Reviews by Maggie Boyd

C+
Hold Your Breath

I had to laugh at the cover of this book: A bare chested man holding a gun walking through freezing cold lake in a snowy landscape. What could make more sense than running around in the cold chasing villains without your clothes on? Too many stunts like that and the bad guys won’t have to shoot yo ...

B
The Summer Before the War

Many, many novels have claimed to be “for fans of Downton Abbey.” Most of those tales do not live up to the hype but Helen Simonson’s The Summer Before the War, while making no such claim, actually delivers on that promise. Beginning, quite literally, in the summer of 1914, before war is decla ...

B+
No One Knows

In a way, the title for this book No One Knows is actually an excellent description of the plot. This story is all about how even in this digital age we can never really know what happened, we can never really know all we need to about what led to an event. Most importantly of all, we can never real ...

B
The Widow and the Sheikh

I love stories about Arabia. The historical Middle East is, to me, a land of fairy tale and passion. Given the sheer volume of romances containing the word “Sheikh” in the title I think I can safely say I am not alone. Julia Trevelyan awakens from a drugged sleep to find herself in quite the ...

B-
Betrayed

Ghostly sleuths hunt for a solution to a haunting problem in this young adult paranormal tale which asks and answers the question – “can you meet the man of your dreams even after you’ve died?” Phoebe Irving’s family moved from San Francisco to a small English countr ...

B+
Try Not to Breathe

I love stories about cold cases. It’s just comforting to know that even if evil gets away with something for a while, good always triumphs. This is a story of how solving a fifteen year-old cold case helps a reporter find herself again. It’s an intriguing tale that I found hard to put down. O ...

B
The Widow

Crimes can be complex things, full of multiple characters from the villain to the victim, the police and their suspects to the reporters who prey upon them all. This novel does a powerful job of capturing how a single afternoon can affect forever the lives of many people. Her name was Bella. Char ...

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Passion's Song

I always think of Farrah Rochon’s books as being romances about grownups. Her heroes and heroines are together human beings who have reached a good place in their lives and are ready to share that spot with someone special. They may hit some speed bumps on the road to their HEA but they are able t ...

C
Amish Sweethearts

I don’t believe in “the one” - as in your one and only true love and soulmate. Sure, I’ll buy the fated mates argument in a paranormal or science fiction story but in a contemporary novel I find it is often used to explain angst of the annoying variety. Most times the hero or heroine will pi ...

C
Alone in the Dark

This will probably be my swan song as a reviewer of Karen Rose novels. While I find her characters addictive, sex scenes scintillating and intricate mysteries fascinating, the over-complicated plots and sheer un-believability of the story lines often leave me frustrated. This novel was no exception. ...