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  • Rymellan 1: Disobedience Means Death on June 04, 2010

    Great scifi!! Describes the stiffling effects of a totalitarian society. Terrific story - can't wait for the sequel.
  • Rachel Cord, PI 'Still a Bitch': A Confidential Investigations Mystery on Nov. 15, 2010

    Great mixture of ups and downs, bad and good - and great characters. We need more bitching ...
  • ‘Life’s a Bitch. So am I.’ Rachel Cord. P.I. on Nov. 15, 2010
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    what a grand opening ... not for the weak hearted, but a perfect balance between noir and white.
  • Rymellan 2: Shattered Lives on Feb. 27, 2011

    Terrific sequel to Rymellan II. Sarah explores with a clever tweak to the story new nooks and crannies in the Rymellan society and challenges her two characters. Great job with Jane!
  • The Slayer on July 24, 2011

    This is the debut novel by French-Canadian Nadine LaPierre - so congrats first to a good job! Meet gorgeous RCMP Constable Danielle Renaud and her friend, Lilly Marsh a beautiful Mi’kmaq Crown attorney on their quest for the "slayer". This is a very complex story with lots of turns and a bucket full of red herrings (Halifax was a fishermen's town, right?!) and quite enjoyable. At some points, though, it reminded me of my garden in mid-summer beautiful but in serious need of some trimming! Although I usually prefer books where the author takes her time to develop characters and plot this is a book with sometimes an over-abundance and some repetition. Still a great start for a great series - but beware the end. You might want to write hate mail to the author . BTW this novel is a thriller and NOT for the faint of heart.
  • Threaded Through Time, Book One on Aug. 14, 2011

    With Threaded through Time Sarah has gifted us with another marvellous fantasy. This is set in modern times and 1910. The story is very entertaining, told very smoothly and although a sequel is planned the story doesn't leave us with a cliff-hanger. I loved the characters and the clash of times / mores and it was fun to have the story set in Canada too. I look forward to reading the sequel! BTW: editing and ebook-formatting were examplary.
  • Love Notes: A Mimi/Gianna Mystery on Aug. 21, 2011

    At the weekend I read those three gems (the first one was originally published in 1991). First I loved the characters Gianna, head of the hate crimes unit and her team, Mimi, the investigative reporter and her editor and friends - the main, but also the secondary and tertiary characters are great. Then there is the crisp, neat writing with a great plot and a style where every word and sentence counts - pure pleasure! A sprinkling of romance and a not so easy relationship. And great plots. Sadly the cases of the hate crime unit could have easily happened today - so the plots feel fresh even after all those years. And for those looking for characters and settings outside the white mainstream, there are plenty of African-Americans in it too. It is good to have such great books re-published and re-introduced to the growing readership of mysteries with great female characters.
  • Keeping Secrets: A Mimi/Gianna Mystery on Aug. 21, 2011

    At the weekend I read those three gems (the first one was originally published in 1991). First I loved the characters Gianna, head of the hate crimes unit and her team, Mimi, the investigative reporter and her editor and friends - the main, but also the secondary and tertiary characters are great. Then there is the crisp, neat writing with a great plot and a style where every word and sentence counts - pure pleasure! A sprinkling of romance and a not so easy relationship. And great plots. Sadly the cases of the hate crime unit could have easily happened today - so the plots feel fresh even after all those years. And for those looking for characters and settings outside the white mainstream, there are plenty of African-Americans in it too. It is good to have such great books re-published and re-introduced to the growing readership of mysteries with great female characters.
  • Night Songs: A Mimi/Gianna Mystery on Aug. 21, 2011

    At the weekend I read those three gems (the first one was originally published in 1991). First I loved the characters Gianna, head of the hate crimes unit and her team, Mimi, the investigative reporter and her editor and friends - the main, but also the secondary and tertiary characters are great. Then there is the crisp, neat writing with a great plot and a style where every word and sentence counts - pure pleasure! A sprinkling of romance and a not so easy relationship. And great plots. Sadly the cases of the hate crime unit could have easily happened today - so the plots feel fresh even after all those years. And for those looking for characters and settings outside the white mainstream, there are plenty of African-Americans in it too. It is good to have such great books re-published and re-introduced to the growing readership of mysteries with great female characters.
  • Two Graves Dug: A Phil Rodriquez Mystery on Sep. 03, 2011

