Saturday, 28 March 2015

JAMIE MASON - MONDAY'S LIE (2015)


Synopsis/blurb….

From the acclaimed author of the “ripping good” (The New York Times) debut novel Three Graves Full comes a new thriller about a woman who digs into her unconventional past to confirm what she suspects: her husband isn't what she thought he was.

Dee Aldrich rebelled against her off-center upbringing when she married the most conventional man she could imagine: Patrick, her college sweetheart. But now, years later, her marriage is falling apart and she’s starting to believe that her husband has his eye on a new life...a life without her, one way or another.

Haunted by memories of her late mother Annette, a former covert operations asset, Dee reaches back into her childhood to resurrect her mother’s lessons and the “spy games” they played together, in which Dee learned memory tricks and, most importantly, how and when to lie. But just as she begins determining the course of the future, she makes a discovery that will change her life: her mother left her a lot of money and her own husband seems to know more about it than Dee does. Now, before it’s too late, she must investigate her suspicions and untangle conspiracy from coincidence, using her mother’s advice to steer her through the blind spots. The trick, in the end, will be in deciding if a “normal life” is really what she wants at all.

With pulse-pounding prose and atmospheric settings, Monday’s Lie is a thriller that delivers more of the “Hitchcockian menace” (Peter Straub) that made Three Graves Full a critical hit. For fans of the Coen brothers or Gillian Flynn, this is a book you won’t want to miss.

I haven’t read Gillian Flynn so I don’t know if the comparison is apt, I do know that I really enjoyed this and for a long time this book was looking like a shoe-in for pick of the month.

Annette, now deceased was a spook-cum-government agent of some description and the mother of two; Dee, the elder daughter who our story concerns and Simon her younger brother. They had no father figure in their life apart from the irritating and extremely irksome Paul, their mother’s controller, (possible lover too? I might have the wrong end of the stick, or temporarily stopped paying attention.) What did I dislike about him? Well he was still breathing for starters. Ok…..controlling, interfering and manipulative.

Dee has married and craves a normal life, obviously a hangover from her unconventional upbringing where her mother would disappear off at short notice fairly frequently. Routine, order and organisation are prized over spontaneity and impulsiveness.

Our story centres on Dee’s life now and the increasingly difficulties she is having in her relationship with her husband. How much will she tolerate in order to preserve the illusion of a normal life?

We re-visit Dee and Simon’s childhood and see the life skills their mother taught them, often disguised in the form of a game or a riddle. Did you know that if you study a face in a photograph upside-down, you’ll always recognise it later, despite whatever efforts are made at disguise? Is that even true? I have no idea, but it was one of the little gems that Dee picked up. Anecdotes and reminisces and reflections back towards her childhood and the relationship Dee and Simon had with their mother were some of my favourite pieces in the book.

Applied to her current situation and her life in the here and now, I was frustrated by Dee’s unreasonable capacity for ignoring the signals that all was not well in her marriage. Eventually she develops a spine and puts some of her mother’s lessons to good use.

I really liked this tale as it unfolded, as like our main character we were in the dark as to what her husband was up to. The author ratcheted up the tension and I was sucked into the pages. I almost think it was too well done, insofar as once the big reveal came and we knew where we stood and what the end game was, it was a little bit anti-climactic for me.

Despite that little dip (in my opinion) I was happy with the eventual resolution. Still one of my tops reads this month….unusual premise, great characters, interesting to see all the relationships between the main characters…….who said what, who concealed what, who could we trust…..this book definitely had undertones of the espionage tale, though I doubt I could put a tick in that particular challenge box.

4 from 5 (75% maybe even 85% of it was a 5 star, a little bit of 4 star towards the end.)

Acquired via Net Galley.

This is I think the author’s second book. She has her website here

I have to find her debut novel Three Graves Full. It lurks somewhere in the tubs.
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Friday, 27 March 2015

STARK HOLBORN - NUNSLINGER 2: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE PENITENT (2013)


Synopsis/blurb…..

The year is 1864. Sister Thomas Josephine is on her way from St Louis, Missouri, to Sacramento, California. During the course of her journey, however, she'll find that her faith requires her to take off her wimple and pick up a gun...

NUNSLINGER Book II relates the true tale of how Sister Thomas Josephine of St Louis, Missouri, comes to be wanted for murder and faces the hangman's noose in Carson City, Nevada. Only by relying on the help of an armload of fancy women and a wily old friend does she have any hope for escape!

