Guy Adams: The Rain Soaked Bride

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Funny and chilling in eual measure Thoroughly enjoyed the book Second book featuring August Toby and April ived up to the franchise The mystery was transparentbut the ride to unravel it was great Great read hard to put down Another enjoyable outing of the Clown Service Not as good as book 1 but worth a few hours of your timeAlthough I have to say that the GR blurb or at east the 1st paragraph of it bears almost no resemblance to the actual book It s a bit random Honestly I had no idea there were other books associated with this On the back of the cover it mentions something called the Clown Service which is a fun add since I m fairly certain that organization is not mentioned once throughout the course of the book instead referring to the department as Section 37 From what I gather this is the second installment regarding the happenings of the Clown Service Either way you don t need to have read any other books to understand what you can gather through context and still have a pleasant time This book was caught part way between trying to be a comedy and managing to achieve that goal at times and ooking for a kinship with brand names Hiding in the Bathroom like X Files or Fringe Agentooks for the paranormal sometimes mocked by others in their field If you re ooking for it this book is a Diet X Files that serves up a healthy amount of camp It was a ight read and I m okay having read it I can t finish this review without mentioning my favorite character April She is a brilliantly splash of color on the page Most characters that get to be female and sexually empowered are usually young wanton things With April she is often described as an older woman who is both fierce and youthful She calls grown men boys and is always down for a good time I probably wouldn t have made it through this book without her Reason to read this book You re into the hokey pokey and want to turn yourself around Favorite side character April Shining forever Be still my beating heart August shining would The Barracks Thief and Selected Stories like this to be categorised as science fiction but I m not convinced We saved the world by time travel in the first book and now we re h An okay UK urban fantasy novelMore Charles Stross Laundry Files than Ben Aaronovitch s Rivers of LondonAn okay read but the characters felt aittle flat The first book in this series The Clown Service took me by surprise earlier this summer While the concept and its bright cover intrigued me sufficiently to pick it up I hadn t expected to enjoy it as much as I did I was utterly charmed by Toby his supervisor August Shining Shining s sister April and their neighbour Tamar The Rain Soaked Bride was already on my TBR pile and I started it as soon as I could because I couldn t wait to get back to Toby and friendsThe start of the book deals with the fall out from the previous book in uite an interesting way Unfortunately going into some of it would give huge spoilers for both book one and book two but one of the non spoilery elements I really Becca and the Prisoners Cross (The Copernicus Legacy liked was the way Adams developed the working relationship Shining and Toby They seem to have settled into a solid partnership and Ioved the understanding that s grown between them in the six months or so between the books While Toby is sometimes still baffled by his boss eccentricities he s The Commodore (Aubrey/Maturin, learned to trust in his judgement and act accordinglyThe Toby who is the star in this instalment of the Clown Service series is a different person from the one we met in The Clown Service He s bec. A number of influential South Korean nationals are committing suicide on UK soil In all cases they seem to simply drop whatever they're doing and swiftly almost vacantly end their ownives An electronics importer falls from the top floor of his high rise office the ambas.

Ome far self confident and capable in this novel a fact that comes to the fore once we move into the actual investigation of the Rain Soaked Bride murders He s also gotten of a handle on his PTSD and I Dare Mighty Things liked how Adams actually incorporated this into the plot Toby is a very sympathetic main character and it s very easy to root for him My other favourite character in this book was April This time Shining s sister is a fararger part of the book and she is both hilarious and a force of nature in the narrative I The Texas Rangers Heiress Wife loved discovering of her history and seeing her in action She s morphed from the McGonagallHarriet Bouuet vision I had of her in The Clown Service into someone resembling Dame Judi Dench in her M incarnation only smileyOnce again Adams offers us an interesting mystery to ponder though there is a bigger whodunnit uality to this one The Rain Soaked Bride a mysterious apparition that kills any who see her assassinates several important British diplomats and it s unclear who is behind the orders to eliminate these people Toby and Shining not only have to figure out who the Rain Soaked Bride is exactly but also who sent her Something that only becomes complicated when the story moves from a general murder mystery to aocked room puzzle The tension increases enormously as the number of victims pile up around trade negotiations between the UK and South Korea which are taking place in a secure mansion in the British countryside and Shining and Toby together with April are the only ones able to solve the mystery because they are the only ones prepared to accept a supernatural explanationThe Rain Soaked Bride is another highly entertaining and action packed story of the Clown Service one I enjoyed tremendously If anything the book is even better than the first book in the series as Adams has time to devote to the plot and character development side of things as he doesn t need to establish his setting The book doesn t standalone however even if the mystery in the book is solved the story isn t concluded and reading the previous book is necessary to understand some of the choices Toby and Shining make in this one Adams Her Outback Protector (Men of the Outback leaves us with a huge plot hook for the next instalment and I can t wait to find out what happens next If you enjoyed The Clown Service The Rain Soaked Bride is a must read If you ve not read The Clown Service I recommend you start there and get the most out of your reading experienceThis book was provided for review by the publisher Crossover urban fantasyespionage thriller where a sorcerer attempts to break up an international conference at a remote site thorough assassination resulting in a country house mystery This is the second book in the Clown Service series I m reading this because Iiked the first book in the series The Clown Service my reviewThis was an urban fantasyspy thriller that shapes up as a country house mystery A sorcerer is engaged by a third power to break up an international conference between the UK and Korea taking place at an English manor house The sorcerer s use of magic for the purpose of assassination causes MI5 to skeptically engage Section 37 AKA The Clown Service their Preternatural Investigations Op Section 37 consisting of August Shining a white wizard and his apprentice Toby Greene fight magic with magic and try to ferret out the assassin from amongst the delegates and staff at the isolated conference Country House Mysteries are a very British mystery sub genre I though. Sador to the UK shoots his chauffeur and drives his own car off London Bridge an actor sets fire to himself during a movie premiereAugust and Toby investigate and slowly uncover the ancient force of the Rain Soaked Bride a ghostly spirit of vengeance that drags her enemie.

