that will lead them to a final showdown with the murderer. As Titan locates these victims he helps them to find their way across the Great Divide. Death Scent is filled with spirits, Native American culture, murder, hunt-and-chase, and characters you can connect with.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

(41) Brook Street: Thief

Title: Brook Street: Thief (Brook St. Trilogy) by Ava March
Publisher: Carina Press
116 Pages
Genre: LGBT

I received this as an e-ARC via netgalley.com from Carina Press.  This title was released in March 2012 and there are two other books in this Brook Street Series. 

Synopsis: London, 1822
It was only supposed to be one night. One night to determine once and for all if he truly preferred men. But the last thing Lord Benjamin Parker expected to find in a questionable gambling hall in Cheapside is a gorgeous young man who steals his heart.

It was only supposed to be a job. Cavin Fox has done it many times-select a prime mark, distract him with lust, and leave his pockets empty. Yet when Cavin slips away under the cover of darkness, the only part of Benjamin he leaves untouched is his pockets.

With a taste of his fantasies fulfilled, Benjamin wants more than one night with Cavin. But convincing the elusive young man to give them a chance proves difficult. Cavin lives with a band of thieves in the worst area of London, and he knows there's no place for him in a gentleman's life. Yet Benjamin isn't about to let Cavin-and love-continue to slip away from him.

Review: Hot, steamy and fabulous.  Lord Benjamin knows he is probably gay but has never enjoyed the pleasure of a man, so before the beginning of the season and his siblings pushing him to marry he wants to figure it out once and for all.  At a gambling establishment for like minded men he meets Cavin a thief who is sent to the gambling hell to seduce and rob rich men. When they meet the encounter is electric but once Cavin finds out that Benjamin has never been with any other man he can't bring himself to rob him. But Cavin is a thief and Benjamin a Lord, Cavin knows they have no chance of a life together, or do they?

Filled with steamy sex and a great story this book zips along to its romantic conclusion.  

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

(40) Between You and Me

Title: Between You and Me by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus
Publisher: Atria Books
272 pages
Genre: YA,

I received this book as an e-ARC through netgalley.com - this title is due to be released June 12, 2012

Synopsis:   Twenty-seven-year-old Logan Wade has built a life for herself in New York City, far from her unhappy childhood in Oklahoma. But when she gets the call that her famous cousin needs a new assistant, it’s an offer she can’t refuse. Logan hasn't seen Kelsey since they were separated as kids; in the meantime, Kelsey Wade has become one of Fortune Magazine’s most powerful celebrities and carrion for the paparazzi. But the joy at their reunion is overshadowed by the toxic dynamic between Kelsey and her controlling parents. As Kelsey grasps desperately at a “real” life, Logan risks everything to try and give her cousin the one thing she has never known—happiness. As Kelsey unravels in the most horribly public way Logan finds that she will ultimately have to choose between saving her cousin and saving herself.

Review: The whole time I was reading this book I couldn't help compare it to the train wreck that is Brittany Spears. Kelsey's story is very similar, but the difference is I found that I actually felt sympathy for Kelsey and was routing for her. Maybe that's biased since with Kelsey you get the back story, you get to see her selfish, overbearing parents pushing her beyond limits that anyone is capable of.  She is a prisoner of her own success, no wonder she finally melted down. With Brittany we only see the public side.

Logan on the other hand I had mixed feelings for.  At the beginning of the book she was this strong independent woman, college educated, self sufficient and then she gets sucked into the superficial world of Kelsey Wade. She loses herself to her famous cousin who she hasn't seen in decades.  The transition from modern woman to Kelsey's servant takes place in the blink of an eye.  I understand the lure of fame and helping her once best friend and cousin but she barely even gave it a thought.  It was especially difficult to believe given the tension between Logan and Kelsey's father.  Something happened between them but we aren't sure exactly what it was only that it left Logan in a coma and her parents and Kelsey's parents don't speak anymore. Would you be so forgiving that you would go to work closely with someone who you know may have killed you? I just wish there was more tension between the father and Logan, it would have made it more realistic.

You can almost see this as a cautionary tale, be careful what you wish for because it may not be all that it seems.  Just because you have money and fame doesn't make your life easier, in fact it can make it downright unbearable, with everyone telling you what to do, how to behave, what to wear etc.

So who is the strong one in this story? Is it Kelsey the star who cracks and spirals downward or is it Logan the devoted cousin? My vote is for Kelsey.  But whoever you route for you are in for a ride, so take a sneak peak inside fame and fortune and the not always so glamorous world of the rich and famous.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Teaser Tuesday June 5


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


    "Finn, don't - I have to - I'm scared for her." 
    "I'm scared for you. What if you'd been in that car she crashed? You can't see this clearly - you're too close."  

What happens when you are followed by millions . . . and loved by none? Twenty-seven-year-old Logan Wade is trying to build a life for herself far from her unhappy childhood in Oklahoma. Until she gets the call that her famous cousin needs a new assistant— an offer she can’t refuse.

 Logan hasn't seen Kelsey in person since their parents separated them as kids; in the meantime, Kelsey Wade has grown into Fortune Magazine’s most powerful celebrity. But their reunion is quickly overshadowed by the toxic dynamic between Kelsey and her parents as Logan discovers that, beneath the glossy façade, the wounds that caused them to be wrenched apart so many years ago have insidiously warped into a show-stopping family business.

