The baseline plot of The Cerberus Affair is immediately attention-getting and quickly draws the reader into the mystery. Catherine, a beautiful but sexless single mother of an adopted son, is a former journalist. At the same time her son is getting ready to go off to university, Catherine’s world is rocked by the news of … More The Cerberus Affair, by Charlotte Valentine [review]
This book of short stories is like the fever dream of a drug-addicted surrealist artist. The Parasite story (the first) has some elements of sci-fi, but lacks characters, a coherent story, an obstacle to be overcome or a goal to be achieved, and fails to even try to explain how an insect-like parasitic organism is … More The Parasite from Proto Space (and other stories), by Brett Petersen [Review]
If you are in a book club, or know anyone who is in a book club, please pass this along. Pretty much all book club meetings nowadays are virtual anyway. If any book club reads one of my books, I will show up for their meeting. I’ll log into the zoom and answer questions and … More I’ll come to your Book Club meeting!
Lethal Voyage (Mike Stoneman #3) is now officially done. I am in the process of narrating the audiobook version. There may be a few typos to correct still, but no more re-writing (once the audiobook is recorded, I really can’t tinker with the printed text). Since the book is set on a cruise ship, I … More Lethal Voyage is finished!
I have finished the text version of Lethal Voyage — book #3 in the Mike Stoneman Thriller series. While I wait to hear back from Literary Agents about the prospects for finding a traditional publisher who wants to publish the rest of the series (and the next one after that), I will be delaying setting … More Lethal Voyage — Audiobook Production is up next!
I read book #1 in the Jelvia series (Holding out for a Hero) and now have jumped to the most recent installment, Spider. T.E. Kessler has created a unique world in which Humans live alongside a super-human race of Jelvia. This installment delves into the common fetishes and motivations of both races through the eyes … More Spider: Jelvia: Not Human (#3), by T. E. Kessler [Review]
Adriane Brown’s novel, The Café on Dream Street, is a tortured tale of an immigrant from el Salvador, Felipe Sanchez, and his family, trying to make a life in a suburb of New York called Oakmont. The writer’s political bent is clear from the outset. The local cops are redneck anti-immigrant thugs, who terrorize the … More The Café on Dream Street, by Adriane Brown [Review]
Parabellum begins with the grisly scene after a mass shooting at a Chicago beach. The rest of the book describes – in great detail – the lives of four characters identified only as “the student,” “the ex-athlete,” “the veteran,” and “the programmer.” The absence of names for these central characters is disconcerting, but we get … More Parabellum, by Greg Hickey [Review]
Dr. Ree Ryland is not your typical mystery-action hero. She is a professor of Engineering, specializing in auto crash safety systems. But she has a black belt, and a Glock in her purse. Just in case. She is also clever, a stickler for details, and attractive. A very intriguing combination. In this story, Ree starts … More Calculated Deception, by K.T. Lee [review]
Adam Baron’s former cop turned Private I, Billy Rucker, is a deeply complex character. After book #1 in this British crime drama series, it feels that we have only scraped the surface, and there is much more to look forward to in later books. The writing is rich and engaging as the author strings us … More Shut Eye (Billy Rucker #1), by Adam Baron [REVIEW]