Amish Widow's Faith. An Unexpected Joy. Ruth Reid. Amish Widow's Hope. The Amish Christmas Kitchen. The Pregnant Amish Nanny. A Widow's Hope. In Time for an Amish Christmas. Amish Christmas Blessings. Marta Perry. A Heart Once Broken. Miriam and the Stranger. Leslie Gould. A Quilt For Jenna. Patrick E. A Seat by the Hearth. Amy Clipston. An Amish Market. The Angel of Forest Hill. Cindy Woodsmall. An Amish Match. Jo Ann Brown. Amish: Sylvia's Challenge. Jeannette Melton. The Amish Christmas Sleigh. Amish Cinderella Book 2. Love Birds.
Love's Abundant Harvest. Beth Shriver. Sicily Yoder. His Amish Nanny. Christmas at Promise Lodge. Charlotte Hubbard. Room on the Porch Swing. A Wish on Gardenia Street. Shelley Shepard Gray. The Fruits of Fall. An Amish Family Christmas. Anna's Healing. Amish Triplets for Christmas. Carrie Lighte.
Huckleberry Hearts. Until I Love Again. An Amish Heirloom. Liza's Second Chance. A Daughter's Dream. A Mother's Love. The Lopsided Christmas Cake. Rebecca's Bouquet. The Promise. Susan Lantz Simpson. The Beloved Hope Chest. A Home for Lindsay. The Wedding Quilt Bride. The Courtship Basket. Winter Blessings. Like a Bee to Honey. More Than Friendship. Elijah and the Widow. Rebecca Kertz. Huckleberry Harvest. The Beekeeper's Son. Second Chances. Sarah Price. Jan Drexler. Second Chance Amish Bride.
An Amish Second Christmas. Miriam's Secret. The Amish Widow's Secret. Cheryl Williford. Suzanne Woods Fisher. The Quilting Circle. A Reluctant Bride. Kathleen Fuller. A Husband for Mari. The man trying to steal it already owns another Inazuma—one whose deadly power eventually comes to control all who wield it. Her investigation has put her on a collision course with a curse centuries old and as bloodthirsty as ever. She is only the latest in a long line of warriors and soldiers to confront this power, and even the sword she learns to wield could turn against her.
Review : This novel drew different reactions. One group really enjoyed this and the issues that it raised such as the role of women in contemporary Japan. The other group found the flipping back and forth between different times and storylines and keeping the names straight tiring. This is a book of many parts: the police thriller section was very enjoyable and well written but the supernatural part jarred.
Some of the club did not warm to the characters. It ws agreed that Bein was excellent at world building but there were some concerns about cultural appropriation. Only one person was willing to consider buying book 2. December The book club doesn't read a book for December but goes out to party, have fun and discuss all our favourite books.
Her killer was never found. In the past months, San Antonio has become a dumping ground for battered bodies. When Texas Ranger Logan Raintree is approached to lead a group of elite paranormal investigators working the case, he accepts the challenge. And with it, his powerful ability to commune with the dead. In Logan's new team is U. Marshal Kelsey O'Brien. Kelsey has been waiting all her life to work with someone who can understand her ability to "see" the past. Now she has her chance. Together, Kelsey and Logan follow their instincts to the Alamo and to the newly reopened Longhorn, which once tempted heroes with drink, cards and women.
If the spirits of those long-dead Texans are really appearing to the victims before their deaths, only Kelsey and Logan have the skills to find out why They found this one retained your interest and followed on the authors previously used theme of investigators with "added extras" of the supernatural bent. This is a book suitable for the non romance fan as well as those who like relationship development in their reading.
But there's a murderer to deal with--not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse. In a Victorian era ruled by a council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines--something Evelina has secretly mastered.
But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty's secret laboratories. What's a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she's never found out? But then there's that murder.
As Sherlock Holmes's niece, Evelina should be able to find the answers, but she has a lot to learn. And the first decision she has to make is whether to trust the handsome, clever rake who makes her breath come faster, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything for her if she would only just ask. The end result was satisfying to no one. The majority of the group struggled to maintain interest and to complete it. One of the group felt the most engaging characters were the mechanical mouse and bird.
