Book Review – The Long Gray Goodbye by Bobby Underwood

The Long Gray Goodbye (Seth Halliday #2)

The Long Gray Goodbye by Bobby Underwood

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


While honeymooning aboard their boat in Ecuador Private Detective, Seth Halliday witnesses someone falling from an airplane. He and his new wife, Caroline, pull the body of a young teenage girl from the water. They find an envelope taped to her body addressed to a well-known American TV actress. Curious about the envelope they cut it open to find a small cassette tape. Seth decides to hang on to the tape and not let the Ecuadorian authorities know about it until he has answers. Seth Halliday has a mystery to solve. The Long Gray Goodbye is the second book of the Seth Halliday Novels. It is a modern day mystery told in a 40s–50s PI style.

The prologue, A Rainy Farewell, quickly grabbed my attention. The story takes the reader on a journey to a number of locations and one murder suddenly becomes two as this complex mystery unfolds. The story is filled with action, romance, some funny moments, and some tender ones.

The following excerpt was one of my favourite lines in the book: I reached over and took her hand in mine and held it. I said, “Sometimes I sit with beautiful French girls in Paris while they finish their second cigarette, and reflect wistfully on what might have been.” I felt her hand squeeze mine for a moment and then she leaned her head against my shoulder and kept it there for a while.

The only issue I had with the story was with Seth’s “roving eye”. While he adores his wife, Caroline, and I believe he would never hurt her; he spends a little too much time admiring other females around him.

I truly enjoyed reading this story and look forward to more of the Seth Halliday series.




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Book Review – Hurry Up Nurse!

Hurry Up Nurse!: Memoirs of nurse training in the 1970'Hurry Up Nurse!: Memoirs of nurse training in the 1970′ by Dawn Brookes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Author, Dawn Brookes, leads the reader through her personal journey as she trains to become a nurse in England during the late 1970s to early 1980s.

I usually read fiction; however, I thought I would try something different. And since this book is about becoming a nurse and I am not a nurse nor ever trained to be one, I thought what could be more different than that?

This is a good read with some funny and some not-so-funny times. It was interesting to learn about a nurse trainee’s experiences and perspectives in various areas of nursing such as geriatrics, psychiatry, and paediatrics to name a few.

There were little, if any, grammatical errors or typos. I did think there was a need for an extra space between paragraphs when the story changed from the account of one patient to another. Much like in a fiction novel when there is a scene change within the same chapter.

While this story would probably not be of interest to many it certainly is to anyone who has trained as a nurse no matter what country they are from. And maybe to those who are curious and enjoy learning about new things.

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Murder on Tyneside – Book Review

Murder on TynesideMurder on Tyneside by Eileen Thornton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Three and a Half Stars – Fun Read

Recently widowed, Agnes Lockwood, returns to her childhood hometown of Tyneside. It has been years since she last visited and she wants to spend time reacquainting herself with the town where she was born. While at the hotel, another guest next to her room has some jewellery stolen. When the police arrive Agnes meets the Chief Inspector, Allan Johnson, who turns out to have been a classmate of hers many years ago. Having a penchant for mysteries, Agnes involves herself in the investigation. But has she gone too far?

I have to say I struggled a bit with rating this story. While I don’t think it deserves three stars, there were also a couple of issues that prevented me from thinking it was a four-star read. I found the voice in the dialogue a miss. If it weren’t for tags, it would be difficult to know who spoke. One particular character was Achmed. It is said that he was a foreigner learning the language, yet his dialogue sounded the same as everyone else’s. The second issue I had was with the character Chief Inspector, Alan Johnson. For a detective, he certainly let Agnes tell him a lot about his case and he allowed her to interfere. I found him weak.

As for the story itself, this is a fun read. Author, Eileen Thornton, has a great way of keeping the reader interested in what will happen next and there are some surprising twists right up until the end. The character of Agnes reminded me of Jessica Fletcher from the TV show Murder, She Wrote.

If you like a nice mystery then you will enjoy this story.

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Caligula Reincarnate – Book Review

Caligula Reincarnate: Killer with a Thousand FacesCaligula Reincarnate: Killer with a Thousand Faces by Steve Peek

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gaius Caesar (Caligula) is the evil and sadistic emperor of Rome in 41 AD. With the aid of his magician, Okuni, his desire to become immortal will be a reality. And when Caligula dies, he will be reborn immediately; he will always be Caligula and he will always know who he is.

Author Steve Peek takes the reader on an interesting and sometimes harrowing journey in this unique multi-genre story where fact and fiction intertwine.

The characters are well developed and the story is well written. However, it is not a story for the faint of heart as there are some gory and disturbing sexually explicit bits. These scenes are not gratuitous but rather work to show the sadistic mind of Caligula.

I enjoyed this story though I found the ending a little rushed and it left me wondering if there was more to come.

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Readers’ Favorite – 5-Star Review

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Playing in the Rain: When All That Matters is Freedom by Sandra J. Jackson is the first book in the author’s Escape Series. It starts with an awakening in a sterile hospital after the teen protagonist, A2, is kidnapped. Unable to even recognize herself in the mirror, it is slowly revealed that she is trapped in an aesculapian facility called C.E.C.I.L.: Contagion Eradication Center for Intelligent Life. Attending to her is Jasper, who pumps her body full of pharmaceuticals and occasionally dispenses information, disclosing to A2 that another shut-in named B2 is, in fact, her sister. Hints about the life they had before the experiment begin to intensify following a lab fire and the introduction of the true antagonist, prophetically named Cecil himself, which fuel the survivor’s longing to escape.

Playing in the Rain by Sandra J. Jackson is a slow burn of a story. While it is instantly engrossing, Jackson has masterfully crafted a narrative that unravels itself with each page, which is refreshing in a time where information-dumping has become the norm in the genre as a whole. It would be a mistake to take the unhurried revelations as sluggish; the pacing is absolutely perfect and the building of suspense is first rate. The plot is unique and the writing is tight and crisp, complete with dialogue that comes across as authentic despite an artificially inspired environment. I would recommend this book to readers who adore intelligent thrillers, suspense, mysteries with strong female leads, and a narrative that allows for the measured development of an excellent story.”

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Chance at Heaven – Book Review

Chance at HeavenChance at Heaven by Bobby Underwood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Successful author Tom Archer’s latest romance novel has made him long for the love he misses in his own life. While on hiatus in his rural home, he is visited by a man who claims to be an attorney. The attorney informs Tom that he is the sole beneficiary of a large estate left to him by a fan who wished to remain anonymous.

The following day, Tom heads into San Francisco to visit one of his bequeathed properties. Once in the city he encounters Arianne, a beautiful young woman with whom Tom is smitten. Instead of heading to the house, he spends the day with her. When evening comes, Tom takes her back to her Victorian home. As he pulls away, Tom realizes that the house where he’d dropped off Arianne is the one left to him. Tom has a mystery to solve. Who is the beautiful woman he has fallen for, and why is she living in the home left to him?

Written in Bobby Underwood’s romantic and days-gone-by style, Chance at Heaven is a lovely story about love and faith. This well-well written novelette is a quick and easy read with likable characters. I enjoyed this story; however, I would like to have seen a little more tension or angst.

If you like sweet and magical love stories you will certainly enjoy a Chance at Heaven.

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