REVIEW OF THE STORIES YOU TELL BY KRISTEN LEPIONKA

In THE STORIES YOU TELL, Kristen Lepionka continues the adventures and evolution of Columbus Ohio’s own Roxane (with one N) Weary. Originally debuting in 2017’s THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK, Roxane Weary has been through hell and back. Through it all, she has battled depression, relationship issues, family grief and in-fighting, and the bottle. While it would be understandable if Weary continued to exist in a state of arrested development as the bitter, angry, bourbon swilling private eye, Lepionka has taken Weary and the reader on a journey of growth and development. When we meet Roxane now, life seem to be settling into a nice rhythm: Roxane...

REVIEW OF WOLF PACK

Edgar-winner C.J. Box maintains his platinum level of excellence in WOLF PACK, his 19th novel starring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett (after 2018’s THE DISAPPEARED). When fellow game warden Katelyn Hamm observes a herd of elk being stampeded by a drone, she enlists Joe’s aid in tracking down the owner. The perp turns out to be Bill Hill, a recent arrivee from the East who lives with several bodyguards in a state of the art compound. After Hill scoffs at Joe’s threat of a fine for tormenting the elk, Joe tries to research him online–and finds Bill Hill to be entirely devoid of any background. Joe’s old friend...

MURDER-A-GO-GO’S: CRIME FICTION INSPIRED BY THE MU...

Down and Out Books March 23d, 2019 Edited by Holly West The short story can be one of the most enjoyable storytelling vehicles for any genre. Add a little violence here, a little revenge there, and you have a crime story that can fit comfortably into any genre. That’s the beauty of crime fiction: by changing the set design, a crime story can take a reader into any type of story they like. As much fun as short stories are to read, outlets for this kind of writing have been slowly disappearing in recent years. This is a real shame, since short stories are one of the chief ways readers can discover their new favorite authors. With...

REVIEW: BONES BEHIND THE WHEEL

BONES BEHIND THE WHEEL by E. J. Copperman blends a mystery with plenty of humor.  It is a ghostly tale that will keep readers smiling throughout the story. Copperman noted, “Some people believe the dead continue to exist in some way and others believe it is silly.  Everyone wishes they could experience the presence of those who have passed away.  Those that do believe in ghosts think that they can communicate with their lost loved ones.” In the first book of the series, Alison Kerby has purchased an inn on the New Jersey shore.  But she got more than she bargained for after finding out it came with some ghosts.  This...

REVIEW OF BONES BEHIND THE WHEEL

BONES BEHIND THE WHEEL by E. J. Copperman blends a mystery with plenty of humor.  It is a ghostly tale that will keep readers smiling throughout the story. Copperman noted, “Some people believe the dead continue to exist in some way and others believe it is silly.  Everyone wishes they could experience the presence of those who have passed away.  Those that do believe in ghosts think that they can communicate with their lost loved ones.” In the first book of the series, Alison Kerby has purchased an inn on the New Jersey shore.  But she got more than she bargained for after finding out it came with some ghosts.  This...

REVIEW OF NEVER LET GO

Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard is a mystery tinged with some romance. From the very first page the story’s tension builds. The plot begins when a new born baby is taken away from its birth mother, Katelyn Mason. Now, approximately twenty years later she is dying of cancer and wants to be reunited with her daughter.  Unfortunately, all the investigators she has hired over the years have found no clues.  Her only hope is that Anderson Consulting, forensic genealogists, will find her daughter. But someone is trying to stop then.  First the founder was killed in a hit and run accident, and now his grand-daughter, Willow...