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Sandraker (Sam Applewhite Book 3) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B095LV3F8T
- Publisher : Pigeon Park Press (July 14, 2021)
- Publication date : July 14, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1428 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 538 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #170,048 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Yet another cracking read from this writing pair, who have jumped right to the top of my favourite authors list!
Sandraker is the third book in the Sam Applewhite series and works fine as a standalone adventure, provided that you are okay with missing out on the loads of character development, hilarity, excitement and chaos that make up the backstory. Look, just read them all, okay? You won’t regret it!
Sam is back on her usual Defcon4 duties – acting as an appropriate adult for a perfectly capable adult Viking; taking inventory of a stately home; investigating missing treasure and a burglary accusation; dodging tigers and crossbow bolts – you know, all the usual, day-to-day duties.
Alongside that, she has temporarily switched meddling in her father’s finances with meddling in his love life, attempting to set him up with aging starlet Lady Lettuces, while trying to maintain her status as ‘friendly and acceptable Saxon’ with the Odinson clan. An Applewhite’s life is never a quiet one!
This series is nominally crime thriller, with a cosy mystery type set-up, but the reader always knows who the wrongdoer is from quite early on, and the mystery bit is how Sam will catch them out and how many people will die in which bizarre ways. Add to that the chaos of the kind of sit-coms that get called ‘wacky’ or ‘zany’ and you have the perfect recipe for a gripping, entertaining, not-to-be-taken-too-seriously, joy of a read.
My only criticism is that the next book isn’t out yet and I want to read it NOW. Guess I’ll have to content myself with one of their many other series for now!
'Hilde spoke before Sam could. “I didn’t do it.”
“Right,” said Camara slowly. “The evidence suggests otherwise.”
“And you says I’m a thief, but I weren’t.”
“Is that so?”
Hilde looked to Sam as though she would back her up on this. “I didn’t know the telecoms fellers were using them poles or the wire,” she said. “They was just lying there. You shouldn’t leave things lying around if tha doesn’t want people to take them.”
Sam nodded. “To be honest, the telegraph poles were just lying around.”
“Finders keepers, ain’t it?” said Hilde.
Camara held up the bejewelled horn. “And where did you find this?”
“And they had a tiger for a guard dog. That ain’t right.”'
– Heide Goody & Iain Grant, Sandraker
Review by Steph Warren of Bookshine and Readbows blog
All our regular heros are back, including Sam’s wonderful Dad, Marvin, - a retired magician, (who may or may not have a lingering crush on the lovely lady Kiki).
We also see the return of Sandraker, the Viking longship constructed lovingly by the Odinsons, a returning clan of Icelandic-wannabes, erstwhile raiders and villains, who function with the brains and hearts of a group of overgrown and somehow charmingly delinquent teenagers.
Fans of comedic crime capers, similar in some ways to a British version of the novels of Janet Evanovitch or Carl Hiassen, will love this book, along with its chuckle-worthy predecessors in the series. I found myself laughing out loud in so many places that I lost count - and in particular, absolutely loved the scene of Sam having dinner with an amorous Antoine the psychic. You will have to read this book to find out why!
A great big thank you to authors, and the publishers for an ARC of this book. All thoughts presented are my own.
I do think you’ll be missing out on character development if you read these as standalone novels. It feels like meeting old friends, every time I read another book, and if you’re going to read, I’d suggest reading in order.
I very much enjoyed this series. I think Sandraker is my favorite of the three, but that’s hard to commit to. Funny and intriguing, check this out.
Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the review copy and the opportunity to honestly review this book on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
By Jaycee Rae on September 3, 2021
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Unlike the other two novels, we're not opening with a murder, this time it's only burglary. Sam gets pulled in when Hilde is caught when the burglar alarm goes off at Candlebroke Hall. It looks like an open and shut case, as she has a stolen drinking horn in her hand when caught, but as Sam is brought in to be her responsible person, you know it's not going to be that easy.
Although the Hall is a National Heritage house, the old owner, Lady Kiki Lettuces, an old film star, and her beaux, the medium Antoine De Winter still live there, along with their pet Tiger Hugh.
From there the book takes off. The Vikings get pulled in, naturally, as the Sandraker of the title having a major part to play. That is a nice call back to book2. Alongside that we have Marvin looking like he's going to get a new girlfriend, at the same time as Sam is trying to wave off someone elses attentions. Della is back as her usual self, and even Doug (Junior) makes an appearance. Everyone needs a Doug in their life.
I'm not normally a fan of the cozy crime style books, but the humour in this, from the dates, to the Vikings, and from the labyrinth that is Defcon4 to the wonderful finale, that just makes this a joy. I do hope this is not the end
Although I didn't originally like the Odinsons in earlier books, they have grown on me over the series and are key characters in this book.
The combination of their eccentricity and others being just plain creepy in this book, means this was always going to be explosive.
The maze of the storyline always confounds me as I expect the tale to go one way. And it never does ..
These books often begin with a sinister event such as murder or fraud, and despite the serious peril the endings are fast-paced and farcical. So much fun!