Thursday, January 4, 2018

Review of "Time Doesn't Matter"

This is kind of a two-part story; part one Nat-ul, the prehistoric cave girl and part two, Victoria Custer, aka Vic Challenger, the 1920's world traveler. Both characters had adventures surrounding killing wild beasts in order to survive and other life-threatening experiences. It really was never clear whether Vic had a dual personality, and ancestral memory and senses, or if she just had vivid dreams that helped her through the plot. In any event, the characters weren't well developed. The story was mildly entertaining, but the plot was repetitious and lacked progression and depth. 2 Stars

Friday, December 29, 2017

Review of "The Reconstruction"

Jessica Sanford, the protagonist, is an adopted Asian woman who does facial reconstruction and works with law enforcement. During a reconstruction assignment for an apparent homicide victim, she suspects the victim is her unknown twin sister. The story narrates her search to identify the victim and to determine if she is related. Mr. Wiegers does a good job with the main character's development and the book is an easy read. However, there is a lack of excitement and Jessica's personal and professional relationships are underdeveloped. All in all, for his first attempt at fiction, I think Mr. Wiegers did a good job. 3 Stars   

Friday, December 22, 2017

Review of "The Abduction Chronicles"

Herein, there are aliens, spaceships, domed cities, alien abductions, clones, and descendants from the future. All these are a part of the life of Thomas Hay, or so he says. Oh, and he has had multiple wives, he's quite the ladies man, again so he says. Then there is time travel to the future and back. The characters are mildly interesting and the book is written basically as a memoir. All in all, it's not a bad read, but not one that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I think the best part of this book, is the humorous side of the author. Mr. Hay has an intriguing way of keeping the reader interested, even if it's not in their preferred genre. 3 Stars     

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Review of "Victims of the Past"

Some young people were burned by a contaminant while swimming in the Susquehanna River. Moe Flynn, a private investigator, was hired by Liam Gallagher of the Manson Trading Company to help gather files for an aggressive assistant attorney general investigating the matter. Moe got his friend Joe Benedetti, another PI, to help out too. They started to dig into where the company's waste went and discovered that WasteCo, the company hired to dispose of it was corrupt. A file they found produced a spreadsheet that gave them the names of the truck drivers and others involved in the illegal dumping of toxic chemicals. When one of the swimmers died, all hell broke loose and Moe and Joe had to start putting all the loose ends together to find a solution. 4 Stars

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Review of "A Very Special Election"

Private Investigator, Bobby Caruso hired Joe Benedetti, another PI, to help him guard Ben Kupperman during his run for the US Senate. Joe got his friend Moe involved when he was harassed by two goons in the parking lot. There were secret late night meetings, possible illegal campaign contributions, a riot in the parking lot at campaign headquarters, even a Molotov cocktail and fire. Finally, the election was over with Ben winning by only 972 votes over Clement Sanders, his opponent, but that didn't end the violence. Joe was attacked by one of the goons in his own residence and with Moe's help was able to overcome his attacker. These are only some of the highlights, there is a lot more to this impressive novel. 5 stars

Monday, July 10, 2017

Review of "No Place to Die"

When a headless body was found in a dumpster, LAPD Detective Sam Leroy and his partner Detective Ray Quinn were called out to investigate. Later, the head was found by some hikers near the Hollywood sign. Then the detectives investigated the belongings of a hotel customer who didn't check out and found some pornographic photos. This led Leroy to Birmingham, Alabama and the office of P. I. William Kirk, the decapitated victim. Kirk's calendar led Leroy to J. T. Hightower who revealed a blackmail plot he was subject to and his pastor who sent Kirk to LA to deal with the extortion. Another body was found in a dumpster, this one was intact, Evald Mets. How is it all connected? You'll have to read the book to find out, and you'll be glad you did. 5 stars

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Review of "Frame Shop"

