Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.

Diary of a Dead Man on Leave by David Downing

"Dead man on leave" is another name for an undercover Soviet spy. They don't expect to live long lives as they live at risk of exposure at any moment. Josef Hofmann was such a man. Born in Germany, he was... Continue Reading →


Days by Moonlight by André Alexis

When the main character's name is Homer you know there is going to be an odyssey. Alfred Homer's odyssey is a short one, just a week-long driving tour of Ontario as he shepherds Professor Morgan Bruno from Toronto to Feversham... Continue Reading →

Murder by Matchlight by E. C. R. Lorac

Murder by Matchlight is a classic whodunnit with a bit of howdunnit as a bonus. It takes place in World War II London when the Germans were bombing the city. There was a tenuous quality to life and it is deeply... Continue Reading →

Bivouac by Kwame Dawes

Bivouac begins with Ferron Morgan driving his father's body in the back seat of a car to funeral home, his stomach is upset by anxiety, some of it due to grief and some to a strange white Toyota following him.... Continue Reading →

Instructions for a Funeral by David Means

Instructions for a Funeral is an extraordinary collection of fourteen short stories by David Means. In "Fistfight, Sacramento, August 1950", a simple fistfight turns out to be fraught with history and symbolism. In "The Terminal Artist" a grieving family learns their... Continue Reading →

The Mykonos Mob by Jeffrey Siger

The Mykonos Mob begins with Andreas Kaldis living in Athens and leading a Special Crimes Unit. A local murder of a retired police colonel is shot down in what looks like a mob hit. The trail leads back to Mykonos... Continue Reading →

Watch the Wall, Miss Seeton by Hamilton Crane

I originally started to read Watch the Wall, Miss Seeton because I thought it was a re-release of a mystery I read when I was in sixth or seventh grade that I loved. Of course, the moment there was a scene... Continue Reading →

The Lost Boys by Gina Perry

After World War II there was tremendous urgency around finding explanations for what happened in Germany. How could a modern society lose itself in hate and violence, committing genocide on a scale and efficiency unimagined before? One of those who... Continue Reading →

Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

Beautiful Bad is the story of murder, what led up to it and what transpired after. We know from the beginning as the 911 call that brings the police to the house is the second chapter. The narrative moves on three... Continue Reading →

The Moroccan Girl by Charles Cummings

If you're a liberal like me, you might be tempted to throw The Moroccan Girl across the room in anger when it begins with terrorist attacks by a left group against members of the alt-right. Think de-platforming from life. I supposed... Continue Reading →

She/He/They/Me by Robyn Ryle

She/He/They/Me: For the Sisters, Misters, and Binary Resisters is a fabulous book that takes the reader on a route through the reality of social history and customs that come along with gender roles and identities. It starts by asking whether you... Continue Reading →

A Murder Unmentioned by Sulari Gentill

A Murder Unmentioned is the sixth book in the Rowland Sinclair series and the third I have read.  The unmentioned murder is from the past. Rowland was fifteen when his father died and he was sent to England. We now... Continue Reading →

Appalachian Reckoning ed. by Anthony Harkins and Meredith McCarroll

When Hillbilly Elegy came out, it landed like a thunderclap, perhaps because it was released during the 2016 election and was perceived as an explanation of the inexplicable popularity of Donald Trump. I put it on hold at the library, but... Continue Reading →

Sydney Noir by John Dale

Sydney Noir is another edition in the fabulous Akashic Noir series of noir stories situated in cities around the world edited by local writers with the homegrown knowledge to curate an excellent collection. This time the city is Sydney, Australia, and is again... Continue Reading →

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

When Lucy's mother-in-law Diana ostensible suicide begins to look more like murder, Lucy makes a likely suspect. After all, not that long ago Lucy physically assaulted Diana. Pointing out that Diana chose not to prosecute isn't a particularly persuasive argument... Continue Reading →

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