Thais That Bind

Dilemma by Stephen Bentley is Book Two in a series: Steve Regan Undercover Cop. I was attracted to this book because of its geographical setting, Thailand, where I have spent fifteen of the last thirty years. “Undercover Cop” is a bit misleading as protagonist Steve mixes elements of police and intelligence functions. One hundred forty pages make for a comparatively short novel that tries to explore three things: police work, intelligence work, and (most interesting of all) cross-cultural understanding as British Steve builds a relationship with Thai Fon. Although an interesting story, in trying to include too much this novel loses a lot of its appeal. It barely provides a surface look at three complex issues.

Don’t Mess With Carly

Walking On Her Grave by Melinda Leigh is a novel about a small town appropriately named Solitude set in sparsely populated Rogue County of Southwestern Oregon. The town is economically dominated by the O’Rourke family with their latest venture The O’Rourke Resort. The resort is under construction so there is a lot of work for skilled labor. There are many contracts that must be made with suppliers. The town is totally dependent on the O’Rourkes.

Sex, Drugs, No R&R

A title which should get some sort of award for double entendre, In My Skin: A Memoir of Addiction by Kate Holden is a story that has three parts. Part One is believable and depressing. Part Two gives the impression of fake news: it is only possible to believe it. Part Three is believable and hopeful. The three parts are my designation and don’t have a relation to chapter headings. Part Two should have lots and lots of trigger warnings and could be a training manual for aspiring prostitutes.