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Consumed by J.R. Ward, Gallery Books, US $26.99, Pp 416, October 2018, ISBN 978-1501194900
The Cats Came Back by Sofie Kelly, Berkley, US $24.00, Pp 204, September 2018, ISBN 978-0399584596
An Easy Death (Gunnie Rose) by Charlaine Harris, Saga Press, US $26.99, Pp 320, October 2018, 978-1481494922

Ann Ashburn is strong-willed and fearless. She loves her job of fighting fire in a way that distinguishes her among her coworkers. As the daughter and sister of New Brunswick firefighters, she wants to be the best. She always wanted to prove that she is not only as good as others but actually better than others. A risky decision at a warehouse on fire changes everything for her. She is injured and her arm needs to be amputated to save her life, but more importantly, she is shattered and demoralized. She not only has to look for a different job but also reinvent herself. Anne’s new job is as an arson investigator but she thinks it a pale substitute for the adventure-filled job of a firefighter. She does not feel passionate and enthusiastic about the new job. She is surprised when she learns that there is a series of suspicious fires taking place in the city she loves. She suddenly thinks that she has found a purpose to work. She learns that working as an arson investigator can be as dangerous and exciting as working as a firefighter. She decides to team up with Danny McGuire, who is also injured in the same fire. Danny is considered to be the best in the county but he is going through some personal crises. Recently, he has started taking risks like never before as if he has a death wish. As he teams up with Anne Ashburn, he also feels as if he has found a reason to love. But as Anne zeroes in on the arsonist, Danny proves to be a little distraction. Danny suffers from PTSD but remains undiagnosed. The arsonist gets alerted and starts targeting Anne. Danny, who pines for Anne, renovates an old house and puts his life on the line. Anne is consumed by her troubled past, her family legacy, by her scorched career as a firefighter and with Danny McGuire. Consumed is a story of a woman’s struggle for her rightful place. You will not be able to put down this entertaining novel easily.

About the author

J. R. Ward is the author of more than thirty novels, including those in her #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series. There are more than fifteen million copies of her novels in print worldwide, and they have been published in twenty-six different countries around the world. She lives in the South with her family.

*****

Set in Mayville Heights, Minnesota, The Cats Came Back is the story of two cats — Owen and Hercules — with magical powers who help their owner, Kathleen Paulson, solve any mystery or crime. Kathleen Paulson is a librarian who may get lost in the mysterious details of a murder but her special cats will bring her on track. The charming Minnesota town of Mayville Heights is bustling with musicians who are in the town to play a musical show and visitors who have come to watch the musical. As Kathleen had grown up with a mother in the world of theatre, she is excitedly waiting for the event. Because of Kathleen’s background, she has a special interest in — and connection with — the musical group. She knows cabaret singer Emme Finley and her look-alike, assistant, and close friend, Miranda Moore. Her excitement is dampened when she stumbles across the dead body of a close friend who also happened to be a look-alike of cabaret singer set to perform at the festival — while she is out with her friend Ruby. Could such a person have enemies? Or was this just a case of mistaken identity? Accusations fly around and whisperings continue. Kathleen, Hercules, and Owen come into action and are determined to solve the murder. But Kathleen has to do it with the help of her boyfriend — Marcus Gordon — who is also a detective. Like Kathleen, Marcus is also convinced that it is a murder — not a natural death. But the question is who would have killed somebody who is visiting the town for a few days. The victim was a friendly person and did not have any apparent enemies. As Kathleen and Marcus Gordon dig deeper, they realize that the killer probably targeted Emme but gotten her look-alike instead. They now also have to take measures to keep Emme out of any danger in the future. But, first, they have to identify Miranda’s murderer. That is where Owen and Hercules come forward and play their roles. The Cats Came Back is a very engaging, thrilling, and entertaining story. Sofie Kellyn knows the art of keeping her readers enthralled until they finish the novel.

About the author

Sofie Kelly is a New York Times bestselling author and mixed-media artist who lives on the East Coast with her husband and daughter. She writes the New York Times bestselling Magical Cats mysteries and, as Sofie Ryan, writes the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat mysteries.

*****

An Easy Death is set in an imagined, fractured America in the future. It is a lawless alternate America — known as Texoma and reduced to the southwestern parts of what is the United State today. America — or as it is known, Texoma — is merely a shadow of its former self. America is shattered and divided into several counties in the wake of the assassination of Franklin Roosevelt just before he could take the oath and the Great Depression. Mexico has reclaimed most parts of Texas while Canada has occupied a large part of the northern states. The Holy Russian Empire has laid its claim on California and occupied it while American Indians have also reclaimed many of their former lands. People in Texoma acknowledge magic but distrust it. When Paulina Coopersmith and Ilya “Eli” Savarov — two Grigoris known as the Russian Wizards — offer the nineteen-year-old Lizbeth Rose a job to be their guide and track down a descendant of Rasputin, she tells them he is dead. But she does not tell them she had killed them. Lizbeth Rose is a pragmatic young woman who does not let her gender and age define her. When the Wizards refuse to believe her, she accepts the offer. Oleg Karkarov, the descendant of Rasputin, is a low-level magic practitioner who is hiding in a small town somewhere along the US-Mexican border. The Wizards believe that Oleg Karkarov’s blood can save the younger tzar’s life. Lizbeth Rose is a young gunslinger for hire. She leads a thrilling life but life is not easy for her as death is around every corner. Constantly running across the Mexican border has simply battered her. Gunnie Rose has a fearsome reputation and the Wizards need her services desperately. The reason is that she never failed her clients. As soon as the trio – Gunnie Rose and the two Wizards – set on their search, their enemies are alerted. There appears to be an unknown powerful force which does not want them to succeed. Harris is well-known for her immersive new world with amazing characters and chilling horror scenes. Packed with imagination and suspense, An Easy Death is a juicy delight of a novel. If you like intriguing story plots, An Easy Death is what you should be looking for.

About the author

Charlaine Harris has written four series and two stand-alone novels in addition to numerous short stories and a novella or two. Her Sookie Stackhouse books have appeared in twenty-five languages and on many best-seller lists. They’re also the basis of the HBO series True Blood. Charlaine Harris is New York Times’ #1 bestseller. She was born in Mississippi and lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, daughter, and three dogs. Their sons are out of the nest.

Disclaime: Most of the biographical notes in our reviews are provided by the publishers.

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