Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.

The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen

The Rabbit Factor is a hilarious thriller that features an actuary as the main character. I love that math is a superpower in this book. Henri Koskinen has a well-ordered life. His apartment is optimally located for his job where... Continue Reading →

The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood

The Marlow Murder Club brings together what I hope will be a long-lasting trio of crime-solving women in Marlow, one of those quiet English villages along the Thames. Of course, some might say St. Mary Mead was a quiet village, too.... Continue Reading →

Ancestor Trouble by Maud Newton

Ancestor Trouble is an intriguing historical detective memoir, though the answers Maud Newton is searching for are more nebulous and more intriguing than any "whodunnit" could be. The nicest thing you can say about her antecedents is that they are... Continue Reading →

Roar of the Sea by Deb Vanasse

Roar of the Sea tells the of the Pribilof Islands seals through the lives of two men who were lifelong antagonists though they never met. Henry Wood Elliott is the true hero of the story, a naturalist who fought nearly... Continue Reading →

The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

The Golden Couple tells the story of Avery Chambers, a therapist who got tired of the slow therapy that waits for people to trip over their answers rather than give them direction. She took action and she lost her license... Continue Reading →

Tell Me An Ending by Jo Harkin

Tell Me An Ending is a sci-fi thriller that explores the value and ethics of a new technology, one that allows certain memories to be removed. For example, someone is involved in a tragic incident that haunts them, perhaps gives... Continue Reading →

The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart

The Paradox Hotel is a delightful blend of mystery and science fiction. It takes place at a hotel that serves the wealthy who come to time travel. It's beautifully designed with outstanding service and January Cole is hotel security. Part... Continue Reading →

This Might Hurt by Stephanie Wrobel

This Might Hurt tells the story of two sisters estranged since their mother's death. Natalie's sister Kit went off to Wisewood, a retreat on an isolated island, where she was pledged to not contact anyone for six months. But then Natalie... Continue Reading →

The Last House on the Street by Diane Chamberlain

Diane Chamberlain's métier is crafting a story that links the past and the present in unique ways, from a contemporary artist restoring a historic mural in Big Lies in a Small Town to time-traveling in The Dream Daughter, she has... Continue Reading →

The Other Dr. Gilmer by Benjamin Gilmer

The Other Dr. Gilmer was a complete surprise to me. I had not heard the story before even though it was featured on This American Life. I think that made it more enjoyable as I learned with Dr. Gilmer who... Continue Reading →

Just Pursuit by Laura Coates

Just Pursuit is an excellent, fast-paced memoir of Laura Coates' career as a prosecutor. She does not sugarcoat her role and in the first chapter tells of how a man was deported because she did what she was required to... Continue Reading →

Red Is My Heart by Antoine Laurain & Le Sonneur

Red Is My Heart introduces us to the forsaken, brokenhearted lover left behind. At the outset, he writes a letter to his lost love but makes up an address so it is forever undelivered. Her memory haunts him while he... Continue Reading →

Pignon Scorbion & The Barbershop Detectives by Rick Bleiweiss

Pignon Scorbion & The Barbershop Detectives introduces a new detective series with Chief Inspector Pignon Scorbion, an Egyptian-Haitian British police officer heading up the police in the small British village of Haxford. His long-time friend happens to own the local... Continue Reading →

Finlay Donovan Knocks Them Dead by Elle Cosimano

Finlay Donovan Knocks Them Dead pick up right where Finlay Donovan Is Killing It left off. Someone wants her ex-husband murdered. Not that Finlay has not been tempted but she really wants to be off the list of professional assassins.... Continue Reading →

Pauli Murray’s Revolutionary Life by Simki Kuznik

Pauli Murray’s Revolutionary Life is a biography of the extraordinary human rights activist who struggled against Jim and Jane Crow her entire life. An activist ahead of her time, she was arrested for sitting in the wrong seat of the... Continue Reading →

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