Reviews - June 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 . Aaron Lazar


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  • Dying to Tell
    TJ O’Connor
    Midnight Ink, 374 pages, $14.99
    ISBN: 978-0738742076

 

One might think that death would end a career but not for police detective Tuck.  He continues to solve crimes from the beyond.  This time his widow, Angel is nearly killed and William Mendelson, a banker is found dead in a vault.  Tuck is sure there is more to William’s death than it seems.  He joins forces with Angel, old partners, even his deceased grandfather, who is on his own mission dating back to 1942.  One might think a ghost would have powers of who is lying, and who did it, but au contrare – nope.  So, Tuck must muddle through the clues and work with his crew to solve this puzzle before Angel is targeted again. 

DYING TO TELL is part of The Gumshoe Ghost Mystery Series, a cute, humorous who-dun-it.  DUING TO TELL is a fast, delightful read.  Highly enjoyable.

On a scale of 1 to 5, I give it a 4.6.

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

 

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  • Neurotic November
    Barbara Levenson
    316 pages
    ISBN: 978-1500519452

 

Mary Magruder returns to Florida to practice law when her practice has been in shambles.  Return to Florida for a new start.  But family is complicated – her father has had open heart surgery; her mother is bored with the retirement home and then there is Carlos.  Carlos, is Mary’s former lover who is back.  Her first client is no other than Jay Lincoln, the quarterback accused of raping an underage girl.  The case isn’t complicated enough but becomes further entangled with former lovers and counsels and jealousy. 

More complications occur with bank fraud, an assistant suffering domestic abuse, and then a dead abuser.  And that is the beginning of Mary’s November.  But will things lead to a gratifying Thanksgiving? 

NEUROTIC NOVEMBER is part of the series of the Mary Magruder Katz Mystery series and is a charming romp in neurotic noir.  Enjoyable and fun!

On a scale of 1 to 5, I give is a 4.9.

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

 

 

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  • Title: Eden Rising
    Author:  Andrew Cunningham
    Publisher: Amazon Digital Service
    Genre: Mystery Thriller
    Kindle eBook: $3.99
    ASIN: B00DEJZZK4  
    Trade Paperback: $14.95
    ISBN-10: 1490463658
    ISBN-13: 978-1490463650
    Author’s website: www.arcnovels.com

I have to admit, I have never read a post-apocalyptic science fiction thriller before. But I have read other books by Andrew Cunningham and absolutely loved them, so I had to try book one in his Eden Rising trilogy.

I opened the book in an airport on a day of full travel, and I finished it two days later when flying home from my business trip. I couldn’t get this story out of my mind, and kept thinking about it constantly. I was almost angry when my flight was on time, because I needed to finish the story before I got home and life took over the way it does.

I was hooked on page one when Ben and Lila were sent into an ice cream freezer to do inventory by a jerky boss. When the “event” hit, they were the only ones who survived in their town and soon realized that they’d lost everyone they loved – parents, siblings, friends, teachers…they were all gone.

The amazing odyssey these kids went on made me constantly think, “How would I react in this situation?” “Could I survive like they did?” “Could I kill if I had to, to survive or protect an innocent life?” And it didn’t bother me that they grew up so fast. When life changes around you, I suspect that you would change, too. And these kids went through hell.

The author never lets you relax. There are frequent scenes where our heroes’ lives are threatened and when they are separated. I practically held my breath until they were reunited.

Well written, easy-to-read, and a great adventure, I highly recommend Eden Rising to anyone who loves great suspense, deeply developed characters, and to those who love to imagine the impossible, as the author has done so splendidly in this story.

Aaron Paul Lazar
www.lazarbooks.com