Review of STAR WARS: AFTERMATH: EMPIRE’S END

STAR WARS: AFTERMATH: EMPIRE’S END Chuck Wendig Del Rey Released 2/21/17 I have made no bones about being a huge Star Wars nerd. From a young age, I have devoured anything and everything that I could find in the Star Wars universe, and this was back when there were just three movies. I read all the books and particularly loved the Timothy Zahn trilogy, which I still revisit from time to time today. When Disney bought the rights to Star Wars, all these books that I had loved became “legends,” essentially, that they were good stories, but no longer part of the true Star Wars timeline, so that they could go in their own direction. While I...

A NEGRO AND AN OFAY by Danny Gardner

Down and Out Books May 15, 2017 It’s shortly after World War II in Danny Gardner’s debut novel, A NEGRO AND AN OFAY, and disgraced Chicago police officer Elliot Caprice has been on the run for the past year. He returns home to rural Illinois to find that his uncle has lost the family farm. Caprice starts working as a process server for a local attorney in an effort to earn enough money to buy the farm back from the bank. When he’s sent to serve papers to a wealthy North Side Chicago widow, Caprice finds himself in the middle of a mysterious family drama while trying to put his own family back together. Caprice is biracial, half black and...

Review of Robert B. Parker’s LITTLE WHITE LI...

ROBERT B. PARKER’S LITTLE WHITE LIES Ace Atkins Spenser Book 45 May 2, 2017 G. P. Putnam’s Sons ROBERT B. PARKER’S LITTLE WHITE LIE by Ace Atkins is another winner. Having taken over writing the Spenser novels nothing has been lost with this smart aleck character. Using his past experience as a journalist Atkins created an engaging story. Spenser’s long time girlfriend psychologist Susan Silverman has referred one of her clients, Connie Kelly, to him. Thinking she found the perfect man on an on-line dating site Connie eagerly wrote him a check for hundreds of thousands of dollars for a real estate investment. The problem is he vanished with...

Review of NOTHING SHORT OF DYING

NOTHING SHORT OF DYING Erik Storey 2016 Simon and Schuster When it comes to crime fiction, escaping the clichés necessary to write a novel with mass appeal while also offering a unique, fresh reading experience is almost impossible to achieve. Erik Storey’s NOTHING SHORT OF DYING, however, pulls it off, and the author does so in a way that is even more impressive: with his debut. Rough men, violence, guns, shady pasts, a new love interest, and drugs are all classic elements that can be found in this narrative, but Storey uses them wisely inside a mold that is entirely his. The result is a novel that belongs next to those of Jeffrey Deaver...

Review of ONE PERFECT LIE

ONE PERFECT LIE Lisa Scottoline April 11, 2017 St. Martin’s Press ONE PERFECT LIE by Lisa Scottoline is a home run. Baseball is the springboard for the riveting mystery that includes a lot of curve balls. Not only do the characters deceive each other, but with the many twists and turns so will the readers. This suburban domestic crime thriller plays off the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing that looms powerfully in the background. Scottoline came up with the idea for the story, “Last year I was asked to throw out the first pitch at a Philadelphia Phillies game for ladies night. Honestly, I do not know how to pitch. I started to go...

Julie James’ THE THING ABOUT LOVE Reviewed

The Thing About Love Julie James Berkley Press April 18th, 2017 The Thing About Love by Julie James is a believable mystery whose strengths is the character interaction. Presenting both the male and the female differing points of view of certain events will remind readers of the classic book, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus by John Gray. Beyond that, this novel combines a mysterious plot, some romance, and a realistic look at the undercover world of FBI Agents. During their training rookie FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd are constantly butting heads. Following misinterpreted motives and misunderstandings they became...