Friday, August 24, 2018

Review of "Exposed Fury"

Overall this was a good read, albeit I found it a little slow getting started. The character, Ford is a mystery from beginning to end and seems to be more of a prop than a contributing factor. Flanigan has a smooth style and a clear, concise voice throughout. 4 Stars 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Review of "Dead Lemons"

This is only the second book I've read where the author is successful in jumping back and forth in time. Bell combines the past and the present with a clear and concise voice that keeps the reader from getting bored because the story does get slow at times. 4 Stars 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Review of "Pancake Money"

Great plot, the kind that grows on you to the point of not wanting to stop reading. Bell has a strong, clear voice, but a slightly choppy style. If you like a good murder mystery, you're sure to love this one. 5 Stars

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Review of "The Alley Rat"

Miller's View: Book Five. Cranston Turner is revitalizing a poor area of Hammond, but the community church stands in his way. A reverend, a deacon and thirty church members lose their lives in an attempt to obtain the church. An eyewitness to one of the murders, Skylar (Birdy) Branson is hunted down and killed. Birdy was the niece of Detective Branson, Miller's partner. As the plot expands, Miller uses the rose-colored glasses in the investigation. This is a pretty straightforward story, light, entertaining and the ending suggests more stories to come. 3 Stars.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Review of "The Island of the Dead"

Miller's View: Book Four. Detective Jonathan Miller and Callie St. Claire are now married and honeymooning on the Island of the Dead. The police find a woman murdered and her companion badly beaten, Miller is accused. He convinces Detective Laura Newman to allow him to help in her investigation. Eventually, the pair solves that case, but uncover a lead in a cold case. When Miller and Newman solve the cold case, Miller returns to Lousiana and his new bride. Potts again displays the ability to unveil little secrets that enhance the plot. Her stories are inviting and easy to read in spite of the technical errors. 3 Stars       

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Review of "The Case of the Blue Diamonds"

Back in Hammond, Louisiana, Detective Jonathan Miller is thrust into another mystery and uses the rose-colored glasses as a talisman to aid his investigation. He is also now engaged to Callie St. Claire and has bought her a house and a new vehicle. Ilegal blue diamonds, conspiracy, and murder interlace the plot along with the spirits of darkness. As the plot nears the end, even more family secrets are revealed. There were times when I wasn't sure who was speaking and occasionally a sentence didn't make sense. There were also a few punctuation and layout errors. Although the story has merit, this is not Marlene's best work. 3 Stars

Friday, May 25, 2018

Review of "Conspiracy"

Gifted a copy for review. This is the first time in 192 reviews that I have assigned a single star. The book has no hook, meaning a reason to continue reading. The content is boring, the punctuation or more specifically the lack of is atrocious. I stopped reading in chapter five and went to listen to the wind. Don't waste your time or money on this one. 1 Star

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Review of "Holmes: The Darlington Substitution"

This yarn begins with Watson trying to sell his book of stories originally written for the Evening Gazette. He scored an interview with Charles Darlington for the radio in hopes of promoting the tome. During the interview, they discussed the stories, which were cases Holmes and Watson were involved in, and therein laid a clue. The day of the scheduled broadcast, Watson went to the Twisted Lip pub to meet Holmes and listen to the interview. Much to their chagrin, it featured another author, not Watson, and it was cut off early. Determined to find out what happened, Holmes grilled Watson on the interview and was sure he failed to deliver its crux. This story revealed the creative mind of the author and allowed us to experience the same crisp humor we’ve come to expect from Mel Small. 5 Stars 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Review of "The False Prophet"

This is an epic tale of good versus evil. The False Prophet intended to command the towns in an apocalyptic America using his magnificent army. In addition, he forced his religion upon his people and repressed all others. Donald of Fisher had other plans and was torn between the love of two women. The war came down to the battle at Stonegate and after 6 days, the enemy wanted to parley. Donald accepted their surrender, but another attack was imminent. Balek Brown, a prophet's commander fought a bout with Donald but lost his head. Donald married his love and had Brown's head delivered to the False Prophet. The story has merit and is well written, although a tedious read. 3 Stars

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Review of "Investing in Vain"

Beatrice von Vain, the founder of Vain Capital was in deep trouble. Her company was underperforming for its clients and they were starting to pull their investments. That is until the California Retirement Asset Management (CRAM) fund came along. CRAM wanted to invest much differently and with the discovery of the HONEY BOO-BOO anomaly, it was wildly successful. Worsley has as much fun naming his characters as he does coming up with audacious schemes. Bruce Benson, a mild-mannered quant transforms into Brucilla Curious, a transgendered fund manager. A newly elected US female president tames a macho Russian president, but wait there's a lot more to read about here. You won't want to put this one down, it's hilarious. 5 Stars

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Review of "Freedom's Light"

In the wake of the devastating attack on the Twin Towers on 9/11, the American military was called to action. Rob Marrino and his squad, Light Force, were sent overseas on a recon mission. While in Iraq, they discovered a large plane being prepped by a band of terrorists. Rob was sure the terrorists were planning on another attack on America with the plane. The squad failed in an effort to stop the takeoff, but produced enough damage to cause a crash a few miles away. Now, with their position revealed, the squad engaged the terrorists in a gun battle before being rescued by helicopter. Saniscalchi presents a captivating, fictional chronicle in a slow, steady voice that is easy to read. 3 Stars 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Review of "Tunnels"

The North Koreans were building a huge tunnel under the DMZ and into South Korea with plans to invade. Tae, a poor North Korean, traveled to the South using part of the tunnel to connect with his brother to get much-needed supplies. The Americans devised a plan to destroy the tunnel, but it was extremely complicated and needed precise timing. As the plot developed, unforeseen events occur to threaten the outcome of the American plan, and many innocent lives. It takes a while to get to the crux of the story, but when you do, it pulls you in and you won't want to put the book down. Padilla's story is well thought out and delivered in a calm clear voice. 4 Stars

Monday, February 5, 2018

Review of "Lex Talionis"

Kramer, his dog Shadow, and his partner Brandt worked with Darci and Maria of Global Security Corp. The mission was to locate Harper, an international criminal who was working with the Cali Cartel and ISIS. Ten ISIS teams were scattered in different locations across the US ready to unleash their wrath against American citizens. Despite the efforts of the team, Harper proved to be a worthy adversary alluding capture with the aid of her twin sister, an FBI agent. The plot thickens as the ISIS attacks begin and Kramer realizes that Harper has her own agenda. Smith does a good job keeping the reader in suspense, his voice is loud and clear and his characters bold. 5 Stars

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Review of "Gables Court"

Samuel Baas, a young Jewish lawyer living in Miami, can't say no to people. He tries to help everyone. For a guy who wants to wait for marriage to enjoy sex, he's getting plenty. He works for little or nothing and it doesn't seem to bother him. Wierd dreams or flashbacks permeate his life. There's a girl named Kate, a boy named Daniel and a Nazi named Gleba, therein lies most of the story except for Gary, his best friend. There is more, but somehow it felt insignificant. It seemed like a strange novel to me, not bad, and maybe I didn't really understand it. It could be Kessler's style that threw me and his voice is low. If you like a story off the beaten path, this one is for you. 3 Stars

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