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Friday, December 14, 2018

Review: Stronger Than Death: DI Jake Sawyer Book Two

Stronger Than Death: DI Jake Sawyer Book Two Stronger Than Death: DI Jake Sawyer Book Two by Andrew Lowe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In my experience British mystery authors seem to possess a certain flair for convoluted mysteries, odd backgrounds, weirdly motivated villains, even torturous constructs that will put readers through their paces trying to Figure It All Out. Detective Inspector Jake Sawyer, formerly of the London Metropolitan Police, is a protagonist with issues all his own and one of those torturous backstories. Now while on leave, he is tasked to return early and take on investigation of a bizarre crime.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Review: Crows

Crows Crows by Grace Harney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can't sufficiently express how totally absorbing I found CROWS. I completely lost myself in the story, and many times I was unaware of whatever happened around me "in real life." Fortunate I was neither driving nor operating machinery, because my consciousness was "away with the fairies" or in this case, "away with the crows." Wow! This novel has so much going on, is so multi-layered, with never a single dull moment. So much of magic and witchcraft and evil and good and friendship and bullying and parents and children and dysfunction. So thankful this is a series and I cannot wait for the next book!

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Review: The Forbidden Temple

The Forbidden Temple The Forbidden Temple by Ernest Dempsey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lovecraft repeatedly reiterated the danger of too much knowledge, of too much exploration. I think he would have roundly decried the Mission Statement of the original Star Trek: "to boldly go where no man has gone before." Lovecraft believed, and illustrated with many of his characters, that the outcome of too much knowledge is inevitably madness. Well, we can add to "madness" also danger, injury, and death--even disappearance. Professor John Portman of Cambridge University, expert on early Indian culture and history, should have heeded Lovecraft. But he did not, thereby creating another case for the intrepid duo of Sean Wyatt and Tommy Schulz. Sean has plenty of experience, both working for the government agency Axis, and since working on his own with partners. This is the 16th entry in the Sean Wyatt series, so be ready for lots of action, compelling suspense, and archaeological intrigue.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Review: Chaos at Castle Buchanan

Chaos at Castle Buchanan Chaos at Castle Buchanan by Alyssa Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Author Alyssa Johnson delivers an engaging heartwarming, cozy, romantic suspense thriller with a likable heroine who is unafraid to show her vulnerability, who cherishes and deepens her relationships with her best friend Britlee and her stepdaughters, and even when she fears change, still embraces it wholeheartedly with total hope for the best. There's plenty of mystery to keep readers in suspense, romance, plus trouble and tension. Like real life, the protagonist, Riley, has ups and downs; good times and bad, fears and hopes, ideals and illusions. Readers will find it easy to empathize with this vividly humanized heroine.

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Review: NanoMorphosis

NanoMorphosis NanoMorphosis by Marla L. Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Exciting science fiction with riffs on politics and government, free will and fear, religion and faith, NANOMORPHOSIS will keep science fiction aficionados turning pages with awed wonder and intrigue. This compelling novel introduces a new breed of aliens, very scary; but what is the most scary aspect is, as the Protagonist intelligently points out, that government and religion in combination have convinced humanity that to venture into outer space is to result in extinction of the species, that space has no place for us, and basically, that aliens are waiting around every planetary corner to destroy us. Although very up to date, I am still reminded of the classic age of Science Fiction, particularly the 1950's.

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Review: Map of Shadows

Map of Shadows Map of Shadows by J.F. Penn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I confess: this is Fantasy the way I like it best, filled with Magic and Lovecraftian overtones of Shadow and Ritual and Ley Lines; and here, Cartography. Purely delightful. Good guards the Gate against Evil with Ritual Cartography; but Evil will not be denied and is determined to break through and overrun the entire Earth, starting at Bath, England. Can the Shadow Cartographers be halted, let alone turned back? If not, humanity is surely doomed

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by Mike Martin

About the Book

Darkest Before the Dawn (Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series)

Supernatural Suspense Mystery

7th in Series

Ottawa Press and Publishing (September 27, 2018)

Paperback: 266 pages

ISBN-10: 198843713X

ISBN-13: 978-1988437132


Darkest Before The Dawn is the latest adventure in the Sgt. Winston Windflower mystery series, the popular Maritime tales about a Mountie who finds himself with a new family and a new life in tiny Grand Bank, Newfoundland. Ghosts, mysterious deaths, and a new, perplexing character confront Windflower, Tizzard and the other police officers in Grand Bank as they unearth secrets that have been lying hidden in the sleepy hamlet for decades. A fast-moving mystery, Darkest Before The Dawn is also a story of love, loss and learning how to grow old gracefully; a tale of family, community and looking after each other, of not giving up hope, just before the dawn.

About the Author

Mike Martin was born in Newfoundland on the East Coast of Canada and now lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. He is a longtime freelance writer and his articles and essays have appeared in newspapers, magazines and online across Canada as well as in the United States and New Zealand. He is the author of Change the Things You Can: Dealing with Difficult People and has written a number of short stories that have published in various publications including Canadian Stories and Downhome magazine.

