Book Review: The Murdered Metatron

The Murdered Metatron

by James Glass

Synopsis:

Murdered Metatron CoverThe voice of God is dead…

When John Smith wakes from a coma in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania he remembers nothing of his past except that he might have tried to commit suicide. In an effort to pay the bills he becomes a private detective and is hired by a strange pair of clients who are determined to find out who killed the Voice of God. The clues lead him to the doorstep of the strange and reclusive Virgil Calahan and a hundred year old crime.

My Review:

The concept of this story is very intriguing. A man wakes up from a coma with no idea who he is or why he is in the hospital. He has two scars running down the length of his back and he possibly tried to commit suicide. Meet John Smith, private investigator.

This story instantly drew me in. James Glass has a wonderful skill at mood setting. The story has a dark quality, yet you find humor throughout. The Murdered Metatron is filled with a cast of unforgettable characters. I loved the way the story was told, with little bits and pieces of the past slowly being revealed. The story has some twists and kept me guessing until the end.

I am a fan of mysteries and this one hooked me. I anxiously await the second installment.

The Murdered Metatron is available in my print and eBook editions on Amazon!

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Book Review: Colt Coltrane and the Lotus Killer

Colt Coltrane and the Lotus Killer

by Allison M. Dickson

Synopsis:

Artwork by Justin Wasson

Artwork by Justin Wasson

“This city gets to a man. Maybe it’s all the busted dreams and the way they seep into the pavement like acid rain, bleaching the color out of things…”

It’s 1947, the streets are filthy with grease and empty promises, and private detective Colt Coltrane trolls the city for cheaters and deadbeats with his robotic sidekick Petey. It’s all business as usual until a mysterious Japanese woman walks into his office asking him to look into a string of grisly murders along the L.A. River, where the only trace the killer leaves behind, other than a mutilated female victim, is a single white lotus flower.

But there is far more to this dame than meets the eye, and Colt’s quest to find the Lotus Killer soon leads him to shocking and terrifying secrets lurking beneath Los Angeles.

A pulpy mix of the past, present, and future, COLT COLTRANE AND THE LOTUS KILLER is a non-stop thrill that won’t soon be forgotten.

My review:

Allison M. Dickson is full of surprises. For someone who writes primarily in the horror and speculative fiction genres, Colt Coltrane offers the reader another side of Allison’s talent. Set in LA in the late ‘40s, the story follows private detective Colt Coltrane and his robot sidekick, Petey. Yes, a robot in LA in the ‘40s. Immediately, the reader knows this isn’t your everyday police procedural. Colt and Petey are tracking the Lotus Killer through the city and through the sewers. The story is a little scifi, a little mystery, a little bit horror, and a helluva ride.

What I particularly loved about this story was Colt’s background and the way it is revealed to the reader. Allison could have been upfront at the beginning and told you exactly how and why Colt was no longer with the LAPD and exactly what happened to his partner and his wife. But she didn’t. She draws it out, piece by agonizing piece, and this not only adds suspense to the story but helps the reader embrace exactly who Colt is. And who would think you could come to love a bag of bolts like Petey?

With an array of colorful characters, perfect timing, and spectacular character development, Allison M. Dickson draws you in to the world of Colt and Petey. A dark, slimy underbelly of a world.

Colt Coltrane and the Lotus Killer is now available in print and eBook editions on Amazon!

The Doctor Who Project: COMING SOON

Rating Doctor Who

Now this is a fun project I am participating in. Doctor Who has brought much joy to my life the past few years and with the coming of the 12th Doctor, my friends and I have decided a definitive ranking is in order. So I am teaming up with fellow Whovians Allison M. Dickson and Justin Wasson for a BIG project. You can read all about it HERE.

I want to thank my Dad for bringing the Doctor into my life. Be sure and check back here on January 31st to see our top ten favorites. Then week to week we will be rating each episode. Hope you will join us!

Allons-y!

Allons-y!

From Allison M. Dickson:

Now, three people trying to rate a show can get a little challenging. You have probably seen those giant lists around the internet, where people rank all 100+ episodes from worst to best. Instead of that, we thought we’d take a different approach and go season by season, give our own personal ranking on each episode on a scale of 1-10 “Sonics.” There will be one season ranked per week, giving people plenty of time for reading and discussion.

We figure that with a discussion format, you would be able to enjoy some similarities and contrasts in our tastes (for instance, I believe one of the episodes on Justin’s Top 10 will be one of my least favorites). We also hope it will make those of you out there who love the show as much as we do speak up and give us your take.

Celebrating Women in Fiction

I am very excited to be participating in a month long celebration of women in fiction over at Sekhmet Press. There will be guest bloggers every day in February ranging from writers to publishers to readers. I fall into a couple of the categories and will be making an appearance on February 20th! For more info check out Books, Babes, and the Business. Thanks to Sekhmet for putting this together.

Literary babes

Literary babes