Book Review – The Belgravia Sanction by Gordon Bickerstaff

The Belgravia Sanction by Gordon Bickerstaff

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Retired operative, Zoe Tamblin, is back on the case when she learns her protégé has gone missing. Back with the Lambeth Group, Zoe and her team discover there’s a lot more to the story they’ve been told.

This is the first book I’ve read from Gordon Bickerstaff, but it won’t be the last. The Belgravia Sanction is the 8th book of the Lambeth Group Thrillers but is easily read as a standalone.

I was hooked on this story from the first line of this action-packed book. There was a lot to like about this novel from the great writing to the kick-ass team of powerful women. These ladies don’t take crap from anyone. Great world building made this story come to life, and it was easy to imagine.

If you like spy thrillers, action, and espionage, check-out The Belgravia Sanction. It will not disappoint.

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Book Review – The Zoolinguist by S. A. Adams

The Zoolinguist by S.A. Adams

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Zoolinguist is the first book I’ve read by author S. A. Adams, and I’m quite sure it won’t be the last. By the way this book ended, it looks like there will be another starring the protagonist, Mario Manzetti. I could be wrong, but I hope not.

Mario is an interesting character with a talent for speaking to animals. Growing up poor, he makes a promise to his mother (who abandons him in a refuge for boys) to get an education and never be poor. Unfortunately, Mario ends up in a state penitentiary and he must escape before certain agents find him.

I liked Mario, and I liked the way this story is told. It starts out with Mario in the state penitentiary and after friending another inmate, he recounts his life story all while planning his escape.

This is an entertaining read with some quirky and laugh out loud parts. It has a unique plot with well-developed characters. There are even some interesting animal characters, which makes this story fun. It is well-written, with some small typos here and there, but they won’t take a reader out of the story. The quit wit and pacing make this a page-turner for sure.

If you are looking for something different, The Zoolinguist fits the bill from beginning to end.

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The Phantom of Faerie Mountain by E. M. McIntyre

The Phantom of Faerie Mountain by E.M. McIntyre

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Abby, her older sister, and their father have moved to Scotland from the US. And while Abby is not pleased with their relocation, she will soon embark on an amazing adventure. Transported back in time by a strange, glowing dog, Abby is tasked to unravel the mystery behind an old prophecy. Can she figure it out in time and will she ever return home?

This first book of The Red King trilogy by author E. M. McIntyre is a perfect blend of mystery, fantasy and time travel all in one wonderful tale. The story is engaging with interesting characters. It is well-written and has great imagery. The Phantom of Faerie Mountain will captivate both young and older readers who enjoy a fast-paced YA story with amazing world building.

I look forward to reading the second book of the trilogy.

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Book Review – River Bones by Mary Deal

River Bones by Mary Deal

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Despite a psychopathic serial killer roaming around, Sara Mason has returned to her hometown. She’s purchased Talbot House, an old Victorian mansion, which she plans to restore. With more money in the bank than she ever had growing up, Sara wants to reconnect with the people she once knew and help out her community. But living in Talbot House is more than she bargained for.

River Bones is the first book of the Sara Mason Mysteries by Mary Deal. I was intrigued by the story from the outset and it kept me turning the pages. With a multitude of interesting characters, I wasn’t quite sure who the guilty person was. While I had my suspicions, it wasn’t clear until it was finally revealed. Though this book is primarily a mystery/thriller, there’s also a nice little romance that had me rooting for the couple. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

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Book Review – When the Time Feels Right by Sarah Lithgow

When the Time Feels Right by Sarah Lithgow

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Twenty-four-year-old Katie has loved Jack, her brother Matt’s best friend, since she was fourteen. But Matt’s strict rules that his sister is off limits and Katie’s awkwardness around Jack, has ensured her feelings are never revealed to either of them. Besides, Jack has plenty of girlfriends to keep him occupied. It’s time for Katie to finally move on, find herself a boyfriend, and forget all about Jack. But can she?

When the Time Feels Right is Author Sarah Lithgow’s debut novel, and I have to say, it’s a good one. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It’s sweet, and funny, and even has a couple of not-so-nice characters who seem to want to mess things up. The story is well-written with few grammatical errors or typos. It’s well-paced with believable dialogue. I would have liked a little bit more at the end because I adored the main characters in this story and wanted it to continue.

I recommend this heart-warming and amusing book.

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Sandra J. Jackson

Sandra J. Jackson

My first interview of the year. Thank you, Mary Deal!

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The four books in Sandra Jackson’s series are unique. I have read and reviewed them all. As far as her gardening, I wish we lived closer to share ideas. My small plot would look a whole lot better.

Please, introduce yourself. Tell us about your personal life, family, education.

Hi, my name is Sandra J. Jackson, and I live in a rural area of Eastern Ontario, Canada. I am happily married to my husband of 29 years, and we have two wonderful adult children. We have a female dog named Bailey and two cats named Sophie and Ivy.

Growing up, I was always creative. I drew on walls, and doodled in books. So, naturally I studied Graphic Design in college. But by the time I graduated, computers took over. I worked for a little while in pre-press for a local newspaper but was laid off due to lack of work…

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Book Review – Shoot or Die by Robert Lalonde

Shoot or Die by Robert Lalonde

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tommy D. is a hit man with an impeccable record. When he’s asked to take Mickey, an ex-con, under his wing and show him the ropes, he knows it’s a bad idea.

Ryan Kelly builds log homes. His wife, Jennifer, works for a local builder. But a case of mistaken identity puts their lives in danger, and the couple find themselves in a witness protection program.

This is an entertaining, fast-paced crime thriller by Robert Lalonde. Great descriptions and dialogue made this story play out like a move with interesting characters, especially the villains. And though they are quite awful, their interaction with each other was enjoyable to read.

If you like crime thrillers, give this one a try!

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Cee’s Black and White Challenge – Pairs

One of the reasons I like participating in this challenge is because I get to revisit my pictures (and my memories) as I look for the perfect representation for the challenge.

The rules state the pictures must be black and white, desaturated, sepia, or a focus on one colour. I have a mixture of black & white and desaturated this week.

If you’d like to join the fun, click here.