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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Book Review - Deadly Descent

Review of "Deadly Descent" by Charlotte Hinger
[This review first published on LibraryThing]

As an amateur historian and genealogist myself, I found the premise for this book extremely of interest. Hinger uses this background very well to weave two family stories over multiple generations into a current time murder mystery with several worthy twists. While I don't care, personally, for the extreme physical "capture" of the murderer, it fits the genre well. The story is set in a fictional western Kansas county, but very obviously based clearly on the culture of that place and time. She has edited hundreds of family histories contributed to county history books. This background research serves her well in this book. A good, easy read.

Happy Reading! ;-)

Dr. Bill

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Book Review - Snow Melts in Spring

This is my review of Snow Melts in Spring by Deborah Vogts, as first published at LibraryThing:

Outstanding debut novel... I am really looking forward to Seeds of Summer next spring. All of the elements of a Romance Novel are covered with the skill of an experienced writer. The Kansas Flint Hills characters are very real; expertly portrayed. I did oral histories with a number of folks just like John McCray a few years ago.... This portrayal is "right on." The emotions are correct, the physical attributes are described accurately. Using the character Jake to talk to Gil to get at the final twist was an astute move by the author. The Christian elements were nicely integrated at just the right times, throughout the book. Congratulations to a fine first novelist! ;-)

Disclosure: I did this review from a signed copy of the book received from the author. I wrote a blog on the Kansas Flint Hills for a few years, and we got to "know each other" through that medium before she published this first novel.

Happy Reading! ;-)

Dr. Bill

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories

The title has been changed, a bit, but the book is now available.

Click on the Cover to go directly to my storefront where you can check out and purchase the book.

Dr. Annette Lamb was very helpful with some finishing touches, and, I appreciate the approval of Judy Shintani to use her quote on the back cover.

I will appreciate your comments on reading the book!

Happy Reading! ;-)

Dr. Bill