"An elegant and imaginative novel combines a journey of self discovery, an unorthodox mystery, a family chronicle, and the fantastic—all this, and a deep look at the ancient art of dowsing.It begins while Cassandra Brooks, walking a lonely forestedvalley in upstate New York one gorgeous spring morning, comes upon the shocking sight of a young girl hanged from a tree. It’s too remote for a cell, so Cassandra runs for help. When she returns with the authorities, there is no body, which is a blow since a young girl is missing. And serious questions arise about the gifted diviner, Cassandra. The very next day, Cassandra and the sheriff return for another look and a dazed, mute girl emerges from the woods. She’s the very picture of the girl Cassandra saw in the tree…. Our Jan. Modern Firsts Pick"
Loved it. Van Rooy is off to a great start.From Barbara - "It’s all about the VOICE here, just so fine. And thehumor, the superb irony, of the narrator, a guy who knows allabout addiction, all about living on the edge and falling over itdoing prison time, and all about how much he loves his wife andchild and the resolve with which he greets every day to stay withit, in it. And so when trouble arrives, he is nothing but unorthodox,losing no time in killing the three armed men who break into hishouse. The cops eventually rule it self defense, but who starts thewhispering campaign that keeps our guy, Montgomery Haaviko,from getting gainful employment? The story itself is not asoriginal as the way it is told but I’m telling you, you will not seethe ending coming"
“Adecaying castle hides family secrets, three elderly sisters protectthose secrets, and a long lost letter finally delivered 50 years latercould reveal those secrets. The Distant Hours brings the readera novel steeped in a gothic atmosphere by an author writing aspellbinding story in a classic style not to be missed.”
From Patrick - "“The basic set up is classicnoir: Corrine Tedros is a career grifter whose knock out lookshave gotten her far, and this time she thinks she’s really nabbeda goldmine this time: her neutered male husband Buddy’s uncleis a South Carolina soft drink mogul whose latest product, Julepsoda, is the flavor of the moment. He refuses, however, to sellout to a larger company that would ensure his fortune. Corrinesees her opportunity and hires a hitman to hasten the old man’sdemise. Things get complicated when the murder is witnessed10by a man with Alzheimers whose daughter is dating a hauntedformer homicide cop, Ben Decovic. A patrolman for theMagnolia Beach PD, Decovic is trying to lie low and put his ownpast behind him, but he seems to be the only capable of solvingthe murder"
From Poisoned Pen - "And our March Modern Firsts Pick also gets an Indie Next Pick: “Very rarely does a first novel announce a major new talent, but so it is with The Tiger’s Wife. Brilliantly using myth and legend from the Balkans, Tea Obreht tells the story of a young doctor, her grandfather, and their shared history against the backdrop of the area’s decades of turmoil and sorrow. This brilliant effort evokes echoes of Borges and Garcia Marques, and is certain to mesmerize the reader.”