Book Review: Blogging is Murder by Gilian Baker

Blogging is Murder: A Jade Blackwell MysteryBlogging is Murder: A Jade Blackwell Mystery by Gilian Baker

    • Print Length: 216 pages
    • Publication Date: February 19, 2017
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B01MTQNEWZ

 

My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Mystery Thriller Week Audio Book Review: Transmission by Ambrose Ibsen

TransmissionTransmission by Ambrose Ibsen

  • Print Length: 165 pages
  • Publication Date: May 31, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01GFH4PWA

 

 My Rating:

Performance: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Story ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Overall ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Mystery Thriller Week Book Review: Retribution Ridge by Anna Willett

RETRIBUTION RIDGE: a dark, gripping and intense suspense thrillerRETRIBUTION RIDGE: a dark, gripping and intense suspense thriller by Anna Willett

  • Print Length: 199 pages
  • Publisher: THE BOOK FOLKS Australian horror thriller and suspense publishers; first outback suspense thriller edition (October 29, 2016)
  • Publication Date: October 29, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M73JK71

My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Mystery Thriller Week Book Review: Into The Shadows by Marie Jones

Into The Shadows *** NUMBER 1 BOOK ***

Into The Shadows *** NUMBER 1 BOOK *** by Marie Jones

 

  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Publisher: PublishNation (December 22, 2015)
  • Publication Date: December 22, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019QNR4PA

My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

 

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Can too many words spoil communication? A 2017 #MTW Guest Author Post by Geoffrey Monmouth.

Can too many words spoil communication?

By Geoffrey Monmouth

“No adjectives!” cried Geoffrey, the author, “No effing adjectives?  Who says?”

“It’s company policy.” replied Colin, the executive from his publishers as he handed back the annotated manuscript.

“Well, what stupid, blinkered, unimaginative, idiotic, moronic old fool came up with that one?”

“You’ve just used six adjectives, most of which were unnecessary.  They were synonyms, or nearly.  There was no need for the expletive in your previous remark, either.  You see how wasteful you are with words?”

“So is this an efficiency drive?”

“I suppose that’s one way of looking at it.  To answer your question, the policy came down from the top.  The senior partner, Mr. Roget, has recently stated the policy unequivocally and categorically.  By the way he’s not old.  He’s only in his forties, although they say his mental age has always been greater than his chronological age.”

“You’ve just used two adjectives.  You said ‘mental’ and ‘chronological’ and they’re near-synonyms.   What about adverbs?”

“They’re banned too.  Most of them are unnecessary.”

“You use them.  You just said ‘unequivocally’ and ‘categorically’ which are also near-synonyms.  And ‘unnecessary’ is an adverb too.  You’re as bad as I am!  Anyway, repetition is often used for emphasis.  We all do it in speech.  Why not in print?  I’ll bet a lot of famous writers would never get published if your Mr. Roget had his way.  What about titles?  Do you allow adjectives and adverbs in them?”

“I don’t know.  I don’t think we encourage them.” Said Colin as he looked nervously at the list of new titles he was holding.

“I suppose you would have published the Curiosity Shop!

“If you’re going to be like that, I suppose it ought to be just the Shop.”

“Like the Girl with the Earring, or is that the Girl with the Ring?”

“Now you’re being silly and pedantic.”

“That’s good, coming from you!  What about the Sleep by Raymond Chandler, and Hardy’s Far from the Crowd?  Would you have told Louisa May Alcott to call her books Women and Men, not to be confused with the Man by H.G. Wells?  Or Dashiel Hammett to call his book the Falcon?  Don’t you see that adjectives make a difference, sometimes an important one?”

“They’re all great writers who know when to use a word and when to leave it out.  You seem to think the more words the better!”

“Isn’t that a subjective opinion?  Some readers probably like it plain and simple, whilst others prefer a bit more colour.  If people like you and your Mr. Roget had their way in the art world, paintings would be reduced to diagrams.”

Colin looked at the cover of a book on his desk.  There was a picture of matchstick men on a minimalist background.  He said, “I can think of some modern artists who do just that, quite successfully!”

“Yes, but not everyone wants that kind of thing.  Surely we want to give the readers a choice?”

“Go through your manuscript and take out all the adjectives and adverbs that don’t add anything to the narrative or even to the descriptions.  Then I’ll see if I can persuade the firm to give it another look.

 

 

Geoffrey Monmouth is appearing as part of Mystery Thriller Week and is one of the participating authors.

His mystery “Highwaypersons” is set in 1715 and covers most of England in this story of a brother and sister seeking to pay off the debt their father owes.so that he can be released from prison.  

“Highwaypersons” is available through Amazon and KindleUnlimited.  

Mystery Thriller Week runs from February 12-22, 2017. 

Book Review: New Release: The Viscount’s Blazing Love, by Charlotte Stone

Regency Romance: The Viscount's Blazing Love (Fire and Smoke: CLEAN Historical Romance)Regency Romance: The Viscount’s Blazing Love by Charlotte Stone

  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Publisher: ShermanBrooks Publishers; 1 edition (November 26, 2016)
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Review: Mona Lisa’s Secret, by Phil Philips

    Mona Lisa's SecretMona Lisa’s Secret by Phil Philips

  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Phil Philips (September 15, 2016)
  • Publication Date: September 15, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01L7BWDC8
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Review: The Navigators, by Dan Alatorre

    The NavigatorsThe Navigators by Dan Alatorre

  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Dan Alatorre (July 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HKF3JGO
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    AudioBook Review:Portraits of the Dead, by John Nicholl

    Portraits of the DeadPortraits of the Dead by John Nicholl

  • Listening Length: 8 hours and 14 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: John Nicholl
  • Audible.com Release Date: October 18, 2016
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M6WXWJF
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    Performance: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Story ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Overall ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    My Review:

    I have come to expect severe psychological depravity when I read John Nicholl’s books. This book did not disappoint in that aspect. The evil kidnapper has taken and killed at least five other women before he took Emma. Emma is held in a darkened area without knowing day from night, hours from days and days from weeks. He insisted on servitude from her while he tortured her and taunted her. It was chilling and sickeningly fascinating. John Nicholl has a history of working as a social worker and uses the terror he faced in that career in his own stories.

    While Detective Inspector Gravel searched for Emma not knowing if she was alive or dead. Reaching out to the serial Killer while looking for few clues. With trusting people listening to vague and erroneous clues, the police struggle to find this serial killer.

    This book is intense. It is just so cold and creepy. I read it on Halloween and was then a little nervous about being out and about at night with the little trick or treaters. It was just that good.

    The Narration:

    It is truly chilling listening to Jake Urry in his concise and gravelly voice. It takes the story to a new level when Mr. Urry narrates a thriller such as this. He does an amazing job with the voices of women, older adults, young women. His range is amazing. I am really impressed with the narration.

    My Recommendation:

    If you are a fan of thrillers, this one is a great one to read and delve into the mind of a psychopath. The telling is sinfully delicious and the story is well plotted and full of misdirection. It helps that you come to know about the serial killer one revelation at a time. I am such a fan of John Nicholl and Jake Urry. When they work together it is a masterpiece.

    Where to Find, Portraits of the Dead:

    The audiobook, paperback and Kindle formats are available at your favorite retailers and by clickign the links below.

    New Release: Book Review: Remember Me, by Bree Wolf

    Remember Me: A Suspenseful Contemporary Romance (#1 Where There's Love Series)Remember Me: A Suspenseful Contemporary Romance by Bree Wolf

    • Print Length: 211 pages
    • Publication Date: November 1, 2016
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B01JJ0QQX6

     

     

    My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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