Today’s first featured book is Midnight Owl which is the first book in the Joe Leverette Mystery series by Viv Drewa..
About the Book
When the dismembered body of a young woman is found Detectives Joe Leverette and Philip Marsden are assigned the case. After investigating the Port Huron, Michigan area where the six body parts were found there’s a twist in the case: The murderer goes after each individual who found the parts, one by one.Leverette becomes interested in one of the women, Carole Sage, a sensitive, but because of the case he’s not able to take it any further. Everyone on the police force sees his infatuation, but Carole does not.
Each of the six witnesses has a dream about the murderer removing the particular body part they found the night. They are startled awake and hear an owl hoot three times. None of them want to reveal their dream to the detectives.Carole sees the actual murder and each murder as it happens to the witnesses. The police chief, Billingsley, understands her ‘gift’ and sets up a sting to catch him. It fails and they have to regroup to think of something else. Two witnesses are dead and they don’t want a third to die.
This book is for 18+ due to the violence.
The most recent review for the book
This book is the perfect mystery thriller. A serial killer is on the loose. He decapitates his victims and scatters their remains. He sends notes to the police, taunting them.
Carole is a sensitive, and she sees things foretelling the killer’s next move. However, neither she nor the police ever seem to get ahead. Will the sadistic murderer ever be caught, or will he continue claiming victims?
This book had a grip on me from the moment I started reading. As the story went along, I became more and more engrossed, and tried to predict what would happen next. However, I could never figure it out. The plot changes were perfect, keeping me on my toes and guessing throughout the story. This book ends with a giant cliffhanger. I can’t wait for Part Two!
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Also by Viv Drewa
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and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Viv-Drewa/e/B00J1PTJ20
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Connect to Viv via her website: http://vivdrewa.com
The next author with a recent review is Jessica Duchen for Ghost Variations released in September 2016 and is the strangest detective story in the history of music – inspired by a true incident.
1933. Dabbling in the fashionable “Glass Game” – a Ouija board – the famous Hungarian violinist Jelly d’Arányi, one-time muse to composers such as Bartók, Ravel and Elgar, encounters a startling dilemma. A message arrives ostensibly from the spirit of the composer Robert Schumann, begging her to find and perform his long-suppressed violin concerto.
She tries to ignore it, wanting to concentrate instead on charity concerts. But against the background of the 1930s depression in London and the rise of the Nazis in Germany, a struggle ensues as the “spirit messengers” do not want her to forget.
The concerto turns out to be real, embargoed by Schumann’s family for fear that it betrayed his mental disintegration: it was his last full-scale work, written just before he suffered a nervous breakdown after which he spent the rest of his life in a mental hospital. It shares a theme with his Geistervariationen (Ghost Variations) for piano, a melody he believed had been dictated to him by the spirits of composers beyond the grave.
As rumours of its existence spread from London to Berlin, where the manuscript is held, Jelly embarks on an increasingly complex quest to find the concerto. When the Third Reich’s administration decides to unearth the work for reasons of its own, a race to perform it begins.
Though aided and abetted by a team of larger-than-life personalities – including her sister Adila Fachiri, the pianist Myra Hess, and a young music publisher who falls in love with her – Jelly finds herself confronting forces that threaten her own state of mind. Saving the concerto comes to mean saving herself.
In the ensuing psychodrama, the heroine, the concerto and the pre-war world stand on the brink, reaching together for one more chance of glory.
A captivating and enticing read.
At the heart of this book is a poignant story of a great violinist, Jelly d’Aranyi, or “An Artist of the Floating World”( to borrow from Ishiguro) trying to come to terms with an ever alienating society and the world as it is rapidly approaching another Great War. Although the main plot is the search for a Schumann violin concerto, it seems almost secondary, an effect rather than a cause.
As Jelly is getting older she laments times past, with a brilliantly successful career surrounded by famous musicians and close friends who admire her. She is anxious about a decline in her career, bitterly remarking that were she a man she would be at the height of her power at this age; her close friends are scattered around the country, one battling old age and another taken by a horrible illness. Still grieving for the man she loved who died in the First World War, she thinks it’s inconceivable that another war should be coming so soon. Jelly is deeply unsettled by the anti-foreigner mood around her, despite living in this country for a long time she starts to feel like an unwelcome outsider.
