REVIEWED: A HISS BEFORE DYING

A Hiss Before Dying by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown (Cat Detective Novel, 2017). Yes, our favorite feline co-author and her human helper are at it again. The title is, of course, a playful pun on a classic hardboiled mystery novel (shame on you for two weeks, if you can’t puzzle out which one). […]

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REVIEWED: The Great Rescue

The Great Rescue by Peter Hernon (War History, 2017). This book ably tells of an important but today little-known facet of America’s involvement in the First World War. When the massive struggle broke out, a number of civilian German ships found themselves stranded in ports around the then-neutral United States. This included the nearly-new luxury ocean […]

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REVIEWED: Three in Death

Three in Death by J.D. Robb (SF/Crime Novella Collection, 2008). Nora Roberts is a pretty extraordinary writer–a huge and deserved success in a variety of genres with a fistful of series written under her own name and, as in this case, using the J.D. Robb pen-name. In some ways the “in death” series (numbering over 2 […]

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REVIEWED: The Ultimatum

The Ultimatum by Karen Robards (Crime/Adventure Novel, 2017). Bianca St. Ives leads a double life, heading up a more-or-less legit security consulting firm in Savannah, Georgia as a cover for the real ‘family business’ (as a super-slick international thief). She’s learned that trade from best–a legendary figure who she’s always thought of as her father. But […]

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REVIEWED: War Cry

War Cry by Wilbur Smith and David Churchill (Historical Novel, 2017). I found this sprawling historical novel readable, yet somewhat disappointing. Smith is a very experienced and respected historical novelist (take note of Stephen King’s front cover proclamation as to his abilities). He’s published several highly successful series, including the Courtney Family books, of which this […]

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REVIEWED: No Middle Name

No Middle Name by Lee Child (Crime/Adventure Story Collection, 2017). Lee Child’s extremely successful and prolific series of books about the tough, ruthless yet honorable (at least on his own particular terms) Jack Reacher are mostly novels. Very successful novels–exciting, uncompromising and damned cool. It’s made him a #1 Bestseller several times over. But Reacher (nobody […]

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REVIEWED: Trajectory

Trajectory by Richard Russo (Story Collection, 2017). The latest book from Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Russo is a collection of four novella-length works. Three previously saw publication elsewhere, while the fourth is new. They all display Russo’s skills in characterization, as well as deftly presenting their various settings. In “Horseman,” a young college professor confronts plagiarism from […]

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