by Walter Danley January 5, 2015
WHAT KIND OF STORY IS JOHN HOHN’S BREACHED?
It is a page turner with a complex murder mystery plot that will keep the reader guessing. Some readers might associate it as a psychological thriller. Still others would focus on the romance between the protagonist and his new friend, Diane. All of these descriptions are true, but none fairly define the gestalt of the author’s novel.
Wrapped inside the mystery is yet another kind of enigmatic story. . . the human emotional turmoil his protagonist, James Raker experiences as he pursues those who perpetrated the crime and his own lingering despair over the death of his wife. [Read more…]
As you know, I have rewritten my last novel, The Tipping Point, 2nd edition and understand from my publisher that it will release in print and eBook formats on Dec 14th. This is a major rewrite and I expect great sales because I’ve signed with other distributors who have a much longer reach in Europe, Asia, and India (a major eBook market. India has almost as many English-speaking/reading people as does the USA!).
My quandary was that in order to make the sequel work, I needed to change some of the original manuscript, and The Tipping Point was already published and out there for sale. So I asked knowledgeable friends, other writers and editors. The advice was always the same…”Don’t do it! Invest the time and money into the next novel,” They told me.
We were both in a Goodreads group…
…and an easy attraction developed. Each of us was about to finish our first novel and we shared the frustrations of, as Guy Kawasaki named it, Artisanal Publishing. We emailed, outside of the group, and got better acquainted.
This was an exceptionally bright woman whose life experiences were as interesting as her future will be. How many lady woodworkers have you ever met? Interest grew gradually to become admiration. There were so many subjects to discuss. I soon considered her less as a colleague and more as a friend, a very good friend. I call her Angel.
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I admit it. Sandra Brown is one of my favorite authors. She has a magical way of weaving the real world into a thrilling mystery. Her literary talents are fully on display in Tough Customer as she mixes in just the right amount of sexy sass to highlight the plot and make her characters stand out. This is one of the many Sandra Brown novels that will stay on my bookshelf for re-reads
This is not a story that you have read before, but one you will think about long after you finish this well-crafted mystery. Fellow author, Donalie Beltran, recommended The Grave on Peckerwood Hill to me and I am so glad she did.
There are few things not to like about Vineyard’s writing style with one exception. The beginning seems to wander – trying to find its direction – before settling into the main story line. In the end, the author does a credible job of wrapping up all the seemingly disparate plot lines. On the other hand, his major characters are well developed and likable, all with a wry sense of humor. The relationship of Eastman and Doc is particularly enjoyable.
The author’s background in law enforcement work shows up in the Tom Clancy-like descriptions of police procedures and weapons. The authenticity of his narrative lends confidence in Vineyard’s expertise throughout the novel.
The Grave on Peckerwood Hill is a fast read at 440 pages, but enhanced by the need to keep turning pages. You won’t be disappointed in the ending or the way Vineyard leaves open the opportunity for another novel with these characters. This book is an altogether most satisfying five star entertainment. I recommend it to all adults who enjoy a romping good read.