Culling the lengthy TBR list – first attempt

Lost in a Story began this idea for blog posts as a way to edit a growing to-be-read list.  You take your Goodreads TBR list, sort by ascending date added, and look at the oldest 5-10 items on your list.  If you haven’t read them by now, are you likely to? Why or why not?

I was astounded to discover that I began using Goodreads in September of 2012.  I thought it was earlier than that.

I’ve reread the Goodreads blurbs for each of the following and based my decision on the Goodreads rating and whether the blurb still piqued my interest.

My ten oldest titles on my Goodreads TBR

The secret keeper” by Kate Morton (Goodreads rating 4.13)

As Kate Morton is one of my favorite authors this decision was easy. KEEP


The city of shadows” by Michael Russell (Goodreads rating 3.72)

The first in a historical mystery series set in Dublin. KEEP


The asylum” by John Harwood (Goodreads rating 3.40)

A gothic thriller about a woman who in held involuntarily in an English asylum.  Sounds great!  KEEP


No regrets, Coyote” by John Dufresne (Goodreads rating 3.44)

First in a series featuring Wylie Coyote set in Florida.  REMOVE


The wicked girls” by Alex Marwood (Goodreads rating 3.48)

A psychological thriller that still sounds good to me. KEEP


Human remains” by Elizabeth Haynes (Goodreads rating 3.56)

Psychological thriller about Annabel, a police analyst, who discovers her neighbour’s decomposing body in the house next door…  KEEP


Burial rites” by Hannah Kent (Goodreads rating  (4.01)

A debut novel, inspired by a true story about the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.  KEEP


A dark redemption” by Stav Sherez (Goodreads rating 3.77)

First in a police procedural series featuring DI Jack Carrigan and DS Geneva Miller of the London Met as they investigate the brutal rape and murder of a young Ugandan student.  Tempting…  UNDECIDED


I can see in the dark” by Karin Fossum (Goodreads rating 3.38)

Scandinavian thriller that sounds intriguing… and I own it… KEEP


In the moors” by Nina Wilton (Goodreads rating 4.03)

First in the Shaman mystery series set in the English countryside. Sounds wonderful!  KEEP


Well…  you see my problem.  When revisiting the ten oldest titles on my Goodreads TBR I only got rid of one and have one that I’m undecided on.  As I write this post, I have 1,865 titles on my Goodreads TBR!  Help!  I think I need counselling.

If you strongly disagree with my decisions please let me know in the comments. I’m easily persuaded…. LOL  I need all the help I can get.

 

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Perverse English language (take 2 – why learning English is hard)

A while back I wrote a post “Glorious, complicated, perverse English language” in which I lamented how very difficult it must be for non-native English speakers to learn the language.

This morning I came across a post that exemplifies just how confusing the English language can be.  See this post from Pradita of https://thepraditachronicles.com/.  I loved reading her take on what certain words should be. LOL  In her post she included this great poem which she found on Pinterest.

 My love of my native English language remains unabated.

It remains fascinatingly complex and perverse.

If you love words, visit my Word Love page.

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Cover Love: part 33 – Lawn chairs

The covers of novels entice the reader to enter a different world. Covers are, after all, the way the publisher hooks the reader into choosing one book over countless others.

In keeping with a summer theme, in this, my thirty-third installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I’d like to show you books that feature lawn chairs on their covers. 

Some of the following books I’ve already read, some are on my ‘to read’ list,
and some I chose only for their covers.

Some, perhaps, will now be on your TBR!

Just click on the cover to read the book’s synopsis from  Goodreads.

You might just find your next favorite book!

Stay tuned for Cover Love Part 34:
“One eye… OPEN”

or… revisit any of the previous installments of

Cover Love – some of which I’ve updated recently

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“Malagash” by Joey Comeau

As soon as I saw this title offered on NetGalley, I just knew I had to read it. The place name alone cinched it. As I sit in my cottage on a warm, though blustery day, I am just a short drive away from Malagash.

I began reading with no expectations whatsoever.  I didn’t have any knowledge of the author – I knew only that the book was set nearby.

Wow!

I was completely blown away!

“And if words mean something to you, if an idea moves you,
aren’t you changed, just a little?”

