Celebrities and Cons

It is 1961 in the world of Leroy and Kate as Duane Lindsay describes the couple’s latest adventure in Scotch Before Breakfast, Pearls Before Swine. Before getting to 1961, Lindsay explains that in 1954 Leroy went back to his first wife Adele, a woman he had accidentally impregnated sometime before he met his soulmate, Kate. Leroy’s interest in visiting Adele is to visit his sick son, George, the product of the accidental coupling. During the visit, there is another accidental meeting between Adele that will result in a third child. The reader is left to wonder about the existence of a second child. And where did the fourth one come from? The reader will be as confused as Leroy.

Bullwinkle Reflects

This is short story number four in the Meantime Stories series by Svingen and Pedersen. What does the series title…

Grifting for Social Justice

By its title, The Grifter’s Daughter by Duane Lindsay implies that I will discover some cool relationship between the daughter, Dani, and the father, Pops Logan. Further, both Dani and Logan will be grifters. (The following is not a spoiler). The reader will learn very little about the father in this novel. Lindsay only describes Logan’s character in passing. This novel is part of a series so perhaps we will learn more about Logan in later parts of the series. The novel has a subtitle: “The Dani Silver Comic Thriller #1.” I found the humor quirky and lighthearted. This is a pleasant read about elaborate schemes perpetrated in the name of social justice. The only people to lose money are those that cheated other people for financial gain. Dani and her crew have a lot of fun while following deceptive, if not illegal, actions. I received this book through a combination of Instafreebie and the author’s website. There was no obligation in any way to submit a review.

Spy or Photographer?

If The Bed Falls In is a 320-page psychological thriller by Paul Casselle. It is difficult to know how interesting the cover and title are until after reading the entire novel. It was difficult for me to engage with the novel until Chapter Four. After that point, the novel was both interesting, intriguing, and confusing. Several of the principal characters have at least two names. That supports the psychological thriller component. This novel is a spy novel, a fantasy, a psychological thriller, and has an element that strays into philosophy. All elements display flashes of understated, sophisticated humor. It spent too long on my TBR shelf because of its slow start. I began the novel a couple of times, but the beginning was not engaging. There was something in the author’s promotional email that caused me to get past the slow beginning and now I am a Paul Casselle fan.

Of Drugs and Wishes

Snow by Howard Odentz is as near perfect a short story as I have ever read. It occurred to me at one-third of the way into the story that every paragraph served a purpose. There were no wasted words. Each paragraph enticed the reader to go on to the next one. There was no sense of an author writing, “Oh, I forgot to mention this so I will explain things in the next couple of paragraphs.” This story charged forward at a very aggressive fast pace and then rewarded the reader with a nice surprise at the end. Many readers might figure out what was coming at the 90% point but if they don’t, the surprise is clever and twisted. Best of all, the price on Amazon is USD 0.00. I gave this novel five Amazon stars and will certainly download his longer novels, even the one with the weird price of USD 3.03.

The Queen Stings

Confessions of a Queen B* by Crista McHugh is categorized by Amazon as Teen, Young Adult, and Humor. It also…

Dark Humor Comedy

Harm’s Way by Marc Richard is described as a horror comedy. This 214-page novel has forty-seven chapters. In January 2017 I posted a review of Degrees of Separation by Marc Richard. Degrees had 47 chapters. Is there magic in the number forty-seven?  At the end of the January review, I mentioned I was next going to read Harm’s Way. This is next.

A Nomad Comes Home

Don’t Go There by Adam Fletcher is described as “From Chernobyl to North Korea– One Man’s Quest to Lose Himself and Find Everyone Else in the World’s Strangest Places.” The subtitle probably suffers from a politically correct faux pas; in Chapter One Adam is losing himself in Turkey but companion Annett is with him. It is not “one man’s” quest until Adam manages to piss Annett off. However, it is a travel novel and for the constant traveler such as myself, this book is automatically interesting. Reading this will introduce potential travelers to practices that might be a culture shock to the unprepared. For instance, in Chapter One Annett and Adam are in Turkey where during anti-government demonstrations they observe much of the population protesting in the streets by banging on kitchen pots and pans. Fletcher describes this as a time-honored tradition going back to 1923 during the time of Kemal Atatürk.

Don’t Monkey With Barbara

Take the Monkeys and Run by Karen Cantwell could be described as a coming of age novel, if your age is forty-five, it’s your birthday, you have forgotten to place money under the pillow of a daughter who has just lost a tooth, and there are several monkeys in your backyard. This is an age you might look forward to looking back on. This is Book One of a Barbara Marr Murder Mystery series which is available in a four-book collection. I bought only Book One for the Amazon price of USD 0.00. Described as a novel with lots of humor, I relied on the title’s promise of that; I felt the title ridiculous (in a good way). This is also described as a cozy mystery. I don’t know the definition of “cozy mystery,” so I will use this novel to construct my definition.

Keeping an Eye Out

E is for Eyeball: An Alphabet Book for Grown-Ups! by Marc Richard is what I call a “dessert” book. We…