Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Judith reviews Twilight Images by Ethel Lewis

Today we have a review from Judith, she blogs at


Judith chose to read and review Twilight Images for the team after she had bought a copy

Twilight Images - Ethel Lewis

Twilight Images – Ethel Lewis

The story of Twilight Images begins with an intriguing puzzle; newspaper report the murder/suicide of the protagonist’s, Thad Connors,’ parents. It’s an old case, happening ten years previously and only now does he feel able to try to discover the actual details after years of nightmares.

I liked the idea of the story; the plot and the setting in which the action takes. And there are some lovely descriptive parts which give an explicit sense of place. And there are flashbacks – a particular   favourite authorial device of mine.

My problem is the pace of the book which slows drastically from Chapter Two onwards. The narrative describes the minutiae of Thad’s days; the preparing of food, eating, feeding the dog, when I only wanted to know more details of the dramatic search for the truth, flashbacks to the facts of the murder/suicide, more of the mystery of the missing lover. In other words a build-up of the tension to juxtapose the increasing tension of Thad’s nightmares. But this is only my subjective opinion, of course. Other readers might like the slow tempo of the narrative.

I also struggled with the points of view. The third person narrator relates the story from the protagonist’s point of view but every now and then jumps to small sections of the other characters; Dorothy’s, Doctor Temple’s, Lily’s viewpoint, actions and dialogue. But not enough to round these characters; to give them enough narrative for the reader, me, to get to know them.

I guessed that Lily and her mother were the answer as soon as they came into the narrative. So there is always the reader satisfaction of being proved right.

But this is where I contradict myself in a way. The ending was too abrupt for me. I don’t like to spoil the story for other readers in my reviews. So I will only say it happened and was resolved too quickly for my taste.

There is no way I wouldn’t recommend Twilight Images; other readers possibly don’t want the suspense, the complicated twists and turns that I like in a mystery. What I am saying is that with skilful editing, this book could be a more tense and powerful thriller.

My rating 3 of 5 stars

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Good Deeds Challenge Year 2, Week 33

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year, now I am into my second year.

New Good DeedsThis week I’ve been doing the following;

November 30th – The Last day of the Mystery November book tour and out guest today was Ethel Lewis and her book Twilight Images.

Am working with Terry Tyler to gather some more genuine book reviewers for the review team. Creating more pictures for my Tweets about my book reviews as visual aids really do help.

December 1st – My morning helping at school listen to children reading.

December 2nd – Just sorting out the post for the books that I have featured in two local magazines, the online version for one has a glitch so can’t post about it yet. Am reading Twisted Wire by Ray Stone.

December 3rd – So busy on the blog, a diary malfunction means I have 4 posts going out today and tomorrow with book reviews, book review team posts, a guest author piece and my Fleet Life and EHDirectory post. We are off out for tea tonight for the oldest to help her friend prepare for a theory driving test, then I’m meeting up later with another group of friends for dinner. Will be passing on books I’ve read for others to enjoy.

December 4th – Just adding new reviewers to the team today, hopefully we can get through more of the books we have on our list. Have started filling my 2015 diary with book review slots today.

December 5th – Signed up to help fellow authors promote some of their books. Today I did a book cover for Charles Yallowitz who has a new fantasy book out on December 12th. I shall also be helping Barb Taub soon, plus I’ve taken on 5 new books to review for Brook Cottage in the New Year.

December 6th – A quiet day today. Posted a couple of book reviews for the book review team and pointed another author in the direction of the blog where he can decide if he wants to add his book to the team list. Trying to get a book finished today but got side-tracked by a re-run of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Seen the film loads of times but will always watch any of them again and again. Planning a Harry Potter film day once the Christmas holidays start.

Mystery Book Tour Day 30 #MysteryNovember Twilight Images by Ethel Lewis

November Mystery Tour

Welcome to the very last day of our Mystery Book Tour. Today’s guest is Ethel Lewis and her book Twilight Images.



1)         Where is your home town?

After retiring I moved to Galveston, Texas. My home town. But originally, I guess you would call my hometown Genoa, Texas, a small suburb located about 30 miles southeast of Houston. Although I was born in Dallas, my parents and I moved to Genoa when I was in kindergarten. I grew up here and returned to the Dallas area when I was in my mid-twenties, up until I retired..

2)        How long have you been writing?

I began writing in the early 1980’s, although I kept it pretty much under wraps. I tried to find the ‘elusive’ agent and/or publisher – and failed. As anyone might easily guess – I became discouraged and tucked my manuscripts, notebooks, and other writing related things into an old trunk and hid them away. Wish I hadn’t done that!

3)         What is your favourite sub-genre of mystery?

I love all things mystery. Cosy mystery, suspense mystery and at times even the horror genre of King and Koontz and J.A. Konrath.

4)         Where is Twilight Images set?

Twilight Images is set in the Denver, Pueblo, Colorado area. The small town of “Shady Oaks Village” is a fictional town I created where Thad and his family enjoyed spending their summer vacations.

5)         Introduce us to Thad Connors

Thad Connors is a loving husband, married to his college sweetheart, Dorothy, for nearly six years. He is a hardworking young man, the proud owner of his own small landscaping company. And yet he is plagued with horrendous nightmares, nightmares that are taking a toll on his happy life.

