Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Displaced Detective – At Speed by Stephanie Osborn

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displaced detective at speedSherlock Holmes like you’ve never seen him before – in modern America. Through an accident with Dr. Skye Chadwick’s Tesseract machine (told in The Displaced Detective – The Arrival) Holmes ends up in our reality. A fictional character in our time stream, in his, he is very real.

Asked to assist in an investigation, Holmes puts his cognitive abilities into high gear to find the master mind behind the sabotage of the Tesseract device. At the end of The Arrival, they have found several of the conspirators, but their leader and a few members remain at large. It’s up to Skye and Holmes to find them.

 

Stephanie Osborn has truly captured the essence of Sherlock Holmes and lovingly depicts him as a man with strong passions. He adapts well to the present, but much of the Victorian Gentleman remains. With the love and support of Skye Chadwick, he manages to find his way in a sometimes puzzling world.

Skye Chadwick is as fascinating a character as Holmes. She’s complex, brilliant and confuses the hell out of Holmes on more than one occasion. She is the perfect counterpart to Holmes.

This fast paced novel draws the reader into a world where the improbable is possible. I greatly enjoyed The Displaced Detective – At Speed and highly recommend both books to any readers who like a great mystery and adventure. Fans of Sherlock Holmes will enjoy seeing their hero brought to life and updated.

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© Dellani Oakes

Dellani Oakes is the author of Indian Summer, Lone Wolf and The Ninja Tattoo. Look for them on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

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Diary of a Murder – Jean Henry Mead

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diary of a murderDana Logan and Sarah Cafferty are two of mystery’s most unlikely investigators. Both in their middle years, they share a home and an appetite for crime detection. When they get word that Dana’s sister, Georgi, has died unexpectedly, they travel from California to Wyoming in their RV.

Immediately upon arrival, Dana is struck by inconsistencies in the story surrounding her sister’s death. The pair decide to investigate. This resolve is strengthened when Sarah falls ill at dinner, from what appears to be a near fatal allergy. Could it be something more?
Spurred by this incident, Dana contacts the state authorities when she discovers that the county sheriff is her late sister’s brother-in-law.

While going through Georgi’s things, Dana discovers her sister’s diary. This proves to be an invaluable tool, leading them to other clues.

Diary of a Murder is a well crafted, fast paced novel. Jean Henry Mead beautifully captures the wily intuitiveness of her two senior sleuths. I highly recommend this book for any lover of mystery. Five gold acorns!

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© Dellani Oakes

Dellani Oakes is the author of Indian Summer, Lone Wolf and The Ninja Tattoo. Look for them on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

The Case of the Displaced Detective: The Arrival – Stephanie Osborn

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displaced detective arrivel coverDr. Skye Chadwick is brilliant, dedicated and committed to her pet project – The Tesseract. It’s purpose? To observe alternative dimensions. As such, the group adheres to a strict hands off policy.
During one such viewing, Dr. Chadwick finds herself unable to adhere to the hands off directive. Jumping into the scenario, she breaks apart two combatants. One tips out of the Tesseract ring and into the future. The other tumbles over a cliff, dying at the base of the waterfall.

Enter Sherlock Holmes. Due to Skye’s interference, Holmes is hurled into her reality, his own closed to him forever. Unable to return to his dimension, Holmes must adapt to ours.

The game’s afoot when the base security finds that a spy ring plans sabotage somewhere on the base. Wisely, the base commander asks Holmes to investigate. Skye, who is working with Holmes to acclimate him, tags along, helping with the investigation. And therein lies a tale….

Skye Chadwick is a wonderful, caring person. A scientist, she is a stickler for detail. Like Watson in her skills with weapons, she is also like Holmes in her deductive reasoning and observational skills. She is the perfect counterpart to the ‘modern’ Holmes.

Stephanie Osborn artfully brings the character of Holmes into the 21st Century. Her depiction of his Victorian mores in modern times adds great depth to his personality. She lovingly brings Sherlock Holmes alive.

I highly recommend The Case of the Displaced Detective: The Arrival to anyone who loves a good sci-fi/ mystery. I look forward to reading the second book in the series The Case of the Displaced Detective: At Speed.

