A Few Teeny Reviews

Trisha Wolfe
Trisha Wolfe, February 2012
ISBN 9780983868156

In a novelette (somewhere between a short story and a novella), the author introduces 17-year-old Fallon, who lives in a dystopian world where the past is the present, in a manner of speaking. Trained by a rebel faction to be an assassin, Fallon’s first target is Xander, a knight of Karm, home of King Hart and the utopian society he has created from the remains of the world that used to be. Fallon doesn’t know why Xander has been condemned but she will follow her orders—or will she?

Too much use of incomplete sentences when a simple comma or semi-colon would make the words flow and flowery language that is distracting and made me have to re-read are flaws that stand out in a short work such as this. I also found a number of incorrect words—discretely instead of discreetly, sectors off instead of splits, bad instead of badly, different than instead of different from—that also pulled me out of the story but all of these are things that can be fixed by a little more rigorous editing. There also is not enough backstory but this tale interested me enough to hope Ms. Wolfe will expand it into a full-length novel and answer some of the expected questions, primarily how did Karm come to exist and what happened to the Outside?

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, May 2012.


Dead Dogs and EnglishmenDead Dogs and Englishmen
Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli
Midnight Ink, July 2011
ISBN 978-0-7387-1878-1
Trade paperback

Freelance reporter Emily Kincaid and her testy friend, Deputy Dolly Wakowski, set out to investigate the murders of a woman and a dog and are alarmed to discover that there seems to be a concerted campaign to intimidate many of the migrants in their rural area. In the meantime, Emily is hired by a flamboyant author to edit his manuscript and begins to think there’s something very creepy about the story he has written and that perhaps there is a connection to what’s going on in the community. A growing list of crimes and Dolly’s unexplained moodiness add to the mystery and Emily eventually finds herself at a most unusual and disturbing party.

Cozy readers will be put off by a fair amount of violence and descriptions of animal cruelty but many will find this fourth entry in the series to be well worth reading, thanks to the author’s tight prose and her willingness to address difficult subjects. I, for one, hope there will be many more books to come.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, May 2011.


The Silent LandThe Silent Land
Graham Joyce
Read by John Lee
Blackstone Audiobooks, March 2011
ISBN 9781441780324
Unabridged Audio Book

English husband and wife Jake and Zoe take a ski vacation to the French Alps and. as the story opens, they have been buried by an avalanche. They manage to dig themselves out and head straight back to their hotel where they are surprised to find everyone gone. Is it possible all the inhabitants of the town were evacuated, leaving them behind? Will someone come back to get them?

As time goes on, odd things begin to happen—cell phones that don’t work the way one would expect, cars that will only go so far, food that doesn’t seem to spoil. Is it possible that something far more sinister is going on?

The Silent Land is an hypnotic story with a distinctively creepy feel to it and narrator John Lee has the ideal voice for it. In the end, each reader/listener must decide whether the truth here is devastatingly sad or unutterably romantic. In the end, although I enjoyed the story, I felt it was a bit thin for its length and would work better as a short story.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, May 2012.