Sunday, July 25, 2021

“The Trust” by Ronald H. Balson – Rotten Family Tree


The Trust by Ronald H. Balson (Book cover)
Ronald H. Balson has dragged Liam Taggart through a number of sordid cases, but none hit as close to home as the one he is faced with in The Trust. In this fourth novel of the Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart series, the private investigator returns to his childhood home upon his uncle's passing, only to learn the man predicted his own murder and decreed in his last will to postpone the distribution of the inheritance until the killer is found.

Friday, July 16, 2021

“To Die but Once” by Jacqueline Winspear – Profiteers in the Dark


To Die but Once by Jacqueline Winspear (Book cover)
Jacqueline Winspear has certainly turned Maisie Dobbs into a recognizable landmark in the modern detective genre, and in the fourteenth book of the series, titled To Die but Once, the beloved heroine returns to action in the months following Britain's declaration of war on Germany. This time she is tasked with tracing the disappearance of a young apprentice who happened to be working on a very sensitive government contract.

Friday, July 09, 2021

“The 8th Confession” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro – No Safety in Riches nor Poverty


The 8th Confession by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Book cover))
James Patterson and Maxine Paetro never seem to run short on ways to test the Women's Murder Club, and in The 8th Confession, they're subjected it to the trials of love sending the ladies after two separate killers. The first one is targeting the wealthiest people in the city, while the second one has murdered a street preacher who might not be nearly as saintly as everyone around him expected.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

“The Great Unexpected” by Dan Mooney – No Age Limit on Living


The Great Unexpected by Dan Mooney (Book cover)
Dan Mooney seems to have the rare gift nowadays of being able to look at the brighter side of life, at least if his books are to be trusted. In his novel titled The Great Unexpected, he tells the story of two old men living in a nursing home, who, despite a troublesome start, end up forging a great friendship. They formulate a grand plan to make the perfect escape, and in the process see life as they never did before.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

“The Locked Door” by Freida McFadden – Roots of a Lost Innocence


The Locked Door by Freida McFadden (Book cover)
Freida McFadden has been quietly writing some exciting and original thrillers in her spare time from being a practicing physician, and The Locked Door is one of her latest offering in the genre. 

It tells the story of Nora, a surgeon and daughter of a serial killer now in jail, who sees her life assaulted from the dark as someone begins to recreate her father's work with the exact same signature.

Friday, June 18, 2021

“Nuclear Winter Whiteout” by Bobby Akart – The Family Reunion


Nuclear Winter Whiteout by Bobby Akart (Book cover)
Bobby Akart has given us a rather chilling and thought-provoking depiction of the United States when faced with a local apocalypse in his Nuclear Winter Series. 

In the third book, titled Nuclear Winter Whiteout, we keep on following the dispersed Albright family as they all try to make it back to the safety of their home in the Florida Keys, a journey none of them are guaranteed to make.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

“Carrying the Fire” by Michael Collins – Raising our Limits


Carrying the Fire by Michael Collins (Book cover)
Neil Armstrong might hold eternal fame for being the first to set foot on the moon, but we would do well to remember the Apollo 11 mission consisted of three astronauts, including Edwin (“Buzz”) Aldrin and Michael Collins

The latter wrote an autobiography titled Carrying the Fire, and in it he recounts the entire adventure in all of its glory, starting back with his own days as a fresh pilot in the U.S. Air Force.

Saturday, June 05, 2021

“In This Grave Hour” by Jacqueline Winspear – The Nation's Crossroads

In This Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear (Book cover)
Jacqueline Winspear has dragged Maisie Dobbs through a number of life-changing investigations, and in the thirteenth book of the series, In This Grave Hour, she only ups the ante by taking us to September 3rd, 1939, when Britain declares war on Germany. In the midst of bombings and threats of invasion, Maisie is tasked with investigating a series of killings targeting those dispossessed from the previous war.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

“7th Heaven” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro – Flames of Justice


7th Heaven by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Book cover)
James Patterson and Maxine Paetro have shown their immense talents in always finding new and riveting mysteries to send Lindsay Boxer on, and in book seven of the Women's Murder Club, titled 7th Heaven, they send her on the trail of a pair of arsonists. Unfortunately for wealthy couples, the arsonists have no regard for the sanctity of life, targeting them one after the other seemingly at random.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

“Great Circle” by Maggie Shipstead – Carving the Unwalked Path


Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead (Book cover)
Maggie Shipstead has waited a few years between her second book and her latest release, Great Circle, taking the time to craft an epic and humorous story centred on two women separated by decades. 

The first is a daredevil whose plane mysteriously disappeared in the middle of the twentieth century, and the second one is an actress hired to portray the first woman many years later.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

“Nuclear Winter Armageddon” by Bobby Akart – Dawn of Extinction


Nuclear Winter Armageddon by Bobby Akart (Book cover)
Bobby Akart is keen on reminding us where our nuclear ambitions might lead us one day through his Nuclear Winter Series. In the second book, titled Nuclear Winter Armageddon, we continue the story of the Albright family as they must learn to navigate a new world frozen by the consequences of atomic warfare, trekking across the landscape in search of safety from the countless dangers of the new world.

Sunday, May 09, 2021

“The Last House on Needless Street” by Catriona Ward – The Unseen Home of Lunacy


The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward (Book cover)
Catriona Ward injected some much needed fresh blood into the horror genre with her recent publication of The Last House on Needless Street. It tells the strange and somewhat surreal story of a man living with his daughter and cat in a run-down house... a man whose new neighbour suspects him of being a serial killer, responsible for the disappearance of a young girl despite supposedly having an alibi.