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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Review: Baad Dog

Baad Dog Baad Dog by Sal Conte
My rating: 0 of 5 stars



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Review: Thin Air

Thin Air Thin Air by George E. Simpson
My rating: 0 of 5 stars



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Review: Making Monsters

Making Monsters Making Monsters by Joe Turk
My rating: 0 of 5 stars



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Review: The Final Cut

The Final Cut The Final Cut by Jasper Bark
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: THE FINAL CUT by Jasper Bark

Disclaimer in advance: This review constitutes my honest and impartial opinion. Neither author nor publisher have influenced this review. I did purchase the book, in advance, and receive no remuneration for reviewing it.

Not for the faint of heart nor weak of stomach, THE FINAL CUT is total WOW from start to finish. I chose it initially because I've come to trust the publisher for high-quality excellence. I was spot on, again. This novel is incredible. I expected extreme horror: I found this, and I discovered cosmic philosophy, metaphysics, mythology and ancient religion. Above all I discovered Transcendence. Yes, indeed. Reading THE FINAL CUT became for me a mystical experience.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Review: The Cabin

The Cabin The Cabin by Natasha Preston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: THE CABIN

A remarkably exciting story, with a lot of intrigue--all the characters seem eventually to be hiding tons of secrets; each has so much needing to be hidden from exposure. I love locked-room mysteries (guess reading Agatha Christie and "Murders in the Rue Morgue" as a tiny child spoilt me) and THE CABIN certainly satisfies. All the impossibities, yet here's the inescapable facts. Wonderful!

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Review: The Cabin

The Cabin The Cabin by Natasha Preston
My rating: 0 of 5 stars



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Review: A Campfire Nightmare

A Campfire Nightmare A Campfire Nightmare by Jeffrey Stagg
My rating: 0 of 5 stars



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Review: Resthaven

Resthaven Resthaven by Erik Therme
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: RESTHAVEN by Erik Therme

This book is full-on "WOW"!! I don't think I breathed the entire time, and the reading went FAST!!! Who knew that an abandoned convalescent care center could be as terrifying and as physically dangerous as an abandoned asylum or hospital or foundry? One far out group of teens discovers it can...but will they live to regret their intrusion? RESTHAVEN packs a double whammy for enterprising readers: not only full-on gasps and heart-jerks of horror, but tons of character evolution! I can't say that no animals were harmed in the making of this plot--but .can say this is one righteous read and I want to read it all over again.

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Review: The Final Cut

The Final Cut The Final Cut by Jasper Bark
My rating: 0 of 5 stars



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Review: A Campfire Nightmare

A Campfire Nightmare A Campfire Nightmare by Jeffrey Stagg
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Review: The First Church

The First Church The First Church by Ron Ripley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: THE FIRST CHURCH by Ron Ripley
[MOVING IN Book 4]

Author Ron Ripley deserves a wide audience and more acclaim, for truly his imagination never ceases. [Japanese soldier ghosts, in life practitioners of Shinto, housed in a New England Congregationalist Church!?! Strictly surreal!] This novella is fourth in the MOVING IN series, a series I hope never ends. Poor Brian Roy, the accidental ghost hunter, is called in on what turns out to be a seriously nasty, violent, and dangerous case (the "lucky" victims only suffer heart attacks--which is a real threat for Brian because of his cardiac history). These soldiers are mean!! Just because they've been deceased seventy years doesn't mean they're not both really, really sadistic, and terribly violent. So yes, a fair amount of blood and grisly and "not for the faint of heart" moments; but to be fair, some of the scenes, in other hands, would have been a whole lot more splatter-y. So I won't call this "extreme." However [rare event] the ending made me tearful (twice).


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Review: Tanners Dell

Tanners Dell Tanners Dell by S.E. England
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: TANNERS DELL by Sarah England

Ever wonder if Horror fiction can inspire nightmares: paralysing, terrible nightmares? [Hypnagogia: it's not just a term in psychology texts]. TANNERS DELL, the exceptional continuation to the exceptional FATHER OF LIES, is outstanding. I don't get horror this refined often enough. The plotting is a conspiracy theorist' s dream come true, and the villains have it all wrapped up: nothing and no one can get at them or unravel the situation. Amazingly, I had near-immediate, near-total recall of the first book--a rare occurrence, since I read so much and so widely that I often struggle to recall title, author, or plot.
My recommendation: read TANNERS DELL, read FATHER OF LIES, reread: sleep with all the lights on [until the lights go off by themselves]--and remember, you never know who is part of the conspiracy--never....

