Reviews by bhold

The Shadow of the Rope

by E.W. Hornung

A drama / mystery written in two sections. The first section deals with the case of Rachel Minchin, a young woman accused and tried for the murder of her husband. A mysterious stranger attends every session of the trial and attempts to make contact with Rachel - is he benefactor or villain? The second section of the novel presents the re-opening of the case by an amateur detective. Will a new investigation shed light on Rachel's guilt or innocence, or identify new suspects?

I enjoyed the book except for the fact that things seem to fall into place far too easily for the amateur detective. The book is a good drama, but only a fair mystery.

Reviewed on 2015.01.24


by Octavus Roy Cohen

Amateur detective David Carroll is an expert at obtaining information during interrogations with his sympathetic human touch, but can be as tough as necessary with those who offer resistance. He has the full confidence of Chief of Police Leverage, who places the case under Carroll's control. Together they put the pieces together to solve a strange mystery of a murdered man in a taxi cab - which no man entered. I found the wrap-up somewhat dissapointing, but still a great read and I recommend it for crime / mystery fans.

Reviewed on 2015.01.17

The Janus Syndrome

by Steven E. McDonald

Space pulp with a lively and entertaining assortment of alien characters. The book definitely grew on me as I continued reading. I found the ending to be both unexpected and interesting.

Reviewed on 2015.01.16

The Blood Ship

by Norman Springer

One of the best nautical novels I have found on this site. A young sailor attempts to prove himself by enlisting for a commercial voyage on a tough ship, and finds more trouble than he bargained for.

Reviewed on 2015.01.10

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