    This is a tale of New York and Nu Yoricans and I loved the characters in this book. The language is superb and the storytelling a treat. This is not so much about mystery solving but about life in a lesser known part of New York. But beware there are many typos and formatting problems.
  • A Murder Too Close on Sep. 03, 2011

    A sequel of Phil's tales of New York and Nu Yoricans. Again I loved the characters in this book. The language is superb and the storytelling a treat. This is not so much about mystery solving but about life in a lesser known part of New York. But beware there are many typos and formatting problems.
  • Darkness Descending: A Mimi/Gianna Mystery on Sep. 04, 2011

    This the fourth Book in the Gianna / Mimi-series. I raved about the first three books earlier and this book is no exception. Great main and secondary characters, a gripping story, a magnificent use of language provide a strong foundation for a thorough exploration of gender, racism, religious fundamentalism, power and integrity. Presented by a master storyteller this is as entertaining as thought provoking. Hope for a sequel ... BTW: Far too many typos (20 plus)!
  • Deliberate Love on Sep. 10, 2011

    This book is well written and edited. I liked the setting in Edinburgh / Canada and the characters. Two things I didn't like: first the implication that if you set your mind to it you can change being gay/straight. I am sure that there is much more fluidity between the two extremes than most are prepared to admit (although the McKinsey studies were quite clear about it), but since fundamentalists esp. in the US go to extreme lengths on this position and hurt people I would have liked a bit more complexity on this question. Secondly, this was all sweet, easy romance without any hassle and tension. I get the point that the author wants to promote but still life happens and it is not always only sweet and easy. Esp. in a novel I would like to see some "dramatic" development - it doesn't need to be drama. And BTW this novel takes the lesbian u-haul-joke to a new level.
  • Das Herz der Löwin on March 18, 2012

    Total spannende und fesselnde Geschichte. Science Fiction vom allerfeinsten! Tolle handelnde Personen und eine Story, die nicht loslässt. Nicht abends anfängen, wenn man schlafen will, muss, soll ... Einziger Nachteil: Wann werden die restlichen Bände als ebook bei smashword veröffentlicht??? Leider sind die englischen Übersetzungen sehr amateurhaft.
  • Das Blut der Löwin on March 23, 2012

    ok., ok. -- Ich bin ein Fan von Zoe Lionhear ... und Das Blut der Löwin ist wieder so ein Reißer, den ich nicht aus der Hand legen konnte. Action, Zoe, eine Prise SciFi (der Schleier verdichtet sich eher, als dass er sich lüftet) - MEHR!
  • Das Fell der Löwin on April 16, 2012

    Endlich - die Fortsetzung auf smashwords! Wieder sehr spannend, viel action & heiße Szenen. Das Rätsel wird ein wenig gelöst ... hoffentlich kommt bald Teil 4 als ebook heraus.
  • Die Flügel der Löwin on May 19, 2012

    Das Warten hat sich wieder gelohnt. Ein weiterer sehr gelungener Teil dieses SciFi-Thrillers. Der Autorin fallen doch immer wieder neue Entwicklungen ein ... well done!
  • Die Braut der Löwin on June 03, 2012

    aha, nun kommt die Sicht der Dinge von Angry Admiral April und es hilft gerade in der ersten Hälfte dieses Buches, wenn die ersten Bücher der Serie bekannt sind, danach geht es munter weiter mit dieser Dragon&scifi-opera und dankbarerweise erfolgt der Schnitt am Ende so, dass der geneigte Leser wenigstens nicht total mit einer Kralle über der Klippe hängt. Spannung und Erotik wieder einmal im guten Mix - die timeline ist allerdings manchmal etwas strapaziös.
  • The Gifted Ones on June 08, 2012