I don't think this reflects well on the other characters to be outdone by wind-up toys. Ms Holloway also seems to employing this book as the start of a trilogy. I am afraid none of the group will be purchasing book 2 and 3. Now, the Valley of the Kings lies ravaged by war, drained of its lifeblood as weak men inherit the cherished crown. In the city of Thebes at the Festival of Osiris, loyal subjects of the Pharaoh gather to pay homage to their leader. But Taita - a wise and formidably gifted eunuch slave, sees him only as a symbol of a kingdom's fading glory. Beside Taita stand his proteges, Lostris, daughter of Lord Intef, beautiful beyond her fourteen years; and Tanus, proud, young army officer, who has vowed to avenge the death - at Intef's hand - of his father, and seize Lostris as his prize.
Together they share a dream - to restore the majesty of the Pharaoh of Pharaohs on the glittering banks of the Nile. Review : On of the group loved this book and proposed it for September but when it arrived, no-one else could muster the energy to even crack the cover open. Thus this book is clearly a Marmite book - you either love it or despise it. If the stranger becomes a friend and the lady a mistress, all the better. He certainly welcomes the opportunity to help Laura Davenport, a dazzling young widow with a rebellious stepson. Her gratitude, he hopes, will take an amorous form.
But from the moment he sets foot in her drawing room, he gets far more than he bargained for It was a moment of desperation. On the brink of losing her stepson, Laura turned to the notorious Lord Bellingham for help. Suddenly she, a vicar's daughter, is in the precarious position of resisting his tantalizing advances. How Bell earned his wicked reputation is clear; the surprise is how much more there is to him than the gossip sheets could possibly reveal.
Now every moment with this dangerously desirable man puts Laura's good name at risk-and promises pleasure unlike any she has ever known July 24th A. Aguirre's Bronze Gods : Synopsis: Danger stalks the city of steam and shadows. He's a charming rogue with an uncanny sixth sense; she's all logic--and the first female inspector. Between his instincts and her brains, they collar more criminals than any other partnership in the CID.
Then they're assigned a potentially volatile case where one misstep could end their careers. At first, the search for a missing heiress seems straightforward, but when the girl is found murdered--her body charred to cinders--Mikani and Ritsuko's modus operandi will be challenged as never before. Before long, it's clear the bogeyman has stepped out of nightmares to stalk gaslit streets, and it's up to them to hunt him down. There's a madman on the loose, weaving blood and magic in an intricate, lethal ritual that could mean the end of everything Review : Overwhelmingly the group response was positive.
Everyone said that they would continue to read more of the same series. The lead characters Mikani and Ritsuko were compared to Moulder and Scully. Lets hope it does not take the 11 years to get together. But further discussion showed some dissatisfaction with the lack of world building. Sometime authors become bogged down in setting the scene but here you are definitely left guessing. There was a lot about society's structure that you were left in the dark about and seriously some of it needed expanding on.
Given the positive response to reading the next in the series most admitted to struggling to keep reading as the plot seemed to lack direction at certain points. It was certainly a slow builder and a bit of a magpie, Phantom of the Opera, steam punk, Big Trouble in Little China and Blade Runner all made an appearance.
Some of the secondary characters such as Aurelia and Leoniadis were interesting and we all want to see them in future books. Theron struck some of us as just creepy. It was noted that even with a strong female lead it seemed that the female characters revolved around the males as accessories. So if you want to read this one stick with it.
Synopsis: It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed in his slippers and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police.
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As his escapades unfold, we learn something of Allan's earlier life in which - remarkably - he helped to make the atom bomb, became friends with American presidents, Russian tyrants, and Chinese leaders, and was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century. Review : The use of a central character that is years old allowed Jonasson to dip into history to create vignettes within the contemporary storyline.
Most members initially struggled to get into the book but once past the first 50 pages they finished it in two days. Why did he climb out the window?
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Because this was a man who had lived life by his own rules. Rules where manners are important even when drunk, murder may be simply expedient and any type of religious or political thoughts are to be viewed with suspicion. Self educated, intelligent and self-effacing he cuts to the chase ask Sonya the elephant. I am sure that all of us wish that we could live life as unencumbered as Alan. For some reason this book has been compared to the film Forrest Gump , but this does it a disservice. This is charming, pragmatic, and a damn good read - except what is the deal with repeating the beginning at the end.
