Book Review – Bloodhound by Andrew Puckett

Time for a whodunit book review!

This one involves tainted blood. Eek!

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Title: Bloodhound

Author: Andrew Puckett

Publisher: Sharpe Books

Publication Date: February 11, 2019

Source: I purchased this ebook

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This is book three of the Tom Jones series, but I had no problem jumping in at this one. I was not lost.

Description:  Blood transfusions have saved countless lives over the years, but when a terrorist group agitating for Scottish independence deliberately contaminates a hundred blood packs with a deadly bacteria, this normally safe procedure poses a terrifying threat.

Department of Health investigator Tom Jones is recalled from holiday to assist with the police enquiries, and the trail leads him to the West Highland Transfusion Centre – where, to complicate matters, he finds that his former girlfriend is now in a relationship with one of the chief suspects.

The hunter will turn into the hunted however, as Tom is targeted when his investigation grows close to uncovering the truth.

Four Stars

Such an interesting whodunit. I jumped into this book without reading the first two. The scenes take place in Ireland, so that was fun and refreshing. 

The main character, Tom is an intelligent sleuth with a dry wit. Snarky humor is amazing.  I was drawn in right away. 

The premise for the mystery is kind of a scary thought – blood packs all over the country are tainted with a deadly organism (virus? disease? I can’t remember. People die.) It’s a race against the clock to figure out – how did the bad guys tamper the plastic blood containers without being detected and who did it!? 

The last five to six chapters were made of fun action. I encourage Puckett to fill an entire novel with this. So well done. I didn’t know the culprit until the reveal at the end of the novel – lots of characters. Lots of suspects.

I’d definitely read more by this author.

Thanks for stopping

~ Jenna

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Another bloody, virus filled book: The Hot Zone: The Terrify True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus. Oh my – so scarey! Don’t read on an airplane. I made that mistake. 

 

Book Review – Notting Hill in the Snow by Jules Wake

It’s getting cold out so I think it’s a great time for a holiday story!

Title: Notting Hill in the Snow

Author: Jules Wake

 

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Publisher: One More Chapter

Pub Date: October 11, 2019

Source: ARC via NetGalley

Description:

Viola Smith, plays the viola in an orchestra (yes really!), she’s bright, bubbly and enthusiastic about absolutely everything. And it’s enough to drive some people crazy…especially if they’re a grumpy widower with an eight-year-old in tow.

Nathan Williams hates Christmas, despite his small daughter’s efforts to stop him being the Grinch. But when he’s caught up in the community nativity play and meets Viola, her enthusiasm is infectious. As the snow starts to fall on Notting Hill and the bells ring out across London, Nathan might have to admit that Christmas isn’t so bad after all.

Four Stars

This was my first time reading a book by Jules Wake and it won’t be my last. If I feel I completely know the characters and the surroundings, I’m happy.

Notting Hill in the Snow. Such a beautiful location and time of year – perfect. I enjoyed the scenes involving the nativity performance at the school, Christmas shopping, selecting a tree, etc. so much fun.

The little girl, Grace is the highlight of this story. I love her. I want to take her home and keep her. So sweet, such great emotional dialog. Awesome.

Slight spoilers ahead…

Viola needed to learn when friends and family truly needed her and when they were using her. She was taken advantage of by her cousins and I’m not sure that part of the story was fully resolved. I would have liked to see an example of them changing their ways.

I had a big issue with the romance aspect of the story. We learn early on in the book that Nate is married. Again – he’s married! Not a spoiler there because, as I just said, we learn that early on in the story. (ppssst, he’s married)

Judge for yourself. I will read more by Wake. Hopefully all the romantic players will be single.

Thank you NetGalley, the author and publisher for the review copy of this title.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

~Jenna