Welcome to the first of the updates this week… with recent reviews for authors on the shelves of the cafe and bookstore.
The first author with a recent review is Mary Adler for her wartime mystery Shadowed by Death… An Oliver Wright WW II Mystery Book 2. A young Polish freedom fighter is in danger and Oliver Wright must try to protect her..
About Shadowed by Death
San Francisco, 1944. Sophia Nirenska, a Polish resistance fighter who survived the Warsaw ghetto uprising, finds safety in California until someone tries to kill her. She insists political enemies want to silence her, but homicide detective Oliver Wright, on medical leave from the Marines, believes the motive is more personal. He and his German shepherd, Harley, try to protect Sophia, but she insists on doing things her own way—a dangerous decision.
Oliver guards Sophia as they travel from an Italian cafe in Richmond to communist chicken farmers in Petaluma where her impetuous actions put them both in mortal danger.
When Oliver rescues a girl and her dog who are running for their lives, he discovers the dark secret at the heart of the threat to Sophia, a secret with its roots in Poland. When he does, he is forced to choose between enforcing the law as he knows it and jeopardizing Sophia or accepting a rougher kind of justice.
Shadowed by Death accurately portrays the fears and troubles of the communities of northern California as they bear the burdens of World War II and celebrate the gift of finding family among strangers.
A recent review for the book
It is 1944, World War II is still raging in the Pacific and in Europe, and Oliver Wright, on medical leave from the U.S. Marine Corps, is back in the city of Point Richmond in the East Bay region of San Francisco along with his German shepherd, Harley.
And things are about to get complicated. Sophia Nirenska, a Polish Jew in the United States to raise money for thousands of Jewish children scattered all over war-torn Europe and to mobilize support for a “Free Poland” after the war ends, is on somebody’s liquidation list.
The Nazis? The Russians? Polish Communists?
When she is almost run down by an assassin in a car, homicide detective Oliver is tasked with protecting her. It’s not an easy job. He is still hobbled from a leg wound he suffered fighting the Japanese in Guam and Sophia is a willful woman who refuses to be protected.
To make matters worse, she insists on revealing things that the FBI (and others) would rather keep secret, such as what really happened in Poland’s Katyn Forest when the Russians massacred some four thousand unarmed Polish soldiers—including Sophia’s brother—and blamed it on the Germans.
Sophia knows too much and she is saying things publicly that is proving embarrassing for a variety of people. In that respect, the book is true to the time. During World War II a lot of secrets were buried out of political pragmatism and expediency. Author Mary Adler has done praiseworthy research on the 1940s and the multifarious partisan machinations that allowed many war criminals and other miscreants to escape post-war justice.
Ms. Adler doesn’t write her mysteries in a linear way. The plot moves every which way, along with sub-plots with a surfeit of twists and turns—all designed to keep readers on their toes and engaged.
As the late, legendary mystery author P.D. James once said: “The detective can know nothing which the reader isn’t also told. It would be a very, very bad detective story at the end if the reader felt, ‘Who could possibly have guessed that?’ “
Ms. Adler reveals just enough to keep you turning the pages and she keeps you guessing for all 277 pages. Shadowed by Death: An Oliver Wright WW II Mystery is a worthy successor to In the Shadow of Lies, the first book in the Oliver Wright mystery series. We hope there will be more.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07F2V369K
Also by Mary Adler
Buy both books from Mary’s author page US: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Adler/e/B00JAM3VVE/
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mary-Adler/e/B00JAM3VVE/
Read more reviews and follow Mary on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7829648.M_A_Adler
Connect to Mary via her website: https://maryadlerwrites.com/
The final recent review today is for Skating on Thin Ice by USA Today Bestselling author Jacquie Biggar.
About Skating on Thin Ice
Sam Walters has made a deal with the devil.
In order to win a much-needed contract as physical therapist to one of the NHL’s leading hockey teams, Sam must delay the recovery of their sniper, Mac Wanowski. The trouble is, the more she gets to know the taciturn hockey player, the more she aches to help him.
Mac ‘The Hammer’ Wanowski chased the Stanley Cup dream for too many years. Last time he was close it had cost him his wife. As injuries continue to plague the team, Mac works to catch a killer and keep the woman he’s come to love from the hands of a madman.
Hockey can be a dangerous sport, especially when millions of dollars are at stake.
One of the recent reviews for the book
This book is the perfect mixture of romance with an action packed story line to keep you turning the pages. The author does a great job of drawing the reader into the world of ice hockey and the murky world of match fixing and deals with the mob. Mac Wanowski is a champion ice hockey player and, with him on board, his team looks set to win the season. This does not suit everyone and Mac is seriously injured while playing in a match two weeks before the final. He is sent away to a remote cabin in the mountains to heal. The team’s doctor delivers his niece, Sam, a physical therapist who desperately needs a break, to assist Mac with a speedy recovery. Little does he know that she has been offered the opportunity to obtain a contract as the physical therapist to Mac’s team but, in return, she must slow down his recovery.
When Sam meets Mac her soft heart quickly goes out to him, especially when she learns of the loss of his wife and unborn baby in a terrible accident a few years previously. Sam is also attracted to the taciturn hockey star and she can sense it is reciprocated. Sam makes a decision to try to help Mac and ensure that he is able to play in the final match of the season but she is unaware that there are other, much more dangerous people lurking, who are determined to keep Mac off the ice.
I enjoyed the character of smolderingly sexy Mac, with his heartbreaking past, and the sweet and big hearted, Sam, with her history of financial anxiety and determination to succeed in a male dominated profession.
An entertaining and easy read with a great twist at the end and lots of romantic ups and downs to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07LGHB5D5
A selection of other books by Jacquie Biggar
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Jacquie-Biggar/e/B00MSIJQBG
And at Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jacquie-Biggar/e/B00MSIJQBG/
Read more reviews and follow Jacquie Biggar on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8445812.Jacquie_Biggar
Connect to Jacquie via her website: http://jacqbiggar.com
Thank you for visiting today and I hope you are leaving with some books under your arm… thanks Sally.