Cults, Control, and Sadism: A Story for The Ages

To say this is a creepy story, is a like saying the phrase 'drinking the Kool-Aid' has a funny history. Featuring a cult possession of a wealthy English family, the Lamb's, in the late 1980s, this is a coming of age story in a most adverse environment. This is a family composed of two seemingly… Continue reading Cults, Control, and Sadism: A Story for The Ages

“One for sorrow, Two for joy, Three for a girl, Four for a boy, Five for silver, Six for gold, Seven for a secret, Never to be told.”

The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz, is a superb homage to the cozy mystery genre made famous in the Golden Age of Crime. This story instantly makes one nostalgic for familiar characters like Agatha Christie's Poirot and Miss Marple. As far as I'm concerned, you can't beat a good whodunnit: the twists and turns, the… Continue reading “One for sorrow, Two for joy, Three for a girl, Four for a boy, Five for silver, Six for gold, Seven for a secret, Never to be told.”

“Red Lady, Red Lady, show us your face…”

Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters, coming December 2019, is a supernatural thriller starring protagonist Heather Cole. If you like spooky, creepy, suspense  - this one is for you.  Let me address the style of this writing, which by far and away won't appeal to every reader, but will be an absolute delight to… Continue reading “Red Lady, Red Lady, show us your face…”

An extraordinary sleuth in a changing time

The 'Widows of Malabar Hill' by Sujata Massey is a social commentary disguised as a whodunit "locked room" mystery set in exotic Bombay, India. The story cleverly weaves two timelines; a 'present-day' Bombay in 1921 where Perveen Mistry is working hard to become an integral part of her father's law firm. The second timeline takes… Continue reading An extraordinary sleuth in a changing time

A new rabbit hole to follow…

The 7 and 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a total trip. Guests are invited to the Hardcastle family mansion, a dilapidated Blackheath House in the English countryside, for a costume party that the Hardcastles are holding for the return of their daughter, Evelyn. Evelyn has been living in Paris, after a tragedy visits the… Continue reading A new rabbit hole to follow…