Apprentice in Death (In Death #43) by J.D. Robb

Apprentice in Death (In Death, #43)ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4.5*

One-Sentence Summary: Dallas and Roarke stop at nothing to stop a couple of snipers targeting New York City

Review: Even though I am far from caught up with this series, tuning into a new J.D.Robb book is like coming home. The characters, relationships, setting, future, technology, Galahad (<3) all become familiar after a couple of outings with this series and it’s as comfortable to read as it would be to slouch on your settee watching the latest episode of a CBS procedural crime drama.

If you are a fan of such TV dramas, then the crime in this book is not necessarily a new one but where Robb does continuously well is the characterisation and dialogue that makes it all seem so real, even if it is set 40 years into the future.

Whilst the main characters in the book obviously have history with each other built up in the 40 preceding books and there are small mentions of events that have happened previously, this should not stop the casual reader from giving this a go.

As for me, I’m just waiting for my personal AutoChef to arrive to provide me with a steady stream of coffee before I start work on getting up to date with this series.

Flashpoint Season 2

The start of the season wasn’t amazing for me as the cases just didn’t get me as emotionally invested as all the ones in season one.

I missed Jules but liked Officer Sabine.  I kept thinking how the actress looked familiar but it wasn’t until I looked her up on imdb that I realised she was Paula Cassidy from NCIS!  I much preferred her to Leah.

Some standout episodes:

2×04 – Aisle Thirteen with the kid trying to save his friend in the shop
2×07 – Perfect Storm with the bullied kid trying to get revenge on his bullies
2×08 – Last Dance with the heartbreaking story of the girl that was dying and her boyfriend wanting to give her the perfect last evening and starring the actress who played Flack’s sister in CSI:NY!
2×09 – Exit Wounds with the guy trying to save his brother from gang members and playing cat and mouse in the hospital
2×10 – One Wrong Move …. oh god this episode! I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY KILLED LOU OFF!  Granted he was the character with the least characterisation but SERIOUSLY?!  Such an amazing episode for Lou and Spike.  When it started off, I wasn’t overly invested since there weren’t any perps to feel sympathetic to and then Lou stood on the landmine …..

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I missed Sam/Jules together of course but understand why they broke up and I hear there are good things in store for them in the future!

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Thomas Gibson Fired in Wake of On-Set Altercation

In a statement, ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios — which co-produce the CBS procedural — said, “Thomas Gibson has been dismissed from Criminal Minds. Creative details for how the character’s exit will be addressed in the show will be announced at a later date.”

The move comes in the wake of an on-set altercation in which Gibson allegedly kicked a producer. “There were creative differences on the set and a disagreement,” Gibson said earlier this week. “I regret that it occurred. We all want to work together as a team to make the best show possible. We always have and always will.”

I did NOT see that one coming!

That’s certainly going to make this season an interesting one ……

Chicago Fire: 4×19 – I Will Be Walking

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I have really not been feeling this show this season.  To be honest ever since Shay was killed off there hasn’t been a character that I truly love and am invested in which has probably contributed to my lack of interest in the show.

However, now and then an episode comes along which reminds me why it’s still on my watchlist (that and the fact I’m watching the other Chicago shows).

I’m not invested in Casey’s Alderman run but I loved his storyline with the boy determined to walk to his graduation.  I’m glad that they are giving Otis a storyline – I hope he goes for his blood test ASAP!  The bar Olympics between Stella and Herrmann was hilarious and brought a nice lighthearted angle to the episode.

My only complaint is with Severide’s storyline.  He keeps getting these random storylines where he gets involved with law enforcement or things from his past, where there is a bit of a mystery, which isolates him from the other members of the team.  The detective’s son and Pouch was cute but how are we meant to suddenly care about the detective’s troubles after meeting her for one episode and why is Severide getting involved again?!

Cold Kill (Monkeewrench #7) by P.J. Tracy

Cold Kill: Monkeewrench Book 7ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4.5*

One-Sentence Summary: The epic return of the Monkeewrench crew

Review: 10+ years ago Want To Play was my first real introduction to the world of crime thrillers and as such the Monkeewrench gang (plus Magozzi and Gino, of course!) have held a special place in my heart. I caught up with the series last year and have been eagerly awaiting a new book in the series ever since.

Cold Kill definitely lived up to expectations. It has all the hallmarks of a great whodunnit plus the added dimension of seeing the ever complicated Grace and Magozzi’s relationship develop.
Another dynamic which I absolutely love in the series is Magozzi and Gino’s banter which never fails to make me smile:

” ….look at my loafers. They’re going to rot by lunchtime and I’ll probably freeze my feet off and have to walk on my ankles for the rest of my life.”
“You have boots in your locker. And free will, which for some reason you decided not to exercise this morning.”
“Thanks for the sympathy, Leo, but you don’t get it. I’m a married man. When you get married, you lose all free will and rely on your wife to make sure you’re dressed properly for the weather and occasion.”
“That’s pathetic. Do you lose all cognitive function when you get married, too?”

I only hope we don’t have to wait for another 4 years for the next book in the series.

Q&A With … @MiraLynKelly

Today I am delighted to be hosting a Q&A with Mira Lyn Kelly  in honour of her new release ‘May The Best Man Win’.

Q. What gave you inspiration for ‘The Best Men’ series?

A. The inspiration for the Best Man series goes back to an??????????

impassioned debate over “Construction worker hot” vs “Tuxedo fine” between a couple of like-minded man-candy aficionados I gab with from time to time. We were pulling snaps from Pinterest to support our cases when suddenly I had this group of tuxedo clad hotties piled up in front of me. An idea was born, lol.

Q. What can you tell us about future couples in ‘The Best Men’ series?

A. I can tell you that all the guys from this tight knit group of friends will get their day on the page. And as different as they all are, I’m more than a little bit in love with every single one of them! Jase (MAY THE BEST MAN WIN) is a banker and has his hands full with the girl he loves to hate; Max (BEST MAN FOR THE JOB) is a cop scoring a second shot with the girl who got away; Hotel heir Sean (BEST MAN WITH BENEFITS) knows better than to cross the line with his best friend…mostly; and bar owner Brody (STAND IN BEST MAN) is a chronic fixer who can’t resist helping out a beautiful woman.

Q. What was the easiest part to write in ‘May The Best Man Win’?

A. Probably the snowy parking lot scene when Jase and Emily first give in to the sizzle that’s been building between them for, well, the last decade. I get a little emotionally invested in my people (err, characters) and when they’ve got that whole heart poundy thing happening so do I…so that scene was loads of fun. I couldn’t wait to give them a taste of what they’d been wondering about for so many years!

Q. And the hardest?

A. Honestly, I hate to put obstacles in front of my people. I’d love to get them past the first challenge and then spend another seventy thousand words writing about how blissfully happy they are from that day forward. But that’s not really much of a story…so the hardest thing I have to do is give them mistakes to make, opportunities to miss, heartache to suffer. Sniff. Why can’t it all be hot nookie against the fridge?

Q. What’s your favourite trope to write?

A. Friends-to-lovers. Without a doubt. And I’d say it comes through to a certain degree in pretty much all of my books. Even in this Enemies-to-lovers story, friendship plays a major role. I’m a sucker for it—probably because it’s so close to my very own happily ever after. I married my best friend 🙂

Q. And finally, who are your favourite romance authors?

A. Lexi Ryan, Lauren Blakely, Kresley Cole, Helena Hunting, Tessa Dare, Megan Mulry, Kristan Higgins… okay, honestly I could go on all day. I have about a zillion girls I could read 24/7 and never get tired of!

Read my review for May The Best Man Win here!