REVIEW OF THE SOUND OF DISTANT THUNDER

THE SOUND OF DISTANT THUNDER by Jan Drexler presents a unique look at the Amish society.  This first in a series uses the backdrop of the Civil War as the characters struggle to reconcile their convictions and desires with the national interest. Jan Drexler brings an understanding of Amish traditions and beliefs to her writing. Her ancestors were among the first Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren immigrants to Pennsylvania in the 1700s, and their experiences are the inspiration for her stories. She takes the saying, “write what you know,” to a whole new level. She commented, “My ancestors were Amish.  Also, I lived in Indiana and they were part...

INTERVIEW WITH SEAN PARNELL

MAN OF WAR by Sean Parnell is an exciting and action-packed thriller.  He is able to draw upon his past experiences as a combat veteran to create a realistic storyline. It is a warning of sorts on what could happen if a terrorist is able to get their hands on a nuclear bomb. Readers are introduced to Eric Steele, a tough as nails combat veteran who becomes part of a clandestine organization, known as “The Program” that answers only to the President of the US. Operators combine their combat experiences with actionable intelligence to root out and neutralize the enemy. This allows the commander-in-chief a third option instead of diplomacy and...

INTERVIEW WITH ALLISON BRENNAN

  Abandoned by Allison Brennan takes the Maxine (Max) Revere stories to a whole new level. She is able to create a suspenseful and exciting plot centered around this fascinating character’s background. In this latest she explores why her mother deserted her shortly before her tenth birthday. The disappearance of her mother, Martha, has haunted Max for years. It has been seven years since she last heard from her and this has left her in a state of limbo. Getting information from another investigator, Sean Rogan, Max feels this clue, a discarded car found in Cape Haven, Virginia sixteen years ago, might provide answers. Knowing Martha...

INTERVIEW WITH J. A. JANCE

  FIELD OF BONES by J. A. Jance is an intriguing dark mystery.  Jance shows why she is a such a prolific writer, able to balance the gruesome case with the added personal life of Brady, that at times offers comic relief. The book begins as Sheriff Joanna Brady is waiting election results.  Threatening to derail her re-election are personal tragedies and her pregnancy. This third time up for election, it appears the vote count will be close. But the baby had other plans and chose to come before all the votes have been counted.  Luckily it became a night for celebration after Eleanor Sage was born and Joanna was re-elected.  The comic...

REVIEW of BURNING RIDGE

BURNING RIDGE (Timber Creek K-9 Mystery Book 4) Margaret Mizushima Crooked Lane Books Sept 11th, 2018   BURNING RIDGE by Margaret Mizushima is a fast-paced and engrossing police procedural.  It features Matti Cobb and her K-9 German Shepherd partner Robo, which makes these stories appealing to not only those who enjoy mysteries, but also to animal lovers. Having done her homework, the author spoke with and shadowed those that train dogs.  “I have a friend who retired from training tracking dogs.  She allowed me to watch her train for tracking and evidence detection.  I was inspired by her to write about a female canine handler.  In...

INTERVIEW WITH BEATRIZ WILLIAMS, LAUREN WILLIG, KA...

THE GLASS OCEAN by the three Amigos, aka Team W, Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White, is a captivating mystery that has as its backdrop the Lusitania and its sinking. As with all good teamwork they effectively created a story that blends their three styles into one. Readers take a journey with the characters as the suspense ratchets up to that fateful day when the Germans sank the Lusitania in 1915, leaving people to wonder who will live and who will die. Telling the story are three women narrators, two a century in the past, and one in the present time. The first character introduced is Sarah Blake who in 2013 is a struggling...