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The first eight books in the Sydney Rye Mysteries: Unleashed, Death in the Dark, Insatiable, Strings of Glass, The Devil’s Breath, Inviting Fire, Shadow Harvest, and The Girl with the Gun. My dog once took a bullet that was intended for me. A bullet that ripped through his chest, narrowly missing his heart, and exited through his shoulder blade, effectively shattering it. Th The first eight books in the Sydney Rye Mysteries: Unleashed, Death in the Dark, Insatiable, Strings of Glass, The Devil’s Breath, Inviting Fire, Shadow Harvest, and The Girl with the Gun. My dog once took a bullet that was intended for me. A bullet that ripped through his chest, narrowly missing his heart, and exited through his shoulder blade, effectively shattering it. This left him unconscious on the floor of my home. Amazingly, this bullet did not kill him. Ten years ago I adopted Blue as a present to myself after I broke up with my boyfriend one hot, early summer night with the windows open and the neighborhood listening. The next morning I went straight to the pound in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Articles on buying your first dog tell you never to buy a dog on impulse. They want you to be prepared for this new member of your family, to understand the responsibilities and challenges of owning a dog. Going to the pound because you need something in your life that's worth holding onto is rarely, if ever, mentioned. I asked the man at the pound to show me the biggest dogs they had. He showed me some seven-week-old Rottweiler-German shepherd puppies that he said would grow to be quite large. Then he showed me a six-month-old shepherd that would get pretty big. Then he showed me Blue, the largest dog they had. The man called him a Collie mix and he was stuffed into the biggest cage they had, but he didn't fit. He was as tall as a Great Dane but much skinnier, with the snout of a collie, the markings of a Siberian husky, the ears and tail of a shepherd and the body of a wolf, with one blue eye and one brown. Crouched in a sitting position, unable to lie down, unable to sit all the way up, he looked at me from between the bars, and I fell in love. "He's still underweight," the man in the blue scrubs told me as we looked at Blue. "I'll tell you, lady, he's pretty but he's skittish. He sheds, and I mean sheds. I don't think you want this dog." But I knew I wanted him. I knew I had to have him. He was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. Blue cost me $108. I brought him home, and we lived together for years. He was, for most of our relationship, my only companion. But when I first met Blue, a lifetime ago now, I had family and friends. I worked at a crappy coffeehouse. I was young and lost; I was normal. Back then, at the beginning of this story, before I'd ever seen a corpse, before Blue saved my life, before I felt what it was like to kill someone in cold blood, I was still Joy Humbolt. I'd never even heard the name Sydney Rye. P.S. The dog does not die. **Beware: If you can’t handle a few f-bombs, you can’t handle this series.**


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The first eight books in the Sydney Rye Mysteries: Unleashed, Death in the Dark, Insatiable, Strings of Glass, The Devil’s Breath, Inviting Fire, Shadow Harvest, and The Girl with the Gun. My dog once took a bullet that was intended for me. A bullet that ripped through his chest, narrowly missing his heart, and exited through his shoulder blade, effectively shattering it. Th The first eight books in the Sydney Rye Mysteries: Unleashed, Death in the Dark, Insatiable, Strings of Glass, The Devil’s Breath, Inviting Fire, Shadow Harvest, and The Girl with the Gun. My dog once took a bullet that was intended for me. A bullet that ripped through his chest, narrowly missing his heart, and exited through his shoulder blade, effectively shattering it. This left him unconscious on the floor of my home. Amazingly, this bullet did not kill him. Ten years ago I adopted Blue as a present to myself after I broke up with my boyfriend one hot, early summer night with the windows open and the neighborhood listening. The next morning I went straight to the pound in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Articles on buying your first dog tell you never to buy a dog on impulse. They want you to be prepared for this new member of your family, to understand the responsibilities and challenges of owning a dog. Going to the pound because you need something in your life that's worth holding onto is rarely, if ever, mentioned. I asked the man at the pound to show me the biggest dogs they had. He showed me some seven-week-old Rottweiler-German shepherd puppies that he said would grow to be quite large. Then he showed me a six-month-old shepherd that would get pretty big. Then he showed me Blue, the largest dog they had. The man called him a Collie mix and he was stuffed into the biggest cage they had, but he didn't fit. He was as tall as a Great Dane but much skinnier, with the snout of a collie, the markings of a Siberian husky, the ears and tail of a shepherd and the body of a wolf, with one blue eye and one brown. Crouched in a sitting position, unable to lie down, unable to sit all the way up, he looked at me from between the bars, and I fell in love. "He's still underweight," the man in the blue scrubs told me as we looked at Blue. "I'll tell you, lady, he's pretty but he's skittish. He sheds, and I mean sheds. I don't think you want this dog." But I knew I wanted him. I knew I had to have him. He was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. Blue cost me $108. I brought him home, and we lived together for years. He was, for most of our relationship, my only companion. But when I first met Blue, a lifetime ago now, I had family and friends. I worked at a crappy coffeehouse. I was young and lost; I was normal. Back then, at the beginning of this story, before I'd ever seen a corpse, before Blue saved my life, before I felt what it was like to kill someone in cold blood, I was still Joy Humbolt. I'd never even heard the name Sydney Rye. P.S. The dog does not die. **Beware: If you can’t handle a few f-bombs, you can’t handle this series.**

