Clementine Lane by Eoghan Brunkard #BookReview #RBRT @BrunkardEoghan

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Cover: Clementine Lane by Eoghan Brunkard

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

No man is an island…. but in Dublin an inner-city lane can be just that. Welcome to Clementine Lane, where everyone knows everyone’s business and respectfully keeps it to themselves and everyone else.

A drugs rehabilitation centre is set for development on the lane, prompting the locals and their snobbish neighbours from the next road over, to unite in protest. This fragile alliance is forced to take on the combined weight of the Political and Media realms, when an addict dies in suspicious circumstances.

Elsewhere, a dark past that has haunted the lane for a century intertwines the fates of a teenager and a homeless alcoholic. Is it supernatural? Or is reality that bit more frightening?

Finally, a man from a well-heeled part of the city blows into the lane, full of confidence and short on affection for his neighbours. When confronted with an impending loss, his friends fade into the digital world, leaving him to face this problem alone; but then, no man is an island….

Clementine Lane is a humorous and poignant panorama of contemporary Dublin.

Genre(s): > Contemporary Urban Fiction
> Fiction Urban Life
> General Humorous Fiction
Series: n.a.
Length: 310 pages
Release date: 2021-04-04

Teaser


“Should I call someone for you? Like you’d have to give me your phone, but I’ll make the call. I think I should make the call, I’m the adult, yeah I should, it’ll look bad otherwise. I lose my phone on a periodic basis, always seems to be ringing when I’m not there. Do you want me to ring someone?”

Sienna did not address the question but instead simply stared, still not sure what to make of the dishevelled heap that was now interrogating her.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to the residents of Clementine Lane. A planned drugs rehabilitation centre unites them and the snobbish residents of a neighbouring road.

With “Clementine Lane”, Eoghan Brunkard has created an intriguing story about the lives of those affected by the planned drugs rehabilitation centre in the heart of Dublin. Most characters are complex, all are realistic with all virtues and flaws. The story comprises a variety of craftily elaborated characters with sufficient depth and interesting interactions until the last page. Eoghan Brunkard introduces each character and place with care, the reader gets to know them pretty well. I had a great time reading “Clementine Lane” – it is an intriguing read that led me right back to the town I truly miss. I was immediately drawn into the story, soon keeping my fingers crossed for two very special characters. For me, “Clementine Lane” is memorable contemporary fiction with a high degree of authenticity. It is a story to read again.

This is for you if you like contemporary fiction with well-elaborated characters, a touch of history and politics, food for thought, and if you are interested in seeing more than visitors normally see on a city trip.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (three stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Mood Suspenseful, hopeful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough; some mild swearwords)
Violence :mrgreen: – 😳  (a little violence, not too detailed)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (decent enough)

About the author

Dublin native Eoghan Brunkard has worked on various inner city community development projects for the past 11 years. Qualified in social policy and research, Eoghan started his career providing enterprise and training advice to people in long term unemployment. From there he has supervised a labour activation scheme and several community led youth services. As a qualified social researcher, he has also worked on several policy papers and research projects for civil right advocacy bodies.

 

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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about “Clementine Lane”? Or – if you did not yet read “Clementine Lane” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Jane in St. Pete (Jane in St. Pete Mystery, #1) by Cynthia Harrison #BookReview #RBRT @cynthiaharriso1

Cover: Jane in St. Pete
(Jane in St. Pete, #1)
by Cynthia Harrison

The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review (a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)

Plot
(by Amazon)

Widowed art lecturer Jane Chasen is not an impulsive woman. Why, then, does the formerly methodical workaholic quit her job, sell her house, and move from Detroit to Florida? Instead of pondering her atypical behavior, she takes a closer look at a neighbor’s intriguing outdoor art installation. Days later, Detective Jesse Singer discovers the murdered artist in his studio. With Jane’s help, Singer finds the victim’s bloody shirt, inexplicably located within Jane’s gated community. Singer knows nothing about art, and as he closely questions Jane, she offers to help with the art angle of the case. Singer soon takes Jane up on her offer. Then, Jane begins to receive anonymous threats. Singer, determined to protect Jane, keeps her closer to his side than ever—she’s not complaining.

Genre(s): > Mystery Romance
> Women Sleuths (Kindle Store)
> Amateur Sleuths
Series: A Jane in St. Pete Mystery Book, #1
Length: 153 pages
Release date: 2020-11-02

Teaser


Jane didn’t press him, further. At one time in her life, she might have done so. Not now. Not here. The Florida air changed a person. It had changed Jane. There were days she didn’t recognize herself. Today was one of them.

