Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mini Reviews (9)

I love a good spy story!  The Kill Artist is the first book in the Silva's Gabriel Allon series and it is really good.  I had picked up book 9 and 10 in the series and really enjoyed them so I decided that i needed to start from the very beginning.  Gabriel Allon is a fascinating character; an art restorer by day, an Israeli spy by night.  He's a killer with a conscious which makes for good reading.  There was a lot of detail in this book which was boring at times but I think was probably necessary to set the scene for future books.  3 stars.

Anastasia's Secret by Susanne Dunlap

I know I've said this before but I will read anything that is about Russian history.  This story is told from Anastasia's point of view as her family's world collapses.  I really enjoyed it even though I knew how it was all going to end.  I liked that the author gave Anastasia a love interest and some happiness in her short life and I liked how the author portrayed her as a strong, intelligent young women.  A good read if you are interested in this period in history.  4 stars.

This is the third book in the Willi Kraus series and I have to say it was my least favorite.  Willi, a character that I normally really like, was just not very likable in this book.  The story was hard to get into and the mystery wasn't anywhere near as exciting as in the previous two books.  I still enjoyed the story once it got moving but it was kind of a let down since the last book was so good.  3 stars.


  1. I've been getting more into spy/crime novels. The Kill Artist has me interested! I reminds me a little of Dexter with the conscious killing part.

  2. I need to do some min reviews as well to get caught up. thanks for sharing Denise.


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