30 review for Sydney Rye Mysteries Books 1-8 Box Set

  1. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    Some kind soul mentioned that the Sydney Rye who featured in one of Dustin Stevens books was a character in a series by Emily Kimmelman so I checked it out. And found eight books for $10 on Amazon - happy days. OK they're not high literature and they are, to put it politely, very aspirational (i.e. not very realistic) and I know I just knocked a book by a respected author for the same thing but these books were hugely entertaining. They featured very likeable characters and an awesome dog (big pl Some kind soul mentioned that the Sydney Rye who featured in one of Dustin Stevens books was a character in a series by Emily Kimmelman so I checked it out. And found eight books for $10 on Amazon - happy days. OK they're not high literature and they are, to put it politely, very aspirational (i.e. not very realistic) and I know I just knocked a book by a respected author for the same thing but these books were hugely entertaining. They featured very likeable characters and an awesome dog (big plus) and they were fast paced, dramatic and a whole lot of fun. They're not long or heavy-going so I ripped through them quickly. I wouldn't call them mysteries either they are firmly in the 'action' genre. Sydney Rye and her merry band of compatriots band together to fight injustice across the world pretty much sums it up. If you're even mildly tempted move quickly before the box-set is withdrawn. Having said all that they were no less realistic than, say, any Jack Reacher book or something by Vince Flynn or such like. Fun!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Larryhill

    This is the first seven books, plus a novella that fills the second book's slot but finishes the first book's arc. As a box set it is one of the best bargains on Amazon. When you finish it - and you will finish - you will certainly go looking for more. For the most part, Kimelman brings each story to a satisfying conclusion. Some volumes are strikingly good - the first, Unleashed, is outstanding. While none die in cliffhangers, all leave threads that need to be pulled. Kimelman manages to steer This is the first seven books, plus a novella that fills the second book's slot but finishes the first book's arc. As a box set it is one of the best bargains on Amazon. When you finish it - and you will finish - you will certainly go looking for more. For the most part, Kimelman brings each story to a satisfying conclusion. Some volumes are strikingly good - the first, Unleashed, is outstanding. While none die in cliffhangers, all leave threads that need to be pulled. Kimelman manages to steer clear of cliche while rendering a frank, reasonably solid character in Sidney Rye as she evolves.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lee D. Penn

    First two books were great, but..... After all her training with Merl and in London in book 2. I expected Joy/Sydney to be a sort of super-sleuth. No way, only getting out of trouble by accident in book 3, using none of her new-found skills, she might just as well have been back in book 1. I'm going to start reading book 4 now, but if she doesn't straighten up immediately, I'll change my rating to a 2 and it's "Hasta la Vista, Baby!" . First two books were great, but..... After all her training with Merl and in London in book 2. I expected Joy/Sydney to be a sort of super-sleuth. No way, only getting out of trouble by accident in book 3, using none of her new-found skills, she might just as well have been back in book 1. I'm going to start reading book 4 now, but if she doesn't straighten up immediately, I'll change my rating to a 2 and it's "Hasta la Vista, Baby!" .

  4. 5 out of 5

    Deb crisanti

    So worth the money! Great characters, sizzling adventures and the battle between good and evil, these stories are fun and satisfying. Go for it

