Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.



To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars begins on a happy day in Kira Navárez's life. She and her fellow pre-colonization expedition are wrapping things up after studying a planet to verify it is safe for colonization. They're ready to... Continue Reading →

The Darkest Evening by Ann Cleeves

The Darkest Evening is the ninth in the Vera Stanhope series. It begins during a blizzard. Vera is driving home and mistakes her turn. She finds a car has driven off the road. The driver is gone, the door of... Continue Reading →

The Eighth Detective by Alex Pavesi

The Eighth Detective is a clever book, both an anthology of short mysteries and a novel at the same time. The conceit is that long ago, mathematics professor Grant McAllister developed a set of mathematical rules for murder mysteries, writing... Continue Reading →

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

The Night Swim is one of a new amateur detective genre inspired by the success of Serial, the podcast that captivated America.  True crime podcasts have become a thing as people vie to be the next big thing. Seriously, Marie... Continue Reading →

The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne by Elsa Hart

The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne is a historical mystery taking place in 1703 when colonization and exploration had sparked a mania for collecting from around the world. Sir Barnaby Mayne was the collector's collector. Few could indulge his furious collecting of... Continue Reading →

Axiom’s End by Lindsay Ellis

Axiom's End is the story of humanity's first contact with alien life. The first thing that makes this a completely fresh story is that it has already happened. The story begins in 2007 with Cora Sabino, a twenty-something who is... Continue Reading →

From the Grave by David Housewright

From the Grave  is the seventeenth mystery in the detective series featuring Twin Cities detective Mac McKenzie. It all starts when a friend of Mac's goes to a psychic reading and a malevolent ghost shows up and promises the secret... Continue Reading →

The Second Home by Christina Clancy

The Second Home tells the story of three siblings coming together after the death of their parents. There are two sisters, Ann and Poppy, and their adoptive brother Michael, and they have not been together as a family for eighteen... Continue Reading →

Cut to the Bone by Ellison Cooper

Cut to the Bone is the third book in the Sayer Altair series, but the first for me. It begins with a double murder, that of a cop who stumbled on the killer while he laid his first victim out... Continue Reading →

The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe

The Hilarious World of Depression is a memoir of the popular radio and podcast personality John Moe. Moe has suffered from depression since junior high though he did not know that for a long time. The diagnosis itself was liberating... Continue Reading →

The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune

The Extraordinaries features Nick Bell, the best fanfic writer about a new cadre of superheroes. These superheroes are not from DC or Marvel universes, they are real. People with extraordinary abilities like Nick's favorite Shadow Star who can control shadows... Continue Reading →

A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones

A Bad Day for Sunshine is the first in what I am certain will become a series about Sunshine Vicram, newly-elected sheriff of Del Sol, New Mexico. It's her first day on the job and sure to be a doozy... Continue Reading →

The Address Book by Deirdre Mask

The Address Book explores street addresses and how and where they began and why they matter. But that sounds so dull compared to the fascinating stories that fill this book. Deirdre Mask first discusses why addresses matter. Anyone who has tried... Continue Reading →

Hid From Our Eyes by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Hid From Our Eyes is the ninth installment in the Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne mystery series. This mystery is three-fold. Three separate dead women found on the highway in a fancy dress with no discernible cause of death.... Continue Reading →

The New Husband by D. J. Palmer

The New Husband begins with Nina moving into a new home with her two teen children and her fiance, Simon Finch. She is beginning life anew after her husband disappeared eighteen months earlier. She does not know if he is... Continue Reading →

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