Saturday, January 28, 2012

Hanging by a Thread on Saturday!

Theoretically, Saturdays are made for relaxing (and chores, but mostly relaxing) and that is just what I plan to do! The only thing better than curling up with a good book is trying out a new movie made from a good book - most fall short but sometimes, if you can let go of all those preconceived notions built within your own imagination, you find some pretty entertaining stuff (case in point, The Harry Potter series). Hence, this weekend's trek to the local Regal cinema to be robbed of all pocket change and a chance to see Stephanie Plum on the big screen. I have to say I think One For The Money worked - was it my dream interpretation? No. But in the end the yummy Morelli and Ranger won me over - you know I am such a sucker for pretty eye candy.

Thread of Death, An Elemental Assassin novella, Jennifer Estep, Pocket Books, 1/31/12

Gin Blanco, aka the assassin the Spider, might have finally killed her nemesis, Mab Monroe, but that doesn’t mean that it’s smooth sailing. Gin goes to Mab’s funeral to say her goodbyes and runs into some of Ashland’s most notorious underworld power players, including Jonah McAllister and Phillip Kincaid. McAllister wants her dead, and Kincaid has his own murky motives when it comes to the Spider, and Gin once again finds herself fighting for her life. Only this time, she might wind up in the cemetery right next to Mab….

Okay, okay - I admit I am a total sucker for this series. I love the action, adventure, strong characters and snappy dialogue. Thread of Death, a "between the numbers" novella, teases the reader with Gin's latest dilemma - life without Mab. For readers who finished Spider's Revenge and wondered - now what? Let's just say this - life without Mab goes on. And if you are the assassin known as the Spider, life is never easy, simple or free of bloodshed.

Ashland had been ruled by the tyrannical Mab Monroe for quite some time but plenty of power players remain and somehow enemies have a habit of landing on Gin's doorstep. Gin herself nearly perished in the last major battle and she and her crew have to gird themselves for the drama that follows. The biggest issue may be that Gin's secret identity seems to be rather public knowledge.

Gathering with her family at Mab's classic Southern funeral, Estep manages to plant hints and clues building for the next installment. To keep things fresh and interesting, the author allows multiple POV's - hearing sleazy lawyer McAllister's and casino boss Kincaid's thoughts as chaos reigns throughout the funeral tantalize the reader as they realize the jig may be up for the anonymous do-gooder diner girl by day/assassin by night Gin. Gin's lover, Owen may also have a secret or two that comes back to haunt him in the upcoming books. With her friends, her returning strength and her brilliant killer instinct, Gin may live to see more days....or become a pawn in an all out battle to assume the throne left behind by Mab

Stay tuned for the next full length Gin novel, By a Thread, available in book and ebook on February 28, 2012!

RATING: 5 big fat Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries - and a an eagerly anticipated new recipe or two in the next Gin Blanco tale - you have to appreciate a series where the heroine is a bad ass killer and knows her was around a kitchen well enough to create a little slice of heaven!

This book was given to us by the author - Jennifer Estep. Many thanks.
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