Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


Three Stars

The Missing American by Kwei Quartey

The Missing American is Gordon Tillson who met the love of his life while working in Ghana in the Peace Corps. When his beloved wife dies of cancer, he mourns her for years and becomes a fixture in a Facebook... Continue Reading →

Foxocracy by Tobin Smith

Foxocracy is a look inside the propaganda machine of FOX News from someone who worked there for fourteen years. Tobin Smith explains how Roger Ailes combined the propaganda techniques of Goebbels  and the cult psychology of televangelism with the latest... Continue Reading →

No Mercy by Joanna Schaffhausen

No Mercy is the second mystery in the Ellery Hathaway series. Ellery is suspended in the aftermath of shooting the serial killer at the end of The Vanishing Season. She has to attend therapy and her counselor has pressured her... Continue Reading →

The Wrong Girl by Donis Casey

The Wrong Girl is the first of serial adventure featuring Bianca Dangereuse. Well, Dangereuse is the character played by Bianca LaBelle whose rise from Oklahoma farmgirl to Hollywood star is the foundation for this new series. It begins when Ted... Continue Reading →

The Furies by Katie Lowe

The Furies is a compelling addition to the private school clique thriller in the vein of Donna Tartt's "The Secret History." The private school is Elm Hollow which kindly offered a scholarship to Violet, a young girl whose father and... Continue Reading →

Death Set to Music by Mark Hebden

Death Set to Music is an enjoyabe police procedural set in Burgundy. The lead character is Inspector Pel, an irascible hypochondriac with a weakness for alcohol. A local woman had been bludgeoned to death. It appears 3000 francs and some... Continue Reading →

Do You Mind If I Cancel by Gary Janetti

The first time I saw Gary Janetti was in his husband's series "It's a Brad Brad World" about the celebrity stylist Brad Goreski who had been the long-suffering new hire on Rachel Zoe's show. I was happy to see him... Continue Reading →

Dover Two by Joyce Porter

Dover Two is the second in a mystery series from the Sixties that is being republished for a new generation of readers. DCI Dover does not represent the best of Scotland Yard. Dover is played for laughs, a fat, lazy,... Continue Reading →

Honey by Brenda Brooks

Honey is a psychological thriller that begins after Nicole Hewett's parents were in a car crash that killed her father and left her mother in a coma. Nic is off-balance, alone, and vulnerable, but then her childhood friend Honey comes... Continue Reading →

Seven Letters by J. P. Monninger

Seven Letters is a contemporary romance to warm and break your heart. Kate has a fellowship to travel to Ireland and research the narratives of the women of the Blasket Islands where her recently deceased father came from. The day... Continue Reading →

The Topeka School by Ben Lerner

The Topeka School is hard for me to describe as the plot is less important than the characters and how they develop. At the center is Adam, a high school student and debate competitor expected to win the national championship.... Continue Reading →

Whose Water Is It Anyway? by Maude Barlow

Whose Water Is It Anyway?  Taking Water Protection Into Public Hands is a history of the water conservation and justice movement rooted in anti-privatization and a call to worldwide action. It begins with the neoliberal move toward privatizing public services... Continue Reading →

No Way to Die by Warren C. Easley

No Way to Die is the seventh in a likable series featuring Oregon lawyer Cal Claxton. In this installment, Cal and his daughter Claire are trout fishing outside Coos Bay, enjoying a father-daughter vacation on the Oregon Coast. Then Claire... Continue Reading →

A House of Ghosts by W. C. Ryan

A House of Ghosts is a historical mystery taking place during World War I. The charnel house tunnels and trenches on the front are critical to the story which is equal parts espionage mystery and ghost story. Kate Cartwright is... Continue Reading →

Pigs by Johanna Stoberock

Pigs, a new book by Johanna Stoberock, is surely intended to be considered in relation to that other book about feral children on an island with pigs. There are four children on the island with six pigs and all the... Continue Reading →

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