The Inside Ring

I had so much fun reading Mike Lawson’s thriller novel The Inside Ring.  This is the first book featuring attorney Joe DeMarco and Emma, and what a great start to the series.  DeMarco is out minding his own business when a strange woman jumps into the back of his car telling him he has ten seconds to drive away before the men kill them.  Thus begins his odd relationship with Emma, the maybe government spy.  DeMarco is never really sure who Emma is and what her job might be, but he knows she is always willing to help him in any way that she can; leaving the pair in a unique position of quietly helping each other out with their respective cases.  In this first novel, DeMarco has to help uncover how the secret service may have been compromised.  There has been an assassination attempt on the president and an anonymous insinuation that the secret service is involved.  DeMarco is tasked to find out the truth without involving the FBI or the secret service.

I loved how Lawson incorporates humor into his action novel.  It never felt too serious even though the story-line was dealing with life-threatening situations.  Lawson also did a great job of developing his characters and their relationships with each other.  Emma and DeMarco are such an engaging pair to read, and I can’t wait to see how their relationship continues to develop through the series.  Lawson has done such a fabulous job with his writing.  It was easy to visualize Washington DC and all of the adventures that the two characters find themselves in.  If you are looking for a new thriller novel or just want to try a new author, this would be a excellent choice.

Mike Lawson will be attending the Tucson Festival of Books March 10th and 11th.  He will be joining us in our booth (#129/#130) Saturday March 10th at 1:00 PM.  Be sure to stop at the booth and pick-up an autographed copy of his latest novel House Divided.  

Poison Flower

Wow!  Thomas Perry sure didn’t disappoint his readers with his newest novel Poison Flower.  This is the latest in the Jane Whitefield series, and perhaps the most intense.  Jane has been kidnapped by some nasty men and they have no problem doing whatever it takes to get Jane to confess where her latest client is.  Of course, Jane would rather die than reveal the where-abouts of someone she has helped escape.  Soon her kidnappers decided to sell her to the highest bidder, and wouldn’t you know all of the worst-of-the-worst from previous books are there to purchase Jane.

This book  had moments where I held my breath until I was able to get through to finding out how Jane was doing.  Perry always does a great job with his descriptions and details.  It is easy to get swept up into his books, even when they are scary.  I also love his character Jane.  Now that we are seven books in, I really feel like I  know Jane.  She has become so well developed over the series and I loved learning about her heritage.  If you haven’t read this series you must.  It has excitement, a great plot, and as I have previously mentioned a fabulous main character.

Thomas Perry will be attending the Tucson Festival of Books March 10th and 11th.  He will be joining us in our booth (#129/#130) Saturday March 10th at 3:30 PM.  Be sure to stop at the booth and have his latest book autographed.  (The Poison Flower will be released on March 6th-just in time for the festival.)


Wings by Aprilynne Pike is an enchanting tale of becoming your true self, fighting for your family, and first love.  Laurel’s family has decided to embark on an adventure and have moved to a new town to open up a bookstore.  Things have definitely changed for Laurel and now she finds herself attending public school.  On the upside, she has made friends and her life is starting to return to a routine , until she wakes up with petals coming out of her back and learns that she is a faerie.  Needless to say, the semblance of a typical teenage girl is gone, and now Laurel finds herself in a fight to save her dad’s life and the faerie realm.

Pike’s fantasy novel was filled with new faerie myths and an engaging plot.  I was a bit leery to read a story where faeries are plants, but I found myself really liking this twist.  It made Laurel a much more interesting character and it was fun to explore all of her new abilities.  If you are at all a faerie fan, than this would be a perfect series to read.

Aprilynne Pike will be attending the Tucson Festival of Books March 10th and 11th.  Pike will be joining us at our booth (#129/#130) on Sunday at 12 PM to autograph her novels.  Be sure to stop down and meet her.