Into the Night

Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is back in the absorbing Australian police procedural Into the Night. Gemma has moved from her hometown and son, Ben, to Melbourne. Her relationship with Ben’s father, Simon, mutually ended after The Dark Lake. Gemma is falling into half-night stands with strangers picked up in barsContinue Reading

The Mansion

The Mansion is haunted by ancient prohibition-era ghosts who seem to have possessed the house’s personal assistant, Nellie. The only hope for the inhabitants are psychic twin seven-year-olds conceived on the estate. Billy and Shawn were best college buddies who spent the two years following college living in a ruralContinue Reading

Project Management Essentials

A brief look at Project Management Essentials using the sixth edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) as a map of how to proceed. Within project management, there are five processes: Initiating Planning Executing Monitoring and Controlling Closing Included within the Initiating process is selectingContinue Reading

Division Bell Mystery

Set in the houses of Parliament in 1932, when it was also written, the Division Bell Mystery is the first mystery written by a female member of Parliament. Someone is murdered. However, the focus is on British politics. Not being British, I had a hard time following the story. ThoseContinue Reading

Station Blackout

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 earthquake struck eastern Japan. It was followed by a 45 foot high tsunami. After the water left, miles of land were contaminated and 15,870 were confirmed dead. Station Blackout is the story of what happened within the two nuclear plants most impacted by theContinue Reading

Deep War

Deep War is a war where everything is at stake—think the Somme or Stalingrad. China has intervened in a skirmish between India and Pakistan. When the United States sent in a carrier battle group, China destroyed it with a nuclear bomb—killing all 10,000 people aboard. It’s now year two ofContinue Reading

Hall of Mirrors

It’s 1969. Bryant and May are tasked with keeping a witness safe at an English Country House weekend. Unfortunately, the Army has closed the only exit road due to war games. There are nine suspects and more than one potential victim in this Hall of Mirrors. Hall of Mirrors isContinue Reading

My Favorite Half-Night Stand

My Favorite Half-Night Stand tells the story of moving beyond the friend zone. Reid, Chris, Alex, Ed and Millie are best friends and colleagues. They are all scientists and teachers at University of California Santa Barbara. When their college schedules a black tie dinner with President Obama, they worry aboutContinue Reading

Accidental Beauty Queen

Humor and digs fly when two sisters attempt to win a beauty pageant with an Accidental Beauty Queen. Charlotte is resigned to never being the pretty sister. Her sister, Ginny, has followed in their mother’s footsteps in the pageant world. Charlotte followed in their father’s footsteps by being a readerContinue Reading