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‘When the Past Came Calling’ blends conspiracies, cults, clues

I will admit to being a junkie on conspiracy theories about the murder of John F. Kennedy. So, it should be no surprise that I wanted to see if author Larry S. Kaplan presented a new slant on the subject in “When the Past Came Calling.” The book’s promoters also[…]

‘What Happened That Night’ gritty, real character-driven novel

I am sometimes asked why I write a weekly column that requires me to read a new book every week of the year. I answer that I am a voracious reader, column or no column. But one of the rewards of writing this column is that the books sent to[…]

‘Monte Rio’ creates perfect setting for suspense novel

Since 1878, San Francisco’s all-male, private Bohemian Club has held a 17-day conclave each year on their old-growth, 2,700-acre, Redwood nature preserve on the Russian River outside of tiny Monte Rio, California in Sonoma County. Herbert Hoover called this gathering “the greatest men’s party on Earth.” About 2,500 of the[…]

Although fiction, ‘Smugglers’ Times’ tells tales of drug-running days

“Smugglers’ Times” by M. Dennis Taylor begins with a disclaimer that says, “Our lawyer said to post this book as a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental and the result of[…]

‘Spoonbenders’ is a heartfelt, dysfunctional family comedy

“Spoonbenders” is an unusual novel and unlike anything I’ve read before. The book is set in 1995. the Telemachus family is an off-the-wall family where at least some of the members have actual psychic powers. Teddy, the widowed family patriarch, is an accomplished, dapper conman who fakes his psychic gifts.[…]

‘Spoonbenders’ is a heartfelt, dysfunctional family comedy

“Spoonbenders” is an unusual novel and unlike anything I’ve read before. The book is set in 1995. the Telemachus family is an off-the-wall family where at least some of the members have actual psychic powers. Teddy, the widowed family patriarch, is an accomplished, dapper conman who fakes his psychic gifts.[…]

Thriller taps into parent’s worst nightmare

“Do Not Become Alarmed” is Maile Meloy’s fifth novel. While this book can be easily read as a thriller or a narration of a nightmare vacation, it is more than that. It is an exploration of the dilemmas of modern parenting, marriage, blame, guilt, innocence, jealousy, race, gender, the gap[…]

‘Do Not Become Alarmed’ is every parents worst nightmare

“Do Not Become Alarmed” is Maile Meloy’s fifth novel. While this book can be easily read as a thriller or as a narration of a nightmare vacation, but it is more than that. It is an exploration of the dilemmas of modern parenting, marriage, blame, guilt, innocence, jealousy, race, gender,[…]

‘Woman in Cabin 10’ doesn’t meet expectations

In “The Woman in Cabin 10,” Laura (Lo) Blacklock is a journalist working for a small travel magazine. When her boss goes on maternity leave, she finds herself with a dream assignment. She will take a week-long trip on the North Sea with a select group of extremely wealthy passengers[…]

Author takes well-researched look at a racial epithet

The “n-word” is the nuclear bomb of racial epithets. It has cost people jobs, sparked murders and has been used to denigrate and oppress an entire race of people. Just seeing the word in print is enough to outrage some. While it’s a word that whites have used to wound[…]