Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.

Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish by Tori Whitaker

Millicent Glenn's Last Wish begins with Millicent's 91st birthday approaching. Her daughter, Jane, is moving back to Ohio. Millie has mixed emotions as she has enjoyed having her granddaughter Kelsey who lives nearby mostly to herself. She and Jane are... Continue Reading →

Earthlings by Sayaka Murata

Earthlings is Natsuki's story from childhood to adulthood. She and her cousin bond over summer vacation at her grandparents. They both have mothers who deprive them of love and security. Yuu's mother threatens him with abandonment. Natsuki's mother is verbally abusive... Continue Reading →

The Cipher by Isabella Maldonado

The Cipher features Nina Guerrera, a relatively new FBI agent. She is attacked while jogging and arrests one of the attackers, but a video goes viral and catches the attention of a man who kidnapped, raped, and tortured her when she... Continue Reading →

The Awkward Black Man by Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley is best known for his mysteries, especially Easy Rawlins the famed L.A. detective. He is a master of noir, but I am more certain that readers a hundred years in the future will be reading The Awkward Black... Continue Reading →

Land of 10,000 Plates by Patrice M. Johnson

Land of 10,000 Plates is a cookbook celebrating the unique cuisine of Minnesota and her dramatic changing seasons. It begins with the Annual Minnesota Congressional Delegation Hotdish Competition, a tradition begun by Al Franken and continued by Sen. Tina Smith.... Continue Reading →

The Inspector of Strange and Unexplained Deaths by Olivier Barde-Cabuçon

The Inspector of Strange and Unexplained Deaths is the first of eight French mysteries featuring Volnay, a man who was made the Inspect of Strange and Unexplained Deaths after saving Louis XV from an assassin. He is called to investigate... Continue Reading →

Let’s Fix Lunch! by Kat Nouri, Erin Scott, & Stasher

Let's Fix Lunch! is more than just a cookbook. It's a manifesto for reducing waste. That makes it a welcome addition to my cookbook shelf. I try to reduce waste as well. The cookbook focuses on lunch which means there... Continue Reading →

Snow by John Banville

Snow is a historical mystery set in 1957. Ireland has been independent for thirty-five years, but after centuries of occupation and years of civil war, the wounds of the past are fresh and deeply felt. It is a Catholic country... Continue Reading →

Big Love Cooking by Joey Campanaro

Big Love Cooking is a welcome collection of good recipes that reflect a love of good food that sets instead of follows trends. Joey Campanaro dedicated this book to his mother and grandmother and for good reason, their recipes and... Continue Reading →

The Forgotten Kingdom by Signe Pike

The Forgotten Kingdom is the second in a trilogy that takes us back to right before Arthur, telling us the story of Merlin's sister whose existence is suggested by a 13th-century poem of him in dialogue with his sister. Signe... Continue Reading →

Mortmain Hall by Martin Edwards

Mortmain Hall is the second Rachel Savernake mystery. Rachel, her staff, Jacob Flint the reporter, and her favorite Scotland Yard officer return to a very different story. Rachel warns a man he will be murdered but offers to save him.... Continue Reading →

Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker

Don't Look for Me is a suspenseful thriller that becomes increasingly complex as the story advances. It begins with Molly Clarke driving home after visiting her son's school to watch him play football. He ignored her presence, another sign of... Continue Reading →

The Bones Remember by Sara E. Johnson

The Bones Remember is a mystery that made me want to go to the scene of the crime. It begins with Alexa Glock traveling to an island off New Zealand to identify a cadaver that had recently been found by... Continue Reading →

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

I enjoyed The Girl with a Clock for a Heartso much I immediately read another book by Peter Swanon, Eight Perfect Murders. This is another story I can see as a film, one with Tom Hanks or Jimmy Steward in the... Continue Reading →

The Nidderdale Murders by J.R. Ellis

The Nidderdale Murders begins with what appears to be an open-and-shut case of murder. A persnickety and unlikeable judge retired and bought a manor house with a hunting moor where he hosted grouse-shooting parties to the dismay of animal rights... Continue Reading →

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