Thursday, June 21, 2018

Review of Enlightenment NOW

Enlightenment NOW
The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism,
and Progress


Reviewed by Roy Murry, Author

Put your thinking hat on your head. I am somewhat intelligent. LOL. To read this book, you need to be a person with cognitive intelligence.

It will be normal, when reading this extensive delving into the history of man's development through today's diverse world, to disagree or agree with some of the author's premises of that evolution.  A little background in Philosophy and Psychology will help you understand some of his ideas.

However, a reader, with limited knowledge of the above, will be educated by some for Mr. Pinker's detailed evaluations and defenses of his ideologies about the case studies enclosed which are liberal progressive leaning. In all instances, you will stop reading and think about the commentary whether you like it or not.

Apart from some of the author’s pontificating, the read was worth the price. I disagree with Bill Gates, it’s not the best book I ever read, which is subjective.    

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Review of DARK WATER



Reviewed by Roy Murry, Author

Peter Clancy is about to leave on a trip to a quiet place to write a book about his journalistic prowess when he receives a call from a family tie in Australia. Sam won't tell him the reason, but it is crucial.

When he arrives, nothing seems to have changed from his home township that he was 'Run out' of years ago, and there is still hostility by the ex-sheriff now politician festering.  A project that Sam is in an uproar over that politician is in the middle.

Peter evaluates the situation with Sam’s help and decides to use his abilities and goes to the town's newspaper to write an article denouncing the project. All hell breaks out when it is published leading to riots, more murders, and upsetting corrupt people that are behind the project.

How they resolve problems 'Down under,' is interwoven throughout this story to the 'Bloody end' in the Dark Waters of crocodile infested Outback. The suspense and intrigue will keep the reader involved to that end.

I enjoyed the characters that will lead the reader into the next book in this series. However, the novel stands on its own. It is straightforward prose with Aussie humor and ‘Way of life’ examples.

Good Read; Purchase:

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Review of What Happened in Vienna,Jack?



Reviewed by Roy Murry, Author

There are strange bedfellows in war and clandestine work. In “What Happen in Vienna, Jack?” it's a prince and the ruler of Germany meeting before World War II. The results of their encounter start a private Royal event kept out of the public eye.

Only a hand full of people knows the truth, which leads to criminal actions that fester. Influential people in the United Kingdom want the result of the seed to go away into perpetuity. Moreover, this quest is put into the hands of a few led by Jack Price and his recruit Patrick West.

This adventure, Mr. Kemp interwove a thrilling intergovernmental plot that leads to disaster for a few high-level intelligence agencies and wealthy people. His prose keeps you on your toes to the end following a spy expert and a newbie muddle through events at hand.

All-in-all, the novel kept me involved and gave me a vital view of understanding how the British 'Get about.' It may be the making of another James Bond movie, using the formable newbie.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018


Storm Country
Book 1


Reviewed by Roy Murry, Author

Dallas lookout; here comes STORM COUNTRY. Ms. Debacco's novel has all the ingredients that the famous American TV program drama Dallas had in the 80s and 90s.

There are characters you will love and others you will hate - white hat and black hats, cowboys of Montana. In this case, a matriarch Bonnie rules the Storm family of two men and a young lady with a soft but firm hand.

The men run the operations which include a large ranch and a hotel. The young lady is finding her way, and it is she that invites a stranger home to join the workforce.

He is overqualified which raises some suspicions with Bonnie, but she lets them go after his interview.  There is something familiar about him. The family adventure begins with love-hate relations brewing leading to a climax that entices you to read book two.

The well-developed characters bring this book one alive for the reader wanting to know what will happen to their future. The Storm family have a lot going on leading to suspense and a hook, by the writer, at the end that reader will want to continue to book two.

I enjoyed the prose and may purchase book two in the future which is not normal for me.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Review of RUSH

Three Seconds to RUSH
Piper Anderson Legacy Mystery

Reviewed by Roy Murry, Author

Tara is near death with a needle in her arm, and her child, a distance away from her, nearing pneumonia, when the police find her.  When she wakes up in the hospital, the detective is reading her 'Her Rights.'

Using her only call, she calls a friend who she hadn't seen in ten years when she was fourteen and he sixteen.  Luckily, he is an excellent defense, but he doesn't believe her.

Their childhood plays an integral part in how they move in the right direction as to solving Tara's legal problems. However, Reid has a problem acquainting himself with what they meant to each other and for each other. 

They both have issues in dealing with society. Reid is a workaholic and lives like a hermit. Tara tries to do everything on her without a support system. 

With conflicts and reevaluations of their selves, they meet in the right place, leading to a conclusion the may not see coming. With support, the story ends in their favor.

The characters are thoroughly developed; the plot is interesting; there are twists, and the prose is thrilling until the end.

Review of Pancakes and Corpses

Pancakes and Corpses
A Peridale Cafe Mystery


Reviewed by Roy Murry, Author

Julia South is an exceptional baker, and everyone in a small town goes to her coffee shop to enjoy her delectable pastries and cakes.  Then one day a reporter tells her about a negative review of her store that the local newspaper is printing tomorrow.

She goes to confront the possible author of the article when the unexpected happens - Julia is in the middle of a murder. She dogs her way around town following leads.

In the process, she meets a man, the detective assigned to the murder case. They clash, and then they dance.

Julia's abilities have her ahead of her new friend in solving the case. He is new to the English town, so she has the advantage.

When the two come together, the case, in an unusual way, comes to a conclusion the reader will enjoy. 

The story is straightforward, but the reader is in the dark unless they understand Julia's explanation of the town people. The main characters are complete for a second novel in the series. They are likable.


Review of An Unexpected Nanny

An Unexpected Nanny
Constance Masters

Reviewed by Roy Murry, Author

Twist of faith brings Curtis and Vi together. He needs a nanny, and she has the feeling to be a mother. They connect on many levels.

Curtis and Vi clash, coming from different backgrounds. However, there is something about her that draws him to her.

Vi connects right away with his child Rose. The two love each other at first sight which endears Curtis.

There are some twist and turns to the story, but the conclusion is simple to understand from a reader's close understanding of soap operas - love is in the air.

The characters are well defined while the prose leads you on to an ending which the reader probably knew from the middle of the book. The story is a bit of a tear-jerker.

Enjoyed. Purchase at