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Mask of the Verdoy

Mask of the Verdoy: A George Harley Mysery (Book #1) by Phil Lecomber

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Ox Herding

Ox Herding: A Secular Pilgrimage by Jackie Griffiths

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The Cross or the

The Cross or the Swastika by S.J. Tagliareni

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Knights of the Withering Flame

Knights of the Withering Flame (A Saga of Sword and Stone, Book 1) by Kyle R. Zeller

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Suicide Forest

Suicide Forest by Jeremy Bates

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21st Century Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

21st Century Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Carson Cunningham

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Wake Up - God's Talking to You

Wake Up – God’s Talking to You by Many Dean Fernandez

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Random Targets

Random Targets by James Raven

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The Antigone Poems

The Antigone Poems by Marie Slaight and Terrence Tasker (Artist)

Described by The Washington Independent Review of Books as ‘terrifyingly brilliant,’ The Antigone Poems is a powerful retelling of the ancient Greek tale of defiance and justice. An intensely personal invocation of the Sophocles tragedy, it questions power, punishment and one of mythology’s oldest themes: rebellion. Click Here to Purchase More »

My Best Friend and Loyal Companion

My Best Friend and Loyal Companion
by Nancy Eaton

About six months ago, I had to have my Shih Tzu euthanized. She was very ill and did not want to eat. No one wants their beloved pet to suffer. I was devastated. Today, I am still not over the hurt I feel over her loss. When I tried to More »

Mask of the Verdoy: A George Harley Mystery (Book #1) by Phil Lecomber

Mask of the Verdoy

Reviewed by Dianne Woodman

Vile criminals, anarchy, betrayal, malfeasance, social and economic inequalities, life-threatening scenarios, violent clashes between fascists and anti-fascists, and steadily increasing tension culminating in a high stakes confrontation are all key elements in making the Mask of the Verdoy an entrancing fast-paced mystery.

George Harley, a private detective in London during the Great Depression, rescues Aubrey, a male homosexual, from a vicious attack. While Aubrey is recuperating at George’s house from injuries he suffered during the attack, he meets an untimely demise. His death is ruled a suicide by the police, even though George points out clues that lean toward murder as the probable cause of death. When George is ignored, he decides to conduct his own investigation and discovers that two of Aubrey’s peers died under similar circumstances, with their deaths also ruled suicides.

Ox Herding: A Secular Pilgrimage by Jackie Griffiths

Ox Herding

Reviewed by Timea Barabas

If you are looking for a different kind of a travel journal, you might want to take a look at Ox Herding: A Secular Pilgrimage by Jackie Griffiths. Unlike the classical books of this genre, this novel takes you on an expedition to the previously untouched continents of a person’s psyche.

Just as the title suggests, this book is based on the Ten Ox Herding Pictures which are as Jackie Griffiths explains herself: “a Zen Buddhist philosophical classic that depicts the journey to enlightenment through ten distinct and progressive stages of spiritual development”. In fact the author gives us a brief description of these stages in the Introduction section. Although she admits to having doubts about her interference in the reader’s comprehension of her text (“I write this introduction with great trepidation, acknowledging that I’m running the risk of attracting attention to the finger pointing at the moon, rather than to the moon itself”), I find that some of the associations and explanations she puts forward here are necessary. The most useful intervention she had was introducing the reader to the Ten Ox Herding Pictures. Without this, much of the meaning of the novel would have been lost to me. However, going into the actual plot of the novel in this context seemed unnecessary to me.

The Burning Room by Michael Connelly

The Burning Room

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Harry Bosch, Detective Supreme, gets teamed up with a new partner who though a young woman has already been touted as being a true up and coming police officer. Harry finds out early on that his new partner has been commended for coming to the aid of a previous partner by using her weapon quickly and correctly in Harry’s eyes.

In true Connelly fashion the author has constructed a really great story about how these two cops work together on solving not one but two unsolved crimes from years past. They were given one to work that involved a shooting some twenty years ago but as good detectives they also along the way begin solving another old one.

Harry finds out early on that his new partner was very involved in one of the old crimes but not in the way you would think. She was actually a victim of sorts in a fire that took place in a building that housed the day care center that she attended as a very young girl.

