Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


Two Stars

The Spotted Dog by Kerry Greenwood

The Spotted Dog is the seventh in Kerry Greenwood's Corinna Chapman mystery series. I love her Phryne Fisher series and was so excited to discover a new series to read. This series features a baker, a woman who owns the... Continue Reading →


Harley Merlin and the Stolen Magicals

Harley Merlin and the Stolen Magicals picks up right where Harley Merlin and the Mystery Twins ends. The mystery twins stole several magicals and now Harley and her friends are sent to find them with the aid of a couple... Continue Reading →

Roman Count Down by David P. Wagner

Roman Count Down is the sixth in David P. Wagner's Rick Montoya series. The story opens with Count Umberto Zimbardi taking a bus home for the first time in his life only to get murdered. His murder will occupy the... Continue Reading →

Sync by K. P. Kyle

Sync begins on a dark and stormy night as Brigid is driving home after visiting her mother in a nursing home. She is distraught because her mother failed to recognize her, her Alzheimer's exacerbated by the late time of day.... Continue Reading →

A Question of Trust by Jonathan Pinnock

"A Question of Trust" is the second in A Mathematical Mystery Series by Jonathan Pinnock that continues right after "The Truth About Archie & Pye" ends. PR guy Tom Winscombe is sharing an apartment with business partner Ali and looking for his missing girlfriend... Continue Reading →

The Bookshop of the Brokenhearted by Robert Hillman

The Bookshop of the Brokenhearted begins beautifully with simple prose that reminds me of Kent Haruf's Plainsong. I was in love by the end of the first chapter. Tom Hope is a farmer besotted with his wife Trudy and their child... Continue Reading →

Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser

Forget You Know Me begins like a thriller. Liza is on a video call with her life-long best friend Molly, a desperately needed catch-up after a too-long hiatus. Liza has moved to Chicago and these two who have been in each... Continue Reading →

The Feral Detective by Jonathan Lethem

Even some 20 years after reading "Motherless Brooklyn" I can still remember the enchantment of reading it. Since then I have been a devoted Jonathan Letham reader. Despite being in the midst of a couple other books, I dropped everything... Continue Reading →

The Ancient Nine by Ian Smith

In The Ancient Nine, Dr. Ian Smith, author of many books on diet and health, tries his hand at crafting a mystery rooted in historical fact. Spencer Collins, our fictive hero, is a Harvard freshman, a young black man from the south... Continue Reading →

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is perfectly timed for the Halloween season, a Gothic Groundhog Day thriller with a twist as our hero starts each new day in a different one of the house guests attending a week-long country manor... Continue Reading →

The Murder of My Aunt by Richard Hull

The Murder of My Aunt might make a very good movie. It is in many ways a battle of wits and wills between Edward and his Aunt Mildred. It all begins when the mailman could not bring up his package of... Continue Reading →

The Third Act by John Wilson

In The Third Act, John Wilson offers a contemporary and historical examination of the choices we make and the motives that drive them. In modern Ohio, Lone is a gifted physics student in love with Theresa, an equally gifted actress... Continue Reading →

Baghdad Noir by Samuel Shimon

Baghdad Noir is the most recent release in the phenomenal Akashic Noir Series of short story anthologies with a noir sensibility. The genius feature is that each edition is edited and written by locals, people intimately knowledgeable of the people and the place that is... Continue Reading →

How to Fall In Love with a Man Who Lives in a Bush by Emmy Abrahamson

Julia is a young Swedish woman approaching thirty and living in Vienna, a city she loves. She teaches English for Berlitz while not writing a book. She has lots of ideas, like a family working as caretakers at an isolated... Continue Reading →

Our House by Louise Candlish

Fiona, (Fi) is walking home when she sees people moving into her house. Not really believing her own eyes, she looks again. Yup, they sure are moving into her house. When she gets to her home, the Vaughns, the intruders,... Continue Reading →

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