*Reviews may contain spoilers.
The Passion of Cleopatra by Anne Rice – 3 Starts
While reading this story, there was more than one time where I sat there wondering why she did not provide more of a background story. It was not until I went to log my read on Goodreads that I discovered this book is, in fact, the second in a series. *facepalm* I was not really drawn to the main characters of Cleopatra and Ramses. I think I would have been happier with a book focusing on the centuries experienced by Bektaten, an African Queen of the great ancient civilization of Shaktanu. I definitely plan on reading The Mummy to see what I missed out on.
That Darkness (Gardiner and Renner #1) by Lisa Black – 4 Stars
I am not sure if my enjoyment of this book stems from the actual plot or if it is because the story takes place in Cleveland. As a Cleveland native, I loved being able to visualize exactly where the characters were. A part of me is thinking my rating is mostly based on my love for Cleveland. At one point I even stopped reading to text this passage to a few friends:
Jack turned back as the light changed and made it across just as the Ukranian disappeared into the quiet alley through the Jacobs Field Complex. Correction, the Progressive Field Complex, Jack reminded himself. Names of structures, he thought, shouldn’t be allowed to change. Ever. Life seemed transitory enough without the formative constructions of a city having an identity crisis every couple of years.
They responded with the same enthusiasm I had for the notion. We still refer to the field as The Jake. There is even a geotag on Instagram called It’s Still Jacobs Field. And FYI, The Q will always be The Gund. As for the story itself, I was intrigued enough to keep reading. The story follows forensics investigator Maggie Gardiner and Homicide Detective Jack Renner as bodies are showing up around CLE with the same MO. It brings up the moral dilemma if you murder a person to protect others and prevent future crimes, does that make your crime acceptable. It pushes the grey scale of a black and white world of right and wrong. Do you root for the vigilante protagonist, or should you scorn him? I have not been able to come up with a decisive answer to this question. I plan on reading the second book of this installment to see how the storyline continues.