Pleasant Meadows Writers Guild and Critiquing Society, Harold, Bryce, Myrtle, Felicity, Carl, Bob, Minx and newbie Gantry, the members. Harold hooks up with Gantry to do research for him with Guy, the hitman. When the details of Guy's M.O. came up, they decided Harold should write the plot of the next hit framing someone else. It was successful, so Guy had Harold write for more hits. Although the plots worked perfectly, Harold still got criticism from the group. Bryce stumbled on an article in the paper about one of Harold's plots. Gantry did some research which led him to suspect Harold's involvement with several murders. Guy was tired of Harold's manipulation so this was going to be the last plot. Best laid plans....4 Stars

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Review of "Evelyn Marsh"

Evelyn and Howard Marsh were now empty nesters and their relationship seemed to be headed toward non-existence. Connie, a friend of Evelyn's encouraged her to open a shop to sell her artwork. When their pool man retired, Evelyn hired The Pool Boy, Ramon. He was young and attractive and she liked flirting until he went too far. Ramon suggested she go into business with him and gave her a prospectus. When Howard left his cell phone at home one day, Evelyn discovered he was cheating with Connie. Ramon showed Evelyn a porn video of him and her daughter, then tried to blackmail her. Evelyn, who felt guilty about killing a gopher in her garden had to do something, but what? Clemens writes an ending that is beautiful. 5 Stars

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Review of "The Ostermann House"

Professors, Michael and Audrey Felton were looking for a second home out in the country. They bought the old Ostermann house near the small town of Krivac, Texas. During the initial inspection, a walled off basement room was discovered and Michael decided to open it up, then things started happening. Objects would go missing and show up in another location, no explanation. People would tell stories, then change them, it made no sense. Then on the night of the new moon, the pond took on strange lights. After experiencing all these weird and unexplainable stories and events, Michael and Audrey decided to let go and sell the Ostermann house. What happened next may surprise or frighten you, but you'll have to read the book to find out. 5 stars

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Review of "No Safe Place"

The President of the United States issued a secret executive order authorizing the Secretary of Defense to release a deadly pathogen on an American city. The purpose was to study the city's reaction to better prepare the general population for a possible terrorist's attack. Trace Austin and his family traveled to Fort Lauderdale, the targeted city, to visit his mother-in-law. Once the flu-like disease spread, martial law was declared and a fence erected around the city. As the protracted plot evolved, Trace's son and mother-in-law die and he became a fugitive, hunted by General Vista, the man in charge. In the end, Austin discovered a report that implicates government officials and used the information to buy his wife and allies safety. 3 Stars

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Review of "The Last Confession of Morten Flygare"

Morten Flygare lived with a dark secret. He stalked and murdered a prostitute named Valentina in Sicily. He decided to go on the run fearing the cops were after him and the best way to escape was by a boat belonging to his sister's boyfriend. Aboard, he's beaten and told his sister's relationship is over. Unable to reach his sister, he went to her flat only to find she was missing. Disguised as a female, he went to the police station to report her missing to an inspector. He's told that she was in protective custody as an informant, then she's murdered and he blames the inspector. He decided to exact his revenge by kidnapping and murdering the inspector's daughter. Morten's secret may shock and disgust you. 2 Stars

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Review of "The Butcher's Bill"

There was a large conglomerate, Gordias, behind a lot of missing money in Iraq and it was run by an American politician from the shadows. Bill Butcher, a former NCIS agent's personal agenda was to avenge some wrongs he witnessed while he was deployed in Iraq including that missing money. Hill now begins the intricate plot that sends Bill Butcher and his best friend Linus Schag, another NCIS agent into a tale that includes murder, kidnapping, and extortion. As Bill commits some violent acts, Linus wonders if a medication he was given for malaria is at the root of his rogue behavior. Bill's relentless pursuit of his agenda ultimately is successful, but a deadly price. His last words to Linus were I will get him. This is an amazing novel. 5 Stars

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Review of "Angelina's Secret"

An aristocratic lady, Angelina and a narcissistic, French privateer, Jude met when he captured her ship at sea. After a game of chance, that she won, he released her and the ship. A short time later she met Jude again, her brother, Jonathan schooled with him. As they fell in love, she began having dreams of young women being murdered. When she was kidnapped by Darcy Montgomery, she learned that he committed those murders and intended to murder her too. Jude rescued her, then after they were married, he gave up privateering and joined her father's business, then learned she was pregnant. As they sailed for France, Jude was arrested and taken back to England to face charges while Angelina gave birth to twins. The ending will remain the secret. 4 Stars  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Review of "When in a Hole, Stop Digging"