“I thought we’d start with the house; just walk with me and see what you notice. I’ll record your observations for the record.” He handed Jane gloves and shoe covers.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Jane Chasen, art lecturer, recently widowed. Still trying to get her social footing in the Winding Bayou community, Jane and her friend Kim stop by an artist’s house; an artist who later turns up dead. Jane teams up with police detective Jesse Singer who needs her expertise.

With “Jane in St. Pete”, Cynthia Harrison has created an entertaining mystery with a hint of romance. Jane Chasen is complex; it took me a while to warm up to her as her life choices differed vastly from what I would have done. As I learned more about her, I understood and started to like her. The story comprises a variety of craftily elaborated characters with sufficient depth and interesting interactions until the last page. After warming up to Jane, I had a great time reading “Jane in St. Pete” – it is an intriguing and enjoyable read. I was soon drawn into the story, eager to solve the case. For me, it is more mystery than romance which is good for me; the romantic part enhances the story nicely, though. A story to read again.

This is for you if you like mysteries with well-elaborated twists, interesting and complex characters, a touch of romance, and if you think something like “I would not mind reading more of this”.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (three stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast, steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough; some mild swearwords)
Violence :mrgreen:  (a little violence)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (decent enough)

About the author

Reader, writer, and former professional book critic for RT Book Reviews and Publishers Weekly. This is why I only give 3, 4 or 5 star reviews. I do not finish reading books that fall below that level. Life is too short to read bad books!

 

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I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Ghost (The Justice Chronicles, #1) by Michael Jack Webb #RBRT #BookReview @mjwebbbooks

Cover: Ghost
(The Justice Chronicles, #1)
by Michael Jack Webb

The author sent me an ARC (epub format) in exchange for an honest review (a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4  stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Best-selling, award-winning author and master storyteller Michael Jack Webb weaves a Supernatural Serial Killer tale like none you’ve ever read.

Enter a world where nothing is what it appears to be, and every clue leads an extraordinary young woman deep into the heart of darkness and beyond.
Kate Justice, FBI’s youngest Profiler, is assigned to find a serial killer with supernatural abilities.
The killer is elusive, cunning, and seemingly invincible.

Kate races against time to discover who or what is behind the gruesome murders and prevent another brutal killing.
She soon fears she’s in over her head as stunning revelations about her mysterious ancestry surface.
Hunter becomes the prey as the Ghost in the Darkness killer plays a vicious cat and mouse game, drawing Kate into a deadly confrontation.
Uncovering the truth will challenge her beliefs about the world around her and her understanding of what is real, what is a myth, and what is something in between.

Book 1 of The Justice Chronicles will leave you breathless, wanting more…

Genre(s): > Christian Fantasy (Kindle Store)
> Religious Biblical Fiction
> Religious Science Fiction & Fantasy (Kindle Store)
Series: The Justice Chronicles, #1
Length: 376 pages
Release date: 2020-10-22

Teaser


“Okay, so what are we looking for?”

“A potential connection between Carrington, my parent’s disappearance, the ritual murder of a young half-Navajo child, and the elusive, some might say, ethereal Ghost in the Darkness killer.” A minute later, she asked, “Can I touch today?”

“Go ahead. This is still a crime scene. Forensics spent several hours in here and in the house. They have everything they need. Just try not to disturb anything too much.”


My Opinion

The story starts in a hospital; Kate Justice wondering about the latest victim of the Ghost in the Darkness killer – a victim that looks familiar and does not fit the usual prey.

With Ghost”, Michael Jack Webb has created an expertly woven plot, an intriguing story of investigators chasing an unusual serial killer. “Ghost” comprises authentic main characters with sufficient depth – they gain complexity throughout the story. I had a great time reading – this is a very compelling read; I was drawn into the story after the first chapter, close to Kate, FBI profiler and her detective partner Chris. The plot offers food for thought, still keeps me thinking. I truly liked Kate’s thoroughness and mindfulness, the in-depth knowledge both she and Chris apply. I was surprised by the amount of biblical reference throughout this first book in a series – given the circumstances, this is pretty suitable. I consider “Ghost” a fantabulous mixture of thriller, urban fantasy, and biblical fiction. Having read the final page, I felt exhausted; exhausted because I felt close to Kate.

Reading this book made me want to watch a movie mentioned throughout the book; in addition it made me read one of my favourite classics for the umpteenth time.