The story is that of Sunday, a teenaged girl who has recently come to Malagash because her father is dying and he wanted to come ‘home’ to die in the place where he grew up. Sunday, her younger brother Simon (whom she calls “the waif”), and her mother, will stay with her grandmother in Malagash and visit her father in a care home in Tatamagouche.

“I thought Malagash would be a small town, but it is not even that. One long road, a twisting paved red loop around the north shore of Nova Scotia. There’s a tractor sitting in a field. A dirt bike leaning up against a shed. We pass a pen of llamas, who look bored as hell. The Atlantic Ocean itself comes right up to drive along beside us. Then it slips away.”

Sunday has brought three computers along with her on this journey. She was once suspended from school because she hacked into the school’s database.  Her intention now is to record her father’s words so that he will always be here… and, she plans to create a computer virus that will make her father’s words and voice spread throughout the world. In this way, she will make him live forever.

“I have to save as much of him as I can.”

“I have my computers. We won’t be here forever, I guess. Just for the rest of my father’s life.”

“My living father still has more to say. I want as many of his jokes and kindnesses to make it into the software as possible.”

When Sunday’s father, just months before his fortieth birthday, succumbs to his battle with cancer, the family is left bereft. Sunday and her young brother Simon roam the Malagash area on their bicycles – leaving their mother and grandmother to get on with mourning in their own way…  They visit wharves, barns, and country lanes. Sunday discovers that she quite likes Simon’s company after all – and they become closer than they were before.

“We are subject to no authority, my brother and I. We are free.
Governed only by what little sense we were born with.”

“Visiting our Dad in the hospital gave our days structure.
Now all we have is the sky and red road and sandwiches every day at noon.”


A different premise to be sure, but Sunday’s story is one that will live in my heart forever. This is a novel of mourning and one family’s eloquent way of coming to terms with unbearable loss. “Malagash” is a simple, beautifully written, heart-wrenching read and a fine example of well-crafted literary fiction.

Highly recommended!

“Malagash” is my 17th read of my #20BooksOfSummer reading challenge

I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from ECW Press via NetGalley.

 

Joey Comeau (born 1980) is a Canadian writer who has authored four novels and the webcomic A Softer World. His work has been nominated for the ReLit and Shirley Jackson awards, has appeared in the Best American Non-Required Reading and the Guardian, has been profiled in Rolling Stone, and has recently been translated into French, Spanish, Turkish, and German. He has a degree in linguistics.

Joey Comeau currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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“Call of the undertow” by Linda Cracknell

Back when I was working as a library cataloger I used to keep a running list of those titles that really appealed to me as possible reads. (two notebooks full) One of those titles was “Call of the undertow” by Linda Cracknell.  When I read the blurb and realized it was set in northern Scotland I was sold.  As a result, it has been lingering on my TBR for almost two years! Somehow, the review commitments tend to win out over my own personal ‘want to reads’.

The blurb:

A beautifully written, haunting tale of motherhood, guilt, myth and redemption set on the rugged coast of Caithness at Scotland’s furthest edge.

When Maggie Thame, a childless forty-something from Oxford, relocates to a remote village at Scotland’s most northern edge, it’s clear she’s running away. But to the villagers the question remains, from what?

Pursuing her career as a freelance cartographer, she lives in self-imposed isolation, seeking refuge in the harsh beauty of her surroundings. This is disturbed when she falls into an uneasy friendship with Trothan Gilbertson, a strange, other-worldly local nine-year old. Like Maggie, it’s unclear where Trothan really comes from, and what secrets might be lurking in his past. The lives of both become intertwined, with violent consequences that will change the destinies of woman and boy forever, forcing Maggie to confront the tragic events that first drew her to this isolated place.

In this, her debut novel, award-winning writer Linda Cracknell explores themes of motherhood, guilt, myth and the elemental forces of nature in a lyrical, taut and haunting account of damaged lives seeking redemption.

Caithness Coast, Scotland

Maggie Thame has relocated to the atmospheric Caithness Coast of Scotland from Oxford, England. Forty, childless and newly single, she harbours a deep guilty feeling of shame. She longs to escape her memories and start life anew. Still, she is plagued by disturbing dreams of a girl’s tiny red polka dot shoe…

“An hour or two’s walk helped with ideas for work as well as keeping her body from seizing up and rescuing her mind from its shadows.”