Madness and mayhem continue in the village of Throttle. Joe Lagg, estate agent and Roland Bullock, landowner became unskilled building developers. The Jackson brothers, bouncer type jobbing builders became the site managers. The situation turned bad when half of the 150 homes had water pouring out of them, meanwhile, one the canals had run dry. Someone had dug a ditch from under the canal to the new housing projects and during the dastardly deed, a man died. A friend of his saw what happened and was killed by the digger. Now, the discovery of asbestos in another development cause further stir in the community. But that is only part of this hilarious story, another good one from Colin Goodwin. 3 stars  

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review of "Don't Get Mad Get Even"

Alfred Bullock lent his land to Throttle Cricket Club for ten years, but according to the agreement, they need to win a trophy or the land would go back to Bullock. When Alfred was injured, his son, Roland ran the business and was a bit of a twit about it. The club hired a ringer so they could win, but his salary was huge, so they had to devise a plan to make money. Roland found out the ringer liked to drink, then would miss the games and set a plan in motion. Albert and Geoffrey's houses were in direct line of the pitch and often hit, so they wanted the team to lose too, that way they could sell their houses. The shenanigans that happen next turn the town and its residents upside down. Goodwin provides a light-hearted and funny story for all readers to enjoy. 3 Stars

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Review of "What Am I?"

Death had been conquered, man did age, but regenerated and returned to infancy to grow and mature again. David Benson, a revolutionary hated that life and attempted suicide. His body was recovered and sent to be regenerated, and during the process an inner sense, Eldred took over. After regeneration by Lydia, Benson seemed normal, then in a fit of regained rage, Benson killed Lydia with the help of a synthetic handmaiden, Jade Flower. They destroyed her body, but it was actually a synthetic clone, Jade Flower was actually Lydia. Benson was tried by a judge for his crimes and sentenced to isolation on a moon. His quest to destroy the Central government continued and in the end nothing really changed, or did it? 2 Stars

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Review of "Gone on Sunday"

Little Mary was found beaten to death on her porch in 1972, just like her grandma, Bead Baker was back in 1932. The townspeople of Homeville, Virginia wondered if there was a connection between the two deaths because both women supposedly had "the gift". Cotton Lee Penn, a polio victim, was hired by attorney Max Mayfair to investigate. Max was representing Walker Kane, Little Mary's fiance who was afraid he was going to be blamed. There were a lot of secrets in that little town, especially in the Baker family. Tower Lowe sets the background of the family's lives in both generations then leads the reader to speculate who-dun-it. There is plenty of guilt to go around for all the characters and the ending is sure to surprise you. 4 Stars

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Review of "I See Things"

A psychic, Amanda, called and said a young woman was in a dark room with snakes, Detectives Delaney and O'Dell were assigned to investigate. The woman, Hillary Blackstone was later found murdered. Amanda called again and said the man was doing terrible things to a girl on a red bed. The police found body parts in plastic bags in the Intercoastal, then Amanda gets shot. A. R. Alan is a master in spinning the plot full of mystery and suspense. Delaney and O'Dell use their wits and assets to untwist the clues and find the perpetrator. But the story doesn't end there, Delaney is dealt a shocking surprise, that may just lead to another stunning novel by Alan. Let's look forward to that! 5 stars  

Friday, February 17, 2017

Review of "The Past Rushes Forward"

When a woman and her two children were murdered in a drive-by shooting outside a Burger King, Detective Catherine Delaney, and her partner, Cody O'Dell were called in to investigate. During a trip to a grocery store, Delaney saw a man and a little girl doing their shopping. When the man referred to the little girl as Pussy Cat, Delaney remembered the night she was raped as a child by a man who called her Pussy Cat. A. R. Alan now has the basis for a gripping crime novel that will keep you reading well into the night. There is a departure from the marvelous humor Alan usually writes with, but she does continue the playful banter between the two detectives. Pick this one up, you won't be disappointed. 5 Stars