Gray Mountain by John Grisham

Gray Mountain

Reviewed by Allen Hott

One of the most interesting books that I have read in some time. Many of us are familiar with Grisham’s writings which mostly focus on attorneys and courtroom drama. Gray Mountain is pretty much along those lines but with twists and turns that make it even more appealing than usual.

Samantha Korver works as an attorney of a huge law firm in New York City. She is far from the top and is working hard to get there. Billing up to 70 hours per week to clients she does in fact put in more hours than that usually. However she has settled in and loves being in the big city.

The Anatomy Lesson by Nina Siegal

The Anatomy Lesson

Reviewed by Diane Pollock

Wherein resides the soul? In 1632, during Golden Age Amsterdam, anatomists thought that they could discover the soul through dissection. In this fictional history depicting the background of Rembrandt’s first great painting, the soul is found instead through the artist’s eye.

Falling in Love: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery (Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries) by Donna Leon

Falling in Love

Reviewed by A R PIckett
aka Woodstock

All the characters Leon’s many readers have learned to love are back in her latest novel featuring Comissario Brunetti. Guido Brunetti himself, of course; his wife and children; Inspector Vianello; and Signorina Elettra. And the city of Venice itself, increasingly beset by the stress and strain of hordes of tourists, yet retaining all its allure and sense of home for those who live and work there.

Flavia Petrelli has returned to Venice – readers of the earlier books in this series will remember her – a soprano often in demand for performances at La Fenice, Venice’s little gem of an opera house. Guido was instrumental in helping her in those early books, first when she was accused of murder and in a later volume when her lover was brutally attacked.

She is now being stalked by an unknown fan, besieged with gifts of flowers and obscenely expensive jewelry. More worrisome are vicious attacks on two other people who are close to Flavia. These attacks bring Brunetti into the action. He must first convince his superior office, Patta, that an investigation would be appropriate, and as expected Guido’s remarkable diplomatic skill succeeds and Patta give the go ahead.

Scorched Eggs by Laura Childs

Scorched Eggs

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Scorched Eggs opens with a bang-literally. An explosion rocks the County Services Building killing Hannah Venable. While the explosion was first thought to be caused by a gas leak or some other accident, it was soon found to be caused by an accelerant and obviously intentionally set. Hannah was killed, but was she the intended victim or was the County Agent who was out of the building at the time? Was there possibly even another reason for the building to be destroyed? Even though the police are on the case, the Cackleberry Club members are soon snooping around as well.

Personal (Jack Reacher) by Lee Child

Personal

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Jack Reacher is back in the army. Well, sort of. Though this time he isn’t really in the army but he is their most respected weapon of all time. So they “drafted” him back for one job. No he isn’t in uniform and no he has no rank but he has been selected to do something that the top brass figure no one else can do.

One of Reacher’s’ old commanding officers had been given the task of finding Reacher who as usual is doing his thing in wandering all over the U.S. not necessarily under cover but without any way of being tracked down.

The Eyes of Aurora: A Fifth Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger by Albert A. Bell, Jr.

The Eyes of Aurora

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

As The Eyes of Aurora opens, Gaius Pliny has just won a court case against a formidable opponent, Marcus Regulus. Because he took the case as a favor for the mother of the girl his mother is insisting he marry and Regulus did not take the defeat well, Pliny makes arrangements for his mother and soon to be bride to travel to a safer area. While they are gone, Pliny and his servant Aurora, who is the woman Pliny really loves, set out on an adventure of their own.

Aurora has recently befriended Crispina, whose husband is missing and whose son is ill. Aurora convinces Pliny and his sidekick Tacitus to go with her to Crispina’s home in order to help figure out what has become of the husband. Unfortunately, when they arrive, what they find is a beheaded body and an odd word puzzle.

Death by Autopsy: A Toni Day Mystery by Jane Bennett Munro

Death by Autopsy

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

To say that Toni Day has had a rough week is an understatement. First she witnesses a car plunging into a canal, then when the car is raised and the driver extracted she realizes she knows (and doesn’t particularly like) the woman. In fact, Beulah Pitchard was not liked by many people. But the real shock comes when Toni is just about to cut into the corpse on her autopsy table she realizes that Beulah isn’t dead. Later things get stranger when police inform her that the woman’s husband’s body was stuffed in the car trunk. And to top it all off, after Beulah does die, Toni and the hospital are sued for malpractice!