Wednesday Briefs: Ghostly Blues Part 2

It’s time for another edition of Wednesday Briefs. Yay! Are you ready for more of the story I started last week? I sure hope so! This week, I chose a prompt composed of three words. The words include: cemetery, cranky, and charm. I think I put them to good use in the story!! Let me know what you think by leaving a comment *grins*

Here we go . . .

Ghostly Blues in the Big Easy, Part 2

by

Avery Dawes

The next day I tossed and turned, only managing a little sleep. One of the downsides of working odd hours meant I passed the daylight hours buried under the covers, taking full advantage of my awesome blackout drapes. It didn’t hurt that my windows faced west—thank you, Damien for that! After my grandma passed, I inherited her shotgun-style house. While it was cute, it needed work, and I didn’t have the time or energy for repairs. Then, along came Katrina, and well, it was more cost-effective to bulldoze the house than rebuild it. Damien had a fabulous mansion in the Garden District so he offered me a place to call home. Last year we adopted Brock so the three of us lived in the mansion and ran our consulting business out of the carriage house. Talk about a nice commute!

“Luce, you awake?” A light tapping sounded at my door. Brock. Maybe he found something helpful in his research.

I groaned, a tad cranky. I loved my bed, but I guessed it was time to face the day—er, night.

“D just made a pot of fresh coffee.” Brock knew the magic words to get me to move faster. “Come down to the library once you’ve got your face on.” Continue reading “Wednesday Briefs: Ghostly Blues Part 2”

Latest Read: The English Assassin

While at Politics & Prose in D.C., I picked up The English Assassin by Daniel Silva. The book immediately caught my interest, and even though it is book #2 in the series, I decided I’d give it a try (P&P didn’t have book 1).

I have to say that I had no issue following the story without having read The Kill Artist so don’t worry if you find yourself in the same boat as me.

BlurbThe_English_Assassin

The Unlikely Spy, Daniel Silva’s extraordinary debut novel, was applauded by critics as it rocketed onto natio
nal bestseller lists. Now Silva has outdone himself, with a taut, lightning-paced thriller rooted assuredly in fact: Switzerland’s shameful WWII record of profiteering and collaboration with Nazi Germany.

When art restorer and occasional Israeli agent Gabriel Allon is sent to Zurich, Switzerland, to restore the painting of a reclusive millionaire banker, he arrives to find his would-be employer murdered at the foot of his Raphael. A secret collection of priceless, illicitly gained Impressionist masterpieces is missing. Gabriel’s handlers step out of the shadows to admit the truth-the collector had been silenced-and Gabriel is put back in the high-stakes spy game, battling wits with the rogue assassin he helped to train.

Tense, taut, expertly crafted, and brimming with unexpected reversals, The English Assassin is Daniel Silva at his storytelling best.

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Don’t be intimidated by the length…you will be intrigued from the start and have no problems getting to page 437. Gabriel Allon is a likable hero. He’s had a tragic past and now works his butt off as a part-time spy and part-time art restorer. He is savvy and smart and totally dedicated to his work.  Continue reading “Latest Read: The English Assassin”