A haunting story set in the late 1930s, Circle of Darkness weaves together a sinister present and a tortured past with exquisite prose and a complex heroine. The author captures the tone and atmosphere of the remnants of Southern aristocracy, clinging to the trappings of wealth even through the Great Depression. Gathered at a lakeside … More Circle of Darkness, by Phyllis M. Newman [Review]
In the February issue of InD’Tale Magazine, Perilous Gambit (Audiobook edition) received the publication’s coveted “crowned heart” rating as one of the top books in its genre. The magazine’s review is below and can be found at: https://indtale.com/reviews/audiobooks/perilous-gambit-mike-stoneman-thriller SUSPENSE: The last thing Jason Dickson wants to do right before his big Vegas wedding is solve … More Perilous Gambit snags top rating from InD’Tale Magazine
I try to ignore the occasional one-star review of my books, which tend to have an agenda, or sometimes are just a rating without a written review (very frustrating). In fact, I try not to obsess over reviews generally. But, every once in a while, I’ll get a review that is truly amazing. Such a … More Best Book Review Ever
This book is its own genre, to be categorized as gibberish satire fantasy adventure. I happen to be a fan of James Joyce, and have a dog-eared copy of Ulysses on my bookshelf. The Reeking Hegs starts out as a kind of retelling of The Odyssey, written in even more impenetrably language than Joyce, with … More The Reeking Hegs, by Pete Peru and Lord Tupelo [Review]
InD’Tale magazine reviews dozens of books each month. It’s reviewers hand out “Crown Hearts” to the books it recommends for its readers. The reviewers will award a Crown Heart to a review that garners 4.5 out of 5 stars. There are several of those in the November issue, but only a small handful of 5-Star … More 5-Star Review for Lethal Voyage in this month’s InD’Tale Magazine!
This police procedural is long on discussion about the hero’s dog, long on letting us see the villain’s first person perspective, and long on sentimental details about the hero cop’s mourning over his dead wife. It’s very short on suspense or mystery. The reader knows everything in the first few chapters – the hired killer … More Winter Song (Seasons Pass, book #1) by Susan C. Muller
Here’s the link to the review on the CrimeFictionLovers.com website! . . . I like the slightly old school feel of Deadly Enterprise. The title is decidedly pulp and gives a good hint as to the kind of story contained within – fast-paced, thrilling and heavy on action. The detectives may be rough around the … More CrimeFictionLovers.com review of Deadly Enterprise