Monthly Archives: April 2015

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest


Inventor Leviticus Blue’s visionary mining device turned Seattle into a zombie land in 1863. Years later, his widow Briar and teenage son Zeke are still hated for the mess Blue left behind. When Zeke journeys into Seattle’s ruins for answers Briar sets out to rescue him. Can they survive zombies and outlaws in their quest to put the past to rest?

Boneshaker is steampunk infused with horror, western, and alternate history. Seattle is a menacing underground full of ‘rotters’ and poisonous ‘blight’. The outlaws follow a code, or are utterly ruthless, and pack tough weaponry. There is also a dash of alternate history since the Civil War still rages and Seattle is quarantined. The characters give the story a fun and adventurous tone. Briar is tough, the outlaws are dangerous but some are trustworthy, and a mad scientist tries to rule. Boneshaker is a fun steampunk genreblend.

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In an alternate Tombstone, Doc Holiday fights to defend Thomas Edison from an undead outlaw in The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick.

A bounty hunter afflicted with lycanthropy searches for a rare artifact so he can reunite with his brother in Dead Iron by Devon Monk.

A prostitute struggles to save her city from an evil mind control device in Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear.


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The Queen’s Vow: A Novel of Isabella of Castile by C.W. Gortner,

The Queen's Vow: A Novel of Isabella of CastileIsabella of Castile united Spain, championed Christopher Columbus, and supported the Inquisition. What was she thinking as she made those decisions? How did she survive a mad half-brother and an unruly court? What kind of person was one of the world’s most remembered queens?

Isabella becomes aware at a young age that “every step I took could lead me to glory or tragedy; every choice I made had a consequence” (pg. 135). Her determination, imagination, and intelligence unify her country at great cost. Her political instincts are vital in dealing with prideful grandees and untrustworthy advisers. She influences and is advised by her passionate husband, frighteningly intense Torquemada, and others. The Queen’s Vow provides a personal look at Isabella of Castile and 15th century Spain.

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Another fictional look at Queen Isabella is Castile for Isabella by Jean Plaidy.

Isabella’s daughter, Katherine, remembers her mother and tells her own story in The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory.

Learn more about Queen Isabella by checking out books such as Isabella: The Warrior Queen by Kirstin Downey.

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The Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauer

The Cairo AffairAmerican diplomat Emmett Kohl is murdered while dining with his wife, Sophie, in a Belgrade café. Is the murder tied to an affair Sophie had in Cairo? Did it happen because of a planned CIA operation? Sophie, the CIA, and Egyptian intelligence search for the truth but their secrets could make finding it impossible. Steinhauer provides a vivid portrayal of espionage. Surface motivations mask the truth, business overrides the personal, and conclusive proof is elusive. Cairo, the main location, has dashes of the ancient and transition after a revolution. The reason for the murder twists around until the unexpected, but plausible, truth is revealed. The characters have flaws which power their secrets and tie them to espionage world. The Cairo Affair offers a thriller filled with twists and uncertainty about who can be trusted. Want more books like The Cairo Affair?

CIA agent Sophie Marx seeks out who is responsible for the deaths of agents involved in a secret operation in Bloodmoney by David Ignatius.

MI6 agent Tom Kell searches for a mole after several recently recruited sources are murdered in A Colder War by Charles Cumming.

A British agent searches for a mole in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre.

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Trust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz

Trust No OneGrace Elland is horrified when she discovers her murdered boss and begins receiving frightening emails. Returning to her childhood home doesn’t solve the problem, but does bring wealthy ex-Marine Julius Arkwright into her life. Julius understands painful memories and his skills could save Grace’s life. Can they save Grace from the hidden enemy who stalks her?

Grace and Julius are opposites in attitude but have hidden depths which attract each other. They both have had to cope with psychological trauma. Their shared desire to find intimacy causes them to bond before having a few short steamy scenes. Suspense is built as the motive for the murder must be discovered and the stalker strikes again. Trust No One offers lightly steamy romantic suspense.

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A journalist who was once almost killed by a serial killer joins forces with an FBI agent to bring the killer to justice in The Broken by Shelley Coriell.

Kate Donnelly returns to her family’s diving business and teams up with a former miltary diver to uncover the truth behind mysterious events in The Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell.

Geologist Elizabeth Banner tried to put her mother’s murder behind her but when her life becomes in danger she must team up with her ex-husband to find the truth in Virtue Falls by Christina Dodd.

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