free book giveaway : No More Heroes  by Roo I MacLeod

free book giveaway : No More Heroes by Roo I MacLeod

  1. Free Book Giveaway : No More Heroes

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HEROES Series is a fast paced, dystopian thriller. Scrapping on the streets suited Ben Jackman until his past returned to ask a favor. Run, hide or fight? If only the favor didn’t involve the girl. Ben’s world has gone mad. Riots and looting have brought soldiers onto the streets. Terrorism is the norm. And the man who married his childhood sweetheart, the man he once called a friend, wants him to babysit a long black sports bag.
When his ex-friend is found dead, battered and dumped in the vacant land adjoining Ben’s squat, the Law and the owners of the bag invade Ben’s world looking to ask questions.
He turns to his childhood sweetheart but that is his first mistake. Losing the bag is his second.
Ben must find the bag, find the killers of his old friend, and live happily ever after with the girl. Alas, two out of three is the best he can hope for.

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Book Review – The Rosegiver  by Sandy Hiss

Book Review – The Rosegiver by Sandy Hiss

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Book Review – The Rosegiver

by Sandy Hiss

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Reviewed by Charlotte Foster

Overall, An Enjoyable Quick Read

I received this e-book from BookGobbler
I thought this book was a pretty quick read. I think that this book has both negative and positive things as most books do.
The basis of this novel is about Rachel Harper, a seventeen year old girl, who is a RoseGiver, you’ll have to read the book to find out what that is. I thought it was a unique concept though. I also thought the pacing of the story was awesome. I just flew through the chapters. I also found the worldbuilding to be visually stimulating and loved that it was set in the 1800s. The descriptions of Thistle Grove and Rosethorne Inn were straight out of a dream.
I liked the minor characters too. They were likeable and the incidents that occurred throughout the story with regards to the supporting characters was quite unusual but, I think added to the story. The story does have a little romance, a love triangle, but it’s the slow burning type. The relationship grows from a friendship instead of a love at first site type of thing. Most of the plot was based on the mystery of the disappearing girls.
These were some of the things I liked, so in my opinion, the positive. Now for some of the things I didn’t like, the negative. The story has way too many things that the plot could revolve around, or elements. When I first started the book, I thought it was going to be about Rachel’s gift which would have been extremely interesting and unique. Instead, the book is a mixture of Rachel’s gift, demons and vampyres all encased in a beautiful Victorian world. This meant that sometimes, the plot was all over the place. I think the author would have a better story if she stuck one element and carried it till the end.
The main character, Rachel was an idiot. The girl has no sense of propriety for a woman in that era and if it was the intention of the author to make her different, it was an unsuccessful attempt. She is more of a damsel in distress that gets herself into stupid situations and looks for a man to rescue her at all times. She makes rash decisions too. Victorian girls were always chaperoned and not allowed to roam the woods alone like she did.. If she was meant to have a rebellious streak, maybe find a way more true to the period.
Overall, I truly did enjoy the story. I would recommend reading this book if you like YA historical fiction.


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Reviewed by Larry Darter

An exquisitely written enchanting tale well told

Written By Sandy Hiss—This fantasy novel takes place in the late 1800s, and seventeen-year-old Rachel Harper is sent by her mother to the mythical English village of Thistle Grove to assist her aunt who operates an inn by performing. While Rachael is still grieving the recent death of her father, she starts to look forward to the adventure of the trip and the visit with her aunt.

It isn’t until Rachael is on the train from London, bound for Thistle Grove that she learns that something sinister has been taking place in the village. Some young women have gone missing, and no one knows what has become of them.
Aboard the train, Rachael becomes acquainted with an older gentleman that she discovers is a writer also bound for Thistle Grove, and they strike up a friendship. Once Rachael arrives in Thistle Grove the reader learns that like her mother Catherine and her aunt Judith, Rachael is a Rosegiver.

A Rosegiver is a person with the special gift of being able to read another person and divine such things about the person as their state of emotional or physical health. Under the supervision of her aunt, Rachael begins to practice her gift by performing readings for members of the community. At the inn where she lives and works, Rachael makes the acquaintance of a young man employed by her aunt named Ronan who has information about the missing girls of the village…

The Rosegiver is an interesting and entertaining mixture of the paranormal, suspense, and romance with an agreeable Victorian flavor.

Hiss is a talented writer who uses fully developed, three-dimensional characters, an intriguing plot, and just the right pace to keep the reader engaged in her delightfully told tale. While YA fantasy isn’t a genre I read often, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to those who enjoy the genre.