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Review: Tanners Dell

Tanners Dell Tanners Dell by S.E. England
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: TANNERS DELL by Sarah England

Ever wonder if Horror fiction can inspire nightmares: paralysing, terrible nightmares? [Hypnagogia: it's not just a term in psychology texts]. TANNERS DELL, the exceptional continuation to the exceptional FATHER OF LIES, is outstanding. I don't get horror this refined often enough. The plotting is a conspiracy theorist' s dream come true, and the villains have it all wrapped up: nothing and no one can get at them or unravel the situation. Amazingly, I had near-immediate, near-total recall of the first book--a rare occurrence, since I read so much and so widely that I often struggle to recall title, author, or plot.
My recommendation: read TANNERS DELL, read FATHER OF LIES, reread: sleep with all the lights on [until the lights go off by themselves]--and remember, you never know who is part of the conspiracy--never....

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Review: The Raven

The Raven The Raven by Michael Dolf Craddock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review: THE RAVEN by Michael Dolf Craddock

THE RAVEN is the first short story in author Michael Dolf Craddock' s AUSTRALIAN BEAST series. In Perth, a rather feckless individual named Peter comes off the worse in a streetside encounter, but as days pass, the violence and humiliation he endured possesses him like a contagion. Tempted and tormented by a frightening yet magnificent raven, Peter discovers the yawning maw of madness.

THE RAVEN holds reminiscences of both Poe' s poem "The Raven," and of his short story "The Telltale Heart."

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Review: Mayan Blue

Mayan Blue Mayan Blue by Michelle Garza
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review: MAYAN BLUE by Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason

I so appreciate the Lovecraftian resonance of this story: modern research scientist [archaeologist, professor, cancer survivor--at odds with other faculty and peers in his specialty] determines to prove what to most is a wild, far-fetched notion. So [In keeping with so many of H. P. Lovecraftian' s foolishly reckless characters] he proceeds, on his own, opens what should be avoided, and pays the consequences. His risk-taking opens a dangerous can of worms--err, owls; and releases what, millennia ago, had been sealed by multiple self-sacrifices. Of course, others will now suffer too.

Plenty of blood, gore, dismemberment, and enucleation here to satisfy those devotees of extreme horror, and an intriguing weaving of ancient Mayan mythology. Plus, for fans of 80's horror films, there are university students, some of whom are so airheaded one wants them gone just to shut them up.

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Review: The Angola Deception

The Angola Deception The Angola Deception by D.C. Alden
My rating: 0 of 5 stars



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Review: The Witch's List

The Witch's List The Witch's List by Andrew Cairns
My rating: 0 of 5 stars



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Friday, May 27, 2016

Review: Lights Out

Lights Out Lights Out by Holly Black
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: LIGHTS OUT by Holly Black
[Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts #12]

This short story has a bit different approach, so that the Doctor is a primary character, but not the prime protagonist. The first-person narrative is that of an individual raised from birth (quite possibly, pre-birth) in a creche experimental laboratory on a distant planet. Freed by the Doctor, he becomes a miner, then buys and completely renovates a spaceship, hauling coffee beans.

He is unaccountably phobic of darkness [as it turns out, with very good reasons]. Encountering the Doctor, our protagonist is bewildered and terrorized by a sudden spate of bizarre deaths. The twelfth Doctor acts as the foil for the protagonist' s character evolution, and a knock-out ending.

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Review: The Suicide Motor Club

The Suicide Motor Club The Suicide Motor Club by Christopher Buehlman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: Sorrow Wood

Sorrow Wood Sorrow Wood by Raymond L. Atkins
My rating: 0 of 5 stars



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Review: The Final Shortcut

The Final Shortcut The Final Shortcut by G. Bernard Ray
My rating: 0 of 5 stars



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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Review: Terror by Moonlight

Terror by Moonlight Terror by Moonlight by Hank Edwards
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: TERROR BY MOONLIGHT by Hank Edwards

A truly delightful and satisfying Gay horror tale, and I'm so glad this is the debut of a series, TERROR BY MOONLIGHT is #1 of "Critter Catchers." Not just a horror story, but a narrative of character and relationship evolution, TERROR BY MOONLIGHT showcases two lifelong friends, ladies' man Cody, and Gay Demetrius. Not too much employment in their small Pennsylvania community, so the two form a compassionate animal control service. Good idea, till their customers, one after the other, are attacked and murdered--by an animal. Next, the friends are targeted too.

