Daily Archives: November 11, 2009

Riptide by Margaret Carroll

riptideReviewed by Caryn St. Clair

As Riptide begins, Christina Cardiff is in a rehabilitation facility for drug and alcohol abuse. As a member of the trendy Hampton social scene, the Cardiffs hosted and attended frequent parties-parties that often lasted well into the early hours of the next day. Parties that involved large amounts of drugs, alcohol and indiscriminate sex. It was after a particularly booze filled night that Christina awoke with a determination to dry out once and for all so that she could be the mother her son deserved. And so Christina checked herself into clinic halfway across the country. While it was hard for her to settle into the clinic’s routine, things were beginning to look up when one morning she was called to the director’s office and told that her husband had drown the night before in their swimming pool.

Winter of Secrets by Vicki Delany

winterReviewed by Caryn St. Clair

With Winter of Secrets, Delany delivers the best book yet of her British Columbia series featuring Constable Molly Smith. In her third outing, Molly deals with a case that touches two very troubled families. As the book opens, Molly and Dave Evans have pulled Christmas Eve duty on a night when a major snow storm hits. While most of their calls are for cars off the road, the last call of the night is much worse. A car has gone off the road and landed in the river. By the time the car is pulled out, the two people inside are dead. Meanwhile across town, a group of college students from Ontario are waiting for two of their group, Jason and Ewan to return before starting their Christmas party. Instead of the missing boys, there are two unexpected visitors to the bed and breakfast. First, Lorraine LeBlanc, a local girl from a pathetic excuse for a family shows up saying she had been invited to the party by Jason. And then Molly comes to notify Wendy Wyatt-Yarmouth of her brother Jason’s death.

What seems to be a tragic accident becomes a case for the police when the coroner discovers that Ewan was dead long before the car went into the river. Was it murder or an accident? Where was Jason taking Ewan’s body?

The Power of Thinking Differently, An Imaginative Guide to Creativity, Change & The Discovery of New Ideas by Javy W. Galindo

powerReviewed by Susan Reimers

In his later years, famed artist Pablo Picasso reflected “. . . at 15 I painted like Velazquez, and it took me 80 years to paint like a child.” Undoubtedly if Picasso had been privy to such a valuable treatise as Javy W. Galindo’s The Power of Thinking Differently, An Imaginative Guide to Creativity, Change & The Discovery of New Ideas, his personal satisfaction would not have taken as long because Galindo clearly explains the roots of creativity in the brain and how to overcome one’s own blockages and obstacles in order to manifest the creation to tangible form and, consequently, reach a higher state of personal satisfaction.

We tend to think of “creators” as those engaging in art, music and writing. However, Galindo argues, creativity can – and should – be found in all fields, including business, governance and science but all too often our culture demands we focus our attention only on that which is logical, rational and reasonable despite the fact that such thinking and behavior continue to lock us into undesired results as evident in the current recession, wars and healthcare debates.

The Narrows by Michael Connelly (Review #2)

narrowsReviewed by Allen Hott

Okay, so you have to wait until the end of the book to find out exactly what the narrows really are. But on the way to the answer you will once more have been immersed into a book written by Michael Connelly. The Narrows is one of Connelly’s earlier books and it is a sequel to The Poet.

Harry Bosch (one of Connelly’s favorite characters) is a former LA cop. Harry has been contacted by the wife of one of his cop friends who recently passed away. The wife is convinced that her husband has been murdered although the authorities feel that he died to dosage problems with his heart medicine. He had been a heart transplantee and they claim that fouling up the schedule of medication can prove to be fatal.

Secrets to Die for by L.J. Sellers

secretsReviewed by Patricia Reid

When Raina Hughes attempts to make a final visit to Josh Gorman, son of Bruce and Cindy Gorman, Bruce orders her off his property. Raina is a children’s support advocate and Josh has just been returned to the custody of his parents. Raina and her best friend Jamie are volunteers. Raina had hoped to say good-bye to Josh and find him happy.

Detective Wade Jackson is sharing a Valentine dinner with Kera, a nurse at Planned Parenthood. Wade met Kera while investigating a bombing at the clinic. Their romantic dinner is interrupted by a call that the body of a young girl has been found at a wildlife observation lookout. There are several unsolved rapes still pending in Eugene, Oregon and now a girl is dead. The girl found at the lookout is Raina Hughes.

The Black Minute by Christopher Valen

minuteReviewed by Patricia Reid

Detective John Santana of the St. Paul Police Department escaped from Columbia and the fear is still in his mind that one day assassins will find him. His sleep is often disturbed by dreams and nightmares. He sometimes has the feeling that the nightmares become more vivid as he gets close to solving a case.

When a beautiful young Hmong woman is found dead it seems that this will be a simple case to solve. As Santana proceeds with his investigation he finds that the case is anything but simple. The girl’s name is Mai Yang and she is identified as a prostitute. Santana learns that she is the daughter of General Yang, a prominent Hmong political figure.