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Target by Stella Cameron

Publisher: Mira ISBN-10: 0778324257 

Reviewed by Donna Padilla, New Mystery Reader

Almost twenty years ago three children escaped from a refuge in northern California which was run by a man named Colin.  Today Nick Board and his two sisters, Sarah and Aurelie live in a small town in Louisiana.  When the news breaks that an old mine in California has been uncovered and is filled with bodies, Nick realizes that his mother is dead.  Watching closely as the story unfolds, Nick and his sisters realize that Colin's body has not been found and he is probably looking for them, intending to kill them to keep his secret safe.   

With a plot so full of twists and turns the reader is constantly kept on his toes.  This is a thriller based on good vs. evil.  The three young main characters are charming, intelligent survivors who know how to take care of themselves.  Cameron has included an underlying plot of romance and rivalry that will warm your heart.



Ice Blue by Anne Stuart

Publisher: Mira  ISBN-10: 0778324788

Reviewed by Donna Padilla, New Mystery Reader

Museum curator Summer Hawthorne is kidnapped by a fanatical religious organization and rescued by Takashi O'Brien who is an assassin for a covert operation.  Summer soon learns that what everyone wants is an ice blue urn and a location in Japan that her childhood nanny passed on to her, but possession of these things by the wrong people will result in mass destruction.  A power struggle between Takashi and the religious organization ensues and Summer realizes that when she gives up what everyone wants she is expendable.

Stuart takes you from the mountains of Santa Monica to the mountains of Japan.  This thriller is so action packed it keeps you on edge from first page to last.  Summer is a very strong character that holds her own against all odds and exposes a softer side of the emotionless assassin Takashi.  An adventurous read that will appeal those who also  like a dose of romance.


Catalogue of Death by Jo Dereske

Publisher: Avon ISBN-10: 0060790849

Reviewed by Donna Padilla, New Mystery Reader

During a blizzard Billionaire Franklin Harrington is blown to bits at a site he has donated for a new city library.  Since the rest of the Harrington family wants to build condos on the land, librarian Helma Zukas is given the task of persuading the family to honor Franklin's wishes.  When Helma gets involved with the Harrington family she begins to uncover the skeletons in their closets, just as she also begins to have uncontrollable and unexplained mishaps.

This novel has a cast of characters that are so diverse their interactions are hilarious, and with a plot that has so many twists and turns, Dereske is always one step ahead of the reader.  In addition to he humorous storytelling she also includes some deadly historical plots that make you cringe at some of this country's unsavory past.  All in all, a fun and recommended read.




The Bee's Kiss by Barbara Cleverly

Publisher:  Delta   ISBN:  9780385340410

Reviewed by Anne K. Edwards, New Mystery Reader

A keeper! A look at London high society around the turn of the century when change was in the air.

Women from high ranked families were becoming policewomen, World War One had been fought and won, strikes were in the offing and the murder of a highly respected woman makes the headlines. Was it a burglary as the newspapers said or was there a more sinister reason for her death?

Detective Joe Sandilands of Scotland Yard and his team are given the job of investigating this touchy case. Since it involves the upper crust and the military has an interest, the case must be handled with discretion.

This is a very cleverly-told tale with false trails carefully laid to mislead the unwary.  You'll think you've identified the possible motive or murderer and you'll be wrong.  There is a surprise awaiting you at the end.

Talented author Barbara Cleverly writes with imagination and originality.  You'll believe the characters once lived and breathed so believable is the historical placement of personages and events that serve as a great background and flavoring for the story. 

I'm happy to recommend this book to any reader of fiction.  It is a book you will want to read again and will have you looking for the other books by this clever author.  Enjoy.  I sure did.


Target Earth by Gary W. Babb

Publishers:  Author House  ISBN-10: 1425986153

Reviewed by Narayan Radhakrishnan, New Mystery Reader

In a lot of ways, Gary W. Babb reminds me of George Lucas, and his books of the original Star Wars trilogy.  Lucas narrated a superb tale, a sci-fi epic in his first movie Star Wars. The story continued without a break (and at the same time each movie was a class by its own) with Return of the Jedi and The Empire Strikes Back.

Likewise Gary W. Babb has narrated a superb tale, a sci-fi story in his first book Earth is Ours. The story continues in this the 2nd book Target Earth without a break (and at the same time both books retain their individuality) and the third in the trilogy Earth’s Warrior’s will hit the stands real soon.

The old but rejuvenated Indian Warrior Levi is back and so Amy. For the uninitiated Amy is a symbiotic self-aware female computer without which Levi is not complete. She is a part of Levi and at the same time retains her own unique individuality and independent opinions.  This time also the fight against the aliens continues. They have taken over the world and it is a day-to-day existence for the human race…rather what is remaining of them. How the duo (I can’t exactly refer to them as a duo- both are two dimensions of a single material person) fights the aliens form the theme of the work.

The highlight of the work is, of course, the interfacing dialogue between Levi and Amy. I enjoyed it and can’t wait to get my hands on Earth’s Warriors.