Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – #Reviews – #psychologicalthriller Carol Balawyder, #Murdermystery Diana J. Febry, #War #Afghanistan Patricia Furstenberg

Welcome to the first of the author updates for the week with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first author is Carol Balawyder for her latest release Warning Signs: A Novel about Obsession.

About the book

Eugene’s research into his criminal mind is not about the why, but how to prevent his horrific crimes. Angie, a young woman starving for passion sees Eugene as her saviour from a lonely life of caring for her heroin addicted mother. How far is she willing to go in order to save her relationship with Eugene and his promise for a future together?

Detective Van Ray is out on a vindictive mission as he attempts to solve the murders of young girls in Youth Protection.

Their lives collide in a mixture of mistrust, obsession and ignoring the warning signs. A psychological thriller about human frailty and loneliness.

One of the early reviews for the book

I always enjoy reading Balawyder’s novels; their emphasis falls as much on character introspection as it does storytelling. In “Warning Signs,” a young woman struggles to understand her jealous and cruel new boyfriend, a killer tries to discover what it is that makes him kill, and a detective bearing the scars of a botched arrest must regain his footing. Together the three of them unravel the interconnected threads of this psychological thriller. It’s a smooth read with fluid prose and a rich Canadian setting.

Buy the book: Amazon US

and : Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Carol Balawyder

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And on: Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Carol on: Goodreads

Connect to Carol on her blog: Carol Balawyder

The next author with a recent review is Diana. J. Febry for the murder mystery Bells on her Toes.

About the book

A stand-alone mystery featuring DCI Peter Hatherall.
The police are baffled by the discovery of a stranger shot in the forehead in a disused barn. When people connected to Elmsgrove Racing Stables start turning up dead the race is on to uncover how the stranger is connected to the area and who is behind the murders.
The racing community is about to learn their deadliest enemy may be someone close. The quiet drinker in the corner of the pub may be a serial killer. And the crazy drunk may be the key to unlocking the mystery.

A classic murder mystery.

One of the recent reviews for the book

I’ve read several books by this author and haven’t been disappointed. Happily, this story entertained me as much as the others. It’s an English small village detective story with a mystery set in the world of horse racing with a death in a racing yard, and the author give a great insight into that world. Lead detective, Peter Hatherall, investigates the murder. There is an array of suspects and some red herrings but the author has done an excellent job giving the main ones plausible cause to commit murder. Working out ‘who done it’ as the mystery deepens and body count escalates is challenging for the detectives and the reader. Characters have been well created and the plot is well-paced and imaginative with numerous twists and turns, so there is a lot to keep tabs on but ultimately rewarding. Highly recommended.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK

and: Amazon US

A selection of other books by Diana J. Febry

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK

And on: Amazon US

Read many more reviews and follow Diana on: Goodreads

Connect to Diana via her Facebook page: Diana J. Febry

And the final author today  is Patricia Furstenberg with a recent review for her latest release  Silent Heroes. 

About Silent Heroes

Silent Heroes’ is a highly emotional read, action-packed, a vivid story of enormous sacrifice and bravery.

*’Silent Heroes’ is the ideal read for the fans of ‘The Kite Runner’ and ‘Dear John’!*

When Talibans descends in the village of Nauzad and discover girls can read, a woman accepts the blame and is killed on the spot for breaking the Islam law. Her teenage daughter witnesses the sacrifice and swears revenge, her life and that of her brother becoming intertwined with those of the US Marines serving at FOB Day nearby. But the Taliban is infiltrated everywhere and friends or foes are hard to differentiate. The U.S. Marines fight with bravery to protect the civilians of Nauzad and to fend off the Taliban at Qala-e-Bost, thus protecting Bost Airport, a vital strategic point for the allies. Faced with questions about the necessity of the war, with the trauma of losing their platoon-mates and the emotional scars of battle, the US Marines race against time in one last battle of eradicating the Taliban before it is too late.

The War in Afghanistan is a contemporary, vitally important conflict whose meaning needs to be understood by the public worldwide. ‘Silent Heroes’ is a narrative about the value of life and the necessity of combat; the terror of dying; the ordeal of seeing your loved ones and your platoon-mates killed in front of your eyes; the trauma of taking a human life.

Read about very well trained MWDs, military working dogs, capable of detecting the smallest traces of explosives, working in the extreme weather condition environments, under the stressful battlefield situations that is the War in Afghanistan.

Smart and agile, at the end of the day what these dogs are looking forward to is the close bond they developed with their handlers, which call themselves the dog’s partners, brothers, daddies.

From the storyteller of the Bestseller “Joyful Trouble” comes a riveting, fictional account inspired by the War in Afghanistan, a battle that spanned centuries and has affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.

“Light, knowledge, they bring the courage to look at the people around us, accepting them for what they are.”

“Do you ever think that history speaks of victors and captors, of battles and soldiers whose lives have been lost and history even counts them, but of the casualties on the civilian side?”

“When soldiers grieve, time takes a screenshot and a new star rises in the sky.”

One of the recent reviews for the book

Silent Heroes follows a group a US Marines on a mission in Afghanistan to remove a Taliban stronghold in the mountains. They’re a canine unit with war dogs trained to sniff out explosives.

I don’t know if the author served in the Middle East, but if she didn’t, her research is phenomenal. She provides vivid details about daily life during a deployment, as well as the complexities of carrying out a mission, dealing with the constant threat of IEDs (bombs), and working with the local population. Small details – like carrying lollipops in a medkit and assembling a birthday cake out of Rice Krispies and jam – made the story come to life.

There’s plenty of action, battles, explosions, rescues, and all-around danger. And plenty of heart, not only between the soldiers, but between the men and their dogs. The main characters are well-drawn with unique personalities and varying backstories. The civilian population is portrayed with a range of characters, young and old, some of them terrorized by the Taliban but also courageous in the face of fear.

The story is told in an omniscient point of view, and woven into the narrative is an overview of the political history of the country including interference by other nations, particularly Britain, Russia, and the US. That said, this isn’t a political book with a particular bias. It’s a human story about marines and their dogs on a mission. Highly recommended for readers of war stories.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

and: Amazon UK

A small selection of other books by Patricia Furstenberg

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Patricia: Goodreads

Connect to Patricia via her blog: Alluring Creations

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

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  2. A little bit late but better late than never. Thanks, Sally, for grouping me with these two other very interesting authors. Diana. J. Febry’s is a new mystery author for me. I am going to check her out. Patricia Furstenberg writes about dogs! Wonderful! Her latest Silent Heroes sounds very appealing. ❤

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