I could imagine this a perfect plot for the “Fantasy Film Festivals” (they are known for unusual stories).

The cover is great – perfect for this story.

This is for you if you like thought-provoking stories and psychological as well as biblical fiction.

A remarkable story that requires reading the next in the series as well.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence 😳 – 😡  (some is not for the faint of heart)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (the focus is clearly elsewhere)

About the author

Michael Jack Webb has loved reading books ever since he can remember. Now he’s writing them. He has always been and will continue to be an eclectic reader. He enjoys reading about such diverse topics as quantum physics, forbidden history, angels and demons, palaeontology and archaeology, science fiction, and fantasy.

One of his passions is history, and he incorporates both ancient and modern history into his thrillers.

Since he was twelve and took his first solo train ride, he’s loved to travel. Many of the locations in his novels are places he’s visited personally. Some of the rest are places he’d love to see. He went to Europe with two buddies right out of high school, then went back as an exchange student in Holland a couple of years later, which fueled his desire for seeing the world. He’s climbed mountains in the Rockies and the Alps, swam in both the Dead and the Red Seas, scuba-dived in the Florida Keys and the Cayman Islands, snorkeled the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and hiked extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Israel.

After graduating summa cum laude with a BA in History from the University of Florida, Michael went to law school and obtained his J.D. at the same university. Then he went into the business world, where he’s been ever since.

Michael and his wife live in North Carolina with their parrot, where they are planning their next adventures.

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I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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Book Blitz: Takakush (Genus Magica #1) by Raine Reiter @rainereiter @BookReviewTours

 

 

 

“A fantastic tale that weaves a spell of ancient mysticism and modern charm.” –Tim Marquitz, Author of the Demon Squad series, The Enemy of My Enemy series, and more.

When Professor Elena Lukas returns to her cozy Pacific Northwest hometown with a broken heart, she’s plunged back into the fate she tried to escape. Like her mother and grandmother before her, Elena must now dedicate her life to a powerful ancient Lithuanian goddess. Although she is prepared to live as a priestess hiding in a contemporary tourist town, she arrives to find that a series of so-called animal attacks have terrorized her forest.With the help of a handsome detective from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Elena uses her expertise in invasive and endangered species to identify that these are no normal animal attacks. The woods are stalked by a dark, mystical creature bent on ravaging the area in an attempt to quell its insatiable hunger. When her little sister goes missing, Elena realizes that the beast can only be vanquished if she is brave enough to face it in-person, embrace her identity as a high priestess, and expose her powers to the man she is growing feelings for.Raine Reiter weaves together an empowered, female-centered narrative with rich descriptions of nature and an ever-present sense of mystery. Her vivid, flowing prose takes readers of dark fantasy into a world that looks and feels real, while still evoking the enticing paranormal creativity shared by authors such as Richelle Mead and Kat Richardson.

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Novel celebrates the pagan history of Lithuania

 
Celtic and Norse mythology are common themes in fantasy fiction. The dark contemporary novel, Takakush explores a different mythology, the gods and goddess of ancient Lithuania. 

The Lukas family live ordinary lives in Olympia, Washington. They run a business, pay bills, and go to school. These powerful women also are avatars for four Lithuanian Goddesses. The woman channel the deity and are gifted with powers, but at a cost. The long history and fascinating customs of Lithuania inspired their story. 

The last pagan country in Europe 

In the late 14th century, Lithuania became the last country in Europe to adopt Christianity.  The nobility embraced this new religion and the power gained from association with Rome, but the peasantry clung to their beliefs and remained pagan through the 17th century.

Over time the invading foreign priests encased folk religion in a thin veneer of Roman Catholicism. Kaleda, the pagan solstice celebration became Christmas. They reduced the traditional solstice meal of thirteen dishes honoring the moons to twelve for the disciples. Easter soon supplanted Pavasario Lyge – the spring equinox. The locals gave up a sunrise bath in a freezing river for colored eggs. Slowly incursion reduced the old ways to ancient customs, superstitions, folktales, and songs yet paganism remained deep in the Baltic cultural memory.

Pagan revival and Russian suppression 

A national revival in the 19th century brought a fresh interest in Lithuanian paganism and the traditional stories, songs, and ancient pagan festivals. Romuva, a polytheistic faith honoring the sanctity of nature and worship of ancestors was resurrected.

The Soviet occupation of Lithuania in the 1940s put a stop to the nascent Lithuanian pagan movement. Romuva practitioners were executed or sent to Siberian forced labor camps. In prison these brave people continued to practice in secret.

