Coronado: Stories

Coronado is a collection of six short stories by author Dennis Lehane. Running out of Dog – A well-written tale about small town secrecy.  Running out of Dog is fueled by pent-up male-aggression threatening to burst inside those who seem to lack a true purpose in life.  Blue, the best friend of protagonist Elgin, is…

Curse of the Spellmans (The Spellman Files #2)

When the Spellman family gets a new neighbor, Isabel Spellman cannot shake the feeling that something is off about him.  Maybe it’s his all too common name of John Brown?  Is it his office door that he constantly keeps locked?  Or maybe it’s the fact that privacy and trust is something that is rarely present…

The Lost Ones

Nearly a year and a half ago, I attended Bouchercon in Toronto and returned with a suitcase full of books. I’m hoping that by the end of 2019, I’ll have have finished reading the stack. Sheena Kamal’s The Lost Ones is one of those books. Private Investigator Nora Watts is approached by a couple who…

If She Wakes

Tara Beckley is escorting a professor to speak at her university when tragedy strikes.  A runaway van collides with Tara’s CR-V instantly killing the professor and sending Tara careening into a nearby river.  A short time later, Tara awakens to discover she is fully conscious and aware but unable to communicate with the outside world…

The Spellman Files

Between this year’s Canada Reads books and Don Winslow’s The Border, I spent the majority of the first quarter of 2019 reading some really heavy stuff.  So when I put down Lindsay Wong’s The Woo Woo last week, I perused my bookshelves for something fun and light.  I settled on Lisa Lutz’ The Spellman Files,…

The Border

Twice now, Don Winslow believed he was out. After finishing 2005’s The Power of the Dog, he’d felt he said his piece on the war on drugs.  Then, nearly a decade later, he sat down at a keyboard and started typing what would become his follow-up to The Power of the Dog, The Cartel.  After…