Review of The Troubleshooter: New Haven Blues

Wow! Is anyone still here? Yes? Oh, thank goodness! I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I have posted, and I am so sorry and glad you are still with me. In my defense, as I hope those of you who are also writers can relate, I was busy working on my own debut novel, and it has not been an easy road for me. I was stuck on a certain way I wanted it to go, and finally had to abort that idea as it was much too complicated for a first novel, so I went with my idea on a reduced scale, and I am starting over. For the millionth time or so it seems. Anyway, enough about my excuses, I finally have another review for a very talented writer, Bard Constantine. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

In The Troubleshooter: New Haven Blues, we meet Mick Trubble, a hard-boiled, Sam Spade detective in a futuristic world. Sprinkle in some comic type supporting characters, and set him in a dystopian future, and finally have your protagonist be an individual who is suffering from amnesia so that he does not know who he really is, or remember anything from more than two years before, and you got the gist of this book. He is an aptly named anti-hero, as he does attract plenty of trouble wherever he goes. This is a violent story, yet in parts it will have you laughing out loud until you cry. Now this is a completely different genre than I am usually into. I love mysteries, but not particularly hard-boiled ones, and I’ve never been much into anything dystopian. I did not expect to like this book. I would read some, and stop, but then, I had to keep picking it up to see what happened next! Since I am very open-minded, yet I thought I knew exactly what I liked, this did tend to surprise me, much as it did when I told my rooommate I didn’t like fantasy, until she shared this fantasy series by Stephen Reeder Donaldson, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Has anyone else read these books? They are excellent.

There were no errors in context, syntax or grammar and punctuation. So, I have no choice but to give this my highest recommendation! I give it this many smiles: πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚




Review of The Kure by Jaye Francis

The Kure

Hi there! I finally have a new review! Ta-da! This is a horror story with a romantic element by Jaye Francis. This tale introduces us to the main character, John Tyler. It is set in 1865. Poor John has a dilemma of the medical nature. He has to make a choice out of two possible solutions, and neither are savory. We must remember at this time in history, medicine was still very primitive. The doctor tells him that he must use leeches to cure the lesions on his manhood, or it will fall off. Horrified, he begs the doctor for another solution. The doctor tells him about an ancient solution in a book but it was dangerous and he could possibly lose his soul. He is adamant to try it, so reluctantly the doctor shares with him The Kure. This involves finding a virgin, who, on her 18th birthday, will put the member in her mouth until the burning goes away, or to run naked through the rain with a female no more than 6 years his junior, that has no idea of his affliction. This is where Sarah Sullivan comes in. He finds her on a birthday registry and goes to her home to see how he can approach her about this. Will she help him or be horrified? He is running out of time.

Ok, I don’t want to tell any more of the plot to you. For the outcome, you must read the book.

Now, for my thoughts. If you are on Goodreads, you may have noticed that I finished this book some time ago. I noted then that I was conflicted, and that is the reason for my delay in this review. There was some great suspense and wonderful description, and the grammar and typos were not an issue at all. I like horror, mind you, but I have to admit that this subject matter did gross me out. That is an aside however. My main problem with the book was one of plausibility. I don’t believe, even in a spell book, that this would be an option. In that time, it would be virtually impossible to find a willing participant, especially under the conditions it required. I have this in my Kindle, and I could only read a few paragraphs at a time before I had to put it aside. This is not a good sign. I just couldn’t like or recommend this book. Maybe you will like it. Definitely not for the squeamish or faint of heart.

In full disclosure, I was provided a free copy by the author for this review.

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I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Has anyone else read this book? What did you think?

New Review: Recognition

Welcome to the first review for 2014! Recognition is a British mystery story, by author and former probation officer, Kate Vane. I was provided with a free digital copy by the author for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion.

STORY OVERVIEW: Nat Keene was a family liaison officer with the police department when she encountered her first murder. The victim was Sandie Thurston, a young mother. Her five year old daughter, Amy was discovered in bed with Sandie’s mutilated body, covered in her blood. Nat got very close to the family, in fact, a little too close. When a man was convicted of Sandie’s murder, Nat left, feeling broken and lost. Now it is 10 years later. Nat is now a trauma victim counselor. She now has a love partner, Dylan and life is different. Then she is asked to counsel Sandie’s Thurston’s husband, Martin and his now teenage daughter, Amy. She again becomes embroiled in their family secrets and begins to wonder if the man convicted of Sandie’s murder really did it. Dylan is involved in a case of his own that threatens to connect with hers.

The story is interesting with a few twists and surprises, and although I would have liked to have seen more development in Dylan, the overall characterization was well done. The language and dialogue were believable, as were the setting and theme. I noticed no errors in grammar and punctuation. The main problem for me was the pacing. It would be intriguing and then the author stops the action with too much exposition. This is information that the reader may need to know, but it was done in such a way as to stop the action to let us know. This throws me out of the story as a reader. I would prefer to get that information in dialogue as the story progresses. This was a cozy mystery, so the pace is meant to be on the slow side, but not by clumps of information dumps. Another problem was with Dylan. The story made the inference that the two stories would be connected, but they never were, and the disconnect also distracted from the overall story.

I would be willing to give this author another try. I think she has much promise, but this one was not riveting and I must remain neutral, by neither recommending nor discouraging it to others. Be your own judge. I give Recognition:

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