Book Review: Ryder: Bird of Prey

Author: Nick Pengelley

Publisher: Alibi (May 5, 2015)

Genre: Mystery

This is my third Nick Pengelley novel. [See my reviews here.]  Each  book gets better and better. In this newest book I was hooked by the time I hit page 3. The emotions of the story tugged at my heart and I just had to keep reading. Let me pause here and share the book’s description with you:

Bird of PreyAccording to the last words of a dying man, the Maltese Falcon was no mere legend: The fabulously jeweled golden bird really existed—still exists, in fact. And Ayesha Ryder is hot on its trail. Rumor says the Falcon conceals clues to the burial place of Harold II, the conquered Anglo-Saxon King of England—and to an artifact of astonishing significance that few besides Ryder would understand. 

Hunted by Scotland Yard, MI5, and those who seek the Falcon to break up the United Kingdom, Ryder joins forces with Joram Tate, a mysterious librarian with a reputation for turning up things that don’t want to be found. Soon Ryder and her handsome, erudite new companion are venturing through lost tombs and ancient abbeys, following a trail left ages ago by the Knights Templar.

Ryder knows she’s close to a game-changing secret, hidden for a thousand years beneath an English castle. But with ruthless killers waiting in the wings, Ryder must go medieval—to defend her life, her country, and the world as we know it.

Does that make you think of Indiana Jones or some other fictional adventurer? Well, Alysha is more than a simple detective — she is an Adventurer! And in this third book she gets to have a very handsome and smart companion along with her. I thought this new book was even better than the previous two.

You know that, in fiction, if the main character isn’t someone you can understand and root for, the story isn’t worth it. I am completely in Alysha’s camp. She’s smart, but not smart-alecky. She’s very knowledgeable about history and politics and historical artifacts. She’s been through some very rough times and they have touched her heart, which in turn makes her vulnerable. She’s willing to take chances and put her life at risk, and she’s also loyal to her friends. Now – isn’t that the kind of character you want to spend  time with?

I strongly recommend you get a “copy” of Alysha Ryder: Bird of Prey. (The Matese Falcon connection is very satisfying to any vintage movie fan.) Just remember that all of Alibi Publishing’s products are ebooks. High-quality ebbs is their mission. I’ve read close to ten now and not one has been bad. They are doing something right.


Nick PengelleAbout Nick Pengelley
Nick Pengelley is the author of the political thrillers Ryder, Ryder: American Treasure, and Ryder: Bird of Prey. Australian by birth, he’s had careers in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom as a law professor, legal consultant, and analyst on Middle East politics, which is his passion. Pengelley lives in Toronto with his family.



Thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book and to TLC Book Tours for allowing me to be a part of it all. To see other stops on the book tour, visit the schedule here: Nick Pengelley Tour Schedule

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4 Responses to Book Review: Ryder: Bird of Prey

  1. Thanks for the fab review Margot; so glad you’re enjoying Ayesha’s adventures! Did you know they’re also published in print, in Canada, by HarperCollins?

  2. I’m very glad to see that the series keeps getting better and better! Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  3. Mystica says:

    I lived the book myself. I keep wanting Ayesha to be happy!

  4. Pingback: Nick Pengelley, author of RYDER: Bird of Prey, on tour May 2015 | TLC Book Tours

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