Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.



Gallows Court by Martin Edwards

Gallows Court is a historical mystery featuring a disconcerting and mysterious woman named Rachel Savenake who alternately fascinates and horrifies Jacob Flint, the intrepid reporter who sees a pattern in some recent deaths, including the accident that has put his... Continue Reading →


What Rose Forgot by Nevada Barr

What Rose Forgot is a great stand-alone thriller from Nevada Barr. The book opens with Rose on the loose, trying to remember who and where she is. She's in a hospital gown, so exposing her backside. She is soon caught... Continue Reading →

Heaven, My Home by Attica Locke

When Levi King, the young son of an Aryan Brotherhood leader, goes missing, Texas Ranger Darren Matthews is sent to the shores of Caddo Lake in East Texas, along the Texas-Louisiana border, not so much to look for the boy,... Continue Reading →

The Spotted Dog by Kerry Greenwood

The Spotted Dog is the seventh in Kerry Greenwood's Corinna Chapman mystery series. I love her Phryne Fisher series and was so excited to discover a new series to read. This series features a baker, a woman who owns the... Continue Reading →

Opioid, Indiana by Brian Allen Carr

Opioid, Indiana chronicles a week in the life of seventeen-year-old Riggle, an orphan living with his uncle in a nameless Indiana town he calls Opioid. He is not being ironic. He has just been suspended for a week thanks to... Continue Reading →

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

The Ten Thousand Doors of January opens with such magic that I was entranced after the first three paragraphs. "When I was seven I found a door," January begins, then speculates she really should capitalize that 'd' so readers could... Continue Reading →

Ice Cold Heart by P. J. Tracy

Ice Cold Heart is the tenth book in the Monkeewrench series, named after the collective of hackers and computer whizzes and some Minnesota cops. It takes part during a cold snap in the Twin Cities and cold is an important... Continue Reading →

The Diver’s Game by Jesse Ball

The Diver's Game is a painful book to read in Trump's America. It is set in a society that has embraced inequality, not only of outcomes but of opportunities. Ball imagines a society that feels beset by refugees. They decide... Continue Reading →

Deep Waters by Martin Edwards

Deep Waters is an anthology of mysteries from the Golden Age collected by Martin Edwards who has brought together several similar thematic anthologies, This one, if the title is not clear enough, takes place in deep water with one exception... Continue Reading →

29 Seconds by T. M. Logan

T. M. Logan sure knows how to ratchet up the suspense and did he ever in 29 Seconds – the length of a life-changing phone call. Sarah is a university professor in the U.K. in what we would call a tenure-track position.... Continue Reading →

Hope Farm by Peggy Frew

Hope Farm is the story of a girl  named Silver coming of age in a commune named Hope after growing up in one communal home after another. She is a self-reliant and mature girl whose mother Ishtar is shamed when... Continue Reading →

The Nobody People by Bob Proehl

The Nobody People imagines a world where our comic books have come to life. People are suddenly developing innate powers, all sorts of powers, as varied as the author's wide-ranging imagination can make them. A journalist becomes aware of them... Continue Reading →

The Passengers by John Marrs

The Passengers is a fast-paced suspense novel that takes place in the very near future that is just a tiny bit different from today. The difference? The self-driving cars are no longer a novelty, they are ubiquitous and mandatory. The... Continue Reading →

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

This Tender Land is one of my most anticipated books for September. I enjoy William Kent Krueger's Cork O'Connor series, but I loved his standalone novel "Ordinary Grace" which is so much more than the mystery is seems at first... Continue Reading →

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

The Beekeeper of Aleppo is the story of the times we live in–a time when upheaval around the world is driving people from their homes in search of safety elsewhere, usually in neighboring countries. Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, Jordan, and Ethiopia... Continue Reading →

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