Another 60 page episode and another blast, as our heroine rides straight out of one crisis and into another. Sister Josephine rocks up in a backwater settlement and happens upon a young starving child who is heavily pregnant. A blast from a shotgun leaves our bride of Christ sitting in prison, awaiting certain execution – especially as the dead child rapist, Wade happens to be the brother of our local lawman – Sheriff Paxton.

Intervention in the form of some curious and kind-hearted good-time girls and a fire at the jail sees our nun, taking refuge at the local knocking shop. With Paxton incensed and tearing around the town trying to recapture our nun, fortune temporarily shines on our nun, as Abe Muir (remember him from episode 1? Outlaw, deserter, nun kidnapper and enemy of Lieutenant Carthy) happens to be enjoying the attentions of some of the local beauties.

Coitus interruptus and the unlikely pair attempt to flee town again, only for disaster to strike. Sister Josephine soon finds herself back in clink and Paxton is determined to have his revenge.

Another 4 from 5 and another notch on the scoreboard.

Ex-Net Galley expiree – cum - Library copy with 2 instalments down and 10 episodes to go.

Stark Holborn (who are you?) has a website here and is on Twitter  @starkholborn


       

Thursday, 26 March 2015

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH TORQUIL MACLEOD



Torquil MacLeod's Meet Me in Malmo was featured on the blog yesterday. To date he has written 4 books in his Malmo series featuring Anita Sundstrom.



Torquil was the latest author kind enough to tolerate a few questions from me.......




Q. Is the writing a full-time occupation? What is or was the day job?

Writing has become a full-time occupation in the last year as it gradually replaced the advertising copy-writing I had done for the previous 36 years in agencies in Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle – and then latterly as a freelance.

Q. Did you suffer many rejections on the way to becoming published?

My first book – Meet me in Malmö – was rejected by every agent I sent it to.  One of the few who bothered to offer a comment was a London agent who said how well I wrote about Malmö but had obviously never been to Newcastle (which is described in the book).  I was rather taken aback as I’d lived and worked in Newcastle for 30 years.  Eventually, it was taken on by a hardback publisher – that was through direct contact.  It took about two years to get that far.  After the short run of the hardback sold out, the publisher declined to reprint it, so eventually I got my rights back and decided to self publish it as an e-book.  I've done the same with the follow-ups.

Q. Any un-published gems in the bottom of your desk drawer?

A novel I wrote about a copywriter who gets into all sorts of appalling scrapes, most of which are not of his own making.  I thought it was brilliantly funny and sent it off to get professional advice.  When it came back, the report concluded it wasn't remotely amusing!  It went straight back into the bottom drawer.  I have a few film scripts that could be converted into novels – that’s how Meet me in Malmö started.

Q. What’s been the highlight of your writing career so far?

When the e-book of Meet me in Malmö got into Amazon UK’s top 50 – for a day!

Q. What’s a typical writing day consist of?

I’m not very disciplined.  I’m easily distracted so I tend to work in bursts.  When I was freelancing, it was a matter of fitting in the odd hour or half hour of novel writing around my work.  Now my most productive writing is done later in the day because I've usually spent the morning faffing around.

Q. Do you have a target word count for each day or do you write for a set number of hours, or do you have a specific point in the story you want to get to?

I want to write at least a thousand words a day.  On a good day, it’s a lot more; on a distracted day, less.


Q. Are you a plotter? Do you have a beginning, middle and end all mapped out before you start, or does the story unfold of its own accord as you write it?

Definitely not a plotter.  I sometimes have the beginning or the end, and then work from there.  I’ll have a vague idea of the story-lines as I like to work two into each book (except for Meet me in Malmö, which has one main plot).  I go in with the attitude that if I have no idea what’s coming next, hopefully the reader won’t either.  It also makes the story more flexible, so it can go off in directions I wasn't expecting.

Q. Do you have to do much research for your books? How does a Scotsman living in the North of England end up writing Scandi-crime?

I like to visit the locations I use.  And as my elder son has lived in Malmö for over a decade, that has made life easy.  And through him and his family, we have a lot of Swedish friends in southern Sweden – one of whom is a blonde, female detective.  That’s also useful!  Some readers like to look up the locations I use on Google Earth, so I have to make them accurate.

