Reviews - December 2019

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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.



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Aaron Paul Lazar


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  • Title: Northern Echoes (Web of Echoes Book 2)
    Author: Melody Ash
    Print pages: 185
    Kindle Price: $2.99
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Northern Echoes (Web of Echoes, Book 2) by Melody Ash was an unexpected delight.

I have to be honest. I was expecting a standard, contemporary time travel novel much like those in the genre with people whisking between times and racing against time to get from one place to another. But this novel surprised me in that it allowed the reader to really steep in the time zone and experience life in 1831. Don’t get me wrong – there was suspense, romance, drama, and all kinds of fun thrown into the mix. But the focus on the historical setting fully satisfied my fascination for times gone by.

I’m a Downton Abbey, Sherlock Holmes, and Pride and Prejudice kind of guy, who not only enjoys “visiting” the old British castles and families, but who loves a mysterious chase through foggy streets of London. This novel was right up my alley in that it combined the essence of both – the tour of an elegant British country manor as well as the intrigue of secret meetings in foggy early mornings.

Caitlin Benoit is a likeable, feisty archeologist who finds herself flung back in time in this book, the second edition of the series.  Book two works perfectly as a “standalone,” although now I’d like to go back and read book 1, where Caitlin is deposited on a plantation and lives with slaves in their cabin. Talk about a switch in environment, right?

I enjoyed Caitlin’s adaptation to the restrictive world of 1831 where she also met and almost fell for William, the Duke of Lancaster. As hard as it was for her to limit her bold and sassy self to the male-dominated world she landed in, she managed to do it with style. Kudos to her and to this author for a truly delightful tale.

Aaron Paul Lazar