Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 136 - Earthly Remains by Donna Leon, Torn by Mary Brock Jones, On the Chase by Katie Ruggle

Earthly Remains (Commissario Brunetti, #26)Earthly Remains by Donna Leon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Commissario Guido Brunetti is one of my favorite characters. I have learned to love Venice after seeing it through his eyes. This time Brunetti does something very foolish and as the book starts I found my self laughing as he has to follow through with what he started. It has some interesting consequences including a medical leave from work. There he meets new characters and Leon brings into focus some of the damage man has done to the area around Venice. There is a conclusion to the mystery in the story but no one is brought to justice. I found that to be an interesting take on what and how we treat this earth. I listened to this as an audio book and as always the reader develops just the right tone for the action in the story.


TornTorn by Mary Brock Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If I had felt more connection between Fee and Caleb this would have been a 5 star instead of 4. I loved the world building (a planet changed for human life, the plot (anything for money even if it destroys the planet), and the characters (well drawn and suited for where they lived on the planet). The story moved at a brisk pace with a lot of action, tension and danger. In the middle of all of that was the attraction and love story between Fee and Caleb. That attraction started of slow and built but it felt forced instead of a natural part of the story. This is book one of a new series and book 2 is on my wish list. I do want to see how the big issue of keeping the planet safe plays out in future books. Torn just puts everyone in place but does not have a solution to that big problem.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.


On the Chase (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit, #2)On the Chase by Katie Ruggle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I felt that I was missing some key elements in the story as I had not read book one. The story here has two different events driving the plot. Kaylee has to run for her life taking a new identity. Hugh and his K-9 partner, Lexi, are on leave after Hugh has been shot in the leg. The two events drive the story. Both Hugh and Gracie (Kaylee's new name) are in danger. Finding a solution to Gracies' problem and finding the man trying to kill Hugh kept the tension level very high. I liked the setting, Colorado Mountains, the plot, danger, danger, danger, and the characters. Hugh was really fun and Gracie (Kaylee) was his match. Lexi with her cold nose added some fun moments to the story line. A interesting series. I plan to go back and read book one to get the backstory I missed.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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