Monday, September 16, 2019
Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Summer of ‘69 By Elin Hilderbrand: This week we are pleased to welcome Laura as a reviewer! Laura has just joined the Reference Department and is an avid reader. She especi...
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Before Victoria Houston wrote about fly-fishing in fictional Loon Lake, Wisconsin, and Keith McCafferty gave us Sean Stranahan, a fly fisherman and private investigator in Montana, Philip Craig created J.W. Jackson, a retired policeman eking out a living via fishing and odd jobs on Martha’s Vineyard, and William Tapply invented Brady Coyne, a lawyer in Boston who practiced just enough law to pay for his fishing trips. Tapply was also a committed fisherman in his real life, publishing some 15 books about the sport and serving as a contributing editor for Field and Stream and a special correspondent for American Angler.
Tapply let his love of fishing spill over into his mystery writing even further when he began a new series featuring Stoney Calhoun, a fisherman and part-owner of a fishing supply store in upstate Maine. Stoney’s past is foggy; his memories do not go back further than waking up in a VA hospital and being told he had been struck by lightning. He moved north to start all over again in the fishing country of Maine. Every so often an unidentified man shows up, clearly from Stoney’s forgotten past, to see if Stoney has remembered anything. He doesn’t say why he wants to know, and Stoney doesn’t like it at all. However, the man has the power to make Stoney’s life uncomfortable and he demonstrates that power now and again, such as in Dark Tiger (Minotaur, 2009), when the mystery man arranges to sell the bait-and-tackle shop out from under Stoney and his partner if Stoney does not agree to investigate the very odd death of an intelligence agent.
The agent had been staying at an exclusive fishing resort on the northern edge of Maine, close to the Canadian border, so Stoney becomes a temporary fishing guide there. Within 24 hours one of the guides is shot to death and another one is arrested for the killing. Stoney feels certain the second death is connected to the dead agent and looks for ways to investigate both without blowing his cover while he fishes and admires the scenic lakes in the area.
Tapply’s books are a pleasure to read. His prose is crisp and clear, his plots are convincing, the pacing never drags. The Stoney Calhoun series will be of interest to C.J. Box and Nevada Barr fans as well as those readers who follow Victoria Houston and Keith McCafferty or anyone who wants mysteries mixed with nature.
· Hardcover: 288 pages
· Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition (September 29, 2009)
· Language: English
· ISBN-10: 0312379781
· ISBN-13: 978-0312379780
Aubrey Hamilton ©2019
Aubrey Hamilton is a former librarian who works on Federal It projects by day and reads mysteries at night.
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Been awhile since I mentioned this, but I am still an Amazon Associate. So, every time you click through one of my links and buy something, I get a few cents added to my account. I used to use those small funds to buy some medical stuff I need and the occasional book.
By buying through one of my links, it does not cost you one cent extra. I just get a few cents my way as a referral fee. So, if you are inclined, please keep doing what you have been doing and buy through my links. It was and still is very much appreciated.
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Up on KRL this morning a review and giveaway of "Assailants, Asphalt and Alibis" by Tonya Kappes
And a review and giveaway of "The Garden Club Murder" by Amy Patricia Meade
Also reviews of the first 2 Chiara Corelli Mysteries by Catherine Maiorisi and a chance to win a copy of one of them-winner's choice
And a review of the new season of Veronica Mars up on Hulu
And a never before published mystery short story by Gary R. Hoffman
For those who prefer to listen to Mysteryrat's Maze Podcast directly on KRL the player is up here for the new episode which features the first chapter of "Spirit Wind" by Marilyn Meredith read by local actor Julia Reimer
Up on KRL News and Reviews this week a review and ebook giveaway of "Bark If It's Murder" by VM Burns
And a review and giveaway of "No More Time" by Suzanne Trauth
And a review and giveaway of "The Body in Griffith Park" by Jennifer Kincheloe
Crime Watch: Then and now: tales of troubled youth win Ngaio Ma...: A trio of fresh crime voices were the culprits in Christchurch on Saturday evening as Dame Fiona Kidman, JP Pomare, and Kelly Denne...
