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White Lilies (D.I. Dylan)
White Lilies (D.I. Dylan)
by R. C. Bridgestock
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fabulous DI Dylan Novel!, 24 Mar. 2013
Once again, the writing team of R.C. Bridgestock has delivered a true to life British Crime Novel. We again are treated to the inside glimpse of Detective Inspector Dylan's life as he rushes head on into a series of horrific crimes while trying to maintain a balanced family life as he expects the birth of his first child.
Another busy day in the life of a British DI? No problem. DI Dylan is used to having several irons in the fire at once, but things start going wildly out of control and he is stretched thin. Two separate hit and run accidents happen within days of each other leave an elderly woman and her dog dead as well as a newborn baby and his mother. As he works on solving these murders, a girl is attacked and the suspects seem to be all tied together. During the course of the first investigation they uncover yet another crime affecting the elderly, and possibly leading to even more untimely deaths. As if DI Dylan doesn't have enough to worry about he has a new Detective Sergeant to deal with who seems more intent on getting Dylan in the sack than she does on solving any crimes. Finally, we add in his personal life - a very pregnant Jen who is feeling a bit neglected. RC Bridgestock proves to us that it is never boring as a DI and that DI Dylan is a true professional.
The plot line of the newest DI Dylan novel is very well done- it kept me guessing the entire time. Just when I thought I had it figured out, another person would wind up in critical condition or worse yet, dead, and my main `suspect' would be in a completely different place! The pace was great- little glimpses and hints, a rush of action and then a slow simmer. It was nice to get to know more about the personal life of Dylan and the other main players as well as the new kids in the nick as the pressure to solve the onslaught of crime came to a fast boil.
Kudos to RC Bridgestock for another well done British who-done-it!
A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

No Wings Attached (Branded)
No Wings Attached (Branded)
Price: £3.35

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun and Romantic Romp - with a Paranormal Twist!, 4 Sept. 2012
No Wings Attached, by Stella Deleuze is a fun and romantic romp! First off, I need to mention that Ms. Deleuze hails from `accross the pond' (The U.K. for all you non-Brit saavy folks). That being said, she writes in an easy to read format that is not inundated with too much Brit-ease, so the book will be easily enjoyed by both Brits and Yanks alike.
The story follows Tom, a wish-consultant, or angel, as he embarks on his next case, thirty two year old Celia. Celia is unhappy in many aspects of her life. She hates her regular job, just got let go from her part-time job, and her love life is in the toilet. Tom's job, as her wish-consultant, is to help her wishes come true. This is not usually that difficult for wish-consultants, as they have all sorts of powers such as mind-reading and transporting from place to place. However, poor Tom royally messed up his last assignment and has been stripped of all his powers. He has to use old-school techniques to get to know Celia and what her most precious wishes and dreams include. Things move along smooth, with one or two hiccups. First, Celia thinks he's playing her. She's been hurt in the past by men, and she quite simply doesn't have the self-esteem to think Tom might actually be interested in her for herself. Tom, on the other hand, is not allowed to fall in love with a human; it's against the rules. The problem is, he finds himself falling for her regardless of what may happen to him. The story of forbidden love continues on with more bumps and bruised hearts. I'm not giving spoilers, but trust me, Deleuze does a fabulous job of creating chemistry and tension between the two.
I'm a sucker for anything on the paranormal side, and the inclusion of angels and dark forces did a great job strengthening the typical tragic love story. Deleuze creates characters with heart and that we can all connect with in some way. Celia comes from a troubled youth and really has a hard time trusting people, especially men. Tom on the other hand, has no desire to become involved, at first anyway. He wants to get in and get the job done. I love the way he is humanized when he discovers he is falling for Celia. There are twists and turns, some I expected and some that came as nice surprises. The only drawback I had with the book was the romantic tension between Tom and Celia went on way too long with no action. It seemed that they were almost helpless against the temptation of one another, but then it continued and continued with only some minor hand holding and cheek kissing. I would have liked to see it get a bit more tumultuous. However, I am a fan of cliff-hangers in a book series, so I was on board with how it ended.
I'm looking forward to reading more from Ms. Deleuze - and especially eager to find out what happens with the continuation of Tom and Celia in Candlelight Sinner.
A free copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

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