A freelance cartographer, Maggie can work from anywhere, so she rents ‘Flotsam Cottage’ and continues working on her maps.  To take a break from her work, she walks for hours at a time – familiarizing herself with her new surroundings. As she gradually meets some of the locals during her rambles, she becomes known to them as ‘The Map Lady’. She becomes enchanted by the plethora of wildlife in the area, and likes to sit quietly on the cliffs watching the puffins frolic.

The local primary school teacher invites her to speak to the class about her cartographic skills. It is then that she meets a peculiar young boy named Trothan Gilbertson.  He seems ‘different’. An odd child who is ostracized by his peers and seems to have little parental supervision. At first she was uncertain as to whether he was male or female as his hair was worn very long and he wore wellies that were quite feminine. Pale blue with white daisies. He is very skilled at making maps however, so Maggie gradually takes him ‘under her wing’ and advises him how to further improve his skills. Unsettling though, as he seems to come and go at will, turning up at Maggie’s cottage uninvited and letting himself in… Trothan draws a map of the local area that is worthy of entering in a competition.

Maggie also meets Graham who works at the local ‘bird center’.  He educates her on the myriad birds who inhabit the area and it is to Graham that she runs when she is attacked by nesting terns.

When Maggie’s sister Carol comes to Scotland to visit, she persuades Maggie to drive her around the area and visit the local pub.  Until then the school teacher, Trothan and Graham were her only friends. Carol doesn’t seem to approve of the strange boy and is uncomfortable with the wild, nature-rich locale which her sister has chosen to call home.

As the weeks pass, Maggie forms a strong attachment to Trothan. She worries that he is neglected by his parents, and begins to think motherly thoughts toward him.

“If she’d been this child’s mother she wouldn’t have stood back and let him be ignored and ostracized; working alone, playing alone; tolerated rather than encouraged.”

An unsettling event happens at a school awards night. In presenting his map, Trothan has simultaneously divulged the secrets of the village.  The following day, Trothan goes missing and the police and some journalists interrogate Maggie. Alas, it seems her personal ‘history‘ in Oxford has followed her to her new home…

This debut novel’s setting was indeed almost like a character unto itself.  Rich in atmosphere, and written with skill, it is more literary fiction than mystery, though it does contain some mysterious elements.  The reader’s mind cannot help but think of Scotland’s mystical history. Of seals and of selkies.  I realize that the ending of this novel might be too ‘open-ended’ for some, but I’m grateful that I finally got to read “Call of the Undertow“. I recommend it to readers who enjoy character-rich novels with a strong sense of place.

Call of the undertow” was published in 2013 by Freight Books.  I purchased a Kindle copy of the novel from Amazon.ca  It can be purchased at the following online booksellers:

 

 

Freight Books has posted a video clip of Linda Cracknell reading from “Call of the Undertow”.

“Call of the Undertow” is my sixteenth read of my #20BooksOfSummer challenge

From Freight Books: Linda Cracknell writes short stories, novels, drama for BBC Radio Four, and creative non-fiction. She won the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday short story competition, and was shortlisted for the Scottish First Book Award for her story collection Life Drawing (Neil Wilson Publishing, 2000) and the Robin Jenkins Literary Award for environmental writing. Her second story collection A Searching Glance was published by Salt in 2008. She was the recipient of a Creative Scotland Award in 2007 for a project linking walking and writing. Linda edited the anthology A Wilder Vein (Two Ravens, 2011) and has contributed wide range of other anthologies and magazines. She lives in highland Perthshire.

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“Grief cottage” by Gail Godwin

Marcus Harshaw is eleven years old, but he has an old soul.

He and his mother lived together in semi-poverty sharing a bedroom. An only child, he was studious and dependable. Serious and academically advanced, Marcus excelled at school and helped his Mum who worked several part-time jobs… that is until one night she went out to get them a pizza and died in an automobile accident. Afterward, Marcus spent a short while in foster care until he went to live with his great aunt Charlotte Lee who lived on an island in South Carolina. An island three miles long and two-tenths of a mile wide.

