Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – #Reviews #Thriller Mary Adler, #Writing Jane Sturgeon, #Shortstories Sally Cronin

Welcome to the first of the author updates in 2020 with recent reviews for authors on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore.

The first author with a recent review is for Mary Adler and her wartime mystery Shadowed by Death An Oliver Wright WW II Mystery Book 2.

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

This story has everything: mystery, suspense, espionage, humanity, feeling, and more.

Sophia is on a dangerous crusade to raise money to aid Jewish children spread across many countries after WWII and to support the cause of “Free Poland.” After an attempt on her life, a homicide detective, Oliver, is given the task of protecting her. Recuperating from his war injury, Oliver brings his dog, Harley, to help.

Sophia uncovers information the Russians want kept secret. As the danger rises, so does the mystery. Sophia and Oliver race to uncover the truth.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

and: Amazon UK

Also by Mary Adler

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Mary: Goodreads

Connect to Mary via her website: Mary Adler Writes

My next author is a new addition to the Cafe and Bookstore at the end of 2019, Jane Sturgeon with a recent review for her non-fiction  Writing on Water: Self Awareness.

About the book

Each one of us holds stories about ourselves and these drive our lives. Thoughts are attached to emotions and actions spring from how we feel. Old stories can be re-written, new stories can be crafted and discoveries are made along the way. It is the tapestry of life and yes, you can weave with whatever threads you choose. Loving support, fresh perspectives and new life tools can make all the difference.

A recent review for the book

Life is a journey. When you amass knowledge and experience, it’s a generous and caring gift to offer that information to others. Jane Sturgeon has done so with her book, Writing on Water: Self-awareness. I became acquainted with this author through her blog, where she shares advice, thoughts, and feedback with others. Based on what she’s accomplished and undertaken in her life thus far, the words and wisdom will benefit many readers.

The book is on the shorter side, perhaps an intro for more to come from this author. Her advice in this edition focuses on tenderness, knowing when enough is enough, sea glass impressions, instincts, things we love, getting all twisted up, being hijacked (emotionally), and staying small. Within each of these sections, Jane shares a life experience, not always a positive one, that led to her awakening or spiritual conflict. Considering what to do when in a difficult relationship? Frustrated by people who try to take over your life? Uncertain how to relax and just let time tell you what you need to do? All these questions and many more come to the surface.

The book is not religious; if anything, I’d say it’s spiritual, forming a connection with the natural world and the silence around us. In a moment of need, Jane was thoroughly nervous and angry about a situation she had to handle. All the negativity almost ensured her situation would conclude far worse than she hoped, but something intervened, and in the end, Jane was given a gift. What a wonderful way to see your life turn around, even in smaller increments, when you need it to. I was most impressed by Jane’s life experience between 18 and 21 in South Africa. She had tons of courage and conviction, something I don’t think I could’ve found in my youth.

So… if you’d like to read about a wonderfully kind and open-minded woman’s opinions, learn from a life coach, and determine what might need some change in your life, this would be a good intro book, as it’s filled with tangible evidence of how altering her mindset helped Jane move forward. I’m glad to have the opportunity to read the book and share a review with you. The last line is the best… and I won’t share it all… but I will say “held us back from flowing with authenticity” is an eye-opening section.

Head over and buy the book: Amazon UK

And Amazon US: Amazon US

Connect to Jane via her blog: Jane Sturgeon WordPress

And I am celebrating too as I start the year with some recent reviews including one for my first short story collection Flights of Fancy published ten years ago.

About Flights of Fancy

Ghosts, romance, friendship of all kinds and revenge form the basis of this collection of short stories. Ghosts hint at a chance of coming back to say goodbye, exact a little payback, or simply to help someone else carry on living. Romance is not just for the young and nor are second chances. As for revenge, well… Never underestimate a group of elderly ladies with contacts from the past.

A recent review for the collection

An inviting book of short stories sure to reach various emotions from heartwarming to mystery and always with a twist at the end from this author.

Cronin’s knack for being able to write across several genres is a gift, and that’s what we’re getting in this ‘smorgasbord’ of stories, which no matter the genre, will always bring out a tenderness or justice in the end of her stories.

Flights of Fancy offers 11 short stories. From the story of Trust, a beautifully painted setting with sorrow and one bright spot from a canine visitor, to The Sewing Circle, an engaging short about a senior sewing club with a lot of spunk getting caught up in the crime happening around them, bringing a host of emotions together in one quaint, but suspenseful and satisfactory tale of justice. Cronin also takes us into The Other Side of Heaven, in a moving story in usual Cronin style, with a twist and a tear. How about a motivating psychic parrot who helps to solve one woman’s marital dilemma? No matter the storyline, Cronin knows how to engage an audience with her vivid stories on various subject matters, then wraps them all up with her sentimental touch and always a satisfying ending. Whether on mysteries, humor or heartwarming stories, Cronin has her own special way of bringing in the human condition to all her stories.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK

And: Amazon US

A selection of other Ebooks

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon US

and: Amazon UK

More reviews can be found on Goodreads: Goodreads

Thank you very much for dropping in today and I hope you have found some books to add to your reading list… thanks Sally.


25 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – #Reviews #Thriller Mary Adler, #Writing Jane Sturgeon, #Shortstories Sally Cronin

  1. Shadowed By Death sounds like an edge-of-your-seat thriller. It’s amazing how many places and people were effected by WWII. Throwing in a little history lesson can make a thriller much more interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Hi Sally, I’ve just re-entered the world after two weeks of the flu and was so excited to see this wonderful review by Suzanne Burke on your site because she is a writer a hold in the highest respect. So I am chuffed!! Thank you, Sally for all your support. Mary P.S. Flights of Fancy is now on my kindle and I look forward to reading your stories. They sound like my cup of tea!

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  3. Sally, thank you so much for including Jay’s thoughtful review of my book. You are lovely. Congratulations to Mary, for Susanne’s great review of Shadowed by Death and to you, for Debby’s heartfelt review of Flights of Fancy. Life’s Rich Tapestry is top of my reading list and I am looking forward to reviewing that for you. I am chuffed to be included here. ❤ hugs ❤

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