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Reviewed by Julia Wilson

A Good Old Fashioned Tale

The Rosegiver by Sandy Hiss is a historical gothic fantasy. A new release, Sandy Hiss employs all the traditional elements of nineteenth century gothic fiction – a dark brooding atmosphere, figures that draw the reader in as we question – what is real? What is imagined? Who can be trusted?

The Rosegiver also has a fairytale feel to it, very reminiscent of Little Red Riding Hood, Alice In Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White all rolled into one.

The leading lady is well drawn, likable in her innocence whilst learning to perfect her gift. Loss permeates the novel. A loss that is deeply felt – “drowning in tears won’t bring him back.”

The Rosegiver was not my usual genre but I really enjoyed it. It was entertaining and had me hooked, trying to predict the outcome. A tale to be read with the lights on – and not before bedtime!

I received this book for free from The Book Gobbler. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

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free kindle book : Desert Jade by C. J. Shane

free kindle book : Desert Jade by C. J. Shane

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by C. J. Shane

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Tucson private investigator and Iraq War vet Letty Valdez joins forces with an unlikely ally, Chinese cop Zhou Liang Wei, in this suspenseful thriller set in the Sonoran Desert U.S.-Mexico borderlands.
Letty and Zhou work together to stop Hong Kong gangsters involved in smuggling and human trafficking and to rescue three abducted young women. Letty and Zhou are helped by Letty’s friends and family and a sweet little rescue pit bull named Millie.
Mystery, suspense, a touch a romance plus a life-saving dog makes for a great read!

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Happy New Year Mystery and Suspense Lovers!  Readers have told me that Desert Jade is a “I couldn’t stop reading” kind of book.  They also said they learned fascinating details about the Sonoran Desert, local cultures, Shadow Wolves, rescue dogs and the challenges and successes of returning U.S. military vets. I look forward to your review comments. Thanks!

 

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Free eBook and paperback Giveaway : Ice On The Bay by Dale & Kathleen Lehman

Free eBook and paperback Giveaway : Ice On The Bay by Dale & Kathleen Lehman

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Free eBook and paperback giveaway : Ice On The Bay

by Dale & Kathleen Lehman

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The forecast: Record cold. The crimes: Colder still.

Case #1: Hardworking veterinary technician Jayvon Fletcher was honest, friendly, and without an enemy in the world. But two Christmas Eves ago, while covering the night shift, he vanished, leaving behind only a broken window and smears of blood on the clinic’s back steps. Now Detective Lieutenant Rick Peller is asked to take another look at the case, although he doubts that he can shed light on the young man’s fate.

Case #2: Detective Sergeant Corina Montufar puzzles over a fire in an exclusive area. The details are familiar—two other houses burned the previous year in exactly the same way. But the arsonist was already in prison when this new crime occurred. Is this a copycat crime, or is the real culprit still at large?

Case #3: It’s only mid-January, and already Detective Sergeant Eric Dumas is staring at Howard County’s first murder victim of the year. Michio Tamai kept an address book overflowing with criminal cohorts. But even his friends were his victims. Not one of them is sorry he’s dead.

While temperatures plummet, cold cases collide with new crimes, and somewhere a killer with blood as icy as the waters of the bay watches and waits.

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“Ice on the Bay” is the third book in my Howard County Mystery series. This giveaway is for the ARC edition. Some editing is still in progress. The book is scheduled for release on February 26, 2018. The first two books in the series, “The Fibonacci Murders” and “True Death,” were previously available on Book Gobbler. Visit my author website to subscribe to my newsletter, or follow me on Facebook or Twitter. Thank you!

 

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Book Review – True Death by Dale E Lehman

Book Review – True Death by Dale E Lehman

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Book Review – True Death

by Dale E Lehman

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Reviewed by Julia Wilson

Three Musketeers

True Death by Dale E Lehman is a marvellous contemporary murder thriller. It is the second book in the Howard County Mystery series but could be read as a stand-alone. I would, however, recommend reading book one, The Fibonacci Murders, first as this story follows straight on from that, being set just a few weeks later.

The plotline was intricately constructed and grabbed my attention from the start. I immediately became engrossed in the action and remained glued to the end. The story alternated between present day and the past, which set the scene for the action to come.
In True Death the reader hears the back story of the main characters. They are more than just detectives, they are ‘real’ people who have loved and lost. The three detectives reminded me of the three musketeers, with the police chief as D’Artagnan. Their loyalty to each other and their fight for justice was admirable.

