The Disposables: A Novel by David Putnam

The Disposables

Reviewed by Julie Moderson

David Putnam has served in law enforcement in cities all over the country. He worked in narcotics and violent crimes; he was also a member of the FBI team of robbery criminal intelligence and internal affairs. Putman was a county Sheriff and was a special agent for the Attorney General of Hawaii. He was an investigator of white collar crimes which has given him numerous situations to draw for his writings and in reading his book Putnam made you feel exactly the way he wanted you to feel. This being said, you were in the story, you could smell the gross ghetto homes, and you felt Bruno Johnson’s betrayal by his former partner Bobby Wicks. David Putnam is someone to watch and we should read everything he throws our way because you can take a big breath in and you are off and running and you won’t want to stop reading. He really can tell a story.

Trouble in Mind by Jeffery Deaver

Trouble in Mind

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Wow, almost too much to comprehend. Jeffery Deaver has put together twelve short stories that all carry his style, rhythm, and quirky thinking. Normally a reader picks up one of his novels and follows one story line with various plot changes but the same characters and one fantastic ending. But here he has basically developed twelve story lines with a multitude of different characters. There are two Lincoln Rhyme stories (one of Deaver’s favorite characters) and also a Kathryn Dance story and a John Pelham story (a couple more of his favorites).

A Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante

A Circle of Wives

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Dr. John Taylor, a well known plastic surgeon, is found dead in a hotel room near his home. Questions immediately surround the death. Why was he staying in a hotel near his house when his wife thought he was at an out of town on business? Why were there so many abrasions on his body if he died from a heart attack? And where was the room key? But even these inconsistencies don’t prepare Detective Samantha Adams for the discovery from an anonymous tip that the good doctor had multiple wives and that the first wife-the actual legal wife, was aware of the others. How could this possibly be? Dr and Mrs. Taylor were pillars of the community. He was highly respected for his charity work doing corrective surgery on seriously maimed children, his wife Deborah, for all of her community work through the various boards and committees she chaired or served on. How could this model couple have hidden such a shocking secret life?

Poisoned Ground by Sandra Parshall

Poisoned Ground

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

When a land developer comes to Mason County, Virginia with big plans for a mega vacation resort, many residents are quickly on board. The developers have offered extremely generous prices for the land needed and many jobs have been promised. But things soon turn ugly when a few people make it clear that they will not sell their land for any price and the developers say that the deal can’t go through without all of the property. Sheriff Tom Bridger has his hands full when couple who were holdouts is found shot to death, Tom specifically asks his new wife, veterinarian Rachel Goddard to stay out of the controversy, but readers know well that staying out of the fray is not Rachel’s style.

The Story of Sassy Sweetwater by Vera Jane Cook (Kindle Edition)

The Story of Sassy Sweetwater

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Sassy Sweetwater’s mother told her that she was named after the nearby Sweetwater Creek, not her father. As Sassy’s mother, Violet McLaughlin has decided that it is time to return home with her daughter. She left thirteen years ago as a pregnant seventeen-year-old. Sassy has never met her family.

Life in Carter’s Crossing, South Carolina during the year of 1962 has many secrets which Violet’s family would prefer to keep hidden. The entire family has been a leading family in the community for generations enough to have their own versions of justice, morality, and obeying the laws. 1962 was before the Civil Rights changed society and the real law frequently varied depending on the color of your skin, the money within your family, and the influence of your status within the community or family.

The Cold Nowhere by Brian Freeman

The Cold Nowhere

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Have you ever been drawn to a particular person? Have you wondered why someone gets and holds your attention but you don’t completely understand why? That is the problem Detective Jonathan Stride has with Catalina Mateo, a sixteen-year-old runaway who happens to be pregnant. However, there is a history between these two.

About ten years ago, Detective Stride met Catalina’s mother, Michaela. The two had a special relationship. Both were married but not to each other.

The nightmare for Cat began the night when her mother was brutally stabbed to death by her father who then shot himself. She was only six-years-old and fortunately was not in the house when the murder happened but hid under the porch, hearing the entire nightmare. How does anyone stop this from haunting them?

The Sound of Broken Glass by Deborah Crombie (Review #2)

The Sound of Broken Glass

Reviewed by Dianne Woodman

The Sound of Broken Glass is set in the Crystal Palace area of London. Interesting tidbits of information about the Crystal Palace and its surroundings along with Denmark Street and its connection to contemporary music is included in the story. Readers will find the map in the front pages of the book helpful for providing spatial information about the crime scene locale.

Flashbacks are an integral element in the unfolding of the story and center around thirteen-year-old Andy Monahan, a latchkey kid living in a rundown neighborhood with his alcoholic mother. He is shouldering the responsibility of ensuring his mother does not spend all of her wages on liquor and that she goes to work sober. School is out for the summer, and a couple of rich punks show up in the neighborhood and relentlessly bully Andy whenever they get a chance. Stress relief for Andy comes through playing his guitar and his strong bond of friendship with Nadine Drake, his next-door neighbor. Andy is devastated when Nadine abruptly disappears from his life.

Precious Thing by Colette McBeth

Precious Thing

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

When Rachel Walsh moved to a new school in high school, she was taken under the wing of Clara O’Connor one of the “in crowd.” For shy, nerdy and plump Rachel, it was a friendship too good to be true. Her home life consisted irrational rages from her single drunk of a mom. Meanwhile the pretty and popular Clara was raised by a single father who doted on her every whim. But as opposite as they and their home lives might be, they became close friends. Time passes, the girls’ remaining parents die, and although they keep in contact, Clara and Rachel drift apart. Fast forward a few years and we find Rachel, a news reporter, sent to cover a missing person’s case. She is shocked to find that the missing person is none other than Clara.

Slingshot: A Spycatcher Novel by Matthew Dunn

Slingshot

Reviewed by Dianne Woodman

Slingshot is full of espionage, counterespionage, betrayal, and explosive vignettes. The complicated plot thread is exciting to follow through its many twists and turns and keeps the reader engrossed until the very last page.

In 1995 the most powerful military commanders and intelligence officers of the United States and Russia meet clandestinely at an abandoned military barracks in Berlin, and a pact is signed that could potentially lead to over one hundred million people dying. To ensure that none of the participants divulge any information about the agreement, Kurt Schreiber, the chair of the meeting, puts a fail-safe in place; Russia’s most effective and deadliest assassin will be ordered to eliminate anyone who threatens to talk at any time in the future.

Recess is My Best Subject by Peggy Mastel

Recess is My Best Subject

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

After the death of her son, and the economic downturn, Peggy Mastel’s life as a corporate trainer was over. Needing to work, she turned to substitute teaching in the Sioux Falls, Iowa school district. Recess is My Best Subject is a memoir of her experiences in the class room.

After a career of mostly of dealing with adults, Mastel is suddenly rushing off each morning to a different school to face a different set of children of different ages. Some of the classrooms are well run and some of the children are well behaved but those are the exceptions. With virtually no training in elementary or early childhood education, Mastel’s days are fraught with surprises. Anyone who has ever taught or subbed in schools will see the pitfalls coming even before the author finishes the tale. In this laugh out loud funny memoir the author gives readers an insider’s look at the state of American Public Education and it’s not always a pretty sight.