Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews – Yigal Zur, P.C. Zick, Jim Webster

Welcome to the first of this week’s author updates with recent reviews for books on the shelves.

The first author is Yigal Zur for his first book translated into English featuring private investigator Dotan Naor.. the second book is due out on November 5th.

About Death in Shangri-La

Ex-Israeli operative turned private investigator, Dotan Naor—to settle a bet—agrees to locate the missing son of former acquaintance, now ruthless Israeli arms merchant, Willy Mizrachi. Willy, who does not hesitate to sell killing machines to the most heinous players in the world, is desperate to find his only son, Itiel, who has headed to an ashram in the Himalayas.

The Himalayas are also host to groups of young Israelis who have completed their mandatory military service—a sort of rite of passage. Now, those innocent kids are being hunted down by violent terrorists.

India and the disputed Kashmir region between India and Pakistan is familiar territory to Dotan, as he searches for Itiel and for the source of these heinous attacks on Israeli youth.

Unwilling to leave this quest in the hands of Dotan, Willy also travels to India, where he is murdered in Delhi, triggering international repercussions capable of ripping the world apart at one of its most dangerous flashpoints.

Nothing is as it seems in this region of the world. Betrayal reigns everywhere.

But love, in its purest form, does manage to shine through in this story of brutal international corruption.

One of the recent reviews for Death in Shangri La on Goodreads

Aug 26, 2019 Grace J Reviewerlady rated it 4.5 stars really liked it

A fascinating and memorable read! Dotan Naor is a new, exciting and very different type of investigator . . .Dotan and his friend Willy are unlikely mates: one is and ex-officer who now spends his time locating young Israelis who have gone astray whilst the other is an arms dealer. At their latest meeting, they make a bet and Dotan agrees to track down Willy’s son who is on retreat in the Himalayas. Willy decides to do what he can to help but ends up being murdered in a cheap and tacky hotel room. With India and Pakistan both laying claim to Kashmir, there are terrorists in the area targeting the many young Israelis who are backpacking there and they end up being a target – yet something else for Dotan to take into consideration.

This is an enthralling read and one which I really enjoyed. The locations are very different to other thrillers I’ve read, but with skilled writing the story became alive on the page. There is a lot going on, but in a connected way and I found myself totally invested in where this one was going. Dotan Naor is a very engaging character and one I hope to follow with this series. With Kashmir being currently in the news, it was a very topical read and there was plenty to keep my focus. As always, I appreciated that by the final page everything which needed to be followed through was brought to a satisfying conclusion. A cracking read, and one I’m happy to recommend. I’m very happy to give this one four and a half stars

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Also in English by Yigal Zur – On Pre-Order for November 5th.

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The second author today is bestselling author P.C. Zick with recent reviews for Love on Track (Rivals in Love Book Three).

About the book

Childhood history between a race car driver and an event coordinator collide at the Indy 500. He can’t be distracted by romance. And she can’t trust love will last.

Stone Crandall wants more than anything to win the Indy 500, but as the race approaches, other things begin to distract him. Not only has his family descended on Indianapolis, but a schoolboy crush in the form of his sister’s best friend appears and changes his focus. Tara Hartman grew up with the Crandall family as her safe haven from a broken family. As an adult she’s grown a successful business planning events for major corporations. Stone’s race car team hires her for the two weeks of the big race, which is a surprise to Stone.

At the start of the activities, Tara and Stone make a pact to remain single when they discover neither of them has ever fallen in love. Then when Tara’s father and stepmother invade the festivities, along with her mother, Stone provides her a strong shoulder for comfort.

When comfort turns to passion, the two are caught in an embrace by all the parents, and Stone’s concentration on winning is all but destroyed until he tells Tara she’s a distraction. He also starts to let the attention of the media expand his ego. Tara is convinced all men are attracted by shiny objects just like her father when he left her mother for another woman. Tara ends things with Stone, just as his career soars.

Once the parents and Crandall siblings see how much the two care about one another despite their stubbornness, efforts are made to show them that love is worth the risk, no matter the outcome.

It’s up to Tara and Stone to figure out whether they want to take the leap and find out for themselves.

One of the recent reviews for Love on Track on Goodreads

This is the third book in the Rivals in Love series. The series is about an American Italian large family with six adult siblings who have promising carreers but no luck with love, to the desperation of their Italian mother who is dreaming if grand children. In each book, one of the siblings finds love after overcoming a difficult start.

What I really like about the books until now is that every sibling faces something totally different, and it gets better with every new book. The books are not alike. A different kind of rivalry is treated in every story. The family and love dynamics are different for each brother and sister. So true in any large family!

Love on Track is my favorite to date, as the couple has to outgrow childhood rivalries and roles to accept and appreaciate each other as adults.It is so true that people who know us since childhood often fail to see the adult we grow into! So, I absolutely loved this storyline. Usually we have kids in love who grow into adults in love, here we have two rival kids who grow into lovers.

I particularly recommend the series to people who love multicultural stories, family sagas, real plots behind the love story, and clean romance.

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A small selection of other books by P.C. Zick

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The final author today is Jim Webster with a recent review for Tallis Steelyard: Gentlemen behaving badly and other stories.

About the book

More of the wit, wisdom and jumbled musings of Tallis Steelyard. Marvel at the delicate sensitivities of an assassin, wonder at the unexpected revolt of Callin Dorg. Beware of the dangers of fine dining, and of a Lady in red. Travel with Tallis as his poetical wanderings have him meandering through the pretty villages of the north. Who but Tallis Steelyard could cheat death by changing the rules?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Another great collection of short stories about Port Naain poet Tallis Steelyard. This is the second collection I’ve read, and I enjoyed it as much as the first one – if not more so.
The individual stories are amusing, and a little quirky, and well suited for a quick read to disconnect from reality after a long day. Heartily recommended.

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A selection of other books by Jim Webster

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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you are leaving with some books under your arm.. thanks Sally.


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