Sunday, July 23, 2017

Review of Chez Stinky

Chez Stinky
An Alpine Grove Romantic Comedy
Book 1

Susan C. Daffron

Review by Author Roy Murry

Not being an animal lover; I like other people's dogs and cats. Taking care of one is a tremendous responsibility, and you have to be a big-hearted person to be able to love and care for nine.

In Chez Stinky, Ms. Daffron's protagonist Kat, not to be confused with Cat, which she has one called Murphee, receives a call that is a life changer. Because of the death of her great aunt, she inherits four dogs and five cats that live in a country house.

It is a daunting task, to say the least. Katherine takes a vacation from her dead-end city job to visit what seems to be an unpleasant situation - four dogs are everywhere, all the cats are hiding, and the house built into a hill is falling apart. To top off that, the executor of the will doesn't like her.

Kat is a cat person, but when she gets to know the dogs, she falls in love with them. When she locates the cats, life becomes bearable.

Off course a man comes into the situation via the dog walker who was taking care of the animals before Kat arrived. He helps her with minor repairs to the house and her self-esteem which turns into more than anticipated.

The supporting characters, the events that follow, and the small-town ambiance give this first in a series a well-written lead into Kat's and her lover's story. I didn't get the comedy part, but, as I said, I am not an animal lover.

If you are, this is a cute series to read.  http://amzn.to/2uVkxhi



Review of WHAM

WHAM
TIMEWALKER Book 1

CAROL MARRS PHIPPS
& TOM PHIPPS

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

WHAM is not the first Phipps' book that I have read. I follow an author because they add something interesting to my life.

In TIMEWALKER, Book 1 in a trilogy, they have presented a fantasy that will keep the reader amazed. The story line is not complicated, but the imaginary back ground is intriguing.

Children and Families, a futuristic government agency, in a military action, arrives at a family's home. They abduct Tess’s parents and her sister, for the betterment of society, because they have not done a good job bringing up their children.

Tess stays in their home but will have new roommates that will help her move in the right social direction. Her parents are in jail, and her sister is in sexual servitude unbeknownst to all.

A Fairy Grandfather comes from the past to intercede. The comparison of past and present is akin to how many feel about today's living versus living before the nuclear age arrived - governments taking too much control of everyday life.

In WHAM, these two worlds collide, the Fairy's world versus the Elite controlling one. The contrast is brought alive in the Phipps' vivid and sometimes dark prose.

You have to go through the mushroom ring to find a pleasant place in WHAM. Purchase to learn how. http://amzn.to/2eFsekA


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Review of Resumed Innocent

RESUMED INNOCENT
RENE FOMBY

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

In all professions, everyone needs to earn their stripes before being able to sit down at the big boy's table. Resumed Innocent's protagonist attorney Samantha is a novice practicing criminal lawyer and has her office in a Texas good ole boy system where corruption controls the law. 

Samantha muddles through that system defending clients in minor criminal cases by upsetting the cable cart - judges and prosecutors. She makes a name for herself as the defender of the unprivileged. 

Her personal life has its conflicts with her husband's family because of his death. Money and crime are the backgrounds of the mal contentments of that family's patriarch.   

Sam, her nickname, is talked into defending a man who is in jail for the murder of his wife and children. His pastor says he is innocent and could never do such a thing, but the police and District Attorney has the goods on the man. 

They are convinced the right man is in jail. Even Sam has her doubts but takes on the case because she has a feeling but no facts to defend her client.

With two weeks to prepare for the court date, Sam world goes up in smoke, literally and figuratively. The FBI is brought in to protect her and child against an unknown group trying to destroy her life.

The novel culminates with the unraveling of hidden facts. Rene Fomby brings the reader a satisfactory conclusion where he or she will want to read more of Sam's adventures.


   

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Review of Anna's Courage

Anna's Courage
Kristin Noel Fischer

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

The mind's psyche is a cruel place. Once the love of a person gets in it, love stays. If that lover dies, the thought of that person is hard to replace and becomes an interference in any new relationship.

In Anna's choice, Anna made a decision after her military husband was kill-in-action. She will never marry another active soldier among other resolutions she avoided like the plague.

Then came a meeting and a kiss that would send her into a spin. A tailspin that spins again when that man came back into her life because of a tragedy in both their lives.

