Posted in Reviews 2012

Review: The Book of Sylvia by Michael Scott Miller

The Book of Sylvia
Mystery
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 18, 2012)
Paperback: 294 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1477653432

The Book of Sylvia

London streetwalker Sylvia Smith is under suspicion for abetting a robbery. She doesn’t know where to turn. Frightened and alone, she ends up at St. Alban’s Church. The officiant, Father Christopher is going through some turmoil of his own. He is filled with self doubt and he tries to resurrect his dying church.

On odd friendship forms and they work to help each other. He helps her track down a clue so she can find and return the stolen money. She brings him out of shell to be more outgoing in his sermons and with his parishioners. Sylvia is walking a tightrope because as she guides the priest he seems to getting farther away from his church instead of closer.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

God does work in mysterious ways. Sylvia noticed the “stone gable with a double bell cote projecting above all the nearby buildings” from her seat on the train. She hasn’t set foot in a church since she was a teenager but it felt “the right place for her to be right now”. That was how she ended up at St. Alban’s. She needed guidance as did Father Christopher. 

Mystery with a message. Great character development. Well paced, in fact I wish it would have ended so soon. I would love to read the next part of these character’s journey. 

My only flaw in this story is that the British snippets of language seemed forced. The setting worked wonderfully for the story but the dialogue needed a bit of alteration.

This was an enjoyable read. I read it all in one sitting. A nice escape.

Dollycas
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About This Author

Michael Scott Miller works with numbers by day in the business world and with words by night. He began writing shortly after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and has had his work published in the Welcomat (now Philadelphia Weekly) and wrote music reviews for the Wharton Journal while his wife was getting her degree there. He has written two novels, Ladies and Gentlemen…The Redeemers, and The Book of Sylvia, both works of contemporary fiction with strong emphasis on their characters. Miller grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and now lives in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania with his wife and three children.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted in E-Book Challenge Reviews 2012

Review: Where’s My Son? by John C. Dalglish

Where’s My Son?
(Detective Jason Strong Novellas, #1)

Paperback: 156 pages
Genre: Suspense
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 18, 2012)
ISBN-13: 978-1470098728

Where's My Son?

Micheal Barton comes home to find his wife asleep and their son missing. Detective Jason Strong leads the investigation to find the missing infant. There are no clues and the police have no suspects. Strong befriends Michael as he checks in year after year with no progress in the case.

Michael’s wife passes away after a short battle with cancer and he promises her he will find their son. Jason starts to worry about Michael as he starts to escape into himself and a dark frightening frame of mind. Jason is in a fight against time to save not only Michael but anyone that steps into his path as he frantically searches to find his son.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

How far would you go to save your child?

Dalglish takes us down a road of the unimaginable journey of Michael Barton’s life. He has lost his child and then his wife and he is full of anger. He stumbles upon a clue to the kidnapper and he just snaps. He has to get his son back, no matter the cost.

At 156 pages this is a fast read made even faster by the suspense and drama driven by this story. I was unable to put it down and read late into the night to the final word. The thunderstorm outside my window added another element to the story as if it wasn’t gripping enough.

This is the first Jason Strong novella and I am ready for the second, the third and more. A fabulous debut! Watch this author. I know there are some full length suspense novels in his future!

Dollycas
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Posted in Giveaways Reviews 2012

Review: Firefly Beach by Meira Pentermann (Giveaway too!)

2012 self published mystery

Firefly Beach
Published by CreateSpace

Firefly Beach

Beth is having a terrible time. Her 40th birthday is quickly approaching, her mother died the previous December from a heart attack, right before Christmas, and her husband asked her for a divorce in January.

The divorce was finalized in May, her husband moved out months ago. Beth was boxing up her things to move to an apartment when she came across several paintings. Paintings she had done when she was a junior in high school. She had planned to go to an art college in Boston, maybe moving to a small town in the northeast and painting the rocky coastlines and lighthouses. Sometime her senior year these dreams were forgotten and she went to the University of New Mexico to study economics. She met her husband, got her MBA and moved up the corporate ladder.

There really was nothing keeping her in New Mexico. Is it too late to follow her dreams? She grabs an old atlas, closes her eyes, aims for the east coast and she lands on Virginia Point, Maine. A small town with a population of just over 1500. She spends a couple of days on the internet and finds a cottage to rent. Then she sets off for Maine.

She wants to just be alone and paint but something mysterious changes her plans. The spirit of Firefly Beach takes her on an adventure.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I sat down with this book one night last week. I planned to read just a few chapters before bed. The next thing I knew it was just past 1 a.m. and I had finished the book. The book had me in a trance, time had passed but was actually hours seemed like minutes. I had been tired but don’t recall yawning one time. I finished the book and felt refreshed. Yes the clock said go to sleep but my mind was still wrapped up in this story.

Meira’s writing has almost a tranquil lyrical flow. The characters are extremely engaging, the mystery creative and the setting idyllic. If you could read a painting this is the story it would tell. The whole story is absolutely magical.

Beth is on a journey, an emotional journey. The people she finds in her path are quirky, lovable, flawed and real. Her character evolves as do all of the others.

I write all about “Escaping Into A Good Book”. This is a book that is beyond the perfect escape. Book your passage now, this is a trip you will not want to miss. This book should be on everyone’s summer reading list. Escape into Firefly Beach.

Dollycas
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”