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Review of "Right Turn"

Selecting the very best driver education program for your teen may be among the most important decisions you will every make for them. It's important to remember that driver education programs only provide about 10% of supervised driving time prior to licensing. Another key point to focus on is that your teen has been watching you drive for years and deciding what is acceptable behind the wheel. Reading Right Turn prior to selecting a program will give you insight to the good, bad and ugly of the driving experience and promote a positive experience for you and your teen. Even if you don't learn something new for yourself, you will at the very least be prepared to fully interact with you new driver and his professional teacher. 4 Stars

Friday, February 3, 2017

Review of "The Ghosts of Ukuthula"

Jacob Nkwe, aka Zulu, was CIA and worked for Jim Collins, a director in the state department. Zulu's mission was to collect intel on Colonel Petrov, a Russian who led a force trying to prevent a black coalition government in South Africa. Petrov was going to put his own people in power and steal the county's resources. When Zulu's office building in Pretoria was bombed, he went ghost and got a job at a game park in Namibia. He also got in a gang smuggling weapons for diamonds with half brother, Bakai. Debbie Kotzee, the park manager, had an affair with Zulu, but was linked to the South African Secret Police. At this point McBee ups the plot's intensity as his characters escape danger and save South Africa's future. 4 Stars

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Review of "Between Two Fires"

In the year 597, sixteen-year-old Branwen was betrothed to Morgan, the Hammer King of South Wales. The purpose was to ally the warring kingdoms of Dyfed and South Wales under Morgan to oppose the invading Saxons. Sadly, the marriage was a farce and Branwen escaped only to be taken by Sir Artagan Blacksword of the Free Cantrefs, another Welsh kingdom. As Noce builds his epic plot, Branwen the heroin encounters many trials and tribulations and eventually weds Artagan and has his child. While the Welsh continued to war against each other, the Saxons seemed to hold the upper hand, but Branwen comes into her own as queen in time to unite the Welsh and defeat the Saxons. 5 Stars

Monday, January 23, 2017

Review of "Shadow Soldiers"

This book is three separate stories with a common underlying theme, to rid the evil that crossed the threshold of the Shadow Soldier. Each story reveals the darkness we all know exists, but try to shun and do nothing about. The first story was about a man whose family was tortured and killed by a Mexican Drug Cartel, the Cartel was eliminated. Story two was about a young woman who was abducted and tortured as a child, 100 perverts lost their lives. The final story was prompted by the abduction of a young girl by a human trafficking ring. The ring was eviscerated. The author provokes these questions. Why do these evils continue to exist in modern cultures? Is the solution as wrong as the darkness? Where do we go from here? I'm not sure there are any answers. 5 Stars  

Friday, January 20, 2017

Review of "First Casualty"

Gabriel Wolfe, British covert operative, his mission: Back to the Mozambican forest to retrieve his buddy, Smudge's remains. But first stop off and kill Phillip Agambe, the Zimbabwean defense minister who according to the British Prime Minister is channeling funds to an Islamic terrorist group and planning a coup. While Gabriel was completing the first part of the mission, Agambe revealed a clue as to why he was targeted. The second part of the mission failed and Gabriel and his partner Britta narrowly escaped with their lives. Determined to discover the meaning of Agambe's clue, Gabriel uncovers a conspiracy to use British government resources for unimaginable deeds. Maslen does a marvelous job with the plot to keep the reader intrigued. 5 Stars

Monday, January 16, 2017

Review of "Hunting Savage"

When two murders were perpetrated at the same time 400 miles apart using very unusual ammunition, questions were quickly raised. Peter Savage owner of EJ Enterprises was interviewed by law enforcement about the projectiles. They came from magnetic impulse guns, manufactured for the military by Peter's company. When Peter investigated how someone could get the weapons, he was pulled into a conspiracy to involve the United States in a Middle Eastern war to propagate power and greed. The events that happen next, expose an enigmatic military event in June of 1967 and put Peter's life in danger. Hunting Savage is riveting, fast-paced and demonstrates Edlund's ability to keep the reader on the edge of their seat. 5 Stars  

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Review of "War of the Staffs"

Epic fantasy tale of good versus evil that included dragons, warlocks, wizards and warring factions. Taza, a vampire, ruled the city, Dormin on the planet, Muiria. His goal was to create a world of vampires using the evil power of the Staff of Adonis. Melgor, a warlock was Taza's lackey and charged with killing a Parthian prince, Tarquin and Celedant, his wizard guide. Their goal was to find the two pieces of the Staff of Adaman and use the good power of that staff to defeat Taza. The story ends with Celedant finding one piece of the staff, the amber crystal and the battle to regain control of the fortress, Brackus. The authors went into great detail describing history, places and the clashing factions, but not so much on fabricating the main characters. 3 Stars

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Review of "not a BluePrint"

Growing up with an abusive father was the beginning of toxic relationships for Nina. Her relationship with Craig, a married man produced a child, China. Throughout her life, Nina stepped from one bad relationship to another, but one thing alway ran true, her love for China. At the tender age of sixteen, China developed cancer, Hodgkin Lymphoma. Despite her illness and its treatments, China made it through high school and graduated on June 6, 1989. The cancer wouldn't give up and eventually China needed a bone marrow transplant. After a brief respite, China was hospitalized and finally succumbed to her illness on November 3, 1992. Nina was working and never made it to the hospital in time to be with China in her last moments. 2 Stars

Friday, December 30, 2016

Review of "The Nettle Tree"

The Nettle Tree claims to be a genre stretching collection of strangely different western stories. I agree, it certainly is that. Of the thirteen short stories in the anthology, I found interest in two. The Nettle Tree and Welcome, Stranger both tickled my sense of adventure, curiosity and were entertaining. Beyond those, the rest were stories one might chronicle with the episodes of The Twilight Zone. I have read several western and fantasy novels over the past couple of years, but nothing like this which I get was the point of the book. For all of you out there that enjoy stretching your imagination, this book is for you. 3 Stars

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Review of "Good-Bye Russia Hello America"

Well written story about Russian Jews who came to America to start a new life. Nathan and Louis were the first and settled in New York, then came Jack, Rubin, and Mama Ida. Ida's oldest son, Yehuda stayed with his family in Brest. Jack married Bela and Rubin married Lota. All the boys were successful, then Jack was inducted to serve in the Army during WWII. He was sent to language school and served as a linguist. During his deployment in Europe, Jack met Vladimir, a holocaust survivor. During a three-day leave, Jack found Mosha Vinkovsky, a relative, at Buchenwald and hoped to take her to America. Vladimir and Mosha left for Italy instead, in hopes of making it Palestine. It was years later that the family learned that Vladimir and Mosha married and had a child. 4 stars

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Review of "Consequences of Falling"

After a bitter divorce in Dayton, Ohio, Kimberly Young, aka Elizabeth Trent, returned to her hometown, Riverfield, Missouri. She signed on at the CYA Clinic to work as a psychologist and counseled Grace Benton. When Grace was abducted and found dead, her father, Peter Benton accused Kimberly of being involved and attacked her. She died shortly after the incident in a fiery car crash, then Peter was found by his boss, Ito, with his throat slashed in his home. Peter's co-worker at Shikata, Connelly Dunnerman was found by Ito in his office with an apparent heart attack. Were the deaths related? Was there a conspiracy at work? Sartori does a masterful job of keeping the truth from the reader until the very end. 5 Stars

Monday, December 19, 2016

Review of "High Plains Fort"

After a fight with his father, Justin Tolliver left their South Carolina plantation to make a new life out West. On his way, Justin stopped to say good-bye to the love of his life, Amelia and promised to send for her when he got settled. After taking some odd jobs on his way, Justin hooked up with the Bent brothers and was hired to run the store in their fort along the Sante Fe Trail. The fort was a haven for the wagon trains moving west and a place for the trappers and traders to do business. But the Comanche Indians provided a serious threat to the fort and its inhabitants. Holt proves again that she can spin a well-told western tale and one that's hard to put down. 4 Stars

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Review of "from Stardust to Babylon"

