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Hot Pursuit (Irish romance) (The Kerry Series Book 3)
Hot Pursuit (Irish romance) (The Kerry Series Book 3)
Price: £2.55

5.0 out of 5 stars May be my favorite of the Hot Collection!, 4 Jun. 2014
Hot Pursuit is the third book in the Irish Romance collection written by Susanne O'Leary. The first two books take place in Kerry, Ireland in a small village. Both somewhat work around the theme of "city girl goes to the country". In this, the third book, Susanne turns it around and takes the country girl to the city.

What I loved about all the books are the wonderful descriptions of places in Ireland. It makes me want to visit this beautiful country. While I don't really consider these three books a series since each book is a complete story all by itself, the three work together as a collection because the author uses minor characters that have been introduce in previous books as the main characters in another book.

All three have been really fabulous but there is something very real about Rita and her story that resonates with me. All of the characters strike me as very believable and the plot line works well. Without being over the top or sappy Hot Pursuit left me feeling satisfied with the ending.

The Miracle Inspector
The Miracle Inspector
by Helen Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Dystopian at its best!, 14 Jun. 2013
This review is from: The Miracle Inspector (Paperback)
I had this book on my 'to be read' pile for a very long time and finally dug in and read it. Like most of the books written by Helen Smith it is brilliant in its vivid descriptions of people and places. The people described are all, at there core, very normal and very flawed as one would expect from such a disturbing society. This vision of London is about as dark as one can imagine a society that is governed by a dictatorship that allows no deviation from the accepted behavior. In this society children have been left for fend for themselves as their parents slowly disappear, having fallen prey to the governments way of dealing with dissidents. Told from the perspective of a young couple whose marriage is crumbling under the weight of the societies oppression we are given a glimpse of their depression and desperation to escape to a better life.

The Miracle Inspector is not a linear book. It meandered along forever keeping me guessing where it was going and what would happen next. It was an adventure to read and left me with much to mull over. Very enjoyable in a dark and perhaps even depressing way.

Invitation to Die (Emily Castles Mysteries)
Invitation to Die (Emily Castles Mysteries)
Price: £3.49

22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great as a serial or all at once!, 14 Jun. 2013
Having read both of the Emily Castle Mysteries, I was excited to read the new one and I think that the idea of it being a serial story is exciting. This first segment does a great job of setting up the story and introducing the characters. I love how Helen Smith creates these very real and very quirky characters in her stories. She has a wonderful ability to describe people and places so well that you feel like you are right there in the story. I am anxious to see more of Emily, who was only briefly introduced in this episode!

Now that the series is complete, I want to add to my original first episode review and give a better idea of the book as a whole. Every book in the Emily Castles Mysteries has painted a better picture of who Emily is. There is something very appealing about this character. She finds herself in these random and bizarre circumstances and yet remains inquisitive and unflappable. I think part of what I like the most about Emily is that she is so down to earth and "normal" and yet she is constantly surrounded by these eccentric personalities that are so well developed and described by Helen Smith.

It is not necessary to have read any of the other two Emily Castles stories to read and enjoy Invitation to Die but if you haven't I highly recommend that you check out Three Sisters (Emily Castles Mysteries) and Showstoppers (Emily Castles Mysteries). They are both great!

Virtual Strangers (Love and murder in cyberspace)
Virtual Strangers (Love and murder in cyberspace)
Price: £0.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant twist on a familiar story!, 10 July 2011
Virtual strangers takes the familiar story "Strangers on a Train" and injects it into the modern world of Internet forums and chat rooms. But the premise of "Strangers on a Train" is only the tip of the iceberg for this story.

Anyone who has spent any time at all reading and posting on an internet forum will be right at home with the world that is depicted in this story. It brings to light so much of the truth vs. fiction that you face when you get to know people in a virtual world. All of this is done in a backdrop of murder mystery that is exciting and thrilling.

What I really loved about this book was the writing style. It is written from the first person point of view of two different people. The story flows quite comfortably from one character to the other. I can only guess that each of the authors wrote one of the characters because the style and "voice" each of the characters is so distinct that it is hard to believe that one writer could switch gears enough to write both.

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