Judith Policicchio

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Smashwords book reviews by Judith Policicchio

  • A Plague O' Both Your Houses: A Bard's Bed & Breakfast Mystery #2 on April 16, 2013

    This is the second book in the series. It involves more intrigue among the operators and residents of a B&B which is a retreat for spies between assignments or in retirement. Linda, a former spy now on hospice care, is being cared for at the inn. She has plans for revenge and tries to orchestrate her plans from her sickbed. Bea and Ben, along with some CIA help, must thwart these plans and keep Rose and her sister safe. Another enjoyable story which I received as an Early Reviewer.
  • Bride of a Bygone War on April 16, 2013

    This was a book of spies and intrigue in the Middle East (Syria, Lebanon). It was a good story , but the bride (Muna) was a side character. I found myself wondering what her importance was to the plot. I expected her to be more involved in the story. Yes, her family wanted revenge for Conklin/Labash abandoning her, but that was also a subplot. Muna was unimportant to the story and I did find her to be an unrealistic character. (Husband disappeared for 5 years, showed up on doorstep and was welcomed back, then she appeared at airport to help him disappear again.) Her character could have been developed more as well as those of few of the others in the book and it would have been a great spy thriller.I received this book as an Early Reviewer and did find it interesting.
  • Chasing Heaven Complete Series Boxed Set on April 16, 2013

    I would have rated this book higher if not for the repetition. While books in a series usually have a short recap or explanations to clarify the characters' relationships to readers who have not read the earlier books, this series has repeated pages and complete dialogues. It was like repeated deja vu. Some of the dialogue was awkward and the use of some slang expressions seemed out of place.The entire series was 177 pages, making it more like a collection of short stories. I received this book as an Early Reviewer. I have not been compensated in any way (other than being given a copy of this book) and my opinion on the book is entirely my own.
  • Coming to Astoria: An Immigrant's Tale on April 16, 2013

    This is the tale of a boy whose family immigrated to Astoria from Jordan, after being displaced from Palestine. The author spoke of many incidents from his youth and told of a difficult family relationship. There were many antics described which left me wondering why they were not punished. For example, he wrote of driving a car on the beach in Daytona, smoking marijuana and being surrounded by police who ended up arresting the fellow who was driving-seems he was a drug dealer, but the police let Mr. Kiam go after he said he was not a friend of the pusher. The police never searched the car and the joint was on the floor by his feet. Really? The writing style was a bit sophomoric and could have used a but more depth of emotion. Over all, a fair first effort. I received this book as an Early Reviewer. I have not been compensated in any way (other than being given a copy of this book) and my opinion on the book is entirely my own. ( )
  • Let Slip the Dogs of War: A Bard's Bed & Breakfast Mystery #1 on April 16, 2013

    This is the first book of a series. It takes place in a bed and breakfast along Lake Champlain. It is a respite for CIA personnel, but where spies are, there is also intrigue. This book introduces the main characters, explains their relationships and sets the stage for future stories. It involves a plot to kidnap family members of a high ranking Syrian in order to force him to be a double agent. Of course the plan is foiled, but not without a dead body in a guest room, a chase in the woods and some banter between Bea and Ben, who operate the b&b. The plot is not a difficult one to follow, even with a few surprises in the relationships. There are Shakespearian references sprinkled throughout the book. I received this enjoyable tale as an Early Reviewer, but that did not influence my review.