The man, she thinks about for a few months, brother and sister-in-law die in a car accident. They are her neighbors. Anna and his joining concern are the young children of those lost.

The loving of those children brings Anna closer to him, and her fears become a psychological problem. She loves him but doesn't want to make the leap of faith and love him. He understands her fears and tries to subtlety and beguiling to help her overcome them because he wants Anna in his life.

You'll have to read this sometimes-upsetting tear jerker to see if Anna can overcome her fears.

Ms. Fischer has written an excellent love story which shows how twisted a mind can get when emotions take over logic.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Review of Murder & Spice and Everything Nice

MURDER & SPICE AND
EVERYTHING NICE

Caryn Thomas Mitchell

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

Ivy Bloom moves back home to open a bookstore with her sister. That mansion is the backdrop for some strange murders that interrupt the opening of a store that has room for every genre - Kitchen, cookbook, etc. - you get the various divides.

During the final preparations, people come knocking to see Ivy. One being, what seems to be the leader of a cult, looking for one of his disciples who had visited the building earlier.

Minutes later, the whole town is put into a frenzy which includes a major property fire. It's not Ivy's best interest to investigate what is happening; warns her childhood friend, who is now the detective in charge of solving the crimes.

Ivy, being Ivy, a snoop, and a mystery writer to boot, doesn't listen to his admonishes. She, with her sister's help, digs deeper into the crimes leading to a potentially deadly event.

Does Ivy get her man or is it the straw that broke the camel’s back? On the local beach, a man with a metal detector helps her reach her fate.

Ms. Thomas Mitchell's writing is snappy, comical, and connects the dots in this fast-paced Ivy Bloom Mystery novel. I was surprised that it was over when it was with a knockout finish.




Sunday, July 2, 2017

Review of An Enlightening Quiche

An Enlightening Quiche

Eva Pasco

Reviewed by author Roy Murry

Augusta and Lindsay come from two different worlds. Augusta born and bred in Beauchemin, a small Rhode Island town, and Lindsay, a historian, who resides in Boston, Massachusetts, cross paths because of Beauchemin's French Canadian historical past.

They tell their stories in alternating chapters in somewhat of a soliloquy style with discourses and bantering monologs about past lovers, friends, family, and the people of Beauchemin's. Augusta is an administrator in the town's main factory. Lindsay changes residence hired to investigate into the historical value of it.

Their storytelling was somewhat lengthy at times but entertaining and insightful into the town's array of characters whom Augusta knew personally, a few biblically. Lindsay, in her research, finds a new home from the chaotic Boston lifestyle. Both stories converge on Augusta's childhood friend Estelle's prominent family that owns the factory and a young child's life-changing tragedy. 

The bedroom tales, a disaster in a child's life, a Quiche Contest, and Estelle and Augusta's hidden past, Ms. Pasco details with comedy, drama, and enlightenment into the past of relocated hard working Canucks. Her writing is intelligent and easy to digest after getting into the rhythm of her sometimes-elongated sentences.

This Quiche was humanizing from a woman's point of view.



Friday, June 23, 2017

Review of COBALT

COBALT

C.G. BLADE

Review by Author Roy Murry

In the last hundred years or so, the world has gone from a one-prop airplane to fly into space; machinery has taken over work people did; and one-day social functions may be taken over by AI, Artificial Intelligence or mostly known as Robots. These events happened because of imagination.

Mr. Blade's COBALT has that type of images embedded within his fast moving Si-Fi novel, First in a Trinity Series. Pushing present day politics to a plausible extreme, with its greed and globalist theme of World Order, he takes the USA into an open society run by three Presidents.

His main character, Petra, champion of the non-state of affairs, is kept alive to fight the evil of the 2080s. COBALT, an amazing formula, is what keeps her functioning at an unbelievable capacity that her opponents in battle are incapacitated and destroyed.

The adventures, strange confrontations, and side-kick antics with a mind-reading computer that helps Petra conquer situations are amusing and deadly.
The supporting characters are well developed, aiding her to meet goals.

The plot is fast-paced, dynamic, and full of caveats that the intelligent reader will understand and think about for days, as I have, since writing this review. Cobalt is full of surprises any reader will enjoy, even if you are like me who rarely buys this genre.

A great find, buy: http://amzn.to/2s3P6v1