Danielle Paige’s book Dorothy Must Dieis a dark and twisted adaptation of the Wizard of Oz story. Amy hasn’t had the easiest life in Kansas. She lives with her indifferent addict of a mother in the trailer park and is often bullied at school. However she is making plans to leave her small town for bigger and better thins, she just didn’t realize it would come so soon rather than later. Sucked up into a huge tornado Amy finds herself dumped into the land of OZ – yep it really does exist. This is the not the fun, bright and whimsical Oz that Dorothy found herself in. This is the magic being brutally mined from the ground, flying monkey’s being tortured, munchkins forced into indenture servitude Oz and Amy learns that Dorothy must die.
I really liked this story. I am going to begin by saying, I am not a Wizard of Oz fan – at all. However I was so intrigued by the name and premise that I had to read this book. Paige’s interpretations of all our beloved favorites like the cowardly lion, scarecrow and tinman were terrifying and imaginative. I could feel the tinman’s sharp knives and I could feel the lions teeth. I found myself mesmerized by Paige’s descriptions. There were moments of intense creepiness, but they were so well done that I had to keep reading. I also liked Amy. She is witty, sarcastic and has a little spunk about her. A reluctant hero she might be, but once she decides to commit to the cause she does it with her whole being – regardless of the cost to herself. If you are looking for a new read that is dark and edgy that also has great characters this is the book to read.
Looking for a fun new cozy mystery series? Then be sure to read Leigh Perry’s The Skeleton Takes a Bow. Sid, the family talking skeleton, is finally getting his big moment in the spotlight and is starring in a local high schools production of Hamlet. Okay, so he is really just a prop in the play and it’s only his skull, but it’s a start. Everything is going great, until he is left overnight at the high school and overhears a murder taking place. The next day no one discovers a body. So he and his human friend Georgia decide to do some investigating.
Perry has such a knack with the wit in her dialogue. I find myself chuckling along with the characters. The bone puns are just one of the things I enjoy about this series. The characters are great and I am excited to see how they continue to develop. Everyone has a background that has been hinted at and I find myself craving to know more. Yes this is a cozy mystery, but it still has darkness and depth to the plot. Perry keeps her subject matter light with the aid of a talking skeleton, but some of the story is grittier. The combination of humor and suspense really keeps you hooked from beginning to end. This is a great series with lots of red herrings and crazy things happening.
The Dark Before Dawn by Laurie Stevens is the first book in a gripping new mystery series. This compelling psychological thriller kept me turning the pages from start to finish. Gabriel McRay is a homicide cop on the way out. His personal problems have interfered with his job to the point that he has been told to resign. That changes when bodies start turning up with notes addressed to him. As the case progresses, Gabriel realizes that the killer’s identity is hidden in memories that he buried due to childhood trauma, but now he must face them.
This story was great and and kept you guessing until the end. Stevens did an amazing job creating complex characters. It seemed people had their own issues to work through, along with solving the murders, making the entire story more realistic and believable. Steven’s also did an incredible job with her psychological profiling. I was so intrigued by this aspect of the story. We recently had Laurie Steven’s in the store for a book signing and we have signed copies available for you to start a new mystery series.