Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


Four Stars

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 →

You Throw Like a Girl by Don McPherson

You Throw Like a Girl is a book about masculinity and its blind spots. The central argument is that we don't raise boys to be men, we raise them not to be women (or gay) and in so doing we... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Hunter’s Moon by Phil Caputo

Hunter's Moon is a collection of short stories centered on an Upper Peninsula community that is oriented toward hunting and fishing tourism. Characters from one story show up in another, tying them together in a a novelistic anthology. The first... Continue Reading →

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Things You Save in a Fire is a delightful romance featuring Cassie Hanwell whose self-image is completely tied to her job as a firefighter. She is one of the best in Austin. The book opens with her receiving an award... Continue Reading →

The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

The Long Call is the first of an exciting new series from Ann Cleeves who brought us the unforgettable Vera Stanhope series. A man is found stabbed to death on the beach by our new series character Matthew Venn. The... Continue Reading →

First Cosmic Velocity by Zach Powers

First Cosmic Velocity is a bizarre and wonderful book that tells us the story of the Russian cosmonauts, but not really. Imagine that the scientists could not quite get that reentry thing to work. Knowing what happens to people who... Continue Reading →

The Whisper Man by Alex North

The Whisper Man is an eerie thriller of the most frightening kind with the search for a serial killer who preys on children. Tom Kennedy and his son Jake are mourning the loss of Rebecca, Tom's wife, Jakes' mother. Their... Continue Reading →

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