Monday, July 31, 2017

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

The Return of Sherlock Holmes is the sixth Sherlock Holmes book by Sir Conan Arthur Doyle. Like The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, this book is comprised of short stories. The author had taken time away from writing Sherlock Holmes stories and led the readers to believe that Sherlock was dead. This book starts off with the reappearance of Sherlock after being gone for some years and the stories are of cases after he returned.

The stories in this book are varied and many of them have the reader guessing at who done it and how until the end of each story. Arthur Conan Doyle did another splendid job ad crafting these stories.

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World of Sleuths Rating: ****
(Four out of five stars)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Red Rabbit

Red Rabbit is the thirteenth book written by Tom Clancy, but the third in the Jack Ryan Universe. There were several books in the series written before this one, but this story takes place a few months after Patriot Games and before The Hunt Before Red October. It takes pace in the early 1980’s when Pope John Paul II was the active pope and the Solidarity Movement in Poland was starting to get international attention. Jack Ryan a new analyst with the CIA (and an up and rising star on the analyst side) is assigned to work in England alongside British Intelligence (SIS) specializing on the Soviet Union. All of a sudden he is assigned to sit in at the debriefing of a high-level Soviet defector.

This book doesn’t have as much action as his earlier novels. There isn’t much action until around two-thirds of the way into the story. But when the action starts, it keeps the reader glued to the book to see what’s going to happen. During the first two-thirds of the book, the reader can start guessing some of what is going to happen, but still is wondering how and when it will happen. There are still a lot of surprises after the action begins. It’s not his best book, but is still a good thriller.

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World of Sleuths Rating: ****
(Four out of five stars)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

A Crimson Set of Silver

A Crimson Set of Silver is the first book in the Jake Snow series by Alan Meyers Starkey. It’s about Jake Snow, a wealthy conveyor system expert, contractor and light sport pilot, living in Florida, who while on a flight one day comes across his friend Mark’s plane crashed near a swamp. After finding a spot near by, Jake lands his plane and goes to investigate when he he discovers that mark has been shot and his plane riddled with bullet holes. Jake vows vengeance for Mark’s death and tries to sidestep law enforcement officials as much as possible while trying to find Mark’s killer or killers.

The author displays his enthusiasm and knowledge in his hobbies of music and light sport flying, but sometimes goes too much in depth of light sport fling for the average reader to comprehend. The plot of the story is okay, a little far-fetched with some of the things that he gets by with from the local authorities. The book could have used better editing in order to eliminate the many spelling, grammar and punctuation errors found throughout the book.

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World of Sleuths Rating: ***
(Three out of five stars)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Justice for Jessica

Justice for Jessica is the ninth novel by Alretha Thomas, the first in the Detective Rachel Storme series. This book is about Jessica James who was a very attractive woman married to Grant James, a wealthy businessman. Grant had to go to London for business, so Jessica’s best friend, Stacey Sullivan, stays with her the night he leaves. The following morning Stacey discovers Jessica’s body with her throat cut and notifies the police. Detective Rachel Storme, a seasoned detective on the force, was brought back from an extended leave, just when she was about to put in for retirement, to work on this case. There are several suspects for the case with Grant and Stacey’s husband, Mat Sullivan, being at the top of the list.

This book was written in the present tense first person narrative by both Stacey and Rachel which works good for this book. The author switches between the two by alternating chapters for each. She has a good size suspect list and many turns and plots in the investigation with a surprising end.

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World of Sleuths Rating: ****
(Four out of five stars)

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Policewoman

I would like to thank the author, Justin W. M. Roberts, for sending me a review copy of this book in return of an honest review.

The Policewoman is the debut novel by Justin W. M. Roberts. The book is about Inspector Sarah Michelle Dharmawan, a very beautiful and one of the best officers of the Indonesian National Police’s elite counter-terrorism unit, on loan to Interpol in Manchester, England as a liaison between Interpol and Indonesian police. Her team is going after the Irish Drug Cartel, formerly Irish Republican Army, who has drug manufacturing plants which produce ecstasy. They have known plants and operations in Ireland, England and recently Indonesia. The team’s objective is to bring down the cartel and their operations. Sarah’s primary task to find the cartel’s manufacturing plant in Indonesia. She plays a big role in the teams objective.

This book was a little slow at first, but picks up in Chapter 3. After that there is plenty of action. The story takes place in England, Ireland and Indonesia. They work with elite military units in all three countries in order to try to bring the cartel down. Just to let the reader beware, there are some graphic descriptions of the violence that a psychopathic member of the cartel performs. The author does a good job at informing the reading of the jargon and acronyms used in various countries in the book and will give the equivalents of what we use here in the United States.

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World of Sleuth’s Rating: ****
(Four out of five stars)