There was an unknown voice that drew the reader in. I was asking questions – who is this? What have they done?
A cold case collides with present day crimes in the novel. The reader is intrigued and wonders if there is any connection? Or just coincidence?
The story has the themes of regret and revenge. Both have the power to destroy from the inside out.
A theme with far greater power than regret and revenge, is that of forgiveness. Forgiveness frees us from the past, enabling us to step into the future. Without forgiveness, we can become trapped in a prison of bitterness.
Faith in God was a theme that bubbled away beneath the surface. Sometimes life events mean we wander away from God. When life makes no sense or little sense, we realise our need for God and find ourselves returning to Him. God is the God of restoration and new beginnings. We can lean on Him in any storm.
The criminal underworld features. Dale Lehman has constructed an intricate story that has the reader guessing and trying to join the dots from the start.
Dale Lehman is a new author to me and I cannot get enough of his books – fabulous, clean murder mysteries that have me hanging on his every word. I do hope there is a book three.
I received this book for free from The Book Gobbler. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.


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Reviewed by Rodney Strong

The 2nd Book in the Howard Country Mysteries Series…

True Death is the second in the Howard County Mysteries, after The Fibonacci Murders.  In this book the main characters are still dealing with the aftermath of the Fibonacci Murders, and their desire to move on is temporarily thwarted by a writer, who desperately wants them to talk about their experiences so he can write a book at it.  Rick Peller is the only one who escapes this scrutiny as he leaves for a long overdue vacation to visit his son.

Meanwhile the other detectives are caught up in a car theft ring, that may or may not hold the key to the death of Rick Peller’s wife in a car accident years ago.

The main concern I had with this book was character motivations and lack of follow through on set up. Detective Dumas has a subplot relating to his Uncle and running away from family that doesn’t pay off.  Peller is told while on holiday that his wife was deliberately targeted for death, and instead of jumping on a plane to go home and help out, he stays on holiday.
Then there are a lot of flashbacks showing how Rick and his wife Sandra met and their early life together, but halfway through the book these just peter out for no real reason.

All of these are just frustrating and serve to distract from the main story.  It means that for me this wasn’t as strong as the first book in the Howard County Mysteries.  3/5 stars.


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free thriller book : Cold Comfort by Larry Darter

free thriller book : Cold Comfort by Larry Darter

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Free Book : Cold Comfort

(The Malone Mystery Novels, Volume 3)

by Larry Darter

 

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A knock on the office door of Los Angeles PI Ben Malone can only mean one thing, a new case. This time the visitor is a local defense attorney at Los Angeles law firm Ross & Logan, Liz Harper, with an interesting story to tell. Harper’s client, bad-boy actor Zack Sinclair, has been charged with the murder of his estranged wife, Holly Sutherland, one of Hollywood’s most famous and popular actresses. Harper believes her client is innocent, at least of the murder, and hires Malone to prove it before the case goes to trial. Malone starts investigating. The case quickly gets darker when he uncovers some ugly secrets. Malone enters into a daring game of cat-and-mouse with some LA mobsters who want him to drop the case, a game he might not come out of alive.

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Book Review – Sacrificial Lam  by Gary Guinn

Book Review – Sacrificial Lam by Gary Guinn

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by Gary Guinn

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Reviewed by Stephen Bentley

A Good Read!

Thoroughly enjoyed Sacrificial Lam by Gary Guinn. He certainly knows how to write suspense. I know it’s a cliché but this really was a “page-turner.”
Reminded me of John Grisham and James Patterson.
 What, for me, makes it a slightly unusual thriller is the setting – academia. The plot is set almost entirely on campus. It is where the protagonist, Dr. Lam Corso, is employed as a professor. It becomes clear early in the book that someone is threatening him and his family because of his liberal beliefs. The question of who that someone is remains almost to the very end, when the identity of Corso’s antagonist is revealed.
The storyline captures the zeitgeist of modern America in depicting an essential conflict between those with far right leanings and the liberal thinkers. The author deals with all of that in a thoughtful, stylish way without resort to any kind of tub-thumping. He also skilfully deals with issues surrounding the Second Amendment but in such a way as to weave it into the story without overt politicization. 

Guinn’s writing style smoothly takes the reader along on interesting journey. At times, the author over indulges on the literary references sprinkled throughout the book which became a little irritating as it appears he is trying to “show off” somewhat. Apart from that, and one plot twist involving police procedure, nothing in this book grated upon me.