The Walker on the Cape was his first full fiction book and the premiere of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series. Other books in the series include The Body on the T, Beneath the Surface, A Twist of Fortune and A Long Ways from Home.

A Long Ways from Home was shortlisted for the 2017 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award as the best light mystery of the year. A Tangled Web is the newest book in the series.

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Review: The Memori Project

The Memori Project The Memori Project by Martin Ashwell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Martin Ashwell's debut novel is a subtle yet compelling thriller about a Feckless Hero who means well, caught in th web woven by a Villain who gives new illustration to the definition of Narcissism, a man with secrets so deep they could fill volumes of Conspiracy Theory. Mr. Ashwell is champion at building slow suspense and tension, so that the dangers sneak up on the reader as on the protagonist, Josh Heller (a former CIA agent, who "should know better"). You don't have to be an expert at Neuroscience, the topic on which this plot revolves, to understand the implications for humanity posited in this thriller. I certainly am not an expert, and I found the story engrossing. Josh is a delight in his earnest fecklessness; he is indeed skillful in some ways, yet it is his "blind spots" that will be his downfall. Thankfully THE MEMORI PROJECT is Book 1 of a series.

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Review: Haunted: Horror of Haverfordwest

Haunted: Horror of Haverfordwest Haunted: Horror of Haverfordwest by G L Davies
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Suspension of disbelief" is automatic for me. I have no problem whatsoever accepting these events. Although the author's introduction was a bit slow, the interviews with first the couple who inhabited the house in this small but bustling community beginning in November 1989, then the latter section (earlier published as "a most haunted house") of the couple living there in 2003, I found absolutely riveting. In a dictionary definition of "I couldn't put this book down," HAUNTED: HORROR OF HAVERFORDWEST would be the book cover next to the definition.

Absolutely engrossing, completely terrifying. My stomach roiled many times at the evil nature of the entity or entities haunting this residence, attempting to destroy any humans living within, and as it turned out, any attempting to cleanse the house of its evil.

There were many Lovecraftian overtones as well, including the insistence by a spiritualist that the Entity comes from beyond this Universe. The author even quotes Lovecraft's famous statement on fear.

I highly recommend this nonfiction account to anyone with an open mind and/or an interest in the paranormal or metaphysics.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Review: Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil

Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil by Mary Fan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Just because they're in charge doesn't mean they're right," reiterates a character in this sci fantasy. I think that statement serves as the perfect epigram--and introduction--to this engrossing story. Massively creative world-building provides the solidest foundation for this novel, and non-stop action, excitement, and suspenseful tension keep the reader on track throughout. In the Dystopia subsequent to the magical apocalypse, supposedly the "new world" is perfect and perfectly governed. Not so. As in most Dystopias, both facts and perceptions are false. Nothing and nobody is what you expect, and certainly not what they say they are.

"Just because they're in charge doesn't mean they're right." Right on.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Review: Salt of the Earth

Salt of the Earth Salt of the Earth by Kate Moschandreas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In a slightly near-future Berkeley, a young chemical engineer and researcher diligently works on projects to institute desalizination, for a globe with increasing difficulties. The time is 2038, not really all that far in the future, and Jess is a very intelligent individual with a lot of good scientific ideas. In a world where water is so prized and essential, and becoming increasingly unavailable, ideas like her are at a premium; and many factions are determined to possess her knowledge. I was particularly captivated by the author's fresh and original approach to the concept of Artificial Intelligence.

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Review: Written By Blood Part One: Conviction

Written By Blood Part One: Conviction Written By Blood Part One: Conviction by Dwayne Gill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If your particular taste is nonstop, breathtaking, action thrillers with tuned-up science in a near-futuristic setting; and if you also enjoy conspiracy theory dilemmas; take a look right here. This novel will blow you out of the water, because it is jampacked full with all of that. I hardly took a breath during my reading. Just whenever I thought something had been straightened out, I was wrong...more action, more breathtaking suspense; and that reader's hook! Totally awesome! (Tragic, yet awesome) And the series rolls on!

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Review: Broken Slate

Broken Slate Broken Slate by John A. Daly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

High-octane indeed! A nonstop riproarer of a thriller with plenty of mystery, family drama, dysfunction, betrayal, and psychological issues to boot, BROKEN SLATE is #3 in John A. Daly's Sean Coleman Thriller series, a not-to-be missed series that will really wake up a reader. So much adrenaline! Such convoluted past histories! So much to devour!

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Review: Already Guilty: A C.T. Ferguson Private Investigator Mystery

Already Guilty: A C.T. Ferguson Private Investigator Mystery Already Guilty: A C.T. Ferguson Private Investigator Mystery by Tom Fowler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Any C. T. Ferguson novel or novella is going to be wildly entertaining. ALREADY GUILTY not only is that, but it is also deeper, because it focuses on an issue that is riling the nation: police and violence, in this case the killing of a well-thought-of police officer at his home. The Baltimore Police Department have an immediate suspect, and no one but the man's Public Defender's Office-assigned attorney and pro bono private investigator C. T. Ferguson acknowledge that his bizarre story might just be factual.