Charlotte is a laconic, solitary person. Some might say eccentric. She is his grandmother’s sister – an artist – an alcoholic. She is unerringly kind to Marcus and keeps her three bottle a day wine drinking habit under ‘control’.  Marcus, at eleven, is always cognizant of the fact that he was foisted upon her and that he is invading her precious solitude. She lives on the beach in an old cottage which she had renovated herself.  Now, she spends her time painting pictures of the local scenery to sell to well-heeled tourists and makes a good living with her art.  One subject of her paintings is an old, derelict cottage down at the other end of the beach, one the locals call “Grief Cottage”. It is this cottage that inspired her to paint, and it is this cottage that Marcus is drawn to…

Though Marcus thinks she is merely tolerating him, Charlotte grows very fond of him over time.

“You’re good company, Marcus. You listen and put things together.”

The book is mostly taken up with Marcus’s first summer living with Aunt Charlotte.  An eleven year old boy reeling from the loss of his mother – suddenly living in an environment different to any he had known before.  The beach became his solace. He would take his new bike up to Grief Cottage for a daily pilgrimage to visit with what he called ‘the ghost boy’. He talked to the loggerhead turtle eggs which were beneath the sand near his aunt’s boardwalk to the beach. He did the grocery shopping, the laundry, and all the house cleaning for the reclusive Charlotte. He made the meals and visited with the nonagenarian next-door neighbor, Coral Upchurch. He painstakingly unpacked the boxes that were all he had left of his mother and his former life. He found his mother’s GED textbooks and studied them thinking that if he could pass the GED he would be out from under Charlotte’s feet and she might be proud of him.  The highlight of his summer was when the baby loggerheads ‘boiled’ up from under the sand and made their precarious trek to the ocean.

Marcus fears that his introspective thoughts coupled with his ‘seeing’ of the ghost boy might make him lose his grip. He realizes he has always felt unwanted.

“I needed to keep the different parts of myself in their proper places or I could go insane. Aunt Charlotte would be in her rights to send me to an institution.”

If I had a problem with anything in this novel it would be that I thought Marcus’s character was too mature for his tender age of eleven.  His thoughts were so intelligent, empathetic and advanced…  He shouldered responsibilities that most eleven year-old boys would be completely unable to cope with. How many eleven year olds do you know who would ‘worry’ over the state of dirty bed linen? who would clean and disinfect the bathroom after a stranger had used it for an explosive bowel movement?

The cover of this novel is perfect. Just as I imagined Aunt Charlotte would have painted it. The setting highly resonated with me as just this past March my husband and I drove down to South Carolina and visited some islands there, making the scenery accurately vivid in my mind. It reminded me of the history of the use of ‘Gullah-blue’ or ‘Haint blue‘ paint used to ward off evil spirits in South Carolina. I loved that the book mentions “Brookgreen Gardens” which we visited and loved. The book even mentioned my favorite brand of tea, Typhoo.

“Grief Cottage” is a memorable novel that explores the concepts of memory, grief, and of loss. Slow paced, yet insightful and sensitive, the novel is highly recommended to anyone who likes to read atmospheric literary fiction.

Sincere thanks to Bloomsbury USA who provided me with a digital copy of this novel via NetGalley.

“Grief Cottage” is my fifteenth read of my #20BooksOfSummer challenge

Gail Kathleen Godwin is an American novelist and short story writer. She has published one non-fiction work, two collections of short stories, and eleven novels, three of which have been nominated for the National Book Award and five of which have made the New York Times Bestseller List.
Godwin’s body of work has garnered many honors, including three National Book Award nominations, a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts grants for both fiction and libretto writing, and the Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Five of her novels have been on the New York Times best seller list.
Gail Godwin lives and writes in Woodstock, New York.

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Throwback Thursday (an old favorite recommended)

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

This week I’ve chosenLacey’s House” by Joanne Graham for my Throwback Thursday post. It was published by Legend Press in May 2013 and was, for me, a 5* read.


