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G1159 E-Reading Book Review of The Root of Murder by Lauren Carr

Name of Book: The Root of Murder

Author: Lauren Carr


Publisher: Acorn Book Services

Part of a Series: Lovers in Crime #4

Type of book: West Virginia, marriage, running the farm, upcoming wedding, dreams, mystery, murder, hidden life, second chances, modern times

Year it was published: 2019


Homicide Detective Cameron Gates learned long ago that there is no such thing as a typical murder case. Each mystery is special in its own right—especially for the family of the victim.

The homicide of a successful executive, husband, and father seems open and shut when the murder weapon is found in his estranged son-in-law’s possession. The circumstantial evidence is so damning that when her step-son, J.J. Thornton, agrees to act as the defendant’s public defender, he assumes his first murder case will be a loss. Only the report of a missing husband proves that this case is not as open and shut as it seems.

Strap on your seat belts for a wild ride in this mystery rooted in decades…

G1155 Book Review of Queen's Gambit by Bradley Harper

Name of Book: Queens GAMBIT

Author: Bradley Harper

ISBN: 978-1-64506-001-7

Publisher: Seventh Street Books

Part of a Series: Margaret Harkness Mystery

Type of book: 1881, 1897, communism, socialism, Great Britain, mystery, diamond Jubilee, Queen Victoria, Germany, diplomatic relationships, assassinations, family

Year it was published: 2019


Spring, 1897. London. Margaret Harkness, now in her early forties, must leave England for her health but lacks the funds. A letter arrives from her old friend Professor Bell, her old comrade in the hunt for Jack the Ripper and the real-life inspiration for Sherlock Homes. Bell invites her to join him in Germany on a mysterious mission for the German government involving the loss of state secrets to Anarchists. The resolution of this commission leads to her being stalked through the streets of London by a vengeful man armed with a powerful and nearly silent air rifle who has both Margaret and Queen Victoria in his sights. Margaret finds allies in I…

G1147 Book Review of The Body in Griffith Park by Jennifer Kincheloe

Name of Book: The body in Griffith PARK

Author: Jennifer Kincheloe


Publisher: Seventh Street Books

Part of a Series:Anna Blanc Mysteries #3

Type of book: California, 1908s, detective work, women, prostitutes, police matron duties, relationship, family, murder, humor, traveling, treatment of genders,

Year it was published: 2019


Los Angeles, 1908. Anna Blanc is a former so-so socialite, a flailing police matron, and a killer detective.

Ex-heiress, Anna Blanc, is precariously employed by the Los Angeles Police Department, reforming delinquent children and minding lady jailbirds. What she really wants is to hunt criminals and be alone with Detective Joe Singer--both no-nos that could get her fired. On a lover's tryst in Griffith Park, Anna and Joe discover the body of a young gambler. Anna can't resist. She's on the case.

With a murder to solve and her police matron duties piling up, a young girl shows up at Central Station claiming to have been raped …

G1158 E-Reading Book Review of Killer in the Band by Lauren Carr

Name of Book: Killer in the band

Author: Lauren Carr


Publisher: Acorn Book services

Part of a Series: Lovers in Crime #3

Type of book: mystery, farm, music, band, talent, animals, horses, loyalty, horse sense, marriage, crime, animal whisperer, older woman/ younger male relationship, making peace, lawyers, study, determination

Year it was published: 2016


It's a Summer of Love & Murder!

Joshua’s eldest son, Joshua Thornton Jr. (J.J.) has graduated at the top of his class from law school and returns home to spend the summer studying for the bar exam. However, to Joshua's and Cameron's shock and dismay, J.J. moves into the main house at Russell Ridge Farm and Orchards, the largest dairy farm in the Ohio Valley, in order to rekindle a romance with Suellen Russell, the one-time leader of a rock who is twice his age. Quickly, they learn that she has a deep dark secret.

The move brings long buried tensions between the father and son to the surface—not the …

G1148 No Past Tense; Love and survival in the shadow of the Holocaust

Title of the book: No past tense; love and survival in the shadow of the Holocaust

Author: D.Z. Stone

Publisher: Vallentine Mitchell

Publishing Date: 2019

ISBN: 978-1912676-11-8


No Past Tense is the biography of Katarina (Kati) Kellner and William (Willi) Salcer, two Czech Jews who as teenagers were swept up by the Holocaust in Hungary and survived Auschwitz and Mauthausen, respectively.

Covering their entire lives, weaving in first person ‘real time’ voices as if watching a documentary about themselves, the unique structure of No Past Tense provides a distinctive ‘whole life’ view of the Holocaust.

The book begins with their childhoods, education in Budapest, and 16-year-old Kati meeting 19-year-old Willi in the Jewish ghetto in Plesivec, a Slovak village annexed by Hungary in 1938. After liberation from the camps they returned to discover most Jews were gone, and the villagers did not want them back. In defiance, Kati took up residence in a shed on her family’s property, and in …

G947 Book Review of The Unity Game by Leonora Meriel

Name of Book: The unity game

Author: Leonora Meriel

ISBN: 978-1-911079-43-9

Publisher: Granite Cloud

Type of book: aliens, philosophy, evolution, thought, mathematics, ambition, unity, emotion, humanity, keys, modern times, heaven, afterlife

Year it was published: 2017



A New York banker is descending into madness.
A being from an advanced civilization is racing to stay alive.
A dead man must unlock the secrets of an unknown dimension to save his loved ones.

From the visions of Socrates in ancient Athens, to the birth of free will aboard a spaceship headed to Earth, The Unity Game tells a story of hope and redemption in a universe more ingenious and surprising than you ever thought possible.

