Review of THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK by KRISTEN LEPIO...

THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK Kristen Lepionka Minotaur Books 2017   With a nod to the PI’s hard-drinking tradition, THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK starts with our hero answering a phone call after going off on a bender. Lepionka sets the tone perfectly with her excellent hard-boiled prose, “I was lying on the carpet underneath my desk. I’d only answered the call to make the shrill ringing stop. The inside of my mouth tasted like whipped cream and whiskey, and the sound of my breathing was like a roaring thunderstorm in my head, but at least I was alone and in my own apartment.” With that ominous phone call, we are off. Dannielle Stockton hires...

Review of Brandman’s MISSING PERSONS

MISSING PERSON,Buddy Steel Book 1 Michael Brandman Poisoned Pen Press Sept 5th, 2017 Michael Brandman has returned to writing with his book MISSING PERSONS. His resume is extensive having co-written nine Jesse Stone movies and three westerns with the legendary actor Tom Selleck, and producing over forty films with screenwriters such as Arthur Miller and Neil Simon. But he is also known for being the original writer of the Robert B. Parker novels after Parker’s death. Besides working on this book Brandman is also in the early stage of a tenth Jesse Stone movie with Tom Selleck. “It is more of a murder mystery than the psychologically...

Review of Marcia Clark’s SNAP JUDGEMENT

SNAP JUDGEMENT Samantha Brinkman Book 3 Marcia Clark 2017 Thomas & Mercer SNAP JUDGEMENT by Marcia Clark is another winner. With each installment her books get better and better as she blends a riveting story with legal nuances. In this book she manages to cover a multitude of subjects from revenge porn to child sexual abuse to human trafficking. Clark spoke about the increase in revenge porn and how it “is becoming a common way for “exes” to smack the people who reject them. When I was working I dealt with people like that. The boyfriend is seen as the knight in shining armor who gives complete devotion. It is an ego and security...

REVIEW OF COLD HARBOR BY MATTHEW FITZSIMMONS

  COLD HARBOR Matthew Fitzsimmons October 2017 Thomas & Mercer Disclaimer: At the bookstore, I usually hang out on the mystery side of the “Mystery/Thriller” shelf. But sometimes, a reader needs to stretch a bit. COLD HARBOR opens in a very dark place. Matthew Fitzsimmon’s hero Gibson Vaughn is suffering through a brutally enforced solitary confinement. He has no idea where he is, or how long he’s been there. His sanity is crumbling away along the edges. This is no superman, this is a human undergoing a horrid existence. Just as it seems that Vaughn has no alternative but to end his pitiful existence by continuing to bang his head...

Nelson Demille’s THE CUBAN AFFAIR Reviewed Sep25

Nelson Demille’s THE CUBAN AFFAIR Reviewed

THE CUBAN AFFAIR Nelson DeMille Simon & Schuster September 19, 2017 It has been over two years between Nelson DeMille books, which is way too long. His latest, THE CUBAN AFFAIR, is classic DeMille with its action packed story, fact based plot, witty characters, and humorous dialogue. In this, DeMille’s twentieth novel, he has Daniel (Mac) MacCormick adjusting to civilian life. After serving two tours in Afghanistan he has sought out a more peaceful lifestyle in Key West Florida. He is now a charter boat captain of a 42 feet deep-sea fishing vessel, The Maine, which takes tourists and fisherman on excursions. Having made a name for...