  5. 5 out of 5

    Denise McGhee

    Gratuitous violence! I bought this box set after confusing the author with another dog-centered mystery series. No problem, right? I love dogs, I love mysteries, I love serial novels. Except that this series is much less "mystery" and more "hack and slash horror". Don't get me wrong, I'm used to having people die in the books I read (it's not really a mystery without at least one dead body), and I gravitate towards thrillers and horror movies, but I couldn't stomach these books at all. I read the Gratuitous violence! I bought this box set after confusing the author with another dog-centered mystery series. No problem, right? I love dogs, I love mysteries, I love serial novels. Except that this series is much less "mystery" and more "hack and slash horror". Don't get me wrong, I'm used to having people die in the books I read (it's not really a mystery without at least one dead body), and I gravitate towards thrillers and horror movies, but I couldn't stomach these books at all. I read the first one and thought maybe this was the author's first novel, so I overlooked the issues I ran across. I even read the second one thinking that if she had gotten to an 8 part series, the books must have gotten better. I forced myself to finish that one but couldn't go any further in the series. I moved the box set to my "Meh" category in my cloud library. That way if I ever forget the names Emily Kimelman or Sydney Rye, I have the permanent reminder that these books aren't worth reading. My opinion: The violence and gore are just taken too far...kind of like the difference between a horror movie and a snuff film.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Wow! Edge of your seat excitement! Riveting adventure and a tough as nails heroine Oh and you got to love the dog! Sydney Rye is a whole new class of female heroine! Tough as nails and just as deadly! But she didn't start out to be a hero, she simply wanted justice in a broken system that protects the rich and powerful and punishes the victims. She wanted vengeance for her brothers death from a man that thought himself above the law. But even that was denied her. Yet out of the myth of her vigila Wow! Edge of your seat excitement! Riveting adventure and a tough as nails heroine Oh and you got to love the dog! Sydney Rye is a whole new class of female heroine! Tough as nails and just as deadly! But she didn't start out to be a hero, she simply wanted justice in a broken system that protects the rich and powerful and punishes the victims. She wanted vengeance for her brothers death from a man that thought himself above the law. But even that was denied her. Yet out of the myth of her vigilant justice a whole network is born. And along with her best friend, a dog named Blue and others she meets along the way Sydney ends up dishing out her own special whoop-ass brand of justice around the world. The books are best read in order to get the full flavor of the settings and characters. I highly recommend this series for anyone who likes edge of your chair kind of Adventure!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Suki L.

    A terrorist with morals? Sydney Rye is a modern-day hero, full of insecurities and doubts, driven by a past that just won't let go; a present that, despite its many failings, still contains good people, good dogs, the occasional good day, and a steady flow of good deeds; and a future that still holds the promise of a world where the lives of women and children are worth protecting. Sydney (a.k.a. Joy Humboldt) undergoes a fundamental transformation between Book One and Book Eight, becoming a hone A terrorist with morals? Sydney Rye is a modern-day hero, full of insecurities and doubts, driven by a past that just won't let go; a present that, despite its many failings, still contains good people, good dogs, the occasional good day, and a steady flow of good deeds; and a future that still holds the promise of a world where the lives of women and children are worth protecting. Sydney (a.k.a. Joy Humboldt) undergoes a fundamental transformation between Book One and Book Eight, becoming a honed and high-powered weapon in a war against powerful men who treat the lives and the bodies of those around them as not only expendable, but existing for no other purpose than to satisfy their own needs for money, power, and control. It is war that we all know is going on, but that very few people even publicly acknowledge, much less put their own lives on the line for the ones who cannot fight for themselves.

  8. 4 out of 5

    CJ

    a journey from timid barista to bad ass avenger. As the title says this set includes the first 8, of currently 12, books about Sydney Rye. The series starts out with Sydney getting fired/quitting her job as a barista and becoming a dog walker. Then she stumbles across a dead body while walking one of her charges. Being a curious person she decides to try to solve the murder, no this is definitely NOT a cozy. What follows is more murder, secret tunnels, a bit of sex and hidden treasure and that is a journey from timid barista to bad ass avenger. As the title says this set includes the first 8, of currently 12, books about Sydney Rye. The series starts out with Sydney getting fired/quitting her job as a barista and becoming a dog walker. Then she stumbles across a dead body while walking one of her charges. Being a curious person she decides to try to solve the murder, no this is definitely NOT a cozy. What follows is more murder, secret tunnels, a bit of sex and hidden treasure and that is just book one. The rest of series chronicles Sydney's transformation and her exploits. One warning this series is not for the squeamish it has a lot of violence that is at times graphic. If that does not bother you and you like strong but at times flawed women you will probably like the series. I know I did and in fact binge read the set.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Jones

    Vigilante or Hero? Both! Great series. Sydney is a woman who takes action when she sees anyone, but especially women and children, being abused. She was born with the name Joy. But when she saw her brotherly ruthlessly murdered because of action she took against a murderer, Joy changed. She went after her brother's killer. Then she became a different person, a vigilante, Sydney Rye. A woman who takes on even the scariest bad guys so she can protect the innocent. This 8 book series evolves, from j Vigilante or Hero? Both! Great series. Sydney is a woman who takes action when she sees anyone, but especially women and children, being abused. She was born with the name Joy. But when she saw her brotherly ruthlessly murdered because of action she took against a murderer, Joy changed. She went after her brother's killer. Then she became a different person, a vigilante, Sydney Rye. A woman who takes on even the scariest bad guys so she can protect the innocent. This 8 book series evolves, from just Sydney taking on the big bad, to a group of people taking up her call to arms. The missions get more and more complex, with international repercussions. Sydney is becoming a heroine for female empowerment. Men follow her too. Men of action. People who stand up for the weak and abused.

