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House of Rose (A Magic City Story Book 1) by T.J. Thorne

Reviewed by Ed Kelly

House of RoseHouse of Rose is a genre–bending novel–part police procedural, part romance, part mystery, and part witch/magic story. Sometimes it’s difficult to keep storylines straight, but for those who like multi dimensional tales, this book fits the bill.

As the plot is complicated, the characters seem less so, except for the main character, Rose. Rose is a new graduate of the Birmingham, Alabama Police Academy, a rookie cop. She has a lonely past: she was orphaned by the violent death of her entire family, mother, father, and sister. She alone escapes the deadly fire, which we come to find out was arson. Rose was placed in an orphanage and adopted by a loving family, but it was not her family.

While she is good looking, Rose does nothing to enhance her beauty; she constantly wears jeans and tee shirts to deflect attention from herself. She’s standoffish, not social, has no friends, and has little interest in men, at least up to the present time. Rose is a definite loner. Sometimes it is difficult to appreciate Rose as she treats people roughly, because of her lack of social grace and skill. Read the rest of this entry »

Inherit the Bones: A Mystery (Detective Gemma Monroe Novels) by Emily Littlejohn

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Inherit the BonesDetective Gemma Monroe is six months pregnant and her boyfriend is in Alaska on business leaving her alone, uncomfortable and as it turns out, in the middle of one of the biggest cases to hit Cedar Valley, Colorado in a very long time. She is called to the scene of a brutal murder at the traveling circus, where a circus clown has literally had his throat ripped open. Before long, it becomes apparent that the victim is not who the circus thought he was and that he might have been killed because of secrets he knew about a forty year old unsolved murder in Cedar Valley. As Gemma investigates the clown’s murder, she is drawn deeper into the forty year old mystery of the disappearance of two boys. In an odd twist of fate, Gemma and her boyfriend were the people who found the long buried bodies of the boys just a few years ago.

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This is without a doubt, one of the most skillfully written books I have read in a long time. The writing is so good that the story flows smoothly along making the twists even more jarring. The plot takes several interesting turns during Gemma’s investigation making it a difficult book to put down.
As for characters, Gemma is fairly complete for the reader. I’m sure in future books we will learn more about her and her past, but readers are left feeling they “know” Gemma. The supporting characters were interesting and enough of their personality was given to let us see them as people. Read the rest of this entry »