Fiction Book Reviews
Standards of living, standards of writing, standards of service. I don’t want to let these things fall by the wayside. Let’s be tough when we review ourselves sometimes and keep the critiques going and the desire to rise up a level or two. Let’s not become slobs either in how we dress or approach our work and our lives.read more
Jacob T. Marley by R. William BennettFinishing Jacob T. Marley for at least the third time again left me wistful and contemplative. The lengths this author, R. William Bennett, went to in order to sound Dickensonian, are to be commended. The research and wordcrafting...read more
A huge bonus of providing reviews on Amazon is that sometimes you get contacted by a really great author and get offered free books for review. Erik Therme is one of the best.read more
The Logos Codeby Duncan Simpson I like to read stories about the Freemasons and Knights Templar and the foes they rally against. The Logos Code finds Vincent Blake and DCI Lukas Milton teaming up to battle a murderer targeting those that would...read more
You’ve heard of Charles Lindbergh–everyone has. But I find his wife far more intriguing. Anne Morrow Lindbergh was one of the most eloquent and moving writers of her time–and of the current time. Every book is worth reading for a multitude of reasons.read more
My copy of the paperback, as happens with books that stir my mind, is dog-eared and notated throughout.
The premise is a letter delivered upon the death of a woman where she tells an elderly man that he has a son—a son raised with a Christian fervor that excludes every other religion as inferior and requiring elimination.
The catch? The elderly man is Jewish.read more
Bosch is still working as a volunteer detective with the San Fernando Police Department, where they’re called to the double vicious murder of father and son pharmacists. Current case in place, Bosch is also dealing with the newly contested conviction of a cruel killer he put away thirty years ago. Step into the story and enjoy a speedy, twisted ride.read more
In my reviews of Connelly’s work I have often said that he does not always write a well-rounded female character. They are often minor players, there to support a male character. Yet there are times, such as with Bosch’s daughter, Maddy and her mother, Rachel, that they are intriguing and can stand on their own merits. With The Late Show and Renee Ballard is, perhaps, the start of something new. Is Renee rather confusing and rough around the edges? A little. But I have hope and feel it would be wrong to be hypercritical of a worthwhile author who has taken this gamble on a new series … Doing that takes guts.read more
Knowing Jeri Walker from her blog (writing & editing), I had to read this book. The stories are hard hitting and leave you emotionally tied to the characters. Having also read Jeri's "The Two Yosemites," a travelogue, "Such is Life" is a drastically different...read more
The Devil’s Architect By Duncan Simpson Straight from the start, The Devil’s Architect follows the pace and thrills found in the first of the trilogy: The History of Things to Come. Mr. Simpson continues to write in an eloquent style missing from most fiction these...read more
The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly My tough reviewing crumbled under the absolute perfection of this novel. I thought The Crossing was the best Harry Bosch to date—well, it was, but then came The Wrong Side of Goodbye. Bosch has been forced into retirement...read more
The History of Things to Come By Duncan Simpson Duncan Simpson writes descriptively in a style not seen very much anymore. It took me a chapter or two to get over my impatience as he used more words to say things than today’s typical novelist. By then, I was fully...read more