Montana Creeds: Dylan
By Linda Lael Miller
After the missteps of last month’s reading choices, it was with a sigh of relief that I began this book. Within a few sentences, my reaction was, “Finally! An author who can write.”
Linda Lael Miller is known as “The First Lady of the West” for her western romances. She’s traditionally published (by Harlequin), and from reading this book, I’d say she deserves the title.
Arizona’s Deadliest Gunfight: Draft Resistance and Tragedy at the Power Cabin, 1918
By Heidi J. Osselaer
This non-fiction book was filled with fascinating historical details about this time period in Arizona. While everyone knows about the gunfight at the OK Corral, very few have heard of the later gunfight in a remote canyon northeast of Tucson. Unfortunately, this was a book I borrowed from the library and had to return before I finished it. I would have liked to have read it on my Kindle, but the ebook is $24.95 and the library only has the hardcover version.
The print book has very small type, which made it slow going for me. I may check it out again in a few months because I’d like to read the rest of the story.
Independence Day (Time Patrol)
By Bob Mayer
I picked this up as a free book because I’ve long been interested in time travel stories. Unfortunately, this is the fifth book in the series and another series (Nightstalkers) is a precursor to this one. The author doesn’t find it necessary to introduce either the members of the Time Patrol team or the adversary in the series, which made it confusing as a first read.
Apparently, there’s an entity called the Shadow who is attempting to disrupt the timeline in which the Time Patrol exists in an attempt to derail history. This involves changing events in multiple time periods, but all happening on the same day, in this case the Fourth of July. The events and interactions were interesting, but it was difficult for me to really understand what was going on. Despite that, I was drawn to finish it all the way to the end. In retrospect, I think I’d like to go back to the beginning and read the whole series.
The book could have used a good copy editor. Now, I’m guessing Bob Mayer paid an editor of some sort because he’s been around long enough to know that you should do that, but the one who edited this book is not really good with grammar. The errors were annoying, and since simple grammatical and punctuation errors are a pet peeve with me, I downgraded the rating I gave the book significantly.
The Lime and the Dead (Key West Culinary Cozy #3)
By Summer Prescott
This is a short cozy mystery written by a successful indie author who I’ve been meaning to read for a long time. Too fluffy for me. Too much focus on making key lime pies and tarts and anything else the same filling can be used in. Not enough mystery investigation and the characters were too thin to be memorable. In fact, I’m writing this only a couple of days after I finished the book, and I can’t remember who was murdered or why.
But I do remember the creepy neighbor. He was the character that was most interesting to me. I think that’s because Marilyn, the main character, has a strong reaction to him, and because he’s creepy, he has to be the number one suspect in the murder.
Summer Prescott is another author who thinks the comma is an all-purpose punctuation mark, which thoroughly annoyed me. I would have preferred a few more periods and semicolons.
Overall, this was not my cup of tea, but those who enjoy culinary cozies might find it enjoyable.