Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.



Alias Emma by Ava Glass

Alias Emma is an espionage thriller with the story's central plot taking place during one very long night in London. Emma is a relatively new MI-5 agent when she is assigned to persuade Michael Primalov, the son of Russian defectors,... Continue Reading →

The Patron Saint of Second Chances by Christine Simon

The Patron Saint of Second Chances seems a perfect novel to turn into a movie which would be perfect because it would become a book about making a movie about making a movie. Signor Speranza, or Mr. Hope, is the... Continue Reading →

Neruda on the Park by Cleyvis Natera

Neruda on the Park looks at the effects of gentrification and the efforts to combat it. The Guerreros live in Nothar Park, a New York City neighborhood with many immigrants from the Dominican Republic. There's a strong sense of community... Continue Reading →

Pryor & Cummings by Rod Pennington

Pryor & Cummings one-ups the locked-room mystery with an entire locked building where a scientist is murdered. There is no gun and no suspect despite the building being locked up and the high-tech surveillance security reveals no one coming or... Continue Reading →

The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories edited by Yu Chen and Gina Kanyu Wang

The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories is an anthology of Chinese fantasy and science fiction by female and non-binary authors and translated into English. There are seventeen short stories as well as five critical essays on Chinese science fiction.... Continue Reading →

All the Secrets of the World by Steve Almond

All the Secrets of the World is the story of two families drawn into dangerous waters by an unlikely and erratic friendship. When a well-meaning teacher assigned Lorena Saenz, the daughter of a single mom who is undocumented,¬† to work... Continue Reading →

The Girl They All Forgot by Martin Edwards

The Girl They All Forgot is a mystery rooted in the past in several ways. A young man kills himself in the same place as his father did twenty years earlier. The father had been accused of raping and murdering... Continue Reading →

The Physicists’ Daughter by Mary Anna Evans

The Physicists' Daughter is a World War II spy thriller. With the majority of men fighting overseas, there are more than a few Rosie the Riveters. Justine Byrne is just one of the many women working at a factory producing... Continue Reading →

Mecca by Susan Straight

Mecca is a messy book. It spreads out past the confines of a single main character. It moves from place to place in Southern California. It shifts from first to second to third person. It sprawls, but the centrifugal force... Continue Reading →

The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill

The Woman in the Library is an ingenious mystery within a mystery. It begins with a murder in the library when four strangers hear a scream and retire for some coffee to talk it over. They subsequently learn there was... Continue Reading →

The Lady with the Gun Asks the Questions by Kerry Greenwood

What could be better than a new Phryne Fisher novel? How about several Phryne stories all in one book? The Lady with the Gun Asks the Questions gives us seventeen short stories that have Phryne solving mysteries almost in an... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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