Framing the Dialogue

Archive for April, 2018

A Man With One Of Those Faces

“There was nothing special about his face – just the opposite in fact – it was entirely ordinary, as was the rest of him. Five foot nine, blue eyes, brown hair. His sheer ordinariness was the whole point. He was a medium everything; his features were the most common in every category. He had nothing that came close to qualifying as a distinguishing anything. His every facial attribute was a masterpiece of bloody-minded unoriginality, an aesthetic tribute to the forgettably average. Collectively they formed an orchestra designed to produce the facial muzak of the Gods.”

As A Man Thinketh

“A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances. Nature helps every man to the gratification of the thoughts, which he most encourages, and opportunities are presented which will most speedily bring to the surface both the good and evil thoughts.”

Originally published in 1903, As a Man Thinketh by James Allen provides much about the relationship between thought, action and being.  The title alone gives you the sense of the dialogue contained in the book.  The book was interesting, though repetitive.  It was recommended in another book that I didn’t like so I, of course, decided to that that author’s recommendation.  I’m glad that I did, but I’ve read better “self-help” type books.  This one just wasn’t to my taste.


Outfoxed is the first in the Sister Jane series.  So “Sister” is just a nickname and has no association with any religious order.  It took me a while to note that to my self.  The setting is the world of Virginia foxhunting where young and old come together for the thrill of the chase.  Sister Jane is nearly seventy and, though going strong, feels the need to appoint a successor.  When one of those seeking the post ends up dead, things get tricky.

Let Us Prey

Mimi Capurro owns the Gotcha Detective Agency.  When she is hired to provide protection for a famous author she becomes exposed to an unusual group of role-playing vampires when someone close to the author is murdered.  The vampires make for a somewhat mysterious and target-rich group of suspects.  Things are further complicated when an ex boyfriend is the detective is assigned to the case.

Red Phoenix

Perhaps ripped from future headlines…Red Phoenix takes us to a world where South Korea is at war within itself, their neighbors to the North are lead by an insane man emboldened by his Russian and Chinese masters, and the Americans are facing political turmoil from within by weakened elected officials.  What would happen if the North Koreans attacked?  Who would prevail?  Author Larry Bond gives you some insight into this scary scenario.

Locally Laid

Locally Laid introduces us to author Lucie Amundsen and her husband (her children too) as they jump headlong into starting  a commercial-scale pasture-raised, free range, organic egg farm.  Frighteningly his career prior to this was behind a desk and his only experience consists of raising five backyard hens, none of whom had yet laid a single egg.  Their worthy goal is to reconnect local agriculture with local economies; and at tremendous financial risk to themselves.

Angels In The Moonlight

“As long as you tell me everything you know, and ha – believe me, I can tell if you don’t – then your problem will go away. In fact, I will open this door, leave your car and disappear from your life entirely, providing that the next words out of your mouth are the ones I want to hear. Do you understand?” Jason Armstrong nodded.  “Excellent. I am so happy to hear that we can help each other get rid of these trifling problems. I do so hate problems. You may begin speaking – now.”

The Secret War of Charles Fraser-Smith

For those of us James Bond fans, we are enamored of the gadgets developed by “Q” for Bond, James Bond.  It turns out that there was a “Q” during World War II and his name was Charles Fraser-Smith.  In Secret War of Charles Fraser-Smith the real life “Q” (I’m not sure if I am supposed to keep putting “Q” in parenthesis).  Sorry, no flying cars or watches that turn into a saw here, but many of the gadgets were developed to save lives of ordinary pilots who got shot down over enemy territory or spies being sent across borders to surveil the Germans.

Snap Judgement

“I was loving this. The beauty of being a defense lawyer is that I don’t have to prove anything. All I have to do is poke enough holes in the People’s case to give the jury reasonable doubt. This new information presented exactly the kind of juicy scenario likely to distract and confuse a jury.””

In Snap Judgment, Samantha Brinkman returns when a prominent attorney is a likely suspect to a murder of a young man suspected of killing his daughter.  Needless to say, the attorney does not a good client make.  As all of this is taking place, she is again “compelled” to help an underworld boss in order to protect her secret.  She has to rely on her father, Dale, to help her tread through dangerous waters.