Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


Three Stars

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 →

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 →

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 Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood

The Marlow Murder Club brings together what I hope will be a long-lasting trio of crime-solving women in Marlow, one of those quiet English villages along the Thames. Of course, some might say St. Mary Mead was a quiet village, too.... Continue Reading →

Bomb Shelter by Mary Laura Philpott

Bomb Shelter is a collection of essays by Mary Laura Philpott who writes about her life and her "hostages to fortune" as Sir Francis Bacon once called the peril of loving one's children and spouse. Her son had a seizure... Continue Reading →

Tell Me An Ending by Jo Harkin

Tell Me An Ending is a sci-fi thriller that explores the value and ethics of a new technology, one that allows certain memories to be removed. For example, someone is involved in a tragic incident that haunts them, perhaps gives... Continue Reading →

The Last House on the Street by Diane Chamberlain

Diane Chamberlain's métier is crafting a story that links the past and the present in unique ways, from a contemporary artist restoring a historic mural in Big Lies in a Small Town to time-traveling in The Dream Daughter, she has... Continue Reading →

Pignon Scorbion & The Barbershop Detectives by Rick Bleiweiss

Pignon Scorbion & The Barbershop Detectives introduces a new detective series with Chief Inspector Pignon Scorbion, an Egyptian-Haitian British police officer heading up the police in the small British village of Haxford. His long-time friend happens to own the local... Continue Reading →

Finlay Donovan Knocks Them Dead by Elle Cosimano

Finlay Donovan Knocks Them Dead pick up right where Finlay Donovan Is Killing It left off. Someone wants her ex-husband murdered. Not that Finlay has not been tempted but she really wants to be off the list of professional assassins.... Continue Reading →

City of the Dead by Jonathan Kellerman

City of the Dead begins with a bit of misdirection as we follow a couple of movers as they go about their job just long enough to think one of them is going to be the murderer or the victim... Continue Reading →

The Accomplice by Lisa Lutz

The Accomplice is the story of Luna and Owen, two friends since they started college. They are resolutely friends, not lovers, and have always been. Both of them are married to other people but remain close confidantes. Their relationship is... Continue Reading →

Wildland by Evan Osnos

Wildland describes the many ways Americans lost faith in their government and society, becoming a tinderbox waiting for the arsonist Donald Trump. It begans with the attack on 9/11/2001 and continues to the insurrection on 1/6/2021, looking at the many... Continue Reading →

Burntcoat by Sarah Hall

Burntcoat is the story of Edith Harkness and her reconciliation with Death as she prepares for her end from the relapse of a frightful disease, part of a global pandemic. She reminisces about her life, most of her memories concentrate... Continue Reading →

Fan Fiction by Brent Spiner

Fan Fiction is a memoir like no other. Brent Spiner plays Data on Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Picard. Although he has had other roles, Data has cemented him in popular culture. Perhaps that gave him the impulse to... Continue Reading →

In the Company of Witches by Auralee Wallace

In the Company of Witches is a cozy mystery that takes place in the coziest of places, a New England bed-and-breakfast run by the Warren witches, two sisters, a brother, and their niece Brynn. Nora is not good with people... Continue Reading →

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