Sweet Freedom: FRIDAY'S "FORGOTTEN" BOOKS AND MORE: the links to ...: This week's books and more, unfairly (or sometimes fairly) neglected, or simply those the reviewers below think you might find of some ...
Captain America: Winter In America Volume 1 by author Ta-Nehisi Coates with art by Leinil Francis Yu is very typical of the work by Mr. Coates as it is a very political story. In this story, the real Captain America has returned after being replaced by an evil doppelganger that used his face and the people’s trust to overthrow the American Government and betray the superhero community. While the real Captain America was successful in his quest to overthrow and remove his evil doppelganger from Hydra and regain the trust of the superhero community, the people and the American Government no longer trust him. The country has fundamentally changed thanks to the Hydra takeover and the real Captain America no longer recognizes his country thanks to the changes that have come to pass. As is Bucky, Black Panther, and Sharon Carter, Captain America is also trying to find his place in the new America.
He is facing new enemies from his past that have ties to his old lesser known enemies suck as Taskmaster and others. Someone had managed to turn prisoners of war into Nukes (America Super Soldiers that use a template of failed attempt--the original Nuke-- to replicate Captain America) and is using them to attack the American people. Captain America may not recognize himself anymore or his country or the people, but he remains true to his driving core principal. If there are bad men hurting people, Captain America is going to take them on no matter what anyone else, including his own government says or wants him to do.
The art in Captain America: Winter In America Volume 1 is great and the story itself is very interesting. There are some twists toward the end of the issue that makes the reader very interested to see where this story is headed. The story plays heavily into Captain America’s past while still being new reader friendly. Captain America has to use his brains, his leadership skills, and get help from his friends help to win the day though it does seem possible that his action may be exactly what his enemies want to finally destroy him and everything he holds dear.
If you would like a good place to start reading Captain America stuff, Captain America: Winter In America Volume 1, is a good place as long as you do not mind very political stories. I highly recommend this volume highly. Readers are cautioned that this is tale has very strong political elements and tone and therefore may offend some readers.
Captain America: Winter In America Volume 1
Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Artwork: Leinil Francis Yu
Paperback (also available in digital format)
My copy came from the Arcadia Park Branch of the Dallas Public Library System.
Scott A. Tipple ©2019
Friday, September 13, 2019
Bookblog of the Bristol Library: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker: Reviewed by Kristin Santa Lora is a quiet little college town tucked up in the mountains of Southern California. Most of the tow...
I have been ill all week as the mastoiditis which put me in the hospital a couple of months ago has been trying to do it again. So far, I have not had the extreme dizziness and have been able to treat it well enough with over the counter stuff to be able to stay home and in bed. The blog will continue to be a bit erratic as posting depeends on how I feel.
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Beneath the Stains of Time: The Gold Watch (2019) by Paul Halter: La montre en or ( The Gold Watch , 2019) is the latest mystery novel by that fabricator of miracles, Paul Halter , which is a unique tit...
Bitter Tea and Mystery: Champagne for One: Rex Stout: In August, I reread one of my favorite books by Rex Stout, Champagne for One . It is part of the Nero Wolfe series, of course, An acquain...
Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Nevermore: Peach Keeper, Florence of Arabia, Overs...: Reported by Kristin The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen provided a much-needed light, summery read for one of our Nevermore r...
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Only days left to win a copy of "Death in a Budapest Butterfly" by Julia Buckley and while there check out an interesting guest post by Julia
And to win a copy of "Clause and Effect" by Kaitlyn Dunnett
Also to win an ebook copy of "A Fool's Journey" by Judy Penz Sheluk
And to win an ebook copy of "Fatal Break" by Beth Prentice, and while there check out an interesting interview with Beth
And don't forget to check out our new podcast episode that went up yesterday. This one features the first chapter of "Spirit Wind" by Marilyn Meredith read by local actor Julia Reimer
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Beneath the Stains of Time: The Billiard-Room Mystery (1927) by Brian Flynn: Brian Flynn was a government accountant, lecturer and author of more than fifty detective novels, most of them starring his dilettante, ...
Bookblog of the Bristol Library: BPL Book Club Reviews Cold Sassy Tree by Olive An...: Reported by Lauren This month, the BPL Book Club discussed Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns. Told from the perspe...