This is a memoir, an extraordinary story and from my point of view, rather unbelievable. Amanda and Simon became lovers in their teens, but they couldn't live with the concept of love. Instead, they lived to hurt each other, him flaunting his new girls, and her marrying for the wrong reasons. Simon died at the age of thirty-seven, then Amanda began hearing Simon's voice, and even feeling his presence with her. It became a stumbling block in her marriage to Richard which ultimately ended in divorce. Amanda continued her journey in the metaphysical and related her experiences in the second part of the book. However, it is clear that Amanda has put a lot of thought and energy into writing her story. 2 Stars

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Review of "Reverend Dumb"

The Brexit vote and the European Football Championship is the backdrop for this novel. During this period, a delegation of seven Chinese investors arrive to explore purchases. Deputy Director Caulfield of the British Security Services is assigned to interact with them. One of the delegation, Reverend Uhm is familiar to Caulfield from his days in Hong Kong, but there is something odd about his behavior. As the plot thickens, several members of the delegation die and Uhm, who doesn't speak much, spends most of his time away from his comrades. But there is a lot more going on in the story and Scantlebury does a nice job of mixing it all in. 4 Stars

Monday, December 5, 2016

Review of "Stone Angels"

College life is the backdrop for the story which is the complex psyche of Augustine Shaw. Shaw, Ben and Duncan share a room their freshman year, but Duncan becomes Shaw's nemesis and does everything he can to infuriate Shaw, including insulting his girlfriend, Lily. At a party one night, Lily has too much to drink and is egged on to drink more by Shaw. The result is death by alcohol poisoning, and Shaw blames himself. The testosterone-fueled feud continues and erupts in a fight behind a bar where Duncan is killed by some thugs after Shaw leaves him unconscious. Shaw accepts the blame for his death. Finally, on the ride home from the Florida Keys on senior spring break, Shaw finds the way to release the guilt and hopefully change his life. 4 stars

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Review of "Outta Time"

This is an engaging and entertaining love story with a twist. Sophie is a psychic medium and animal communicator who also operates a small crystal shop named Otta Time. Nick is a contractor who specializes in renovations and new construction. Nick visits Sophie's shop to confront her about giving his mother guidance which he thinks is phony. The twist is the Guardian Angels that watch over the characters and who Sophie communicates with. As Lundgren spins her plot, the Angels guide Nick and Sophie in a delightful romance despite his non-believing and his present girlfriend. Try as they might to not interfere with the human's lives, the Angel's give a little shove just at the right time. 4 Stars    

Monday, November 28, 2016

Review of "A Person Broken"

In this sequel to Green Girl, Allanas was rescued from the King of Cessor, and taken to Pinnacles Aerie to tend to the dragon, Ja. She refused and soon was isolated and despondent until she met Jaleel. Jaleel sent Allanas and Vargus to Tanthanor to collect the dragon, Sathalor's bones and on the way, Vargus was attacked by a mountain lion. She nursed him back to health and became his mate. While in Tanthanor, she met Horatio who told her about all the things that happened in her absence and she was disappointed to find Mahbruk married. On their return, Vargus tried to teach Allanas how to use her magic to no avail. Again, feeling frustrated and alone, Allanas tried to commit suicide, then she suddenly discovered the truth. 4 Stars

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Review of "Everybody has a Story...These are Ours"

This is a small book of short stories and some poetry, and the stories are engaging. I'm not a person who reads poetry, but there was one poem I especially liked on page 120. At first I felt that the words that formed the stories held a lot of power, but in the end I decided it was the voice that made me want to turn the pages. The voice was crisp, clear and delivered emotion both tough and tender and more than enough to permeate my thick skin. If you read my reviews you are sure to recognize this is a different one. If you're looking for a thumbnail, you are out of luck. My advice is, buy the book you won't be disappointed and you might even learn something about yourself when you hear the voice. 5 Stars

Monday, November 21, 2016

Review of "Bayou on Fire"