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Review: Doctor Who: Heart of Stone

Doctor Who: Heart of Stone Doctor Who: Heart of Stone by Trevor Baxendale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: DOCTOR WHO HEART OF STONE by Trevor Baxendale


An exciting adventure awaits the Doctor, Amy, and Rory, on an isolated rural farm in England, all too near to a top-secret research center. The research investigation into the properties of moon rocks results in horrendous changes, and unleashes a "Rock Monster" whose touch turns EVERYTHING into--you guessed it, Moon Rock. A fast-paced read!


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Review: 29 Argyle Drive

29 Argyle Drive 29 Argyle Drive by David Turri
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: 29 Argyle Drive by David Turri

I started out knowing little about the city of Christchurch and its environs (other than the engrossing mysteries of Paul Cleve) so this special novel was quite an education for me, in geography, culture, law, education of foreign students, and social issues from the 1960's on. More than that, author David Turri capably explores his characters, both the living and the dead, the "normal" and the bizarre.

Of course, I chose the book because of its hauntings--and there are a surfeit of those. Not just at the lovely home on Argyle Drive, but at other locations where brutality had occurred. The novel is perhaps not pleasant reading, but very engrossing and a genuinely satisfying read.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Review: Schism

Schism Schism by Britt Holewinski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review: SCHISM

When society collapses, for whatever reason--war, disease, invasion--humanity resorts to its basest motivations. Looting, pillage, killing, are rampant. Such is the case even when the survivors are all youngsters, as in Brett Holewinski's dystopian tale, SCHISM. When six billion of the global population fall prey to plague, the survivors are those in early adolescence or younger. Those with character and moral integrity strive to not just survive, but to persevere and rebuild. Others live only to destroy. SCHISM is the first in a trilogy.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Review: Doctor Who: The Crawling Terror

Doctor Who: The Crawling Terror Doctor Who: The Crawling Terror by Mike Tucker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: DOCTOR WHO: THE CRAWLING TERROR by Mike Tucker

My first Doctor Who fiction, and I loved it: I've discovered a whole new subgenre to enjoy. For readers who are severely arachnophobic, caution: the "bad guys" are almost all various species of arachnids and other insects. The aliens are !!!! [Revolting] Nevertheless, I quite enjoyed the book, which features the twelfth Doctor; Clara; rural England; and a couple of intriguing side trips, to World War II, and to a very alien planet and civilization where you really don't want to visit, where elitism, fascism, and genocide thrive. Great story.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Review: Motorman

Motorman Motorman by Robert E. Dunn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: MOTORMAN by Robert Dunn

When I read author Robert Dunn 's RED HIGHWAY, I was blown away by its power and range. MOTORMAN also impressed me strongly, but for me it resonated more for the various individuals than for its general apocalyptic impact [as In RED HIGHWAY].

I too live in a community whose economy is collapsing. In some regions, economic issues result in individuals joining gangs or selling drugs. There is some of that here, but the community in which fugitive Johnny finds himself has adopted a massively different solution, one that is both bizarre and pragmatic. Mr. Dunn deftly blends horror, science fiction, literary fiction, and a deep understanding of humanness in a beautifully crafted story.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Review: Scorpions

Scorpions Scorpions by Mike Cook
My rating: 0 of 5 stars



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Review: Anomaly Flats

Anomaly Flats Anomaly Flats by Clayton Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

REVIEW: ANOMALY FLATS by Clayton Smith

How do I love ANOMALY FLATS? Just let me count the ways. First, the title. For a reader who is fascinated with science, science fiction, horror, and the English language, the title alone is sufficient to excite my admiration and quicken my heartbeat. Twilight Zone, Missouri: here we come!!

