Thursday, January 15, 2015

OSCAR NOMINATIONS -- 2014

I am not familiar with most of the actors, and the only movie I want to see is The Imitation Game, although I think Benedict Cumberbatch is strange-looking. JMHO



Gerrie Ferris Finger
Coming January 21, RUNNING WITH WILD BLOOD

Thursday, August 1, 2013

THE BIG THRILL:

THE BIG THRILL:

A review of THE DEVIL LAUGHED on the thriller readers webzine.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

THE LAST TEMPTATION - a Review



The Last Temptation
Gerrie Ferris Finger
Five Star, August 2012.
978-1-4328-2589-8
Hardcover

Moriah Dru, the heroine of the second book of a series featuring
Moriah and Atlanta Police Detective Richard Lake, has her own P.I.
agency and often works for the court. Her specialty is finding people,
especially missing children. In this instance, that of a nasty
divorce/child custody case, a woman and her teenage daughter go
missing in Palm Springs, California. Dru is sent to find them and to
bring young Linley Whitney home to her custodial father.

It isn’t long before Dru discovers this is not a routine case. Is
Linley’s mother, Eileen, alive or dead? If she’s dead, did Bradley
Whitney have his wife killed? Why? And then, more importantly, just
who is Bradley?

When Eileen’s blood is discovered at her present husband’s house, Dru
has almost too many suspects to chose from. Cross-dressers, perverts
of all sorts, an Indian princess, a fake Frenchman, a policeman named
Dartagnan.

The book is full of action and suspense; the mystery will keep you
guessing. The settings are good, the characters better. I’ll be
reading more by Gerrie Ferris Finger.

Reviewed by Carol Crigger, April 2013.
Author of Three Seconds to Thunder.
Reprinted from Buried Under Books.


Regards,
Lelia

Lelia Taylor
Creatures 'n Crooks / Buried Under Books
http://cncbooksblog.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

BLOOD, ASH & BONE - a Carl Brookins Review

Blood, Ash & Bone
by Tina Whittle
ISBN: 978-1-4642-0093-9
A 2013 HC release
from Poisoned Pen Press.
285 pages

 

Tai Randolph is an unusual character. She’s a southern gun-shop owner with her own set of tattoos and a questionable background. She also sports intimate contacts in her past with some seriously evil people, people like KKK members, like gun and booze runners. She’s also one of the go-to merchandisers of authentic costuming and equipment for Civil War re-enactors. This novel is Randolph’s third adventure.

There are big re-enactment doings coming up and Randolph has to pack up merchandise to set up at the Southeast Civil War Expo in Savannah. The first problem is her history. Savannah is her home town, seat of her family and scene of some of Tai’s most notorious escapades.

Complications arise almost immediately when her ex-lover a scallywag biker-cum-independent entrepreneur enlists her aid in retrieving a long-sought Bible, once thought to have been in the possession of both President Lincoln and General Sherman. Is it real or just a Maguffin? If it’s real, it’s worth a ton of money. According to John, Tai’s ex-boyfriend, the bible has been purloined by Tai’s ex-roommate, Hope. Hope and John were a heavy item some time ago but that relationship seems to have cooled.

Enter Tai’s current main squeeze, a seriously hot but damaged ex-cop, now a security expert for an upscale security firm in Atlanta. He obviously is highly suspicious of anything Tai’s ex boyfriend touches, especially Tai. Now add some layers of interesting active honest and criminally inclined citizens, some with too much money at hand and you have as rich a gumbo as any reader could ask for.

The story is fast-paced, clean and highly evocative of the place. Whether you’ve been to Savannah or not readers will revel in the city scenes and waterfront activity. Whittle knows her characters, her setting and how to tell a fine story. This one is an excellent novel.

A copy of the novel was supplied free of charge by the publisher.
 
 

Carl Brookins www.carlbrookins.com  http://agora2.blogspot.com,
Case of the Great Train Robbery, Reunion, Red Sky

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

ORDINARY GRACE - a Carl Brookins Review

Ordinary Grace
By William Kent Krueger
ISBN: 1-978-4516-4582-8
A March 2013 Atria release in
HC and as an e-book.

To maintain complete transparency, Mr. Krueger and I are long-time friends, we frequently travel together as the Minnesota Crime Wave, and I received a pre-release copy of this book at no cost to me.
 
 

“Ordinary Grace” is a standalone novel, a project the author has long desired to write. The book is considerably different from his multiple-award-winning Cork O’Connor series. It benefits from everything the author has learned over the years writing that series. It is directly and powerfully written, wasting no words, yet always moving the characters and the story ahead at appropriate pace, depending on the actions of the characters and the plot.

Set in a small community in southern Minnesota in 1961, this is how the story begins: “All the dying that summer began with the death of a child, a boy with golden hair and thick glasses, killed on the railroad tracks outside New Bremen, Minnesota.” The narrator is an adult white male, son of the Methodist minister in town. Frank is recalling the momentous events of that bygone summer when he was but thirteen years old, a teen-ager on the cusp of young maturity. The death of that child sets in motion events and revelations of suppressed attitudes that alter the lives and futures of many people in the town. Some of the people affected are important and wealthy, others, as plain and ordinary as one could imagine. Yet everyone in the novel is required to come to terms to greater or lesser degree, with who they are and how they must relate to family, friends, members of their faith, and how they function in the wider yet limited community. What Frank learns that summer, and equally importantly, how he sees and interprets the evil and the grace of that time, will affect him for his entire life. It’s an important lesson.

Krueger’s writing, as always, is smooth and strong and the logic of the plot is easy to follow. While the story has many layers, there are no convoluted or tricky passages readers will have to struggle to interpret. That’s part of the book’s charm and its strength.

The novel explores faith, mysticism, and rationality in thoughtful, even-handed and open ways that lend itself to recollection and continuing reflection, regardless of readers’ experiences in those areas of life. The characters, and there are many, are carefully and consistently well-drawn. This is a novel of discovery and exploration, for the author and for readers. Well done.
 
 
Carl Brookins Reunion, Red Sky, Case of the Great Train Robbery www.carlbrookins.com carlbrookins@comcast.net