Sun. Dec 15th, 2019

Read 4 Fun

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Samples I Liked

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The Night of the Moths by Riccardo Bruni is a 2017 published novel. The free sample starts out with a very strong first chapter that begins in Part I with the line “It’s The Fault Of The One Who Dies.” The narrator reflects on deaths she has seen and conflicts in her life. She ends with an admission. The body found, the one on which moths were dancing, was Alice, the narrator.

Chapter two shifts to years later as Enrico is returning to the town where the body was found. He is reluctant to return and is happy that he found an activity to occupy his high-maintenance girlfriend so she could not accompany him. He wants to confront ghosts of the past, his involvement with “Alice,” alone.

The novel sells for USD 4.99 but is a free read on Kindle Unlimited. I added it to my KU list as a “next-to-read” item. The terse, spare writing style appeals to me.

Murdering Lawyers by Larry Fine begins with three quotes that give generally negative opinions about lawyers. I was surprised at the one attributed to Hitler. There is a prologue which literally starts the story with a bang as Gerald Thornton, who might have been a protagonist, is assassinated by a group of four professional killers. While bad news for Thornton, Marc Miller saw Thornton’s death as a career opportunity. There would be a vacancy on a Bar Association Ethics committee, in fact, two vacancies because Thornton had been a committee member and its chairman. Marc was confident of getting the member position since he had forged the letter offering him the job. Not that Marc was a professional forger or criminal, he just needed a job. And it worked! At his first committee meeting he was offered a job with a prestigious firm and finally his career was on the rise. As for the dead Thornton, police were showing interest in his murder as well as the recent death of another lawyer.

Amazon sells this novel for USD 2.99 but it is free on KU. Another addition to my KU list.

The Whip by Karen Kondazian is a work of historical fiction with a heavy slant on the historical part. The identity of Charley Parkhurst is real as is the existence of stagecoaches and an occupation of a stagecoach driver. Purportedly based on interviews with journalist Timothy Byrne, this sample does not make it clear whether the journalist discovered that Charley was a woman but had lived most of her life as a man working in the very masculine occupation of a stagecoach driver.

This sells on Amazon for USD 4.61 with no option for free reading on Kindle Unlimited. The writing style in the sample is pleasant and comfortable. I am sure I will buy this just because it is “new” history for me.


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