Faced with the task of dealing with the rapid changes around her, Jelly finds herself ” losing the ground” as if being swept away by a wave of change. At last she is forced to re-evaluate her whole existence.
Her quest to find the Schumann Concerto becomes her only way out, a way to keep the spirits of all the people she loved as well as herself alive. The music becomes her salvation.
I consider it a sign of how far we have come as a society (although arguably we still have a lot further to go) when we take for granted the difficulties of having a career as a woman. The impossibility of having both a family as well as being a successful musician doesn’t cross our mind immediately nowadays, which is a stark contrast to 1930s. Deciding on being a concert musician meant Jelly and many other female artists including the legendary Myra Hess chose to not settle down.
Everywhere else in the novel the author devotes time on highlighting “the plight” of women, one such example being the inability of women to study at certain high institutions as they weren’t allowed. The subject of woman’s condition so well brought up in this book was an extra bonus to me. Elsewhere the undoubtedly realistic backdrop of the book is beautifully crafted; the general mood of anxiety and alarm as of the uncertainty of the near future is daunting, making one somewhat queasy.
This book will be of great interest not only to musicians but a general reader looking for a gripping read, because that is exactly what this is. Highly recommended.
Read more reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ghost-Variations-Strangest-Detective-Story-ebook/product-reviews/B01LW6HZV6
Also by Jessica Duchen
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jessica-Duchen/e/B001HCXXL
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Connect to Jessica via her website: http://www.jessicaduchen.co.uk
The next author with a recent review is Claire Fullerton with the wonderfully titled Dancing to an Irish Reel set in Connemara.
On sabbatical from her job in the LA record business, Hailey takes a trip to Ireland for the vacation of a lifetime. What she finds is a job offer too good to turn down.
Her new job comes with one major complication—Liam Hennessey. He’s a famous Irish musician whose entire live has revolved around performing. And Hailey falls in love with him. Although Liam’s not so sure love is in the cards for him, he’s not willing to push her away completely.
And so begins Hailey’s journey to a colorful land that changes her life, unites her with friends more colorful than the Irish landscape, and gives her a chance at happiness she’s never found before.
One of the recent reviews for the book
It is widely accepted that both the early written works and the oral tradition of storytellers, which began in ancient Ireland, are among the most original and earliest forms of communication in Europe. Writers have the uncanny ability to tap into the realm of spirit, the place where all inspiration emanates. It is a gift that enables them to transcend the mundane, and experience the world as they see and feel it, and know how it should be. They can be likened to magicians and have the uncanny ability to turn what to most people, are chaotic thoughts, emotions and feelings, and fashion them into beautiful and meaningful works of art. They are artists who paint the blank canvas with their words and are blessed with the grace that enables them to never stray far from their original nature, despite having to live and survive in the material world.
Writers pass on what they have learned through their words, which are the manifestation of a collective knowledge. It is a shamanistic quality which they possess.
A fine example of these very qualities can be found in a wonderfully written novel titled “Dancing to an Irish Reel” by author Claire Fullerton. Ms. Fullerton takes the reader on an inspiring journey of hope, love and music, through the beautiful Galway in the West of Ireland and the ancient province of Connaught. If you have never been to Ireland, reading “Dancing to an Irish Reel” will inspire you to dust off your passport.