  10. 4 out of 5

    #ByFelicia

    Such a great series that is a full on, adrenaline pumping, action packed, page turner that has you glued to the edge of your seat! One would never know feisty Joy Humbolt would ever be capable of the dangerous life she leads. Good thing too because her alter ego Sydney Rye is a badass. Plain and simple. She has an itch for a fight and a need to right a wrong. But she also has that charisma that just makes people admire her and follow her lead. Working for the greater good by seeking justice wher Such a great series that is a full on, adrenaline pumping, action packed, page turner that has you glued to the edge of your seat! One would never know feisty Joy Humbolt would ever be capable of the dangerous life she leads. Good thing too because her alter ego Sydney Rye is a badass. Plain and simple. She has an itch for a fight and a need to right a wrong. But she also has that charisma that just makes people admire her and follow her lead. Working for the greater good by seeking justice where the system has failed makes enemies but fear doesn't stop her. If anything, it pushes her forward. Sydney seeks to save as many as she can even if it means leaving a few bodies behind. #Towanda ✊🏼 #AndTequila 🥃

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Derebery

    Books 1-8 fun, great reading, Sydney is Amazing I enjoyed this series. Sydney is no ones fool. Brutally honest yet compassionate. She is sexual yet learning to be comfortable in her abilities as a woman thrown into the real world. What a journey in book one. I am glad I decided to read this series. I am getting pleasure out of her ability to stand up for herself and also stand up for those who are in bad situations. Blue her dog has saved her many times. This series is one that as you read you c Books 1-8 fun, great reading, Sydney is Amazing I enjoyed this series. Sydney is no ones fool. Brutally honest yet compassionate. She is sexual yet learning to be comfortable in her abilities as a woman thrown into the real world. What a journey in book one. I am glad I decided to read this series. I am getting pleasure out of her ability to stand up for herself and also stand up for those who are in bad situations. Blue her dog has saved her many times. This series is one that as you read you can visualize what the story the author is telling. You will lose track of time. Off to book 9 - I go!

  12. 4 out of 5

    David Muth

    Sorry... Sorry... that I bought this series. Been a really long time a since I had to give up the ghost on a book. Couldn't even get through the 1st book in the series. This is an obvious attempt at replicating Janet Evonavich's early success, but, completely missed the target. The way the main character, Joy, stumbles upon clues... well, ridiculous. The clue scenarios seem to come out of nowhere. Really wish I would've read the reviews and save self some time & $. Sorry... Sorry... that I bought this series. Been a really long time a since I had to give up the ghost on a book. Couldn't even get through the 1st book in the series. This is an obvious attempt at replicating Janet Evonavich's early success, but, completely missed the target. The way the main character, Joy, stumbles upon clues... well, ridiculous. The clue scenarios seem to come out of nowhere. Really wish I would've read the reviews and save self some time & $.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    Sydney Rye Book 1 Sydney brings Justice in book 1 for those who have been killed over a treasure and to avenge her brother's death. She must deal with the religious bias of their mother so James can be cremated and service as his will says. Sydney, then Joy Humboldt, blackmails her mother & stepfather...She goes to kill but does not get revenge because ...... Sydney Rye Book 1 Sydney brings Justice in book 1 for those who have been killed over a treasure and to avenge her brother's death. She must deal with the religious bias of their mother so James can be cremated and service as his will says. Sydney, then Joy Humboldt, blackmails her mother & stepfather...She goes to kill but does not get revenge because ......

