Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Book Review : Engadine Aerie (Hardy Durkin Travel Mystery Book 5)

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Title: Engadine Aerie (Hardy Durkin Travel Mystery Book 5)
Author: Bluette Matthey
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Murder, Crime
Pages: 208
Publisher: Blue Shutter Publishing

Rating: 4/5

Engadine Aerie by Bluette Matthey is the fifth book in the Hardy Durkin travel mystery series. The book is a standalone, thus reading of previous ones in the series isn't necessary. Travel and mystery are two words that I'm terribly fond of, so needless to say, I was engaged throughout.

Set in the beautiful Engadine valley of Switzerland, the annual ski marathon has gathered enthusiasts from all over the world. The protagonist, Hardy Durkin, is a ski tour operator who has arrived at St. Moritz to help his friend start up her ski tour business. He is immediately attracted to the middle eastern skier from the group, Maryam, who is the wife of an Abu Dhabi elite. When Durkin and Maryam find a body buried in the snow, little does anyone realize that it is the beginning of a series of unfortunate events. Durkin is faced with weaponised drones, an illegal arms deal, poisons and is successful in stopping a terror attack in the nick of time. With suspects within the skiing group itself, Durkin follows his instincts and is often found a step ahead of the police, finding himself at the right place at the right time. But then, someone decides to end Durkin's interference once and for all.

First things first. The location chosen for this story is fantastic! Set in the quaint Engadine valley where peace prevails, murders and bombings make for an unusual but exciting story. Glimpses of the great white Alps and of the St. Moritz town are generously provided for us to soak up. The narration is to the point, perfect for a murder and crime story. The action and pace of the story are well balanced, making it a smooth read.

The protagonist's character is bold and sharp, apparently due to his previous experiences with bad guys and bad situations. The other characters are just adequately described. I found this book to be fast and absorbing. It is a quick read but with the enchanting Swiss backdrop and curious events, I really didn't want the book to end. 

I cannot think of anything that was not likable except for the one tiny little thing. Maybe I was expecting a complete closure towards the end. It doesn't leave the story incomplete but there were these tiny stray ends almost ready to be tied up, you know? Again, a slight expectation from my side and not something that affects the story in any way. So, no harm done. The book ends with the hope that the next Hardy Durkin's would be as exciting and adrenaline pumping as this one was, if not more.

If you've read the previous books in the series, you probably know that the author sets his stories in lesser known places, which is so awesome! Awaiting the author to take us to another exotic locale in his next adventure!

Last word. Like Switzerland? Like murders and crimes? If yes, then grab this book, sit back and enjoy!

*** Given a free copy for an honest review ***

Monday, April 24, 2017

Book Review: Fall Irmgard: Operation Irmgard

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Title: Fall Irmgard : Operation Irmgard
Author: Rand Charles
Genre: Fiction, Literature
Pages: 440
Publisher: Penurious Publishing

Rating: 4/5

Fall Irmgard: Operation Irmgard by Rand Charles is a story set during the Second World War. Its been long since I have come across a complex and involving book such as this and I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed it.

The year is 1941 in German occupied Paris. A German businessman, Konni Ritter, is murdered and the brutality is witnessed by one of his friends, Addie Bridges, an American waiting to return home. She is held back for inquiry by Major Rolf von Gerz, a German army officer who is in charge of the case. Konni was a sweet and friendly person according to all his friends and acquaintances and it comes as a shock when he is murdered on the Alexander III bridge. Along with a Gestapo, Rolf, with Addie as a suspect, set about to find the murderer amidst the cacophony of the war. There are a string of  other suspects too, of course. A night club manager, a stock broker, a french gangster and some of Konni's women friends. The trick, as is with every mystery, is to get to the bottom of it all.

Wow! It took me a very long time to finish this book. It is a complex story with so many different characters, that I sometimes found it difficult to keep up, honestly. The book starts off with what happens in one day in the lives of each of the different characters. And only then, the story takes off. I want the readers to make a note here. The book is long and complex but by no means, boring or dull. In fact, it reminded me of one of  my favorite classics, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. As many may know, that book has a lot of character building and plot description and then with each passing event, the story falls into place. That is the vibe of the layout in this book too and if you've loved reading A Tale of Two Cities, you'll definitely love this one.

OK, to the technicalities now. As I said, loads of characters, each perfectly described and thought of. Extravagant details of the setting, read occupied Paris, is provided which is absolutely interesting and engaging. The character of Rolf and Addie are linked romantically. Rolf is this stern officer on the outside with a soft heart within. Addie, on the other hand, is charming and bold, an American in love with Paris. The character of Konni Ritter, too, is given enough background before he is killed. Everyone from the rich foreign girls to the club owner is beautifully explained, as if the author has picked these characters from real life.

Fall Irmgard: Operation Irmgard is an intense and complex tale with pleasurable intricacies that make for a wonderful read. With a sophisticated touch of classical writing, it is sure to attract anyone interested in the classical fiction genre, something that is rarely found these days. A perfect blend of history and mystery (wow, that rhymes!), if you're someone who likes historical fiction, you probably shouldn't miss this.

