Charles Todd’s THE SHATTERED TREE Reviewed

The Shattered Tree Charles Todd William Morrow Aug 30th, 2016 The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd reunites nurse Bess Crawford with Captain Barkley, an old acquaintance from a previous book. As with all their books the riveting mystery is combined with facts surrounding World War I. It is almost as if the Great War has become a secondary character within the plots. Readers will enjoy learning and comparing what happened during the World War to the modern warfare of today. In this story Bess does not have the support groups of the past: Her parents, her landlady, and for the most part Simon only make a cameo appearance. Not only must she work...

Alix Rickloff’s SECRETS OF NANREATH HALL Rev...

Secrets Of Nanreath Hall Alix Rickloff William Morrow Aug 2nd, 2016 Secrets Of Nanreath is the debut historical novel by Alix Rickloff. This intriguing mystery involves family secrets revolving around the triumphant and tragic lives of a mother and daughter as they search for their identities. Within the backdrop of both World Wars readers will understand the time period and how the wars affected the British population and the class system. This mother/daughter story is told in alternating chapters. Rickloff shows how one generation’s actions and decisions will affect the other. The mother Katherine, who lives during World War I, leaves her...

Peter Robinson’s WHEN THE MUSIC’S OVER...

When The Music’s Over Peter Robinson William Morrow Aug 9th, 2016 When The Music’s Over by Peter Robinson is an intense mystery. It does not sugar coat and will not be construed as politically correct. The story is inspired by newspaper accounts of true-life incidents concerning abuse of women. It resonates today especially for people who can remember Germany when so many women were sexually harassed during the 2016 New Year’s Eve celebration by men of Arab or North African heritage, as well as the abuse of women by celebrity men. Tackling this problem within a gripping plot, Robinson will enlighten readers. In the beginning of the novel...

Catherine Coulter’s INSIDIOUS Reviewed

Insidious Catherine Coulter Gallery Books Aug 9th, 2016 INSIDIOUS by Catherine Coulter brings back FBI agents Savich and Sherlock, as well as introducing Special Agent Cam Wittier and Detective Daniel Montoya. As with most of her books there are two plot lines that keep readers engaged. What makes the FBI series special is the blending of humor within the riveting storylines. In INSIDIOUS, the humor starts even before page one. In the Acknowledgments section she thanks Ski Ludwikowski (a longtime reader) for “recommending Sherlock’s birthday present from Savich, a new ankle piece, the 9 mm Glock 43. Sherlock is really enjoying it,...

NO ONE KNOWS Reviewed

NO ONE KNOWS J.T. Ellison 2016 Gallery Books No One Knows is an engrossing thriller with secrets in the pages. Aubrey Hamilton is sad lonely adult who hides behind her childhood. The only person who she claims to love and trust is her childhood friend Josh who ended up becoming her husband and disappearing from Aubreys life. Aubrey only has a few friends you can trust, if you can call it trust. Aubrey ended up being the lead suspect during the trial of her missing husband. Even Josh’s own mother had a great dislike for Aubrey. So If Aubrey doesn’t know where or what happened to him who does?? When she finds herself acquitted of...

Review of Ben H Winter’s Underground Airline...

UNDERGROUND AIRLINES Ben H. Winters July 5, 2016 Mulholland Books So, we are going to address the pachyderms in the room, then lead them over to a distant corner with buckets of peanuts (or whatever non-cartoon elephants eat), that we might ignore them for the rest of the proceedings. The central premise behind UNDERGROUND AIRLINES is that slavery was not abolished. Instead, certain amendments were enacted to protect the practice of slavery in the American South and it currently remains legal in four states. The protagonist is a former slave (read: black man) who captures escaped ‘Persons Bound to Labor’ for the US Marshals’ service. The...