I first visited Sweden in 2000 and thought it would be a great place to set a film.  I was working with a producer on various projects at the time.  Back then, Henning Mankell and the Scandi crime invasion hadn't yet reached the UK.  When the films came to nothing (as they tend to do), I decided to turn one of two Swedish ideas I had into a book. 

Q. Any plans in the future for some non-Sundstrom books? 

Last year I brought out an historical crime book called Sweet Smell of Murder.  It’s the story of a feckless actor who finds himself in deep trouble in the Newcastle of the 1750s.  It’s more of a Georgian romp with murders and spies thrown in.  The manuscript had gathered dust in that bottom desk drawer for 20 years, so I decided to give it an airing.  At the time I had ideas for another twelve.  I would certainly like to write another one or two.  I’m too old now to complete them all.

Q. In Meet Me in Malmo and I might be barking up the wrong tree totally, our retired Inspector Gazzard – it wouldn't be a hat-tip to a certain famous North East footballer with a similar moniker? I've never heard of it before.

No.  Inspector Gazzard was named after one of my oldest school friends.  But I like the idea of Inspector Gazza.  Maybe Inspector Gazza could investigate all the things that have gone wrong at St James’ Park in recent times.

Q. Who are you reading and enjoying?

I love history and I try to introduce snippets that people might not be aware of into the Anita Sundström stories.  As part of the research for the latest book, Midnight in Malmö, we went to Berlin.  As a result I've just read Antony Beevor’s Berlin: The Downfall 1945.  “Enjoying” is probably the wrong word as it’s a brutal read.  Though it’s the wrong way round, I want to move onto his Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege





Q. Last 5 books you've read?

Berlin: The Downfall 1945 by Antony Beevor
The Highland Lass by Janet MacLeod Trotter (she’s my sister and a prolific novelist)
The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler
Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carré
The Pale Battalions by Robert Goddard

Q. Is there one all-time favourite book you wished you had written?

I always loved George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman books.  Not only are they funny and stuffed with wonderful history, but also I just love the cheek of pinching someone else’s famous literary character and running away with it. 







Q. Favourite activity when not writing?

Nowadays it’s spending precious time with my grandchildren who, unfortunately, live nowhere near us.  And I've spent a lifetime supporting sporting lost causes – Scotland rugby and football, Newcastle United, and the England cricket team.

Q. What’s the current project in progress? How’s it going?

I've started on an Anita Sundström short story set around a typical Swedish Christmas.  Too early to judge whether it’s going to work.  Then, later this year, I’ll begin the fifth Malmö Mystery.  In between, I might return to my feckless 18th-century actor.

Q. What’s the best thing about being published?

It’ll be nice to have a physical paperback in my hand with a cover I like (the hardback one didn't do the book any favours).  I think I’ll feel a real sense of achievement.  Put it this way, if my old English teacher were still alive, he wouldn't believe it.

Q. What’s the worst?

I’ll let you know after the paperbacks come out.

Q. If I pop back in a couple of years’ time – where do you hope to book with the writing career?

I hope to have produced another couple of books by then.  At least it’ll keep me from getting under my wife’s feet.


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Many thanks to Torquil for his time.

You can find out a bit more about him over here on his website. 

His Malmo series of books were originally self-published, but are being re-released in paperback by McNidder & Grace, starting with the first today.

The following three will appear in print later this year I believe.

Paperback available in June

Paperback available in August
Print version - TBA

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

TORQUIL MACLEOD - MEET ME IN MALMO (2010/2015)


Synopsis/blurb….

A British journalist is invited to Malmö to interview an old university friend who is now one of Sweden's leading film directors. When he discovers the directors glamorous film star wife dead in her apartment, the Skåne County Police are called in to solve the high-profile case. Among the investigating team is Inspector Anita Sundström, who soon finds the list of suspects growing. As Anita battles to discover the answers amid the antagonism of some of her colleagues, she even begins to think that the person she is becoming attracted to could be the murderer.

I've not read any Scandinavian set crime fiction for well over a year and this one was slightly unusual insofar as the author, Torquil MacLeod is an English-based Scotsman.

We start with a seemingly unconnected incident 25 years ago, where a young student falls to her death from Durham Cathedral. Present day, we pick up with a journalist, Ewan Strachan. Strachan’s in a dead-end job, but a chance opportunity to interview former university friend and now successful Swedish film director, Mick Roslyn sees him flying off to Malmo. On the morning of his appointment with Mick, Strachan discovers Roslyn’s film star wife, Malin Lovgren dead in their flat – murdered.

