Mysteries, Thrillers,
Suspense and Just Plain Good Reads

The majority of my reviews will be about books I loved and recommend  However, sometimes, when I read a book that in my opinion is flawed or boring, I will also review it  Remember, this is only my opinion  What's trash to one may be a treasure to another!  Scroll down for the most recent reviews

****Rock Star Down (The Psychic Registry - Book 1) by William Leslie

A Little Over-the-Top, but Entertaining
This book was not what I expected. A former police detective who is a psychic is brought in to help solve a case. He has a reputation for getting to the core of things, but his psychic powers are extreme and he often exhausts himself when on a case. It is a blend of romance and mystery. My only objection to this scenario is that sometimes his psychic powers seem like a Vulcan mind meld, and I don't know how believable that is. I know people who are psychic and they look like kindergarteners when compared to what this detective does. However, that is the beauty of fiction. In my opinion it is for entertainment and even if it isn't always realistic, and in my opinion a good book holds the reader's attention. This book passed the test..

*****Murder on the Mind by L.L. Bartlett (Kindle edition)

Great characters and premise

This was a new spin on investigation. Jeff Resnick, an unemployed insurance investigator, was just about to start a new job when he was mugged and hit on the head. Now he is jobless and is suffering after effects of the knock on the noggin. His wealthy half-brother comes to his rescue and takes Jeff home with him, but Jeff is determined to carry on an investigation and drags his unwilling brother into some sticky situations. Loved the characters and would like to see this as a series. 

***Cardinal Sin by James Kendrick (Kindle edition translated from Italian)

Interesting premise but suffered in the translation

The story in this book was good and kept my attention because I wanted to know what happened next. There will be other reviews about the story so I won't duplicate that part. Cardinal Sin would have been 4 stars in my estimation, but unfortunately the translation suffered in many places. Because I am an author myself, I found that I was editing as I read. For example, "ya" was used throughout the book instead of "you," wrong forms of words were used throughout the book and there was an excess of adjectives and adverbs. Despite that, I can recommend it as a good story, but if you are a native English speaker be aware that these errors in translation might jump out at you. The book would have been highly improved if it has been proofread by a native English speaker.

*****Shelter Me by Judy Shine Logan (Kindle edition)

A skillfully blended friendship between an abuse victim and a widow

It is a strange and tentative friendship between Terry, an office manager who seems very competent at work but is in fact terribly abused at home and Anne, a widow who is in deep depression and can't get past her grief. They meet when Anne applies for a job at Terry's company and although Anne has never worked, always had every detail attended to by her late husband, Terry decides to give her a chance. They "threaten" friendship but it is very slow to really turn into a relationship. Terry is symbolic of so many abused women and the apologetic attitudes they adopt, constantly blaming themselves for things that are not their fault. Anne has strength that she doesn't exercise or acknowledge until a horrific event makes her reach deep into herself to help Terry. Then both of them accept that they are strength for each other. Well written and inspirational as well as eye-opening.

From my review in Las Vegas Writing Examiner  July 25, 2013
Personal journey through childhood abuse in Sandy's Miracle to raise awareness 
The number of child abuse and spousal abuse cases in the United States continues to grow. We see them on TV and read about them in other media forms. But what about the hundreds of thousands that are never reported..

From my review in Las Vegas Writing Examiner July 17, 2013

One word describes the new book "The Art of Bob Peak"--Magnificent! 

If you are only going to possess one coffee table book, this should be it because you will leaf through it time and again gaining more appreciation of Bob Peak’s unique talent every time.I would  add...



*****Blindsidedby Jay Giles (Kindle edition)
Fast Moving With Lots of Twists and Turns,

I thoroughly enjoyed Blindsided and was impressed with Jay Giles writing style. I was unfamiliar with his work and will read more of his books in the future. The story builds from an innocent beginning when Matt Seattle, a stock broker, fears something has happened to his friend and client who doesn't show up for their regularly scheduled breakfast. It turns out that the old man, who loved to discuss stocks and investments, wasn't at all what he seemed to be and Matt finds himself involved in a waking nightmare. Some of the situations are a little over the top, but hey, that's what we writers do sometimes. The characters are well drawn, and the escalating threats coming Matt's way keep the reader (at least me) turning the pages.

Morgan St. James - Author

*****Anybody's Daughter  by Pamela Samuels-Young

Explores the World of Human Trafficking
I am a fan of Pamela Samuels Young. "Anybody's Daughter" is a raw fictional story about teenage human trafficking, and Pamela draws the reader into the psyche of these youngsters who have been kidnapped and set out on the street to earn their way. With an uncle who is a former drug dealer determined to rescue the niece who has been kidnapped, there is plenty of tension and enough intrigue to keep you turning the pages to find out if Dre Thomas will rescue her in time. In the interim, you meet various other teens who have been kidnapped and are held by the same power broker. Having co-authored a true memoir that involved human trafficking, I can say that she has captured the essence of a Stockholm syndrome that many of these victims develop, wherein the victim is tied to and defends the abuser. This is different than many of Pamela's books that I've read, but it is certainly worth reading.


***** Lost and Found is delightful summer read infused with British wit
August 21, 201511:41 AM MST
Lost Cause was a real find—a fast-paced sort of cozy mystery by author JL Simpson.

British housewife Daisy Dunlop is bored with her routine life and decides that being an heir hunter would be exciting. Never mind that Daisy has messed up everything else she has tried in the past. Her husband prevails upon his best friend, a hunky, mysterious PI known only as Solomon, to help him get this notion out of his wife’s head. He figures a day or two with Solomon will cure her of her latest fancy.


*****  One Deadly Sister is a great summer read

August 7, 2015

One Deadly Sister, by Rod Hosington
Publisher: EnteraBooks (January 8, 2014)

Philadelphia law student Sandy Reid is almost too clever for her own good. She might not carry a gun, but nevertheless she is deadly when she sets her mind to something. In this case, Sandy is determined to clear her estranged brother of a murder he didn't commit. He's been railroaded, set up to take the fall, and she might harbor resentment against him, but she does believe him.

So, there he is in a Florida jail with no lifeline to cling to, accused of knocking off a popular local gubernatorial candidate. The only one he can think of to call is Sandy, and he isn't sure she will come. At first she tells him to go to hell because she's finally gotten her life in order and doesn't need him to mess it up.