The characters are real and the pacing is just so. Once I made a start I simply had to finish it.
A good and even a great read!


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Reviewed by Rodney Strong

I Look Forward to Seeing What Else Gary Guinn produces.

Professor Lam Corso is a liberal teacher at a conservative university.  His views can often lead to conflict with students, teachers, and parents.  But when he gets a death threat he dismisses it as a prank from a colleague. As it turns out it is a big mistake, as things quickly escalate and he finds not only his life in danger, but the lives of his family.

About halfway through this book I found myself getting frustrated with Lam’s apathy towards the threats, and that’s when I realised that Gary had done his job right.  I was drawn into the world he had created, so job well done.

The book mostly flows really well and there are some very descriptive well written pieces.  The plot, although nothing terribly new, moves along at a nice pace and there is certainly no chance of getting bored by the story.

Sometimes the descriptive pieces came at the wrong time.  The author tends to have his characters conduct internal monologues right in the middle of a tense action piece, which is distracting and unnecessary.

I don’t want to go too much into the story as that will contain spoilers, but I wasn’t overly convinced by the antagonists reasons for targeting Lam in particular, and there were some confusing motivations from other characters as well. I live in a country where there aren’t a lot of guns, so it didn’t seem natural to me that a clearly anti-gun character would think of buying a gun as the first line of defence, but perhaps that’s simply a cultural difference.

All in all, an enjoyable read and I look forward to seeing what else the author produces.

4 stars out of 5

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Reviewed by Julia Wilson

Whom To Trust?

Sacrificial Lam by Gary Guinn is an edge of your seat contemporary thriller. It will have you hooked and guessing from the start as you become absorbed in the action.

The reader ‘feels’ the threat and danger that lurks around every corner. “A part of him was afraid of everyone.” We suspect most characters until the culprit is revealed.

There are themes of loyalty and family. Family is everything. A mother’s love and instinct to protect means she will do anything for her young… even if it means sacrificing her principles.

Family loyalty may become warped over the years. Impotence to act in the past may influence behaviour in the present.

The novel has religious intolerance and behaviour that will incite hatred. God is a God of love. To use His name to incite hatred is the complete opposite of all that God stands for. “Religious intolerance and extremism… It was the reason she stopped going to church.” Churches should be a place of safety not a place where people in positions of influence abuse the trust of others.

There is a vast difference between standing up for what you believe and abusing your position. We must be people of principle but we must not be people inciting hatred of others.

Sacrificial Lam was a nail biting thriller. It was a compulsive read that had me hooked, guessing and following red herrings at times. A read to be read with the lights on and the doors locked.

I received this book for free from The Book Gobbler. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

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Free book : The Master by Dora Ilieva

Free book : The Master by Dora Ilieva

Free Book : The Master

by Dora Ilieva

 

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Three years after her father’s tragic death, Kossara receives a mysterious phone call and a lucrative job offer. Eager to relaunch her academic career, she silences the voice of caution and accepts the proposal which requires that she return to her native Bulgaria. There she discovers that what seemed like an innocent research opportunity is a race against death. Aided by her friends, she struggles to locate a valuable document only to realize that it must remain hidden forever.

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Book Review – The Eagle and the Child by S. Khubiar

Book Review – The Eagle and the Child by S. Khubiar

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Book Review – The Eagle and the Child

by S. Khubiar

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Reviewed by Julia Wilson

My Father’s Gift

The Eagle And The Child by S.Khubiar is a contemporary political thriller that marries political espionage with an ordinary life. It is an epic read that will have you chewing your finger nails and your emotions ebbing and flowing.

The novel is about identity. Who are we? The leading lady is a complex mix of incredibly strong and unbelievably vulnerable. Her strength of body lies with her strength of mind. Her vulnerability is what endears her to the reader.

There are many instances of racism and prejudice within the novel. People receive racial slurs merely because of their looks. We need to be “seeing others as human beings, not objects.”

The mob reaction is frightening. People get whipped up into a frenzy of hate by others, and carried along with the mob. The novel shows “it’s never okay to target someone for being Jewish or Asian or Black or Arab.” There is just one race – the human race.

Judaism is a focus within the novel. The reader is educated in the Jewish way of life and the role of women.

Anti Semitism raises its head within the novel. “Anti-semitism is a human disease with no known cure.” It happens because of ignorance and intolerance by others. We must see beyond looks and appearance. We must see people.