  14. 5 out of 5

    Janice Riley

    Very well written book that keeps your interest These books don't have to be read in order to enjoy them. I started with the last two in the series and was curious as to the beginnings so I went back and read the entire series. Lots of adventure and women in the starring role fighting injustice. Very well written book that keeps your interest These books don't have to be read in order to enjoy them. I started with the last two in the series and was curious as to the beginnings so I went back and read the entire series. Lots of adventure and women in the starring role fighting injustice.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Janine Keys

    Loved the first 3...next couple were ok. 6,7, 8 ...hmm. The mission to save the world by uniting and arming womankind on apparently unlimited funds and against all odds began to feel a little ridiculous and very samey. I stopped rooting for Sydney Rye and found myself reading to get to the end of the box set rather than to see what happened. Which is just as well because I got to the end to find out there's a book 9, 10 and 11. I won't be reading them. Loved the first 3...next couple were ok. 6,7, 8 ...hmm. The mission to save the world by uniting and arming womankind on apparently unlimited funds and against all odds began to feel a little ridiculous and very samey. I stopped rooting for Sydney Rye and found myself reading to get to the end of the box set rather than to see what happened. Which is just as well because I got to the end to find out there's a book 9, 10 and 11. I won't be reading them.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    I had been hoarding a bunch of the Sidney Rye novels and I decided that was foolish. I am binge reading the rest of the series and loving them. A strong female lead, fighting for right as she navigates her own life. Much stays the same, but much also changes and evolves, keeping these stories interesting instead of repetitive. I don't put them down until done, unless my eyes cease to focus. I had been hoarding a bunch of the Sidney Rye novels and I decided that was foolish. I am binge reading the rest of the series and loving them. A strong female lead, fighting for right as she navigates her own life. Much stays the same, but much also changes and evolves, keeping these stories interesting instead of repetitive. I don't put them down until done, unless my eyes cease to focus.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Christine Pierce

    Well written but sad and violent I countdown not get through her first book, sweet cat died protecting her brother, brother murdered in front of her, just too much. This might be a good story for people who like that sort of thing, but it is poorly marketed because that is not what I expected.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Heather Smith

    I bought this box set of books 1-8 because the description intrigued me, and the price was good. I flew through the first 8 books enjoying every one of them. The main character and her dog, Blue, are a great team. Action packed, never a dull moment. The evolution of the character development kept my interest.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mrs Claire

    Exciting I have just finished reading series 1-8 of the Sydney Rye books and can't wait to carry on and find what happens. The situations are always gripping and the characters well written. Exciting I have just finished reading series 1-8 of the Sydney Rye books and can't wait to carry on and find what happens. The situations are always gripping and the characters well written.

  20. 4 out of 5

    David GOldie

    Addictive reading! Love these quirky characters and their relationships. Love the dog! Love the plots and being able to go right to the next book as soon as the last is finished. Love Sydney Rye, thanks Emily for this series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lois Carkhuff

    I have read all eight books now and about the sixth one I decided I would not read any more. But dang it all to heck and back I am looking for number nine. I just have to find out how Sydney got out of the situation that book eight ended with. It was an excellent strategy to end it that way!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Connie Wilkerson

    Book 1 & 2 were good. 3 was okay but 4 I couldn’t finish and gave up on any others. Sydney became someone that just wants to kick ass because she’s bored. Not my idea of good literature. Sorry only two stars.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    Well written series of books. Fantastic series. Great character development as well as a nice array of characters. The storylines are interesting and intriguing. I look forward to reading the next book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lise Desbiens

    was a good deal on Amazon and looked interesting. Girl on the run with her dog, tragic story. was a good read not the best. the books were entertaining, mostly liked the first 4 but then it starts to lag

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kat Braden

    I quit reading during the first book due to the trashy content. I felt dirtier and dirtier the further I read. The "heroine" is into sex for sex's sake and smokes dope. I am sorry that I bought the box set. I quit reading during the first book due to the trashy content. I felt dirtier and dirtier the further I read. The "heroine" is into sex for sex's sake and smokes dope. I am sorry that I bought the box set.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristy Bardwell

    Recommended I'd give this a higher rating only if the main character wasn't such a wealthy, powerhouse. I like the stories and read them quickly. Great action and characters. Just a bit farfetched at times. Recommended I'd give this a higher rating only if the main character wasn't such a wealthy, powerhouse. I like the stories and read them quickly. Great action and characters. Just a bit farfetched at times.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stevan Thorpe

    Amazing!! I loved these eight Sydney Rye Mysteries!!! From book number one! Amazing Adventures with Blue at her side. Thank you Emily!! I am looking forward to seeing what comes next. Excellent reading!😎

  28. 4 out of 5

    Charlene A. Lester

    What a story Sydney Rye is a very powerful woman that takes no garbage from any one. She is smart and meticulous in her journeys. Great series of books

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dale

    Great books. I finished all eight books and am now reading #9. Thanks Toby Neal for recommending Emily Kimelman.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ya'Akov Yehudi

    Sydney Rye is a very flawed hero. A very enjoyable series.

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