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...

Review of Archie: the Crossover Collection

There have been many crossovers with the famed Archie and his gang; and many pop culture symbols, icons, and stars. From Sesame street to the Punisher, Archie’s gang has seen it all. This collection features, the Ramones, Michael Strahan, George Takei, Lady Gaga, and Mark Zuckerberg. Each comic has its own character from Archie’s universe to focus on alongside their stars. The Archies team up with the Ramones to solve their rock and roll problems with a helping hand from Sabrina. Michael Strahan encourages Moose to break his idol’s record in football, his idol being Michael Strahan. In a clash of intellectual titans, Zuckerberg and Dilton,...

Review of Kathy Reich’s TWO NIGHTS Jul22

Review of Kathy Reich’s TWO NIGHTS

TWO NIGHTS Kathy Reichs Bantam Pub July 11th, 2017 TWO NIGHTS has writer Kathy Reichs venturing into new territory. This novel’s plot line and characters do not delve into forensic anthropology as with the Temperance Brennan series, the basis for the hit TV show Bones. What both have in common are main characters that bring justice to the families and the victims, whether dead or alive. The featured character, Sunday Night, is the direct opposite of Temperance Brennan in many ways. She is not a scientist, but ex-military and an ex-cop who never wants to follow the rules. Physically and emotionally scarred from her troubled childhood she has...

Review Archie: Volume 3

The time has come again, for the next volume, of Archie. It has been much anticipated due to the last volumes’ cliffhanger ending: with Veronica being dragged away from Riverdale after her father’s mayoral dreams were dashed. This edition comes with the next 5 issues in the Archie saga. Also the first issue of one of the newer titles from Archie comics, Reggie and Me, is placed in the back. In the aftermath of Archie and Veronica’s separation; both feel a void left in the wake of the other. Veronica has been shipped off to Switzerland at an all girls school. Archie hangs out with Jughead but is still sad, while Veronica first...

THE WOMAN FROM PRAGUE BY ROB HART

It’s a fact that no matter what, people change. Humans are a product of their experiences. The good things and the bad things all go into the messy, bitter stew of our souls. These are the things that make us the people that we are. This is also one of the biggest differences between real life people and the pop culture creations that we all like reading about. Fact-is-fact: After 76 years, Captain America is still Captain America. There may be controversial stories here and there, but at the end of the day, Cap will still be Cap. Fans have been reading about Jack Reacher kicking ass for 21 novels, with the comforting fact that the...

Linda Castillo’s DOWN A DARK ROAD Reviewed

Down A Dark Road Book nine in the Kate Burkholder series Linda Castillo Minotaur Pub July 11th, 2017 Down A Dark Road by Linda Castillo is an electrifying thriller. It seems with each book, this being the ninth, she gets better and better. Within a riveting mystery she is able to seamlessly blend the Amish culture, giving glimpses and insights to their way of life. Once again small town Painters Mill police chief Kate Burkholder is forced to re-visit her childhood past. She is notified about the escape of Joseph King, convicted of killing his wife while his children slept in the same house. This is personal for her since he was her...