Did Jonasson have to make up a word count or something. A strongly recommended read. Three months has been Gladie Burger's limit when it comes to staying in one place. That's why Gladie is more than a little skeptical when her eccentric Grandma Zelda recruits her to the family's matchmaking business in the quaint small town of Cannes, California.
What's more, Gladie is also highly unqualified, having a terrible track record with romance. Still, Zelda is convinced that her granddaughter has "the gift. When Zelda's neighbor drops dead in his kitchen, Gladie is swept into his bizarre family's drama. Despite warnings from the distractingly gorgeous chief of police to steer clear of his investigation, Gladie is out to prove that her neighbor's death was murder. It's not too long before she's in way over her head--with the hunky police chief, a dysfunctional family full of possible killers, and yet another mysterious and handsome man, whose attentions she's unable to ignore.
Gladie is clearly being pursued--either by true love or by a murderer. Who will catch her first? The true test of a book — would you read it again or recommend it to someone else? Maybe just maybe we might try the next book this was obviously the set-up for the start of a series in the hope the first book was used to set the stage for the beginning of what could be a good series.
The only other spirited debate this book offered was about the male models on the front cover — is it two men or the same man used twice? Now experience her original new novel in which love and loyalty are tested at every turn For fifteen years, Maria Devane has been desperately, passionately in love with Dante Romano. But Maria knows that Dante can never give everything of himself back--at least not all of the time. Every month, Dante shifts shape, becoming a wild animal.
He can't choose when he shifts, the transition is often abrupt, and, as he gets older, the time he spends in human form is gradually decreasing. Maria has kept his secret since the beginning, knowing that their love is worth the danger. But when a string of brutal attacks occurs in local parks while Dante is in animal form, Maria is forced to consider whether the lies she's been telling about her life have turned into lies she's telling herself Fans of Shinn felt this was a foray into the shape shifter genre as a marketing move.
Shape shifting is hot at the moment so write about it. Written in the first person which many in the group don't like it has a very distinctive feel to the writing. With Dante the male character absent for large portions of the book this is very much a dissection of Maria's mind and the journey of how she has reached this point in her life. A life centred around enabling Dante in his life. Is she in love with Dante or the drama of being with a shape shifter. He for quite a long time feels like a selfish character until they actually have a proper conversation. At this point he becomes more understandable and likeable.
It seems he is confused why she has stuck around as well. If you have read the brilliant Archangel series you may be disappointed. Suffer through your initial doubts and you find a different presentation of what is beginning to feel like an overworked genre. Tucked away in a corner of Ireland, the lifelong friends turn out batch after batch of perfect Coolarney Blues and Golds, thanks to co-operative cows, non-meat-eating fecund milkmaids, and the wind blowing just so in the right direction. Add to this mixture Corrie's long-lost granddaughter Abbey, fresh from a remote but by no means backward island where her husband has been on a mission - although not quite the kind which Abbey had imagined.
And stir in New Yorker Kit Stephens, heart-broken, burned-out and permanently hungover, and you have a recipe for disaster. The magic that Corrie and Fee weave in and out of the cheese vats is legendary, but can they use their powers to turn bitterness and betrayal into love - or will the secret ingredient be lost to Coolarney cheese forever? Review : This was a bit quirky and slightly oddball and some of the bookclub felt Ireland was very romanticised and that some of the characters were so eccentric they could not possibly exist. This started a lively debate about where we all grew up and possibly why some us found the story unbelievable — most of us are from reasonable sized towns where you might know your neighbours enough to say hello to but that is about all.
My next-door neighbour where I grew up was a lovely old gent but for all I know he could have had a huge collection of yoyos that he played with every evening and I would have been none the wiser. Unfortunately the book is now out of print but if you like a charming read keep your eyes peeled for this book.
Yet when she discovers a buck-naked cowboy handcuffed to a four-poster bed, she forgets all about the town gossips. Elizabeth has sworn off men, but the stranger's kisses melt her resolve faster than ice cream on a hot summer day. Waking up in Miss Hattie's Henhouse isn't how Brant Cates reckoned on getting to the bottom of his great-granddaddy's murder. The plan was to solve the centuries-old crime, then get the heck out of Dodge.
