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This week looks like an urban fantasy kind of week, but you tell me! What are you reading?

The bargains of last week led me to this book:

Tombyards & Butterflies: A Montague and Strong Case Files I’ve already sampled it and it’s passed that test. I saw one typo in the sample (comma missing) and the plot was pretty entertaining.

An emissary from the Dark Council has just materialized in the office of the Montague & Strong Detective Agency, and makes Simon Strong an offer he can’t refuse. Charon is missing. The legendary ferryman responsible for transporting sorcerer souls across the river Styx hasn’t been seen in days. And with each passing hour, those unable to cross the river are left to walk among the living, tilting the world further out of balance.

Meet Simon Strong, an immortal, who is also the best private detective in New York City. Together with his surly partner-Tristan Montague, a mage of indeterminate age, they must find the Ferryman and get him back to work before another Supernatural War ravages the earth, destroys humanity, and Simon’s local coffee shop.

Time is running out. His landlord wants the rent and Karma with a capital K is paying him a visit, and she can be a real…

Join the Montague & Strong Detective Agency and help them locate Charon, so he can restore balance to the universe, put the dead sorcerers to rest, and maybe solve the age old conundrum-coffee or tea?

And in fantasy, I thought this one sounded good, especially the first line of the blurb!


13-Year-Old Assassin for Hire.

Ayrion learns the consequences of being exceptional.

Staying on top is not always a good thing, especially when the head of your clan has a son who can’t stand to lose. Trained as an assassin, competition for Ayrion is serious. The higher he rises, the deadlier it becomes.

Can he manage to keep his identity as a wielder hidden, or will he ignore his parents’ advice and use his magic to win?

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Posted: October 8, 2017
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  1. I just realized this is a new week with new books.

    I’m going through my library starting at the back end. Just started a couple of short stories by Dave Zeltzerman in the Julius Katz mysteries. So far, so good. I’ll let you know.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — October 8, 2017 @ 8:45 am

  2. Now I just saw that the first book is a Montague and Strong Case File. I just finished reading The Date. Pretty sure it was novelette length. It was really not enough for me to become invested in the characters especially since I had no idea what their powers were. I did like Chi even though she appeared very late in the book.

    I think Monty is a vampire mage and Strong is an immortal, but with no powers except self-healing.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — October 8, 2017 @ 8:50 am

  3. Those Juluis Katz books look cute!

    Yes, after I posted the date one I realized it was a tweener book so I went back and looked up the first in the series. I couldn’t tell a lot from the sample although the characters are not unlikable. I fear they might be too snarky, but so far so good.

    Comment by Maria — October 8, 2017 @ 9:31 am

  4. Looks like this is a reread week for me. At least to start. I’m reading “Voyage Into Violence“, a Mr. & Mrs. North book by Richard and Frances Lockridge, and listening to “The Cat Who Said Cheese” by Lillian Jackson Braun.

    Comment by Dee/dragons3 — October 8, 2017 @ 10:30 am

  5. Clever cover on that Voyage into Violence. Love the back pattern and the skeletal hand… 🙂

    Comment by Maria — October 8, 2017 @ 11:09 am

  6. Julius Katz is a knock-off of the Nero Wolfe mysteries. Nero Wolfe=Julius Katz, Archie=Archie (sort of), Lily Rowan=Lily Rosten, Inspector Cramer=Detective Cramer, Saul Panzer=PanzerCo, Fred Durkin=Tom Durkin. He makes no bones about it.

    It’s hard to say whether I liked it or not because I’m such a fan of the Nero Wolfe mysteries, I spent the whole time making the comparisons. Lots more than just the characters.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — October 8, 2017 @ 6:47 pm

  7. Finished reading Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter. Was a good read for 99 cents, but there’s a lot of info dumps that are repeated (things like what the magical investigators do, info the main figured out, but then she had to tell the other investigators so we had to hear it at least twice, info the main told us, but then would tell someone else, etc). The main’s magic system was pretty cool; her abusive past wasn’t. The use of dialect was annoying to have to read and there were some plot inconsistencies. Most of the characters were pretty likeable.

    I am now reading The Summoned Mage. It’s decent, but getting a little long.

    I started One Tequila (a cozy) but there was so much boring stuff about what the offices looked like in the beginning and what everyone was wearing, I timed out and moved on.

    Comment by Maria — October 9, 2017 @ 8:18 am

  8. In keeping with reading my library from the back of the alphabet forward, I started Five Star Detour by Sherban Young.

    So far, I’m really enjoying it. I think I’ll be reading this one pretty quickly.

