Review of WATCH THE GIRLS by Jennifer Wolfe

WATCH THE GIRLS by Jennifer Wolfe Grand Central July 2018 Liv Hendricks had a promising television career when she was a teen actress known as Olivia Hill. She and her difficult and seldom-sober sister played on the popular TV show “The Hills Have PIs.” But when the girls’ younger sister Miranda disappeared, Liv dropped out of the public eye completely. It was only when her financial situation forced her return to television that she found herself playing on a campy Scooby-Doo-esque reality show called “Bullsh?t Hunters.” But their missing sister has continued to haunt her, and self-medicating her past into silence ends up getting her...

Review of CLOSER THAN YOU KNOW By Brad Parks

CLOSER THAN YOU KNOW Brad Parks March 2018 Dutton This is one hell of a ride, and one that is impossible to get off until the very last page. Anxiety swelled in my chest from the word go, but I couldn’t put it down. Melanie Barrick grew up in the system. But she’s made good now, after years of bouncing from one foster home to care facility to another, even living in her car for a while. But she has a loving husband and new baby Alex. Both parents dote on the little boy even though he’s the product of the night Melanie was raped by the Whisper Rapist. But disaster strikes again when Melanie goes to pick up Alex from daycare and learns that...

MEDDLING KIDS by Edgar Cantero

MEDDLING KIDS Edgar Cantero July 2017 Doubleday Honestly, Cantero had me at “Meddling Kids.” As a child who grew up on Scooby Doo (I used to measure units of time in Scooby Doo episodes, according to my parents.) I was both excited and leery that this book may or may not pay off. I was pleased when it did. The Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in Oregon’s Zoinx River Valley….get it, you guys? ZOINX?) solves their last case in the summer of 1977, literally unmasking an old man who had been causing trouble. The only thing is, the supernatural things happening couldn’t be explained—and certainly couldn’t have...

Printer’s Row 2017—Bloodshed at the MWA Tent Jun12

Printer’s Row 2017—Bloodshed at the MWA Tent

  You’re dying to know about the bloodshed, aren’t you? I’m sorry to tell you you’ll have to keep reading. I’m burying the lead on that one. Aren’t I the worst? Here’s a chalk outline to keep you until then.           I’ve never had the pleasure to attend Printer’s Row in Chicago before, and it was basically catnip for book lovers. Stalls lining several streets in the shadow of gorgeous art deco buildings where the publishing industry used to reside in downtown Chicago. And those stalls. Publishers and booksellers side by side—it was a dangerous place. I recommend bringing lots of cash—I had to hit the...

Review of CITY OF ANGELS

CITY OF ANGELS Kristi Belcamino Polis Books May 2017 “Nikki” Black, a 17-year-old runaway, escaped from a bad home situation in the Midwest, to an even worse situation in L.A. When the book opens, Nikki’s new “boyfriend” is attempting to force her into the porn industry. With a little luck and some steel toed boots, Nikki escapes, taking a 12-year-old named Rain with her. When Nikki suggests that they find a cop to help Rain, the girl takes off. Now alone on the streets of L.A. with only the clothes on her back, Nikki finds herself at the American Hotel. A kind bartender sets her up with a room above the bar, and a waitressing gig at a...