Daily Archives: August 16, 2011

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt: A Novel by Beth Hoffman

Saving CeeCee HoneycuttReviewed by Allen Hott

A different read for someone who normally reads mysteries, thrillers, and historical novels. Although not quite sure what to expect, I began reading Saving CeeCee Honeycutt much like I would begin watching a “chick-flick”.

I was pleasantly surprised as there was a story and it really moved along well. It is the kind of story that causes the reader to reflect and see just how life moves along. Life doesn’t always go in the direction that we might like for it to go but it matters not. Our job is to follow in that direction and not only make the most of it but enjoy every minute of it. Sure we have some control but much of what happens to us happens because of exterior conditions not necessarily the ones we have control of.

Cecelia (known as Cee-Cee) rose Honeycutt did not have a happy life in the years leading up to her twelfth year. Her father drank and lived on the road as a traveling salesman most of the time. Her mother had mental problems, which Cee-Cee never really understood. All she knew was that her father and mother weren’t getting along well and her mother was getting progressively worse. Her mother’s actions included parading around the streets of their small town in faux-fancy clothes wearing a tiara and a banner saying 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. Needless to say the other kids tormented Cee-Cee quite often and heartlessly about her mother.

The Woodcutter: A Novel by Reginald Hill

The WoodcutterReviewed by Patricia Reid

Wilford Hadda began life as the son of a Cumbrian woodcutter on the Ulphingstone estate. Sir Leon Ulphingstone gave him the nickname of Wolf. At one stage in his life, Wolf Hadda held the title Sir Wilford Hadda.

Reginald Hill takes the reader through the various stages of the life of Wolf Hadda and Wolf has led a very interesting life. As a boy, he charmed Sir Leon’s daughter and left Cumbrian to earn his fortune. Wolf became a very wealthy man and returned to marry Imogene Ulphingstone. The couple had a daughter that Wolf doted on but one morning a knock on the door brought a screeching halt to Wolf’s charmed life.

The police entered his home with a search warrant and arrested Wolf. To say that Wolf was surprised by the visit would be putting it mildly. He did not take well to being pushed around by the Officer in charge and so Wolf decided to make his exit from the police station. Wolf wound up in a traffic accident that left him badly injured and in a coma. As he started to come out of the coma in the hospital, the only bright spot in the day was Davy McLucky, the man in charge of guarding his hotel room.

A Single Shot by Matthew F. Jones

A Single ShotReviewed by Julie Moderson

Matthew F. Jones has written at least one other book, so this is not his first one. Like his previous book, A Single Shot is also very different. Jones has a style of writing unlike any I have experienced before. I don’t know how to describe it but he seems to like graphic violence, very detailed descriptions and some unusual sexual scenes.

The basic pretense for A Single Shot is a young girl, Ingrid Banes, is accidentally shot by John Moon while he is poaching deer. John Moon is a likeable character and he seems to be a very intelligent man. He is horrified when he shot Ingrid and is torn between turning himself in or hiding her body. While John tries to decide what to do, he temporarily hides Ingrid’s body and finds a bag with a tremendous amount of money. John’s wife and son have left him and the money might be an answer to his prayers.

Rogue (Ike Schwartz Mysteries) by Frederick Ramsey

Rogue Reviewed by Teri Davis

For anyone who works in law enforcement, fortunately they seldom have to investigate any accident or crime scene involving their loved ones. What is the right thing for them to do? Should they continue to do their daily work or should they take a leave of absence for their personal lives and investigate what really happened?

Sheriff Ike Schwartz is in this quandary. Her fiancée, Ruth Harris, was driving his vehicle when she was involved in an automobile accident. Being that he is from the small town of Picketsville, the local big city police believe that this was the result of a normal accident, even though it was a hit-and-run. They seem to have decided not to spend any more time or effort on this investigation.

Frustrated, Ike decides to investigate on his own and attempts to take a leave of absence. With an impending election fast-approaching, the mayor does not want to grant this. With Ruth in a coma, Ike feels compelled to investigate on his own. Was Ruth the target or is someone trying to get even with Ike?