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 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 »

Revival: A Novel by Stephen King


Reviewed by Allen Hott

Though not a reader of true horror or supernatural stories I have ventured into the world of Stephen King once before. I read Mister Mercedes which turned out to be a really great story and was not really much of a horror/supernatural tale.

Revival, however, does lean a little further into that genre of storytelling. And though I cannot say that I am a fan of those types of stories I do have to admit that this one did hold my interest and I am sure it will keep many a reader turned on to it to the final ending.

It is not a tale of goblins and other types of strange folks but because of some of the happenings there definitely is a solid touch of the unknown or strange universe.

Stay Another Night by P.S. Meronek

Stay Another Night

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Perhaps one of the strangest books that I have ever read or at least in a long time. Coco Stevens, a young seventeen year old, gets busted while dancing in a strip club. Because of her age the club gets shut down but a side effect of the whole shutdown is that Coco gets to meet Sam Spielman, the owner of the club.

Not only does he own the club but he has many other businesses, some of which are legal but the majority are probably not. He is in fact a true Mafia boss.
However he is, although more than twice her age, struck with the beauty of this young girl and as they grow closer over time he is even more struck with her knowledge and charisma.

Licensed to Dill (Pickled and Preserved Mystery) by Mary Ellen Hughes

Licensed to Dill

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Piper Lamb returns in the second “Pickled and Preserved Mystery.” Having successfully launched Piper’s Picklings, her shop of all things pickled in The Pickled Piper, Piper’s life seems to be back on track. Her relationship with Will is going well, her business is thriving and she has settled into the comfortable rhythms of small town Cloverdale, New York. But things seldom remain the same for long and unfortunately for Piper, the changes that were to come caused some pretty big upsets in her life.

First, her former fiancé not only wants back into her life, he wants her life. After leaving her to wander the world he is not only back in the country, he has decided to move to Cloverdale and open a legal practice just down the street from her shop. Repeatedly she tells him there is no “them” as a couple but repeatedly he manages to wiggle into her day to day life, leaving Will to wonder where he fits in to all of this.

The Bishop’s Wife (A Linda Wallheim Novel) by Mette Ivie Harrison

The Bishop's Wife

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

When Carrie Helm walked out and left her family in the middle of the night, the Mormon community of Draper, Utah was stunned. Wives did not leave their husbands. Mothers most definitely did not leave their children. Yet Carrie had done both.

The book opens with Carrie’s husband, Jared and their 5 year old daughter Kelly showing up at Bishop Wallheim’s house early one morning. Jared had come to inform the Bishop that Carrie had left them and to seek both advice and help. While Kurt Wallheim spoke to Jared, Linda, his wife cared for Kelly. When Jared and Kelly left, Kurt and Linda compared notes. Kurt tended to accept Jared’s version of what had happened completely at first, but even from the beginning, Linda sensed there was more to the story than Jared had shared. As a mother, she could not fathom what would cause such a vibrant young mother to leave her daughter behind.

Black Horizon (Jack Swyteck Novel) by James Grippando

Black Horizon

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Black Horizon tells quite a story about not only the oil industry but about relations between Cuba and the United States. And especially right now with all the hub-bub that is going on between the two countries and possible relaxing of past conditions. Grippando uses one of his favorite characters, Jack Swytek, as the main man in this one. Swytek is an investigative lawyer who early on in the book marries Andie Henning the FBI agent that he has been involved with in previous books. And of course Jack has his sidekick, Theo Knight, whom Jack had saved from not only prison but also from wrongful execution in prison.

Shortly after the wedding and honeymoon get started everything gets discombobulated as Andie, after a somewhat startling announcement to Jack, gets called off on one of her secret missions for the government. What seems at the time to also be just a side note is that an explosion on an oil drilling derrick in Cuban waters is without a doubt going to cause a huge oil slick that will shortly hit U.S. soil somewhere around the keys.

Three Times Lucky by Various Authors

Three Times Lucky

Reviewed by Chris Phillips

First this is a very interesting compilation of short stories and poetry to give the ménage-et-trois new definitions and new twists. The stories are Made for Two by Kim Carmichael, Darkest Dreams by Solera Winters, A Perfect Fit by Shascha Illyvich, Playtime by Dorothy F. Shaw, Ménage by Monday by Louisa Bacio. The poetry is Lucky Three and His Reward by Chelle.

Ranging from Science Fiction and Mythology to Paranormal and straight, hot Erotica, the stories are intense enough to maintain interest and more. It is recommended to leave enough time in the day to read through the whole compilation at one setting.

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.

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.

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.