Review: Shadow Matter, by S.W. Mayse

Shadow Matter S.W. Mayse ISBN 9781989407554 508 pages Release: November 7, 2023 Publisher: Tyche Books S.W. Mayse comes with a pedigree, having received the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, and the Arthur Ellis Award for Best True Crime for Ginger, as well as another Ellis award for first novel first runner-up for Merlin’s Web. She was also shortlisted for the Georgette Heyer Award for Historical Fiction for her novel, Awen. Her most recent novel, Shadow Matter, was recently released by Tyche…

Review: Lost Cargo, by Noah Chinn

Lost Cargo (Get Lost Saga, Book 2) Noah Chinn ISBN 9781990411182 328 pages Release: November 1, 2023 Publisher: Independent I don’t usually come to a novel series without having read the first, and it was likely my oversight that Lost Cargo was part of a series which may have swayed my opinion to the favourable. At this point that argument is moot, because Noah Chinn’s second installment in his Lost Saga series is a cleverly compartmentalized story, standing perfectly…

Review: The Twistical Nature of Spoons, by Patti Grayson

The Twistical Nature of Spoons by Patti Grayson My rating: 2 of 5 stars The marketing blurb for Patti Grayson’s fourth novel reads: Blisse has guarded the family secret for her entire childhood. No one can know the origin of her unconventional birthday gifts. Her mother, Ina, has insisted that Blisse never tell a soul – believing it’s the only way to keep her daughter safe from a dire fate. Together, mother and daughter must…

Review: The Bittlemores, by Jann Arden

The Bittlemores by Jann Arden My rating: 4 of 5 stars The marketing blurb for Jann Arden’s debut novel reads: On mean Harp Bittlemore’s blighted farm, hidden away in the Backhills, nothing has gone right for a very long time. Crops don’t grow, the pigs and chickens stay skinny and the three aged dairy cows, Berle, Crilla and Dally, are so desperate they are plotting an escape. The one thing holding them back is the…

Review: Bounty, by Jason Pchajek

Bounty by Jason Pchajek My rating: 3 of 5 stars The promotional blurb for Jason Pchajek’s new cybercrime novel reads: Nikos Wulf is at the top of his game. Within the sublevels of 2120 Winnipeg, he is the undisputed king of bounty hunters, working for the elite Bounty Commission Eco-Terror Taskforce. The job: maintain the delicate ecological balance in a city holding back climate collapse. But when a series of bounties go wrong, Nikos finds…