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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Strings Of Glass Book Review

STRINGS OF GLASS is the fourth novel in Emily Kimelman's Sydney Rye Series of dark murder mystery novels. This series features a strong female protagonist and her rescue dog, Blue. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don't mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery.

 Sydney Rye is hanging out in India with her boyfriend, Dan, reading paperbacks and sipping beer. No violence and no reminders of her past. But when she and Blue, are attacked by a pack of wild dogs, Sydney starts to feel that old itch again; to do good by being bad.

Trouble finds Rye when she stops the attempted rape and murder of Anita, a reporter working on a story of corruption and human trafficking. The atrocities Anita describes send Sydney, Blue and Dan on a quest that takes them across India after a dangerous and, up until now, untouchable, figure. While Sydney struggles to accept her true nature she realizes that it is the only way to end decades of abuse and exploitation. But Rye fears that she will lose herself, becoming no better than the monster she fights against.

 My Thoughts
I totally enjoyed Strings Of Glass. The heroine Sydney Rye feels conflicted about some things she has to do in her chosen lifestyle, but at the same time she is driven to save others since she failed to save her brother who was murdered. I loved the care she gave to her best friend, a rescue dog named Blue. Her relationship with boyfriend Dan isn’t quite so easy. Dan is more uncomplicated than Sydney, and she doesn’t think she’s worthy of him. She's doing a lot of soul-searching in this story.

 Dan seems to disagree with her. I haven’t read the entire series yet, but in this book, Dan comes through like a trooper. Sydney doesn’t want him involved in her latest case, but he gets involved anyway, and ultimately proves to be of great help to her. We find, though, that Dan has serious competition from a man Sydney is both drawn to and repelled by.

Strings Of Glass shows Sydney as an action hero as she prevents a brutal rape and targets a man involved in prostitution and the slave trade. Don’t worry. She’s well able to handle it.

 The action is fast paced, the characters and all their flaws are vividly portrayed, and you’ll find yourself rooting for Sydney all the way.  I’d give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Mulberry laughed. "Come on, what are you doing here?"

 "What do you mean? I'm living here."
"I can see that," he said, then looked around the cabin. I saw his jaw clench and then he asked quietly, "With Dan?"

"Yes, with Dan."
"And that's what you want to do?" He looked over at me again, glints of yellow in his eyes sparkled in the sunlight that streamed through a nearby window.

"What do you mean?"
"You want to stay here, not have any more adventures with me?"

"Your adventures usually involve Bobby Maxim, lies, and almost getting me killed," I said, an edge of anger in my voice.
Mulberry frowned. "What are you going to do?" He stood up and stepped toward me, his broad shoulders blocking out the sun's rays. "Stay here and marry Dan? Become a homemaker?" I felt anger rolling off of him like a wave of heat surges over blacktop in the desert.

His rage struck me like an unexpected blow and I yelled at him. "Why not Mulberry? Why wouldn't I marry Dan? Because that might make me happy. Shouldn't I be happy!"
His face paled and he shrunk away from me. I felt like a bull, huffing air out my nose, ready to charge. He shook his head. "I'm sorry, Sydney. Of course you should be happy." The word seemed to die in his mouth. He ran a hand through his dark hair, the silver that peppered it shining in the light.

I squeezed my eyes shut and rubbed at them with my free hand. "God Mulberry, what are you doing here?"
"I don't know," he said, not looking at me. A moment passed as we stood there, the steam from my shower and heat of our emotions filling the room with a wet and heavy silence.

 AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Emily Kimelman lives on a boat in the Hudson Valley with her husband, Sean and their dog Kinsey (named after Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone). Kimelman has a passion for traveling and spends as much time as possible in the pursuit of adventure.
 Her "Sydney Rye Series" are dark murder mystery novels which features a strong female protagonist and her rescue dog, Blue. This series is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don't mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!
The first three books in Kimelman's series, UNLEASHED, DEATH IN THE DARK, and INSATIABLE are available in the Kindle store individually and in a box set. The fourth book in the Sydney Rye series STRINGS OF GLASS is due out Mid-Summer 2013.

 If you've read Emily's work, and enjoyed it, please let Emily know. You can reach her via email


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Readers, Emily is giving away a Strings of Glass tote bag to one lucky person, so follow her tour every day and comment often. You can find the tour dates at

Also, if you're interested in reading the first book in the series, you can get it free this week at



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Unknown said...

Loved your metaphors. They convey so much tension.

Leslie Soule said...

The Sydney Rye series sounds great. I also think the cover's pretty awesome!

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Natasha said...

Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
Sounds like a great read!!
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