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Gemini Rising (Mischievous Malamute, #1)Gemini Rising by Harley Christensen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Gemini Rising is an unusual amateur sleuth mystery. It borders on SF as well, not the space ship sort but rather the real science type. Without giving away much, it hinges of the science of cloning but the SF part of it is that it uses the idea the science was perfected enough to do human cloning thirty years ago. The author obviously had done some research into cloning but ignored the whole issue of the things we have cloned never being right (Dolly the sheep for instant had early aging issues at a very young age). We still aren’t where we could create a normal human, ethical issues aside.

Arianna Jackson - AJ to her friends, a photographer, finds herself caught up in a murder when a body is dumped outside her apartment in the trash. The murdered woman completely upsets AJ’s life. Nothing she knew about her family, including the accident that killed them was true. The cop on the case is removed so the FBI can investigate (we never know why because there is no reason in the text that would necessitate that. They need strict reasons for taking over a murder investigation.). He directs her to a team of brothers, private investigators who were working with the murder victim to find her family.

Together they delve into AJ’s life along with the murder victim because they are tied together. The characters aren’t bad though AJ keeps saying she’s more short tempered that she’s ever shown being. At her most annoying she’s frustrated that the brothers yelled at her for doing something stupid (and it was justified). Her best friend joins them as a journalist with a lot of contacts. So along with them and her malamute, Nicoh, AJ tackles all the things flying at her. Honestly some of these should be so emotionally hard hitting she should have issues bearing up to it but she doesn’t and that sort of bugs me. There’s not enough emotional depth to this book.

The science is shaky. The ending was rather bad. Overall it wasn’t bad though.

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Victims (Alex Delaware, #27)Victims by Jonathan Kellerman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It’s been along time since I’ve read an Alex Delaware novel and now, I’m reminded why. Okay that’s snarkier than I mean it to be, but it got to the point there is only so many times I can watch Alex do something dumb to justify the Hollywood action movie ending and there is some of that here but not as well.

Alex is called in by his best friend Milo once a body turns up with her guts wrapped around her neck like a boa. It’s obviously a weird and ugly death and the victim is an all-around unpleasant woman. But soon another murder happens in the same way, but this victim is a very nice and giving man. How are these victims connected?

That’s what Alex and Milo need to find out and it’s hampered by someone in charge who doesn’t like Milo. I am so very tired of the boss who hates his/her detectives. It’s a worn-out trope that creates drama for the sake of creating drama. It adds nothing to the actual plot.

I still like Alex and Milo but the problem here is Milo could have been a cardboard cutout in this. If I didn’t already know and like he, I wouldn’t have liked him. He felt like a character being moved around the board rather than a living breathing person. It felt like Kellerman wasn’t even trying. Speaking of which, Alex isn’t even seeing any other patients in this. Does he even do that anymore? This is all his work. He’d have solved it without Milo being there. All Milo really does is be the one to give us the stupid Hollywood ending.

The negatives aside, it’s still a well plotted mystery and it was interesting but at the end of the day you can tell this series is getting very long in the tooth. (This is book 27 in the series so definitely it might be time to wrap it up)

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