When the old courthouse in Plaquemine Parish caught fire there was a dead body found in one of the offices and newly promoted Detective Ginger Walker was assigned to investigate. The fire was proved to be arson and the dead body was that of a judge's clerk. When the autopsy was performed, it was discovered that Haik, the clerk, died before the fire from an injection of heroin and strychnine. As the investigation continued, Walker discovered ties between Scolone, a corrupt attorney, Karen a high priced call girl, Brady, a sheriff's deputy and Haik. She needed to connect the dots to prove who Haik's killer was and the motive. Moulton has written an easy to read mystery that will keep you turning the pages. 3 Stars

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Review of "Holmes, Volume 2"

"He lived in a ratty little flat, had no car, hardly any clothes and few friends, but in his mind he traveled the universe." This quote about Holmes is the underlying thesis of the novel. It's true that Holmes and Watson do solve cases in the story, but Small cleverly weaves the disorderly mind of Holmes into its very fabric. Holmes and Watson are cleared of bank theft, they find the missing Orb, they clear up old cold cases and Holmes suffers a mental breakdown. But the biggest foe is The Professor and ultimately Holmes' most dangerous challenge. Mystery and suspense abound here, but it's Small's dry British humor that keeps you reading on. 5 Stars

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Review of "Matthew's Discovery"

This epic tale combines mystery, fantasy and ancient history. Pearle Sherapha, a wealthy archeologist, lost her daughter Oona to a mysterious accident in the lake on her property. She is now raising her grandson Matthew, and both have special ties to an ancient pyramid in Egypt's White Desert. When Oona's gold chain is discovered in the lake and the chain's medallion is found in the pyramid, McGee adds characters and spins the plot. There is a robbery at Pearle's estate, Matthew discovers fantasy creatures, they travel to the pyramid where a cave-in threatens loss of life. Now add Zara and Escursia, priestesses from the ancient world and you have a fierce battle for survival. There is a lot going on in this book which leads to Matthew's Quest. 4 Stars

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Review of "Jax' House"

Jack O'Hagan was thirteen when he moved to Tregenwyth from Stevenage with his parents. The minute he walked into the musty old house something creeped him out, it was like the house was haunted. After finding an old key in the basement, Jack began having episodes where he would be taken back in time. The things he saw and experienced made no sense and the old house seemed to have a life of its own. Kitchen works his magic combining the current time to that of the eighteenth century through a secret portal. But, it was Terry Blewett, Jack's friend that brings it all together when he introduced Jack to Bill Burney the previous owner of the old house. Don't miss out on this metaphysical mystery. 5 Stars

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Review of "Hell Holes, Demons on the Dalton"

In this sequel to Hell Holes, What Lurks Below, Firesmith writes about the continuing war against the demons. Oswald, Martinez and Aileen O'Shannon drive out on the Dalton Highway in an effort to escape the pursuing demons. Along the way, they pick up two small children whose father was killed. They narrowly escape a forest fire and are rescued by the Army and flown to Eielson Air Force Base. At a high-level meeting at the base, a plan to attack the demons is formulated. The plan is to go into the hell holes and find the demons portal and attack them in hell. The ending seems to indicate there may be a third book in this series. 3 Stars  

Friday, November 4, 2016

Review of "Hell Holes, What Lurks Below"

Dr. Jack Oswald, a geology professor at the University of Alaska got an emergency call from Kevin Kowalski, an ExxonMobil manager. There were huge holes opening up on the tundra near Prudhoe Bay. Kowalski wanted Oswald's help identifying them as they threatened their oil wells and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Oswald, his wife Dr. Angela Marteniz, and two grad students, Mark and Jill Starr packed up their supplies and equipment, then flew to Deadhorse to investigate. What they found not only threatened the oil fields, but their lives also. Hellish creatures were coming up from the holes in an attempt to take over civilization as they knew it. Firesmith spins a devilish tale in this creative novelette. 4 Stars

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Review of "Black Dawn"

Saul Climer, a depressed alcoholic and wannabe writer with a death wish is the protagonist. Antonella Rosario aka Pearla, a voodoo worshiper is the antagonist. Saul, after a drunken dream, awakens to find evidence that maybe what he experienced really wasn't a dream. His dreams take him to different places, interacting with different people even Pearla. As the plot thickens, Saul's dreams become more intense and Pearla goes on a killing spree with the help of a voodoo god, Kalfu. Blackwell serves up a supporting cast to enhance the narrative as well as time travel, mystery and murder. The ending may be a forecast of our future. 3 stars