Second, the blurb: One of my favorite books of recent years [a novel which always reminds me of an Outer Limits version of Los Alamos and the Manhattan Project: "what if?"] Is Robert Jackson Bennett's AMERICAN ELSEWHERE: a small Southwestern community which is--different, in oh so many ways.
So too is little Anomaly Flats, Missouri. Tucked away beyond primevally immense forests, Anomaly Flats Is a most special locale. Its ongoing charm is hypnotic. So magnetic--I hope to be moving there shortly. [Smile]

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Review: London Falling

London Falling London Falling by Paul Cornell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Review: Wolf Lake: A Novel

Wolf Lake: A Novel Wolf Lake: A Novel by John Verdon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: WOLF LAKE by John Verdon


What a deep, compelling, and riveting mystery! I consumed with avidity. Although this is the fifth in the series, it's the first I've read (although I own the first, THINK OF A NUMBER). Author John Verdon delivers the equivalent of a multitude of locked-room mysteries: not just one, but four suspicious deaths, of seemingly unrelated individuals in different geographic regions. Then the single known connection is a genius, neurotic, paranoid, hypnotherapist. His development of certain "impossible" techniques has hooked the attention of certain covert government sectors. Although the solution seems obvious, if impossible, there are layers upon layers upon layers of secrets and manipulations. A wonderfully thought-provoking mystery.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Review: Charnel House

Charnel House Charnel House by Graham Masterton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: CHARNEL HOUSE by Graham Masterson

The Emperor of Horror never disappoints. CHARNEL HOUSE is scary, spooky, and Implacable, not to mention dangerous [for the characters and eventually for humanity]. Based on actual Native American mythology and spirituality, the plot focuses on the return of the world's worst demon: Coyote. Banished underground for millennia, Coyote decides the time to return is at hand...Woe to humanity!!

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Review: Sherlock's Demon

Sherlock's Demon Sherlock's Demon by Simon Clark
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review: SHERLOCK' S DEMON by Simon Clark

Contemporary ghost investigators are called upon to figure out a highly unusual case in an isolated Yorkshire manor, site of an organic farm endeavor. The owner of the manor farm seems to have become possessed--by the spirit of Sherlock Holmes. Vivid paranormal encounters and dangers are leavened with a thread of subtle humor throughout.

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Review: The Invasion

The Invasion The Invasion by Brett McBean
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: THE INVASION by Brett McBean

The author has exhibited so much talent and interwoven so many layers of meaning into this novel that not once did I panic due to the nature of the plot--planned multiple home invasions by a technologically spiffy "cult." Okay, a couple of scenes and references really perturbed me. But we are so thoroughly introduced to the characters before the ugly events commence, that I just breezed along, wrapped up in the family and friends, cheering them on, rather than focusing on the pain and terror. Also, none of the "victims-to-be," as the terror squad perceives them, are wimp-outs, each in her or her own way has character strength and determination, compassion and empathy--all traits missing in the cult members, who are all human-shaped voids, commanded by a Black Hole with a metaphysical bent.

Mr. McBean, bring it on. You've far surpassed expectations in this supremely rapid-paced thriller.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Review: Ash and Bones

Ash and Bones Ash and Bones by Mike Thomas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: ASH AND BONES

For those, like me, who love British police procedurals, delve into the super Welsh mystery ASH AND BONES, and view Cardiff as you've not seen it [it sure wasn't like this in "Torchwood" ]. Newly-minted Detective Constable Will MacReady is ready, willing, and eager to detect. The problem, in his colleague's view, is Will' s independent streak. Like Robert Bryndza' s series protagonist DCI Erika Foster, Will goes where the clues lead--minus backup and without hierarchical permission.


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Review: Dead Man Walking: A Country House Murder Mystery with a Supernatural Twist

Dead Man Walking: A Country House Murder Mystery with a Supernatural Twist Dead Man Walking: A Country House Murder Mystery with a Supernatural Twist by Simon R. Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: DEAD MAN WALKING by Simon Green
[An Ishmael Jones Mystery #2]

Prolific author Simon Green combines science fiction, horror, and suspenseful mystery in this genre-blending series, which commenced with the wonderful THE DARK SIDE OF THE ROAD. Ishmael Jones is a secret agent's secret agent, in the employ of The Organization, an ultra-covert agency. Ishmael has not changed an iota since 1963, and with good reason. In this installment, he is tasked by his new handler to observe the progress of an interrogation in North Yorkshire, of someone purporting to be a former Organization special agent. But nothing is ever simple as it seems, and Ishmael and his sidekick Penny Belcourt are led quite the merry chase, for their sanity and their lives.

