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 Armstrong veers away from the supernatural and into the world of professional killers.  Nadia, a retired police officer, is now a professional hitwoman.  She has learned much from Jack.  So when he asks her to help him track down a serial killer that has the country up in arms, she agrees.  Soon she will be delving deeper into the underground world of professional killers while trying to track a deadly killer (who looks more and more like he is in the same profession as her).  Though not as entertaining as the Women of the Otherworld series, this new series certainly has action.

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Maggie and Saint Just are back from England just in time to find out that a fellow writer has committed suicide…..or has he.  It turns out it is murder and with dead rats showing up on other writer’s doorsteps, including Maggie’s, things are about to get crazy.  Meanwhile, Sterling becomes a Santa for Silver in an effort to embrace the holiday spirit.  And FINALLY, Maggie and Saint Just hook up.  I mean it took ’em long enough, but we’ll have to see where the relationship goes after this.  This was another good mystery, but I don’t quite get why they have coined it with the title they did since we don’t even get to Xmas in this book and in fact barely touch on the holiday season.  Ah well, who knows.

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In a move I don’t quite understand, Kensington Books changed Michaels’ Maggie series from hardcover to trade paper and then started renaming them titles like this current one.  Maybe they have not been doing well or maybe they wanted to appeal more to the chick lit genre.  I am not really sure, but it makes it rather confusing.  I had read the first few a long time ago and just recently re-read the first one which made me want to read the rest in the series (which had not been out the last time I read the books).  So in this current book, Maggie, writer extraordinaire, is off with Saint Just and Sterling to England to be on the set while a movie of her book is being made.  There is, of course, a murder which Maggie and Saint Just end up solving together.  What is intriguing about this series is that Saint Just is actually not real.  He has sprung from Maggie’s head fully formed and is in actuality the main character from her mystery series.  Maggie likes him, he likes her, but he could go poof at any moment so she doesn’t act on it.  These are fun mysteries…I’m always surprised by who the killer is.  The only thing I have a hard time with is the fact that they run across so many murders.  I know that is the nature of mystery books, but it is so implausible.  I think maybe that is why I don’t read too many mysteries.

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If I had known this was the second book in the series, I would never have picked it up first, but, alas, I did not.  Luckily it was easy to catch onto what had happened previously.   Meet Sarah Dearly, a recently turned vampire who is dating a master named Thierry.  Do to an unfortunate incident with a gun in which she kills a vampire hunter, Sarah is now known as the Slayer of Slayers.  Unfortunately, she has no special abilities and no way to defend herself against hunters that now want to prove they can take down the Slayer of Slayers (did I mention that her killing the other hunter was just pure dumb luck?)  So Thierry gives her a couple of bodyguards to watch over her.  But that is not the worst of Sarah’s problems.  Her apartment is bombed, Thierry is pulling away from her, and her friend Quinn keeps hitting on her.  Surely Sarah has it all under control, right?  Well if not she can act with the best of them.  This is a fun beach read type book (unless you are a vampire of course) and was cute if not wholly engrossing.  I may pick up the others in the series to see what happens, but it is not a series that I think I will become obsessed with.

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MacKayla Lane used to be a pretty southern belle with happy thoughts of the husband and family she would one day have filling her head.  Now she is a woman changed.  Haunted by the death of her sister, Mac has changed her life of pretty in pink to punk rock so that she can avenge her sister’s death.  Oh and did I mention she can see Fae?  After coming to Ireland to find her sister’s killer, Mac has learned that her entire life is a lie and that she is blessed (or cursed) with strange abilities.  No one is her friend, and she has many enemies, but she is determined to succeed.  This is a dark, brooding book that takes the stories of the Fae and casts them in an eery modern light.  Mac is a lovable character whose whole life has been turned upside down in a short period of time.  I look forward to seeing what Moning cooks up next for our feisty heroine. 

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For my husband’s birthday, I purchased tickets for us to go on an architectural tour based on Devil in the White City.  Jon had read it, but I had not gotten around to it.  Well today was the day of the tour and I, of course, waited til the last minute to read the book and was only halfway through the book by the time we went.  However, I did finish it tonight and feel now like I had a day full of the greatest event Chicago has ever seen. (The tour was quite interesting by the way and I would recommend it, though it did have to stretch the tie-ins to the book.)

I was very impressed with the book.  IT is written in a very conversational tone which is often lacking in non-fiction books of this nature.   I am ashamed to admit that I knew little of hte world’s fair before reading this despite the fact that I am a Chicago (suburbs) native.  Yet, now I feel, if not an expert, at least marginally more informed.  I feel like I don’t need to go into plot summary because hasn’t everyone heard of this book?  But mayhap not.  It tells the tell of the building of the White City as the Chicago Columbian Exhibition was dubbed.  Built for the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s landing, it was to rival that of the French world fair from a few years before.  It also tells the tale of the 1st serial killer in America.  The stories are interwoven and tell the tale from many different viewpoints.  What amazed me was that Burnham (who essentially ran the building of the fair) had only 27 months to design, build, and open this place.  It is truly amazing when you realize that the fair covered a square mile.  Larson really depicts what life was like back then and all the trials and tribulations that happened before the fair began.  It is an engrossing read (probably why it is still si popular despite having been published over 4 years ago.  I strongly recommend it, especially if you live in Chicago and want to get a behind the scenes look at one of the city’s claims to fame.  You won’t be disappointed. 

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