Dark Ride Deception (Nostalgia City Mysteries Book 4), by Mark S. Bacon [Review]

This is my first dive into Mark S. Bacon’s Nostalgia City Mysteries, and it was a worthwhile read. The author oddly chose not to identify the protagonist, Lyle, as a former cop, now working as a cab driver in the Nostalgia City theme park – and occasionally doing investigation work for the park’s owner – … More Dark Ride Deception (Nostalgia City Mysteries Book 4), by Mark S. Bacon [Review]

Searching for Sarah, by Phillip Vega [Review]

                This book is really more about the main narrator, Tom, searching for Nina – his sister. The story opens with Tom and his family preparing to dispose of Nina’s ashes, after her sudden death from a heart attack in her mid-50s. The story is then told in a series of flashbacks, some from Tom’s … More Searching for Sarah, by Phillip Vega [Review]

Whisper Creek (A Logan McKenna mystery), by Valerie Davisson [Review]

Logan McKenna is an interesting character who has fascinating friends. They are always getting in some kind of trouble, usually including a corpse. This seventh installment of the series is a welcome event for fans of Ms. Davisson’s quirky world. Whisper Creek refers to the body of water near The New School, an enclave in … More Whisper Creek (A Logan McKenna mystery), by Valerie Davisson [Review]

Dead End Job, by Justin Alcala [Review]

                There are very few truly original ideas, but Justin Alcala has found one. His new “noir supernatural thriller” dips us in the river Styx and puts us inside the head of Buck, a former military sniper, recent professional assassin, and now intern to The Grim Reaper. After being shot in the head during an … More Dead End Job, by Justin Alcala [Review]

Dead in the Water (A Jason Wade Forensic Crime Thriller Book 1), by Donna Collins [Review]

Jason Wade is a police forensics technician and a former professional boxer – an interesting combination. Although the subtitle of this first book in what promises to be a series indicates a forensic crime thriller, there is not much forensics involved – but there is plenty of crime and thrills. At the start, the story … More Dead in the Water (A Jason Wade Forensic Crime Thriller Book 1), by Donna Collins [Review]

Shadows of Mars (Broken Stars Book 1), by I.O. Adler [Review]

If you appreciate intricate detail in the building of a fictional universe and in the descriptions of the events of a story, you will enjoy this book. Author I.O. Adler builds a future in which Earth’s first manned mission to Mars encounters a flotilla of alien vessels on the run from a powerful “Enemy.” The … More Shadows of Mars (Broken Stars Book 1), by I.O. Adler [Review]

Alternative to Murder by H.E. Joyce [Review]

                I love private investigator stories, and the general plot of the kidnapping of an heiress seemed like potential fun. But a good crime story needs plausibility, even with some allowance for suspension of reality as to the premise. It also needs well-drawn characters who make the reader root for (or against) somebody and care … More Alternative to Murder by H.E. Joyce [Review]