Read some of the 58 reviews for the book and buy: https://www.amazon.com/Dancing-Irish-Reel-Claire-Fullerton/dp/0990304256
Also by Claire Fullerton
Buy both books and audio editions: https://www.amazon.com/Claire-Fullerton/e/B00HRJEUJ4
and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Claire-Fullerton/e/B00HRJEUJ4
Read other reviews and follow Claire on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7388895.Claire_Fullerton
Connect to Claire via her website: http://www.clairefullerton.com
Last but certainly not least, is Tina Frisco with a recent review for her recently released new edition of Plateau: Beyond the Trees
Is there any hope for humankind? Will love prevail over fear? A young tribal female is unaware she holds the answers to these questions. W’Hyani was born strong and willful and the Keeper of the Crystal Heart. Her mettle is tested by the cosmic forces that shaped her destiny. She comes face-to-face with fear in a battle that would shrink the will of the most daring warrior. The fate of all beings in the Universe depends on her defeating the bloodthirsty gondrah and unlocking the mystery of the Great Mosaic of Life.
Two reviews within a couple of days of each other so will share both.
At the first turn of page one in the Plateau: Beyond the Trees, the reader steps back into time, or possibly the future, to meet the E’Ghali tribe and the young, W’Hyani. The story is told through her experiences and life journey as W’Hyani embarks on a hero’s journey fraught with all the hardships and heartbreaks that life can bring. Yet, somehow the lessons she learns come across as fresh and new leading her on the path to illumination.
At the core of the story is the legend of the sacred cave of the E’Ghali where the Great Mosaic represents the Great One. W’hyani and her parents hold the key to this mystery as they grapple with their destinies. Each family member holds a special place in the fulfillment of W’Hyani’s destiny.
At times, travelers from “the city” ventured onto E’Ghali land and relationships were established. When this happened, I couldn’t quite tell if we were in the future or the past. It didn’t really matter because the tribal legends spoke of a time when humans would be able to exist in peace and love which left me with the feeling that this event would soon take place. When this event occurs is not the point. Instead, it is the fact that it will happen that captures your spirit.
Such is W’Hyani’s destiny as the Keeper of the Crystal Heart. She represents hope and the future of all mankind.
At the beginning of each chapter, the author shares a quote from Lynn V. Andrew’s, The Power Deck. Each of these quotes drove home a powerful message that was highlighted by W’Hyani’s particular journey in that chapter. I was deeply moved by many of these passages which were a great addition to the story.
Plateau was an emotional read for me. I took my time and tried to experience through my reading, the life lessons that W’Hyani and her friends undertook. Their experiences caused me to reflect upon my own life and spiritual journey. This is the kind of book that transports you to a higher plane of existence where what you thought was the ending is really only the beginning.
Tina Frisco wrote this book as an outreach of hope to the doomsday messages that swirled in the media around December 21, 2012. In reality, the book is timeless. The message of love, understanding, and compassion resonate today or any day. Respect for our mother Earth reverberates lovingly through each page.
I’ve added this book to my Me Time Category for Spirituality because of the emotional impact this book left on my heart. I’ve never read another story like it and found it to be a hidden gem in the literary world.
Spiritually Moving and Uplifting on September 14, 2017
FIRST I must say that I loved this gentle little book. I devoured it in a single evening, so entranced by the story that I didn’t want to stop to read the inspiring quotes from Lynn V. Andrew’s Power Deck that began each chapter. Once I reached the end of the book I had to go back for the quotes, skimming each following chapter a second time.
NOW I must say that I have struggled with how I could possibly write a review — I’ve never read another book quite like it.
Other reviewers here have given you as much as you need to become familiar with the book’s “environment” – if I can call it that, introducing you to a few of the characters – so I won’t repeat similar content. But they can’t convey the deeply spiritual, uplifting essence of the book that, to me, is what makes it remarkable. Plateau never pontificates, but rather seduces the reader to come to his or her own spiritual realizations as the story unfolds.
I suppose the most impactful thing I can say is that I was infused with a sense of well-being when I finally put down my Kindle and turned off the light. I was in such a calm and totally relaxed positive state of mind that I transitioned easily and almost immediately into a deep sleep – a rare experience in my life.
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Also by Tina Frisco
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Tina-Frisco/e/B009NMOFNY
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tina-Frisco/e/B009NMOFNY
Read more reviews and follow Tina on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6497599.Tina_Frisco
Connect to Tina via her blog and website: https://tinafrisco.com/
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will explore these authors and their work further.. Thanks Sally.