Dawnn B. Sommerville's New Novel "Unnecessary Enemies"
Unnecessary Enemies(cover art from the publisher) In Unnecessary Enemies: Finding a Place for Mayson, by Dawnn B. Sommerville, Mayson knows he's different from other boys and young men, but he doesn't want to think too much about it. His family are dedicated churchgoers, so a lot of his social life, his connections with others, and his general self-image come from singing and participating in church. The story looks at Mayson's struggles and choices, while developing the characters around him, for a moving story of difficult times and family connections.Read full story
Autumn Reading Roundup
Fall Reading Recommendations(mine) What are you reading as the weather turns colder? Dark academia? Spooky season? Supernatural stories?. I have to recommend the classic dark mystery, The Secret History, by Donna Tartt, as the perfect fall read. Suspense, drama, classics, and academia fill this one with fall vibes.Read full story
Ancient and Modern Secrets in "The Adventures of Mat Rufs"
The Adventures of Mat Rufs: Book 1: Mexican Jewel(novel cover from the publisher) The Adventures of Mat Rufs: BOOK ONE Mexican 'Jewel' by A. Liachenko is an adventure story, full of ancient and modern secrets. The story covers ancient healing and religious practices, and questions what role these might have in the modern world, and who might want to control these powers.Read full story
Featured Guests At Boston Book Fest 2022
scene from a previous Boston Book Festhttps://bostonbookfest.org/. The Boston Book Festival in downtown Boston will be returning in person next month. The event is on Saturday, October 29, around Copley Square and the main Boston Public Library. This event includes readers and authors, with book-signings, workshops, and presentations. The 2022 headliners in fiction and non-fiction have just been announced.Read full story
Going Home Again in "Central Places"
Central Places(cover art from the publisher) In Delia Cai's new novel, Central Places, Audrey Zhou is newly engaged and bringing her white fiancé, Ben, home to meet her parents in Hickory Grove, a small town in rural Illinois. Audrey's kept her NYC life and her small-town, immigrant upbringing entirely separate so far, creating a relatable set of worries.Read full story
My Favorite Summer Fiction Choices
I read all year round, but I love the idea of a summer novel -- a story you enjoy on the beach or on a road trip. As always, I get most of my reading from the Boston Public Library, but I have a few advance copies and one Little Free Library find on my summer reading list.Read full story
Murder and Kidnapping in Sweet Home in “Find Her”
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Flight Patterns, by Jana Williams
Cover art for "Flight Patterns"The Fiction Addiction. Flight Patterns, the new novel by Jana Williams, is a story of women pilots training in Texas to join the WASPs. The young women come from all over, some with hundreds of hours flying experience and some just learning. There are a lot of tense moments Flight Patterns, some from training, worrying that our girls will wash out of the intense, difficult training program or take their dorm pranks too far and ruin their friendships. There are also tense moments from physical danger — when there’s a massive storm or a need for a wingwalker, for example.Read full story
Vodou and Corruption in New Orleans in "The Quarter Storm"
In The Quarter Storm, by Veronica G Henry, Reina Dumond is a Haitian voodun priestess with water powers. She mostly makes a living selling small spells for guidance, for finding lost things, or to settle relationship trouble. The magic is real -- there's never a question of whether her powers are real, or whether there's a supernatural payment required for what Reina can do. I loved reading the descriptions of spells, there's a real poetry in the list of essentials and steps. But the story is still grounded in everyday life in New Orleans. Sure, she makes a living with magic, but Reina pays on her rent-to-own cottage or deals with late-paying (and non-paying customers), always a freelancer's stress. The story blends mystic knowledge and legend, New Orleans characters and customs, and dark corruption.Read full story
History and Legend in "The Kingdoms of Savannah"
The Kingdoms of Savannah(TheFictionAddiction.com) The story of The Kingdoms of Savannah, by George Dawes Green, begins with a murder and a mysterious disappearance from a dive bar, with wonderful hints of the supernatural just around the corner in Savannah. Stony, a freelance archeologist, and her drinking buddy Luke, both usually itinerant, are flush enough to have drinks in a dive bar, thanks to Stony's latest find. But strange men appear to ask questions, and Stony disappears, and Luke is found dead the next day in a property owned by corrupt politician Guzman.Read full story
Oakland Headlines into Moving Fiction in "Nightcrawling"
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Suspense in Boston: The Woman In The Library
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Beautiful Places in Eureka Springs, AR
When we picture Eureka Springs, we probably think of the historic downtown first. The well-preserved Victorian architecture and twisting paths create a beautiful spot for walking, shopping, and dining. And, of course, taking photos on your trip. Interesting local shops, including jewelry, decorative imports, clothes and the Eureka Springs Farmers’ Market make this a picturesque shopping destination, with great photo ops around town.Read full story
Latin, Classics, and Drowned Secrets in “The Lake of Dead Languages”
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Fun Stops For Travelers Visiting Roswell, NM
Roswell, New Mexico is famous for reported sightings of flying saucers in 1947.Was it a weather balloon? A secret military cover-up? Or actual evidence of extraterrestrial visitors?Read full story
Murder, Old Secrets, and True-Crime Podcasting in "Things We Do In The Dark"
This blog may contain affiliate links, which means that I may receive a commission at no additional cost to you, if you purchase a book I've recommended here on my book blog. Things We Do In The Dark, by Jennifer Hillier, is a twisty story where almost everyone’s got a dark secret they need to keep hidden at all costs. This is a fast-paced suspense story, with complicated, well-developed characters.Read full story
Mosaic of Memories in Upcoming Fiction “Focus Puller”
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Cults, Secrets and Survival in "The Family Upstairs" and "The Family Remains"
In The Family Upstairs, by Lisa Jewell, Libby has always known she was adopted, but on her twenty-fifth birthday, she discovers she’s inherited a house. Not just a regular house, but the massive Chelsea mansion that belonged to her birth parents, and where her parents were found dead in an apparent cult suicide. Although her parents and an unknown third person were underfed and wearing handmade clothes when they died, baby Libby was found healthy and safe in her crib upstairs. There are also reports of other children who’d been living in the house and were never found. Naturally, she starts to investigate her birth family, and also naturally, she uncovers so many twisted family secrets.Read full story
Love, Friendship and Game Development in "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow"
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Traditional Culture and Modern Romance in "These Impossible Things"
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