Reviews - December 2016

What They Say

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


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 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.



THE FMAM MOSTLY MYSTERY REVIEW is the place to come to find out what to read next. Want to know what readers are saying (as opposed to critics) about the books you see around you? You’ve come to the right place! And, if you appreciate a critical review we’ll have those, too. Come in, sit down and see what’s write with the world! (Or, right in the world of write!)

New reviews will be posted on FMAM the 1st day of each month. Reviews will be kept on the FMAM website for 12 months.

New reviews this month from:

Dr. Cynthia Clark . Harriet Klausner

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  • Dark Places
    Reavis Z. Wortham
    Poisoned Pen Press, 358 pages, $15.95
    ISBN: 978-1-464204241


The year is 1967. The Parkers live in Texas at a time when everything around them seems to be spiraling downward. Pepper Parker, a fourteen-year-old, just cannot deal with the boredom and decides to run away. She seeks out a group to make her feel like she belongs with the Flower children.

As Pepper runs away, two business men are kidnapped then murdered. A farmer is killed in a hit and run on the same night. Are these seemingly different crimes and runaway related? Constable Ned Parker thinks they could be as he goes after Parker. But before he goes he hires a new Deputy, Anna Stone. She gets right into the middle of things and before long is ambushed in a blaze of gunfire.

What has Pepper gotten herself into? Who is the mysterious man called Crow?

Nothing in or around the Red River is what it seems, lies, betrayals, and more surround this little town.

DARK PLACES is part of the series Red River Mystery. However, one does not have to read them in order to enjoy and understand what is going on. DARK PLACES is a standalone book within a series!

Reavis Wortham is a charming, delightful writer than interjects humor with a mystery to keep the pace moving. DARK PLACES is a fun ride! Highly enjoyable!

On a scale of 1 to 5, I give it a 4.7.

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


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  • Title: Fatal Lies
    Author: Andrew Cunningham
    Publisher: Arcnovels
    Price: $0.99


Fatal Lies by Andrew Cunningham goes down like a smooth sip of whiskey. The prose is easy to swallow and direct, without the unnecessary burden of too many adverbs or adjectives found in some authors. I’ve often said that the best books are written “like we talk,” and this book fits the bill.

Mr. Cunningham has a delightful, dry wit. I found myself frequently chuckling at the inner thoughts of the main character, Delmore Honeycutt, who also happens to be madly in love with his new partner, Sabrina Spencer, a bestselling author. One of the most refreshing aspects of this fast-paced mystery was the slight role reversal between the couple. Sabrina—the gorgeous redhead who spent six years in prison—can kick the crap out of the toughest villain. Loved that! I also enjoyed the repartee between Del and Sabrina. Their dialog was clever and very natural-sounding.

This fast-paced story takes place across the USA, from Boston, to Texas, to Wisconsin, to Pennsylvania. These folks are always on the go, and there are also plenty of surprises waiting in store for them around every corner. Targeted by multiple parties who want them dead, they barely escape each time.

My favorite passage was when Del and Sabrina descend deep into the mining cavern to search for the lair of a serial killer. Mr. Cunningham did a great job with the scene setting and gave us plenty of action in the final chase scene.  

I read the book in four hours while traveling, and couldn’t wait to board the second flight so I could finish the story to find out what happened. Highly recommended for those who love a good mystery!

Aaron Paul Lazar