Metaphysical thriller and interstellar mystery, this is a 'complex, ambitious and thought-provoking novel' from an exciting and original new voice in fiction.


Main characters include David, an investment banker who is extremel…

G1101 The new evil; understanding the emergence of modern violent crime

Title of the book: The new evil; understanding the emergence of modern violent crime

Author: Michael H. Stone, MD and Gary BRUCATO, PhD

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Publishing Date: 2019

ISBN: 978-1-63388-532-5



Revisiting Dr. Michael Stone's groundbreaking 22-level Gradations of Evil Scale, a hierarchy of evil behavior first introduced in the book The Anatomy of Evil, Stone and Dr. Gary Brucato, a fellow violence and serious psychopathology expert, here provide even more detail, using dozens of cases to exemplify the categories along the continuum. The New Evil also presents compelling evidence that, since a cultural tipping-point in the 1960s, certain types of violent crime have emerged that in earlier decades never or very rarely occurred.

The authors examine the biological and psychiatric factors behind serial killing, serial rape, torture, mass and spree murders, and other severe forms of violence. They…

G1150 Book Review of The Third Daughter by Talia Carner

Name of Book: The third daughter

Author: Talia Carner

ISBN: 978-0-06-289688-9

Publisher: William Morrow

Type of book: Russia, prostitution, Argentina, shtetls, 1889-1897, south America, life, dancing, family, friends, tricked, Zwi Migdal, loyalty

Year it was published: 2019


From the author of Jerusalem Maiden comes a remarkable story, inspired by little-known true events, about the thousands of young Jewish women who were trafficked into prostitution at the turn of the 20th century, and whose subjugation helped build Buenos Aires.

The turn of the 20th century finds fourteen-year-old Batya in the Russian countryside, fleeing   with her family endless pogroms. Desperate, her father leaps at the opportunity to marry Batya to a worldly, wealthy stranger who can guarantee his daughter an easy life and passage to America.

 Feeling like a princess in a fairytale, Batya leaves her old life behind as she is whisked away to a new world. But soon she discovers that she’s entered a waking nigh…

G1152 Book Review of An Unorthodox Match by Naomi Ragen

Name of Book: An unorthodox match

Author: Naomi Ragen

ISBN: 978-1-250-25527-3

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Type of book: orthodox and/Or Hassidic Judaism, faith, modern times, recovery, matchmaker, New York, family, community, support, romance, Baal teshuva, widower, surviving, struggling, modern world vs old world, coming home

Year it was published: 2019


California girl Lola has her life all set up: business degree, handsome fiancé, fast track career, when suddenly, without warning, everything tragically implodes. After years fruitlessly searching for love, marriage, and children, she decides to take the radical step of seeking spirituality and meaning far outside the parameters of modern life in the insular, ultraorthodox enclave of Boro Park, Brooklyn. There, fate brings her to the dysfunctional home of newly-widowed Jacob, a devout Torah scholar, whose life is also in turmoil, and whose small children are aching for the kindness of a womanly touch.

While her mother direly …

G1090 Alice and Gerald; a homicidal love story

Title of the book: Alice and Gerald: a homicidal love story


Publisher: Prometheus Books

Publishing Date: 2019

ISBN: 978-1-63388-512-7


True-crime master Ron Franscell tells the grisly story of a cold case involving multiple murders committed by a husband-and-wife team. The appalling details are made even more vivid by the author's familiarity with the Wyoming times and places that formed the backdrop of his national bestseller The Darkest Night.

Would you kill for love?

After Alice, a desperate young mother in a gritty Wyoming boomtown, kills her husband in 1974 and dumps his body where it will never be found, she slips away and starts a new life with a new love. But when her new love's ex-wife and two kids start demanding more of him, Alice delivers an ultimatum: Fix the problem or lose her forever. With Alice's help, he "fixes" the problem in an extraordinarily ghastly way ... and they live happily ever after. That is, until 2013, almos…

Coming Attractions for October 2019

I feel very proud of myself for September, mainly because I finished pretty much finished almost all my planned reads for September,. so go me, yay! (Now writing the reviews is another matter...) so what plans do I have for my birthday month, the month I turn 34? A lot, I believe. For my birthday month, my plans include traveling to Indiana USA in 1860s and current time as well as traveling to Ireland for my Fresh Fiction reads. I also plan a travel to England in a conspiracy attempt and to New York followed possibly by Hungary, Russia, France, China, South Korea, and Argentina. Can I do it? Let's wait and see.

Book Spotlights/Reviews:

Killer in the band by Lauren Carr (October 10th, e-book)

The Root of Murder by Lauren Carr (October 25th, e-book)

Possible Reviews:

The Devil's Wind by Steve Goble

Promised Land by Martin Fletcher

The Body in Griffith Park by Jennifer Kincheloe

The Queen's Gambit by Bradely Harper

Planned Reads:

The Kennedy Moment by Peter Adamson

David Lazar …

October 2019

A House Divided-Pearl S Buck
SR: March 11th, 2016
Twine- Monica Duncan
SR: October 10th, 2019
FR: October 20th, 2019
Things we lost in the fire- MARIANA ENRIQUEZ
SR: October 29th, 2019
People of the wolf- W Michael Gear Kathleen O Neal Gear
SR: October 2nd, 2019
FR: October 15th, 2019
Blood- Maggie Gee
SR: September 23rd, 2019
FR: October 10th, 2019
Seven letters- J.P MONNINGER
SR: October 17th, 2019
FR: October 29th, 2019
The fragility of bodies- Sergio OLGUIN
SR: September 29th, 2019
FR: October 17th, 2019

Tree of Souls-Howard Schwartz
SR: February 10th, 2014
One spoon on this earth- Hyun Ki Young
SR: October 15th, 2019