“Troy knew that this was the moment most people would begin to scream and flail, their fight and flight reflexes tripping all over one another. He remained motionless. Analyzing. He had learned at a very young age the wisdom of lying low and keeping quiet. In orphanages things had usually worked out better that way. In the army they still did.”
“It was walking down a dark street, late at night, knowing that you were the most powerful creature there, that there was absolutely nothing, no one, that could fuck with you. Until she had been changed and had stalked the city as a vampire, she never realized that virtually every moment she had been there as a woman, she had been a little bit afraid. A man would never understand. That was the reason for the dress and the shoes—not to attract a minion, but to throw her sexuality out there on display, dare some underevolved male to make the mistake of seeing her as a victim.”
With characters named Jack Spratt, Mary Mary, Goldilocks, and the Gingerbreadman, there is no doubt of the nursery rhyme connection to this murder mystery. In The Fourth Bear author Jasper Fforde blends some familiar characters with a murder mystery. Jack Spratt heads the Nursery Crime Division of a local police department and investigates crimes by nursery characters.
“Gabriel remained in the window longer than he should have, watching the shrinking taillight of the motorcycle, pursued by the blacked-out Passat. When the two vehicles were gone, he looked down at the man lying in the street. Snow whitened him. He was as dead as a man could be. He was dead, thought Gabriel, before he arrived in Vienna. Dead before he left Moscow.”
It’s hard to believe that Spymaster is the eighteenth in the Scot Harvath series. Harvath finds himself pulled in many directions as the poor health of his boss and mentor necessitates more time at base while world events involving the assassinations of NATO officials pull him to the field. Though not “ripped from the headlines” this thriller seems to highlight some of the NATO issues currently being debated in the world. Can Harvath and his colleagues keep America from being pulled into a world war that no one except for an evil empire?
Hearing Voices is a different kind of action adventure novel as three people work together to save themselves, innocent people, and perhaps the world. While that’s not an unusual collaboration, in the case of Isaac Blaze, his two “partners” were in his mind. So the three of them (Isaac, a woman, and a man) team together to solve mysteries and almost as often, save themselves from certain death.
“Blue is glory and power, a wave, a particle, a vibration, a resonance, a spirit, a passion, a memory, a vanity, a metaphor, a dream.
Blue is a simile.
Blue, she is like a woman.”
I have read and enjoyed a number of novels by Christopher Moore and they all have been a bit unusual. Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d’Art takes place in France circa the late 1800’s at a time when some of the most famous painters in history were active. Told mostly through the eyes of a baker’s son who wants nothing more than to NOT bake and just paint. Something strange seems to happen to some of the artists, the color bleu, a beautiful muse, and bread. Okay the bread part may be a stretch. This is not an art novel, but more of a murder mystery set in a lively bohemian time in history.
“The indestructible, irrepressible Bunny McGarry. But Johnny knew better. What didn’t kill you didn’t always make you stronger. There’d long been that sadness at the eye of the storm, but these days there seemed to be more of it. Still, this, today, whatever it may be, was something very different. He’d never seen him like this.”
It’s kind of hard to not see the spoiler alert when the book cover has the tombstone of Bunny McCarry AND the book is called Last Orders! The book picks up where the third in the Dublin Trilogy (this is the fourth book) left off with Bridgit and Paul fighting and their fledgling detective agency falling apart around them. Bunny makes brief appearances as he deals with his past demons coming back to haunt him…literally haunting him.
A colleague of mine likes westerns and I’ve noticed a number of Zane Grey novels in his office over the years. I’d never been so inclined until I found one that sounded interesting, Union Pacific and modestly priced. I guess that I characterize this as a western love story set in the backdrop of the construction of the Union Pacific railroad.
“The wonderful idea of the uniting of East and West by a railroad originated in one man’s brain and he lived for it. Later, one by one, other men divined and believed despite doubt and fear, until the day arrived when Congress put the government of the U.S., the Army, and a group of frock-coated directors with gold back of General Lodge, and bade him build the road.”
“The guests were always different, and always kind of the same. They might be rich or poor. They were always surprised by the lights and cameras. They always seemed a little scared of John Scratch, whom they recognized because, like everyone, they had seen his show. His wonderful, terrible show…’Hand me those napkins,” he said, coughing blood. “I’m trying not to bleed on the leather.” He’d been shot before. In fact, there were very few things that had not happened to him, because John Scratch really was the Devil. The actual Devil. In a limo with Jenna Steele, a bag of Mexican weed, and six bullets in him.”
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