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Review of "The Career Killer" by Ali Gunn

Author Ali Gunn brings us the first in her DCI Mabey series, with The Career Killer , a smart detective-mystery novel. Set in London, the main character works at London Yard, where her father wrote many of the training manuals. She may be her father's daughter, but her fellow detective would have preferred her father's son to be the heir apparent to his legacy. Newly-minted Detective Chief Inspector Elsie Maybe takes her new promotion in stride until she inherits a wonky tribe of underlings and a murder at an old church. She's not fast to gather clues, not because she's moving at half-speed due to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but because the nature of the new string of murders has some ring of normalcy or familiarity to her, starting with a young woman in a wedding dress found in the ruins of an ancient London church. She doesn't move like Columbo or Hercule Poirot, asking questions and sifting the carnage over in her mind. Instead, she seems to plot the next
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Celeste Ng and "Little Fires Everywhere"

Celeste Ng grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and plots her story, Little Fires Everywhere in the same town. In between Shaker Heights and her story, Ng attended Harvard University and earned a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Michigan. While we are talking about her writing chops, this latest book is also a Hulu original series starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. As for the book, it’s available on Kindle, in paperback, and on Audible. And, you might want to take a look because the story Celeste Ng draws us into is powerful and complicated. The story starts with the nearly idyllic setting of Shaker Heights and Elena Richardson, who we think might be close to a Stepford Wife. Ng sets a somewhat long and winding road, giving us new hints and grudgingly providing backstory only as it’s needed to justify Elena’s latest movements across town while renting her and her husband’s starter home to a single woman, Mia Warren, and her daughter Pearl.

Review of "Perfect Anastasia" by Jack Binding

In Jack Binding's latest horror story, Perfect Anastasia , twenty-something Andy Moretti asks himself a question that a million other men are currently asking themselves. "Why can't I find a nice woman to spend my time with?" Well, be careful what you ask for! As if Andy's questions have been miraculously answered by a benevolent Genie, he meets the perfect woman at a party. She's funny, she's beautiful, and she's actually interested in talking to him. That should be a good sign, right? Author Binding uses the need for companionship as a crutch in short story. The need, the hope, the sweet nectar of promise and desire. Binding's written words are straightforward and to the point, leaving the reader with little doubt as to where the story is headed, but the outcome, while not necessarily anticipated, is every young person's nightmare and much more. The writing reminds me a bit of clive Barker as he starts a story you think you kn

Review of "The Hideous Child" by Nicholas A. Price

From A Series of Ghastly Things comes the latest book by Nicholas A. Price, The Hideous Child . This is book 3, in Kindle Edition, and is aimed at children ages 3 to 9. The author has been hard at work with a full group of children's books coming out. Illustrated by Demi Art, children will love the pictures that accompany the story. In The Hideous Child , a mother sits quietly and watches her daughter prepare her own meal. What a wonderful and quaint little child.  It's good to see her taking care of herself, but whatever is she making? Why a plate of beetle larvae and butterfly guts. Is this an everyday occurrence or has mother's little one gone stark raving mad? Did you know that beetles and grasshoppers are a mainstay of villages in Africa and South America? They do provide much-needed nourishment. A few of these facts about what people in different countries regularly eat follows the story. This book is available on pre-order right now (release d

Review of "The Sorceress' Prophecy" by Carson Watson

Anyone who loves Harry Potter is going to find great reading in The Sorceress' Prophecy . The land conceived by author Carson Watson is filled with nightmarish creatures that stalk the night and a coven of students trying to learn enough magic to fend off the advances of Satin, the worst of the lot. At the forefront is Kaia, who's mother has disappeared, and her friend Vittorio, who work with those at the Fraternity to try and understand their mutual enemy, the Amphisbaena, a kind of super vampire. The land of Londou is also inhabited by werewolves, who as a pack, also want to gain power over the strewn wasteland that is their home. Only Kaia and her friends hold the key to stopping the carnage. The author does a good job of setting up the fight, giving us plenty of characters to watch develop or fold away in the coming pages and keeping up enough interest to make those pages magically dissolve as we read through chapter after chapter. There is little breakdown in th

Review of "I Remember the Time" by Kim Hemphill

In the simplest terms, Kim Hemphill is a survivor. That's all he knew, that's all he had. And, he's a Seattle Mariner's fan, so things are still tough since the Mariner's have never made it to the World Series, but he's still rooting for them. And, I'm a Mariner's fan, so I know what it's like rooting for the underdog when there's no help in sight. Of course, that's what Kim's life was like for years. The car he was riding in what hit by a train when he was three years old. The result was cuts, scrapes, bruises and 105 stitches across his face and his scalp. Just an early turning point.  His family life was rough and tumble, and they were so poor he bought himself his first toothbrush when he was 14, shortly before he lost his brother to the Vietnam war. If you are ready for a tough read, a story of homelessness, a story of learning to live with what you've got on your back and nothing more, then I Remember the Time ,

Review of "The Moon Has A Big Head" by Nicholas A. Price

Author Nicholas A. Price stimulates the magination of children through his stories. In The Moon Has A Big Head , children learn what happens when anyone, even a stellar superstar like the moon, takes themselves too seriously. There's always someone bigger, faster, and stronger, but that doesn't mean we can't all be friends and still reach for the stars. This story is published by Demy Books and slated to be available on Kindle February 15, 2017. Delightfully illustrated by Gigi Art, children will love the story and the pictures. At the end of the book, Price offers many interesting facts about the moon, such as the moon's distance from the earth, information about gravity, the earth's tides, and temperatures on the surface of the moon. The book is $2.99 and available for pre-order, but is also part of Kindle Unlimited, so take advantage of your KU benefits and get a copy for your little ones! Thanks for reading - Al W Moe