Book Talk and Reviews

I love reading books. I’ve always loved reading books.  I think this love came from my mother who taught me to read before I went to school. She had a bookcase headboard crammed with yellowing thrift store paperbacks—some you wouldn’t expect your mother to read like Messalina and Peyton Place—along with fat, hard-cover, Reader Digests. 

If I like a book, I write about it. So, naturally, my reviews and musings end up in my blog. I know what it takes to write a book, the endless hours, the sleepless nights; so I don’t write about a book if I don’t connect with it.

I also write reviews of fellow Canadian authors for the Ottawa Review of Books. This has allowed me to discover some brilliant writers. They’re not all New York Times Bestselling authors. Not yet. But they’re wonderful just the same. So, if you like to discover new authors too, read on.

Though the Heavens Fall by Anne Emery

In the prologue of this historical novel, Anne Emery reveals that the title is derived from a Latin phrase inscribed on the Four Courts in Dublin, fiat justitia ruat caelum. Transcribed in English it means “let justice be done though the heavens fall.” It’s a fitting...

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The Witch’s Daughter

An enthralling urban fantasy spanning 380 years, in this tale the witch’s daughter becomes a witch herself. Naturally. And also rather unnaturally. The tale begins in the village of Matravers, Wales in 2007, when Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith meets a fifteen-year-old girl...

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Ragged Lake

Vicious bikers. The Irish mob. A family of squatters. A clever police detective. Death Count 26. Some landscapes summon evil and once there, it lingers. Ragged Lake was a German POW camp during World War II, and then a mill town owned by O’Hearn Forest Products. Now,...

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The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook

Seventeen-year-old Skye Thorne plays with paranormal. Though she pretends to be a psychic—like Sherlock Holmes, Skye uses her observation skills to wangle her way through tarot card readings. Legally named Candi, by her strange, single mom, Skye needs the cash to...

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With Malice by Eileen Cook

Two best friends with differing social backgrounds. A senior year trip to Italy. A charming Italian tour guide. And a fatal accident. Or was it an accident?  One minute, Jill Charron is anticipating the trip of her dreams, and the next, she awakens in a hospital bed...

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Gwendy’s Button Box

This little treasure I read in two sittings. How could I not? When I saw it on the library shelf, I was instantly drawn to it. I picked it up and grinned inside and then felt a twinge of fear. It is, after all, a Stephen King story. I heard the master's voice lilting...

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