T doing an urban fantasy crossover with it was clever The writing is also very British and in places comedic The author achieves atmosphere and moves the story uickly with a screenplay Eternal Quest like style Finally the story extends bothong term plot The Widows Little Secret lines and sets up for new onesMy dead tree copy was a moderate 340 pages Original UK copyright for the story was 2014 I read the book very uickly Note not a great deal of prose is dedicated to backstory Reading this book without having read the first book in the series would substantially detract from its enjoymentGuy Adams is a British author who writes in several genres This is the second book in his Clown Service series The series is three 3 books Theast book in the series was written in 20015Prose was good I felt it was a Resurrection Year little better than the first book It had an informal hip British style Note the story has not been Americanized There are references that may baffle a non Brit or ateast a non Anglophile For example I had forgotten what type of carnival ride a Waltzer was Dialog was better than the descriptive prose Action seuences were well handled The narrative was humorous There were two 2 main POVs August Shining and Greene There was also the minor POVs of April Shining August s sister and a supporting character and the antagonistThere was no sex or drug abuse in the story Alcohol was used for social recreation Violence was physical and firearms It was moderately graphic Descriptions of resulting trauma were similarly graphic Body count was moderate and in ine with a murder mystery The main characters were well executed although they were carried over from the first book Greene is the main character He s come a ong way since The Clown Service While not magically savvy he s a full function agent of Section 37 August Shiner is the same spymaster bureaucrat and sorcerer August s sister April Shiner continues to be my favorite character I ike her spinster pensioner ex bureaucrat character In another ife I think she may have been an English Lucrezia Borgia in a previous Tame an Older Man (Harlequin American Romance, life Tamar August s Caucasian Armenian or Azerbaijani bodyguard and who magically disappeared in the first book reappears She s now Greene sove interest I thought this plot Treacherous Is the Night (Verity Kent, line was sappy There are several Korean and English diplomats and MI5 subordinate characters In the past I ve worked closely with Koreans in and out of Korea The Korean characters were not the folks I m familiar with The antagonist remains well if unfairly hidden I take issue with magic bad guys in mysteries Their repertoire of spells negates my deep experience with police procedurals view spoilerI thought the use of the Doppelg nger spelli was a breach of the authorreader conventions of mysterious warfare hide spoiler This was a supremely delightful read When I reuested this book for review I really had no idea what to expect I don t normally read mystery novels but for whatever reason perhaps the awesome cover this caught my eye For once my superficial coverusting payed offI am always a sucker for witty dialogue and this book had it in abundance Each character had their own uniue brand of humour and uirk and for me this was the icing on the cake of an already awesome book The plot kept me guessing to the end and I was honestly surprised when the villain was unmaskedI am always appreciative when a story A Miracle, A Universe leaves a smile on my face and since The Rain Soaked Bride went above and beyond in the entertainment department I will defini. S to their deathsOnce summoned the spirit cannot be dismissed until it takes theife it is charged with it will be unstoppable in its pursuit of the mortal it has in its sights Unfortunately after getting too close to the source of the spirit that mortal is now Toby Gree.