Book Review A Covenant with Death by Stephen Becker

Book Review A Covenant with Death by Stephen Becker Review by Dawn Thomas 240 Pages Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media Literary Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Legal, Courtroom Drama, Psychological The book is set in Soledad City, New Mexico in 1923. Louise Talbot is a beautiful young woman and spends her days sitting on a rail fence watching people pass by. One day she is found murdered in her home. All fingers point to her husband, Bryan Talbot. He swears he did not do it and his lawyer, Parmalee, believes him. Benjamin Lewis is a judge living in the same city. He is not hearing the murder case but sits in the gallery listening to testimony. There is a lot of coverage on the trial. During the case, we discover evidence of Bryan’s misdeeds and transgressions. Ben is a fair young man living with his mother. The governor appointed him a judge as a favor to his father. He has been dating Rosemary, a teacher in Albuquerque. She is friendly but Ben is not convinced she is the one for him. He dreams of Rafaela, a girl/woman he has known all his life. He must make a few hard decisions that…

Book Review: Finches of Mars by Brian W. Aldiss

Book Review: Finches of Mars by Brian W. Aldiss Review by Dawn Thomas 202 Pages Publisher: Open Road Media Science fiction, Post-Apocalyptic The book began with two explorers searching the surface of Mars for water. Once they found an underground source, they reported their findings and began their return to earth. Finding a new planet to colonize was critical since the earth was dying due to war and disease. The selection process for the colonists was thorough to exclude people with mental or physical disorders. There was no religion in Martian colony. In honor of their new beginnings, the colonists chose new names. The concept of marriage does not exist on Mars. Live births are a problem. The children are either stillborn or die shortly after birth and most had some type of deformity. The scientists and the doctors try to determine the cause. One suggestion was to install a centrifuge to create a gravitational pull. Unfortunately many of the women could not stand the spinning. This was a difficult book for me to review because it seemed to drag at spots and had too many characters. The author created a detailed environment for the colony but I had a…

Book Review: Florida Firefight by Randy Wayne White

Book Review: Florida Firefight by Randy Wayne White Review by Dawn Thomas 150 Pages Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media Mystery, Thriller, Fiction (Adult), Vigilante Justice, Crime The story takes place in the 70s or 80s. There are many references to Vietnam War and that era. Detective Lieutenant James Hawker is a sniper with the Chicago Police Department. After a series of questionable commands and a disastrous hostage situation, Hawker resigns. Jacob Hayes, the father of one of the hostages, contacts Hawker about working for him. Mr. Hayes tells Hawker about the people on Mahogany Key, a remote village in the Everglades. A group of Colombians are terrorizing the community. When Hawker arrives on the island, he assesses the situation and fines it worse than he expected. The people will not even look each other in the eye. He devises a plan to rid the island of the bullies but needs to convince the islanders to help. Hawker starts a neighborhood watch program and has several meetings with the community to build up morale. He wants the community to be able to protect themselves once he is gone. After a few skirmishes, the people get behind him and begin to take…

Book Review: Don’t Lose Her by Jonathon King

Book Review Don’t Lose Her (A Max Freeman Mystery) by Jonathon King Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media Mystery & Thriller Literature/Fiction (Adult) When the story begins we meet a very pregnant Diane Manchester, a federal judge, presiding over a drug-lord case. Diane gets a veiled threat from the defendant just before a lunch but doesn’t think much about it. The court is in recess for lunch and Diane heads out to one of her favorite restaurants. Walking she is grabbed off the street, bound and blindfolded into the back of a van. Maybe she should have taken the threat seriously. Billy, Diane’s husband and powerful lawyer asks Max Freeman, a private investigator to look into her disappearance. Max begins pounding the pavement and contacting people he believes could provide information and money is no object. He gets into the lead investigator, Agent Howard’s way and the FBI’s case at every step and breaks more laws than he can count. The story takes us from West Palm Beach to the Everglades while Max searches for Diane and we meet an assortment of acquaintances along the way. Mr. King is a talented writer and the book had a…

Book Review: Mother Ocean, Daughter Sea by Diana Marcellas

Book Review: Mother Ocean, Daughter Sea by Diana Marcellas The Witch of Two Suns, Book 1 Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media Release Date: April 1, 2014 Pages: 416 Sci-Fi & Fantasy When the book begins we meet Brierley Mefell. She is one of the last shari’a witches. She lives in fear of being discovered as a witch since in the Allemanii lands witches were perceived as evil and forbidden to live. She has lived on her own since she was twelve. She is known as a healer and midwife to the locals. She sits in the cave where other shari’a witches lived and writes in a journal to a child she does not have and wonders if she will ever have. Earl Melfallan Courtray has only been the Earl for six months after the mysterious death of his uncle Audric. The doctor said it was a problem with is digestive system but Melfallan knows better. He believes his uncle was poisoned and that he is next on the list. The list of people that want him dead is growing longer and he begins to distrust everyone close to him. One day Captain Bartol arrived telling stories…

Book Review: Christmas Mysteries by Various Authors

Book Review Christmas Mysteries by Various Authors Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media Publication Date: 11/10/2014 www.christmasmysteries.com This book contains excerpts of 25 books. Each one has a holiday theme and pulls the reader in. There were several stories that when I reached the end of the excerpt I was so hooked I had to get the book. One story in particular, Night of Reunion by Michael Allegretto, takes place in Colorado Springs. The story begins with Christine being released from a hospital and driving to Colorado. There we follow the story of Sarah, her young son Brian and new husband Alex. One evening a mysterious letter comes to Alex. He doesn’t want to discuss it but knows he has no choice. A few of the writers included in the book are Charlotte MacLeod, Ellery Queen and Nero Blanc, who has four crossword themed stories. These were the first of his books I have read but they will not be the last. They remind me of a cozy mystery. If you enjoy a good mystery or thriller with a holiday theme, you may enjoy these stories. It is a great way to get a peek into many…