Political espionage takes up a huge chunk of the story. The reader ‘experiences’ the Arab/Israeli conflict, homeland security, brutal assassinations and torture. It does not make for comfortable reading.

In contrast we see that even assassins have a peaceful homemaker side. They are a complex mix of character.

God is a God of restoration and miracles. His miraculous powers bring a lump to the reader’s throat.

Prayer is important. There are prayers in both English and Hebrew throughout. Sometimes all we can do is “pray… it’s the only thing we have left.”

The Eagle And The Child was a huge read, full of small details enabling the reader to get to know the main character intimately. It is both exciting and horrifying. It took me a while to get into the novel but I was glad I stuck with it as the end was definitely heart and pulse racing action.

An epic read.

I received this book for free from The Book Gobbler. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

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Book Review by Joni Dee

S Khubiar writes an action-full alternative ‘spooks’ universe

I was excited to discover a spy thriller which is not really a spy thriller in the ‘traditional’ sense, and went straight to the task of reading the 346 pages long “Eagle and the Child: The Child”, S. Khubiar’s debut thriller, which opens the Eagle and the Child trilogy.

Shahla Markow, is an American/Israeli of Persian (Iranian) ethnicity, who works for the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a self-defence instructor. After suffering a shoulder injury from a prisoner attack (which she eliminated) she meets up with Dr. Philip Sherrod, who treats her, becomes her confidant and eventually her partner. However, Shahla is not just a government employee, she is also an ex Israeli Mossad agent with many skeletons in the closet, which will soon come back knocking.
In the heart of the story, the cultural difference between Orthodox-Jew oriented Shahla and atheist womaniser Philip. The relationship has its ups and downs, while slowly Philip, and us, discover new details of Shahla’s past. It seems that the more we learn, the more the skeletons of her past come back to life, until they catch up with Shahla in an explosive ending.

I started off loving “the Eagle and the Child: the Child”, then as I kept reading some intense-sexual scenes, we fell out. At the peak of the story we made up and I loved it again, only to dislike the last chapters and somewhat-cliffhanger ending. If nothing else I had an intense love-hate relationship with the plot-line, and it brought out a lot of emotions from me.

Having said the above I absolutely loved S. Khubiar’s writing. She paints the story with vivid and rich language which undeniably contributes the the story. Being from Israeli background I found the Hebrew words amusing to encounter, although I am not sure they will appeal to Anglo-American readers.

The one thing that I liked less about this novel is its length. While the ‘blurb’ describes the family Passover dinner as the climax of the story, it is only one of three or four pivotal points in the plot (occurring less than two thirds into the story which can hardly count as the climax in my opinion). Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to get a glimpse of three years of Shahla’s life, but it’s emotionally exhausting. The woman goes through too many random (and not so random) ordeals, which made me wonder why the author needed some of them as the novel was strong enough as it is. It’s a bit like John McClain says in ‘Die Hard 2’ “How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice?” and three times and more, in Shahla’s case (and that’s on top of her past coming back to haunt her).

S. Khubiar is a retired federal law enforcement officer. She obviously uses her Persian-Israeli background as an autobiographical source for Shahla’s character. She intrigues me, and I want to see what will come of Shahla, Philip and Shai. I especially like how S. Khubiar’s apparent religious observance and Persian cultural background contributed to the story. These were sides which I enjoyed discovering along with Philip.

This is a strong new voice, and while I don’t think “the Eagle and the Child” would be every thriller lover’s cuppa, it will definitely make you think and learn new things.

 
Book Review – The Fibonacci Murders by Dale E Lehman

Book Review – The Fibonacci Murders by Dale E Lehman

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Book Review – The Fibonacci Murders 

by Dale E Lehman

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Reviewed by Julia Wilson

The Thinking Man’s Murder Mystery

The Fibonacci Murders by Dale E Lehman is a mind blowing contemporary murder mystery. Murders connected to the Fibonacci sequence really test the reader’s power to figure out what is going on and who will be next?

Not a mathematician but I found the whole book fascinating in its complexity. It drew me in from the start and had me questioning – whose was the mathematician’s voice?

The whole book hung together marvellously with a fabulous plotline and realistic characters. In my head I ‘watched’ the police drama unfold. I could easily imagine a bustling police department, the press conferences and the general panic amongst the public. The novel would make a great film.

As the book unfolded, so too did the identity of the perpetrator. With heart racing, I sped on to the conclusion of the novel.

A fabulous read for anyone who likes both a puzzle and murders to solve. The action came thick and fast, with no time for the reader to become bored. With well drawn and likable characters, The Fibonacci Murdersis the perfect read.

