Killer Librarian

Karen Nash thought her life was going well but just as she was ready to go on to a trip to London with her boyfriend he dumps her. Karen determines to forget him and enjoy her trip regardless. She wasn’t prepared to find her ex boyfriend on a trip to London with a new woman half her age. Karen starts to plot murder and with one too many pints at the local pub in London she will tell a stranger how she hoped Dave would meet his maker. No sooner than the next morning a body shows up dead in suspicious circumstances and Karen starts to wonder if Dave would be safe from the stranger who seemed to be following Dave and his new girlfriend

Killer LibrarianKiller Librarian is the debut novel written by Mary Lou Kirwin. Mystery novels are infrequent in my life as they really aren’t a genre I get interested in. This modern day mystery novel was quirky and a breath of fresh of air. I read this book at lightening speed as you are pulled into the story very fast with the absurd plot and characters, but absurd in the best way. I liked how the plot was placed in London for the majority of the story and that our heroine was in her midlife crisis. Normally most of the heroines I read are in their twenties and early thirties, so it was a nice change. I also loved that she was a librarian. She had random facts she would give almost blowing her cover of lies she was weaving. Caldwell was a unique character as he was very quiet. I half expected him change as this was a cover but it was how his character is developed. I liked that this was also not a romance novel. There is romance weaved within but it wouldn’t have fit the plot Kirwin had developed.

Now as this is Mary Lou Kirwin’s first book and only book published at this moment I wouldn’t be revisiting the author for a while but I look forward to the next book she will get published.

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Captive Star by Nora Roberts

The second book to the series The Stars of Mithra is Captive Star. This book by Nora Roberts leaves off right as M.J. is rudely pushed inside her apartment and taken by a bounty hunter.

M.J. O’Leary is a hard working women who owns her own pub. Jack Dakota is a bounty hunter. They are mixed when Dakota needs to take in M.J. but that would be too simple. M.J. did not do the crime. She is now being hunted down all because she has possession of a blue diamond that Bailey gave her. With Jack’s help they will avoid the men following them and hopefully find Bailey and Grace.

I was thrilled to read the mysterious scene you read about in the first book comes forward in the second. Roberts shows where M.J.’s story starts off with her run with the diamond.

I like how Roberts creates M.J. to be tough. She doesn’t show her vulnerabilitiy to anyone. She also confuses Jack by not falling for his excuses. It was nice not to read of a weepy weak women. Instead M.J. is strong and doesn’t let things go.

This series is thrilling to read and I can’t wait to see what Grace has to deal with and who is the client behind these murders.

Rising Tides by Nora Roberts

I found a great thrill to pick up and read the second book of the Chesapeake Bay series, Rising Tides by Nora Roberts.

Cam and Anna are now married and left for their honeymoon. Philip and Ethan are left with Seth for just a little while. They start a routine to help Seth the best they can but things are now changing for Ethan. Seeing his father from the dead he is trying to figure out what he needs to do to help. That help will be from Grace a woman he has loved for a long time but can’t seem to say it until he isn’t given a choice.

Reading the first one I was off in a hurry to get the second one. The brothers dynamic is perfect. The second book I got fell back into immediately the moment I opened up the book. This time Ethan is the main character but still all the brothers are there.

The past comes out for Ethan and Seth finally. It was a little surprise of how far they were both traumatized in their past. Roberts gives little details again on Seth’s mother and you finally get to read with her in the book. I can’t wait for when she is in the picture and the brothers conquer the problem.

I love to read how Roberts makes each brother with a sorted past because that is how they have bonded. I still want to know all of Seth’s past but Roberts still does not reveal. She keeps you reading until the very end and wanting to read the next.

Irish Gallagher’s Pub Series by Nora Roberts

Short series are one of my favorite because I know where they begin and end.  I do not have to wait long for authors to finish their story.

Irish Gallagher’s Pub series consist of three stories:

  1. Jewel of the Sun
  2. Tears of the Sun
  3. Heart of the Sun

All three books are placed within the Irish land following a loving and very Irish family the Gallagher’s who work in their pub to make a living.

The first book is with the oldest brother Aiden finding love with a yank coming to find her family in Ireland.

 

The second book is Shawn the second oldest brother who finds love with the girl he always has seen but now really sees.

 

The third book is Darcy the youngest Gallagher.  She finds love with another yank and he will give her everything her hearts desire but the one thing she really wants.