    This is a thoroughly enjoyable memoir of queer life in the 80s which is written in a very personable, witty and captivating prose. Most of the spelling and grammar mistakes can be taken as expression of the unique voice of the author and don't cramp the style to much. I loved "warden" Peggy and the lively writing of Lisa Vaughn.
  • Der Traum der Löwin on July 03, 2012

    Die ganze Serie ist ja schon echte Klasse, aber hier hat sich die Autorin ein kleines Denkmal gesetzt. SciFi der Extraklasse - endlich werden die Geheimnisse gelüftet und es kommt zum absoluten Showdown. Mehr will ich nicht verraten. Das Buch ist total schmissig geschrieben, geht runter wie ein guter, süffiger Rotwein und am Ende, das GottseiDank 407 Seiten entfernt ist, will man nur noch eins: Die Fortsetzung!!
  • Reapers, Inc. - Brigit's Cross on Sep. 16, 2012

    Reapers Inc, Brigit's Cross stands out as a wonderful, imaginative post-urban fantasy. But beware although the writing and story-telling is superb the proofreading is beyond lacking to the point of atrocious. That said the penmanship is so superb that it is a simple must read. The idea of the book is wonderful: urban fantasy expands our "real" reality into the world of fae, werewolves, vampires etc., this post-urban fantasy lets us look at the other side of "our" world (hence the post in post-urban, as in post mortem ), i.e. the side the dead are existing on: meet the grim reaper and his helpers, the bailey, etc. and experience a love story on both sides. When I finished I was glad to have at hand the sequels!
  • Reapers, Inc. - Rogue Reaper on Sep. 16, 2012

    ok - there I thought Brigit's Cross couldn't be topped and duh, the sequel is even better than the first book if that's possible. Newport expands her story on the post mortem part of urban fantasy in a totally delightful way and her characters are ever so vivid (pun intended). The story is exceptional and again I found myself looking for the sequel asap! BTW the proofreading was again atrocious.
  • Reapers, Inc. - Dark Souls on Sep. 16, 2012

    This a great addition to the Reapers, Inc. - Newport has awesome ideas and her writing is simply outstanding. And let it be known that this time the Reapers coopted a proofreader (not perfect, but far better than the first two books). This sequel explores more fully the dark side of hellish souls and is a fast-paced wonderful addition to this growing series. Highly recommended.
  • Reapers, Inc. - The Hunter on Sep. 16, 2012

    How does Newport come up with these superb stories? In this sequel we get to visit the Old West with Ghost town and all. The story again is totally original and wildly imaginative. And so we have some heartbreak here new characters are added: I look forward to the next installment which unfortunately is not yet available, sigh! BTW the proofreading keeps improving.
  • Reapers, Inc. - Dark Souls on Sep. 16, 2012

    This a great addition to the Reapers, Inc. - Newport has awesome ideas and her writing is simply outstanding. And let it be known that this time the Reapers coopted a proofreader (not perfect, but far better than the first two books). This sequel explores more fully the dark side of hellish souls and is a fast-paced wonderful addition to this growing series. Highly recommended.
  • Reapers, Inc. - Brigit's Cross on Sep. 16, 2012

    Reapers Inc, Brigit's Cross stands out as a wonderful, imaginative post-urban fantasy. But beware although the writing and story-telling is superb the proofreading is beyond lacking to the point of atrocious. That said the penmanship is so superb that it is a simple must read. The idea of the book is wonderful: urban fantasy expands our "real" reality into the world of fae, werewolves, vampires etc., this post-urban fantasy lets us look at the other side of "our" world (hence the post in post-urban, as in post mortem ), i.e. the side the dead are existing on: meet the grim reaper and his helpers, the bailey, etc. and experience a love story on both sides. When I finished I was glad to have at hand the sequels!
  • ‘Life’s a Bitch. So am I.’ Rachel Cord. P.I. on Oct. 11, 2012

    what a grand opening ... not for the weak hearted, but a perfect balance between noir and white.
  • Still Alive on May 23, 2014

    wonderful story which stirs the imagination.