Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Book Review: The Corruptible by Mark Mynheir

I love good detective novels, and this is a great one. Mark Mynheir has given us a complex character in his Private Investigator Ray Quinn, one that reveals his layers little by little. But at the same time, Ray isn’t static. As he reveals himself to his friends and to us, we see him growing, changing, and digging deep into his personal challenges.

In “The Corruptible”, Ray is hired by financial magnate Armon Mayer to investigate the theft of some information from his company. When the suspect is found dead in a seedy motel room, Ray wonders just who the real bad guy is. He doggedly pursues the clues to the very end – which may very well be his own.

“The Corruptible” is the second Ray Quinn novel from Mr. Mynheir, whose bio makes me confident that the gritty reality he shows us in genuine. Ray Quinn is already a favorite of mine, and I’ll be reading the first novel in the series “The Night Watchman” as soon as possible.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for my review.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Quote of the Day

Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.

Carol Burnett

Monday, July 11, 2011

Quote of the Day

Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.
C. S. Lewis
(1898 - 1963)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Book Review: Beside Still Waters by Tricia Goyer

In Beside Still Waters, author Tricia Goyer takes the reader on a journey into an aspect of Amish life that few people consider: What happens to the people of such a tightly knit community when tragedy strikes?

Born on the same night her two older sisters were killed in a buggy accident, Marianna Sommers has tried to replace them in her parents’ lives. Marianna is caught between her duty to honor and respect her parents and her own desires to enjoy the courtship of the man she loves. If she refuses to relocate to an Amish settlement in Montana with them, Marianna would disappoint her parents and cause yet another loss to their family, something that she can’t bear to do. And yet, Aaron Zook has built a cabin on his land; a cabin for her if she’ll just stay and be his bride. As Marianna seeks to find peace with her decision, she finds something else that she never even knew was missing: the peace that she finds beside still waters.

I enjoyed this story immensely. The characters were presented realistically, with a lot of variety in personalities, which is something that is often missing in books with an Amish setting. Marianna is compelling as she seeks to understand the nuances of her life and the affect that the tragedy of the night of her birth had on her, and continues to have on her family. I also enjoyed the setting, since as readers we don’t often see Amish outside of Pennsylvania or Ohio.

This is the first of Tricia Goyer’s books I have read, but I will certainly look for more of them. A sequel to this book, Along Wooded Paths will be published in October, 2011, and is available for pre-order.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for my review.