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- Whirl of the Wheel
on March 03, 2010
A Fantastic read, Totally absorbing characters,developed very quickly.
Good twists and turns in the plot, and an unexpected ending,
A feel good kind of story, Roll on the second book,
- Rottweiler Rescue: a mystery for dog lovers
on April 26, 2010
“Write about what you know”
Well that’s what they say right?
Just how hated and misunderstood are Rottweillers as a breed of dog,
Who would be sensitive enough to write about them, without being a gushing bleeding heart, with tunnel vision?
Would it be someone who really new dogs, had experience of breeding, showing, rescuing, and finding foster or adopting homes for dogs in desperate need,
Would it be someone showing a real love and understanding for a breed feared by so many?
Now as well as a Doggy Tale, who can pen a really absorbing murder mystery, and set it in a very specific world.
Then can our author put in twists and turns?
And can they wrap all this up neatly and succinctly
With a really, really strong Female main character and two dogs as the hero’s
Well read Rottweiler Rescue: a mystery for dog lovers by Ellen O'Connell
And find out for your self,
I doubt you would be disappointed,
- Catch an Honest Thief
on April 28, 2010
A female psychiatrist, small / average in stature but with a dark secret, who works in a new community, a sort of experimental scientific City called Haven is powered in an unusual method, and also is trying out a different ways of doing things,
This “City” is mistrusted, misunderstood and definitely not the place to be, according to the ordinary local townsfolk who think Havens residents witches, weirdo’s or nutter’s.
OK, OK not all that thrilling you may think?
Not you might think a strong female lead character?
Our leading lady develops very quickly, and once the scene is set, the plot in this unusual story fairly speeds along and all the important characters soon grab the reader’s interest,
The conclusion is perhaps obvious, as is relationship development, but boy the author keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering just how each problem might be solved in an attempt to save Haven
Oh and the psychiatrist, she’s an expert shot with any kind of gun and tough like old boot leather, yet vulnerable enough to bring out the big brother in us all
Can Dr Alexia Zimmerman save Haven, and herself whilst maintaining her secret?
Well to find out, you will have to read: -
Catch an Honest Thief
By Maria E. Schneider
Definitely one TBR (To Be Read)
- Rottweiler Rescue: a mystery for dog lovers
on May 20, 2010
Folks, In my Review of this book I made the mistake of forgetting to add a Rating,
Smashwords made the mistake of not making 10 Stars available, If they had, I'd have given the book 11/10
and since my review all 3 members of the family have read the book, We all rate it our Favourite Dog Tale, Ever ....
And one of our ALL TIME FAVOURITE BOOKS,
I Really can't find anything negative to say ....
Other than WHEN will book 2 be ready Ellen, I hate waiting!
- Thin Blood (Mystery/Suspense)
on May 29, 2010
A book about a Murdered woman, the Husband who killed her, was cleared of murder, Twice, the dead woman’s sister who falls for the murderer,
The sister works with a guy, who has a girlfriend, who has just lost her job as a journalist!
The ex-journalist, well she’s not the kind of woman who gives up, at anything,
Stubborn, no, STUBBORN is more like it, Tenacious, well yes, Like a Pit Bull is soft and gentle , This woman boy she has Attitude by the bucket load,
So her boyfriend says “Don’t Get Involved”
And he REALLY expected her to LISTEN!
YEAH Right, Men can be stupid.
If you think only big name authors right good books think again,
This is one hell of a good book, the characters are fabulously portrayed, the main lady, Jacinta, is a really sassy, interesting and above all you know straight away she will unravel the mystery
The pace of the story is fast and furious,
Will Jacinta clear the Husband, save his relationship with the sister, and then find the murderer?
Thin Blood is charging up the lists at Amazon,
Believe me this will be BESTSELLER No 1 for Vicki Tyley, and not her last if this is anything to go by, Read It!
And Vicki will be a very BIG NAME, Very Soon!
- Executive Sick Days
on March 02, 2011
Sedona’s back, and she’s working with the Huntimgdon’s again … Well that should mean a safe peaceful dull job right? Not another dangerous assignment surely,
And surely working undercover as a Hospital Volunteer, cleaning up “Brown Outs” and having your lunch stolen from the rest room refrigerator can’t be dangerous right?
And what about Mark Huntingdon? Is he interested in Sedona? Will they ever have a proper date?
Well most of us can’t see any danger there, not even when someone is charging for scans and procedures that never happen,
And even a Rattlesnake in the hospital can’t ruin Sedona’s day,
So who is copying x-rays, labelling them with wrong patient’s names, and pocketing the ill-gotten gains?
Will Sedona’s parents ruin the day, and Why is her brother Dean hiding news from their parents and his siblings, Will Sean stop his wife seeing Sedona as his sister is such a bad influence when Brenda is in her state, Is it Sedona’s fault Brenda dresses like a demented Santa?
Ok so maybe at first the story looked to be rather tame, but it soon hot’s up,
I had thought Maria had removed the danger, removed the interest, but as usual Sedona is never far from trouble, and as usual the story and the characters are well crafted, the dialogues realistic and appropriate to the setting,
As for who done it, well I guessed at several likely candidates, but no, I got it wrong, and kicked myself, the clues were there, and no the demented Santa didn’t do it !
If you’;ve read the first two books, this one lives up to the standard, even betters it, if however this is your first meeting with Sedona you’re in for a treat, and won’t find it too hard to get into the story which could easily be a standalone,
The books nicely formatted and there are no glaring errors anywhere, It’s worth the price three or four times over,
Will Sedona be back for number 4 or will she retire into obscurity? Any clues Maria?