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…

Review of Thud! by Terry Pratchett

Thud! by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★★ I love Thud!. It’s one of my favorite Discworld novels, right up there with Night Watch. However, it is the seventh Discworld novel following Vimes, so you’d be better off starting with Guards! Guards! if you haven’t read the rest of his arc. Or if you’re more generally wanting an introduction to the Discworld, you could…

Review of The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith. ★★★1/2 The Silkworm was an engrossing, slow burn mystery novel. It’s the second in Rowling’s Cormoran Strike mystery series, but I don’t think you need to have read the first. The novel starts with a woman appearing in Strike’s office, asking him to find her husband, the novelist Owen Quine. It turns out that Quine’s…

Review of Darkwalker by E.L. Tettensor

Darkwalker by E.L. Tettensor. ★★1/2 Darkwalker is a urban fantasy mystery with a “Victorian London” vibe. Unfortunately, I found it rather boring. Nicolas Lenoir is a detective in the Metropolitan Police who’s begins with a heavily hinted “dark secret.” While this is thankfully revealed within the scope of the novel, it never made complete sense. Anyway, Lenoir is…

Review of The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett

The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★★ The Fifth Elephant is the twenty fourth book in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. While the books all theoretically stand on their own, I would recommend reading some of the other books about the City Watch first, particularly Feet of Clay.  The Fifth Elephant is just such a great book. It still…

Review of Jingo by Terry Pratchett

Jingo by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★ Jingo is the twenty-first book in the Discworld series and is best read as part of the City Watch “arc”, which starts with Guards! Guards!.  In the Circle Sea between Ankh-Morpork and Klatch, a new island appears. Suddenly, the two nations are at each other’s throats over who will own the island (which has no…

Review of Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett

Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★ Feet of Clay is the nineteenth novel in the Discworld series. While you certainly don’t need to have read all nineteen first, you’d be better off if you picked up the two prior books following these characters, Guards! Guards! and Men at Arms. In Feet of Clay, the City Watch discovers to murders while the…