Reviews - April 2017

What They Say

“Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life.”
—Hunter S. Thompson


Reviewers

Cynthia Lea Clark, Psy.D., MHt:

Cynthia Lee Clark

Former Miss Chicago (Miss USA), Cynthia Lea Clark continued school, graduating from Northwestern University (multiple degreed), attended nursing school, and became a Firefighter Paramedic. After working as an actress in Chicago, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked on many television shows, such as DAYS OF OUR LIVES and STAT, while continuing her education with a Masters in Psychology and then a Doctorate of Psychology. While working on STAT, she was stalked which led her to work in Forensic Psychopathology. She has over 70 interviews with serial killers, mass murderers, etc. Today she mixes Forensics with writing and acting.  She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, Kiss of Death Chapter of RWA, International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, and the American College of Forensic Examiners International.

 

Aaron Paul Lazar

Aaron Paul Lazar

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. A bestselling Kindle author of 22 books, including three addictive mystery series, writing books, and a new love story, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at http://www.lazarbooks.com and watch for his upcoming release, UNDER THE ICE. Aaron has won over 18 book awards for his novels and finds writing to be his form of "cheap therapy." Feel free to connect with him on Facebook or his website; he loves to connect with readers.


 

 

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Dr. Cynthia Clark . Harriet Klausner


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  • White with Fish, Red with Murder: A Frank Swiver Novel
    by Harley Mazuk
    372 pages, February 28, 2017
    ISBN: 978-1925296341

 

Wine, a private rail car, a PI wanting to get his name and reputation back, an old flame, and murder.  As the train travels down the track, the guests drink the wine, and PI Frank Swiver is hired under “false pretenses” when he runs across an old flame, Cicilia O’Callaghan.  Some things are not what they seem as the host really wants Frank to investigate the murder of Cicillia’s late husband.  It’s fireworks with Cici but that includes murder as the host is also murdered.  Frank and Cici seems to be more poison than rekindling.  Does Frank continue to relive his romance with Cici or stop and save Vera, his secretary and others? 

WHITE WITH FISH RED WITH MURDER reminds of a twist on MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS.  Enjoyable read.

On a scale of 1 to 5, I give it a 4.1.

Dr. Cynthia Lea Clark, Psy.D., Ph.D., MHt., Diplomate Homeland Security

 

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  • Casting Bones
    Don Bruns
    Severn House, 256 pages, October 1, 2016
    ISBN: 978-0727886361

 

A prominent Judge is found floating in the Mississippi River.  New comer to New Orleans PD Quentin Archer is assigned the case.  Archer hails from Detroit, thinking this will be a straight forward case he quickly discovers it is anything but – crooked cops, pickpockets, more and not to mention the Judge was not squeaky clean.  The case gets even more odd when Archer meets Solange, a voodoo queen.  Solange volunteers at a care center where her mother is.  Her mother is suffering with dementia.  Suddenly, Solange reads the memory of a patient and the secret in there is shocking.  She can lead Quentin to who killed the Judge and who killed….

I really like the character Solange and the idea that she can feel, see, etc.  However, that being said, New Orleans and Voodoo is slightly overdone.  It is an enjoyable read.

On a scale of 1 to 5, I give is a 4.5.

Dr. Cynthia Lea Clark, Psy.D., Ph.D., MHt, Diplomat Homeland Security

 

 

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  • Title:  Wisdom Spring
    Author:  Andrew Cunningham
    Publisher: Amazon Digital Service
    Genre: Mystery Thriller
    Kindle eBook: $3.99
    ASIN: B00EP0UQEQ
    Trade Paperback: $14.95
    ISBN-10: 1492229326
    ISBN-13: 978-1492229322
    Author’s website: www.arcnovels.com

Wisdom Spring is one of those books that lingers in your mind and heart long after you've finished the story. I listened to the audiobook version, and was pulled into the lives of Jon Harper and Jessica Norton from page one. I finished listening to it over a week ago, and I'm still missing the characters. Yes, it was that good.

What I loved most about this unpredictable and unique story was not only the great chase scenes, love scenes, deep characterization, and beautifully rendered images of the countryside covering a wild cross-country drive across the States, through Canada, and all the way to Alaska, but it was the author's absolutely pure and beautiful writing style. Easy to read without being overly simplified, yet deep enough to say a lot within a few words, Mr. Cunningham is a supremely talented writer.

I also appreciated the author's ability to avoid being mired in traditional thriller genre rules, and to allow a mystical connection between the female protagonist and a loved one.  I appreciated that aspect of this story and how it helped lead the troubled couple to their salvation.

One of my favorite characters was the intellectually challenged man, Clyde, in Alaska who held one of the key clues to solving the mystery of the corrupt politician and the evil empire that backed him. He was just a gem!

Another truly special aspect of Wisdom Spring was the ability of the author to show the pain of loss. Jon, the main character, has lost his daughter and subsequently split up with his wife. He has nothing to live for, is driving forward in a black shroud, and had he not stopped to pick up Jess in the pouring rain, he may not have made it through the day.

I've read several of his other books (Deadly Shore, All Lies, and Fatal Lies) which were also absolutely delightful. I hope to read more. I highly recommend this book to all who love a good suspenseful thriller!

Aaron Paul Lazar
www.lazarbooks.com