Throughout all of the books we have two spirits who are lovers but separated. They are trying to bring these young couples together so they will find that happiness the spirits long for.  In the end there is happiness for all couples and even the spirits.

Overall I liked the Roberts series.  It took me a little to get into the first book.  I wasn’t sure of it but once I met the characters I wanted to see how the fiery bunch would interact and come to their choices.

Concannon Sister Trilogy by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts brings Ireland back to the pages with the three novels, Born in Fire, Born in Ice, and Born in Shame in the series of the Concannon Sister Trilogy.

Born in Fire

Maggie was a loner, liked it that way unless she was with people she loved.  Like her father who she loved more than life it’s self.  Or her sister Brianna.  Maggie tolerated her mother to the best she could but there was no love lost on either side.  When Maggie started to sell a few items of her glass tragedy hit Brianna and Maggie.  Their father died while Maggie was with him.  But he left a small mystery behind him, who was Amanda?

Maggie and her sister continued to live their lives.  Brianna setting up a B and B and Maggie with her glass which was now making more interest as Rogan Sweeney came into the picture.

Rogan Sweeney, art dealer, already got hold of some of her pieces wanted to make Maggie famous.  He wanted her work, it intrigued him.  He comes to her with an offer but Maggie doesn’t agree at first.  She doesn’t trust him but she finally gives in.  Of course that is not the only thing that Rogan wants, he wants Maggie.

Maggie is overwhelmed with the new life that was being given to her but she didn’t want it all.  She liked certain aspects but wanted to be at home to do her art.  Maggie’s heart only had room for her art and family but now it was making room for other possibilities with Rogan.

Born in Ice

Brianna owns a small cottage that is a B and B.  She is loved by her sister Maggie and her brother-in-law Rogan who are now expecting their first child.  Brianna was not happy but content with her life because there was no other option.  She was at ends with her mother and now she had lost her beloved father.  Life had just been moving along until the Ireland storm brought in her expected guest Grayson Thane a few days earlier.

Grayson Thane “Gray” is a big time mystery writer, who is writing his next book set in Ireland.  The moment he gets to the cottage he is overwhelmed by Brianna.  For a while Gray doesn’t do anything to intimidate but then he can’t take it anymore, he goes after her.  He seduces her to his bed.  Brianna doesn’t except his pursuit at first but finally she gives into what she had been missing all this time.  Brianna knows Gray will not stay forever but that doesn’t stop her from loving him.

Through the book Brianna will live a new life but the past is creeping up behind her as she finds that her father lived a loveless marriage and fathered another child to a woman, Amanda, that was his true love.  Maggie and Brianna are determined to find their half sibling and the woman their father loved.

Born in Shame

A happy life was all Shannon knew, now her life was turned upside down when her mother told her the truth about her father.  Colin who was her father was not her true father.  Tom Concannon from Ireland was Shannon’s true father.  Her mother, Amanda, told all that happened between herself and the two men that she loved.  Hearing the news of her mothers lies Shannon was furious with her but couldn’t really express all her anger and hurt towards her dying mother.   As Amanda closed her eyes she never woke up.  Amanda slipped into a coma and died soon afterwards.

A few days after the funeral she meet a man who was commissioned to track her down.  Her sisters wanted to meet.  At first Shannon declined and pushed the man away then a letter came from Brianna.  Shannon decided to take the journey to Ireland to find this new family but more importantly to find herself.

Shannon gets to Ireland and is overwhelmed by everything there but especially this new family.  As she meets them and finds herself living with Brianna in the inn she doesn’t know what to do.  Brianna wants to befriend her, Maggie doesn’t trust her completely and but finds a way to understand.

Shannon seemed to come to some understanding with her sisters and their mother but the thing that was confusing was the amount of attention which Murphy would pay towards her.  Murphy saw her and knew that she was the one that he had been searching for now the only thing to do was to make her understand this.  Shannon was pulled  into the journey of finding family, love and herself.

Reading these books were fun and entertaining.  They were all very charming with the characters and the plots.  There was a nice flow to the books when each girl had her chance in the story but in each one they overlapped.  You never forgot about the characters.  Each sister was unforgettable and I loved how even though they were all different there was a relationship that couldn’t be broken even for their half-sister.

Nora Roberts showed a wonderful modern day style of romance set in Ireland.