Monday, October 22, 2018

Mystery Readers - A Novel for You

A convicted felon, bent on revenge, escapes while being transported to prison. His sights are set on all in law enforcement involved in his case. Probation officer Linda Davenport is on his list. She prepared his sentencing report which the judge followed to the letter. Now she must go into hiding to save her life, but not before a nemesis from her past comes back to stir up unhappy memories.

Readers, if you would like to see how this comes out, my latest novel, "No Deadlier Destiny," will keep you turning pages.                       

Check the following for a synopsis: www.outskirtspress.com/nodeadlierdestiny  Available in paperback, e-book, and soon to be up on Kindle, you will get an accurate glimpse of probation while following an interesting story line. Thank you. Feedback is welcome.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

No Deadlier Destiny

Finally, my third book in my probation officer series is at the publisher. I hope to have a copy in my hand in the next few weeks. If you are a mystery reader, perhaps a cozy mystery type, you might want to try my books. Set in southern California, I write about an aspect of law enforcement that other mystery writers tend to ignore. If you've wondered what probation officers do besides supervise people, you'll learn all about it through an interesting story line. My books are available in paperback, Kindle, Nook (No Good Deed only), and an e-book from my website. 

Now will come the hard part, marketing. If you authors out there have any good tips for marketing, please let me know. I have done quite a bit on my own but am always open to new ideas. I suppose if you're James Patterson you don't have to worry about that, but since I'm not, I need to get the word out. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

Book Review

Still Me (Me Before You, #3)Still Me by Jojo Moyes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Louisa Clark is so lovable. No matter what befalls her, she manages to land on her feet. She has left London to accept the job of an assistant to the wealthy Mrs. Gopnik in New York city. Mr. Gopnik left his wife of many years to marry Agnes, a beautiful, but poor, Polish lady, whom he met in a massage parlor. She is accepted by no one in the Gopniks' circle, and especially not by her stepdaughter, or the other hired help. Louisa must accompany her everywhere to be the buffer that Agnes needs. Louisa is also trying to maintain a long-distance relationship with Sam, the paramedic who saved her when she fell from her rooftop apartment building. In the meantime she meets Josh, a deceased Will Traynor look-alike, who seems to like Louisa a little too much. When her first reunion with Sam goes awry, she begins to be tempted by Josh. When she does one too many favors for Agnes, it costs her her job. Jobless and homeless, and hurt by Agnes's betrayal, Louisa manages to forge a new life for herself, using her wits, talents, and the help of Mrs. DeWitt, an ornery old lady who also lives in the same building. Do Louisa and Sam call it quits? Does she end up with Josh? Too much more would ruin the many twists and turns this book takes. Could not put this book down yet didn't want it to end. I hope Ms. Moyes keeps writing!


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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Book Review

Murder in Shadow (New Scotland Yard/Doyle and Acton, #6)Murder in Shadow by Anne Cleeland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Doyle and Acton series is getting a bit similar in plot but the characters are so engaging I can overlook it. Kathleen Doyle is still pregnant and still trying to solve mysterious murders. Her cohorts, Williams and Munoz, seem to be involved in a secret investigation of their own. Lord Acton, spouse of Kathleen, is also knee deep in investigations that will overturn a great portion of the police department once completed. He's also fighting for the right to his title when a lawsuit is filed saying he is an impostor. Mix this all in with a santero who recognizes Kathleen's other-worldly abilities and fears being in her presence, and you have a strange and interesting mystery, which of course, wraps up completely in the end.


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Monday, July 9, 2018

Book Review

Murder in All Honour (New Scotland Yard/Doyle and Acton, #5)Murder in All Honour by Anne Cleeland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Another enjoyable Doyle and Acton mystery, with the pregnant Doyle bent on solving the murders of  pregnant women and nuns. Of course Lord Acton wants her far away from these cases and Doyle's extra sense about these things won't stop her. Many twists and turns but the book ends with all loose ends tied up.


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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Book Review

The Pearl that Broke Its ShellThe Pearl that Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A relentlessly depressing story of life in Afghanistan for women. The book follows Rahima and her great-grandmother Shekiba, as they lead parallel hopeless lives a century apart. Girls are unwanted children, eagerly married off at a young age to be someone else's responsibility. Husbands have several wives, creating jealousy among them as to who is favored or called to his bed more frequently. The wives are beaten for the slightest reason. There is hatred and betrayal throughout. The author's writing handles the misery deftly, but still an unhappy read.



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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Book Review

The Wanted (Elvis Cole, #17; Joe Pike, #6)The Wanted by Robert Crais
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Crais has not lost his touch with this one. A classic Cole and Pike novel that will keep you turning pages.


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