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Review of Shadows in the Water by Kory Shrum

Genre: Fantasy Crime Thriller

*I received an advanced copy for review; however, I also purchased the book (and I have no regrets!).

Louie Thorne was not granted an easy life. From childhood, Lou has had a special ability that has made being normal a difficult task since she must be alert in water and darkness. When her parents are brutally murdered, Lou learns to master her powers to destroy the crime family that killed her family. While the darkness now makes Lou feel safe, it has also taken away any hope of living a normal life. So Lou’s aunt convinces Lou to help a retired DEA agent on a missing person’s case. Her aunt hopes to reign in Lou’s darkness, but it may just be that Lou’s darkness is the only thing that can bring the truth of her parents’ murderer to light.



Shadows in the Water sucked me in even faster than Shrum’s Jessie Sullivan novels—and I’m a big fan of the Jessie novels. Shadows in the Water is a completely different kind of story from the Jessie Sullivan novels, and I have to say, I think Shrum has found her niche in thrillers. I loved how there were several points of view, and I was impressed at how well they all came together in the end. Lou was an intriguing character with her special abilities and her cold demeanor. I thought her lack of emotions was well written and made her an interesting character, but it made her difficult for me to connect with. However, I enjoyed Lou and my lack of connection to her, while noticeable, did not affect my enjoyment of the book. On the other hand, I fell in love with King, Mel, and Konstantine. King and Konstantine were full of emotional depth, and Mel’s sassy attitude made me instantly like her. Shadows in the Water was hard to put down; I really wanted to read it all in one sitting. I was glad to see this was the start to a new series because I hated to see this book end! This is a must-read novel, and I highly recommend it.


You can purchase Shadows in the Water from Amazon.


If you haven’t read the Jessie Sullivan novels, take a look around Kory Shrum’s website and check out her books. Dying for a Living is free on Amazon.

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Review of The Sword of Moses by Dominic Selwood

Sword of Moses

Genre: mystery/thriller


Ava is a not-so-typical archaeologist living in Baghdad when she is summoned by the government to help them determine if an ancient Biblical artifact is genuine. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned because the Ark of the Covenant is wanted by governments, elusive groups, and a man who wants it to perform a bloody ritual. Ava soon finds herself on a hunt for the missing Ark of the Covenant – a hunt that leads her and her partner, Ferguson, down a dangerous path of conspiracy and deadly beliefs. Ava is surrounded by people who need her expertise, but they hold secrets that Ava must discover if she is to learn where the artifacts are and what the people want them for, so she can bring to light some of archaeology’s most valuable ancient treasures.


A friend of mine told me The Sword of Moses was similar to Dan Brown’s novels, and I was not disappointed. Although the book is a little lengthy for my tastes, Dominic Selwood weaves history, religions, politics, and magic together seamlessly in this book, creating a world of mystery, intrigue, and conspiracy that is hard to put down and equally as hard to guess what will happen. The rich historical and religious details added to my enjoyment of the novel, although occasionally I felt some of the details detracted from the action scenes. I loved the main character, Ava. She is a woman who can hold her own and settles for nothing less than the truth about everything. This book was equally as enjoyable as Dan Brown’s novels, and I would recommend The Sword of Moses to fans of Dan Brown and to those who just want a thriller rife with history, religion, and conspiracy.


About the author

Dominic Selwood

Dr Dominic Selwood is an author, historian, lecturer, and barrister. He is passionate about everything historical, especially medieval.


He started his career as a criminal barrister in London, appearing in serious cases including kidnapping, murder, contract killing, and terrorism. He is now a specialist in the Middle East, and lives in London with his wife and two children.


He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in recognition of his original research, has a degree in English and French law from Cardiff and Poitiers, a masters in Byzantine and Near-Eastern Christian history from the Sorbonne, and a doctorate in medieval history from New College, Oxford.


He has been awarded numerous commercial and academic scholarships, has taught and lectured on warfare, religion, heresy, the Templars, and all the fun medieval stuff at universities in Oxford, Paris, London and elsewhere in the UK, France, and Italy.


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