Originally reviewed on Fictionophile on 

A beautifully written, well crafted, debut “Lacey’s house” is a novel told in two voices.  Alternate chapters introduce us to Rachel — a young, single, and solitary artist who has just miscarried — and Lacey, an elderly women with a horrific past who is shunned socially.   The chapters delve into their characters allowing the reader to know them gradually, much like peeling the many layers of an onion, one by one…

When Rachel suffers a miscarriage, she feels that she is ready for a complete change in her life.  Thus, she moves from the bustling city of Birmingham, to rural Devon.  She rents a cottage at the furthest end of a small village, and just over the hedge from Lacey Carmichael.   Before Rachel rented the cottage it belonged to Albert, an elderly widower who was Lacey’s one and only friend.  When Albert passed away, Lacey was under suspicion for his death, partly due to the fact that she found his body, and partly due to the fact that she was viewed as eccentric and was a social outcast.  Even after the police proved via forensic evidence that Lacey had nothing to do with his death, the village people still harbored doubts of her innocence.

Over time, Rachel and Lacey become true friends.  Their friendship is based on mutual respect, understanding of loss, and a shared joy in the simple magic that can be found in life.  Loneliness is not a stranger to either of the women and when their friendship blooms it is a much needed panacea to their solitary lives.  Over time they share their life stories with each other.  Something neither has every done before…  They begin to trust at a time when the concept of trust seemed impossible.  Their stories are both tragic ones, with Lacey’s story being both tragic and appalling.

The novel is not a mystery novel, yet the reader realizes early on that there is a mystery contained within it.  Not a murder mystery, but one of curiosity as to what really happened in Lacey’s early life.  That might sound dull to some, but nothing could be further from the truth.  The pages almost turned themselves.  The pace of the narrative was faultless.   “Lacey’s house” was one of those novels that made me as a reader grateful for having had the opportunity to read it.  I loved both characters equally and felt bereft when the last page was turned.

Joanne Graham based the novel on the life of her grandmother.  You can read an interview with her here.


HAPPY READING!

More Throwback Thursday Picks Around the Blogosphere 

Renee at Its Book Talk

Jill at Jill’s Book Cafe

Amanda at Literary Weaponry

Cathy at Between the Lines

Noriko at Book Fiend

Amy at Novelgossip

Nicki at Secret Library

Sam at Clues and Reviews

Holly at Dressed to Read

Dee at Dee’s Rad Reads and Reviews

Rosepoint Publishing

Susan loves Books

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Cover Love: part 32 – Islands

The covers of novels entice the reader to enter a different world. Covers are, after all, the way the publisher hooks the reader into choosing one book over countless others.

In this, my thirty-second installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I’d like to show you books that feature islands on their covers. 

Due to their often remote nature, islands are perfect on the cover of thrillers and mysteries. Islands can be welcoming or foreboding. A refuge or a trap…

Some of the following books I’ve already read, some are on my ‘to read’ list,
and some I chose only for their covers.

Some, perhaps, will now be on your TBR!

Just click on the cover to read the book’s synopsis from  Goodreads.

You might just find your next favorite book!

Stay tuned for Cover Love Part 33:
“Lawn chairs”

or… revisit any of the previous installments of

Cover Love – some of which I’ve updated recently

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“Local girl missing” by Claire Douglas

Frankie and Sophie were best friends from early childhood.

Sophie Collier came to Oldcliffe-On-Sea with her mother and brother when they ran away from Sophie’s abusive father.  Francesca (Frankie) Howe lived with her affluent mother and father in the seaside hotel that they ran. Frankie had never had a close relationship with her mother and preferred the company and attention of her dad, Alistair Howe. The beautiful, entitled, and popular Frankie took the less popular and plain Sophie under her wing and the girls were best friends throughout their childhood and adolescence.

Sophie spent a lot of time at Frankie’s parents pink hotel and came to be fond of Frankie’s Dad. Fatherless, she craved a male role model in her life and Frankie’s Dad was always kind to her, letting her borrow books from him etc. When they are sixteen, both girls develop a crush on the same handsome local boy, Jason.

Frankie and Sophie hold a dark secret about a devastating event that happened when they were just sixteen.

When she was just twenty-one years old, in early September of 1997 Sophie died after she fell from the town’s decrepit Victorian pier – taking her secret with her…

“Can you convince yourself to believe your own lies?”

