Wednesday, May 30, 2018

TWO BOOK REVIEWS

I have always loved to read and my passion for reading (and writing) has not waned. Today I am presenting two books by Rave Reviews Book Club authors, which I found most impressive. Those of us in RRBC are Indie authors and I believe some of the authors in this club deserve to be on the New York Times best-seller list.

David Carter is the author of dozens of books, but only some of them have been published. He has been writing since a young child, designing his own newspaper filled with family news. As an adult he began writing columns for newspapers and magazines. 

At his website (http://www.davidcarterbooks.co.uk) you will learn more about his published books, more about him, and read his blog.

I read "Murder Diaries, Seven Times Over," which I thoroughly enjoyed. The main character is Inspector Walter Darriteau who is a likeable, intuitive, and hard-working detective. In this book he must solve the mysterious murders of seven people by a serial killer who has a most interesting background and reason for his killing spree.

REVIEWS:
      A page turning thriller. This was the first book I have read by Mr. Carter, but it will not be the last. Well edited. Though the story took the reader to past events and then to the present, I was never lost or confused. The reader steps into the mind of the serial killer which was quite fascinating. The story ended well which is not always the case. Each character was well described and I could "see" each of them. The premise of the story and the reasons for the killings was quite interesting. (by Karen Ingalls)

      The northwestern England town of Chester (near the Welsh border) is being menaced by a serial killer. Inspector Walter Darriteau is on the case.

If there is such a thing as a "quiet" serial killer, that is the situation in Chester. There are no cases of multiple stab wounds, or blood all over the walls. A woman is drugged, and her head is completely wrapped in brown tape until she suffocates. Her body is stuffed in a suitcase, and dumped in an abandoned quarry. An old fisherman is pushed into a canal and drowns. An elderly woman is drugged and taken to a quiet patch of forest. The car is left running, and the exhaust is pointed back into the car with the windows rolled up. The police don't know if they are dealing with one or more killers, or their gender. There are the usual taunting letters, specifically intended for Darriteau. The killer/killers have a specific grudge against Darriteau, a native of Jamaica who is nearing retirement age, and wants him to suffer. A fellow member of the police department is attacked at the local race track. Is Darriteau next?

This is also the story of a boy named Armitage, more interested in singing, dancing and flower arranging than in the usual activities enjoyed by boys. Dad runs a failing car dealership, and Donna, his second wife, who handles the finances, has been embezzling thousands of pounds from the company. She also hates Armitage. When he is 11 years old, they are killed in a car accident. Armitage assumes that he will live with Mrs. Greenaway, the owner of the local florist shop, but she says that she does not have the space, or the desire, for Armitage. He spends the rest of his childhood in an orphanage. After he is released, he drifts from job to job. At one job, he crosses paths with Desiree, and falls instantly in love. She feels the same way. (by Paul Lappen)

ERIC HALPENNY describes himself as an engineer by day and an author at night. "To learn to read is to light a fire" is a favorite and inspirational quote by Victor Hugo. Erick hopes that his writing will light the fire of reading, introspection and hope in his readers. 

I read the short story "The Conflict" which tells the story of two best friends who join the Canadian Army during WWI. It typically is not a genre I would be drawn to, but I am so glad that I read this story of war, death, families, and a deep friendship. It was well-written with quotes by various officers and soldiers.

REVIEW:
     At the time of this writing there is only one review, written by me. It received the much deserved 5 stars. 
     This is a short story about two Canadians, John and Greg who are best friends. John wants to join the Canadian Army during WWI, but Greg only joins to make sure his best friend, John is always safe. Typically war stories are not ones I want to read, but I am glad I read this one. The story feels real as it takes the reader to the battlefield; the quotes at the end of each chapter add to the truth of an otherwise fictional accounts; and the depth of the friendship is touching. A powerful ending. (byKaren Ingalls)

If you are an author or avid reader, I encourage you to look into joining Rave Reviews Book Club. You will find it a supportive, friendly, and talented group of authors. https://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com

5 comments:

  1. Great reviews Karen. I loved Conflict and added Murder Diaries to my Kindle!

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    1. Denise, thank you for your comment. I believe you will like Murder Diaries as much as I did and yes, I loved Conflict which surprised me. I am usually not into war books.

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  2. What an interesting blog this is! Thanks for the coverage and the super review, Karen, you are most kind to me. (The brown envelope is in the mail – joke!)

    Yesterday was a very special day here for us, for my lady’s son and his wife produced their first child, a beautiful little girl named Edie. She weighed in at an impressive 9 pounds 1 ounce, and mother and child are both doing great.

    As I am writing this she is still not quite one day old. Amazing! When I should have been working hard on my two new books that are close to completion, you can imagine that business all went out of the window, and it sure puts everything else into perspective.

    A joyous day here for sure, for she was such a long time in coming. Maybe she’ll grow up to be a great writer, or an actress, prime minister, even, or science professor (the most likely when you look at her parents!) but whatever lies in store for little Edie, may she live a long and happy and healthy life, for that is what all of us truly wish for.

    Yes, I know, this is all a little off topic, I apologise, but sometimes other things take preference, and now, there’s no excuse for me, it’s back to the pencils and a little more scribbling, and after lunch I am ordered to be off out to buy some small clothes, and I am told to buy pink! Think I can manage that. Have a great day – David.

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    1. Congratulations on your new grandchild, which is a special gift. She will fill your life in a wondrous and glorious way. I now have 12 grandchildren and each one is very dear.
      Your gift for writing is quite evident and I am anxious to read more. I am glad that we met through RRBC.

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  3. thank you, Karen, and it's great to meet you too. All the very best with your writing and your great blog - David.

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