Long Silence, The A 1920s' Hollywood noir mystery
by Gerard O'Donovan
Severn House Publishers
Pub Date 01 May 2018
The Long Silence is classic Hollywood noir at its best - at once glamorous and dark. It takes you behind the scenes of early Hollywood, peeling back the glitter, letting you see the personalities and the troubles people like fixer turned PI, Tom Collins was hired to hide.
The Long Silence is based on the real life unsolved murder of movie director William Desmond Taylor - not an easy task. Gerard O’Donovan does a fantastic job bringing Tom
Collins and his other players to life and creating a plausible if fictional explanation.
Tom Collins is a PI, still on the hook to Hollywood high rollers. When a director is killed, he is hired to protect Mabel Normand a troubled star and Taylor’s rumored fiancé. Tom quickly discovers more is going on behind the scenes, and that Taylor’s murder is just the tip of an iceberg formed by money, drugs and corrupti...
Gini Koch’s Alien novels are fun, fast-paced and laugh out loud funny. You never have to worry, Kitty and her friends are guaranteed to be able to solve any problem thrown their way (the weirder the better) and make more friends and allies while doing it. For those looking to jump immediately in feet first, I would recommend taking a breath and reading the earlier novels first. Aliens Abroad has not only Kitty and her entire family, but also includes most of the retinue she has gathered over the entire series. At times it seems a bit like camp where the counsellor has a clipboard full of names - ready to call roll at any time. Needless to say everyone who is there gets to do “something” that requires the special abilities that only they have. It can be a bit tedious at times, not to mention hard to keep track of everyone. Kitty is the Queen Bee, coordinating everyone and keeping everyone...
Unquiet Dead by Chris Pavesic
Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
Mystery & Thrillers , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 05 Mar 2018
Unquiet Dead is not a novel. It is too short and the plot is too simplistic. It works better as a short story or novella. As long as you keep this in mind and ignore the loose ends and other annoying bits (the purposely misspelled words drove me a bit batty), Unquiet Dead isn’t a bad read.
Basically temples are being destroyed and people are being killed. There are reports of unkillable monsters (zombies) leaving few survivors. Catherine is tasked with uncovering whether the fae are behind the attacks.
Unquiet Dead is amateurish, but shows some promise. I wouldn’t buy it, but I probably would give Chris Pavesic another chance in future.
2 / 5
I received a copy of Unquiet Dead from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
The Magic Chair Murder is a thrilling and well plotted mystery set at the end of the 1920s. Women were beginning to play a greater role in commerce and academia. Frances Black is a capable woman long separated from her husband. As part of the board for the Robert Barnaby society, she recommended Linda Dexter as a speaker. Surprisingly Linda Dexter doesn’t show up, and her car is found burned out a ways away. Along a little traveled railway, Linda’s body is found. Was her murder related to her talk, which promised to challenge some much beloved beliefs? Or was it related to her past?
Between dealing with egos and avoiding a stalker, Frances Black, assisted by her friend Tom Dod, delves into the mystery of Linda Dexter’s death.
The Magic Chair Murder is a well plotted mystery, and Frances Black is a lead who is easy to identify with. All in all, it is a solid s...
One Way is a chilling near future sci fi novel that is believable in the way that human life means little when compared to corporate profit. Frank and other cons with special skills and a lack of family or other outside contacts are recruited for what may be a great adventure or simply another way to die. The promises seem attractive - rewarding work, better food, respect. The cost of failure, less so, but it is enough for Frank to volunteer to become part of the crew intended to build a habitat and research station on mars.
Things are not quite as expected. Supplies are short and crew members are dying in what appears to be tragic accidents. The mission overseer is a cruel tyrant and there are things that just don’t add up. If Frank is to survive he will have to find out just what is going on, and what the real plans of the company contracted to build the mars base are.
Firing Line is a superb historical mystery set against the backdrop of WWII. I can easily imagine the story being made into a BBC miniseries. The characters are well developed and believable and the surroundings are clearly portrayed, bringing the blitz to life for the reader.
When a young woman is discovered strangled in her flat by an air warden and a fireman, Detective Inspector Jago and his constable first believe it might be the work of the Soho Strangler. It is easy to assume that Joan was on the game, but Jago isn’t one to accept the easy solution. The only clues are a pair of nylons and a sailor’s hat. As Jago digs into Joan’s life and family, he finds things are much more complicated than he expected. Family conflicts, a domineering mother in law, greed, and long hidden secrets all play a role.
I liked Firing Line a great deal and look forwar...