But after meeting Elizabeth and discovering that the buttoned-up beauty is a sexy siren in disguise, he just can't pull himself away. Now Brant needs Elizabeth to finally put his past to rest, but is she willing to risk her future on Bramble's newest bad boy? Review : This month the group was looking for humour. So much of comedy is in the physical nuances that are not consciously thought about.
The lack of this aspect became quite clear when we reviewed this book. Certainly this book reminded some of us from small towns about the pros and cons of everyone knowing your business AND having an opinion on it. Really the big city has a lot of pros. Ms Love has successfully created a book that is light hearted and enjoyable read and even Leslie who felt rather divorced from the characters agreed with the rest of the group that we would read other books from this author. However if you are like some of the group who like to approach things in an orderly fashion beware.
You may find the fact that this is part of a series and story lines and characters from previous books pop up with the assumption that you have read the rest of the series irritating. January 18th Scott Sigler's Nocturnal : Synopsis : For centuries, their race has lived beneath the earth, emerging only at night, to feed quietly on the dregs of society and slip back into the shadows. But now their time has come - their time to rise up from their hiding places and take back what is theirs.
San Francisco homicide detective Bryan Klauser is supposed to be hunting a serial killer. But a serial killer couldn't be responsible for the seemingly impossible DNA evidence the crime-scene techs keep finding - or for the gory, strangely prophetic dreams Bryan keeps having. And what about the connections he keeps finding to a century-old cult - and his superiors' sudden reluctance to give him the answers he needs about cases that should be dead and buried?
Ultimately, Klauser's investigations will reveal a race of killers who've long lurked beneath San Francisco's streets - and are preparing to take back the city. Klauser is the only man who can stop them, because Review : This is a murder mystery with a paranormal twist. There were several recurring themes in the feedback of this novel.
We liked the mystery element but it was generally felt that the mystery and paranormal aspects did not mesh together smoothly.
As the members of our group read every genre between us it was disappointing to find we were reading what felt like two separate stories. We chose this book based mainly on an excellent review from The Times… well the review we can say was very good, the book a let down. Our resident ex-San Franciscan did confirm that Sigler did maintain geographical correctness and did not have the characters running around a town that does not exist. Our last thought was maybe the book was written for a possible future film…. Too many conflicting previous arrangements. Instead we met for drinks, and a meal at a Mexican resturant in the West End.
A fun time was had by all - but I did discover I do not like Mexican food, well except the gorgeous Churros! November 21st Saranne Dawson - any of her titles. Review : This month we concentrated on author Saranne Dawson. Dawson had her first book published as Dawson anyway, she has also been published as Saranne Hoover and Pamela Lind in and her last book was published in We chose this author because she was one of the original forerunners of the vastly popular fantasy-romance-paranormal genre.
We each read a different story by her Leonie has read them all and compared her to authors we read now. Although some of us did enjoy her work, the rest of us were a bit more negative. They felt dated and most of us struggled to finish our selected book. We agreed that they were books of their time but that time is not now. In fact, he seriously tempts inn manager Jenny Salazar to put her hands to better use.
Except this is the guy who left Razor Bay--and his young son, Austin, whom Jenny adores like her own--to become a globe-trotting photojournalist. He can't just waltz back and claim Austin now. Jake was little more than a kid himself when he became a dad. Sure, he'd dreamed of escaping the resort town, but he'd also truly believed that Austin was better off with his grandparents. Now he wants--no, needs--to make up for his mistake.
Trouble is, with sexy, protective, utterly irresistible Jenny in his life, and his bed, he may never want to leave The premise of this one, the heroine is guardian to a thirteen-year-old boy whose father who has not bothered with the boy before decides to uproot him and take him away from everything he knows and loves. Well our perky heroine is not having that and even more to the point nor is the thirteen-year-old son and so a tale as old as time is spun of friction turning into love and a happy ending for all. The setting of the book in a place named Razor Bay sparked more interest than the plot-line.