*** This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. ***

Monday, April 17, 2017

Cover Reveal and Giveaway : Condemned by Hayley Oakes

How hot is this cover from Hayley Oakes! Pre-order Condemned now : myBook.to/HACondemned


For seven years, I’ve lived with the scars left by him.

William Devereux consumed me until I didn’t know where I ended and he began ... I tried to forget but I was forever changed. And now he's back.

Gone is the aggressive hothead who hurt me and set my body on fire in equal measure, replaced with a responsible, doting, single father.

I’m trying my best to remain unaffected.

He’s trying his best to make amends.

Sometimes the one thing you shouldn’t want, is the one thing you can’t breathe without.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pre-Order : Sita - Warrior of Mithila (Ramachandra Series #2) by Amish Tripathi

Title: Sita - Warrior of Mithila
Author: Amish Tripathi
Genre: Fiction, Mythology
Pages: 376
Publisher: Westland

The second book in the Ramachandra series by Amish Tripathi is up for pre-order. It is expected to release somewhere towards the end of May, 2017. Although the first book was a tad bit disappointing, I do hope this one makes up for it.

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Book Blurb

She is the warrior we need. The Goddess we await.
She will defend Dharma. She will protect us.

India, 3400 BCE.

India is beset with divisions, resentment and poverty. The people hate their rulers. They despise their corrupt and selfish elite. Chaos is just one spark away. Outsiders exploit these divisions. Raavan, the demon king of Lanka, grows increasingly powerful, sinking his fangs deeper into the hapless Sapt Sindhu. 

Two powerful tribes, the protectors of the divine land of India, decide that enough is enough. A saviour is needed. They begin their search.

An abandoned baby is found in a field. Protected by a vulture from a pack of murderous wolves. She is adopted by the ruler of Mithila, a powerless kingdom, ignored by all. Nobody believes this child will amount to much. But they are wrong. 

For she is no ordinary girl. She is Sita.

Continue the epic journey with Amish’s latest: A thrilling adventure that chronicles the rise of an orphan, who became the prime minister. And then, a Goddess. 

This is the second book in the Ram Chandra Series. A sequel that takes you back. Back before the beginning.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Get Your Free Copy of Palm Beach Nasty (Charlie Crawford Mystery #1)

Want your hands on a free mystery thriller? Only for 5 days starting today, Palm Beach Nasty, the first book in the Charlie Crawford Mystery, is free on Amazon! The freebie is available till Monday, 10th of April, 2017. So click on the buying links mentioned below and grab it, quick!

Book Blurb

Burned out by high-profile murders in New York and his love life splashed all over Page Six, homicide cop Charlie Crawford heads south and signs on with the Palm Beach PD. After months of petty crimes, he's first on scene to find a man hanging from a banyan tree. Prime suspects are a hedge-fund billionaire with a thing for young girls and a bartender with a sketchy past and a ten-out-of-ten creep factor. Right in the middle of it all is Crawford's girlfriend, a beautiful, conniving gallery owner, ready to do whatever it takes to move up a bracket or two. Add to the mix a sultry real estate broker who knows where all the bodies are buried, a gorgeous forensic cop often one step ahead of Crawford, a Mutt and Jeff combo of stone cold killers and you've got Palm Beach Nasty. 

"Turner's Palm Beach is a blend of desperate criminals, social climbers, merciless billionaires and surprising heroes," said Publishers Weekly. "Taut and efficient," Booklist said, and added, "it's a pleasure to watch craftsmen at work, and that describes the author as well as the cops."

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About the Author

A native New Englander, Tom dropped out of college and ran a Vermont bar—straight into the ground. After limping back to college to get his diploma, Tom became an advertising copywriter, first in Boston then New York. After ten years of post-Mad Men life, he made a radical change and got a job in Manhattan commercial real estate. Not long after that he ended up in Palm Beach, buying, renovating and selling houses while collecting a lot of raw material for his novels. On the side, he wrote Palm Beach Nasty and a screenplay called Dead in the Water. While at a wedding a few years back, he fell for the charm of Charleston, South Carolina. He moved there and wrote Palm Beach Poison and a series set in Charleston. Recently, wandering Tom moved again. This time, just down the road to Skidaway Island, outside of Savannah, where he just completed Palm Beach Deadly.
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Pre-Order : Origin ( Book 5 of the Robert Langdon Series) by Dan Brown

Title: Origin
Author: Dan Brown
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 544
Publisher: Random House/ Doubleday Books

All you Robert Langdon fans and/or Dan Brown fans, rejoice! The new book in the Langdon series titled Origin, is slated for release on the 26 th of September, 2017! Some places it does say that it would be released on the 3rd of October, 2017. According to Amazon India, we should be getting our hands on it in September, so yaaaay!!

The adventure and mind bogglingness of Inferno, the previous book in the series, is still afresh and I do hope this one is just as smashing. So, click on the link, pre-order and then comes the hard part. Waiting! Sigh...can't do much about that now, can we?

Pre order Origin from Amazon.com here and from Amazon.in here.

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