The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar (Novel, 2018). Whether it’s the mood of the country/world, various authors responding to what’s in the news or just plain coinicidence, I’ve noted several recurrent themes in novels (and even nonfiction books) I’ve been reading. For one thing, I’ve been encountering plots involving women in either […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Map of Salt and Stars"
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden (Historical Fantasy Novel, 2018). This is the second in a series of novels that capably blends Russian folklore/fairy tales and medieval history into spirited adventure fiction in an exotic wilderness. Arden’s first novel introduced readers to Vasya, a young noble woman with the gift of seeing supernatural creatures […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Girl in the Tower"
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"
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"
The Macedonian by Nicholas Guild (Historical Novel, December 2017). Whether dealing with historical fiction or straight historical fact, Alexander the Great is definitely the most prominent name that comes up regarding Macedonia. But Nicholas Guild, who has written a number of best-selling novels set in ancient times, tells a fictionalized version of Alexander’s father, the embattled […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Macedonian"
To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear (Histotical Mystery Novel, 2018). There seems an almost endless number of crime-solving novel series. This, I’m informed, is the 14th book about psychologist/investigator Maisie Dobbs—yet it’s also my first exposure to her, the people around her and the various cases she takes on. Some basics: The series is set […]Read more "REVIEWED: To Die But Once"
The Wanted by Robert Crais (Crime/Mystery Novel, 2017). This, the latest in a long-running PI series, is novel number 21 for Robert Crais. So it’s no surprise that it’s very capably written and involving. Devon Connor, a single mother of modest means, employs Elvis Cole to find out what her teenaged son Tyson is doing to […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Wanted"