Independence, Recognition, and Growth 

The fall of the Soviet Union and Lithuanian independence, allowed Romuva communities to practice their religion in the open. Today, neo-paganism is the fastest growing religion in Lithuania with congregations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the UK.

The novel, Takakush celebrates the Lithuanian people’s resistance and perseverance over centuries. 
Author Raine Reiter weaves together an empowered, female-centered narrative with rich descriptions of nature and an ever-present sense of mystery. Her vivid, flowing prose takes readers of dark fantasy into a world that looks and feels real, while still evoking the enticing paranormal creativity shared by authors such as Richelle Mead and Kat Richardson.
 
 
Raine Reiter weaves together an empowered, female-centered narrative with rich descriptions of nature and an ever-present sense of mystery. Her vivid, flowing prose takes readers of dark fantasy into a world that looks and feels real, while still evoking the enticing paranormal creativity shared by authors such as Richelle Mead and Kat Richardson.
 
A fifth generation Washingtonian, Raine lives in the gloomy Pacific Northwest and wanders the rainforest with her silly spaniel, Luke.
 
 
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What is our hero, Elena Lukas’ occupation?

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  • College Professor
 

The novel Takakush takes place in what region of the US?

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The Boy on the Bridge by Effrosyni Moschoudi #BookReview @FrostieMoss

Cover: The Boy on the Bridge
by Effrosyni Moschoudi

The author sent me an ARC of this book (Mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

A young man determined to protect his girl… A teenage boy offering prophecies… and a series of unexplained events.

Lefteris and his darling girl, Evgenia, live a quiet and happy life together in a mountain village in Zagori, Greece. One day, as Lefteris crosses an old stone bridge, he meets a teenage boy who warns him that Evgenia is in danger.

What follows is a series of astounding events as the boy’s prophecies of mortal danger continue, and Lefteris does his best to protect his girl. Now, he considers reverting to his old ways of solving all differences with his fists… Will he allow himself to resort to violence? Who is the mysterious boy on the bridge and why does he refuse to meet Evgenia?

Note: This is an extended version of the story of the same name published in “Facets of Love”. It has more scenes and a new ending!

Genre(s): > Greek & Roman Literature
> World Literature Short Stories
> Ghost Fiction
Series: n.a.
Length: 74 pages
Release date: 2020-12-14

 

Teaser


The work was tough, but I didn’t mind. I was used to heavy manual work. I was dismissed about five in the afternoon, and I took the road home, whistling a happy tune.

A special treat awaited me on the bridge – Alexandro’s wide grin. Like a permanent extension of his hand, he was holding his pipe, smoke rising from it like a tame grey snake that danced in the gentle breeze.

“Hey, Alexandros!” I said, rushing to him as I mirrored his expression.

I squeezed him by the shoulders and shook him excitedly, and he nodded knowingly, obviously guessing why I had greeted him like this.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Lefteris who meets a strange boy on a bridge.

With The Boy on the Bridge”, Effrosyni Moschoudi has created a highly enjoyable story of a man who is warm-hearted and a like-minded boy who also wants the best for Evgenia. It is a very captivating read, keeping you glued to Lefteris and Alexandros’ story. They are believable and of sufficient depth; this also applies to the other characters according to their respective roles. Effrosyni Moschoudi’s story develops at a steady pace, drawing you closer to Lefteris, Alexandros, Evgenia, and everything that happens. This heart-warming story is thought-provoking and has a great flow. I had a great time reading this memorable book, thoroughly enjoying it from beginning to end.

This is a book for you if you like excellent story-telling i.e. well-told and thoughtful stories with more than a little paranormal touch.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Thoughtful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence :mrgreen:  (a little fighting, harmless enough)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (some kissing)

 

About the author

Effrosyni Moschoudi was born and raised in Athens, Greece. As a child, she loved to sit alone in her garden scribbling rhymes about flowers, butterflies and ants. Today, she writes stories for the romantic at heart.

Her debut novel, The Necklace of Goddess Athena, has won a silver medal in the 2017 book awards of Readers’ Favorite. Her historical romance, The Ebb, is an ABNA Q-Finalist.
Effrosyni’s novels are Amazon bestsellers, having hit #1 several times.

She lives in a quaint seaside town near Athens with her husband Andy and a ridiculous amount of books and DVDs.

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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Boy on the Bridge”?  Or – if you did not yet read The Boy on the Bridge” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

 

 

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