Monday, April 23, 2018

April 21 Issue of RTE

The April 21 issue of RTE is out and includes fifteen new reviews as well as a new interview:

http://www.reviewingtheevidence.com                   

Maris Soule is in the 'Sixty seconds with . . .' interview hot seat:                             
http://www.reviewingtheevidence.com/interviews.html?id=253


                               
REVIEWS THIS WEEK:

GREEKS BEARING GIFTS    Philip Kerr     Reviewed by Yvonne Klein

THE PUNISHMENT SHE DESERVES    Elizabeth George     Reviewed by Phyllis Onstad

TWO KINDS OF TRUTH    Michael Connelly    Reviewed by Jim Napier   
CAVE OF BONES    Anne Hillerman    Reviewed by Sharon Mensing   
NIGHT MOVES     Jonathan Kellerman        Reviewed by Caryn St Clair

THE STORM KING    Brendan Duffy    Reviewed by Cathy Downs   
COBRA CLUTCH    A.L. Devlin    Reviewed by Susan Hoover   
RAINBIRDS    Clarissa Goenawan     Reviewed by Lourdes Venard

WEEPING WATERS     Karin Brynard    Reviewed by Anne Corey    
IN STRANGERS' HOUSES    Elizabeth Mundy     Reviewed by Larissa Kyzer

A BREATH AFTER DROWNING         Alice Blanchard    Reviewed by Cathy Downs

THE FLEUR de SEL MURDERS    Jean-Luc Bannalec     Reviewed by Yvonne Klein

NUMBER 7, RUE  JACOB    Wendy Hornsby     Reviewed by Ruth Castleberry

LOST BOOKS AND OLD BONES    Paige Shelton    Reviewed by Sharon Mensing

THE GHOST IN ROOMETTE FOUR    Janet Dawson     Reviewed by Lourdes Venard           
We post more than 900 new reviews a year -- all of them are archived on the site -- as well as a new interview with a top author every issue.

Yvonne Klein
Editor: ymk@reviewingtheevidence.com

Michael Pool: Two Steps From Success: Dispatches From a Debut Book Tour

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Unlawful Acts: Incident Report No. 38

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TOUGH: Itsy Bitsy Spider, by Michael Bracken

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Aubrey Hamilton Reviews: Dead Cold by Claire Stibbe

Dead Cold  by Claire Stibbe (Noble Lizard Publishing, 2017) is the fourth book in her police procedural series about Albuquerque Police Detective David Temeke and his partner Malin Santiago. Temeke is called out in the middle of the night for a house explosion and fire with fatalities. Of the residents, it appears Flynn McCann escaped with smoke inhalation, burns, and a concussion while his wife Tarian perished. The reek of gasoline and the pattern of the blaze scream arson, so both the fire and police departments begin investigative measures without delay. Flynn claims not to remember what happened in the hours leading up to the explosion. The neighbors report frequent loud altercations between the couple, and a cryptic poem is found hand-delivered in their mail box. Temeke’s check of the garage shows a chair with leather cuffs on the legs and arms with what might be bloodstains and a Barbie doll on a shelf nearby, adding to the list of questions about this household.

Once the autopsy reveals that Tarian was dead before the fire started and the police learn Tarian filed a restraining order against her husband just months before, Flynn knows he is considered a person of interest in his wife’s death and he decides to leave the state before he can be arrested. He travels to Gallup in search of his birth father, whom he does not remember. The text alternates between Flynn’s tour of the Southwest along the legendary Route 66 and the police investigation that steadily uncovers marital infidelity, drug addiction, and financial instability.

The interaction and natural personality conflicts among the police personnel provide a counterpoint to the tension of the unfolding plot. Just how Temeke, a black London native, ended up in Albuquerque isn’t clear nor is how he’s managed to get crosswise with some senior police officials. A bit more back story would be helpful. 

The narrative of the scenery of New Mexico and Arizona is picturesque and makes the book worth reading all by itself.

