Friday, April 18, 2014

#31: India Black and the Gentleman Thief - Carol K. Carr

India Black’s double life operating a high-class brothel and running high-stakes espionage for Her Majesty’s government can take its toll. But there’s no rest for the weary—particularly when an international conspiracy comes knocking…
 
India Black is one of Victorian London’s most respected madams—not a bloody postmistress. So when Colonel Francis Mayhew forwards a seemingly innocuous shipping bill to her address, she’s puzzled. And when three thugs bust down her door, steal the envelope, and rough up both her and fellow agent French…well, that’s enough to make India Black see red.
 
The veteran spies soon discover that Mayhew has been butchered in his own bedroom. An impromptu investigation leads them to London’s docks, where India makes a startling discovery she can’t bear to tell the rakish French—she has a history with their chief suspect, the gentleman thief who once stole her heart.



  • Series: A Madam of Espionage Mystery (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (February 4, 2014)
  • ISBN: 9780425262481




My review for book 1, India Black
My review for book 2, India Black and the Widow of Windsor
My review for novella, India Black and the Rajah's Ruby
My review for book 3, India Black and the Shadows of Anarchy





After a career as a lawyer and corporate executive, Carol K. Carr turned to writing. India Black is her first book. She lives in the Missouri Ozarks with her husband and two German Shepherds. You can visit her website at www.carolkcarr.com











REVIEW:
I am and have always been a big fan of India Black. She is a no-bullshit kinda girl and that's my kinda girl. As you can see from my previous reviews, I have loved every single book. This one is no different. If I could give it 6 stars, I would!
India has a touch more banter on her this time around. I really feel her clever wit coming out more and more, but this book I was loving it. Carol has written this exceptional female, who has more sass and sexiness than anyone around. She is one madam that ladies could admire. I do.
French kinda irked me this time around. Like, you are betrothed so either kick her to the curb, (who cares about doing the right thing), or just let it go and be upfront to India. I think it makes him lose some of that allure we already have. I mean he really starts to look like a wimp a bit, in the relationship department anyway.
Vincent seems to have matured now and I really like that, but felt he had a minor role in the book. Did I mind? Not really.
The story around this Mayhew guy was pretty cool. I had to wonder why she got this package and the mystery around his death. It was a solid mystery that I got lost in. It helped lots of people got beat up or shot at. I go for that.
The ending left me thinking there will be more, but in Africa. I hope I'm right!!

5/5






The Friday 56


Welcome to Week 174!

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.



AMAZON

"I feel like we've been here before," Katie says.
We're sitting on her couch after I've finally convinced her to let me come over. She was as suspicious as I would've been, and now that I've laid out my plan, I can tell what she's thinking.










Thursday, April 17, 2014

#30: Secrets in the Attic - V.C. Andrews

Two Friends As Close As Sisters.

One Killer Secret That

Will Tear Their Small Town Apart.

In the dust and shadows of the attic, they shared everything -- fanciful stories, high school crushes, plans for the future, dreams to travel the world. For Karen, the attic is her escape from the reality of her stepfather's unwanted attention. Together in the eaves of a house with its own murderous history, the best friends concoct a scheme that will put Karen's stepfather in his place. It wasn't supposed to turn deadly. But in the attic Karen shares one more secret with her best friend -- a secret to take to the grave....



  • Kindle: 415 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (September 25, 2007)
  • ASIN: B000UZQJNM



AUTHOR BIO:
With the publication of her first novel, FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC, Virginia Andrews became a bestselling phenomenon. Since then, readers have been captivated by more than forty novels in the Virginia Andrews' series. Her novels have sold over 100 million copies worldwide and been translated into 22 languages.


My review for The Unwelcomed Child
My review for Flowers in the Attic
My review for Forbidden Sister


REVIEW:
*Deep breath*
Wow. Karen sure is a sicko.
But man, it made for great reading. You knew she was full of crap, and you had a feeling all throughout she wasn't telling the truth about her story, but I didn't expect her to be that demented. 
I like that when I read a book though. I get pulled into sick twisted minds and go right along with whatever gets dished out.
V.C. Andrews always packs a punch with me. Each story is different, and yet I always get pulled right into it.
This is an older series, but it was new to me. I look forward to reading the next one too.


5/5

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