September/October Book Reviews

Here is what you can look forward to in September/October!

Elixir by Ted Galdi

Synopsis straight from Goodreads:

Meet 14-year-old Sean Malone. He has an IQ above 200, a full-ride scholarship to one of the country’s top universities, and more than one million dollars from his winning streak on Jeopardy. However, Sean wishes he could just be normal.

But his life is anything but normal. The US government manipulates him, using him as a codebreaker in pursuit of a drug lord and killing innocent people along the way.

For reasons related to his personal security, Sean finds himself in Rome, building a new life under a new name, abandoning academics, and hiding his genius from everyone. When he’s 18 he falls in love. The thrills begin again when he learns that his girlfriend is critically ill and it’s up to him to use his intellect to find a cure, a battle pitting him against a multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical company and the demons of his past.

Elixir is a story about identity, secrets, and above all, love.


Repeat Offender by Bradley Nickell

Brief Synopsis Straight from Bradley Nickell:

Arrested in Las Vegas at the scene of a late night
break-in, two men were jailed on suspicion of burglary. One was
motor-mouth Daimon Monroe; the other was slow-talking Bryan Fergason.
Routine so far.

Both men had rap sheets loaded with many felony convictions making
them candidates for long prison terms as habitual criminals. Their
records brought them to the attention of Detective Bradley Nickell,
assigned to the Repeat Offender Program of the Las Vegas Metropolitan
Police. Monroe bailed out a few hours after being arrested while
Fergason remained in jail on a probation hold.

What began as a relatively simple crime soon brought about the
discovery of the most prolific theft ring that Las Vegas had ever
known. Covert monitoring of Monroe and Fergason\’s telephone calls
revealed a criminal conspiracy to traffic in stolen property unlike
anything Nickell had ever encountered.

Undercover surveillance and GPS tracking equipment were utilized to
bring Monroe’s criminal activity to light. But when Monroe
discovered a tracker on his van, he spiraled out of control into a
paranoia-fueled odyssey rife with conspiracy theories and antagonistic
behavior towards the police.

Search warrants for Monroe\’s home and storage units were executed,
resulting in the discovery of vast hoards of stolen property worth
several million dollars. Monroe and Tammy, who is his schoolteacher
girlfriend and mother to his children, were arrested.

Among the stolen wares were expensive original paintings; high-end
furnishings of every kind; authentic, rare autographed sports
memorabilia and antique collectibles. Exquisite coin collections;
expensive electronics of all types and musical instruments with
high-priced commercial sound production equipment were found.
Detective Nickell called Monroe\’s home “Aladdin\’s Cave.” The
volume of stolen property was so massive that the police department
had to rent a warehouse to hold it all.


Drowned Murmurs by Honor-Amelia Dawson

Brief Synopsis straight from Amazon:

2014 Primrose Cottage stands abandoned and derelict, a stark reminder for many locals of it’s uncomfortable history.

1900s Catherine is burdened with family responsibilities, isolated from friends and family. Jack her husband is indifferent, uncommunicative and frequently absent. This lack of contact has taken it’s toll. Amelia with her modern attitudes is Catherine’s only moral support and confidant, but the comfort is fleeting and infrequent.

2014 Michaela is relieved to escape the city bustle, this new home is a ramshackle Victorian house which needs much attention. Just the idea of a successful renovation is exciting.
Her joy and expectation is crushed by a stream of drawbacks and the harsh realities of getting overstretched, the work is incessant and husband Sam is so patient!

Michaela develops some disconcerting obsessions stemming from some odd behaviour from her mother, irritating remarks from neighbours, all this anxiety mounts up until she reaches bursting point. While working in the garden or the outbuildings she’s experienced a series of hallucinations, heard children’s voices, Sam’s concerns heighten, as her husband he feels some weight of responsibility, but what should he do?
Michaela takes the initiative, she’s desperate to rid herself of nagging doubts, now she has learned about Primrose Cottage’s previous occupants, a recent ancestor… Catherine.

The rumours and opinions about Catherine stir up Michaela’s emotions, convinced they are unfounded,as a strong character she’s determined to quash them. Michaela starts a personal investigation campaign regardless of the consequences,
Unknown to her, someone harbours a family grudge, mixed with dark undercurrents of anger.
An intensely emotional mystery, reflecting on the historical and sociological changes that have been instrumental in improving female status and equality.

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