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Review: The House That Hell Built

The House That Hell Built The House That Hell Built by Matt Shaw
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: THE HOUSE THAT HELL BUILT by Matt Shaw, Michael Bray, Stuart Keane

Straight out: I LOVED this book! I read it via Kindle Unlimited, but I definitely will buy and reread. Each of these authors is right on by themselves, but this seamless consensus is downright exceptional!! What a great story!!

Berkeley Manor is a beautiful home in the English countryside, very isolated, with extensive ground including a lake. It also has a horrific history, considering it's only sixty-plus years old, and owned by a law firm. What happens at Berkeley Manor stays at Berkeley Manor, so no one really knows the truth of the high number of deaths or the reasons why.

The three conjoint authors interweave timelines and characters, and oh, the denouement!!


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Review: Halloween Candy

Halloween Candy Halloween Candy by Lyle Perez-Tinics
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: HALLOWEEN CANDY by Lyle Perez-Tinics

This short horror story packs a powerful punch! A very unexpected (and horrific ending) wraps a story of one Halloween night gone terrifically wrong. If this was a medieval morality play, the Lessons would be: Never Accept a Dare! and Don't Enter the Haunted House!! Four unassuming twelve-year-old boys, all friends, trick-or-treating on an ordinary Halloween. What could possibly go wrong?? Excellently written--I look forward to more from this author.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Review: A Parish Darker

A Parish Darker A Parish Darker by Rhys Ermire
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Review: A PARISH DARKER by Rhys Ermire

A contemporary approach to the Classic Gothic literature of the 18th and 19th centuries, A PARISH DARKER is reminiscent of such classics as THE MONK; THE CASTLE OF OTRANTO; and Mary Shelley' s FRANKENSTEIN. Set in a spooky isolated estate in 1891 Austria, a naif Londoner is pitted against a clever Baron.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Review: Ghost Ahead

Ghost Ahead Ghost Ahead by Spike Black
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: GHOST AHEAD by Spike Black

A heart-in-mouth horror thriller with a killer denouement immediately encompassed by a knockout ending--exactly why I read Spike Black. GHOST AHEAD is full-on, take-no-prisoners, you'll-never-expect-this, horror. The implacability is so much more terrifying because the initiating event literally COULD HAVE HAPPENED TO ANYBODY.

I loved it, and it will linger in my mind.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Review: The Lodge

The Lodge The Lodge by Travis Burrows
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Review: THE LODGE by Travis Burrows

Mr. Burrows aptly demonstrates that horror can be frightening even in small packages. This short story carries quite an impact. With a few subtle strokes, the characters are well-delineated, and the horror seems implacable. A short but quite satisfying horror read.

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Review: The Strange Attractor

The Strange Attractor The Strange Attractor by Desmond Cory
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: THE STRANGE ATTRACTOR by Desmond Cory

THE STRANGE ATTRACTOR is in the tradition of the classic British whodunit, with its own delightful twists and divergences. Welsh Mathematics Professor John Dobie, age 48, is no Hercule Poirot--rather more like Columbo. Insulated from contemporary culture and from students, faculty, and social life, Dobie is nonetheless the possessor of a high intellect and much more imagination than is usually suspected of a mathematician. Most don't know that, though, and so he is readily drawn into a web of deceit, deception, and multiple murders, for which he quickly becomes the chief suspect of the ridiculous Detective Superintendent, whose incompetence is farcical. Don't expect a DS as intelligent as for example, Duncan Kincaid. This one is clownish, and subsequently a fine foil for the actual detection, carried on by Professor Dobie.

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Review: The Occupied

The Occupied The Occupied by Craig Parshall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: THE OCCUPIED

THE OCCUPIED is solid Christian fiction with a bite, a complex mystery, with an undertone of demonic [literally] horror. Trevor Black has lived a life of uproar. Musically talented as an adolescent, but emotionally bereft, eventually he becomes an efficient criminal defense attorney, partner in a Wall Street firm. He still can't make a valid emotional connection, though, falling out of touch with his close high school friends, and ignoring his trophy wife in favor of his cases. Then one attempted defense opens his eyes and heart to the spiritual, and Trevor finds himself at a metaphysical crossroads. THE OCCUPIED is an engrossing page turner, a constant "what's next?"

