After one night of passion, Venetia Milton is stunned to read of Gabriel Jones’ death. However, the sizable fee she earned by photographing the artifacts belonging to the Arcane Society is enough for her to embark on a career as a society photographer. Taking on the persona of a widow, ‘Mrs Jones’ is doing quite well. Then Gabriel Jones miraculously returns from the dead, ready to take up his life as her husband.
Of course, this barely scratches the surface of an intricate plot involving artifacts, secret society, and several attempts on Venetia’s life.
Quick never makes a misstep threading her way through the intricacies of plot, all the while weaving a skein of thread around the growing love between Venetia and Gabriel.
I think people who are looking for another Sookie Stackhouse-type book will be disappointed. People who are willing to let it go and enjoy Midnight for what it is, will enjoy the series. Me, I’m in the second group.
Harris has a gift for writing quirky, enjoyable characters. Each one of the residents of Midnight, Texas, a one-stop small town, has something just a little off about him/her. I really liked Manfred, the computer psychic, and Fiji, the sort-of witch. All the rest of the characters have their own secrets, and we learn about them, bit by bit. There is enough to explore about the history and present of all the characters to fill a series. I’m reading the second book now, and it fulfills the promise of the first.
I love me a good time-slip novel, and Susanna Kearsley writes some of the best. This one involves an archeological dig of a site that may have belonged to the lost IX legion. Since no one has any idea where the IX Legion served, southern Scotland is as likely as anywhere. This particular site is a private dig, paid for by a wealthy man. His grandson sees and hears things that may be Latin, and an individual he calls the Sentinel.
This is the framework for this romance between a female archeologist and a local man, and seeing how they work it all out is part of the fun of a Kearsley novel.
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
I never seem to catch the first story in a series by Hoffman, but her writing is so engaging it doesn’t seem to matter. Who cares about what these people are, why they are where they are, and what their relationships are. It’s what happens next that is important.
Nick Verrou has to help his father run a small convenience store and a handful of tourist cabins near a lake. He enjoys watching the people in the cabins, not in a creepy way, but a curious boy way. His attention is caught by the people in the Lacey cabin. There’s something strange about them.
While Nick and we find out about just how strange they are, we discover Nick’s own strangeness. We see him develop from a boy to a man, and are intrigued enough to boy the previous book just to find out more about those Lacey people and what they are up to in that cabin.