Review of Recovery Man by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Recovery Man by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. ★★★1/2 Recovery Man is the sixth novel in Rusch’s science fiction mystery series following Retrieval Artist Miles Flint. The premise of the series is as follows: human governments have signed treaties with alien governments mandating that humans be tried under alien laws for crimes committed on alien planets. But some of the…

Review of The Timeseer’s Gambit by Kate McIntyre

The Timeseer’s Gambit by Kate McIntyre. ★★★★ The Timeseer’s Gambit is the sequel to fantasy mystery novel, The Deathsniffer’s Assistant. While there is a separate mystery, I highly suggest reading the books in order since there are some ongoing plot threads and character arcs. Three months after Christopher Buckley started working for the eccentric detective Olivia Faraday, they’ve got a…

Review of Snake Agent by Liz Williams

Snake Agent by Liz Williams. ★★★ For whatever reason, I never connected to Snake Agent. Even when there was something about it that I normally would have found interesting, it just never drew me in. Snake Agent is an urban fantasy, science fiction, mystery mash up set in an alternate universe where Singapore’s started franchising. Detective Inspector Chen handles supernatural…

Review of The Long Way Down by Craig Schaefer

The Long Way Down by Craig Schaefer. ★★★★ The Long Way Down is a dark and gritty urban fantasy set among the seediness of Las Vegas. Daniel Faust is a magician working as a PI who gets a case from an old man looking for justice for his dead granddaughter. Said granddaughter was a porn star, and it…

Review of Paloma by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Paloma by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. ★★★★ Paloma is the fifth installment in the Retrieval Artists, a science fiction mystery series following former detective Miles Flint. The series starts with The Disappeared, but since each book is a stand alone mystery, you could theoretically read them independently. Miles Flint used to be a detective working for the police force of…

Audio Review of Lock In by John Scalzi

Lock In by John Scalzi, read by Wil Wheaton. ★★★★ In the near future, a highly contagious virus races across the globe. A fraction of those who survive experience “lock in” – they are completely paralyzed, unable to move their bodies at all, even though they suffer no mental impairment. Over twenty years later, the condition is…

Audio Review of Jackaby by William Ritter

Jackaby by William Ritter. ★★★ Jackaby is a YA fantasy story about a young women from around 1900 (I think) who gets a job with a detective who can see supernatural creatures. Right when she’s hired, there’s a supernatural serial killer on the loose. Unfortunately, while Jackaby had a lot of potential, the end result was just bland and largely…

Review of Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson. ★★★★1/2 Shadows of Self is part of the second Mistborn sequence, which starts with The Alloy of Law. I would suggest reading The Alloy of Law first, or even starting with The Final Empire and the original trilogy, since it is referenced in this newer sequence. Waxillium Ladrian is a nobleman who spent over seventeen years…

Review of The Deathsniffer’s Assistant by Kate McIntyre

The Deathsniffer’s Assistant by Kate McIntyre. ★★★1/2 The Deathsniffer’s Assistant is a very promising start to a series by a debut author. It’s a fantasy mystery story set in a semi-Victorian world with a fairly unique magical system. I’m docking it half a star for a spoiler near the end, but other wise it easily would have gotten four….

Review of Buried Deep by Kristine Kathryne Rusch

Buried Deep by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. ★★★★ Buried Deep is the fourth book in Rusch’s science fiction mystery series, the Retrieval Artist novels. The first is The Disappeared, but you could likely read Buried Deep as a stand alone if you wished. Each novel contains a separate mystery, although all are set in the same world and involve two of the…

Review of Daughter of the Sword by Steve Bein

Daughter of the Sword by Steve Bein. ★★★1/2 Daughter of the Sword is novel that blends several different genres together as it creates the story of three fated swords and the policewoman who’s path they cross. Oshiro Mariko is the only female detective in Tokyo. She’s placed under a lieutenant who wishes to squash her attempts to transfer…

Review of Snuff by Terry Pratchett

Snuff by Terry Pratchett. ★★★1/2 On reread, Snuff wasn’t as bad as I remembered, although that’s not saying a whole lot. Its the 39th Discworld novel, and the series has definitely descended in quality for various reasons. If you’re interested in the Discworld series, try earlier novels such as Going Postal, Guards! Guards!, Monstrous Regiment, or The Wee Free Men. In Snuff, Vimes…