Review of CITY OF ANGELS

CITY OF ANGELS Kristi Belcamino Polis Books May 2017 “Nikki” Black, a 17-year-old runaway, escaped from a bad home situation in the Midwest, to an even worse situation in L.A. When the book opens, Nikki’s new “boyfriend” is attempting to force her into the porn industry. With a little luck and some steel toed boots, Nikki escapes, taking a 12-year-old named Rain with her. When Nikki suggests that they find a cop to help Rain, the girl takes off. Now alone on the streets of L.A. with only the clothes on her back, Nikki finds herself at the American Hotel. A kind bartender sets her up with a room above the bar, and a waitressing gig at a...

Review of JUGHEAD, Vol II

JUGHEAD,VOLUME 2 Chip Zdarsky and Ryan North March 14th, 2017 Archie Comic Publications Almost 8 months have passed since the first collection of Jughead comic books, in the form of Jughead, Volume 1, came hot off the presses and now the time has come for the next installment. The art may have changed but happily the man (or burger eating machine) portrayed has not. Jughead Jones has his summer spirit in full swing with his career of playing video games with Hot Dog, his trusty hound, at his side; that is, until his father tells him to actually do something. He goes off on a hiking trip with an even more girl crazy Archie which turns into a...

Review of IN FARLEIGH FIELD & Rhys Bowen Inte...

IN FARLEIGH FIELD Rhys Bowen March 1, 2017 Lake Union Pub IN FARLEIGH FIELD by Rhys Bowen is a fact filled historical mystery. The story takes place during 1941 in the English countryside. Inspired by the events of World War II this is a sweeping and riveting stand-alone novel involving class, family, love, and betrayal. The plot is built around three life long friends: Ben Cresswell, the Vicar’s son, who now serves as a homeland spy; Lady Pamela Sutton, the middle daughter of an aristocratic family who decodes German correspondence at Bletchley; and Jeremy Prescott, an injured RAF fighter pilot. Their carefree youth is contrasted with the...

Review of A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN/Interview with...

A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN Susan Meissner Berkley Pub March 14th, 2017 A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN by Susan Meissner spans the lives of three women, one in modern day and the other two during the 1940s. She intertwines their lives with the help of a ship, some ghosts, and historical facts surrounding the Nazi regime. The gripping story of a young German ballerina and the daughter of a French resistance fighter are heart wrenching. Beyond the human characters is a ship, the Queen Mary, which takes on human qualities, seemingly with a life of its own. The mystery begins aboard the RMS Queen Mary as it transported at the end of the war thousands...

Review of Claire Mackintosh’s I SEE YOU

I SEE YOU  Clare Mackintosh Berkley Pub Feb. 21st, 2017   I SEE YOU by Clare Mackintosh is a riveting psychological thriller. She is two for two in writing plot lines that will scare, worry and terrify readers. The novel is a police drama, a mystery, and a suspense story. The author seems to have found her niche, writing stories about ordinary women who are put in jeopardy. The plot is a warning of sorts from Mackintosh, a former police detective. She shows the dangers and benefits of the technology world. The plot begins with Zoe Walker, an average working mother, seeing an “advert” in the London Gazette. She becomes flustered and...

Carey Baldwin’s STOLEN Reviewed

STOLEN Carey Baldwin Cassidy & Spenser Thrillers (Book 5) Witness Impulse Feb 14th, 2017 STOLEN by Carey Baldwin is a riveting thriller. It intertwines issues involving family and mental illness within relationships, a murder, and a kidnapping. What makes this psychological story even more compelling is the mind games the characters play with each other. Baldwin appears to be influenced by her fascination with the old time movie Gaslight starring Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman. “In this movie that I just love, Ingrid Bergman is a psychologically vulnerable women who’s been through a tremendous trauma, witnessing the murder of her...