This now introduces us to the other main foil in our story – Swedish detective, Anita Sundstrom. Sundstrom we soon discover is attractive, capable and slightly disorganised in her personal life as well as single. She’s a slightly under-valued member of the investigative team. Her boss, Erik Moberg is a bit of a chauvinist, with a sometimes bull-dozing and blinkered approach to investigations……locate suspect, decide likelihood of guilt, assemble facts to support hypothesis and discount other avenues of enquiry. Sundstrom offers a more considered, balanced approach to the investigation.

Strachan, also a person of interest as he discovered the victim, manages to upgrade his journalistic gig with his newspaper to that of temporary crime reporter as the story breaks back in his home town and his editor keeps him in Malmo. Strachan’s fascination and attraction to Anita makes his prolonged assignment an attractive one.

The investigation brings added pressure, given the high profile identity of the victim. Inquiries indicate that Roslyn’s wife was subject to the unwelcome attentions of a stalker. Further digging in the direction of her husband, opens up other possibilities – a project Mick was working threatened to throw an unwelcome spotlight on the still unsolved murder of Swedish prime minister, Olof Palme back in the mid-80’s and the possible involvement of extreme’s elements within the police service. Additionally Mick had been playing away from home with his business partner’s girlfriend. Was Mick’s affair serious enough to drive him to murder and was he setting up his old friend, Strachan into the bargain. Did his partner suspect Roslyn’s dalliances and exact a twisted revenge?    

Plenty of possibilities for motive and murder. I must admit, I was undecided as to the perpetrator and MacLeod skilfully kept me guessing until the end and the reveal.

Great setting with an interesting mix of characters and a bit of police politics thrown in, with some bristly characters butting heads. Enough of Sundstrom’s personal life was offered to make her more than just a detective and someone this reader warmed to and liked. Our other main character, Strachan was interesting and sympathetic and the way they interacted with each other, especially as Ewan felt an attraction to Anita added another layer of intrigue to an extremely enjoyable mystery.

There’s more to come from Torquil MacLeod and his Swedish detective Sundstrom in the future with additional books appearing soon. I'm hoping to keep pace with this series going forward.   

4 from 5

Torquil MacLeod has his website here.

I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of this from the publishers – McNidder and Grace. Their website is here. Meet Me in Malmo was originally self-published in 2010. The new edition is released tomorrow. 

  

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

2 BY JON A. JACKSON

I’m unsure how I discovered Jon A. Jackson or his books, I think I maybe saw a comparison to Charles Willeford and then…..BOOM …….oh this guy has a ten book series set in and around Detroit, let’s buy most if not all of them and then kind of forget about them and never read them. (The sort of thing I used to do more frequently in the past.)

Jackson’s 10 book Detective Mulheisen series was published between 1977 and 2004. I expect I will snag the first when I log it and make a start soon after, as they have been gathering dust for a fair few years now.








Jon A. Jackson grew up in Northern Michigan and Detroit. He appears to be a bit of a jazz aficionado and co-hosts a show on Montana Public Radio, though I’m insure how up-to-date his website is. In his biography piece on his site, he kinds of marks episodes in his life by the vehicle he was driving at the time. Must be a Detroit thing!


His website is here.






The full list of Mulheisen books (courtesy of Fantastic Fiction) is as follows:

1. The Diehard (1977)
2. The Blind Pig (1979)
3. Grootka (1990)
4. Hit on the House (1993)
5. Deadman (1994)
6. Dead Folks (1996)
7. Man With an Axe (1998)
8. La Donna Detroit (2000)
9. Badger Games (2001)
10. No Man's Dog (2004)



Hit on the House

Whether working alone or with his sometime colleague Grootka, Mulheisen takes on the violent cases that lie in the darkest heart of urban Detroit. Mulheisen is investigating a string of mob slayings, when a former schoolmate comes back into the picture--along with her wretched, inexplicable little husband. And Mulheisen thinks they're somehow connected to the killings.
 










La Donna Detroit

Mob princess Helen Sedlacek was last seen heading west with millions in Mafia cash and the scalp of its godfather. Her successor wasted no time in hunting her down. Now he has welcomed her back into
the fold and offered her a reconciliation.

