I’ve read many of Simon R. Green’s books before, but somehow never got hold of his “Nightside” series.
I’m glad to have rectified that omission now, as this was an excellent read - something along the lines of Harry Dresden meets Neverwhere. Will be hunting down the rest of the series as soon as I can.
116. Fortune’s Fool by Mercedes Lackey. 226 pages.
3rd in the 500 Kingdoms series. I think of these as “self-aware fairy tales” - the protagonists are aware of the rules that govern their stories and try to use them to their own advantage.
This one focuses on the Russian folk tale tradition and has a seventh son, a “fortunate fool” as one of its central characters.
117. Death by a Honey Bee by Abigail Keam. 173 pages.
When a dead man is found face-first in one of her beehives, beekeeper Josiah Reynolds falls under suspicion and has to prove her innocence.
Interesting story, which could have been a a fair bit better written. My main problem with it, apart from the patchy structure of the plot, is the failure to use contractions in the dialogue - much of it sounds horribly stiff and stilted as a result of that.
118. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs. 233 pages.
Third in the Mercy Thompson series. Mercy’s fae friend Zee is arrested for a murder he didn’t commit and Mercy is determined to prove his innocence. But the rest of the fae aren’t so keen for her to get involved…
Good plot, interesting setting. Looking forward to reading more books in this series.
119. Gently in the Sun by Alan Hunter. 239 pages.
I’d enjoyed this series up to now, but this one seemed vaguely unsatisfactory, for reasons I’m not entirely clear about. Possibly because this time Gently didn’t work the solution out for himself, but had to be led to it.
120. The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern by Lilian Jackson Braun. 148 pages.
Second book about reporter Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese cat Koko. Jim is assigned to produce a weekly colour supplement about interior decorating, which sounds entirely fluffy and harmless. But before long theft and murder raise their ugly heads, and only Jim and Koko can sort it all out….
Fun, light mystery series.
121. Wheel of the Infinite by Martha Wells. 264 pages.
Synopsis from Goodreads :-
“Every year, the Wheel of the Infinite must be painstakingly remade to ensure peace and harmony. And every hundred years, the Wheel and the world become one. But now a black storm ravages the beautiful mandala, and a woman with a shadowy past -- an exile, murderer, and traitor -- has been summoned back to put the world right. For if Maskelle and the swordsman Rian cannot stop the Wheel's accelerating disintegration -- then all that is what and will be...will end.”
Wells is brilliant at devising believable fantasy worlds and this book is no exception. Her plots are nicely non-predictable too.
122. Never Buried by Edie Claire.191 pages.
Leigh is staying with her pregnant cousin Cara while Cara’s husband is away in Japan. But someone wants the two of them out of the old house Cara has restored and seems prepared to go to unpleasant lengths to achieve this end.
Decent, solid mystery. I may well look for more in this series.