    “John Hathaway just wanted a weekend away: two days of wine, women and high stakes poker. Instead, he finds himself diverted to a British style mansion in the backwoods of Maine, compelled to transport a priceless trinket at the bidding of his overbearing uncle. Once arrived, he quickly finds that half of the residents are not who they say they are, and all of them want his package. It’s up to Hathaway to sort through the confusion, dodging cops, jewel thieves and his own bodyguard. In the process, he meets the woman of his dreams and manages to deliver just the right amount of chaos into his host’s otherwise humdrum life.”

    Comment by Margaret Lake — October 9, 2017 @ 8:47 am

  9. Currently reading Goblin Wood by Hilari Bell. It is a tad on the simplistic side and one of the mains takes a bit to get warmed up to but it is a good read. Still listening to Starfall though the mains in this one aren’t nearly as fun as the ones in the first book. I’m also listening to Cornelia Funke’s Inheart for my nightly walks.

    Comment by April — October 9, 2017 @ 9:22 am

  10. Margaret, I’ve read Five Star–was a fun and quick read. Lots of characters so a bit convoluted, but a good read.

    Comment by Maria — October 9, 2017 @ 9:23 am

  11. Five Star Detour must have been one of those freebies I never got around to. I purchased it in 2/12.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — October 9, 2017 @ 10:33 am

  12. I don’t think that one ever went free. I was surprised to see it marked down to 2.99 as his books used to run 5.99 or so. But I could be wrong. It happens!

    Comment by Maria — October 9, 2017 @ 12:35 pm

  13. I stopped reading The Summoned Mage. April the Dragon let me know that it is another of those books that just stops. Not really a cliffhanger, but not fully resolved–that’s fairly typical of the free ones these days, especially in the UF category. Authors have to make money somehow and since “short and free” didn’t work, I guess the next thing is to do a “full length” but not quite resolved so that we go on and buy something. Can’t blame them for trying, but I don’t have time to read two novels to finish one story. My time is tight enough that I don’t even read many series for the same reasons. I like a book. Start. Finish. If you’re interested, the writing is strong, the story is strong, the characters mostly likeable and fun. But apparently it doesn’t quite end so you must be prepared to buy and read volume two.

    Comment by Maria — October 9, 2017 @ 2:35 pm

  14. I finished The Goblin Wood and it was good. The ending was interesting, especially considering that this is a series. Won’t spoil it for anyone but the story could easily end here without needing to move on to the next book, but I’m going to because I want to find out what is in store for these people next. I also enjoyed the moral conundrum the author put her characters through – in some ways, everyone was right but they were also all wrong. Interesting stuff.

    I’ve also started the Haunting Homicide boxed set Maria posted at some point. The first book, Calamity Jayne and the Haunted Homecoming wasn’t for me (didn’t like the main) and I wanted to start on the next one, Mystic Mayhem but trying to navigate a digital boxed set on an old Kindle can be a nightmare. There was no table of contents so I had to literally turn all the pages of the book I was skipping to get to the next one. By the time I got there I had no more time to read so haven’t started it yet.

    Still listening to Starfall but I’m not liking it much – I’m hoping it ends soon which is why I took it on my walk last night instead of Inheart. I want to be done with it. There is a certain portion of the story that is one of my few ‘nopes’ for good books but the rest of it is ok so I want to continue and find out what happens; I’m just not all that happy about it.

    Comment by April — October 10, 2017 @ 10:28 am

  15. Oh, I forgot, I also read a short story/novelette (I don’t know the difference, they’re all too short for me!) called Witch Hunt by Annie Bellet which is a story of the Gryphonpike Chronicles. It was very good, especially if you like ‘quest’ or ‘buddy’ type fantasy novels. It is labeled as ‘Book One’ but it is only 98 pages long and there are 11 in the series so far.

    Comment by April — October 10, 2017 @ 10:31 am

  16. What’s the nope? (Just tag the post spoiler so others can skip if they want).

    Jane Calamity is pretty zany. I think Amazon stopped allowed some table of contents at the front. Apparently when people jump around and have KU, it gives the author credit for pages read so, in their infinite wisdom, they asked us to put it at the back or something weird. I don’t follow that stuff much anymore and my books aren’t in KU so I don’t have to worry about it!

    Comment by Maria — October 10, 2017 @ 11:50 am

  17. The nope is SPOILER ALERT!! Don’t read if you don’t want to know. Drug addiction. Hits way too close to home for me and I just don’t want to read about it.

    Comment by April — October 11, 2017 @ 8:48 am

  18. I’ve finally finished Starfall, good ending all around. So now I’m listening full time (well, on my commute to and from work and during my (mostly) nightly walks) to Inkheart and I’m now reading Elizabeth Moon’s Cold Welcome which is a continuation of the Vatta series but with a new arc, so it can be read as a separate series but is probably best having read the first books in the series which begin with Trading in Danger. It is a scifi series about a girl who leaves home in disgrace and finds out the world is both smaller and more treacherous than she expected.

