Review: The Portrait Problem (The Galipp Files #3) by Jamaila Brinkley

Disclaimer: I am friends with the author; however, I bought the ebook for full price. The Galipp Files are a solid trilogy chronicling the evolving relationship between Anastasia and her partner-turned-fiance Simon. Along the way, they solve magical crimes in their version of not overly-magical London. My biggest complaint about this series is how muchContinue reading “Review: The Portrait Problem (The Galipp Files #3) by Jamaila Brinkley”

Review: The 5th Gender (Tinkered Stars Mystery) by G.L. Carriger

As someone who regularly speaks at writing and fandom conventions about the topic of “genre blending” or “genre blurring” in contemporary writing, I have some pretty strong opinions on the subject. Carriger’s science-fiction/romance/mystery is certainly one that I will now hold up as a great example of how to blend things right. This novel couldContinue reading “Review: The 5th Gender (Tinkered Stars Mystery) by G.L. Carriger”

Review: The Mathematical Gambit (The Galipp Files #2) by Jamaila Brinkley

This story continues the adventures of a pair of professional spies — if only their income from the profession could support them. Instead, Simon works on his magical studies and Anastasia relies on the patronage of members of the peerage who know about her clandestine role. The partners reunite to solve another case involving richContinue reading “Review: The Mathematical Gambit (The Galipp Files #2) by Jamaila Brinkley”

Review: The Star of Anatolia (The Galipp Files #1) by Jamaila Brinkley

When one reads a fantasy series, one expects the main character to be rather fantastical. But there’s something to be said for viewing the world through the eyes of a more “boring” person, with no magical ability of her own. However, Anastasia Galipp is far from normal. She is a smart, independent young woman makingContinue reading “Review: The Star of Anatolia (The Galipp Files #1) by Jamaila Brinkley”

Review: Diamond Fire (Hidden Legacy #3.5) by Ilona Andrews

This novella picks up where the last book in the Hidden Legacy series leaves off and features a surprise protagonist! As much as I adore Nevada, it was awesome to read a story from the perspective of another member of the Baylor family, and Catalina is fantastic.

Review: “Remnant” (Caldwell & Feximal/Whyborne & Griffin Mystery) by K.J. Charles& Jordan L. Hawk

This short story is available as a free download from K.J. Charles’ website. It is best read after Stormhaven (Whyborne & Griffin #3) by Jordan L. Hawk and the full collection of The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by K.J. Charles because it contains significant spoilers for both.

Review: Think of England by K.J. Charles

If you’ve ever watched Downton Abbey and thought, “This show could use more espionage, blackmail, and murder,” this is the book for you! What I especially enjoyed about this book is that it is primarily a mystery/thriller with an excellent romance subplot. But more importantly, the romance subplot informs and adds to the tension of theContinue reading “Review: Think of England by K.J. Charles”

Review: An Unnatural Vice (Sins of the Cities #2) by K.J. Charles

My favorite thing about this series is the overlapping mystery, in which each of the romances develop as a part of that plot. Charles’ talent for writing truly shows as each book in this trilogy feels complete even without the over-arching story yet solved. 

Review: Writing Mysteries edited by Sue Grafton

So far I’ve written a female coming-of-age novel, a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, a time-travel book…and those are all in the same series. What’s next? I think a murder mystery is on the horizon, and as a newcomer to this genre, I needed to get back to basics. Writing Mysteries is a solid bookContinue reading “Review: Writing Mysteries edited by Sue Grafton”

Review: Origin (Robert Langdon #5) by Dan Brown

For all of the ridiculousness of Brown’s plots and my frustration with some of his writing style, I absolutely keep coming back to his books because when you remove everything I dislike, the rest is a personal guided tour of some amazing information about art, culture, and history.