A well-written if light read — one for by the pool maybe? And a Murder So far Meg Langslow's summer is not going swimmingly. Down in her small Virginia hometown, she's maid of honor at the nuptuals of three loved ones--each of whom has dumped the planning in her capable hands.
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One bride is set on including a Native American herbal purification ceremony, while another wants live peacocks on the law. Only help from the town's drop-dead gorgeous hunk, disappointingly rumored to be gay, keeps Meg afloat in a sea of dotty relatives and outrageous neighbors.
And, in whirl of summer parties and picnics, Souther hospitality is strained to the limit by an offenseive newcomer who hints at skeletons in the guests' closets. But it seems this lady has offended one too many when she's found dead in suspicious circumstances, followed by a string of accidents--some fatal. Soon, level-headed Meg's to-do list extends from flower arragements and bridal registries to catching a killer--before the next catered event is her own funeral This can on occasion elicit a feeling of irritation and disbelief.
Really, what idiot would sign up to be a bridesmaid for not one, not two but three weddings? Apparently someone who cannot say no and the main character — Meg Langslow — freely admits this. Even given this, the first Meg Langslow mystery is a very enjoyable read.
Donna Andrews has created a strong female lead with the interesting and unusual job of a blacksmith, the extended family are a delight and Andrews is certainly not afraid to knock off secondary characters. While this is a caricature of the southern American family, those that enjoy a quirky but clever plot will find themselves reaching for book August - After all the warnings about how busy London would be with the Olympics on we did not meet this month - but we could have after all!
We could have held the meeting in the middle of Trafalgar Square - it was that quiet! Oh well you live and learn. At least London put on a great Olympics. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny.
Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic. Lesley thought the English title misleading as she thought it was a history title and not an urban fantasy book. Peter Grant has just completed his training as a constable and instead of getting placed with the exciting murder squad is about to start the less enjoyable job at the Case Progression Unit data entry — that is until the last English wizard Inspector Nightingale who works for the Metropolitan Police witnesses Peter questioning a witness of a murder but the witness is a ghost… Now Peter is a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard.
This novel was a joy to read, full of a London that is written by someone who has actually been there, full of twists and turns and excellent intelligent humour. And when is book4 due out… not until June Write faster Ben! But there is no escaping the room. With no way of measuring time, her days, weeks, months go unrecorded.
She vows not to go mad. She will not give her captors the satisfaction.
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She will die first. Copenhagen detective Carl Morck has been taken off homicide to run a newly created department for unsolved crimes. His first case concerns Merete Lynggaard, who vanished five years ago. Everyone says she's dead. Everyone says it's a waste of time. He thinks they're right. The voice in the dark is distorted, harsh and without mercy. It says the prisoner's torture will only end when she answers one simple question. It is one she has asked herself a million times: Why is this happening? His department consists of himself and his cleaner helper, Assad. The book is written in different time frames that jump from chapter to chapter.
At first this was annoying but you soon get used to it and it ends up working very well. I think you can tell the book has been translated, just the way some of the sentences seemed turned around the wrong way but it does not detract from the story in anyway. Her comment was it seemed up close and more personal reading it, so real, as opposed to watching it as a TV series. This is an intelligent read, with a well thought out plot, with excellent characters who I am looking forward to learning more about in Disgrace and we recommend you give it a go.
I was hooked. At every flea market, car boot sale and second-hand bookshop I searched for anything else by this author because you could not find them new for love nor money in the shops. It took a while to get the books it is the other side of the world! This month I wanted to pass on my love of this author to the rest of the bookclub, which is always a bit nerve racking — what if everyone loathed them?
Leslie said The Capicorn Stone gave a very accurate portrayal of the music hall but the American topography was weak. All nine books have very strong female characters, excellent historical detail and they are excellent I would have to say the very last book written The Golden Urchin is a good story, it is by far the weakest of the nine novels romantic adventure stories.
If you have never read a Madeleine Brent novel, scour second-hand bookshops for one as they are well worth a read. For any publisher who may happen upon this review - please, please, consider reissuing this author. Why me? Why now? Kara was hoping to use her occult skills to catch a serial killer, but never had she conjured anything like this unearthly beautiful and unspeakably powerful being whose very touch set off exquisite new dimensions of pleasure.
