Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.



48 States by Evette Davis

48 States features a strong, capable, and independent protagonist named River who is flagged down by a wounded man on the road. Finn is the President's son, something he doesn't tell River immediately, certain she would abandon him if he... Continue Reading →

Lucy By the Sea by Elizabeth Strout

Lucy By the Sea returns faithful readers of Elizabeth Strout's novels to familiar people and places. It's 2020 and Lucy's ex-husband William tells her to pack and come with him. Unlike Lucy, he has been paying attention to the news... Continue Reading →

First Born by Will Dean

First Born explores the toll the death of an identical twin can take. When Molly Raven learns her identical twin sister KT is dead, it seems as though several rugs have been pulled out from under her all at once.... Continue Reading →

Dead and Gondola by Ann Claire

A stranger walks into a bookstore. Not just any bookstore, though. It's the famed Book Chalet in the ski-town of Last Word, Colorado, a resort town that draws the rich and famous. The man came in during a local book... Continue Reading →

A Cigarette Lit Backwards by Tea Hacic-Vlahovic

A Cigarette Lit Backwards is the story of Kat, an awkward teen who is deeply into punk music and the entire punk aesthetic. Some of this is practical, it's cheaper to be fashionable if your fashion aesthetic is sourced in... Continue Reading →

All the Broken Girls by Linda Hurtado Bond

All the Broken Girls tells us the story of Mari Alvarez, crime reporter, and single-minded pursuer of the truth. I hesitate to say one can be over-zealous in pursuit of the truth, but if anyone is, it's Mari. Mari is... Continue Reading →

Fox Creek by William Kent Krueger

Fox Creek demonstrates that Cork O'Connor does not have to be sheriff for his life to be rife with danger, crime, and suspense. He's retired, cooking burgers, but when a man comes in looking for his wife, his detective's intuition... Continue Reading →

Sinister Graves by Marcie R. Rendon

Sinister Graves is the third book in the series featuring Cash Blackbear by Marcie Rendon. Cash is from White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota. Cash, unfortunately, grew up in a series of foster homes before Sheriff Wheaton, whose initial report... Continue Reading →

Going to Beautiful by Anthony Bidulka

Going to Beautiful is a story of loss, mourning, and awakening to a new and completely unimagined life. Jake and his partner Eddie are living the life. Both have ridden the reality-television road to fame and fortune. Eddie in a... Continue Reading →

The Guest House by Robin Morgan-Bentley

Jamie and Victoria have been trying to have a baby for a long time. When they finally succeed they decide to go off for the last holiday with just them shortly before the baby is due. So of course they... Continue Reading →

South Central Noir ed. by Gary Phillips

South Central Noir is a spectacular addition to the Akashic Noir Series. Here's the thing. I always know each volume in the Noir Series will be interesting and enjoyable, but some locations simply are more noir than others. In some... Continue Reading →

Unlikely Animals by Annie Hartnett

Emma Starling is coming home after several years away at college and med school. Well, not really at med school, but her family thinks that is where she has been. Born with a healing touch, Emma's mother assumed she would... Continue Reading →

It All Comes Down to This by Therese Anne Fowler

It All Comes Down to This is the story of three very different sisters who come together after their mother's death. Beck is a freelance writer with kids and a seemingly happy marriage though she suspects her husband might be... Continue Reading →

Murder at the Victoria & Albert Museum by Jim Eldridge

Murder at the Victoria & Albert Museum begins with the newly married Daniel Wilson and Abigail Fenton are commissioned by Queen Victoria to solve the murder of Andrew Page, a curator whose body was found near the foundation stone she... Continue Reading →

The Lost Kings by Tyrell Johnson

The Lost Kings explores the boundaries of memory, trauma, and family ties. When Jeanie King's mother died in an accident, she and her brother Jamie were raised by their aunt and uncle until their father came home from the war... Continue Reading →

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