Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


Three Stars

Ice Cold Heart by P. J. Tracy

Ice Cold Heart is the tenth book in the Monkeewrench series, named after the collective of hackers and computer whizzes and some Minnesota cops. It takes part during a cold snap in the Twin Cities and cold is an important... Continue Reading →


Deep Waters by Martin Edwards

Deep Waters is an anthology of mysteries from the Golden Age collected by Martin Edwards who has brought together several similar thematic anthologies, This one, if the title is not clear enough, takes place in deep water with one exception... Continue Reading →

The Nobody People by Bob Proehl

The Nobody People imagines a world where our comic books have come to life. People are suddenly developing innate powers, all sorts of powers, as varied as the author's wide-ranging imagination can make them. A journalist becomes aware of them... Continue Reading →

The Passengers by John Marrs

The Passengers is a fast-paced suspense novel that takes place in the very near future that is just a tiny bit different from today. The difference? The self-driving cars are no longer a novelty, they are ubiquitous and mandatory. The... Continue Reading →

A Dangerous Engagement by Ashley Weaver

A Dangerous Engagement is the sixth Amory Ames mystery, but the first one I have read in the series. Amory and her husband Milo arrive in New York near the end of Prohibition so Amory can stand up for her... Continue Reading →

The Second Biggest Nothing by Colin Cotterill

The Second Biggest Nothing is the fourteenth book in the Dr. Siri Paiboun series featuring a Laotian coroner. In this outing, Siri is the target of a revenge plot. He receives a threat, tied to his dog's tail, in English,... Continue Reading →

This Is Not America by Jordi Puntí

This Is Not America is a collection of nine short stories mostly taking place in Barcelona, but also with Catalans traveling abroad. The first and last stories are the strangest. In the first, "Vertical", a man is waking the 'I'... Continue Reading →

The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin

The Last Romantics is a sibling love story. The Skinner children's relatively normal life was interrupted when their father died and their mother sank into a depression that left them to rely on themselves for three years, three years they... Continue Reading →

Murder in the Mill-Race by E. C. R. Lorac

Murder in the Mill-Race is another "Golden Age" mystery released by national treasure Poisoned Pen Press. I love these unearthed treasures and look forward to all of them. Murder in the Mill-Race opens with Dr. Raymond and Anna Ferens moving... Continue Reading →

The Swallows by Lisa Lutz

The Swallows takes place at Stonebridge Academy, a New England prep school where students and faculty live on a beautiful bucolic campus at the edge of a small town. Alex Witt, a bit of an iconoclast, takes a job teaching... Continue Reading →

Harley Merlin and the Mystery Twins

Harley Merlin and the Mystery Twins is the second in the Harley Merlin series. In this book, Harley learns much more about her powers and her parents. The coven wants to bring in young magicals who are not members of... Continue Reading →

Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven by Bella Forrest

Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven is the first of an as-yet incomplete series of at least nine books. In the beginning, Harley works at a casino spotting card cheats, though no one knows why she is so good at... Continue Reading →

A Murder on Jane Street by Cathy Cash Spellman

A Murder on Jane Street must be the first in a series of mysteries by Cathy Cash Spellman. If she doesn't take this delightful group of people to new books and new mysteries, it will be a waste. FitzHugh Donovan... Continue Reading →

Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Fleishman Is in Trouble is a funny, acerbic book about midlife crises and how people struggle through them. It is all about marriage and how they break and how they stick. Marriage is on the minds of the main characters.... Continue Reading →

Feast Day of the Cannibals by Norman Lock

Feast Day of the Cannibals is the sixth in the American Novels series by Norman Lock at Bellevue Literary Press. It tells the story of Shelby Ross, a formerly wealthy man whose been bankrupted by a depression. He's hired to... Continue Reading →

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