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Dead Ringer: Review

Dead Ringer Book CoverDead Ringer (Gaslamp Gothic #5)
by Kat Ross
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: December 13th 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Retelling

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Synopsis:

Content Rating: Adult content including violence.

A poisonous secret.
A terrifying curse.
And a client she’d just as soon see dead in a ditch….

Summer 1889. Harrison Fearing Pell hoped for adventure when she signed on with the Society for Psychical Research as an occult investigator. Slogging through New York’s sewers in pursuit of a “mud man” wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. But the reeking monster terrorizing the dance halls of the Tenderloin leads her to an even more peculiar mystery — and the last man on earth Harry wishes to become entangled with.

James Moran is a prodigy in music, mathematics . . . and crime. Harry’s older sister, the famed detective Myrtle Fearing Pell, has vowed to put him behind bars. But Harry owes Moran a personal debt, so when he demands her aid she can hardly refuse. It turns out that the brilliant black sheep of New York Society is part of a secret club at Columbia College whose members have started dying in bizarre ways that may not be accidents.

Thus begins one of the strangest cases of Harry’s career, a tale of murder, cold-blooded revenge and fairytale bogeymen to make the Brothers Grimm shudder. As the bodies pile up, each preceded by sightings of the victim’s doppelgänger, Harry and her stalwart friend John Weston must race against time to save a man who arguably deserves his macabre fate.

Review:

If the X-Files were set in turn of the century New York Dead Ringer would make a great episode.

I’m not much of a fan of mysteries, but Dead Ringer is a tension-building fast paced story that has enough of the fantasy elements, plus good characters that kept me interested.

The whole Gaslamp Gothic series is very moody. The dark streets of the seedier parts of New York can practically be felt (I was just glad I couldn’t actually smell the sewers.) I could perfectly picture the stately manor of the Moran family and the Central Park gardens on a sunny afternoon. And I wanted to close my eyes with Harry when she is creeping up the steps and has to navigate the one squeaky spot. Mood in this book is 💯.

I enjoyed coming back to Harry and John after spending two books of the series centered on Gabriel  and Anne. And although you could start with the  The Daemoniac, the first book in the series, you don’t need to. Like a good Sherlock Holmes novel Dead Ringer carries its own weight, and although reading the other books will give you more of a backstory with the characters and world-building it isn’t necessary to enjoying this entry.

Kat Ross always has good characters in her books, as in deep, thoughtful well-written characters that you want to take out to tea and spend an afternoon talking to, even the criminal mastermind James Moran would be interesting company for an afternoon.

Harry and John have great chemistry and I hope their slow burn romance will have some big payout in a future book.

Bottom Line:

Dead Ringer is a moody gothic supernatural mystery that I think will appeal to readers across genre lines. It’s just plain good.

From the corner of my eye, I sensed him studying me. “What?” I snapped.

“You’re prettier than her.”

I didn’t need to ask who he meant. “Don’t waste your time with flattery,” I replied scornfully.

“It’s not flattery, simply a fact. And here’s another fact. She’s smarter.”

I scowled and Moran gave me a crooked little smile. “But not by much.”

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Sink
by M.E. Rhines
(Mermaid Royalty #1)
Publication date: July 31st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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Obedience has always been a matter of survival for sixteen-year-old mermaid princess Pauline. Her mother is the tyrannical Queen Calypso, who rules the kingdom of Atargatis with an iron trident. To utter one word against her would mean banishment—or worse—so Pauline bites her tongue and minds her manners. But on the eve of her sister’s merling-shower, all of that is about to change. Confronted with the truth about what happens to the human men who are betrothed to the mermaids of Atargatis, Pauline realizes she can stay silent no more.

Determined to end the queen’s dark tradition, Pauline goes along on a search for shipwreck survivors, secretly planning to free them. But things get complicated when she finds herself inexplicably drawn to one of the men. Before she realizes what’s happening, she has kissed him—and a kiss from a mermaid is not without consequences. Now Pauline will have to risk everything if she is to save the young man and thwart the queen’s dark plans…

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Review: Empty Threat

By Danny Bell
Pages: 243
Date Finished: 7/15/17

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Synopsis:

Book Blitz: Empty ThreatElana Black has the power to make herself fictional. But when she decides to start saving all the people in books and TV shows who die just for the sake of advancing the plot, she quickly learns that she’s not the only one with her powers.

All Elana wants to do is save people. But these others don’t want the stories to change, and they’ll do everything they can to stop her.

If you had the power to change fate… to create a happy ending where there wasn’t one before… would you do it if it meant risking your own?

Review:

A book for bookworms, and everyone who wishes they could find magic within themselves. I did a book blitz for Empty Threat and knew right away that I wanted to read this book.

Elana is socially awkward, and more than a little bit of a personal disaster, that is until she’s in her element with a book in hand or at the book store where she works. In fact, I see A LOT of myself in her (except for the ginger hair and living in L.A.) As I read the book I kept thinking “that’s exactly what would be going through my mind too,” or “I would totally feel that same way.”

Elana is such a great character. And she has a good supporting cast in Olivia, her bestie, and Claire, her boss.

The book is written from Elana’s perspective and so as the reader you only know as much as she does. The truth behind her powers and the larger world of those with similar powers remains mostly a mystery to us. I know that this will bother some readers, because the action just keeps up and you are left wanting to have your questions answered. (As I’m sure Elana is too.)

This setup leaves you hungry for more, for me that was good. I liked that there was mystery and undiscovered depth. It gave the world building what it needed to expand from a very narrow viewpoint to a much, much bigger one.

Bottom Line:

I felt like this book was written for me, or with me in mind or something. I connected so heavily with Elana from the very first chapter. Empty Threat is the start of something great. I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.

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