Saturday, January 11, 2014

Guest Post by Ananda: Review of The Parisian Christmas Bake Off by Jenny Oliver

*Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

OH FOOD! GLORIOUS FOOD! This book is yummy indeed! I know Christmas is long gone, but I'm one of those that can read Christmassy books all year round.

It's a typical feel-good read and quite a short one, so I'm sure you'll devour it in one sitting. The story is fun too, it's centered around Rachel and her trip to Paris for a cooking competition. It was not her idea to go to Paris, since recently she lost her mother and going away from home is the last thing on her mind. But her friends make her do it, thinking she is a great baker and can show the world her great cooking skills. After hesitating and finding out her boyfriend to whom she was devoted for two years is not actually planning on marrying her, she decides to go to Paris after all. It can't be that bad, right? She's to meet one of the best Chefs and work with lots of new and interesting people, enough to take her mind of grieving and her boyfriend.

And so she takes off on quite an interesting journey where's she's to meet all kinds of people, bake beautiful and delicious food and meet the Devil himself - Chef Henri Salernes.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Review: The Lost Girls Of Rome by Donato Carrisi

One phone call for the ambulance. A man is having heart attack. The team that answers the phone call finds the man in very last moment. There is a tattoo on his chest: "Kill me". The doctor lost her twin sister couple of years earlier, when someone kidnapped her. She was left with her throat cut, with one of her roller skates, red with gold buckles. In the room of that old man, in one corner, there is a a red roller skate with gold buckles, the other half of the pair. The doctor has to choose, to save a life or take a revenge.

Sandra Vega is forensic analyst, a young woman who recently lost her husband. She still grieves, his cologne is still in the bathroom, his cigarettes with the smell of anise are still in the apartment. She refuses to let him go. Until one day she receives a strange phone call from someone who knew her husband. She always thought that her husband's death was accident, but that phone call changed everything, her husband might been murdered.

In the meantime, young women are dissapearing in Rome. Young, beautiful, with families that are looking for them. They are found a month later, throat cut, not violated. Who and why is kidnapping them? And why killing them a month later?

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Review: The Morgenstern Murders by C.M. Albrecht

*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Dr. Ezra Morgenstern runs an abortion clinic and constantly faces angry religious fanatics. But one day, standing by the window at his home located at the edge of the cliff above the Pacific, he notices someone climbing up the cliff. Dr. Morgenstern calls the police. The police officer that answers the call faces the most incredible sight: two dead bodies, three with the dog. The doctor and his wife and their dog are murdered.

Couple of years earlier, Jonas McCleary moved to Sand Bluff to work as a sheriff. But the crime level was very low so he didn't have any job to do. So, now he works as a private investigator. Alex Kershaw, the first officer on the murder scene, calls McCleary to help him solve the case.

How has motive to kill the doctor and his wife? Is it some religious fanatic who thinks that abortion is sin? Or maybe his daughter who now inherits the clinic and the money? Or maybe his daughter's husband who has debts?

Well, PI Jonas McCleary has to solve this case.