Shelby Mead


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Smashwords book reviews by Shelby Mead

  • A Case of Poisons: An Anthony Maxwell Mystery on Aug. 03, 2013

    *I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review* A Case of Poisons is a classic Sherlock Holmes-ian whodunnit set in London in the late 1800s. I don't often read detective novels, so it was kind of fun to read outside of my comfort zone for a change. The main character is absolutely perfect. He is an intelligent chap with a huge heart, a very witty sense of humor (made me chuckle more than once), and a love of coffee to rival my own. He is a part time private detective/consultant with the Scotland Yard. He, his trusty card sharp friend Tobias Farley, and his loyal lady pick pocket friend Scamp come together to help solve this case and stop a madman from killing men and children from the not so well to do side of town. This book is beautifully written. The author uses great skill to pull you into the story. I felt as if I were right there hunting down clues and investigating mysterious bad guys right along with our heroes and their friends at the Yard. The terminology is as colorful as the cast of characters. You learn phrases like peelers, coffs, bloody boffins, and strutnoddy. Don't ask me what they mean. You'll have to read the book to figure that out! This book will leave you on the edge of your seat in anticipation until the very end with action packed scenes full of grave digging and secret meetings in secret rooms with real mummies. I'm positive I will meet Sir Anthony Maxwell and his mates again sometime, perhaps in Street Arab's Runes, the next book in this series. Until then I think I will treat myself to a cup of coffee because I'm sure that's what Sir Anthony would do after a case like this one. If you love detective novels, please read this book. You will not be disappointed!
  • Fated Dreams (Book One In The Affinity Series) on Sep. 03, 2013
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    *I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* WOW! I have read over 70 books so far this year and Fated Dreams is one of the best of them! Christina Smith has an amazing talent for story telling. This book had it all! There was romance, mystery, tragedy, joy, heartbreak, intrigue. I loved every minute of this book. The characters were not just easy to relate to and likeable. They were loveable. Minus the evil Stephanie, of course. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down and especially towards the end it really got good! There were so many twists and turns to keep you guessing and wanting more. I'm am so thankful that I read this book but I am even more thankful that I already have the second one in the series (Delusions) so that I don't have to wait to find out what happens next! I would recommend this book to anyone with a passion for reading because there is something in here for everyone.
  • A Cat's Chance in Hell (Hellcat Series Book1) on Dec. 05, 2013

    ** I received a free e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review ** Two words...Epically Awesome!! A Cat's Chance in Hell was one of those books so rich in detail and experience that you would swear you spent the last day in a movie rather than reading a book. Sharon Hannaford makes it so effortlessly easy for her readers to join her world. I don't think I have ever been sucked into a book so hard. In all honesty, the beginning of the book (where you're introduced to all of the characters, the history, various info) was kind of hard to get through for me. It was absolutely necessary though so if you plan on reading this book, push through it. Once Julius's character comes into the story the action kicks in full force and it becomes impossible to put this book down. The characters were beyond amazing. It would be an insult for me to use phrases like "great characters" or "complex characters". Sharon Hannaford has such a remarkable talent that at some point they stopped being cool characters in a book and they took on a life of their own. It was as if I was lifted out of my living room and deposited into this new world full of vampires (with and without morals), protective werewolves who can slay demons without breaking a sweat but just as easily be my big brother or best friend, magi who could be a second father or the most annoying person on the planet, and kick ass females who cuddle with their cats one minute and kill something the next. It would be very hard for me to pick a favorite character out of the lineup in this book. If I had to, I would probably choose Julius who had far too many good qualities to list or Alexander who was cocky and shifty in the beginning but let you see his softer side the more you got to know him. Sharon Hannaford was a new to me author when I picked this book up. Not anymore. After reading A Cat's Chance in Hell, I am an insta-fan. I can't wait to start the next book in this awesome series!