Stibbe is the winner of the 2017 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award.





·         Paperback: 346 pages
·         Publisher: Noble Lizard Publishing (October 31, 2017)
·         Language: English
·         ISBN-10: 0998202703
·         ISBN-13: 978-0998202709


Aubrey Hamilton ©2018

Aubrey Hamilton is a former librarian who works on Federal IT projects by day and reads mysteries at night.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

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Lesa's Book Critiques: Sunday Reading Corner & Promises, Promises

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Grandson Picture

Justin and Mom are doing very well and now home. Below is another picture from earlier hours in the hospital.




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KRL This week Update for 4/21/18

Up in KRL this morning a review & giveaway of "Nailed" by Avery Daniels
along with a bit about Earth Day by Avery
http://kingsriverlife.com/04/21/nailed-by-avery-daniels/



And a review & signed giveaway of "Double Dog Dare" by Gretchen Archer
along with an interesting interview with Gretchen
http://kingsriverlife.com/04/21/double-dog-dare-by-gretchen-archer/



We also have a review & giveaway of "Date with Malice" by Julia Chapman
http://kingsriverlife.com/04/21/date-with-malice-by-julia-chapman/



And a review & giveaway of "Perils, Plots, and Puppies" by Maggie Pill
along with a fun pet related post by Maggie
http://kingsriverlife.com/04/21/perils-plots-and-puppies-by-maggie-pill/



And a flash mystery short story by Maggie-beth Rees
http://kingsriverlife.com/04/21/one-fine-day-mystery-short-story/



And an article about Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce mysteries
http://kingsriverlife.com/04/21/alan-bradleys-flavia-de-luce/



For those who also enjoy fantasy, a review & giveaway of "Lake Silence" by Anne
Bishop http://kingsriverlife.com/04/21/lake-silence-by-anne-bishop/



Up on KRL News & Reviews we have a review & giveaway of "A Hole in One" by Judy
Penz Sheluk, along with a fun mini interview with Judy about golf
http://www.krlnews.com/2018/04/a-hole-in-one-by-judy-penz-sheluk.html
Happy Reading,
Lorie

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Email Is Out

My email remains offline and not working as it has since 1 PM today. If you are awaiting a response from me, please be patient as this problem--like pretty much everything else in my life--- is beyond my control.

FFB Review: Coffin Corner by Dell Shannon

It is Friday and that means it is time for storms and rains here in North Texas with yet another severe weather watch later today. It also means it is time for Friday’s Forgotten Books hosted by Patti Abbott. We have a real treat here on the blog today as Aubrey Hamilton offers us her review of the 1966 book, Coffin Corner by Dell Shannon. Amazon does not list the month of publication. Depending on when it came out in the year, I was most likely 4 years old. Suffice it to say, I was not reading much back then and have not read this one. Be sure to check out the other reading suggestions for today over at Patti’s blog.


Dell Shannon was one of the pen names used by Elizabeth Linington to turn out an impressive list of police procedurals between 1960 and 1988. Set in southern California, they documented galloping societal changes and showcased her own conservative political leanings while portraying a Homicide team juggling multiple investigations.

Coffin Corner (William Morrow, 1966) is the 11th book featuring Lt. Luis Mendoza and his group of detectives in which they learn a suicide isn’t what it appears to be and neither is the heart attack of a thrift store owner. Officers sent to notify her family that Eliza McCann died in her store find an eccentric group living in a run-down hotel in an old section of Los Angeles. An undertaker with no customers, a convicted felon, a confused lady awaiting the return of her fiancĂ© from World War I, a would-be opera singer, an astrologer, and similar offbeat individuals have drifted to the tired old building because of its low cost and lack of judgment from other residents. Their oddities are no more than a conversational tidbit among the detectives until the autopsy reveals Eliza was poisoned. Then the question of just how strange these people really are becomes serious police business.

