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Friday, May 16, 2014

Four From NetGalley

Bone Dust White by Karin Salvalaggio is a rather dark mystery/crime novel.  It certainly held my interest, and yet, the darkness of some of the situations and characters left me a bit down.  I guess it could be considered a gritty noir novel.  It is well-written, and as previously mentioned, it certainly held my interest.

NetGalley/St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books

Mystery/Crime.  2014.  Print length:  302 pages.

A Gift of Ghosts by Sarah Wynde had the possibility of being one of books that are a mixture of humor and suspense.  Akira is a physicist who converses with ghosts.  She is afraid her "gift" will prevent her from receiving tenure at the university where she teaches, when in a timely manner, she gets a phone call offering her research job in Florida.  She flies to Florida, and the rental car provided her for has a teenage ghost.  All the possibilities for a light and fun read are present, but things go down hill.  It tries too hard to be serious, and it doesn't make it.

Lips:  Zane Lattimer "takes" Akira's lips several times.  Well, he can have them.  However, I have to admit reviews are overwhelmingly positive.  I think that may be the romance element that appeals to many, but I wanted something like The Ghost and Mrs. Muir or Love at First Bite.

NetGalley/All Night Reads

Mystery/Paranormal.  Originally published 2011.  

Twelfth Night by Deanna Rayburn is a novella featuring Lady Julia Grey.  It would have been better if it had been a full-length novel.  When I requested it, I was in such a hurry to get another installment of this series, I didn't notice that it was a novella.  In fact, it wasn't until it came to an end all too soon, that it registered.  At any rate, the novella's plot is a life-changer for Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane.  


Historical Mystery.  June 1, 2014.  Print length:  51 pages.  

Murder on the Home Front:  A True Story of Morgues, Murderers, and Mysteries During the London Blitz by Molly Lefebure.  

This is one that I'm currently reading.  Because it is nonfiction, I read a while, then put it down and read fiction.  I've come back to it several times, but don't know when I'll finish. It is interesting so far, but not compelling yet. 

Description:  It is 1941. While the "war of chaos" rages in the skies above London, an unending fight against violence, murder and the criminal underworld continues on the streets below.

One ordinary day, in an ordinary courtroom, forensic pathologist Dr. Keith Simpson asks a keen young journalist to be his secretary. Although the "horrors of secretarial work" don't appeal to Molly Lefebure, she's intrigued to know exactly what goes on behind a mortuary door.

 NetGalley/Hachette Book Group

Nonfiction.  2014.


  1. I read Murder on the Home Front - I found the protagonist very hard to warm to: she was very judgemental and didn't seem to have a lot of empathy for anyone not of her own class. But it was a fascinating scenario nevertheless.

  2. Interesting! I couldn't warm up to her either, and I don't know if I'll get back to it.