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

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Review of "Tracking a Shadow"

Jarvis Mann, a down on his luck private investigator, gets a call from a potential client. Emily White wants to hire him because she's being stalked, and Jarvis is happy to have the job. She suspects her ex-husband because he's done it before and so starts the story. As the plot expands, Jarvis meets some seedy characters and a possible long-term love interest during the investigation, but danger is lurking close by. Opus, a dog that Emily is watching for her neighbor is stabbed to death and Rickie, a stalking suspect is beaten to death to add to the mystery. But true to his potential, Jarvis is able to solve the case, much to Emily's chagrin. If you like an easy to read, action-packed detective story, this one is for you. 4 Stars

Monday, October 3, 2016

Review of "Union of Friends"

Travis Gibbs, a court reporter in Kansas City returned to his hometown of Riverfield, Missouri to try and prove his best friend's innocence. Union Miller was dead. shot and killed by Matt Martin after Union allegedly killed Matt's wife Patti. Sounds like an open and shut case, right? When Travis began poking around, Ally Richards, one of Union's old girlfriends joins him in the investigation. As the plot thickens, questions are raised and Sartori introduces sidebars that will have you asking yourself: What is really going on here? If you like mayhem. madness and murder, you're going to love this book and guess what? There is a real surprise on the last page. 5 Stars