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This is a bit strange. I was asked to participate in this blog tour and as the storyline was very appealing (a vodka-swilling dragon) I gladly agreed to review Eoin Colfer’s first adult fantasy book (he is the author of “Artemis Fowl”).

But unfortunately they forgot to mention my blog on their “blog visual”…

Oh well,things do happen and I am, notwithstanding this little hiccup ,looking forward to spending some time with a quirky dragon.

Just what the doctor ordered….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

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I know that I have been a bit absent these last few weeks. Unfortunately my mother passed away two weeks ago and I have no idea how to deal,even how to begin to deal,with this loss…

That said,I wish you all a very happy New Year and that all your wishes(whatever they are)may come true.

Deep Waters edited by Martin Edwards

Deep Waters - Martin Edwards

Sixteen short stories all relating to water,be it rivers,seasides,estuaries, pools and so on. And ranging in style from classic murder mysteries to tales of the unexpected. Some are good,very good indeed,and some do not quite enchant me so much. But one of the great advantages and delights of these anthologies is the fact that you are introduced to different writers(some famous like Arthur Conan Doyle,C.S.Forester,Michael Innes and some now long forgotten) and their different approach to the “murder mystery”. And notwithstanding the fact that some were written more than a century ago,they are still highly readable and are still a wonderfull source of bookish pleasure.

 

Storm of Secrets by Loretta Marion

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Storm of Secrets (Haunted Bluffs Mystery #2) - Loretta Marion

A storm is closing in the Cape Cod and the small town of Whale Rock and everybody is preparing for this natural disaster. But just before the storm hits the land,a small time drugs dealer is found dead in a dumpster and a toddler has gone missing. So the local police force and Daniel Benjamin a retired FBI agent(and groom to be)have their work cut out for them. Meanwhile Cassie Mitchell,a bride whose wedding has been postponed due to the stormy weather,welcomes several local residents and visitors ,whose houses are in a danger zone ,in her house “The Bluffs” where the ghosts of her great-grandparents have taken up residence . There is another story of another boy whose body washed up on the shore,some 20 years ago, but who was never identified. It is clear that this story still attracts some attention. There is a mysterious woman who visits his grave,a local writer trying to make a book out of this tragic story and a visitor who also has some keen interest in the unknown boy. There is yet another storyline going back to the sixties,eighties and present day, about an immigrant Italian family and their tribulations in the US. The mystery side of the story is not bad but there are so many sidelines and so many things going on …paternity quests,diaries,ghosts,paintings,pregnancies,illness,beach houses,party guests,lost(or forgotten)lovers,drugs,lost boys both from the past and the present,damaged young men…it is just too much. Of course,it didn’t help that I couldn’t connect with the amateur sleuth,Cassie. She is opinionated,judgemental, nosy(ok,that’s normal for a sleuth…),not very discreet and even rude sometimes. But the setting is great,a small town of the Cape Cod coast,flooded by merry vacationers in the summer and pretty restful in the winter. And that is a great start full of promises.