“A Body on the Hill” by Brad Shrives

I like my mysteries easy, smooth, fluffy and cozy, but not exclusively. From time to time, I yearn for something grittier, grimier, slightly rougher and more rugged. This book was the ideal read for that craving. The main character Mitch, who tells the story in the first person, is an excellent observer, capable of conveying the sensation of a situation or a setting in a few chosen words. And he is living in the real world, where things are tough and life more a question of day-to-day survival than pursuit of happiness. 

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Brad Shreves’s “A Body in a Bathhouse”—5 stars

This was an intriguing read, a murder mystery I would really define as unputdownable and a page-turner where I got plenty of clues but had the impression I remained clueless almost till the end. An excellent read with blood, sweat, and tears as well as a hunt for the culprit that drew me in from the first page.

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“Gaydonia”—highly entertaining

‘Gaydonia’ is a wicked farce that criticizes with subtle charm and wit the excesses of modern mass tourism and the willingness of many people to sacrifice everything in order to earn money – be it their culture, their traditions, their language even. A very amusing and entertaining book indeed, playful, imaginative, skilfully written, professionally edited and proofread, with twists and turns on every other page…

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Another excellent Kraychik mystery—read and reviewed

Another brilliant whodunnit by the late Grant Michaels. Michaels is a master of atmosphere, a writer who manages to create intriguing characters with just a couple of paint strokes and make them three-dimensional. The main character, Stan, remains the same old sharp-tongued, witty observer of his fellows and the same remorseless troublemaker for all those who have something to hide.

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“Rex vs. Regina”—the fourth book of the “Line of Succession” series

Twists, turns, schemes, plots, counterplots, palace intrigues abound once again in this fourth installment of Harry F. Rey’s addictive Line of Succession series (one should have read books one, two and three prior to tackling this one). This book is again masterfully written, perfectly paced and neatly cut into those neat little chunks that more often than not end with cliffhangers. Speaking of which: the book itself ends with a huge one…

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“Simple Justice”, a perfect read for mystery lovers

Masterfully written, with a main character who has edges, weak spots, ghosts that the author explores with great subtlety, and secondary characters who are all just as three-dimensional. The author also created a plot that in itself would have drawn me in, no matter what. For those who like their murder mysteries gay, strong and straightforward, well-written and perfectly paced, with characters one can easily relate to, this is a must-read.

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Book 6 in the “Lovestrong”-series reviewed

What didn’t work for me at all in this book were most of the dialogs. Talk about two people oversharing and overexplaining things! I simply cannot believe that real human beings talk to each other the way Gray and Wolf talked; it was partly too sugary, partly too much Psychology 101-babble, but hardly ever a conversation I could have overheard in real life. There were moments were I wanted to slap them and tell them to stop playacting and start behaving like two normal, young Americans.

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“Young King Arthur And The Round Table Knights”

I was quite excited when I received this book even if I feared it might look pale compared to Marion Zimmer Bradley’s fantasy classic “The Mists of Avalon”, one of my most favorite books ever. Alas, yes, “Young King Arthur and the Round Table Knights”, while having its sweet moments, showed some weaknesses. The worldbuilding, so powerful in Zimmer Bradley’s take on this legend, was almost absent.

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“The Seven Keys of Hildegard”, book 1, reviewed

I didn’t like the writing, which in places was outright clumsy, wooden even; a thorough last proof-reading could also have benefitted the book IMO (note to the author: the singular of “brethren” is NOT “brethren” but “brother”—”brethren” is simply an antiquated plural form, the equivalent of “brothers”). […] What annoyed me, however, was the fact that I requested this book in the “History”-section of NetGalley, and as to the historical treatment of the popes, I was sorely disappointed.

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