Communion by Whitley Streiber

Communion, Whitley Streiber, 1987 My favorite quote: “Humanity could be clutching the frail barque of an outmoded worldview while the wind of the mind is swaying the stars into very real craft, and out of them is coming… a faint call for help from a lady in a flowered dress.” — Which pretty much sumsContinue reading “Communion by Whitley Streiber”

The Night Boat by Robert McCammon

The Night Boat, Robert McCammon, 1980 My favorite quote: “‘I felt hatred,’ Moore said. ‘I felt the pressure of hatred and evil inside there.’” Notable characters: David Moore, who discovers the sunken submarines; the many moist nazi zombies who still (somehow) live on within them … (I’m not gonna lie: These guys are my favoriteContinue reading “The Night Boat by Robert McCammon”

Fox’s Earth by Anne Rivers Siddons

Fox’s Earth, Anne Rivers Siddons, 1981 My favorite quote: “Not even an errant spectre of the South’s splendid, sad and silly Civil War walks the matted earth here …” That’s just one of many, many great lines in Fox’s Earth. It’s Anne Rivers Siddons, though, so you can always expect some great stuff Most interestingContinue reading “Fox’s Earth by Anne Rivers Siddons”

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper, Hallie Rubenhold, 2019 My favorite quote: “If the Whitechapel murders served to expose anything, it was the unspeakably horrendous conditions in which the poor of that district lived.” Most interesting characters: Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols, the blacksmith’s daughter; Annie Chapman, wife andContinue reading “The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold”

False Memory by Dean Koontz

False Memory, Dean Koontz, 1999 My favorite quote: It’s a toss-up between, “She turned more heads than a coven of chiropractors,” and “Where does fiction end and reality begin?” I can relate to that one. The one about fiction and reality — not the one about turning heads. Obviously Most interesting characters: Martie Rhodes, whoContinue reading “False Memory by Dean Koontz”

The Liar by Nora Roberts

The Liar, Nora Roberts, 2015 My favorite quote: “She sat on the floor with harsh colors against hard white walls, rocking, weeping. Weeping not because the man she’d loved was dead, but because he never existed.” Most interesting characters: I liked Richard, the lying liar in question. Not because he was a liar (being aContinue reading “The Liar by Nora Roberts”

The House on Vesper Sands by Paraic O’Donnell

The House on Vesper Sands, Paraic O’Donnell, 2018 My favorite quote: “Fate is a fairy tale, my darling. In life, there is only opportunity and advantage.” Notable characters: Inspector Cutter, a determined detective; Gideon Bliss, a dropout in love with a missing girl; Octavia Hillingdon, an ambitious young journalist  Most memorable scene: The seamstress jumpingContinue reading “The House on Vesper Sands by Paraic O’Donnell”

The Uncomplaining Corpses by Brett Halliday

The Uncomplaining Corpses, Brett Halliday, 1940 My favorite quote: “‘By God, I’m beginning to think you did have a perfect crime planned. Too bad an accident had to upset it.’” Notable characters: Mike Shayne, the PI; Phyllis Brighton, his newlywed wife; Arnold Thrip, a man interested in a job; Leora Thrip, a woman who paysContinue reading “The Uncomplaining Corpses by Brett Halliday”

Our Valentine’s Day Gift to You …

This Valentine’s Day, The Ghosts of Ravencrest will be on sale for $0.99 Darkness Never Dies … Ravencrest Manor has always been part of the family. The ancestral home of the Mannings, Ravencrest’s walls have been witness to generations of unimaginable scandal, horror, and depravity. Imported stone by stone from England to northern California inContinue reading “Our Valentine’s Day Gift to You …”

The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes

The Lodger, Marie Belloc Lowndes, 1913 My favorite quote: “For the first time in her life, she visioned the infinite mystery, the sadness and strangeness, of human life.” Most interesting characters: Mr. Sleuth, the mysterious lodger who may or may not be quite what he seems Opening scene: Middle-aged couple, Robert and Ellen Bunting, sittingContinue reading “The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes”

Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon

Speaks the Nightbird, Robert McCammon, 2009 My favorite quote: “Tell me. What is the point of life, if truth is not worth standing up for? If justice is a hollow shell? If beauty and grace are burnt to ashes, and evil rejoices in the flames?” Most interesting characters: Matthew Corbett, young clerk to the travelingContinue reading “Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon”

The Falls by Karen Harper

The Falls, Karen Harper, 2003 My favorite quote: “I have a feeling my survival training is going to come in real handy.” Notable characters: Keith Malvern, a man who allegedly commits suicide; Claire Malvern, his wife, who believes he was murdered; Nick Braden, the town sheriff-turned-love-interest Most memorable scene: The discovery of a hidden truthContinue reading “The Falls by Karen Harper”

Blood and Ice by Robert Masello

Blood and Ice, Robert Masello, 1999 My favorite quote: “Every species, from the blue whale to the fruit fly, will struggle, with every fiber of its being, to preserve its own existence.” Notable characters: Michael Wilde, a journalist on a month-long assignment to the South Pole  Most memorable scene: The discovery of a man andContinue reading “Blood and Ice by Robert Masello”

Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton

Q is for Quarry, Sue Grafton, 2002 My favorite quote: “From the bottom of the stairs, someone called, ‘Kinsey.’ For one wonderful moment, the voice was my mother’s and she’d returned from the dead.” Notable characters: Kinsey Millhone, the PI; Con Dolan and Stacey Oliphant, the two cops working the case with her; Jane Doe,Continue reading “Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton”