The Royals of Monterra: It Takes a Sleuth
Drama, suspense, action and a little bit of romantic tension all build up to a fantastic conclusion in Debra Erfert’s newest short work, The Royals of Monterra: It Takes a Sleuth (Kindle Worlds Publishing 2016). This gumshoe tale has both well-developed characters and a riveting story line.
Someone is trying to kill the beautiful and talented field producer Taylor Hodges. She has come to Arizona scouting a new location for her newest season of Marry Me, Hollywood’s hottest new reality show. An unexpected phone call very late one night puts her in touch with Maxine, the owner of Larabee Investigations.
Maxine Larabee has all the qualities of a strong female protagonist; she’s daring and adventurous with a little bit of “I need to prove myself” and a dash of uncertainty all rolled into one. Maxine knows that winning this newest case for such a high-profile celebrity will be just the ticket to prove that she is more than just a capable investigator.
Even if you aren’t a fan of the mystery genre, you can’t help but have faith in Maxine and hope everything turns out well for Taylor. At 95 pages, it’s a fairly quick read, but the author captures so much action and detail into this short tale that it’s hard to believe it isn’t a full-fledged novel. It Takes a Sleuth is a clean read, suitable for young adults on up. Five stars!
Author Chanda Simper has the created a new world in Rift Watcher (The Electric Scroll, 2015) with aliens and creatures from different parts of the galaxy as believable as if they lived next door.
Onnie and her brother Jay are going to live with their father, Captain of Rift Watcher—the move comes at their father’s request shortly after Onnie purposefully fails the Interplanetary Alliance Academy entrance exam. She doesn’t know what she wants to be, but she knows she doesn’t want to attend the academy.
Onnie is intriguing and intuitive for her age—and also a little bit nosey. A fascinating, relatable character, she possesses a child-like spirit of exploration mixed with a desire to be grown up.
On their voyage to the station, they meet Darragh Conally, the new Chief Medical Officer of Rift Watcher. There is something peculiar about the new doctor and from their first introduction, Onnie spends much of her time trying to figure him out.
Their relationship creates a force to be reckoned with when it comes to understanding what is going on with the Galladirans and the Earthers. The tension is palpable throughout the entire story and Darragh becomes a character to root for.
Chanda Simper will delight book lovers young and old with her clean, science fiction fantasy that keeps the reader engaged to the very end. Five stars!