Day: February 19, 2018

Book Review: What Happened in Vienna, Jack? by Daniel Kemp

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Why This Book

I’m beginning to read more from a few publishers that publish other books I’ve enjoyed, and this author is under contract with one of those companies, Creativia. What Happened in Vienna, Jack? by Daniel Kemp fell into my lap while it was on sale via Amazon last month, so I allotted it to February and made it a current read this week. I always look forward to clever and complex thriller and suspense fiction, and this one hit the spot. Kudos to the author!

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Approach & Style

I read this ~350 page book via Kindle Reader on my iPad over four days and six hours. It is a British period piece focusing on a few decades in the mid-twentieth century involving a spy, military, police, murder, intrigue and war. And that’s just the beginning! The language is very intricate and detailed. The story hops through the past and the present. It focuses on a few different critical characters you get to know little by little — or all at once! But my favorite part is how it offers up a true British nostalgia and ambiance.

Key Thoughts

Espionage and murder… could it get any better when it comes to solving a mystery? Author Kemp provides all the suspense and thrills in this very descriptive story. Main detective Patrick is very charismatic in an offbeat way, but he will also stand out as a highly intelligent and trustworthy confidante you enjoy sharing the read with. He’s not quite the narrator, but you get that feel from how the book is written.

I appreciate the skills necessary to weave together this type of tale. When you have multiple decades and secrets to track, it could be easily confusing. But it’s not. There are many twists and turns, surprising reveals, and eye-squinting characters who make you wonder… ‘what’s going on here?’ — but soon enough you start pulling the past together. Then the ending portion kicks in… and you’re back to guessing all over again!

I enjoyed this read. It’s partially in my typical reading choices, but it’s more of a spy novel that I’m used to… think a bit James Bond like. I am more a horror thrillers chasing serial killers or historical fiction type of reader. But this bring some elements from both and offers a good tale with a what feels like a realistic setting. I’m sure the author’s career helped played a big role in developing this story. Add in the various facts / stories we all know about World War II and how the ‘underground network’ works, then you’ve got a strong read.

Summary

I’m impressed with the author’s ability to weave a highly complex plot over multiple time periods and characters, in particular how well written the language in the story is. I recently learned it’s part of a book series, where two are already written and a third is on the way in the future. Very exciting for any true British crime fan!

 

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
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Book Review: Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

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I received Gingerbread Cookie Murder, a short novella in the Hannah Swensen cozy mystery series by Joanne Fluke, as one of my Christmas presents last year. I’ve a big fan of the series and always look forward to the read. It took me 1 hour to read this story, part of a larger paperback focused on murders involving gingerbread cookies. It’s ~150 pages, but 1/3 is filled with recipes, so it’s just under a hundred pages of true text. In this issue, Hannah is having trouble with her new neighbor who plays loud Christmas music all the time. But she soon finds him dead in the refrigerator after trying to store her recent baked goods for a future dessert. Add in an $8M winning lottery ticket, someone’s divorce, a new dentist in town, and a suitor for Hannah’s mother, then you’ve got lots going on in this one. It was a fun afternoon read and I look forward to the next book in the series.

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
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Book Review: Sea, Sky and Skeleton by Carolyn L. Dean

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I started reading Carolyn L. Dean‘s cozy mystery series over two years ago, but I hadn’t been able to get back to it for a long time. After the holidays, I bought the next five books and committed to read one per month in 2018 until I caught up. I’m finally back to reading them and picked up with Sea, Sky & Skeleton, the fourth book, this week. It was like a nice welcome home reminding me what I’d missed. I enjoy Dean’s easy writing style, colorful characters, and clever settings.

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I read the Kindle version in my iPad in about 90 minutes, as it’s only ~150 pages. Amanda runs a B&B, but it’s in need of repairs. She finds cash on the beach, then a dead body. Given she still hasn’t gotten the friendliest of welcomes from all the townspeople, she keeps trying to win them over. She’s almost there. I look forward to the day they name her mayor.

I enjoyed the plot of the story and the development of the characters. It comes together nicely in the end with a cute little bow, too. My only concern is that two scenes were rushed relatively quickly, and while they helped draw out the killer, I would have loved another 30 pages of background and setting to help round it out to a perfect read. Minor item tho… as I still enjoy the dialogue and rapport between Mrs. Granger, Jennifer, and Amanda. I’m also very intrigued by her boyfriend’s family… so many siblings, something has to happen in the future.

 

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
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365 Challenge: Day 339 – Pendulum

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Pendulum:  (a) weight hung from a fixed point so that it can swing freely backward and forward, especially a rod with a weight at the end that regulates the mechanism of a clock, or (b) used to refer to the tendency of a situation to oscillate between one extreme and another

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Today’s 365 Daily Challenge word is pendulum as I can feel my mind swaying back and forth while trying to decide a few future steps. The pendulum has always fascinated me whether it was one of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories, The Pit and the Pendulum, or watching the mechanics of a grandfather clock operate behind an ornate glass window. It’s as if I’ve come to a decision on something I want to do, but fast-forward a few hours, I change my mind. By the next morning, I’m back to supporting the original thought. After a few minutes, my body begins to sway a little while I’m working my way through the thought process. It’s a case of the body following suit in the actions of the mind without even knowing it. None of it’s serious… things like the future of 365, where to go on a short weekend getaway, etc.

The ironic things for me in choosing this words is that pendulum isn’t a very common word in normal daily vocabulary. Perhaps if you work in engineering, it might be used more frequently… but not for me. It’s a fine balance of weight, angle, gravity, force… all those things we learned in physics in high school. I remember some, but not all. I’m fascinated by the patterns it follows, as in the example below. I’m curious how the slightest puff of air might motivate an alternative path. It’s not unlike life… you’re set in one way, but often easy to change direction. I’m not sure where I intended today’s word to go, but as I’ve said before, I pick the word, write what comes to mind and only go back to correct spelling and grammar (and even then I miss a few things)!

I think I’d like a grandfather clock… that’s what this all means today. W…. we need to go shopping!

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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