REVIEW OF THE STORIES YOU TELL BY KRISTEN LEPIONKA

In THE STORIES YOU TELL, Kristen Lepionka continues the adventures and evolution of Columbus Ohio’s own Roxane (with one N) Weary. Originally debuting in 2017’s THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK, Roxane Weary has been through hell and back. Through it all, she has battled depression, relationship issues, family grief and in-fighting, and the bottle. While it would be understandable if Weary continued to exist in a state of arrested development as the bitter, angry, bourbon swilling private eye, Lepionka has taken Weary and the reader on a journey of growth and development. When we meet Roxane now, life seem to be settling into a nice rhythm: Roxane...

INTERVIEW WITH JESSICA FELLOWES

  BRIGHT YOUNG DEAD by Jessica Fellowes brings to life the mid-1920s amid a strong “who done it” mystery.  Fellowes, known for writing the companion books to the Downtown Abbey TV series, has used those skills to write a riveting historical book. This is the second novel that delves into the lives of the aristocratic Mitford household during the Golden Age. During a treasure hunt a murder is discovered.  Arrested is one of the guests’ servants, Dulcie, since she was overheard having an argument with the victim. She had previously been associated with a gang of criminals known as “The Forty Thieves.”  Led by Alice Diamond this group...

INTERVIEW WITH MAXINE REVERE FROM ABANDONED BY ALL...

  Thank you for doing this. You have had some hard knocks in your life. Your mother left you just before your tenth birthday and then disappeared off the face of the earth a few years later.  Raised by your grandparents you became an independent, strong, determined, person who has little regard for those who are dishonest. Now you use those skills as a cable TV investigative reporter to help solve Cold Cases. Let’s start out by going back in time. Elise Cooper: Some of those who know you described how you are ruled by your past, driven, demanding, sometimes arrogant, judgmental, yet passionate and intelligent. Do you agree? Maxine...

INTERVIEW WITH ALLISON BRENNAN

  Abandoned by Allison Brennan takes the Maxine (Max) Revere stories to a whole new level. She is able to create a suspenseful and exciting plot centered around this fascinating character’s background. In this latest she explores why her mother deserted her shortly before her tenth birthday. The disappearance of her mother, Martha, has haunted Max for years. It has been seven years since she last heard from her and this has left her in a state of limbo. Getting information from another investigator, Sean Rogan, Max feels this clue, a discarded car found in Cape Haven, Virginia sixteen years ago, might provide answers. Knowing Martha...

INTERVIEW WITH LINDA CASTILLO

A GATHERING OF SECRETS (Kate Buckholder Book 10) Linda Castillo Minotaur Books July 10th, 2018   A GATHERING OF SECRETS by Linda Castillo is a powerful story. From the very first page, when a young Amish woman commits suicide, the plot takes on a dark and gripping tone, a very thought-provoking novel.  Bur readers should not be surprised considering Castillo books are always insightful and riveting. The story begins with Amish teenager Emma Miller hanging herself and then fast forwards six months where Painter Mills police chief Kate Buckholder is called to investigate a body found in a burned barn.  The initial reaction is that it was...