Review: Rose Garner Mystery #6.5-9.5

Rose Gardner Mystery Box Set #3 (6.5-9.5)Rose Gardner Mystery Box Set #3 by Denise Grover Swank

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my stars and garters, I can’t get enough of this series! There ain’t a cotton picking thing I don’t like.

Against a pot boiler of a plot thick with criminal suspense and political intrigue, Ms Swank has woven in stunning twists, emotional turmoil and tender romance and thrown in some hilarious situations and colorful characters that engaged my deep interest. I’m breathless with admiration at how Rose transformed and grown through the series. One of the rare series replete with murder and mayhem that manages to combine humor, romance and suspense into a powerful made for TV drama. Entertaining to the last page.

So thankful she decided to continue and develop this series after 30 and a half. It would have been a tragedy for readers like me if she’d let what she thought was lackluster sale stop her. She made me a fan of Rose and Neely Kate.

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Review: Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes (Rose Gardner Mystery #1)Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A refreshing amateur sleuth story arc with funny twists and small town intrigue thrown into the mix.

I’ve enjoyed Ms Swank’s style of writing in the romance novels. The snappy pace and fluid flow of the story from Rose’s POV helps drive the pot forward to a most satisfying end. What a great debut to what promises to be an addictive series.

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Review: The Blackstone Key by Rose. A. Melikan

Read this for the Historical Fiction reading challenge, and enjoyed the unusual heroine, and the crime mystery set in 18th century England.


Review: The Blackstone Key by Rose. A. MelikanTitle:
The Blackstone Key

Author: Rose. A. Melikan

Genre: Historical Suspense

Publisher: Sphere (Little, Brown)

Year Published: March, 2009

Stand alone or series: Book 1 of  the Mary Finch (?) series

On the Back cover:

Mary Finch is a young woman of wit, courage, and straitened circumstances. When invited to meet her wealthy uncle and end a family estrangement, therefore, she sets off immediately for White Ladies, his estate on the Suffolk coast. Yet soon she is embroiled in an adventure beyond any she could imagine, for the year is 1795, and England is at war with Republican France. When she arrives at White Ladies she learns that her uncle has died, leaving behind evidence of a treacherous plot. Enemy agents have obtained military secrets that would give France a decisive advantage, but who is the source of this information, and how can he be stopped?

Mary is not alone in her quest to solve the mystery, but the men who profess to help her are not quite what they seem. From Suffolk the traitor’s trail moves finally to London. There Mary learns the true meaning of the Blackstone key, but has the treasure it secured already been lost?

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Book Review: Hunt Her Down and Make Her Pay

Another catch-up post on two books read more than 6 months ago. Slowly, but surely, I’m reducing the list of TBW (to be written) posts. These two books, Hunt Her Down and Make Her Pay were a natural follow-up to the Bullet Catcher series, which I’ve been following.

Book Review: Hunt Her Down and Make Her Pay

Title: Hunt Her Down

Author: Roxanne St. Claire

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Pocket Books

Year Published: 2009

Stand alone or series: Book 7 of the Bullet Catcher series, excluding the novellas

Why I read it: After reading the books in the series, I simply have to hunt down the last two books in this exciting series.

On the Back cover:

Fourteen years ago, undercover FBI agent Dan Gallagher watched his lover, Maggie Varcek, flee into the Miami night as gunfire exploded around them. Now a Bullet Catcher, Dan has learned that drug lord Ramon Jimenez is out of prison after the FBI bust Maggie unwittingly aided, and is looking for revenge. Determined to protect the woman who still haunts his memory, Dan tracks Maggie down, undercover once again — until his identity is stunningly blown.

Furious at his past betrayal, Maggie refuses Dan’s help, yet the passion between them still burns irresistibly hot. Then Ramon strikes terrifyingly close. The Jimenez family will do anything to gain the key they believe Maggie holds to their hidden fortune, and the rejoined lovers are forced into a race against time, trying to unlock the secret before everything they hold most dear is destroyed…forever.

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Book Review: Fire and Ice, To Die For

Another round of backlogged book review, this time on two romantic suspense novels. One by Anne Stuart, whose ice series I’ve been following, and the other by Linda Howard, who is not new to me, but has yet to capture my interest – maybe it’s the choices of her books I’ve made which influenced me. Well, anyway, here are the reviews:

Book Review: Fire and Ice, To Die ForTitle: Fire and Ice

Author: Anne Stuart

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Mira

Year Published : May 1, 2008

Stand alone or series: Series, the fifth book in the Ice series centred around this enigmatic crime fighting (sort of) underground organisation known as The Committee

Why I read it:
I’ve been following this series since I read the first book, Black Ice, so naturally, I’ve been waiting for this last book.

On the Back cover:

In the wake of a failed love affair, brainy beauty Jilly Lovitz takes off for Tokyo. She’s expecting to cry on her sister Summer’s shoulder, then spend a couple months blowing off steam in Japan. Instead, she’s snatched away on the back of a motorcycle, narrowly avoiding a grisly execution attempt meant for her sister and brother-in-law.

Her rescuer is Reno, the Committee’s most unpredictable agent. They’d met once before and the attraction was odd – tattooed Yakuza punk meets leggy California egghead – but electric. Now Reno and Jilly are pawns in a deadly tangle of assassination attempts, kidnappings and prisoner swaps that could put their steamy partnership on ice.


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