Reviews - February 2017

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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.


Virginia Lo Monaco:

Virginia Lo Monaco

Virginia Lo Monaco lived in Sicily, Italy for 16 years and recently returned to California. She was trained as an operatic soprano, and has worked for numerous Opera Companies in America and was director of the Schola Cantorum for the Church of Sant'Anna in the town where she lived with her two dogs (including Tim, the overgrown Fox Terrier that co-stars in the Terry Strong, P.I., series) and three canaries. In order to pay for the years of vocal study, she worked for five years as a Fingerprint Technician for a sheriff's department and five years as a Group Counselor for juvenile offenders.

She started writing fiction in November, 1998. She started her first Terry Strong, P.I., novel, "Lethal Relations," in January, 2013.

She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the Private Eye Writers of America, the Short Mystery Fiction Society and Sisters In Crime-Los Angeles Chapter.

The first Luigi Mancuso story, "Oil in a Day's Work," was published in the Oct/Nov/Dec 2002 issue of Futures MYSTERY Anthology Magazine. 

The second Luigi Mancuso story, "Hearts and Diamonds," was published in the April/May/June 2004 issue of Futures MYSTERY Anthology Magazine.

Among other short stories originally published in Futures MYSTERY Anthology Magazine were: "A Man of Honor," Feb/Mar 2001 and, "Saturday Night Reruns," April/May 2001.

She is a former editor of FMAM.

In July, 2001, "A Man of Honor" (translated into Italian), won SECOND PLACE in the Akery National Literary Competition in Acerra, Italy (V Edizione Concorso Letterario Nazionale di Narrativa "Akery"). In November, 2001, it was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Her Science Fiction short story, "Intermezzo a Cappella," won an HONORABLE MENTION in the Writer's Digest 2001 Writing Competition. It ranked 22 in a field of more than 1,600 genre short stories.


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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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  • The Conveyance
    Brian Mathews
    260 pages, $17.95, June 16, 2016
    ISBN: 978-1945373008


Emersville seems like a calm town but it is not! Dr. Brad Johnson, a psychologist seems to accidently discover some odd occurrences in the town. By looking into these odd things, Brad sets off a chain of events that include murders and suicide. Madness seems to be at every corner. But as Brad digs deeper he discovers not only a conspiracy but some sort of organization called the Conveyance. Is anything what it seems? Can Brad trust anyone?

THE CONVEYANCE is a wonderful thrill ride merging the genres of the thriller with classic sci fi and horror to make a great roller coaster of excitement. Well done!
On a scale of 1 to 5, I give it a 5.0.

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


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  • Naked Alliances
    S.K. Nicholls
    238 pages, $14.50, October 24, 2016
    ISBN: 978-0989568609

Richard Noggin is a PI. When he finds a woman (stripper and immigrant) who has fled men with guns, he has to help her even if she becomes a target. While “protecting” her he expects to take on a huge career making white collar case but instead he is given a cold case. But the cold case takes an unexpected turn throwing Richard into secrets, sex and murder! Bullets fly! Richard feels pushed to his limit so he joins forces with the guardian of the young girl (stripper). Together they must fin who is the mastermind of the “Alliance” and this includes them participating in a nudist resort! J

SK Nichols explores Little Saigon in Orlando to Leisure Lagoon painting us an in-depth picture of the area such that I felt like I was right there immersed in the scenery and culture. Wonderful. The characters were fun and charming. Delightful read.

On a scale of 1 to 5, I give is a 5.0.

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


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  • Climatized
    Sally Fernandez
    Durham Books, 224 pages, $15.99
    ISBN: 978-0997397321


Max Ford has quite the resume – formerly a spy, an investigator, a deputy director of States Intelligence Agency and an analyst. But she has retired and is now a PI in Washington DC. She is quiet a character – very tenacious, tough, and a little brash – a combination that can be good and bad.

Senator Sherman Spark is dead. He has been found in Lincoln Park. The police move oh so quickly to rule it a suicide. Too quickly. Spark’s wife does not buy suicide and hires Max to prove it was murder. As Max investigates she discovers some odd “coincidences” – 2 famous global warming scientists died 2 days prior, for example. Sherman had an investigative committee on global warming. Coincidence? As Max investigates a third scientist dies. Max and her partner Jackson Monroe feel that they must be connected…. But what is the truth? And will the right choices be made?

A fast paced, timely thriller. Well written, enjoyable.     

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

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



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  • Title:  Deadly Shore
    Author:  Andrew Cunningham
    Publisher: Amazon Digital Service
    Genre: Mystery Thriller
    Kindle eBook: $3.99
    ASIN: B013F0TLII
    Trade Paperback: $13.95
    ISBN-10: 1515254291
    ISBN-13: 978-1515254294
    Author’s website:

Who doesn’t love a story about long lost treasure? Me, for one, and I really loved this book. All Lies is a high-octane ead, full of high-energy adventure, unexpected twists, and a delicious blend of two main characters who fall for each other in this first book of the series.

After reading Fatal Lies, book 2 in the “Lies” series, I had to pick up All Lies, book 1, to find out more about Del and Sabrina’s past lives. By the way, there was absolutely nothing lost by reading these two book out of order – Fatal Lies worked fine as a standalone.

Sabrina is a powerful, fragile, gorgeous woman who’s been through hell and back and is just starting her life over. She bumps into Del—a man who hadn’t yet found his purpose in life—and together they discover that both lines of their mutual ancestors from many generations were linked to crooks who became involved in several unsolved heists.

The story is told in an unpretentious, easy-to-read style which feels natural, but also urges the reader forward with page-turning suspense.

My absolute favorite part of this novel are the scenes that take place on the Amazon River in Brazil. The sense of place is powerful, and although I’ve never traveled to that part of the world, I felt I was truly there. Fordlandia was beautiful depicted, and I found myself growing very curious about its true history.

Highly recommended for lovers of mystery and suspense.

Aaron Paul Lazar