Reviews - September 2016

What They Say

“A book is simply the container of an idea—like a bottle; what is inside the book is what matters.”
—Angela Carter


Cynthia Lea Clark, Psy.D., MHt:

Cynthia Lee Clark

Former Miss Chicago (Miss USA), Cynthia Lea Clark continued school, graduating from Northwestern University (multiple degreed), attended nursing school, and became a Firefighter Paramedic. After working as an actress in Chicago, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked on many television shows, such as DAYS OF OUR LIVES and STAT, while continuing her education with a Masters in Psychology and then a Doctorate of Psychology. While working on STAT, she was stalked which led her to work in Forensic Psychopathology. She has over 70 interviews with serial killers, mass murderers, etc. Today she mixes Forensics with writing and acting.  She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, Kiss of Death Chapter of RWA, International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, and the American College of Forensic Examiners International.


Aaron Paul Lazar

Aaron Paul Lazar

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. A bestselling Kindle author of 22 books, including three addictive mystery series, writing books, and a new love story, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at and watch for his upcoming release, UNDER THE ICE. Aaron has won over 18 book awards for his novels and finds writing to be his form of "cheap therapy." Feel free to connect with him on Facebook or his website; he loves to connect with readers.


Please welcome our NEW REVIEWER Barry Gill:

Barry Gill

I love a good mystery and always have. While other 9 year olds were playing in the yard I was spending my time plunked down in a plastic backed chair at our local library becoming, at least in my mind, Sherlock Holmes using Baritsu, the system of Japanese wrestling, to throw Moriarty to his death at the bottom of the Reichenbach Falls, or imagining myself to be Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin solving the diabolical double murders in the Rue Morgue.

Compared to the lives of my paperback and kindle hero's mine has been rather dull but very rewarding. Recently retired from a successful sales career I can fondly look back on forty-three years of marriage to a wonderful woman while raising three beautiful daughters. But throughout all of these years some of my most memorable experiences have been when I've had the opportunity to temporarily inhabit the colorful Florida climes of a John D. MacDonald, the working class Boston of Dennis Lehane or the quick witted PI world of Robert Crais.



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New reviews this month from:

Dr. Cynthia Clark . Aaron Lazar

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  • Unscrupulous
    M.E. May
    M&B Literary Creations
    272 pages, $4,99

Children are missing.   Bodies are not showing up so why? Some sort of slavery or prostitution ring? When a woman is killed and her daughter missing, Sgt. Brent Freeman and Detective Anne Samuels work together to find the child before it is too late.

Carlos is suspected in the death as he is baby daddy and an abuser. He has reason to lie but is he now?

As they interact with the FBI, the detectives begin to suspect that this is even more than human trafficking but may also include human organ harvesting!

Mari, the young child kidnapped is befriended by an older kidnapped victim, Jack.  Jack works hard at keeping Mari safe.

Two cases, the local cops and the FBI are constantly intertwining.  Could they be the same case?

Can the cases (human trafficking and organ theft) be sorted out in time to save the children and stop more from being taken?

M.E. May has created the 5th installment of the CIRCLE CITY Mystery Series.  The writing is entertaining and engaging and now I want to read books 1 through 4!  Enjoyable.  Well written!

On a scale of 1 to 5, I give it a 4.8.

Dr. Cynthia Lea Clark, Psy.D., Ph.D., MHt., Diplomate Homeland Security



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  • Title:  Madison’s Song
    Author:  Christine Amsden
    Publisher: Twilight Times Books
    Genre: Fantasy
    Kindle eBook: $1.99
    ASIN: B010RIJA46
    Trade Paperback: $18.95    
    ISBN-10: 1606192833
    ISBN-13: 978-1606192832

I've listened to all the Cassie Scott audiobooks and enjoyed them very much. This well-written book features Madison, Cassie's shy, retiring, not-so-confident friend who is blessed with a power of music that simmers within, waiting to be recognized. I always wanted to know more about Madison, and am glad Ms. Amsden decided to write a book dedicated to this character.

Madison has been so hurt in life that you just wanted to take her in your arms and tell her she really is a wonderful person. Rejected by her horrible father (I wanted to throttle him), a recent beau, and numerous other people, Madison just needs to be loved. She's so sweet... and it broke my heart to get inside her head and feel her emotions.

As the book progressed, I grew to love the girl, in spite of her inability to think straight about her own feelings, especially those involving Scott. My frustration was compounded on Scott's end, because he also rejected or denied his own feelings for Madison. I do believe I yelled at them quite often to "wake up and smell the proverbial coffee!" while listening to the audiobook in my car. But by the most-satisfying culmination of the story, it was all good.

What most amazed me was Christine Amsden's ability to create this world of werewolves and vampires and magic that seemed so authentic, so very real. The rules, the details, the parsing out of power, the role of the alpha male... all of those elements drew me right into the story and I felt as if this whole new world truly could exist, that I just hadn't "discovered" it yet. Very well done, Ms. Amsden!

I enjoyed Ms. Frank's performance. I found the voice she used for Scott and some of the other men in the story to be a little bit too strident or harsh. But I loved the soft, shy voice she used for Madison. I also loved her singing voice, especially when she sang, "Hush Little Baby." It was absolutely lovely.

But now what? I want to know more about Madison and Scott's life together, especially after (no spoilers) what happened in the last scene. We can't just leave them here, Ms. Amsden, and I, for one, are hoping you are working on a sequel!

Aaron Paul Lazar,