Eighteen years have passed since that fateful September and Frankie runs her family’s successful hotel business, now located in London. She has put her life back in Oldcliffe-On-Sea behind her and proceeded with her life – until she gets a phone call from Sophie’s brother, Daniel. They have found some human remains and are going to test them to see if it is Sophie. Daniel wants Frankie to accompany him when he goes to identify the remains and to help him discover what really happened to his beloved sister. Against her better judgement, Frankie agrees –  partly because her current relationship is not working and she craves a little space to think.

“Maybe you can never really escape your past.”

Her return to the seaside town brings about a series of events and meetings with people from her youth. Also, her youthful attraction to Sophie’s brother Daniel seems to have blossomed into an even more powerful emotion. Then… disturbing notes are delivered to where Frankie is staying: 

Has someone discovered the secret from Frankie and Sophie’s past?

Then, Frankie begins to see Sophie. Is she imagining things now?

“This place isn’t good for me. Too many memories, too many ghosts.”

Written via two narratives alternating in perspective between Frankie’s present and Sophie’s past, this psychological thriller kept me riveted throughout. This is a novel of the often complicated dynamic of female friendships and the destructive nature of lies bred by secrecy. Recommended to all who enjoy a thriller with strong characterization and who don’t object to an unreliable narrator.

If you think you might enjoy this thriller, add it to your Goodreads TBR!I received a digital copy of this novel from HarperCollins Publishers via Edelweiss.

Of the two covers for “Local Girl Missing”, I much prefer the one with the roses on the right. Which is your favorite cover?

 

“Local girl missing” is my fourteenth read of my #20BooksOfSummer challenge

 

Claire Douglas has worked as a journalist for fifteen years writing features for women’s magazines and national newspapers, but she’s dreamed of being a novelist since the age of seven. She finally got her wish after winning the Marie Claire Debut Novel Award, with her first novel, THE SISTERS. Born in Bristol, she now lives in Bath with her husband and two children.

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Throwback Thursday (an old favorite recommended)

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

This week I’ve chosen “Three Graves Full” by Jamie Mason for my Throwback Thursday post. It was published in February 2013 and was a 5* read.

“Three graves full” by Jamie Mason

Every once in a while a novel comes along that is so different and so cleverly written that you just know that it will remain in your memory for years to come.  “Three graves full” by debut novelist Jamie Mason is such a novel.

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The protagonist, Jason Getty is a mild mannered, meek widower living in suburban Michigan. Oh… and he is also a murderer.  He is still a sympathetic character though due to the fact he was bullied unmercifully and broke under the pressure. However… rather than confessing to the authorities he buried his victim in his backyard.  He is riddled by guilt and his anxiety is palpable. The author writes of this guilt with empathy and scathing wit.  The superior writing causes the reader to laugh aloud while at the same time feeling anxious for Jason and his predicament.

Jason’s conscience is so uneasy that just the memory of digging the hole for his victim has put him off digging in the ground – period.  As a result, his garden and yard are sadly unkempt.  He decides that he will hire a firm of landscape gardeners so that his neighbors will not complain or become suspicious.  He gives them strict instructions to only work in the front yard and to not touch the back.  Imagine his shock and dismay when one of the workers knocks on his door saying that he has found a body in his garden!  And it is NOT the one Jason buried!  When another body surfaces, Jason’s dilemma escalates.  Surely it is only a matter of time before the authorities discover his secret…

The Michigan police investigating the crime are well rounded and likable characters. One of the policemen has a dog, Tessa, who becomes a major character in the storyline. In fact she was one of my favorite characters!

Once the dead bodies are identified, the girlfriend of one of the deceased visits Jason’s home to see for herself where her boyfriend died. It is at this point that Jason’s life begins to unravel in rather extraordinary ways.

The reader is feverishly turning the pages to discover what will become of Jason. Rooting for his escape from justice – and feeling his immense stress. The humor of the writing provides much needed comic relief from Jason’s nerve-racking escapades.

This mystery fiction debut is nothing short of masterful.  Kudos to Jamie Mason for writing such a memorable and enjoyable novel.


 

HAPPY READING!

More Throwback Thursday Picks Around the Blogosphere 

Renee at Its Book Talk

Jill at Jill’s Book Cafe

Deanna at DeesRadReads and Reviews

Amanda at Literary Weaponry

Cathy at Between the Lines

Noriko at Book Fiend

Amy at Novelgossip

Rosepoint Publishing

Susan loves Books

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