The Vanishing Spy

The Vanishing Spy
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, Book # 2
Poisoned Pen Press
August 1st 2018
eBook
152
English
November 13, 2022 November 22, 2022
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A murdered French butler. A missing skeleton key. For retired detective Virginia Holmes, this case should be no problem. But when Holmes and her assistant travel to France to investigate, the sleuths find themselves embroiled in a far deeper mystery that leads all the way back to the French Resistance of World War II. Spies. Nazis. Deception. And a town that may hold a terrible secret.


What I think

As for the first book, also this story is very well done. We are in France during the Second World War and the occupation of French soil by the Nazis. Our protagonist is a Jew born in France but who studied in England and is part of the French resistance.

Holmes and Fox have been called by the son of the resistance’s second-in-command to find a key.

Women investigate and find much more than just a key.

I liked the chapters alternating between the present and the past, I liked how the final result was discovered and even if not rich in descriptions, the story is not too fast and turned out well.

Murder at the Filmore

Murder at the Filmore
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, Book # 1
Poisoned Pen Press
July 8th 2018
eBook
120
English
November 9, 2022 November 12, 2022
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A murder has occurred at the Filmore Hotel, one of Madison, Wisconsin's most discreet lakeside resorts. It looks cut and dry: a suspect fleeing the scene, a scorned wife, a mythical murder weapon.

But then a retired detective by the name of Virginia Holmes arrives. There's more to this mystery than meets the eye… and the murderer might still be inside the hotel.


What I think

I liked the case, even if it was very simple in the sense that it was obvious that what the police thought, was not true. But at least Holmes’s character is as particular as the one from which the author draws inspiration.

I like that it’s narrated by a writer, like the series from which it takes inspiration where Watson wants to write the exploits of Holmes (Sherlock). And the “detectives” are women, therefore an extra plus.

Mao, Vol. 6

MAO 6
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, Book # 7
VIZ Media LLC
October 16th 2020
Paperback
192
Japanese
November 9, 2022 November 9, 2022

When Nanoka is transported back in time to a supernatural early 20th century, she gets recruited by aloof exorcist Mao. What thread of fate connects them? Together, they seek answers...and kick some demon butt along the way!

The reason for Shiranui’s bitter grudge against Mao is revealed. And now he demands that Mao give him the Taizanfukun spell, which has the power to control lifespans. But Shiranui isn’t the only one who wants it! Then, when the gang floats theories about the origin of Byoki and his powers, Nanoka recruits Shiraha again to help with her research in the present day. Will Shiraha’s crush on Nanoka ever be requited, or does she only have cat eyes for Mao? Plus, the attack that left the scar under Mao’s eye!


Mao, Vol. 5

MAO 5
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, Book # 5
VIZ Media LLC
August 18th 2020
Paperback
192
Japanese
November 3, 2022 November 5, 2022

When Nanoka is transported back in time to a supernatural early 20th century, she gets recruited by aloof exorcist Mao. What thread of fate connects them? Together, they seek answers...and kick some demon butt along the way!

While Shiranui and his minions pursue Mao in the Taisho era, the cat demon Byoki stalks Nanoka in the present day. Meanwhile, a mysterious woman is spreading strange rumors around old Kyoto. Who is she really? Then, a stranger armed with powerful spells and mechanical weapons appears and sets his sights on a particular target…


The Burning God

The Burning God
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, Book # 3
Harper Voyager
Published November 17th 2020
Hardcover
654
English
August 17, 2022 October 24, 2022
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After saving her nation of Nikan from foreign invaders and battling the evil Empress Su Daji in a brutal civil war, Fang Runin was betrayed by allies and left for dead.

Despite her losses, Rin hasn’t given up on those for whom she has sacrificed so much—the people of the southern provinces and especially Tikany, the village that is her home. Returning to her roots, Rin meets difficult challenges—and unexpected opportunities. While her new allies in the Southern Coalition leadership are sly and untrustworthy, Rin quickly realizes that the real power in Nikan lies with the millions of common people who thirst for vengeance and revere her as a goddess of salvation.

Backed by the masses and her Southern Army, Rin will use every weapon to defeat the Dragon Republic, the colonizing Hesperians, and all who threaten the shamanic arts and their practitioners. As her power and influence grows, though, will she be strong enough to resist the Phoenix’s intoxicating voice urging her to burn the world and everything in it?


What I think

I didn’t like the ending. With this ending, the author justifies the conquest of the East by the West and even if progress is right, erasing an entire culture just to make room for the “Creator” is not right and I expected more from a person with Chinese origins (but what do you want me to do, she lives in America and therefore she has been brainwashed with the thought that “Americans are the best in the world and that everyone must be like them” with their 600 year old culture).

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