    Comment by April — October 11, 2017 @ 8:52 am

  19. The main was addicted? That’s a show stopper for me as well. I don’t care much for that issue.

    Comment by Maria — October 11, 2017 @ 9:05 am

  20. It depends on the addiction. After WW I, thousands of men came home addicted to morphine because that was the only pain killer available at the time. That wasn’t a, “Hey, let’s play around with cocaine because I’m bored,” addiction.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — October 11, 2017 @ 9:14 am

  21. One of the mains, yes, and it was due to a biological weapon so he didn’t choose it, so much more like Margaret’s scenario. I’d describe more but it is part of the plot.

    Comment by April — October 11, 2017 @ 12:14 pm

  22. The reason doesn’t really matter to me, although I did read Barbara Seranella’s series and it worked for me mostly because she is a recovering addict and while she runs up against temptation, the focus is on the mystery. There’s some very real depiction of addiction without being so graphic it overwhelmed. The character had a hard life, but she’s very determined to survive and part of that is dealing with always being in recovery. Good mysteries.

    Comment by Maria — October 11, 2017 @ 1:43 pm

  23. No, the reason isn’t as important as I thought – mostly because I just don’t want to be reminded of that type of thing regardless of whether it was a life choice or a disability caused by an enemy’s weapon.

    Comment by April — October 11, 2017 @ 2:16 pm

  24. Cold Welcome, as is typical for Elizabeth Moon’s scifi, jumps right into the action and our heroine is in the deep end from the very beginning. Good stuff too.

    Comment by April — October 12, 2017 @ 2:45 pm

  25. I like Moon’s stuff, but I don’t read scifi often. And I do love a book with LOTS of action!!!

    Comment by Maria — October 12, 2017 @ 2:57 pm

  26. I finished All That Glitters. Not bad. At least I read it all the way through and didn’t skip to the end. I won’t say I guessed the solution, but I will say I had a very strong suspicion that proved to be right.

    I’m now reading The Promise by Robert Crais. It’s the fifth book in the series but it was only $1.99 so I figured I’d give it a try. There are some technical difficulties with my copy. In two spots there are some missing pages and I hope I didn’t miss anything critical since it’s a mystery. Seems okay, but I should delete it and reinstall.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — October 13, 2017 @ 7:34 am

  27. I like the Robert Crais series and have read a few, but I like Joe Pike better than Elvis or whatever the other guy’s name is. Pike is Mr. Tough Guy and Very Cool. Elvis can be a dork.

    Comment by Maria — October 13, 2017 @ 8:02 am

  28. Maria, Moon’s scifi is pretty much all action all the time.

    I’m also now reading The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire because the dead tree copy showed up at my house yesterday (gosh I love my library!) so I had to dive right in. This is the latest in the October Daye series.

    Comment by April — October 13, 2017 @ 11:07 am

  29. That is quite possibly the ugliest font I’ve ever seen on a pro cover. It’s unreadable even large and …wow. Ugly.

    The first in the October Daye series is on sale for 1.99! Rosemary and Rue. –Also comes with an ugly font at no extra charge!

    Comment by Maria — October 13, 2017 @ 11:13 am

  30. I like that it is different. I also don’t find it hard to read but I play with fonts on a daily basis so I’m not a good judge on that. The worst ones are the ones that are too flamboyant to read. All the PNRs are going that way and they are just ick.

    Comment by April — October 13, 2017 @ 11:24 am

  31. It’s gross. It looks like a maggot infested font!

    Comment by Maria — October 13, 2017 @ 11:27 am

  32. I really don’t get what that font is meant to convey.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — October 13, 2017 @ 11:57 am

  33. Worms? Maggots? Poor design?

    Comment by Maria — October 13, 2017 @ 12:01 pm

  34. Confusion? Poor eyesight? Poor taste? Color-blindness? Lack of creativity?

    Comment by Margaret Lake — October 13, 2017 @ 2:10 pm

  35. Could be color-blindness…it’s definitely in poor taste!

    Comment by Maria — October 13, 2017 @ 2:12 pm

  36. I was just browsing through Audible and came across The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. If you like historical fiction, this is a good one. An it is a trilogy. The ebooks are pretty expensive, for me, anyway.

    The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known…of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect – a man divided in his soul…of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame…and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

    “A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of 12th-century England, this is Ken Follett’s historical masterpiece.”

    Comment by Margaret Lake — October 14, 2017 @ 4:10 pm

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