Monday, 23 March 2015

LOGGING THE LIBRARY - PART TWENTY-FOUR

Another tub another 50, no end in sight......

Pre-logging look

David Peace, Don Winslow, a couple from Sam Millar, Andrew Nugent

Larry Brown, Russel D. McLean, John Harvey, Val McDermid, Gerald Seymour,

Loved this guy, died too young!

Jasper Fforde, Nick Stone, Charles Bukowski, Marc Behm, Eugene Izzi

US author, mainly published in France where he lived as an ex-pat.

Cracker book, a couple of Pufferfish books from David Owen, William Faulkner, Leonard B. Scott

Literature from the 20's?

Stuart Pawson, Eugene Izzi, Paul Watkins, Robert Campbell, John Le Carre

Standalone from author of the Jimmy Flannery series

Larry Watson, Tony Hillerman, Jeffery Deaver, John Ridley

Not picked up one of these for a few years - overdue.

Michael Herr, Alexander Baron, William P. McGivern, Mark Baker, Richard Price,

The Big Heat - 50's I think.

Vietnam - non fiction

Forgotten English author - brought back into print now.

Shaky camera hand - Murdaland anthology, Niall Griffiths, Anthony Loyd, Charlie Higson, Sean Condon - travelogue

Anthony Loyd - war correspondent - Another Bloody Love Letter

Short-lived anthology of crime in print.

Russell James, Lauren Henderson, James Dickey, Willy Vlautin,

English noir!

Stella Duffy, Brian McGilloway

Olen Steinhauer, Mark SaFranko 

Great cover

Gary Phillips, Bill James, Emily Bronte

Who says I'm strictly low-brow?

Post logging view!
Highlights, lowlights.........looking forward to getting back to Eugene Izzi and Tony Hillerman. I'm also looking forward to cracking open Mark SaFranko's book, plus embarking on the Olen Steinhauer - Milo Weaver books.

Not too sure if or when I will read Emily Bronte, or indeed Jasper Fforde,

50 more next week.....hopefully

Full 50 are........
AUTHOR TITLE YEAR SERIES FICTION/NON GENDER
BAKER MARK NAM 1981 N M
BARON ALEXANDER KING DIDO 1969 LF3 F M
BEHM MARK THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER 1980 F M
BRONTE EMILY WUTHERING HEIGHTS 1847 F F
BROWN LARRY DIRTY WORK 1983 F M
BUKOWSKI CHARLES THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN TOWN 1983 F M
CAMPBELL ROBERT W. CIRCUS COURONNE 1977 F M
CONDON SEAN SEAN AND DAVE'S LONG DRIVE 1996 N M
DEAVER JEFFERY MANHATTAN IS MY BEAT 1989 R1 F M
DICKEY JAMES TO THE WHITE SEA 1993 F M
DUFFY STELLA FRESH FLESH 2000 SM4 F F
FAULKNER WILLIAM SANCTUARY 1931 SAS3 F M
FFORDE JASPER THE WELL OF LOST PLOTS 2002 TN3 F M
GRIFFITHS NIALL RUNT 2007 F M
HARVEY JOHN NICK'S BLUES 2008 F M
HENDERSON LAUREN PRETTY BOY 2001 SJ7 F F
HERR MICHAEL  DISPATCHES 1977 N M
HIGSON CHARLIE KING OF THE ANTS 1992 F M
HILLERMAN TONY LISTENING WOMAN 1978 JL3 F M
IZZI EUGENE INVASIONS 1990 F M
IZZI EUGENE PLAYERS 1996 F M
JAMES RUSSELL SLAUGHTER MUSIC 1994 F M
JAMES BILL THE LOLITA MAN 1986 H+I2 F M
LANGNAS MICHAEL ed. MURDALAND 2007 F M/F
LE CARRE JOHN SINGLE & SINGLE 1999 F M
LOYD ANTHONY ANOTHER BLOODY LOVE LETTER 2007 N M
McDERMID VAL FEVER OF THE BONE 2009 TH/CJ6 F F
McGILLOWAY BRIAN GALLOWS LANE 2008 IBD2 F M
McGIVERN WILLIAM P. THE BIG HEAT 1953 F M
McLEAN RUSSEL THE LOST SISTER 2009 JMCN2 F M
MILLAR SAM BLOODSTORM 2008 F M
MILLAR SAM DARK SOULS 2003 F M
MORTIMORE JIM CRACKER: MEN SHOULD WEEP 1995 C6 F M
NUGENT ANDREW SECOND BURIAL 2006 F M
OWEN DAVID THE DEVIL TAKER 1997 F M
OWEN DAVID X AND Y 1994 F M
PAWSON STUART LAST REMINDER 1997 DICP4 F M
PEACE DAVID TOKYO YEAR ZERO 2007 TT1 F M
PHILLIPS GARY HIGH HAND 2000 MC2 F M
PRICE RICHARD LADIES' MAN 1978 F M
RIDLEY JOHN LOVE IS A RACKET 1998 F M
SAFRANKO MARK HATING OLIVIA 2004 MZ1 F M
SCOTT LEONARD B. THE LAST RUN 1987 F M
SEYMOUR GERALD THE COLLABORATOR 2009 F M
STEINHAUER OLEN THE NEAREST EXIT 2010 MW2 F M
STONE NICK MR CLARINET 2006 MM1 F M
VLAUTIN WILLY NORTHLINE 2008 F M
WATKINS  PAUL ARCHANGEL 1995 F M
WATSON LARRY WHITE CROSSES 1997 F M
WINSLOW DON THE DAWN PATROL 2008 F M