If he jumps into the investigation, C. T.'s hard won alliance with the Police Department will go south all the way. His cousin Rich, a detective, warns there might be actual repercussions. But C.T. is an individual who is always going to be guided by his own moral compass, not by groupthink; and he's in this one all the way.

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Review: The Case of Bonnie and Clyde: A Laurel Private Eye Mystery

The Case of Bonnie and Clyde: A Laurel Private Eye Mystery The Case of Bonnie and Clyde: A Laurel Private Eye Mystery by Shannon D. Wells
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

The film version of "Bonnie and Clyde" sure made Bonnie (played by Faye Dunaway) a snarky, smart-mouthed, "out front" criminal, a woman with a sharp tongue and not afraid to use it (or her gun). In this fictional novel, our heroine is the kick-butt woman, torn up about her husband but not about to put up with a harridan office manager in her job at the Pinkerton Detective Agency. She may be female in 1932, in the Southwest, but by golly she is strong of character, intrepid, and full of integrity. This woman's "gonna get her man--and woman."

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Review: Persephone Cole and the Christmas Killings Conundrum

Persephone Cole and the Christmas Killings Conundrum Persephone Cole and the Christmas Killings Conundrum by Heather Haven
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really loved this delightful and charming World War II-era mystery set in Manhattan. It's not labeled as a Cozy Mystery, but I consider it so. The characters (all but the villains) are endearing and easily elicit empathy. The plot was truly ingenious, and had this reader thoroughly puzzled. The character evolution (in multiple characters) is admirable. I'll eagerly read other mysteries in this series!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Review: Beyond the Cattle Arch

Beyond the Cattle Arch Beyond the Cattle Arch by John David Harris M.Ed
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

John David Harris

A heartwarming tale of small-town England, in 1947, in the aftermath of World War II; and 60 years earlier, in 1887. Filled with real emotions and realistic characters, this novel finely delineates two historical settings most of us have not lived throguh and can only read about. A meteorological event swallows a plane, an American troopship, and a young woman—she is then transported to 1887, and has to learn to cope and to live covertly without revealing her true nature or timeframe.

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Review: The Future of London Box Set 1: L-2011, Mr Apocalypse, Ghosts of London

The Future of London Box Set 1: L-2011, Mr Apocalypse, Ghosts of London The Future of London Box Set 1: L-2011, Mr Apocalypse, Ghosts of London by Mark Gillespie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Review: A Taker of Morrows

A Taker of Morrows A Taker of Morrows by Stephen Paul Sayers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: A TAKER OF MORROWS by Stephen Paul Sayers

Exciting, intriguing, and riproaring supernatural thriller, the debut novel from this author, A TAKER OF MORROWS (and its sequel, THE SOUL DWELLER) is a novel that will keep you up late or miss appointments and phone calls just to finish it. RG Granville, who lost his father early on to a senseless accident, one evening discovers a man in his house, who informs him that he will die in 24 hours, and there is nothing RG can do to circumvent it. But RG, who immediately goes through all the grief symptoms, perhaps more especially because he will be leaving his wife and unborn child, determines there must be an answer. There is, but it certainly was way beyond what RG could have expected, and he is propelled into an entirely new life path. No more staid Boston University research professor; now RG and his wife Kacey are on a new purpose, one that serves Life in more than just our earthbound dimension.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Review: The Soul Dweller

The Soul Dweller The Soul Dweller by Stephen Paul Sayers
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

by Stephen Paul Sayers

A wildly engrossing novel that I literally could not stop reading, THE SOUL DWELLER is Book Two of the incredible CARETAKERS Series (A TAKER OF MORROWS is Book One). Reading these novels is like finally discovering the untold Truths; or watching through a window on life, a window that has finally been cleaned. Author Sayers gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “through a glass darkly.” RC Granville and his wife Kacey, our protagonists, and RC's father Morrow, see clearly—completely clearly or near enough, and they allow we readers to see through also. The pace is non-stop, the intrigue is complete. This is a series I plan to read over and over again. Mr. Sayers reminds me of the early novels of Frank Peretti. If my idol H. P. Lovecraft were alive today, I think he would read these two novels and say, “My boy, you got it just right.”

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Review: Murder of the Prodigal Father

Murder of the Prodigal Father Murder of the Prodigal Father by Mark William Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

by Mark Wm Smith

Author Thomas Wolfe orated, “You can't go home again.” My response is:
“in some cases, whyever would you want to?” This would be the case with Connor Pierce, formerly of tiny Miles City, Montana. The man reaches adulthood despite his unpleasant father, enlists in the Air Force, becomes an airplane mechanic (memorizing every single tiny mistake that can crash a plane), lives on Okinawa, marries and fathers children (despite the fact in his own life of the Role Model of How Not To Parent). Eventually, Daddy dies. Supposedly, a heart attack, actually more mysterious—as in, what really happened? So Connor flies the 18-hour “endless” trip from Okinawa to Eastern Montana, falling right back into old flame, old friend, abused sister—and a whole bunch of nobody-wants-the-truth-revealed.

I give Author Smith a lot of credit for bringing this setting, and these characters alive. I didn't have to like them, but I surely did get “up close and personal” with them. MURDER OF THE PRODIGAL FATHER is a very vivid and sensory story.

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