Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


Four Stars

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 →

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 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 →

Ancestor Trouble by Maud Newton

Ancestor Trouble is an intriguing historical detective memoir, though the answers Maud Newton is searching for are more nebulous and more intriguing than any "whodunnit" could be. The nicest thing you can say about her antecedents is that they are... Continue Reading →

Roar of the Sea by Deb Vanasse

Roar of the Sea tells the of the Pribilof Islands seals through the lives of two men who were lifelong antagonists though they never met. Henry Wood Elliott is the true hero of the story, a naturalist who fought nearly... 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 →

The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart

The Paradox Hotel is a delightful blend of mystery and science fiction. It takes place at a hotel that serves the wealthy who come to time travel. It's beautifully designed with outstanding service and January Cole is hotel security. Part... Continue Reading →

Just Pursuit by Laura Coates

Just Pursuit is an excellent, fast-paced memoir of Laura Coates' career as a prosecutor. She does not sugarcoat her role and in the first chapter tells of how a man was deported because she did what she was required to... Continue Reading →

Red Is My Heart by Antoine Laurain & Le Sonneur

Red Is My Heart introduces us to the forsaken, brokenhearted lover left behind. At the outset, he writes a letter to his lost love but makes up an address so it is forever undelivered. Her memory haunts him while he... Continue Reading →

Pauli Murray’s Revolutionary Life by Simki Kuznik

Pauli Murray’s Revolutionary Life is a biography of the extraordinary human rights activist who struggled against Jim and Jane Crow her entire life. An activist ahead of her time, she was arrested for sitting in the wrong seat of the... Continue Reading →

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections by Eva Jurczyk

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections gives us a realistic hero in Liesl Weiss. She is good at her job, a stickler for detail and organization as any good librarian should be, but she worked mostly behind the... Continue Reading →

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

A Spindle Splintered is a fast little retelling of the story of Sleeping Beauty. Normally, she is the most boring fairy tale princess as she really does nothing but sleep in her crib, reach her accursed birthday and prick her... Continue Reading →

The Maid by Nita Prose

The Maid is a charming mystery that revolves around Molly Gray, a dedicated maid at Regency Grand Hotel. She loves her job and does it well until one day she discovers the wealthy, and not very nice, Charled Black dead... Continue Reading →

Desolation Canyon by P. J. Tracy

Desolation Canyon is the second in P. J. Tracy's new Margaret Nolan series. Nolan meets with a colleague for drinks knowing it is unwise, but did she really deserve to find a body on their date? The body is of... Continue Reading →

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