Tell Tale by Jeffrey Archer (Short Story Collection, October 2017). One of the great British crime novelists of the current era, Jeffrey Archer also writes outstanding short stories. This is his first new collection in about a decade and features a wide-ranging variety of stories, including several truly outstanding efforts. Locales and subject matters covered in […]Read more "REVIEWED: Tell Tale"
Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston (Historical Folk Memoir, 2018). Zora Neale Hurston was one of the bright lights in the flowering of African-American culture centered in Harlem in the 1920s. An acclaimed novelist, antropologist and folklorist, she published numerous short stories, nonfiction articles, essays and seven books in her […]Read more "REVIEWED: Barracoon"
The Liar in the Library by Simon Brett (Cozy Murder Mystery, 2017). A newly successful, yet ego-driven, creepy and womanizing author, Burton St. Clair gives a reading and talk in the library of Fethering, a small English coastal town. Then he promptly gets himself murdered in the parking lot after hours. In the process, he inadvertently […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Liar in the Library"
Whiskey & Ribbons by Leesa Cross-Smith (Contemporary Novel, Match 2018). This fast-rising short story writer’s first novel is a moving, three-sided examination of shattering loss, abiding love and the cleansing power of passions reborn. It is, in a sense, a love triangle–but one unlike any you’ve seen and, despite misplaced (if understandable) feelings of guilt that […]Read more "REVIEWED: Whiskey & Ribbons"
Extensively renovated over the winter, the Grand Midway’s coffee baris again open on a weekly basis: 7-11 PM, every Thursday in my hometown (Windber, Pennsylvania). Was down there last evening and this is my first detailed report of the doings this season. Now, you must understand: Windber is a smallish place, a former coal mining boomtown […]Read more "Coffeehouse Nights: The Morning After Report, May 18, 2018"
Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antacrtica by Laurie Gwen Shapiro (Biography/History, January 2018). Already an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist, Laurie Gwen Shapiro’s first nonfiction book tells the story of Billy Gawronski, a New York teen who became briefly famous by repeatedly sneaking aboard one of the ships taking part in Admiral Byrd’s Antarctic […]Read more "REVIEWED: Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antactica"
Bad Men and Wicked Women by Eric Jerome Dickey (Crime Novel, 2018). Here’s another sexy, action-packed, complex and involving crime novel from Eric Jerome Dickey. Ken Swift is a tough-guy who works for a ruthless female crime boss in the Los Angeles area. He’s basically an enforcer, threatening and/or beating people up when they’re too slow […]Read more "REVIEWED: Bad Men and Wicked Women"