“A Stolen Season” by Steve Hamilton
Sometimes it’s nice to read a mystery thriller set in a new and different venue. In this case, Michigan’s Upper Peninsular is the scene where an antique Chris Craft wooden boat crashes into an abandoned boat pier on the fourth of July leading to a mystery where policemen are killed and small town locals are threatened by big city mobsters. Ex-policeman Alex McKnight rescues the occupants of the boat, but rather than a happy occasion, it leads to the murder and mayhem that follows. The Great Lakes quite naturally play a role in events that occur both here and in Canada. The story is interesting and the flawed characters provide the backdrop for a plot that will leave the reader wondering what will happen next. The only fly in my personal ointment is the author’s lack of gun knowledge that causes me to wonder why he doesn’t seek input from someone that would make his venture into this arena a great deal more accurate and thus wouldn’t detract from the rest of the story which is factual in geography and nuance. If you are tired of many of the writers who seem to be cranking out a book a week like Pringles, this one with a good storyline in a different setting might just be your cup of tea.
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“The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern
This displayed the author’s imaginations as she wove chapter after chapter of fanciful, magical events utilizing characters that could have graduated from hogwarts. However, therein lays the problem: it was chapter after chapter after chapter, seemingly without end and without connecting the dots creating a interesting story, or even a plot. It began with promise, much like “Stardust” by Neil Gaiman, but fizzled with never ending repetition. I enjoyed the lengthy tomes by J.K. Rowling because each of the Potter stories kept you on the edge of your seat and the magic had purpose, and the characters had depth. Sadly, I got as far as page 204 out of the 387, and I left the story without wondering what happened because I simply didn’t care.
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“Start Shooting”, by Charlie Newton
This is his second novel, set in the gritty underbelly of Chicago’s ghetto where the not-s0-nice police are both under gunned and over manned by the twenty thousand gang members who claim the turf as their own. The book is fast-paced containing characters that are both diverse and believable, and has enough excitement and twists to keep any readers interest. The writing is tight, the scenes gripping, and the plot is simple but powerful. This book is comfortably above the standard run-of-the-mill mystery that seems to dominate the market these days. It’s a winner!