“Righteous”

“Righteous” by Joe Ide, is the second book in his “IQ” series. The main characters from the previous book continue, but those who have not read the previous books can jump right in without any problem. Quick background comments in the context of the storyline provide a new reader with any needed information. Isaiah Quintabe […]

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“Room to Dream”

“Room to Dream” by David Lynch and Kristine McKenna is structured as a conversation about his life with the reader. This book is a storyteller at his best, recalling the stories of his life, the events that made him the complex person that he is. Readers want to know every detail. He pulls us into […]

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“Bring Me Back”

“Bring Me Back” by B A Paris starts with thought-provoking first person comments from twelve years prior. “I should have been nearer. That was the statement I gave to the police… It was the truth. But not quite the whole truth.” Right from the start, we know he is not exactly truthful. The tone of […]

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“The Fairfax Incident”

“The Fairfax Incident” by Terrence McCauley is a classic “gumshoe” mystery set in New York City in 1933. The story is a first-person narrative by Charles “Charlie” Doherty, a detective “making a damned fine living making my wealthy clients feel like I genuinely care about their ivory-tower troubles.” The plot flows effortlessly, and the details […]

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“Something in the Water”

“Something in the Water” by Catherine Steadman opens with the narrator, Erin Locke, speaking directly to the reader. “Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave? Wonder no longer. It takes an age.” Then we learn about the body. “I wonder if he’s still warm. My husband.” How did Erin get there? […]

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“Tiny Crimes”

“Tiny Crimes” is an anthology of short, some very short, stories, but there is adventure and mystery in every one. The stories are all different, and there is something for every reader. This collection allows a fan to read and finish a compelling story all in one sitting. This collection is unique because the variety […]

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“Panty Raid”

“Panty Raid” by Diane Vallere is book eight in the Samantha Kidd Mystery Series. Quick comments within the storyline provide a new reader with any needed background information. Those who have not read the previous books can jump right in without any problem, and catch up on the others in the series later. In the […]

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“A Stone’s Throw”

“A Stone’s Throw” by James Ziskin is book six in the Ellie Stone Mystery series, but quick back ground comments in the context of the storyline provides a new reader with any needed information. On an August 1962 evening, Eleonora Stone, a reporter from “The New Holland Republic,” is covering a fire in an abandoned […]

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