Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review of Disappeared

Disappeared:  MANTEQUERO
Writtten by Jenny Twist

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

Can love or the lack of it, kill you? In Ms. Twist’s short novel, where a person disappears on a vacation, many levels of love are deviled into. The love of friends, relatives, and an unknown Vampire type character are brought into light.

An English teacher has not returned from her vacation in Spain. Her adoring cohort is surprised she has not returned and is flustered over the matter. It seems that no one else is concerned other than that missing teacher’s niece and the travel agent who sold her the ticket.

Alison, the protagonist, inquires getting no answers. She and the overweight travel agent, Heather, decide to do something about the disappearance of their friend June. After some investigation, they go to Spain together on a holiday.

Alison, who speaks Spanish, and Heather, who has a European driver’s license, arrived in the town where June had stayed. What seems like a pleasant place turns into a Frankenstein event after they go to a local bar.

Infatuation leads one our vacationers into an unsafe situation. The unraveling of it changes their lives forever.

The reading was easy and not overburden with sub plots. The story is a quick entertaining read for a rainy or wintery afternoon.


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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Review of Waking the Dead



WAKING THE DEAD
Written by Heather Graham

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry


I thought people coming back from the dead were called Zombies. I could be wrong. I don’t know everything.

Ms. Graham style of writing tells an intriguing story about a painting that has powers which acts like some zombies do? It kills. Well, people think it kills.

A famous group of artist gets together during the eighteen hundreds. One is a painter that wants to fit in; all the others are writers – friends of Lord Byron. Hubert, the painter, rents a castle so he and his artist friends can produce horrific works in that privacy.  One wrote Frankenstein.

#FF to the future; all that come in contact with Hubert’s, lost until now, painting seems to die under strange circumstances. This baffles the New Orleans’ police.  So they bring help in from a private eye – Quinn.

A love story between Quinn and Danni is a sub plot to their sleuthing into the murdering events surrounding the piece of bloody art. The twist and turns of the investigation brings them and their group back to the castle’s crypt.

This novel is an adventure that shouldn't be missed by those who like paranormal mysteries. Heather Graham has done a fine job of pulling me in to almost belief.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Review of UNBELIEVABLE

Unbelievable
A Cassie Baxter Mystery

Written by Cindy Blackburn

If only animals could talk, what a world this would be? Ms. Blackburn’s comical whodunit has animals in it that if they could talk, would have solved the case before Cassie’s antics, theories, and innuendos.

Escaping from her father’s breakfast, Cassie leaves in frustration early in the morning. While kayaking in her pajamas, Cassie comes across a woman’s dead body on Lake Elizabeth, Vermont. ‘Being in her pajamas,’ becomes the local small town joke when that body is not found.

Using hilarious and factual deductions, Cassie goes about trying to solve the case, stirring up the locals, who think she is nut case. This upsets the Sheriff, but intrigues the Captain of the State Police, who also thinks Cassie is a little odd.

Things do fall into place at the end of this enjoyable funny novel. Ms. Blackburn has presented a plausible crime that happen a very small town point of view.

Unbelievable is an engaging and pleasant novel that you should enjoy if you like animals and a good mystery story. And who wouldn’t like a well put together humorous mystery.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Review of Pope Joan

Pope Joan

Written
by Donna Woolfolk Cross

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry


Between the years of 853 – 855 AD there was a Pope after the death of Pope Leo IV who is left out of the Book of Pontiffs. In the history of Roman Catholic Church, the story of a person who reigned as Pope John is missing.

Ms. Cross brings to life the story of a young girl with an inquisitive mind in a period of time when women were considered to be without the capacity think. They were subservient to man according to “God’s Will,” and did as they were told.

Joan’s brothers are preparing to go to religious school and she has the audacity to ask why she can’t go to. Her elder brother takes pity on her and shows her the way that only men can go – school to learn the scriptures.

Thrilling and educational circumstances lead Joan through a labyrinth of events which graduates her status in a man’s religious clerical system that does not identify her as a woman. It is her knowledge accumulated over the years which elevates her to prominence as Lord of the Roman Church.

Her love of a man, which she vowed never to be complacent in, brings her, as Pope John, to her fatal end. Her demise as Pope is horrific, leaving no doubt of her sex

Well written, researched, and presented, Ms. Cross tells a tale, some would say is impossible to have happened according to limited records – the story is myth. Donna Woofolk Cross’ detailed story is a compelling vindication of the Pope Joan myth.

Decide for yourself. It is a read not to miss. Purchase at:   http://amzn.to/1vC0v5r
          


   

Monday, November 17, 2014

Review of Reprisal

Reprisal

Written by Alfie Robins

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

Law and Order, NYPD Blues, and many other American police TV programs have been my education into how a police department works. Mr. Robins, in Reprisal, give us an in-depth look into the workings of a detective unit in a North East England police headquarters.

Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Philip Marlowe is the “Boss” of the unit that has been confronted with a murder of unusual pathology. When a second murder presents itself with the same M.O., the unit goes into overdrive, believing that they might have a cereal killer at large.

The day to day procedures of looking for evidence and deciding where to move next, is what propels this detailed story forward. Mr. Robin’s Marlowe is the focal point of his unit - a normal bloke. The other characters in the unit are given their due per their relationship to the DCI.

Their investigation is slow moving until a van is tied to the murders. ‘Who is the owner? Where is the van?’ are the keys needed to bring their detective work to its conclusion. It was like finding a needle in a hay stack. When these factors are accomplished, all hell breaks out.

This story has its twist that keeps you reading. Much is hidden from the reader, but the clues are there. Mr. Robin’s gives the readers a surprising ending that they can live with. The novel peaks at the right moment – at The End.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review of Book Clubbed

Book Clubbed

Written by Lorna Barrett

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry




This story of murder is a lay back whodunit. There is a killing, but a somewhat none violent one in the storeroom of a book store owned by the protagonist Tricia.

Tricia and her sister Angelica are business women in a small tourist town that is in the off season. Angelica owns a restaurant. Hence, there is not much to do with few customers other than to solve the murder of Tricia’s employee.

The victim is not what everyone suspected which increases the interests of the sisters and propels the narrative forward. The case slowly moves forward to the end which goes up in flames.

Ms. Barrett’s story is a predictable one but intriguing in a pleasant way. There is no harshness in her writing which moves along smoothly explaining why the main character Tricia goes about doing the business of being involved without trying.


There was no heavy thinking to be done in reading of this novel. So if you’re not looking for a messy murder story, this novel is for you.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Review of Sleeping through the Beauty

Sleeping through the
           Beauty

Written by Regina Puckett


Reviewed by Author Roy Murry



Love at First Sight has always been a controversial debate among Love Doctors. Regina puts a delightful spin on this – falling in love with a Sleeping Beauty.

Romance is in the air when one brother is invited to the wedding proposal of another. It’s a dinner party where the love couple takes off leaving the invited brother alone with the mother of the soon to be bride.

The mother introduces him to the essence of her other daughter, who is unavailable for medical reasons. His enchantment in that daughter leads to an unlikely romance story that will bring tears to your eyes – you won’t put this short story down until the last tear.

Romance is Regina Puckett’s forte and I will continue to read her works, as you should.

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