Framing the Dialogue

Book Reviews

Murder in an Irish Churchyard

“She scrambled to pick up her mess, and glanced at the large round clock behind the counter. It was the type of clock that might be seen in a railroad station: sturdy iron hands, a beautiful green patina, and large numbers that could be read from a great distance. It gave Siobhán a jolt of unexpected excitement whenever she glanced at it, but this day all she felt was dread. It was half one in the morning. Whoever was at her door at this ungodly hour would not be bearing good news, and her heart began to dance in her chest. She should be in bed, fast asleep.  What was she thinking?”

Lock In

I remember many many years ago while my wife was working on her masters degree with an emphasis on neurology.  She really wasn’t a very quick typist so I used to type her papers for her.  One subject that I still remember to this day was Locked In Syndrome.  I believe that the syndrome started with a stroke (not really sure there) and the affected couldn’t move anything but their eyes.  The almost appeared to be in a coma, but they were aware of everything around them.

Ghosts of War

After a rogue Taskforce member causes trouble (The Forgotten Soldier), their counterterrorism activities for the United States is severely curtailed.  The bad guys have no reprieve and continue to plot against the Western world.  In Ghosts of War, Putin and the Russians are back seeking world domination.  Russia’s actions are escalated to the point where a planeload of high level officials is attacked leading the planet towards World War III.  Can Pike Logan and his team unravel the layers of evil characters and stop further escalation?


“I’m not going to have this conversation with you.” So they were back to him being the boss again. Faith bit her lip, trying not to let her sarcasm escalate the situation. He could live in fairyland all he wanted, but Faith was fairly certain that there would not be a happy ending to this story. Will pressed the point. “I can’t believe she’s dead, Faith. Emma’s a fighter. She’s out there somewhere waiting for us to find her.” The passion in his voice was unmistakable, and instead of feeling irritated, she now felt sorry for him. He said, “I should’ve gotten more from Bernard. He was so smug, so sure that he was in control. I feel like I played right into his hands.”

Ring of Fire

I’ve been addicted lately to the Pike Logan thrillers by Brad Taylor.  In Ring of Fire (#11 in the series) Pike and his team must first find the terrorists who are different in that they are content to stay under the radar and inflict damage with their “ring of fire”, then must stop the plot.  In their quest they come across a man much like themselves except his killing expertise is for hire.  Can he be trusted?

Christmas Cake Murder

In this “episode” of Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen Mysteries, we are taken back in time to perhaps the beginning…ish.  Hannah’s father had recently died, she dropped out of school and her sisters are much younger and unmarried.  When an elderly neighbor’s “last wish” was to relive the Christmas Ball of her youth, the town and the Swensen’s pick up the ball and work to make it happen.  As per the author’s M.O. there are lots of cooking and baking with recipes a plenty.


Blindsighted is the first in the Grant County thrillers book.  I usually save my comments until later, but I thought I’d switch things up a bit because of the nature of this murder mystery.  I found this book very dark.  The murders were disturbing.  That being said, this is an exceptional novel and THRILLER!

The brutal murder of small town citizen has both the police and the residents skittish.  The chief of police and the small town’s pediatrician (also the medical examiner) get tangled up in the mystery even as they struggle to put their divorce behind them.  Can they stop more torturous murders from occurring?  When signs point to a crime in one of their past lives, the investigation takes on a dangerous slant.


“WHEN I WAS BORN, the name for what I was did not exist. They called me nymph, assuming I would be like my mother and aunts and thousand cousins. Least of the lesser goddesses, our powers were so modest they could scarcely ensure our eternities. We spoke to fish and nurtured flowers, coaxed drops from the clouds or salt from the waves. That word, nymph, paced out the length and breadth of our futures. In our language, it means not just goddess, but bride.”

The Forgotten Soldier

The ninth in Brad Taylor’s Pike Logan series, The Forgotten Soldier, brings us the story of one of Pike’s colleagues who is grieving because of the death of his brother in Afghanistan.  The IED killed his brother and with most people that is about all that you can do.  Guy George, a member trained by the U.S. Military and then The Taskforce, had skills which allowed him to do more than accept his brother’s fate.  His grief, his skill, and his conviction that he could find those responsible put him at odds with the Taskforce.  When he “disappears”, Logan and his team must bring him back.

The Insider Threat

“the Islamic State had become the most powerful terrorist organization on the face of the earth. Encompassing broad swaths of terrain across Syria and Iraq, the group possessed a brutality unheard-of in the modern world.  But it was not unlike the history of the past. The Islamic State cowed its opponents with an unparalleled ability to instill fear, using new social media grafted on twelfth-century barbarism to depict beheadings, crucifixions, torture, and mass executions, and in so doing recruiting waves of others to continue the killing.”