And should she? The Symbol Man is a nightmare that the city thought had ended three years ago. Yet with Rhyzkahl haunting her dreams, and a handsome yet disapproving FBI agent dogging her waking footsteps, she may be in way over her head Having said that it does have a great first chapter and grips you straight away — but I have still to finish reading it.
We chose this book because we had not read anything with demons and liked the idea of a policewoman who was also a demon summoner but it somehow does not quite work.
The main lure of this book was the mixture of paranormal and police procedural and we all agreed the main character Kara Gillian was pretty inept at it. Ina as the only person who had not read the book is not inspired to do so even though the rest of us have or will give the rest of the series a go. In the business of marriage, there is no room for love. But even the most prudent plans can go awry. Jane, Lady Roxdale, has endured one marriage of convenience decreed by the Ministry of Marriage.
But when a dissolute rake threatens everything Jane holds dear, she must contemplate marrying a second time. Constantine is not a marrying man, but wedding Jane is the only way to save the estate from ruin. Jane resists the smouldering heat between them, desperate not to fall in love with an unrepentant rake. But for the first time ever, Constantine wants more than seduction.
He wants all of her - body, heart, and soul. Gruff, stubborn Griffin, Earl of Tregarth, is hardly the charming nobleman the classic beauty has dreamed of for so long. Griffin is aware of his duty to wed - and more convinced than ever that the lovely Rosamund has no place with a man like him. Built for fields and stables rather than drawing rooms, Griffin doubts he can win her in the polite manner society requires.
But with every passing day, the attraction between them flares higher and hotter. Maybe there is more to love than meets the eye Alas I had not done my homework as she had been previously published as Christine Wells. A new publisher, a new name but not a brand new author. Even more frustrating, the books written as Christine Wells are all out of print with the exception of Sweetest Little Sin.
Both books were enjoyed by the majority of the club Madeline decided they were not keepers and would not continue with the series including our mainly mystery reader, Debra. We veered to loving the second book more and I think this had to do with the character of Griffin, the hero of Mad About the Earl who had a vulnerability to him that gave the story a tender poignancy.
This was achieved without descending into goo. It is the start of a very charming series that seems adept at exploring the everyday vulnerabilities that our characters develop due to life experience as opposed to some other authors who think that life does not leave you with any scars. The pragmatic approach of the heroines to marriage is probably more realistic of what the view of marriage as a business would have been. This gave these books a refreshing feel.
Would we carry on with Christina Brooke and her series? Yes we would! Buck Fever. Navigating all this turmoil is Blanco County Game Warden John Marlin, with a little help from his best friend Phil and a beautiful nurse named Becky who seems too good to be true. But when a dead body turns up, the real mystery in madcap Blanco County soon boils down to a single question: Just who is hunting whom? Review : This is the most masculine book we have read to date.
It led to a spirited discussion on hunting. We all liked the book, a good plot that came together in a timely and tidy fashion. The plot retained your interest and it overflowed with interesting characters. Some of these characters led us down the bizarre discussion path of is it better to have sex with a dead animal or a live one but all agreed to a high ick factor. But more importantly where on earth do you get a suspender belt to that fits a deer! So when the Chicago P.
Takes a wizard to catch a -well, whatever. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. Review: An urban detective fantasy, this appealed to the majority of us. The main character Harry Dresden is very likeable along with his sidekick, Bob the skull. Maybe we were influenced by the fact we knew there were 12 more books in the series this is the first book in the Dresden Files but this book felt like it was an introduction to future books. The plot had enough twists to maintain interest and Harry seemed human enough to be likeable - who among us has not run out of clean clothes and ended up wearing trackpants and cowboy boots?
This was not just a book about a wizard, full of magic and mythological beings, it was also a great mystery story set in this word with a main character with strong morals who has very real normal problems - earning enough to pay the rent and eat.
It was good for a first book but the later books do get better and better as long as you can deal with Harry getting dumped on so much you want to scream at Jim Butcher please give the poor bloke a break! Will newcomers to the series - Debra, Leslie, Madeline and Leonie being reading more - 3 out of 4 will be. A thumbs up for Jim Butcher. To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, Lessa is nothing but a ragged kitchen girl.