“Fistful of Rain”

“Fistful of Rain” by Baron Birtcher is a first-person narrative by Sherriff Ty Dawson as he navigates the day-to-day  life in 1975 Oregon. He struggles to balance his role as a husband and father, the pressures of running a ranch during economic uncertainty, and his position as sheriff in an increasingly unstable community. Society is […]

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“Murder Gone Missing”

“Murder Gone Missing” by Lida Sideris, is book two in the “Southern California Mystery” series, but a new reader can enjoy this book without having read the previous book. The author provides quick background comments in the context of the storyline to fill in anything needed from the previous book. The first person narrative opens […]

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“The Crooked Staircase”

“The Crooked Staircase” by Dean Koontz is the third in the Jane Hawk series. It is not necessary to have read the previous two books to enjoy this one, but new readers will have some catching up to do with the “conspiracy” that compels Jane to action. All is not well, even in the world […]

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“The Fourth Sacrifice”

“The Fourth Sacrifice” is the second in Peter May’s China series, but it is not necessary to have read the first one, “The Firemaker” to enjoy this one. There is enough background information as part of the story that new readers will be able to jump in quickly. Margaret Campbell is still in mourning. Everywhere […]

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“Unloaded”

“Unloaded” is a collection of short stories edited by Eric Beetner. This group is unique because all of the writers specifically constructed their stories of murder, mayhem, and destruction without using guns.  With the next volume of “unloaded” arriving in July 2018, this is a great time to revisit the original collection. “Unloaded” (volume 1) […]

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“The Patriot’s Club

“The Patriot’s Club” by Christopher Reich inserts United States history into a modern thriller. Thomas Bolden is kidnapped and assaulted after receiving an award for his philanthropic work. Bolden firmly believes that everything happens for a reason, and while he is wondering why this is happening, “they” know that sometimes the only way to get things […]

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“Want You Dead”

“Want You Dead” by Peter James is number ten in the Roy Grace series. New readers will be able to follow because most needed background information is included as part of the narrative. The book follows two basic story lines; the first involves Red Cameron who meets Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency. The […]

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“Skyjack”

“Skyjack” by J. K. Howe starts on March 10, 1956 with the loss of two nuclear containers full of material with a 704 million-year half-life, an ominous start to an ominous book. It is the second book featuring freedom broker Thea Paris, but it is not necessary to have read “Freedom Broker,” the previous book. […]

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“All the Beautiful Lies”

“All the Beautiful Lies” by Peter Swanson starts with a death. The previous morning, Harry had received a phone call from Alice, his father’s second wife, telling him that his father, Bill, was dead. Bill was the owner of in Kennewick, Maine and previously in the West Village in New York City. Any novel even […]

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