Book Review Blood Defense by Marcia Clark

Book Review Blood Defense by Marcia Clark Review by Dawn Thomas 398 Pages Publisher: Thomas & Mercer Mystery & Thriller, General Fiction (Adult), Legal, Courtroom Drama, Women Sleuths This is the first book in the Samantha Brinkman series. In this series, Samantha is a defense attorney as opposed to the Rachel Knight series where the main character is a prosecutor. The news is full of stories about a police detective accused of murdering two young women. Samantha needs a case like this to keep her office afloat. She knows taking his case would be good for her career and would give her publicity. On the other hand, everyone knows she is not fond of the police. She has mixed feelings when she receives a call from the detective that he would like to meet with her. Dale, a well-known police office without any blemishes in his career is accused of the double murder and asks Samantha to represent him. In the case, she knows she does not have to prove anything; she only has to provide reasonable doubt. When Dale reveals some surprising news to Samantha, she is shocked to her core. The case turns personal to Samantha when her…

Book Review When I am Gone by Emily Bleeker

Book Review When I am Gone by Emily Bleeker Review by Dawn Thomas 366 Pages Publisher: Lake Union Publishing Women’s Fiction, General Fiction (Adult) Natalie died from cancer and her husband, Luke, has to pick up the pieces for his three children. She used the time she had left to write letters. These letters open some doors but also lead to heart ache. Natalie is giving him advice on how to move on. She even tells him he has waited long enough and should begin dating. At first, Luke looks forward to getting the blue envelopes in the mail. Soon things seem to spiral out of control and he does not even want to look at the letters. When their oldest son Will tells the guidance counselor at school he is adopted, she contacts Luke. Luke is shocked by the allegation and confronts Will. He shows Luke an envelope addressed to Natalie from an adoption agency. The postmark is around the same time as Will’s birth. Luke tries to convince Will he was not adopted and gives other reasons for the letter. Luke tells Will he will go to the adoption agency and try to get answers. Annie, Natalie’s best…

Book Review Cold Girl by R.M. Greenaway

Book Review Cold Girl by R.M. Greenaway Review by Dawn Thomas 432 Pages Publisher: Dundurn Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult), Police Procedurals This is an A.B.C. Blues Crime Novel. The story takes place in Canada with several lead characters. Constable Dion is a young man attending a concert in Smithers with his girlfriend, Penny. He was a detective but an auto accident changed his life and took the life of his partner. He was in a coma from a brain injury and does not remember anything about the crash. He was reassigned to New Hazelton as an uniformed officer while still recovering from the accident. With memory problems, he keeps notes on how to operate things and what to do in different situations. It is as if he has to relearn everything in life. David Leith is a detective for the small Canadian town of Prince Rupert. He has been investigating a case involving missing girls. Detective Mike Bosko is visiting the town when the news comes in on a fourth victim. This time it is a celebrity, a singer named Kiera. She is the lead singer for the band Fling. The two men travel to the isolated area…

Book Review: The Witch of Napoli by Michael Schmicker

Book Review: The Witch of Napoli by Michael Schmicker Review by Dawn Thomas 350 Pages Publisher: Palladino Books General Fiction (Adult), Sci Fi & Fantasy, Historical Fiction The book takes place in 1899 and is narrated by Tomaso Labella, a sixteen-year-old photographer. During a séance, Tomaso takes a photo of Alessandra Poverelli levitating a table. When Camillo Lombardi, a wealthy skeptic, sees the photo, he travels to Naples to discredit her. After attending a séance, Lombardi becomes a believer and finances a European tour for Alessandra and Tomaso. During the tour, Nigel Huxley, the grand inquisitor for the London Society for the Investigation of Mediums, confronts Alessandra. He believes she is a con artist and tries to prove she is an impostor. The story was inspired by the true-life story of Eusapia Palladino (1854 – 1918). She was an illiterate woman from Naples. She was able to levitate tables, ring bells, and materialize body parts and full forms. The story was well written and the characters were well defined. I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more from this author.

Book Review White Leopard by Laurent Guillaume

Book Review White Leopard by Laurent Guillaume Review by Dawn Thomas 196 Pages Publisher: Le French Book Mystery, Thriller, General Fiction (Adult), Africa Souleymane Camara, known as Solo to his friends is the White Leopard. He was a police officer in France but now lives in Bamako, Mali as a private detective. He is approached by a woman who believes her husband is having an affair. Farah Tebessi, a Paris lawyer, hires him to get her sister, Bahia, out of jail. Bahia was hired to carry gold into the country. Unknown to her, it turns out to be drugs. She is arrested and thrown into jail. The lawyer gives Solo money to bribe the officials to get her released. He meets with the jail official and negotiates the woman’s release. After the police wake him up, they take him to an industrial area of the city. The police commissioner, Kansaye, is there waiting for him. There is a woman floating in the water. When he looks closer at her, he realizes she was Bahia. He is back on the infidelity case. He followed the husband to a hotel restaurant. Sitting at the table with him is a beautiful woman. When…