#FridayReads: My Top 15 Fiction Picks of 2016

Hard to believe another year is already coming to a close. 2016 was an entertaining year for me. I spent time with vicious psychopaths, investigated murders, met people with supernatural abilities, went back in time, experienced heartache, joy, fear, excitement, love, and hatred. Of course, I’m talking about books I’ve read. As I type this, my count for the year is 120. That’s a whole lot of emotional turmoil squeezed into 365 days! Today I’m Read More …

#BookReview: NO WITNESS BUT THE MOON by Suzanne Chazin

On a clear, moonlit night in December, police detective Jimmy Vega races to the scene of a reported home invasion in an upscale New York community. As Vega arrives, he spots a Hispanic man who fits the description of the armed intruder, running from the victim’s estate. Vega chases him into the woods. When the suspect refuses to surrender—and reaches into his pocket—Vega has only seconds to make a life-or-death decision. What begins as a Read More …

#FridayReads – 4 Books with Powerful Emotional Content

Books can be many things – escape, entertainment, education. They can make you giggle and they can make you grimace. Today I’m spotlighting four of my favorite books that can, at turns, elicit all of those responses. They share what I refer to as the Beauty in the Beast quality. The content is often sad and emotionally dark, but there is beauty in the telling of the story. There is a poetic quality to the Read More …

#MondayBlogs: My Favorite Fiction Reads of 2015

I read a total of 110 books throughout 2015 – 34 nonfiction and 66 fiction. Today I’m sharing my top 12 fiction reads. These are in no particular order. Sorting my top 12 was challenging enough. Listing them in order of preference is an impossible task, given the uniqueness of genre and the differing preferences of my fickle moods. Best Fiction Reads of 2015 This is dark, twisted, psychological suspense at its finest. Richard Thomas Read More …

#BookReview: A BLOSSOM OF BRIGHT LIGHT by Suzanne Chazin

In award-winning author Suzanne Chazin’s stirring new novel, Latino police detective Jimmy Vega must strike a precarious balance between the local immigrant community and his hometown’s most powerful and privileged citizens during a dangerous murder investigation… A split-second decision thrusts Detective Jimmy Vega into the epicenter of a disturbing case when a body is found near a gathering place for immigrants in upscale Lake Holly, NY. The cold-bloodedness of the crime and the innocence of Read More …