6)        Why is he suspicious about the conclusions to his parent’s deaths?

Since the death of his parents, ten years ago, Thad has been plagued with recurring nightmares. He has been the route of endless therapy sessions, which at first seemed to help, but now, they are returning. And not only are the nightmares returning, they are becoming even more frightful.

7)         Does he work alone on his search for answers?

I would have to say, basically, yes. He is encouraged by his wife, Dorothy, to go back to the cabin where the death of his parents occurred. She hopes he might find the answers there. But once he is there, Thad sets out on his own, trying to uncover anything, any clue which might point him in the right direction.

8)         Tell us some of the stones he must upturn to solve the mystery.

First off, Thad returns to the local police, researching their evidence files – had anything been overlooked?

Next, he turns to realtor offices, to see if he can locate any residents who might have lived nearby at the time of the deaths – had anyone seen something and maybe forgotten to report it?

He also turns to the news reporter who reported the incident in the local papers. Were there any clues here?

He finds clues, although some are more subtle than others, at all these places. So he keeps digging.

9)         Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

At the moment I’m working on a novel in a totally different genre. As I mentioned earlier, I started writing in the early ‘80’s. At the time I was into romance novels – Danielle Steele, etc. I dug into my treasure trunk and pulled out my first novel, which I am currently re-working and re-editing. It is called “Leave Yesterday Behind”. The story of two young women, Becky Carson and her college roommate, Mandy Powers, who journey life’s highway together. They form a loving bond in college which carries them through the many upheavals and highlights of life from the early 1970’s in Berkeley, California, to their busy and tumultuous lives in New York City.

10)       Where can readers find out more about you?

Ethel on deck 2008

Like most of us in this day and age, you can usually find me somewhere on the web.

I have an author website –

Book website –

Good Reads –

Blog –

Google+ –

Twitter –


Buying Links:

Amazon –

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Barnes and Noble –

iTunes –

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Kobo –

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Twilight Images by Ethel Lewis

Today’s book review is from team member Karen, she blogs at


Karen chose to read and review Twilight Images by Ethel Lewis. You can also find out more about the book and the author on November 30th when Ethel is our guest on the Mystery November Tour.

Twilight Images

My Opinion

The book introduces you to Thad, haunted by nightmares since the alleged murder/suicide of his parents. Ten years after this gruesome event, he returns to the cabin by the lake – hoping to find clarity and finally put an end to his nightmares. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Twilight Images, Ethel Lewis has created an intriguing story of a man in need of closure. As his nightmares return and/or intensify, his wife supports urge to uncover the truth. Twilight Images focuses on Thad, and the steps he takes to find out what really happened when his parents died – he is not really convinced about the police’s decision to close the case. His wife Dorothy had to stay at home – due to her job; it is obvious that she is a vital part of his life. The author grants Thad his own pace to reveal information, find out something new. This is a very nice touch. The relevant characters are described in more depth, are convincing. Twilight Images is a good read for fans of suspense novels with a very human touch, a beautiful environment, and not too much gore.

This book is an enjoyable read. I’ll certainly read it again.

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Angie reviews Twilight Images by Ethel Lewis

Today’s book review comes from Angie, she blogs at


Angie chose to read and review Twilight Images by Ethel Lewis


This is a story about Thad Connors who lost his parents ten years ago and although the authorities had ruled it as murder/suicide, Thad couldn’t help thinking that maybe there was more to the story and it need to be investigated further…..he needed to know the truth. After years of sleepless nights tormented by nightmares and demons, Thad decides its time to get the truth about what happened to his parents in order to live a happy life with his wife Dorothy and dog Ben.

Thad travels to the cabin where the suicide/murder happened and decides to get back in touch with therapist who counselled him through the investigation and death of his parents.Together, they slowly delve into the nightmares Thad has been having and try to make sense of it all, what do the dreams represent? Is his sub-conscious trying to tell him something?

Whilst staying in the town, he makes friends with a girl called Lily who works in the local stationary shop and has problems of her own; her mother had an accident years ago and has never spoken since, so Lily has to care for her when she isn’t at work. Lily and Thad help each other help and manage to solve the mystery of what happened to his parents.

Even though I have been delayed in writing this review due to technical issues and a few internet hiccups, I found this story quite a light read that I managed to finish fairly quickly (I had to go caveman style and write the review by hand and then type it up once everything was working). I enjoyed how the author threw a few twists as to what could have happened to the parents and it is only right at the end that you found out what happened, where as a lot of stories like this tend to give you inclinations quite early on. I was also left in suspense as to what part Lily and her mum played in it all whether they knew about the murder or whether they were just friendly characters.

I also liked the relationship between Thad and Dorothy and the fact that even though they both had a lot of things to deal with, they still made time for each other, and worried about each others problems. You normally find in the kind of situation where a character is having to deal with something personal like Thad did, the author tends to portray them as somebody who shuts everyone out and marriages break up over it etc, but it was refreshing to see that it was the opposite with this story.

I would give this story a 3/5 – it needed just a little pinch more of suspense for me but I still enjoyed it as an easy read and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a bit of mystery but like me gets spooked easily so needs to occasionally read something lighter.

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