Saturday, 21 March 2015

STARK HOLBORN - NUNSLINGER 1 (2013)


Synopsis/blurb……

The year is 1864. Sister Thomas Josephine is on her way from St Louis, Missouri, to Sacramento, California. During the course of her journey, however, she'll find that her faith requires her to take off her wimple and pick up a gun. Innocent Visitandine nun Sister Thomas Josephine wants nothing more than an adventure-free journey out west. But adventure is what she'll get - and heaps of it - when she's taken hostage by a desperate outlaw on the Laramie Plains of Wyoming. Before long she'll find herself torn between two men, the handsome Union Army Lieutentant Thomas F. Carthy and the mysterious drifter Abraham C. Muir. And soon, one of these men will be staring down the barrel of her gun. In this exclusive, free, all-new ebook, (no longer free) you'll meet Sister Thomas Josephine, the innocent Visitandine nun, and travel along the overland trail with her as she meets varmints and scallywaygs galore. Nunslinger book 1 is the first in an extraordinary new series that will publish serially throughout 2014.

Only March and I’ve already got an eye on my year-end reading figure. Nunslinger is a book comprised of 12 episodes, so instead of a BOGOF offer I actually get a dozen ticks in the box, and as I’m probably going to split my reading time between this and other stuff, rather than feel overwhelmed by 600-plus pages, it’s only reasonable – especially as you can buy each part on its own.

So initially sucked in by the vivid cover and having a liking for the old West, guns and nuns (my favourite aunt is a nun!), what could be better than a gun-toting nun, in the West a hundred and fifty years ago?

50-odd pages……..we start with a wagon ambush and the cavalry coming to the rescue in the form of Lieutenant Carthy. In the aftermath, our Sister Josephine is kidnapped by a drifter, Abraham Muir. Initially Muir is abhorrent to Josephine, but gradually a bond of sorts develops between then. First impressions give way to a more considered response.

Josephine is warned by Muir that the handsome Union Lieutenant Carthy is not a man to be trusted and if there is anyone with a blackness in his soul, he’s your man. Muir and our nun, get attacked at a trading post, and fleeing with a bullet in his shoulder, into the inhospitable wild lands Muir is destined for a painful death before Josephine using her earlier training as a nun, saves his life, by removing the bullet. A consequence of her actions sees them landing back in the hands of our Union soldiers.

With Muir imprisoned and facing execution, our syphilitic-ridden Carthy decides to give Sister Josephine a piece of something no bride of Christ can countenance. Our nun shoots her assailant and toting a pair of Muir’s guns busts him and an Indian prisoner out of his cell and flees.

Episode two awaits and promises more frolics and adventures……….our nun’s on the run!

Great setting, great characters, interesting and unusual set-up. I’m going to have a lot of fun reading these I think.

4 from 5

Originally acquired on Net Galley, I let my access expire, fortunately my library had a copy available at another branch that I could borrow.


Stark Holborn is a mystery as an author. I believe he or she is using a non-de-plume and I can find no hints or clues as to the author’s real identity……I’d love to know who it is though.