Reviews - May 2017

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Review Coordinator
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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  • When Bunnies Go Bad
    Clea Simon
    Poisoned Pen Press, 264 pages, $26.95
    ISBN: 978-1464205330


Pru Marlowe lives in Beauville with her tabby Wallis.  She is an animal behaviorist with special abilities with animals.  When the man she saw her romantic interest, Detective Creighton is found dead, she is hired by the dead man’s girlfriend to help with his spaniel.  But the real animal complicating everything is Henry, a wild rabbit hiding who has taken residency with an old lady. Pru wants to avoid the crime but the spaniel begs her to help.  How can she refuse?  But what is really going on?  Why is Henry to resistant?  What is he hiding?  Animals love her, so why is he so distant?  What does the recent museum heist have to do with the murder? 

Will Pru’s past catch up to her?  Is Henry her downfall?

WHEN BUNNIES GO BAD is a fun, cute, charming, cozy.  It is an easy, fast read.  For a quick, enjoyable escape, read WHEN BUNNIES GO BAD or any of the series of the Pru Marlowe Pet Noir.

On a scale of 1 to 5, I give it a 4.3.

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


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  • The Sirena Quest
    Michael A. Kahn
    Poisoned Pen House, 287 pages, January 2015
    ISBN: 978-1464203503


The famous school statue Sirena went missing in 1959.  Over the years many a person hunted for the statue for a hefty finder’s fee.  But when the 35th reunion of the  theft approached, a billionaire upped the ante to a $25 million dollar endowment fund and $3 million to each of the finders as long as it is restored by June 17th.  Four graduates from 1994 join in the hunt for the statue.  They find an obscure but critical clue that not only begins their race but begins a journey of discovery or who they are and who they will be. 

THE SIRENA QUEST reminded me THE AMAZING RACE but with a specific object being searched and although there is a money payoff the bigger payoff is self-discovery.    Fun, interesting, engaging.  You won’t want to put it down.

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

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


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  • Nashville: Music & Murder
    Tom Carter
    290 pages, $18.10, February 7, 2017
    ISBN: 978-0692791523


Maci Willis is performing in the Bridgestone area.  She is on her fourth encore when shots ring out.  Shots meant for her!  But who would want her dead?  Her career is in an upswing.  Things are great, but… 

Maci’s record label decides that what she needs is a major tour but it turns disastrous when a fan breaches security but then dies under odd conditions.  Maci flees from fear.  What is going on? As Maci runs for her life, she finds it’s hard to hide when just about everyone knows who you are.  Who can she trust?  Anyone?  And why does someone want her dead?  Is she worth more dead than alive?  Maci has to learn how to hide and discover who she really is. Will she discover who she really is in time to save her life?

NASHVILLE: MUSIC & MURDER is an entertaining and interesting story.  Highly enjoyable.

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

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



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  • Title: Dancing with Air (Still Life with Memories, book 4)
    Author:  Uvi Poznansky
    Amazon Digital Services LLC
    Page count: 214
    Published date: 8/08/16
    Price: $2.99 Kindle, $13.97 print
    ISBN-10: 1536896535
    ISBN-13: 978-1536896534

Dancing with Air by Uvi Poznansky is a lyrical tour se force set in World War II in England.

Poetic, evocative, and at times langorously delicious, the new audiobook version adds even more to the sense of "being there" along side the delightful characters who, by the way, span a series of novels over the course of their lifetimes.

One of the lovely gifts embedded in this series is a collection of beautiful poems set to music to represent songs of the era. Mr. Warrick, the phenomenal narrator of this story, creates some memorable tunes with his amazing voice.

Do yourself a favor and download this romantic adventure. Then sit back, push play, and let the beauty wash over you.

Highly recommended for all book lovers!

Aaron Paul Lazar