 As Kelsey tries desperately to break away and grasp at a “real” life, beyond the influence of her parents and managers, she makes one catastrophic misstep after another, and Logan must question if their childhood has left them both too broken to succeed. Logan risks everything to hold on, but when Kelsey unravels in the most horribly public way, Logan finds that she will ultimately have to choose between rescuing the girl she has always protected . . . and saving herself.

Lambda Literary Awards

Congratulations to all the Lambda Literary Award Winners! Ceremonies were held yesterday in New York hosted by Comedienne Kate Clinton.  
24th Annual Lambda Literary Award Winners
Lesbian Fiction
Six Metres of Pavement, by Farzana Doctor, Dundrun Press
 Gay Fiction 
The Empty Family, by Colm Tóibín, Scribner
 Lesbian Debut Fiction
Zipper Mouth, by Laurie Weeks, The Feminist Press
 Gay Debut Fiction
Quarantine: Stories, by Rahul Mehta, Harper Perennial
 Lesbian Memoir/Biography
 Gay Memoir/Biography
The Jack Bank: A Memoir of a South African Childhood, by Glen Retief, St. Martin’s Press
 Lesbian Mystery
Dying to Live, by Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou, Bold Strokes Books
 Gay Mystery
Red White Black and Blue, by Richard Stevenson, MLR Press
 LGBT Anthology
Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader, ed. by Michael Hames-García and Ernesto Javier Martínez, Duke University Press
 LGBT Children’s/Young Adult
Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy, by Bil Wright, Simon & Schuster
 LGBT Drama
A Menopausal Gentleman: The Solo Performances of Peggy Shaw, by Peggy Shaw, University of Michigan Press
 LGBT Nonfiction
A Queer History of the United States, by Michael Bronski, Beacon Press
 LGBT SF/Fantasy/Horror
The German, by Lee Thomas, Lethe Press
 LGBT Studies
Sister Arts: The Erotics of Lesbian Landscapes, by Lisa L. Moore, University of Minnesota Press
 Bisexual Fiction
The Correspondence Artist, by Barbara Browning, Two Dollar Radio
 Bisexual Nonfiction
The Horizontal Poet, by Jan Steckel, Zeitgest Press
 Transgender Fiction
Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica, ed. by Tristan Taormino, Cleis Press
 Transgender Nonfiction
Tango: My Childhood Backwards and in High Heels, by Justin Vivian Bond, The Feminist Press
 Lesbian Erotica
Story of L, by Debra Hyde, Ravenous Romance
Gay Erotica
All Together, by Dirk Vanden, iloveyoudivine Alerotica
Lesbian Poetry
Love Cake, by Leah Lakshmi Piepza-Samarasinha, TSAR Publications
Gay Poetry
A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos, ed. by David Trinidad, Nightboat Books
 Lesbian Romance
Taken by Surprise, by Kenna White, Bella Books
 Gay Romance
Every Time I Think of You, by Jim Provenzano, CreateSpace/Myrmidude Press


Friday, June 1, 2012

(39) Shades of Murder

Title: Shades of Murder (The Mac Faraday Mysteries) by Lauren Carr
Publisher: CreateSpace (imprint Acorn Book Services)
232 Pages
Genre: Mystery

I received this book as an electronic ARC from netgalley.com - this book was released on May 15. 

Synopsis: Question: What do you get the man with everything?
Answer: When that man is the heir of the late mystery writer Robin Spencer, retired homicide detective Mac Faraday, you get him cold case to solve.

 In Shades of Murder, Mac Faraday is once again the heir to an unbelievable fortune. This time the benefactor is a stolen art collector. But this isn’t just any stolen work-of-art—it’s a masterpiece with a murder attached to it. Ilysa Ramsay was in the midst of taking the art world by storm with her artistic genius. Hours after unveiling her latest masterpiece—she is found dead in her Deep Creek Lake studio—and her painting is nowhere to be found. Almost a decade later, the long lost Ilysa Ramsay masterpiece has found its way into Mac Faraday’s hands and he can’t resist the urge to delve into the case.

A world away, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; former JAG lawyer Joshua Thornton agrees to do a favor for the last person he would ever expect to do a favor—a convicted serial killer. The Favor: Solve the one murder wrongly attributed to him. Joshua finds an unexpected ally in Cameron Gates, a spunky detective who has reason to believe the young woman known to the media only as Jane Doe, Victim Number Four, was the victim of a copycat. Together, Joshua and Cameron set out to light a flame under the cold case only to find that someone behind the scenes wants the case to remain cold, and is willing to kill to keep it that way.

 Little do these detectives know that the paths of their respective cases are on a collision course when they follow the clues to bring them together in a showdown with a killer who’s got a talent for murder!

Review: First I want to say - what is with the cover art? This doesn't even resemble what the painting is supposed to look like and it just looks creepy.

Okay I'm not going to go on my cover art rant again, moving on.  This book is a quick read with fun quirky characters.  Mac Faraday's dog Gnarly is by far one of the most entertaining as the kleptomaniac dog whose personality is as large as he is. The runner up was Irving the skunk look-a-like cat who scares most people and is the constant companion of Detective Cameron Gates.

The mystery takes some great twists and turns and really keeps the story moving.  I did guess correctly at who was the actual murderer but it didn't take away from the story.  There are so many characters and they all seem to have a motive but pieces of the story really did shock me.  I wish I had read the other books in this series, of which there are two...I think I may have to go back and find them.   

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