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Review: Walleye Junction

Walleye Junction Walleye Junction by Karin Salvalaggio
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: WALLEYE JUNCTION

A compelling murder mystery with a convoluted plot scheme, and plentiful emotional involvement, WALLEYE JUNCTION is set in beautifully scenic Montana, land of lakes, mountains, and outdoor activities. In this scenario, one of those outdoor activities involves brutal, cold-blooded murder. Already on the scene is Macy Greeley, roving special investigator for the Montana State Police. Despite a vehicular accident and injuries, Macy plunges into the investigation. Either kickin' female sleuths are becoming more popular [and more often published], or I select more mysteries of this type. Perhaps it's the Zeitgeist.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Review: The Axeman

The Axeman The Axeman by Ray Celestin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review: Axeman by Ray Celestin

First published as THE AXEMAN' S JAZZ, this novel is not a true crime account, but a fictionalization of New Orleans in 1918-1919, a period rife with not only corruption and bigotry, but with widespread panic at a serial killer. Similar to Whitechapel' s Jack the Ripper, New Orleans' Axeman struck seemingly invisibly, and taunted authorities with a far-fetched, almost mythological, missive to the local newspaper, the Times-Picayune. Never identified, the Axeman reached the level of urban legend. Author Ray Celestin steeps readers deeply into a long-lost historical era.

This novel debuted in 2014 as THE AXEMAN' S JAZZ.

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Review: Pitch

Pitch Pitch by J.D. Horn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: PITCH by J. D. Horn

All short stories should be this perfect. Seriously. I ended speechless, thinking "oh my oh my oh my-- I couldn't have seen that coming!" At the same time, the story lived for me throughout: it was a living entity--not like watching a film, but as if I was the invisible silent observer, watching avidly. An amazing piece of writing.

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Review: Table 9: A Ghost Story

Table 9: A Ghost Story Table 9: A Ghost Story by Amy Cross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: TABLE 9 by Amy Cross

"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" might be an epigram for this riveting short story. Either that, or "revenge lasts longer than a lifetime." In the capable and multitalented imagination of Amy Cross, both truisms come true--leaving readers chilled.


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Friday, May 6, 2016

Review: Vampyrrhic Rites

Vampyrrhic Rites Vampyrrhic Rites by Simon Clark
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: VAMPYRRHIC RITES by Simon Clark

This is one scary novel, and the frights never let up. Although the evil is vampiric, they aren't so in the ordinary sense. Lost in the midst of antiquity, a Viking settlement in what eventually became North Yorkshire flooded; the inhabitants went willingly, charged by their god and enabled to become undead. So they drowned, and inhabited the bottom of Lazarus Deep, as the lake came to be called. Eventually they await a descendant of the Viking chieftain, to lead them as an undead army, to conquer.

Accomplished author Simon Clark delivers multiple layers of frights and terrors, developing his characters in detailed depth while he virtually turns readers' hair white with terror.

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SCI-FI SUMMER READATHON!!

Occurring June 1-7!! Hosted by the fabulous Seasons of Reading.

Check in on me at:

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The fabulous reader-reviewer-blogger Michelle at 
 Http://seasonsreading.blogspot.com 

Generously has set up a Science Fiction Readathon for June! June 1-7, 
eager readers will immerse in the universes of Science Fiction [or Fantasy] and rend our TBR' s. 

Join us, won't you? 

I know I will be perusing novels of the exceptional Peter F. Hamilton, whose newest science fiction novel releases in September!!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Review: Shadow's Embrace

Shadow's Embrace Shadow's Embrace by A.I. Nasser
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: SHADOW' S EMBRACE by A. I. Nasser
(Slaughter Series Book 2)

A. I. Nasser is a talented writer delivering a seriously kickin' series in the Slaughter Series. The quiet historic Connecticut community of Melington is discovering the ugly consequences of cancelling the blood bindings contracted with long-deceased Copper Tibet. Meanwhile, the Council is in uproar, and Alan Carter undergoes nearly unspeakable torments to rediscover and recover his younger sister, abducted by Copper Tibet two decades ago.

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