The Revenant of Thraxton Hall by Vaughn Entwistle

17934486“Sherlock Holmes is dead….. and I have killed him” Arthur Conan Doyle is London’s most vilified man after killing off Holmes. He is attacked on the street, death threats and hate mail pour into his publishers office, so much of it that the letters are burnt to heat the office. Doyle is not having a good day, not at all. He heads to the pub, as anyone would do under the circumstances, and meets J M Barrie. While Doyle drowns away the days sorrows, Oscar Wilde strolls in and tells them that there is something they must see. They all go to a theatre and see a most remarkable man who not only does slight of hand but also levitates. Feeling slightly better Doyle goes home. He goes to his desk and sees a letter from an association called Society for Pyshical Research asking him to attend their first meeting in Thraxton Hall. As he reads this Holmes is suddenly sitting in a chair next to Doyle and is berating him. Doyle awakens to find it was all a dream and that there is no letter, but such a letter does arrive the next morning making Doyle question his own sanity a bit.

Lady Thraxton, a renowned psychic, who foresees her own death in two weeks time and summons Doyle to find her killer. The first meeting of the SPR is due to meet at her estate in two weeks time, when the killer is due to strike. Thus begins an adventure and mystery that is worthy of Sherlock Homes himself. Oscar Wilde invites himself along to Thraxton Hall with Doyle to help him solve the mystery of Lady Thraxton and the curse of her family.

I have to say I loved this book! It’s dark, gothic and the right amount of atmosphere for what is happening. I also love the flamboyancy of Wilde and his wit. The interaction between him and Doyle is really good and not forced as it was that Doyle and Wilde were friends in real life. I also loved that Holmes would appear to Doyle to goad him, berate him and to push him into the right direction to solve the crime.

There were a few inconsistencies in the plot, you will notice them but it wont detract from the story line and the enjoyment of the book

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5/5 stars

Crash

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Book Review: Cut and Run by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux

5199022Okay, so I am super late to the party but thank God I finally showed up!!! I received this book as a gift from my book-dealer to get me a new addiction, and now I’m hooked to the series. I finished the book in two days, and I’m totally jonesing for the next book!

The story starts out with a serial killer loose in New York City, who is doing rather extravagant murders. It’s a difficult case because there is no discerning pattern amongst the killings. The guy has no MO. No preference on who he kills. Nothing. The only way they know he’s a serial killer is because he leaves behind weird tokens, well that, and the fact two FBI agents were killed who were investigating the case. But in all honesty, you’ll most likely figure out who the killer is or at least have a really good guess after a couple chapters.

Figuring out who done it doesn’t detract from the story, at least not for me. The real charm of the book comes from the deliciously complicated relationship of the two main characters: Ty Grady and Zane Garrett. Special agents of the FBI, who take on a whole new meaning to opposites attract.

Ty is cocky, abrasive, and indisputably the best at what he does. But Zane is the perfect image of an agent: serious, sober, and focused, which makes their partnership a classic cliché: total opposites, good cop-bad cop, the odd couple.

And though this type of romance has been done a thousand times, Cut and Run kept it entertaining. The bickering, fighting, playful banter, and sexual tension between the agents were intoxicating. They were continuously at odds, making it extremely difficult for them to work together. There’s even an all-out brawl between them in an alley.  But even then you could sense the want they had for each other.  I found myself constantly wanting them to just kiss and make-up throughout the whole book. Could they put their differences and sexual desires aside and figure out the case? I mean, you did…but could they?

Should I go back to my room tonight?” Ty asked out of the blue. “Or will we be able to work together and fuck each other senseless at the same time?

My only criticism is that Ty and Zane have their fair share of close calls. I mean the killer is after them, resulting in explosions, car wrecks, gunshots, and other dangerous situations. And let me remind you of them beating the shit out of each other in the alley. There are a lot of injuries that occur from these events and although they were both tough, I really thought they should be in hospitals during parts of the story.

Overall, the book was a great read and I will be following the series closely. I highly recommend this series. Ty and Zane are like crack and you should give them a try. Come on, all the cool kids are doing it!

I’ve never made fun of you. Making fun of you would imply that something about you is fun.

5/5 stars

~Eddie

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