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© Dellani Oakes
Dellani Oakes is the author of Indian Summer, Lone Wolf and The Ninja Tattoo. Look for them on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

Destiny’s Blood – Marie Bilodeau

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destinys blood coverLayela and Yoma Delamares have not lived exemplary lives. Struggling to survive without their parents, the two girls turned to theft. Yoma, more than her sister, has led a life as a thief for so long, it’s all she wants. For Layela, that life wasn’t enough. They save their money and buy a flower shop on the world of Collar.

Unfortunately, their dream falls apart when Yoma leaves the authorities start harassing Layela. With the help of Avienne and Ardin Malavant, Layela escapes. She and Josmere, Yoma’s best friend, arrive on The Destiny.

The excitement is just beginning for Yoma and Layela. They soon discover nothing they knew about themselves was true. Their fate is entwined with that of Josmere and Destiny’s crew.

“Destiny’s Blood” is a fast paced sci-fi adventure of love, politics and betrayal – with a little magic mixed in. The characters help draw the reader into their world, through the many twists and turns of the plot.

I greatly enjoyed “Destiny’s Blood”. It’s an interesting blend of sci-fi, paranormal and mystery. The characters are well delineated, their journey compelling. Author Bilodeau clearly shows the love between Yoma and Layela, as well as Ardin and his sister, Avienne. The bond between the siblings keeps them strong and determined as they fight to protect one another.

I recommend this book to anyone liking a lively adventure across space.

© Dellani Oakes

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Dellani Oakes is the author of Indian Summer, Lone Wolf and The Ninja Tattoo. Look for them on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

Deal With the Devil – Diana Duncan

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deal with the devilCynthia Wagner has a deadline to meet. She has 19 days to be brilliant or she’ll lose her job as a software developer. Taking a leave of absence, she rents a friend’s house, hoping for solitude.

Enter Rory Devlin – and his niece – and twin nephews and the dog…. The saucy Irishman is babysitting for the summer and his life is anything but quiet. Problematic, since the chaos lives next door to Cynthia.

When the twins’ actions cause a catastrophe in her home, damaging her computer, Rory makes Cynthia a deal she can’t afford to refuse. She can stay at his house, use his computer to complete her work and he will fix up her house and replace her computer.

Despite her overt displeasure with the sexy Irishman, Cynthia can’t help but find him devilishly attractive. Maybe dealing with the Devlin isn’t as bad as she thought?

Once again, Diana Duncan finds the two people least likely to fall in love and shows them the error of their ways. Her characters are engaging, her plot compelling. I love the lighthearted humor and sexy bantering between Rory and Cynthia. Duncan’s dialog zings off the page, moving the plot forward with each well chosen word. The teasing and wordplay are so true to life, it fleshes out her characters well.

“Deal With the Devil” is a charming romance and I highly recommend it for all those who love a great romance with a few sparks flying between the main characters. Risking a spoiler, let me add that I loved the closet scene! Steamy, sexy, satisfying.

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© Dellani Oakes

Dellani Oakes is the author of Indian Summer, Lone Wolf and The Ninja Tattoo. Look for them on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

Dinky the Nurse Mare’s Foal – Mara Moran Bishop

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Dinky coverThere is a common practice among thoroughbred horse breeders to save the brood mares strictly for giving birth. They don’t want to have a lag time for the mare to raise her foal, so they put a lesser mare out to stud at the same time and use her for milk. This mare is then given the thoroughbred foal to nurse so its mother can be bred more quickly.

So, what happens to the nurse mare’s foal? Many end up at the butcher’s. Some are saved by well meaning volunteers and others are put in mass auctions, their fates unknown. What becomes of them after, few care. Some are abused, mistreated and finally rescued by a loving family.

Dinky, the Nurse Mare’s Foal, is one of these lucky few. He tells his story of fear, abuse, neglect and illness in this lovely book by Marta Moran Bishop.

The language of Dinky is easy enough for young, independent readers, but the story is marvelous for adults. Marta has captured the voice of Dinky, letting him tell his tale of abuse and neglect.

We travel with Dinky from his birth, through months of neglect, until he is finally adopted by a loving couple who take him home and make him a part of their family. You will love Dinky’s tale. It will make you laugh, cry and everything in between.

Five Golden Acorns
© Dellani Oakes
Dellani Oakes is the author of Indian Summer, Lone Wolf and The Ninja Tattoo. Look for them on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.