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Review of "The Radio Murders"

The detective story plays second fiddle to the lesbian sex in this novel, but don't let that keep you from reading this scintillating narrative. Someone is killing guys listening to deejay, Jasmine James, the Love Songs host on KLOV radio. Detective Nick Winston and his partner, Pat Strom of the Seattle Police Department are called in to investigate. Suddenly, James is missing and Winston is in a heated rush to find her. When James is pulled safe from an underground coffin and her kidnapper is locked away in jail, another murder takes place. As the search for the killer continues, James goes missing again much to Winston's chagrin. There are no subtle nuances here, just smack in your face anticipation and pleasure. 5 Stars

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Review of "In Albuquerque, Abandoned"

Cinnamon and Burro are private investigators called to Albuquerque, New Mexico to help a schizophrenic man, Leon who hears a crying baby in a dumpster. They observe Leon search the dumpster and witness Officer Anderson draw his police weapon and order Leon to leave. As the investigation continues, Burro also schizophrenic, see visions that leads them in various directions and even to a murder. This clever mystery has lots of twists and turns and characters intertwined in the plot. Cinnamon is still searching for her mother and Burro has a love interest. The ending is a surprise, but it isn't what you might expect. Another good read from Lowe. 4 stars

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Review of "Journey Home, A Cat's Tale"

When Patches was born, he had two sisters and a brother who were given away. Early on, his dad left and never returned, so it was just Patches and his mom. When the economy went bad, Patches was cast out from his abode and became homeless. For the next eight months, he was a vagabond wandering around trying to survive. He met and made a lot of friends, other cats, a dog, even three rats. Then one winter night he stepped into a steel trap in a dumpster. Two trashmen found him and took him to a vet. After surgery and a time of recovery, Patches, now known as Figaro, was adopted and renamed again as Stimpson. He spent the next nineteen years with that family and two other cats. It was very hard to put this well-written cat's tale down. 5 stars

Monday, October 17, 2016

Review of "Hi, My Name is Maryann"

This is a courageous account of the tumultuous marriage of Mary Ann and Eddie. Eddie was a sweet loving guy when he married Mary Ann, but he was raised in a hard-drinking family. Shortly after their honeymoon, Eddie's drinking problem grew and Mary Ann could tell it was trouble. Needless to say, it caused ups and downs in their marriage. At one point the stress on Mary Ann grew so high, she turned to gambling for appeasement. Wisely, Mary Ann took advantage of addiction support groups for help. Eddie's physical condition became grave and he needed a heart transplant to save his life. Eddie was a lucky man, he not only had a loving wife who never quit on him, he also got the heart he so desperately needed. 4 Stars

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Review of "Travelers"

Complicated fantasy tale about a race of mermaids and mermen from the planet Kyra. The merpeople were sent to live in earth's oceans by Poseidon, the king of Kyra until the evil that threatened them was destroyed. The Stones of Power were the key that protected them, their leader and the way back to their planet. Triana, the protagonist, and Esmerilla, the antagonist matched wits and power as Esmerilla tried to gain all the stones and power for herself. Secrets are held close and slowly revealed as the plot expands. The ending is left open by the author to allow a second tale to be delivered in the future. 3 Stars

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Review of "An Untimely Frost"

Pierce and Rose Wainwright, raised Lilly Long since her mother, Kate was murdered when she was eleven. Lilly married Timothy Warner and at the tender age of twenty-one, he robbed and left her. Lilly, an actress, decided to join the Pinkerton's so she could help other women who were afflicted by the despicable acts of men. Her first assignment was to locate Harold Purcell, the owner of Heaven's Gate. The Pinkerton's client wanted to buy the property which had been vacant for twenty years. What Lilly found during her investigation not only fulfilled her obligation to the agency, but to society by rendering justice for crimes committed by the Purcells. This well written period piece of 1881 displays the talents of an accomplished author. 5 Stars