COLD HARBOR BY MATTHEW FITZSIMMONS

October 10, 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 against the floor, he is...

THE WINTER OVER BY MATTHEW IDEN

Thomas & Mercer 2017   Dog bites man is not news. But, man bites dog? Now you’ve got my attention. There’s nothing new under the sun, or in between the covers of a book. What grabs a readers attention is not the lack of tropes, but what new spin an author puts on those tropes. This is an idea author Matthew Iden takes full advantage of in his tension filled novel THE WINTER OVER. The trope that Iden is working with here is the standard locked room mystery. But when your “locked room” is in fact a research facility located at the bottom of the world, completely shrouded in darkness for months on end and totally cut off from the rest...

HOW TO KILL FRIENDS AND IMPLICATE PEOPLE BY JAY ST...

  Don’t tell my hardboiled friends, but I think I’m getting soft in my old age. No, really. It’s true. Because when I was reading HOW TO KILL FRIENDS AND IMPLICATE PEOPLE, the new crime novel by Jay Stringer, I was more invested in the budding romance between Sam and Fergus than the sprawling underworld storyline that the romance is set against. I’ll explain. After the events of WAYS TO DIE IN GLASGOW, Samantha (Sam) Ireland and her brother Phil have set up shop as a fulltime bike messenger service and part-time private investigators. Delivering packages across the city on her bike, Sam has a perfect feel for the city. Both of her...

The Short Drop by Matthew Fitzsimmons Reviewed

THE SHORT DROP Matthew Fitzsimmons 2015 Thomas and Mercer This is a hell of a debut. 14-year-old Suzanne Lombard went missing ten years ago, and the media has yet to let it go. But the disappearance that has made Suzanne a national sweetheart is much more personal to Gibson Vaughn. He grew up with Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of a powerful state Senator, and she was like a little sister to him. Her disappearance haunts him still. But when Vaughn is approached by an old enemy to use his hacking skills to look into Suzanne’s disappearance, he is understandably skeptical. What can be gained stirring up old ghosts after 10 years? But new...

WRITTEN IN FIRE by Marcus Sakey Reviewed

WRITTEN IN FIRE Marcus Sakey Jan 2015 Thomas & Mercer   Approaching the end of a trilogy is always a mixed bag of emotions for a reader. Will the writer destroy the characters we’ve come to love? Will everything come out okay in the end? Will it spoil everything that made the first two books so magical? Well, have no fear. This book is the perfect ending to one of the most unique and imaginative series I have ever read. With breakneck pacing and amazing characters, there is nothing but adrenaline and joy racing through every page. At it’s core, this explosive finale is a war story. How a war of ideology is fought, what...