Short Reviews

Title: Eggsecutive Orders
Author: Julie Hyzy
Genre: Mystery
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4/5

In this third installment of the White House Chef Mystery series (following Hail to the Chef and preceding Buffalo West Wing), Ollie Paras once again finds herself at the center of a Secret Service investigation.  However, this time it’s different – Ollie and the kitchen staff are the main suspects!  When a White House dinner guest dies and it looks as though the food is responsible, Ollie must do everything she can to clear her name and restore her staff’s reputation.  This is another great installment in the White House Chef series.  Ollie is as resourceful as ever, and I really appreciated that Hyzy has managed to keep this series fresh and new.  If you’ve read the first two in this series, don’t hesitate to pick this mystery up.  If you haven’t read this great cozy mystery series, I highly recommend it!

Title: The Emperor’s Tomb
Author: Steve Berry
Genre: Historical Thriller
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4.5/5

Steve Berry’s latest installment in the Cotton Malone series (after The Paris Vendetta) takes the reader to China and focuses on the tomb of First Emperor Qin, better known as the terra cotta warrior tomb.  Berry skillfully weaves a complex story, putting history together with China’s modern day dilemma between capitalism and communism, along with the very relevant issue of oil supply and demand.  All of this together might seem overwhelming, but Berry does an exceptional job keeping the book from being confusing and making sure everything stays interesting.  I’m not sure how much longer Berry can keep Malone running around at this pace, but I’ll definitely be along for the ride as long as he does!

Title: The Tory Widow
Author: Christine Blevins
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 3 out of 5

The Tory Widow is set before and during the Revolutionary War in New York City and is about a young widow who runs a printing press, trying to make ends meet so she won’t have to go home to her father.  I thought that sounded like a fascinating historical setting, and it definitely was.  Blevins gives the reader a good taste of the time period and the historical events.  That being said, I couldn’t get into the story or characters.  I can’t exactly say why, just that I ended up slogging through this book, rather than racing through it like I’d hoped.  I seem to be of a minority opinion on this, though, so if you’re interested in the time period like I was, I’d at least read some other reviews and judge for yourself whether you want to read it!

Title: Shadowfever
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Shadowfever is the last installment of Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series (previous books reviewed here).  The book had a huge job to do, and I thought it accomplished it well – it wrapped up most (but not all) of the outstanding storylines.  It also answered many (but again, not all) of the questions readers had about the storyline.  I actually really liked that Moning didn’t wrap everything up – it keeps the air of mystery around the book that people so loved in the series.  There were some aspects of Shadowfever that bothered me – the convenient ending, something about what Barrons is (I can’t give it away because it’ll spoil a huge part of the book, but once you discover it, I hated the way it just kept happening!) – but generally speaking, Moning had a huge job to do and accomplished it well with Shadowfever  She has stated she is going to write more books set in this universe, and I look forward to reading them (unless they’re about Dani – because to be honest, she was one of my least favorite characters in the series.)

Comments

  1. I liked this format of short reviews — nice job. I really need to read the Hyzy mysteries because I think I’d really enjoy them.

    I have a copy of the Tory Widow, but just haven’t had the time to read it. I like the time period, so I want to give it a try.

    And I haven’t yet read Moning, but she’s on my radar. Sorry the last one was not all you had hoped.

  2. I liked this format of short reviews — nice job. I really need to read the Hyzy mysteries because I think I’d really enjoy them.

    I have a copy of the Tory Widow, but just haven’t had the time to read it. I like the time period, so I want to give it a try.

    And I haven’t yet read Moning, but she’s on my radar. Sorry the last one was not all you had hoped.

  3. I like the quick, short format of today’s post too! I have Hyzy’s books on my list, thanks for the reminder!

  4. I like the quick, short format of today’s post too! I have Hyzy’s books on my list, thanks for the reminder!

  5. I hadn’t heard of the White House Chef Mystery series yet, but they sound like a series I’d enjoy.

    I had heard of the Cotton Malone series before, but only vaguely. But this series is going on my TBR list too!

    And I love the short reviews.

  6. I hadn’t heard of the White House Chef Mystery series yet, but they sound like a series I’d enjoy.

    I had heard of the Cotton Malone series before, but only vaguely. But this series is going on my TBR list too!

    And I love the short reviews.

  7. I also like this short format — because I got to hear about more books! 🙂 Yay! Happy Saturday!

  8. I also like this short format — because I got to hear about more books! 🙂 Yay! Happy Saturday!

  9. I really need to read The Fever series – I’ve heard so many things about it that have me convinced I would love it.

  10. I really need to read The Fever series – I’ve heard so many things about it that have me convinced I would love it.

  11. The short reviews are really good. Succinct and tells you exactly what you need to know.

  12. The short reviews are really good. Succinct and tells you exactly what you need to know.

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