I received this book for free on BookGobbler.com. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

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Reviewed by Rodney Strong

Solid first book, with a few issues that stopped it from being a great story

A killer is on the loose in Howard County.  Working the Fibonacci sequence he taunts the police with cryptic clues to his next crime.  The Fibonacci sequence of numbers works on the next number being the combination of the previous two, i.e. 1, 2, 3, 5, 8,

Meanwhile a serial mugger is clubbing people with a golf club and stealing their valuables.

Lieutenant Puller and his two lead detectives are forced to split their time between the crimes, and as both perpetrators seem to be escalating, they are forced to turn to mathematician Professor Kaneko for help.  Together they must stop the killer before things escalate to unimaginable levels.

Dale Lehman has constructed a solid thriller with occasional flashes of clear crisp descriptive passages.  The story generally works, but for me there were a few issues that stopped it from being a great story.

The subplot of the mugger doesn’t really add anything to the story, and doesn’t really come to a satisfactory conclusion (I don’t want to go into too much detail as it would contain spoilers).

The character of Professor Kaneko is well drawn, but again seemed unnecessary.  Apart from the initial consultation, which required his expertise, the work he does to identify the killer is standard grunt work that could have, and should have, been done by the police.  It didn’t require any specialist mathematical knowledge.

Also I found the intro sections for each chapter too long, and unnecessary.  They didn’t add anything, and the intro to the first chapter indicates a large part for the character than actually occurred.

I liked the three main police officers, they were well defined in both their working and personal lives.  Perhaps due to the shortness of the book though I felt like the character of Leo could have been provided with greater depth.  And the final revelation on why he was doing it was a complete let down.

I’m not American and so don’t know the ins and outs of law enforcement over there, but it seemed really strange to me that the FBI wasn’t involved in a serial killer case.  Especially one that had achieved national and international attention (CNN and BBC at a press conference).  The police department in Howard County seemed content to try and solve it themselves without calling for assistance, which seems odd.

All in all as I said it was a solid first book, but I felt if the author had taken his time and made it slightly longer, we would have had a much richer tale.



 


Reviewed by Joni Dee

Good Plot… Could have been smashing!

Let me start by saying that I liked Dale E Lehman’s The Fibonacci Murders. For a debut novel I thought he had done a good job, I liked both the idea and the characters, and even though I had solved the case before the police detectives, I thought it was thrilling.

Lieutenant Peller, along with his sergeants Dumas and Montufar, are chasing a serial killer who’s basing his killing spree according to some twisted interpretation of the Fibonacci number sequence (a series where the number is always the sum of the last two). The killer keeps the team on their toes by sending them letters with clues and calling in person, and he keeps changing the meaning of the subsequent number in ways that are too complicated for the team to figure out. They use a Professor of mathematics, Tomio Kaneko, to try and get into the killer’s head. Meanwhile there’s a raging mad golfer who’s on the loose, mugging people around Howard county. Things get complicated as more people die – yet the team has not a single lead…

The plot of the book is solid, and while I found the writing somewhat too mechanic and precise (maybe thanks to the author’s algorithms and software background), it didn’t disturb me – the book was flowing and gripping at the same time.

My issues with “the Fibonacci Murders” lay within a few aspects of the book, and while I don’t judge harshly a debut novel, I thought that if given attention to these back on the drawing board, it could have been s smashing thriller, which would have given a fight to anything Dan Brown had written.

First, the novel is not long enough, I was missing a bit of action, and felt we’re jumping to an early conclusion. Suddenly the team all profiled the culprit (accurately) and that’s that… Moreover, Professor Kaneko somehow manages to find the identity of the perpetrator, and yet goes and investigates on his own – so his revelation eventually has close-t0-zero contribution to the novel. I wanted to find out more about the characters, I thought they were very well drawn and multi-dimensional, and had the notion that we are getting details to thicken the book and not necessarily the right ones (Montufar’s brother’s accident as an example).
Second, I was hoping the author would explore the Fibonacci/Lucas sequences a bit more. I felt Mr. Lehman was playing it safe, rather than challenging our mathematical abilities.

Having said the above, it is an easy read which will keep you glued to the chair. I loved the Howard County police force naivety, it’s not something you see everyday in a crime thriller, and I thoughts the Professor was a character well worth a sequel, unlike any other anti-hero I’ve encountered. 3.5-4 stars, depends upon how complex you like your thrillers.