Reviews - November 2018

What They Say

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


Reviewers

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 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.

 

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 this month from:

Dr. Cynthia Lea Clark and Aaron Paul Lazar

 


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  • Honolulu Heat
    Rosemary & Larry Mild
    Magic Island Literary Works, 292 pages, $14.95, October 2018
    ISBN:  978-0990547235


               

Hurricane Iniki has wreaked havoc on the Island of Kauai.  Like many, Alex and his wife Leilani Wong escape to Oahu in the hopes of peace of mind and of course, ideally – safety.  But life steps in. Their son Noah is like many young men – good but tempted by the “bad side.”  Before long Noah meets a girl, Nina Portfia and finds himself accused of murder.  And to make matters worse is thrown into a Hatfield and McCoy top of feud between A Chinatown racketeer and the “Crime land Don” who happens to be Nina’s father.

So many secrets.  So much rests on a teenage boy.  Noah has to prove he did not commit murder yet maintaining loyalty and not betrayal.  Heavy load for a teen!

An exciting family style suspense. Filled with intrigue, action, and a beautiful setting, Rosemary and Larry keep you excited and thrilled not to mention on the edge of your seat as you join them on this thrill ride of an adventure.  HONOLULU HEAT is a wonderful read.  Highly recommend it!

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

Dr. Cynthia Lea Clark, Psy.D., Ph.D., MHt

 

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  • Trouble in Glamour Town
    Author: S.R. Mallery
    ASIN: B077D7T2KC
    Print Length: 202 pages
    https:///www.srmallery.blog

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    Come step into the glitzy world of 1926 Hollywood with young ingenue Rosie Paige and her sweetheart, jack of all trades, Eddie Willis. Rosie, a Hollywood “extra,” loves animals much more than she wants to be an actress, but she just can’t seem to say no to her mother’s dream of having a movie star daughter.

    Life hasn’t always been good for Rosie, especially after her father deserted them when she was little. In addition, each of her previous boyfriends simply disappeared from her life with no explanation. Was it their way of dumping her? She’s quite sure her mother’s awful depiction of men must be right when this continues to happen. Yet now, with handsome Eddie Willis, she’s hoping she’s wrong.

    But when famous movie producer Chester Harris is shot dead on the set by a sniper, Rosie’s life spirals out of control. Not only does alcoholic detective Frank Lozano drive her crazy with his unwanted attention, but he seriously wants to find a way to charge her boyfriend Eddie, to clear his own way to her heart. Complicated by local mob members, a police station that’s bribed to the hilt to “look the other way,” a series of underground gay rendezvous, and an environment of Prohibition and resultant flagrant flaunting of the law, it’s not at all obvious who really shot Harris.

    Filled with amazing details of the era, including “guest” appearances of Rudy Valentino, Lon Cheney, Clara Bow, and Gloria Swanson—all from the silent film era—the story is jam packed with fascinating details of the era, including cars, clothing, and customs. The resolution of the murder mystery is satisfying and was not obvious, which this reader appreciates!

    On my recommendation, take a trip back to the twenties with this well-written, charming historical mystery by S.R. Mallery!

    By award-winning author Aaron Paul Lazar www.lazarbooks.com.