Mind Over Murder by Cary Allen Stone

Mind Over Murder - A Jake Roberts NovelMind Over Murder – A Jake Roberts Novel by Cary Allen Stone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mind Over Murder is the next instalment in the Jake Roberts detective thrillers. It follows five years on from “After The Evil” where we met serial killer Lori Powers. Lori has finally been captured and is being returned from Europe by Interpol ready for her trial. Jake is part of the party at Atlanta airport who are meeting Lori.

Lori has a celebrity following of her case, she’s top of the news broadcasts and a book has even been made of her life. A beautiful woman she causes many men’s heads to turn.

Jared Hamilton has a copy of Lori’s book. He’s a hi-tec savvy genius, a loner, he’s a hacker in his own class and a rule unto himself. With no need for money, no need to work, he craves a life of crime like an adrenalin junky. Well aware that a computer virus could have more power than a nuclear weapon, there are few security systems that Jared cannot breach. Yet even this power is nothing compared to how he feels about murder. Inspired by Lori Powers, Jared plans five murders with one big ultimate death.

A good thriller, I wasn’t sure how the story was going to pan out with Lori however there is enough backstory if you haven’t read the previous book to set the scene. A good pace which kept me interested to the end and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Terry reviews Losing It All by Marsha Cornelius

Today’s team book review comes from Terry, she blogs at http://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/


She chose to read and review Losing It All by Marsha Cornelius


LOSING IT ALL by Marsha Cornelius – review by Terry

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed this – it’s interesting and unusual.

The novel is set mostly around Atlanta, Georgia in the US. Frank is a Vietnam vet whose life has crashed and burned, leaving him a vagrant trying to scratch out an existence as best he can. Chloe is a small town, naïve mother of two who has allowed her path through life to be determined by others. When husband Duane deserts her, everything gradually falls apart and she ends up in a shelter for homeless women.

Marsha Cornelius has clearly put a great deal of research into this story. I recently watched the 1960s BBC (UK) drama-documentary ‘Cathy Come Home’, which shows how easily families in the UK in the 1960s could descend from keeping their heads above water into homelessness; this book had the same effect on me. It’s shocking, but so real, and really made me think about how so many people are just a couple of salary cheques away from the street!   The details of both Chloe and Frank’s struggles are very well illustrated, as is their climb back to something approaching normality – though indeed, what they consider ‘normal’ is not the conventional lifestyle some would expect.

The message of this book is definitely one of love and relationships mattering more than anything else, and about it being the simple things in life that can bring the most happiness. The romantic aspect of the story was perfectly portrayed too, I thought; not schmaltzy, or overtly sexy for the sake of it but just touching and true to life.

It’s a story about love and hope, the goodwill of friends, and the discovery of inner strength. Recommended.

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