Linington must have had a good time writing this story, the characters are entertainingly bizarre and the plot stops just this side of over the top. It’s hard not to think The Addams Family television show, which premiered two years before this book was released, inspired her. Linington sketched breathing characters in a few words and her plots were inventive. Her meshing of the personal lives of her detectives with their professional lives was a pleasure to read. I always loved her books and they were on my must-buy list as long as they were published. I find though their descriptions of life in southern California in the 1960s and 1970s were just a little too faithful and they didn’t wear well with time. Her practice of talking about how much everything costs profoundly dates the books and the casual racism is jarring. And with all of the scandals of the past 25 years, it’s hard to see any police force as unreservedly wonderful as they are portrayed here. Still, she wrote fine detective stories and Linington was on top of her game with this one.




Aubrey Hamilton ©2018

Aubrey Hamilton is a former librarian who works on Federal IT projects by day and reads mysteries at night.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

A New Tipple Has Arrived

I am a grandfather for the second time as Karl's wife, Amy, gave birth to her second child this afternoon. A little over six pounds, Justin entered the world at 2:22 PM today. Baby and Mom are doing well.


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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Nevermore: River Town, Girl on the Velvet Swing, N...

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Review: August Snow by Stephen Mack Jones

With twelve million dollars in the bank and after a year sabbatical overseas, August Snow has  returned home to the house he grew up in the “Mexicantown” area of Detroit Michigan. The old neighborhood, much like the rest of Detroit, has taken a beating and is struggling to survive. August Snow has do ne his part by putting some of the money he won from the city after his wrongful termination from the police force into his house as well as some of the neighboring houses. The son of an African-American father and a Mexican- American mother, August Snow is trying to rebuild his life and finally come to terms with his past.

While August Snow is back and very quietly minding his own business, some welcome his presence and many others do not. One of those that welcomes August Snow back is Captain Ray Danbury of the Detroit Police Department. One of a very few friends on the force, Danbury is acting as a messenger for a wealthy widow by the name of Eleanore Paget.

Eleanore Paget wants August Snow and reached out to her numerous contacts to spread the word. She has been difficult in the way only the rich can. It isn’t long before August Snow is out at her expansive estate at Grose Point. It isn’t the first time he has been at her home and that ties into the reason she wants him now.

Owner of a private wealth management and investment bank, Titan Investment Securities Group which dates back to the late 1800s where her great great grandfather started it, she is sure something is wrong. She can’t provide actual details other than a sense she is being frozen out by the CEO, the board, and other parties. Even though August Snow is not licensed as a private investigator, she wants his help and is not pleased when she does not instantly get it. While he can look at a few things for her, there is not much he can do.

Within hours she is dead and her name is added to the long list of regrets in the life of August Snow. He also knows that her death certainly was not a suicide. He begins to investigate and soon enters into a modern day war zone hotter than anything he saw in combat overseas.

August Snow by Stephen Mack Jones is an incredible read. Much like Down The River Unto The Sea by Walter Mosley, inherent racism is a dominating character at work throughout the book as is the consequences of serving on a police force and the loss of a career and that legacy. At the same time in August Snow the power of wealth and what it can do for good and evil is also a major point of the book.

At it is heart, the book is part thriller, part mystery, and part crime fiction. The ratios of those parts change a bit from page to page and chapter to chapter as author Stephen Mack Jones crafts a read that is very hard to put down. The result is an often intense read that blends in relevant social commentary while not slowing down a bit.

Simply put, August Snow, by Stephen Mack Jones, is one amazing read and highly recommended.

I had never heard of this book until I recently read an excellent review of it by David Nemeth. You should read his review and check out his other offerings at his Unlawful Acts website.



August Snow
Stephen Mack Jones
Soho Press
ISBN# 978-1-61695-718-6
February 2017
Hardback (also available in eBook, paperback, and audio formats)
320 Pages
$25.95



Copy provided by the good folks of the Lochwood Branch of the Dallas Public Library.



Kevin R. Tipple ©2018