The Kill Society (Sandman Slim, #9) by Richard Kadrey *GR*
Sandman Slim (aka James Stark) finds himself on a mountain top in Tenebrae with no idea of how he got there or why. He comes across a mysterious figure known as the Magistrate and his band of Mad Max wannabes (along with some familiar faces) and reluctantly joins their crusade to find a very special bullet for a very special gun.
I loved this book, couldn’t put it down, and I actually yelled when I got to the end (damn, cliffhangers), which is rare for me. Just a heads up, be sure to read ‘Devil in the Dollhouse: A Sandman Slim Story’ before you read this one, you’ll thank me later.
Special Agents Drummond and Caine are asked by a notorious thief, the Fox, to look into unnatural weather phenomena that have plagued the Gobi desert and help her rescue her husband, Grant, after a transaction regarding the Ark of the Covenant has gone wrong.
This story had a lot going for it, a weather device utilizing Tesla’s coil and DaVinci’s drawing, the Bermuda Triangle, and a whip smart team to help stop a group of people from destroying the world and finding the Ark of the Covenant. I liked the end sequence with the twin’s mother and found the idea of corporations profiting off of a natural disaster (that isn’t so natural) interesting.
That is until the action, plot, and character details fall apart. The special FBI team reads more as the parents taking the kids on a vacation to Venice, Italy and stumbling across a mystery, Ajax and Cassandra are two dimensional and come across as cartoonish in their behavior (think Scooby Doo, rather than James Bond), and the constant reminder of how tough/skilled someone is (even when they are the complete opposite) and the overuse of their names is distracting.
Montstrous by Thomas Sniegoski *AB* *review forthcoming*
Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson *GR*
Murder on Astor Place is about, Sarah Brandt, a midwife in New York City who reluctantly teams up with Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy to solve the murder of a young girl. Frank is on the fast track to becoming Captain and isn’t interested in wasting his time. Sarah isn’t interested in excuses. Both have their reasons and soon realize they have more in common than they originally thought.
I really liked this book, it was a fresh perspective on a cozy mystery. Set at the turn of the century when the roles of men and women were set, this book kicks that to the curb with a strong minded woman who is willing to get to the bottom of a crime and a man who is strong in his convictions.
I was surprised by the ending, I really didn’t see it coming and the reveal was well written. My heart broke for Frank and what he was going through at home, but frustrated and made me angry as well. I hope in the books after this one his relationship with his son is better, that little boy broke my heart.
Calamity Cafe By Gayle Leeson *review forthcoming*
How Music Works by David Byrne *GR* *review forthcoming*
The Second Sister: A Novel by Claire Kendal *GR* *review forthcoming*
A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan *AB* *review forthcoming*
The Spy Across the Table by Barry Lancet *AB* **review forthcoming*