REVIEW OF BLEAK HARBOR

BLEAK HARBOR Bryan Gruley Nov 2018 Thomas & Mercer Carey Bleak Peters should be the Princess of Bleak Harbor, Michigan. The City, after all, was founded by her family during the boon of the steel industry—and made them rich, wealth that continued beyond the closing of the steel and timber mills and shipping in the harbor as Bleak Harbor transformed into a summer vacation destination for the wealthy. But Carey’s mother, Serenity Bleak, sole heir of the fortune estimated to be worth several hundred million dollars, has other plans. And they don’t include Carey, her autistic son Danny, or her brother Jonah, the mayor of Bleak Harbor. When...

Book Review: LIES COMES EASY

  LIES COMES EASY by Steven Havill brings back Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman. This is the 23rd book in the Posadas County, New Mexico mystery series. “I wrote Estelle as a savvy investigator.  She started out in the Sheriff’s Department at the age of twenty-one.  I think of her as tough, protective, and self-contained.  She is a hands-on officer who is very brave.  But she is a very private person who loves her family and has a good relationship with her husband. I think people should read all the books if they really want to get to know her.” The story starts out with a gripping scene of a toddler wandering down the highway on his...

BOOK REVIEW: RED RIBBON

  THE RED RIBBONby H. B. Lyle blends fiction with historical reality.  The essence of the story is the up and coming British Secret Service that must look for spies on the home front and abroad. Lyle noted, “I was inspired by the 100th anniversary of the British secret service.  While in the film industry, I was working on some spy movies and also read an official book on the anniversary.  American readers need to understand that the UK secret service is different.  In the States, it is a protective service, while in Britain it is split in two halves, to find spies in the UK and in other countries. They were after a lot of anarchists who...

REVIEW OF DEBRIS LINE by MATTHEW FITZSIMMONS

  In every saga, there comes a point in the story where the page literally turns on one chapter, and another begins. The bad guys have been dispatched, the light of justice has been shown into the dark corners of crime. The villains run away to lick their wounds and plot and scheme for another day. A new adventure begins. For Gibson Vaughn fans, this is DEBRIS LINE, the latest thriller from Matthew Fitzsimmons. The first three installments of the Gibson Vaughn series were meticulously plotted, intricate thrillers that read more like literary fiction than the more standard “short sentences/bold action/sullen hero/drinks more coffee” style...

BOOK REVIEW: EVERY WICKED MAN

EVERY WICKED MAN (Bower File Book 11) Steven James Berkley Pub. Sept 4th, 2018   EVERY WICKED MAN by Steven James is the last in the series.  This book is third in the prequel series and eleventh overall, in the Bowers Files novels. People should probably want to read the other books first to get a better idea of what is happening in this story. After a Senator’s son takes his own life and posts the video on-line FBI Agent Patrick Bowers is drawn into a complex web of lies. Clues that might help solve the puzzle include a century old code.  At the funeral Bowers attempts to track down a woman visualizing it from a distance.  Out of nowhere...

BOOK REVIEW: The Mystery Of Three Quarters

  Agatha Christie’s THE MYSTERY OF THREE QUARTERS by Sophie Hannah brings to life the famous detective Hercule Poirot. Those who grew up on her novels will once again be treated to mysteries written in her style.  Anyone who has not read the famous novelist will enjoy the plot. Hannah explains she took on this project, “because I was excited about the creative possibilities. I saw her style as eloquent, clear, and simple with challenging plots that are more like intellectual puzzles. This is my third and I will have a fourth one coming out. Since I am a massive fan of Christie, I wanted to make sure I got everything correct so I went back...