REVIEW OF MY DARKEST PRAYER BY S.A. COSBY

  “I handle the bodies.” It’s with this quote that S.A. Cosby opens his debut novel MY DARKEST PRAYER and introduces us to Virginia based mortuary assistant Nathan Waymaker. It’s a perfect introduction, and over the course of 211 fast-paced pages, readers will get to know the many layers of the very capable, Mr. Waymaker. A huge beast of a man, Waymaker lives in the rural Queen County area of Virginia. A former Marine, and then a former deputy for Queen County as well, Nathen now lives and works in his cousin’s funeral home. When he’s not helping to load bodies into the hearse or helping out at the wakes, he’ll help out when a neighbor...

BOOK REVIEW: HALF OF WHAT YOU HEAR

Half of What You hear Kristyn Kusek Lewis Harper Paperbacks Dec 31st, 2018 Half of What You Hear by Kristyn Kusek Lewis highlights living in a small town. Moving to her husband’s place of birth, Beth Warner must navigate the many scandals and secrets that make Washington DC look like an honorable place. Lewis noted, “My last two books were more internal stories where readers are able to get inside the characters’ heads.  This is more dynamic, about a small town. I have some knowledge of the South since my mom is from North Carolina, my husband and I lived there for awhile, and I have a lot of family distributed throughout the region.” Bess...

BOOK REVIEW: INTO THE NIGHT

INTO THE NIGHT by Sarah Bailey has Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock returning in this follow up to THE DARK LAKE.  A very interesting aspect to the plot is how a celebrity gets all the attention in today’s society, while someone who is not famous is quickly dismissed. Bailey noted, “I read about accidental deaths that are eventually ruled as homicides.  I imagined what if there were hundred people present, but no one knew what actually happened.  I wanted to have the two deaths in the book really contrasted, a wealthy man versus someone homeless.  When I was in Los Angeles, I noticed that there were many homeless people, almost one on...

Book Review: BOISE LONGPIG HUNTING CLUB

When done well, pulpy crime fiction is one of the most entertaining genres in the world. Nick Kolakowski knows how to construct narratives that offer enough action and violence to keep readers interested and enough humor, likeable characters, and mayhem to infuse his work with that highly entertaining, undeniably cinematic feel that only comes from top-notch pulp.  Jake Halligan is a bounty hunter who knows what he’s doing and is almost always in control. However, that changes when he comes home to a dead body stuffed in his gun safe. Since his entire life is spent putting bad people behind bars, Jake thinks the body could be a warning, but...

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...