Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


Four Stars

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 →

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 →

They Want to Kill Americans by Malcolm Nance

They Want to Kill Americans¬†is a wide-ranging investigation into the movements that coalesced into the January 6th insurrection and their continuing efforts to take over the government, preferably, it seems, by force. They are unified in their white nationalist disdain... 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 →

And There He Kept Her by Joshua Moehling

And There He Kept Her begins when two high school students try to burgle a house and are caught by the owner. Unfortunately, the homeowner Emmet Burr had secrets that would prevent him from ever calling for the police so... 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 →

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 →

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