Review of D.J. Donaldson’s Sleeping with the Crawfish

sleeping I love the title of the D.J. Donaldson book, Sleeping with the Crawfish. It was the first thing that drew me to the crime fiction novel. This third installment of the series about Kit Franklyn and Andy Broussard is just as exciting and entertaining as its two predecessors.

In this book, Kit is “taking a break” from her stressful job as a psychologist but Andy at the medical examiner’s office needs her help. Little did she know that her life would be put in danger by becoming involved.

The numerous plot twists and turns draw in the reader and keep him hooked to the end. This detailed forensic piece with the New Orleans almost mystical setting cannot help but keep the guesses flowing as to who dunnit.

Sleeping with the Crawfish is a great book. I recommend it to mystery-lovers and Louisiana-lovers alike. I give it 4 stars.

If you are interested in purchasing the book, you can buy it here.



Book Review: Bad Karma in the Big Easy by D. J. Donaldson

bad karmaI was intrigued by the prospect of reading Bad Karma in the Big Easy by D.J. Donaldson since it deals with post-Katrina New Orleans. My family also survived Katrina, although from about 200 miles away.

The setting of the story is the time immediately following Hurricane Katrina in August, 2005. Chief Medical Examiner Andy Broussard is tired and overworked in the temporary morgue. He is perplexed by the bodies of three women who were found naked in the lower Ninth Ward, the scene of much of Katrina’s destruction. There are unusual similarities – the primary one being that these women were murdered.

Kit Franklin, forensic psychologist, is drawn into the case. There are many unusual twists and turns in this mystery. People are not who they seem to be and the killer surprises everyone.

Although part of a series, Bad Karma in the Big Easy reads just as well as a stand-alone novel. Connections to prior books only bear a brief mention and are not crucial to this story. The book is an enjoyable read, although some of the situations are quite horrifying and reluctantly believable. The characters all have depth and I was sympathetic to both Kit and Andy.

I give Bad Karma 4 stars. It’s a good mystery with a satisfying ending. I highly recommend it.


Introducing Faulty Fridays

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I love to read. It really doesn’t matter what. I’m partial to suspenseful fiction but I also read the daily newspaper, signs as I drive down the road, web articles and I’m a real sucker for print magazines. I love ’em.

One thing that really aggravates me to no end is to see a mistake in print. A self-described grammar nerd, I really am bothered by this stuff. I see errors in the books I read – whether in DTB (dead tree books) or on my Kindle. I see TONS of oopsies in our local paper who shall remain nameless and in signs advertising businesses.

There may be a variety of reasons for these mistakes. It could be that someone didn’t catch the error when copy editing or proofreading. This does happen. No one is perfect. It could be that someone is a terrible speller and doesn’t realize it or even worse, a bad speller who knows he is a bad speller but doesn’t bother to look up something anyway. It could also be that a person truly believes something is written/spelled correctly when it’s not.

Anyway, after seeing thousands (or more) of these mistakes over many years, I thought it might be fun to share some of these on a weekly basis. I now photograph the errors I see (if it’s safe to do so) and will publish them here on ReaderJots in a post every Friday that I plan to call “Faulty Friday.”

Feel free to contribute  in the comments section or, if you have a blog, you can participate there, too, by joining the Faulty Friday movement.

Look for the first post on Friday, March 7. I’ve got a couple doosies up my sleeve. Just wait.

The More You Read . . .


“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

~ Dr. Seuss –  “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut”

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Book Review: Revenge by Christine Carminati

As a pre-teen I devoured Western novels by Zane Grey and absolutely loved them. After so many years, I thought I was long past reading the genre until I read Revenge by Christine Carminati. I may have to revisit my childhood!

Revenge is the story of Hannah O’Reilly, who unwittingly becomes a bounty hunter in post-Civil War Texas after her farm is raided and her sister violated and damaged for life. Hannah O’Reilly becomes Hannah Venganza – Spanish for revenge. On her quest to kill all those responsible for ruining her family, she reluctantly partners with U.S. Marshall Hezekiah Coe. Together they seek the rapists and murderers and fall into each other’s arms at the same time.

I loved Revenge. The characters are likeable and believable and the story compelling. Humor, romance, violence and tenderness are woven into a real page-turner. I highly recommend it and give it an A+!

Book Review – The Storm Protocol by Iain Cosgrove

The Storm Protocol by Iain Cosgrove is the story of greed. Mobster brothers, Guido and Ernesto Mancini, are not content to rule the illegal drug trade in New York City. They want more. An elaborate scheme to produce and sell a new drug, The Storm Protocol, is concocted. Users of the drug don’t live very long as there are unexpected and disastrous consequences to using it.

A number of people try to thwart the Mancinis plans, including officers in Ireland, New York and the CIA in Washington. Much mayhem ensues.

I enjoyed The Storm Protocol. Reading was sometimes challenging, however. It was often difficult to determine who was speaking and in what location, as there are many characters and locales throughout the book. I give it a B.

Book Review – The Cuckoos of Batch Magna by Peter Maughan

The Cuckoos of Batch Magna by Peter Maughan is an amusing “comedy of errors.” The cuckoos are actually the characters in the book!

Batch Magna is a small, close-knit village on the border between England and Wales. Much of the property is owned by the General who dies and leaves it all to a distant American nephew, Sir Humphrey Strange. Some of the residents of Batch Magna are given eviction notices by Sir Humphrey and the community is in an uproar. When Humph comes to visit to further his plans for a vacation village, hilarity ensues.

For this American book reviewer, the unusual dialect was sometimes difficult to read and decipher but I enjoyed the story. I look forward to the sequels. The Cuckoos of Batch Magna gets an A.

The Disillusioned by D.J. Williams – A Book Review

Two brothers whose paths have diverged come together again after their mother’s suicide. The sons of a powerful evangelistic church leader, they are drawn into a mystery as unique as it is horrifying.

Danny and Sam begin a search for a woman who shares their inheritance. They know nothing about her. However,  all roads lead to the African country of Zambezi. Danny leaves his wife, Brooke, behind in Los Angeles and travels to Africa. When nothing is heard from him, Sam follows and Angela the reporter follows him. What they all learn is a lesson in endurance and trust in God.

The intricacies of religion, politics and child slavery are woven  into a riveting story where death is all too common. The Disillusioned is an excellent book and I highly recommend it, giving it an A.

Book Review – The Knightmare by Deborah Valentine

I really enjoyed reading Deborah Valentine’s book, The Knightmare. The beautifully flowing language was easy to read and her descriptions wondrous. The story weaves past and present with a love story lasting through the ages.

This unique tale involves a wounded Templar knight, injured Formula 1 car racer Conor Westfield and his sister Delia, a strange man named Alun and a beautiful lady named Mercedes whose mysterious life and even more mysterious death literally haunt Conor. It’s hard to describe the plot without giving away important information to the story so I’ll just say that magic is involved in an unusual way.

I highly recommend this book and give it an A.