Hi. It had been busy for a while. I'm sorry for not writing any updates lately. I hope this next soup reviews will make up for the inactivity in this blog. I had a great time reading these books, and I hope that you can find time to read them too.
The Janus Reprisal by Jaime Freveletti
This is the ninth book in the series started by Robert Ludlum, and this is Freveletti’s first contribution. Here, it was subtle, but refreshing to read Jon Smith in a more vulnerable character, he was fleshed out nicely. Well, almost all of the characters were, which I think was good. Seeing a different side to these characters is always welcome. Yet, none of the actions were second rate.
Knowing that Jon Smith is an officer and doctor of the USAMRIID, there’s a biohazard involve. Terrorist attacked a hotel in The Hague in time for an infectious disease conference, killing scientists and politicians alike. From not too far, at the International Criminal Court, a bombing occurred followed by the escape of the Pakistani warlord Oman Dattar, who happened to have a great grudge on the US. As always, Covert-One is a fast-paced, escalating, and an “edge-of-the-seat” experience.
I love this series, and, maybe, always will. I have you know that Jon Smith is a fictional crush. ♥
This novel is not a detective story, but there is a lot of detecting involve. It’s a story of domestic violence gone viral. Nick Dunne is the prime suspect for his wife’s disappearance. The way things are looking, a murder case may be slapped on his face if he can’t find his wife soon. He’s not sure of what to do, but he knows (without a doubt) that his wife is framing him.
To describe this story as totally sick is an understatement. There’s something uncomfortable about the narrative and characters that urged me to aimlessly hammer out frustrations and vileness. The complexities of the characters were great, and that makes Gillian Flynn a brilliant writer actually. Using a unique narrative, she was able to accelerate her story into a well-built plot; keeping her readers guessing for the next thing to happen. And I did liked how she gave the intricacies of marriage those certain twists that the reader can either agree or disagree, adding to the mystery.
I already got Gillian Flynn’s other books, so, it will not be long before I read another story from her. Thanks to Tricia, Lynai, Erika, Tin, Iris, Mei, Camille and Mae for buddy reading with me.
This is Hannah Swensen’s second book in the series. She is no detective by the way. She’s a cookie shopowner and a wonderful baker, apparently not too busy to have time snooping around. She has a knack for discovering dead bodies and detecting who did the deed even though she’s perfectly aware of the danger involve. Go ahead and imagine her as the adult version of Nancy Drew with great baking abilities.
This time a Dessert Bake-off judge, and a local news writer were murdered. She didn't waste time and got onto the snooping business as soon as she knew that a friend might be blamed for the murders. Hannah was pretty close to being murdered herself. Only her smarts saved her by a hairline.
I love how I audibly say “whew” at the end of every Hannah Swensen mystery solved. And I sooo love the recipes.
When we speak of detectives, we either speak of Batman or Sherlock Holmes –the two greatest. The Italian Secretary is a pastiche of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. I am no Sherlock expert, but this being written by Caleb Carr himself I know it will be good, and I was not wrong.
The story focused on the ghost of David Rizzio haunting the Holyrood House. Holmes and Watson were summoned by Queen Victoria through Mycroft Holmes, to investigate the murders that occurred recently in her Edinburgh residence. A much diabolical plot lied underneath these murders, and it was not just up to Sherlock and Watson to capture the killers –the whole household of Holyrood House was involved.
It was a delight to read Caleb Carr’s prose once again.
I saved this one for last, because it seems difficult for me to write something about this without actually spoiling a thing or two in the story. So let me just say these instead…
I love the whole story plot, the setting, the characters, and the twist at the end of the story. Elizabeth Wein is a very gifted writer. She was able to move the story forward in each chapter without revealing the final twist or any probable outcome. All throughout my reading, I was fervently hoping, waiting, and biting my lower lip. That doesn't happen often, it will really take a very good writing to do that to me. And it took me days to read this, absorbing the story carefully lest I miss a clue somewhere.
I believe that Code Name Verity is that kind of story I’ll never get tired of rereading. I may have not cried a bucketful at the end of the story, but when I read the last “KISS ME, HARDY” in the story my eyes welled up and it was inevitable to held it back.