Saturday, April 13, 2013

More Book Reviews as I struggle to catch up

I'm not quite sure how we got halfway through April while I'm still feeling like February. I can't even blame the weather. It may be cold still in England, but here we've had spring sun as well as rain and the weeds are abundantly happy. So I cut them down, dig them out, rake them in, and wonder if typos might grow in my stories as liberally as they. There was that one where Joel changed his name to Joseph halfway down the page, and auntie became mother in the middle of a line... but I'm fixing them almost as fast as I write them, and Bethlehem Tales should soon be ready for its first beta-readers to pull it apart. Not ready for publication yet though--that takes longer and requires more editing and more confidence.

Anyway, I've been reading too and now have another list of book reviews for you. So put the coffee on, put your feet up and enjoy:

Afterlife, by S. P. Cloward, blends vampire and zombie lore in a pleasingly different sci-fi fantasy where the mortuis need to graze on the living but feel morally bound to give back. Intriguing, wise and fun, this is one to enjoy with a 4-star elegant complex cup of coffee.

In a similarly unconventional manner, Trilogy, by Prudence MacGregor brings three oddly unsettling stories together set in a very convincing real world that sudden reveals mysteries behind the curtain. Think Twilight Zone, these stories are really intriguing. And enjoy them with another elegant 4-star cup of coffee.

Continuing the paranormal theme, The Time Weaver, by Thomas A. Knight weaves action, adventure, science and magic as a 30-year-old young man relearns the mystery of his father's disappearance and grows into his destiny. Enjoy a well-balanced full-flavored 3-star cup of coffee with this nicely balanced tale.

Back in the real world, there are mysteries to solve. In Dead Wrong: A Josie Corsino Mystery, by Connie Dial, Captain Corsino of the LAPD strives to keep her marriage intact, send her married son out to work, protect a cop accused of killing another cop, and solve the mystery of why the death occurred on her friend's watch. It's a heady mix and the presence of an imperfect female protagonist with a steely determination to do the right thing even if it doesn't mean going by the book makes for a thoroughly enjoyable and convincing police procedural. Enjoy with elegant complex 4-star coffee.

Meanwhile The Conduct of Saints, by Christopher Davis, set in Rome just after the Second World War, deals with mysteries of a different nature as a falling priest seeks to redeem his own conduct while supervising the making of a new saint. Dark, harsh, yet oddly redemptive despite the political, sexual, personal and military corruption, this is one to enjoy with a 5-star bold dark intense cup of coffee.

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