Saturday, August 22, 2015

Review of Sentenced to Death

Sentence to Death
By Lorna Barrett

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

Ms. Barrett effortlessly tells the story of a murder that seems to everyone to be an accident. Her protagonist, Tricia Miles, is the owner of ‘Haven’t Got a Clue’ mystery book store in Booktown, Stoneham, New Hampshire.

In this quiet small town, on Founder’s Day, to the horror of the participants, the airplane that is promoting the event, crashes into the platform where the speaker is announcing the day’s itinerary. From this point, Tricia goes into here ‘What if…’ mode, using her sister Angelica as a sounding board.

The clues appear to Tricia, but everyone she confides in believes that she is way off base and that the deadly event was an accident and nothing more.  She is the only one convinced that there is more than meets the eye.

Tricia, in her dog-like light investigation, unravels the coincidences by just conversing with those involved with no abusive questioning. What she comes across will surprise all who read this somewhat witty Whodunit.

The prose is fast pace, non abrasive, and somewhat comical in a New Hampshire sort of way. A small town, where everyone knows everyone, is a hard place to hide from a sleuth as Ms. Barrett’s Tricia.

This is my second time reading one of Lorna Barrett’s Booktown Mystery novels. If you are a Mystery Lover, as I am, check out one of her books at the local library or buy one ala Kindle: http://amzn.to/1MK16KC


   

Thursday, August 20, 2015

McNeff's review of The Audubon Caper


The Audubon Caper
By Roy Murry

Reviewed by Arizona Deputy Sheriff and ex-Defense Lawyer


Mike McNeff 's review of The Audubon Caper on Amazon 8/17/2015
A story of danger, intrigue, and betrayal …

I had a long career as cop and during that time I laid out the infamous option of "work for me or go to prison" many times. Roy Murry tells his story of when that option was given to him. He made the mistake of thinking that simply delivering a kilo of cocaine would be a quick deal for easy money. It was... until a federal agent came knocking on his door. Roy then found out he no longer controlled his life.

Murry tells his story with keen wit, sharp observation and personal soul searching. The story starts out a little slowly but then it grabbed me like a fast current and carried me into a turbulent sea of danger, intrigue and betrayal.

You'll have to read this true story to figure out who created the intrigue and who betrayed who.

If you are interested in stories of investigations of major crime conspiracies told from the inside, you must read this book. Based on my experience, I can tell you every word rings true.

A great read.

Purchase at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1MFvwgV




Saturday, August 15, 2015

In Too Deep

In Too Deep, A New Zealand Second Chances Romance
Written by Tracey Alvarez

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

If you are like me, you like books that give you a different perspective of the mating ritual. New Zealand is a place I would like to venture to; and one of their islands is the center of this romantic novel. The way they mate is communal and some what frustrating because everyone knows each other.

The beautiful picturesque description of that country is the backdrop of a love affair between a National Police Woman Diver, Piper, who returns home to a small island tourism village, and her childhood sweet heart, a Free Diver named West. They both have conflicts, determining whether their love exists and how to sustain it considering their past performances.

As in all Romance novels, there are love scenes. But Ms. Alvarez has a knack of keeping you on the edge, despondent that the couple cannot culminate the situation. This will keep the reader involved to the end.

The dialogue is witty and somewhat intelligent if you don’t know the language. It’s English that you need to be acquainted with to get the full meaning of each encounter of the two mating and the community they grew up in.

However, Ms. Alvarez does a good job in bringing the story to a climax. I enjoyed the tit for tat of the New Zealand characters portrayed in this engaging novel that starts the Due South Series.

Purchased at:  http://amzn.to/1KnB61a

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Review of Lost Soul

Lost Soul
By Malika Gandhi

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

For you ghost busters out there, this is a good book for you. A spirit has taken up residence in her father’s Indian mansion for the last hundred years. India’s religious superstitions come alive when some villagers want to banish the spirit.

The spirit’s story is of guilt for the love ones she lost. At times, she, the spirit, appears to a few villagers, who become her ally in her endeavor to ‘Cross over’ after finding her soul.

Mores of the past and present come together to bring the story to an end, where being a person is more important than following some precedent set down by ancestors. Love finds each of us in deferent ways no matter what our cultural background is an underling theme.

Ms. Gandhi does a fine job in explaining the Indian culture that is interwoven throughout this delightful story of anguish. The spirit finds her way after the visit of doppelgangers of the people she loved and lost.

This is a ghost/spiritual story you will remember.

Buy at amazon: http://amzn.to/1JZqO7x


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Review of Last Vegas

We are all getting old, but we should never allow our fun side to fade away. In LAST VEGAS, elderly men go to Las Vegas for what seems to be the last time to celebrate a bachelor party for one of their oldest friends.

This star studded cast of Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freedman, Kevin Kline, and others gets back to having fun after living a full life. Some of their lives before the trip consisted of making it through the day.

Douglas’s character, who is seventy, is living his bachelor life and is about to marry a thirty four year old. They all come together to celebrate that.

This comedy comes alive with unexpected events that will have you laughing and thinking about what you would do in the same circumstances. De Niro’s character is the realist who can’t seem to come alive.

Douglas and De Niro’s past come to the front and culminate into mutual agreement after it is brought up in another relationship – the caring for another. This pleasantly unravels.

Acting is good and the storyline is understandable.  


Buy at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1IvAO7p

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Review of Ten Days in Paradise

Ten Days in Paradise
By Linda Abbott

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

If you are looking for an intelligent novel about relationships, I recommend Ms. Abbott’s story of people meeting on the island of Sanibel. A place where the rich meet to play, off the west coast of Florida, USA, a man and woman goes where they each thought they would never go – infidelity.

Each’s family dynamics are brought to light in this well written dramatic portrayal of a love affair. All sides of that endeavor are delved in, indirectly by family member and others, who have no idea of the events leading up to the coupling.

The man and the woman’s views are inwardly conflicted before and after    their steamy night together. Each reaches out to others for the answers to their predicament. This is where the debate over what is really love and what one should do about it.

The answer lies in the man’s mother and father’s 50 year anniversary, that he and his family are celebrating; and events that surround the church the woman helps to save on her short vacation. Love is a commitment and is not a whim.

Ms. Abbott does a good job keeping the reader’s attention bringing people’s attitudes in at the right moment. Prose is non-complicate and easy to read.


A book to read on your next vacation:  http://amzn.to/1fTne7r

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Kemp's Kids

The Man Who Makes the Clouds &
The Mermaid Who Makes the Seas

By Danny Kemp


Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

I have read and reviewed both together, because I felt it proper since they are books one and two in a children’s short story series. But they should be read separately because they are cute and simple to read to children with different lessons told. 

Fantasy is the background of Teddy and Tilly’s adventures, so that a child’s imagination will be peaked with questions asked while you read them to your child. You’ll laugh the whole time and will have a hard time explaining the facts, according to Mr. Kemp’s characters.

The clouds and the ocean will not be the same after reading these two fun filled short stories. If your child reads without you, you may be asked many questions that will seem odd – go with the flow and help your child use its imagination.

Many lessons are learned in these two tales. Photos are used to guide you along. Have fun. Check them out:  http://amzn.to/1fyD8UK