The Broken Girls
April 30th, 2018 by diane92345

An eerie ambience suffuses The Broken Girls. It is a mystery wrapped in a ghost story or perhaps the other way around. “Ghosts and dead babies and murdered girls. What next?” 

Roberta, Katie, Cece and Sonia were all dumped at Idlewild Hall, an all-girl boarding school in 1950 Vermont. Roberta is a victim of a traumatic family event. Katie was a troublemaker. Cece was born on the wrong side of the blanket to her rich father’s maid. Sonia has nightmares about her childhood during WWII. Along with indifferent teachers, the roommates have to deal with Mary Hand, who haunts the school by bringing up each girl’s worst nightmare.

In 2014, reporter Fiona is still shell shocked by her sister’s murder on the abandoned Idlewild grounds 20 years before. When a mysterious elderly woman begins to restore the school, Fiona decided to investigate.

There are many plots running concurrently. There are the 1950 roommates, the 1994 sister, the 2014 investigation and the ghost story shown in alternating chapters. It sounds confusing but it works seamlessly together.

The Broken Girls works as a “Northern Gothic” but also as a straight mystery. It is highly recommended for fans of mysteries with paranormal twists. I did not see the end coming at all, which is great! 5 stars!

Thanks to the publisher, Berkley, and Edelweiss for a copy.

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Double Dog Dare
March 22nd, 2018 by diane92345

Double Dog Dare is a comedy caper with all female leads. Set in a high-rise casino in Biloxi Mississippi, the complications keep coming throughout.  First, Davis’ sister Meredith and her best friend’s dog are kidnapped by her hometown preacher. Then the best friend’s mother-in-law comes to make sure that the one million dollar ransom is paid.  She might also be a witch. How will Davis and Vree find a million dollars?  It helps that Davis in part of a four-person security team in the casino and also a computer expert. Oh and she is also a mother of infant twin girls and has a husband who is luckily out of town. This is literally less than 10% of the hilarious plot.  It just goes downhill for Davis, but uphill for comedy caper fans, from there.

Double Dog Dare is the 7th book in the Davis Way Crime Caper series.  I haven’t read any of the previous books and had no trouble following the plot and characters in this one.

I chose this book on NetGalley because of the quote “It’s ‘Best in Show’” by Janet Evanovich, whose Stephanie Plum series I love. This book gave Stephanie a run for best comedy caper series (though Ms. Archer should add a Lula-esque character to this series too). Overall, this zany book is highly recommended. 4 stars!

Thanks to the publisher, Henery Press, and NetGalley for an advanced copy.

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All Star Batman Vol 3 First Ally
March 20th, 2018 by diane92345

Alfred’s backstory is surprisingly interesting! Plus the always great team of Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque makes this a beautiful addition to the Batman story.

All Star Batman Vol 3: The First Ally uses flashbacks effectively interspersed with the main Dark Knight plot line. The flashbacks tell Alfred’s origin story and how he starting working for the Batman. There is a great comparison between superhero and pirate stories that will make readers think. The main plot is Batman taking risks and fighting evil as usual. Penguin, Black Mask and Great White join in on the fun. The two plots intertwine in surprising ways. The ending is unexpected and shocking.

This book contains issues 10-14, which were published separately from July 2017 through November 2017. It can be read as a standalone. It also contains the five-part short story that was including in the original comics: Killers-in-Law. Rafael Albuquerque is credited as one of two writers along with Rafael Scofone. The art is done by Sebastian Fiumara. It is a slight tale of the Batman’s travel to Russia to prevent weapons being smuggled into Gotham City. While there, he is engulfed in a turf war between two rival gang families. Princess Vik is awesome but the rest was rather forgettable. Still the main story was very good and expanded the reader’s knowledge of the Bat universe. It is definitely worth picking up. 4 stars!

Thanks to the publisher, DC Comics, and NetGalley for an advanced copy.

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