Friday, January 18, 2013

Book Reading (or Listening) Challenge 6th and 7th Books

6. "Etched in Silver" by Yasmine Galenorn e-Book (e-Novella)

This is another back-story for Ms. Galenorn's Otherworld Series. This time, we are taken back to the past in Camille's story-line and shown a little bit of not only her past in Y'Elestrial but the story of how she met her Alpha lover, Trillian. Again, because I have been listening to the other books in the Otherworld series, this was a treat to learn a little more about two of the characters. I enjoy mysteries, romances and erotica. This series brings them all together. Ms. Galenorn as been criticized by some for the amount of sex in her books, but I find it appropriate to the plot and her characters. I love this series. I thoroughly enjoy everything about it and am extremely grateful that there are many more to read; it is like catching up with old friends.

7. "A Monstrous Regiment of Women" by Laurie R. King Audio Book

WOW! I am surprised that it has taken me so many years to "find" this author! There are just some books that you don't want to end, because you have to wait to read the next in the series. Laurie King's books (as well as Elizabeth George, Sue Grafton, Charlaine Harris, etc) are those books. This is the second in her series about the apprentice to Sherlock Holmes. Yes...Ms. King takes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's sleuth, brings him into the 20th Century and gives him an apprentice...and it is MAGIC! This is the second book in the series. The first is "The Bee Keeper's Apprentice". There we meet Mary Russell, 15 years old, both parents killed in an automobile accident in California, and forced to live in the family home in Sussex with a spinster aunt who controls the family fortune until Mary comes of age (when she turns 21). In Mary's attempt to stay as far away from the aunt in question, she comes upon a bee keeper at the next farm who turns out to be none other than a retired Sherlock Holmes! He takes her under his wing as an apprentice and the rest is a flight of fantasy that combines the familiar characters and places in the Sherlock Holmes books with the new characters and story lines. I enjoy listening to these books. I am married to a Brit and I love to hear him talk - what a great accent! Listening to these books is the same; a wonderful narrator with a British accent. If I tried to write about the plots and turns and twists in this book, I would be blogging for the next week; suffice to say that if you are looking for a historically accurate, British mystery with a great pair of protagonists...start with the first book and keep going.

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