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The Happier Dead by Ivo Stourton

The Happier Dead by Ivo Stourton

The Happier Dead by Ivo Stourton (Solaris, Feb.2014)-When I started The Happier Dead, I expected a British procedural peppered with some SF elements, and I got that, but it’s really so much more…. Ok, so, here’s the gist: It’s 2035, and DCI Rob Oates is called to the scene of a brutal stabbing that’s taken place within the environs of The Great Spa. The Great Spa caters to those that … Continue reading

Peacemaker by Marianne de Pierres

Peacemaker by Marianne de Pierres

Peacemaker by Marianne de Pierres (Angry Robot, April 29th)-Virgin “Ginny” Jackson loves working at Birrimun Park, a protected piece of land set against the city sprawl of the Western Quarter. She particularly enjoys watching the sunset in the park, and one night, she discovers that she’s not alone. In fact, there’s one dead body where moments before she had heard two distinct voices. She can’t linger at the scene, however, … Continue reading

The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher

The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher

The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher (Orbit, May 6, 2013)-The Oversight is one of those books that, about two pages in, I knew I was in for something good. It begins with an excerpt from The Great and Hidden History of the World by Rabbi Dr. Hayyim Samuel Falk, detailing the function of the Free Company known as The Oversight of London, specifically in protecting innocent humans from the actions of … Continue reading

Afterparty by Daryl Gregory

Afterparty by Daryl Gregory

Afterparty by Daryl Gregory (Tor, April 22nd, 2014)-Lyda Rose has just gotten out of the detention facility where, recently, a 17 year old committed suicide. Turns out the girl had taken a drug called Numinous, which helps its victims find God, but when she came down from the mind altering substance, joy turned to despair, and death is the only way out. However, Lyda is a little bit different from … Continue reading

The Mall by SL Grey

The Mall by SL Grey

The Mall by SL Grey (Atlantic Books, April 2014)-Rhoda is supposed to be watching the child of a friend of a friend. Rhoda goes to the Highgate Mall to score cocaine, and when she steps away to collect, she loses track of said child. Desperate not to be turned into the police, she, er, asks (if you call a knuckle sandwich asking) a clerk named Daniel to help her. He … Continue reading

Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon reviewed at SF Signal

Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon reviewed at SF Signal

Today at SF Signal, I reviewed COLDBROOK by Tim Lebbon, and be sure to keep an eye out for my interview with Tim, also at SF Signal!

Spring Equinox Tour: The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston + Excerpt

Spring Equinox Tour: The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston + Excerpt

The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston (St. Martin’s Press, March 25th, 2013)-Paula Brackston’s The Midnight Witch transports us to 1913 London, to a country on the brink of war, and a young woman grieving for the loss of her beloved father. However, the death of her father is not all that Lilith has to contend with. She must prepare herself to become the new Head Witch of the Lazarus Coven, … Continue reading

She’s Leaving Home by William Shaw

She’s Leaving Home by William Shaw

She’s Leaving Home by William Shaw (Mulholland, Feb. 11th, 2014)-It’s 1968 London, and a young girl’s naked body has been found by a Nanny in a trash heap, not far away from EMI Studios (Abbey Road Studios), home of The Beatles, and it’s up to DS Cathal “Paddy” Breen to find the killer. Unfortunately, after an incident in which he left the scene during the attack on a fellow cop, … Continue reading

Truth and Fear (Wolfhound Century #2) by Peter Higgins

Truth and Fear (Wolfhound Century #2) by Peter Higgins

Truth and Fear by Peter Higgins (Orbit, March 25, 2014)-Shortly after the events of Wolfhound Century, Vissarion Lom and Maroussia Shaumian are on a tram headed into Mirgorod, battle weary and all too aware that they’re being pursued by Commander Lavrentina Chazia, chief of the Mirgorod Secret Police. Mirgorod is on the verge of war with the Archipelago, and they don’t have a chance against their vast armies, but for … Continue reading

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh (Spiegel & Grau, March 11, 2013)-In the Ozarks, in the tiny town of Henbane, 17 year old Lucy Dane dreams of the world outside of Henbane, but for now, she’s happy working at her Uncle Crete’s general store and spending time with her best friend, Bess. When the body of a girl named Cheri is discovered, after her disappearance a year ago, Lucy … Continue reading

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