Short Reviews

Title: To Darkness and to Death
Author: Julia Spencer-Fleming
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 3 out of 5

To Darkness and to Death is the fourth installment of the Rev. Clare Fergusson mystery series (reviews of In the Bleak Midwinter, A Fountain Filled With Blood, and Out of the Deep I Cry).  While I loved the first three installments in this series, this one didn’t work quite as well for me.  The focus isn’t on Clare, and there are just too many characters, making it difficult to keep track of what is going on.  Additionally, this is more of a suspense novel than a mystery, since the reader knows what is going on the whole time because of the multiple narrators.  I didn’t love the shift away from Clare, and the story didn’t work for me either.  Despite my dissatisfaction with this book, I’ll definitely continue with this series, as Clare is a wonderful character.

Title: Ghost Interrupted
Author: Sonia Singh
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Anjali Kumar can speak to ghosts.  She’s always had the ability, though her family keeps it quiet.  When Anjali is approached by former stockbroker Scott Wilder to form a ghost-hunting task force, she is intrigued.  Anjali’s an appealing, honest main character that readers will enjoy getting to know.  The ghosts are appropriately chilling, but the novel has a lighthearted tone that makes the book easy to read.  The novel’s pacing is strange, though.  It moves a little too quickly, focusing on four or five cases, rather than one or two.  As a result, there isn’t much depth.  It would have worked well as the first book in a series, to have more of the mechanics established later, but since it’s a standalone, it leaves the reader wanting.

Title: Shift
Author: Jeri Smith-Ready
Source: Library
Rating: 4 out of 5

Picking up where Shade left off, Aura is still feeling pulled between Logan, her former boyfriend who is now a ghost, and Zachary, the new kid with whom she has a lot in common.  Smith-Ready continues to explore the Shift as Aura and Zachary try to discover the secret behind it and how Aura’s mother is connected to it. This book does have more teen angst than I usually prefer, as Aura struggles to put aside her relationship with Logan but finds trouble with Zachary. Still, the mystery behind what’s going on is solid, and Smith-Ready’s world building definitely will leave readers curious.  I won’t hesitate before picking up the final novel in this trilogy.

Comments

  1. It sounds like none of these books were unqualified winners for you, though you liked them each in varying degrees. I have to admit that Ghost Interrupted sounds sort of strange, but I like the sound of Shift, and may have to look into that series. Great format today. I just love mini-reviews!

  2. It sounds like none of these books were unqualified winners for you, though you liked them each in varying degrees. I have to admit that Ghost Interrupted sounds sort of strange, but I like the sound of Shift, and may have to look into that series. Great format today. I just love mini-reviews!

  3. Hm, I’m not sure any of these is for me.

  4. Hm, I’m not sure any of these is for me.

  5. I just finished the second Clare Fergusson and appreciate your warning about #4 — I’ll read it, but I’m pretty sure I won’t like it as much, either!

  6. I just finished the second Clare Fergusson and appreciate your warning about #4 — I’ll read it, but I’m pretty sure I won’t like it as much, either!

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