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Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.

Tales from the Hinterland by Melissa Albert

Tales from the Hinterland is a perfect companion to The Hazel Wood  and The Night Country, two books about the adventures of Alice and her friend Atticus Finch as she explores the world of her grandmother, the author of Tales... Continue Reading →

American Women’s Suffrage ed. by Susan Ware

American Women's Suffrage is the newest edition in the Library of America's incredible collection of American literature and historical writings. In this collection, advocates and opponents of women's suffrage from 1776 to 1965 are heard once again. It's an extensive... Continue Reading →

Belgrade Noir ed. by Milorad Ivanovic

Belgrade Noir is an excellent installment in the Akashic Noir series of traveling anthologies. This one takes us to Belgrade with a reporter editor who did an excellent job of choosing stories. Serbia, like the rest of the Balkan nations,... Continue Reading →

We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper

We Keep the Dead Close is a true crime book that brings a refreshingly introspective voice. Becky Cooper first hears about the murder of Jane Britton from a snippet of campus lore. The story fascinates her and the more she learns... Continue Reading →

Never Going Back by Sam Wiebe

Never Going Back is a thriller novella featuring Allison Kidd. Alison is an expert burglar who has just been released from prison after serving a year after being caught. She was not caught because of any error on her own... Continue Reading →

The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk

The Midnight Bargain is the story of a young woman determined to become a magician despite the custom around the world of collaring women when they marry so that during their child-bearing years they don't produce soulless children, a real risk,... Continue Reading →

The Helios Disaster by Linda Boström Knausgård

The Helios Disaster is a story of mental illness. It begins with a young girl being taken from her father and placed in foster care. Her father is diagnosed with schizophrenia, but this is all fractured in the telling. The... Continue Reading →

Undaunted by James O. Brennan

Undaunted is the memoir of John O. Brennan, the CIA director for the last half of President Obama's term. Since his retirement, he has been critical of Trump and the Republicans who refused to act to punish Russia for intervening... Continue Reading →

Tampa Bay Noir edited by Colette Bancroft

Tampa Bay Noir is an excellent addition to the Akashic Noir series of anthologies. Each edition of this series is edited by a local, usually an author, a bookseller, or book critic. In this edition, the editor is Colette Bancroft,... Continue Reading →

Particulate Matter by Felicia Luna Lemus

Particulate Matter is a memoir in the form of poetic fragments. My mother kept a sort-of diary, year in and year out. Every day she noted the temperature with additional observations about the weather such as seeing a bird chasing a... Continue Reading →

Tsarina by Ellen Alpsten

Tsarina is a historical novel that tells the story of Catherine I of Russia. The arc of her life is amazing. She was born a serf and became the Tsarina of Russia, ruling in her own name for two years... Continue Reading →

Addis Ababa Noir ed. by Maaza Mengiste

Addis Ababa Noir is another edition of the fantastic Akashic Noir collection of anthologies. There are fourteen short stories, though few are what I would normally think of as noir. Maaza Mengiste is a literary writer and most of the... Continue Reading →

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 →

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