Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


Tonstant Weader

I love to read and read widely. I like all sorts of fiction and non-fiction. I have participated in many book clubs in both the physical and digital realm, from face-to-face book groups to internet relay chat discussion groups to even AOL message boards. However, for some silly reason, I am only now beginning to blog my book reviews. I hope you enjoy them.

Poems to See By by Julian Peters

Poems to See By is an illustrated anthology of two dozen classic poems that will be familiar to many readers. They are organized into six sections that consider different ways of seeing: Seeing Yourself, Others, Art, Nature, Time, and Death.... Continue Reading →

After She Wrote Him by Sulari Gentill

After She Wrote Him is a standalone novel quite different from her Rowland Sinclair series. It begins with murder but the similarity to a standard mystery ends right there. Madeleine d'Leon is a lawyer turned mystery novelist with a popular... Continue Reading →

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

In Five Years is a surprising contemporary "romance" that resists pigeon-holing. Dannie Kohan is a corporate lawyer and somehow makes that seem like something exciting and wonderful. That's an accomplishment in itself. The story opens with what should be the... Continue Reading →

Thunder Bay by Douglas Skelton

Thunder Bay is an atmospheric mystery taking place on a Scottish island called Stoirm. The island is the most important element to the story, the islanders understanding of family and community is everything. Rebecca Connolly is a reporter, an outsider... Continue Reading →

A Long Way Off by Pascal Garnier

A Long Way Off is a short noir picaresque of sorts from French writer Pascal Garnier. It tells the story of Marc who is married happily enough to Chloe, his second wife. He's feeling a bit out of sorts with... Continue Reading →

The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner

The Yellow Bird Sings tells the story of a Jewish mother Róźa and her daughter Shira. They survive the Nazi occupation of their city by fleeing to the country and hiding in a barn. Their saviors Henryk and Krystina are... Continue Reading →

Saint X by Alexis Schaitkinn

Saint X  asks what happens to the family of one of those beautiful young white women whose death becomes a national unsolved mystery. It opens with an affluent family spending spring break on the luxurious Saint X, a Caribbean Island... Continue Reading →

Golden In Death by J. D. Robb

Golden In Death is an intriguing mystery. A beloved man who has no obvious enemies is killed by a toxic gas that has been designed for microtargeting, killing the designated victim and dispersing harmlessly. It has been brilliantly executed and... Continue Reading →

The Freedom Artist by Ben Okri

The Freedom Artist is a very poetical novel with short chapters and simple declarative sentences that read like free verse. It is primarily about a young man named Karnak who loved Amalantis, a young woman who asked: "Who is the... Continue Reading →

A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler

A Good Neighborhood takes place in a diverse neighborhood, an established neighborhood with a long history. It is named Oak Knoll, a sign that it is proud of its majestic oaks. It is a good neighborhood. It is pressured, though,... Continue Reading →

The Queen’s Fortune by Allison Pataki

The Queen's Fortune is the sixth historical novel by Allison Pataki and the second I have enjoyed. This tells the story of Desiree Clary, the silk merchant's daughter who rose to be the Queen of Sweden. Desiree was a charming... Continue Reading →

Hill Women by Cassie Chambers

Hill Women is very much Cassie Chambers memoir of her life, her family and the women of Owsley County, the poorest country in Kentucky, the second poorest in the United States. It is exactly the sort of place J. D.... Continue Reading →

Migrating to Prison by César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández

Migrating to Prison traces American's predilection for locking up immigrants. It didn't start with Trump and it didn't start with Obama. In fact, even the famed Ellis Island entry included a detention center. However, we are locking up more people... Continue Reading →

The Measure of Malice by Martin Edwards

The Measure of Malice is a fun anthology of classic mystery short stories from the Golden Age of Mystery. Martin Edwards has produced several editions for Poisoned Pen Press harvesting stories from authors who have been lost to the passage... Continue Reading →

The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz has my number. He knows exactly what I like and I have not missed an episode of" Foyle's War" or "Midsomer Murders." He is so good at writing mysteries that if I see his name, I know I... Continue Reading →

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