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Book Review: Murder on the Marshes by Clare Chase

Murder on the Marshes by Clare Chase
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher: Bookouture (July 31)

I now have another procedural investigative series to follow. MotM was a whip-smart read that had a good many surprises and twists.

Book Review: Grants Pass by Jennifer Brozek & Amanda Pillar

Grants Pass by Jennifer Brozek (Ed.)
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟 (3 stars)
Publisher: Morrigan Books

It's another apocalyptic anthology for me here and I quite enjoyed it. I came across this after having read The Book of the Unnamed Midwife and it sounded worth a read. As with all anthologies, some stories click more than others. I was already familiar with Seanan Maguire but the other authors here were new to me. My favourites:

Book Review: The Affliction (Maggie Detweiler & Hope Babbin #2) by Beth Gutcheon

The Affliction by Beth Gutcheon
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher: William Morrow

This was a solid three star read for me until the last five chapters, which pushed it up to a four for me and I am already looking forward to another mystery with Maggie and Hope.

Book Review: The Prefect (Prefect Dreyfus Emergency #1) by Alastair Reynolds


The Prefect by Alastair Reynolds
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher: Gollancz

I came across the short story Vainglory by Alastair Reynolds in the collection Edge of Infinity and remembered that I had a few of his novels in my TBR pile and owned them in ebook and analog. He's apparently an author whose stories I've been drawn to but hadn't actually got around to reading and I was merely collecting.

Book Review: Book of the Unnamed Midwife (The Road to Nowhere #1) by Meg Elison

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟 (3 stars)
Publisher: 47North

Initial thoughts: Good but seriously dark for almost the whole first two-thirds of the book bordering on misery porn. It's the apocalypse but damn, I started rooting for the fever to finish off the job. The last third held the hope and is the only reason I'm interested in continuing with the series.

Book Review: City of the Lost (Rockton #1) by Kelley Armstrong

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟 (3 stars)
Publisher: Sphere

A remote town in the Yukon Territory full of people who need to disappear from the real world was the draw for me with this one. That just sounded like the best setup. And it delivered in a big way on an atmospheric setting.

Book Review: The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
Publisher: Wildfire

Juliette, known to some as Elizabeth, to others, Lily and to just about all, certifiable, has a Plan of Action (or more correctly, Attack) and she means to procure her quarry. It's not just her ex-boyfriend, Nate she's after, it's their life she's creepily dreamboard-ed and mapped out her Happily Ever After. This story is a cautionary tale from everything Facebook to Pinterest.