Monthly Archives: July 2012

Dead on Arrival – Karen Vaughan

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You’ll Laugh All the Way to the Morgue!

Dead on Arrival – Karen Vaughan

Laura Hamilton didn’t know what she was expecting when she got up that Monday morning, but it sure wasn’t finding a dead body in her living room. Yes, a dead man, apparently delivered sometime over the weekend, currently adorning her living room carpet.

Jeff Gibbons, the inspector called to the scene, isn’t quite sure what to make of Laura, but he has a gut instinct. Even if she does know the victim, she’s not guilty. A fact which is brought to light when it becomes apparent that someone’s out to get her.

Gerry, the building super, is a long term friend of Laura’s. Insisting on protecting her, he takes Laura into his home to keep her safe. Soon, he’s sharing his space with Laura and her Siamese two cats—Sean and Seamus.

 No matter what she does, Laura keeps getting dragged deeper into this ridiculous set of circumstances. When more dead bodies show up, she decides enough is enough. She and Gerry do what they can to help Inspector Gibbons find the killer.

“Dead On Arrival” is a wonderfully lighthearted mystery that moves at a lively pace. Vaughan’s humor adds an interesting dimension to her story, keeping it from being too grim. Her dialog is sprightly, fleshing out the characters. Even minor players have very distinct personalities.

I enjoyed Laura and Gerry’s amateur sleuthing as they muddle through, trying to keep Laura safe while they figure out who’s trying to kill her and why.

 Five Golden Acorns for Vaughan’s debut book. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a lighthearted mystery with plenty of intrigue.

© 2012 Dellani Oakes

“Of Time and Place” by BR Freemont

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Of Time and Place by BR Freemont

James Lendemen works for the federal energy department. The novel takes place in the future and is set in Savannah, Georgia, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco and tracks the life, loves and career of James. The story goes between 2056, 2060 and progresses to 2085, tracking James through his quiet life.

The book begins in 2060 in Savannah. James has left the Federal Energy Department (F.E.D.) and is doing consulting work. Travel is greatly curtailed all over the country due to an oil shortage. Despite being nearly 50 years in the future, apparently the country hasn’t figured out alternative means of energy. They are still heavily dependent on fossil fuels.

“Of Time and Place” is a moderately paced book that reads rather like a diary, chronicling James’ life. We follow his career from his job in Washington, D.C. in 2053 where he works for the F.E.D. under Kate Hastings, to his job in San Francisco and later to Savannah.

Along the way, he has relationships with several interesting women, including Kate and her assistant, Jane. They, as with the other characters, are depicted from James’ point of view. He sees them as appendages to his mundane existence. He lives his life with little ambition, going from job to job and woman to woman in a bored fashion.

“Of Time and Place” is a low key depiction of one man’s life. It shows the futility of his existence. Nothing he does seems to make any difference and he goes quietly on until his death.

“Fervor” by Chantal Boudreau is a Must Read!

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 Sam wakes to the sound of millions of voices screaming in pain and fear. His own should be among them, but he can’t hear. The world has changed overnight. The adults, who cared for the children, are gone. There are only the Bigs and Littles left. Sam is a Little.

The children find themselves split into house families – six in all. Sam’s house consists of Francis—the Teller, Sarah (another Little) – the Fixer, Fiona (a Big) – the Keeper, Nathan – the Watcher, Sam – the Finder, and Royce – the Control. Each of the first five themselves connected telepathically, but each has lost one of their five senses. Only Royce is unaffected.

“Fervor” is a compelling YA fantasy/ sci-fi novel. I found it captivating. The children find themselves in an untenable situation and learn to function as well as they can given their circumstances. Some fair better than others.

The characters are interesting and diverse. Their alliances and interactions clearly depicted. The plot is compelling, urging readers to continue and leaves enough questions hanging to make the reader long for a sequel. Although written for YA, the novel is a great read for adults. I highly recommend “Fervor”.

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“Orange Rock” is Not to be Missed!

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 Geo – Galactic Exploratory Organization, is the richest, most powerful company on Earth and the government wants control. Claiming that anyone who has been through the Geo teleporters, is a copy – a clone. Using this, they do their best to rob the owners, Bob Russell and Will Sutherland, of their rights. Once that’s accomplished, the government controls not only the company, but their assets.

Jubal, Gloria, Nadine and Chris work for Geo on another plant. They have traveled teleporters many times. Because of this, they are targets of the governments scheme. They return to the planet they’ve been working on, for safety, only to abandon it in an emergency. They must face government prejudice and unfair laws.

“Orange Rock” is a moderately paced sc-fi novella. It deals with the question—are clones real people who have rights? It reflects current society’s attitude toward anyone deemed different and therefor ‘less’. “Orange Rock” is an interesting social commentary in a sci-fi setting.

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