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Attempts by an obsessed professor of Egyptology to obtain a rare mummy come crashing down when his assistant is found murdered. The book is a slow starter, but press on and you will be rewarded with a complex and well written mystery.
02/21/2015
This is an ok adventure / fantasy story of epic good vs. epic evil, with large doses of teen angst. The book is extremely heavy with religious themes and characterizations, although some of the characters underwhelm due to surprising limitations. It is worth a read if you like the genre, just don't overthink this one.
02/14/2015
Two young men deal with the aftereffects of a busted drug deal in very different ways.
02/10/2015
I really enjoyed these varied tales from older days of the Arizona cattle business. Highly recommended for fans of Western lore.
02/08/2015
A drama / mystery written in two sections. The first section deals with the case of Rachel Minchin, a young woman accused and tried for the murder of her husband. A mysterious stranger attends every session of the trial and attempts to make contact with Rachel - is he benefactor or villain? The second section of the novel presents the re-opening of the case by an amateur detective. Will a new investigation shed light on Rachel's guilt or innocence, or identify new suspects?

I enjoyed the book except for the fact that things seem to fall into place far too easily for the amateur detective. The book is a good drama, but only a fair mystery.
01/24/2015
Amateur detective David Carroll is an expert at obtaining information during interrogations with his sympathetic human touch, but can be as tough as necessary with those who offer resistance. He has the full confidence of Chief of Police Leverage, who places the case under Carroll's control. Together they put the pieces together to solve a strange mystery of a murdered man in a taxi cab - which no man entered. I found the wrap-up somewhat dissapointing, but still a great read and I recommend it for crime / mystery fans.
01/17/2015
Space pulp with a lively and entertaining assortment of alien characters. The book definitely grew on me as I continued reading. I found the ending to be both unexpected and interesting.
01/16/2015
One of the best nautical novels I have found on this site. A young sailor attempts to prove himself by enlisting for a commercial voyage on a tough ship, and finds more trouble than he bargained for.
01/10/2015
This is a very good novel of multiple crimes and political intrigues. Don't hold your hopes too high of figuring it all out, not even the characters know what is happening. Good entertainment.
01/08/2015
A prominent professor of philosophy claims to have tangible proof of occult phenomena and schedules a lecture to present his findings. The professor vanishes shortly before his lecture, last seen in the company of a mysterious stranger. The book contains some interesting ideas and characters, but points of interest are few and far between. A good editor could probably extract a four star short story from this bloated two star novel.
01/01/2015
 Adam Nicholls & Jay Nadal - Private Eyes, Detectives and Psych Thrillers
FEATURED AUTHOR -  Adam Nicholls grew up in the southwest of England, where he studied creative writing while working a variety of full-time jobs. When his Mason Black series was first published, he quickly became a bestseller and then went on to create a name for himself in the thriller genre. Adam now lives with his wife in Bristol.