People Kissing

People Kissing: A Century of Photographs

A sweet book of photos from the last hundred years of people in all sorts of situations kissing. I found this book charming and a stroll back through history to turn its pages and wander down the years. It portrays people embracing and sharing a kiss, many are lovely old vintage photos. There is also text on the subject of kisses to set the stage. It fulfilled my expectations well for this type of photo book. It doesn’t take long to enjoy this if you are considering it. It is worth a look, for sure, or you may linger if you like. My thanks for the advance electronic copy that was provided by NetGalley, authors Barbara Levine & Paige Raimey, and the publisher for my fair review.

Princeton Architectural Press
Pub: Dec 24th, 2018

RATING: 3.5/5 Stars

The AuthorsBarbara Levine and Paige Ramey are collectors, artists, and curators specializing in vernacular photography and offbeat collections. They run Project B, a found-photo archive and curatorial services company. They live in Houston, Texas, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

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The Dark Heart

The Dark Heart: A True Story of Greed, Murder, and an Unlikely Investigator

This is the story of a missing Swedish millionaire, Goran Lundblad who has a couple of farms and other properties. Before he went missing, he’s been trying to convince his daughter Sara, who lived and worked with him, to get rid of a boyfriend she’d acquired that has become a bone of contention between them. Finally, Therese Tang gets involved, a mother of 3, former model and security guard, who is an investigator for a missing persons group. She won’t take no for an answer and risks her neck. I thought the narration was quite decent, the man was great at pronouncing all of the tricky place and people names that I often wondered how they looked in text. The story, while a little predictable, is still a good one, although there is a bit of padding. It’s an enjoyable true crime book on audio, well performed. I would choose to read the book from the cover description.

I read the ebook after listening to the Audible, just to check out all of those names I couldn’t quite understand during the Audible reading. It’s kind of like the second time watching a movie, where you pick up on things you didn’t quite get the first time through. I probably should have done this in reverse, but I hadn’t really planned to do both until I reached the end of the Audible and was so curious about so many spellings of the foreign names. My thanks for the advance electronic copy that was provided by NetGalley, author Joakim Palmkvist, and the publisher for my fair review.

Ebook/ Narrator – Ulf Bjorklund / Translator – Agnes Broome

AmazonCrossing 314pages Pub: Nov 1st, 2018

Audible Audiobook / Narrator- Ulf Bjorklund /Translator – Agnes Broome

Brilliance Audio 9hrs 13mins Pub: Nov 1st, 2018

RATING: 3.5/5 Stars

The AuthorJoakim Palmkvist worked for over two decades as a journalist and is one of Sweden’s most experienced and well-known crime reporters. He has interviewed some of the country’s most notorious criminals and lives under a protected identity after publishing accounts about the mafia and extremist groups on both the right and the left. Palmkvist lives in Malmö.

THE LAST MAN STANDING: Is Jack Daniel McCullough

The Last Man Standing: Is Jack Daniel McCullogh

This book is ringing bells for me, I’ve read a book about the kidnapping/murder of Maria Ridulph somewhere along the way. It’s my second book by author Alan R. Warren. Parts are familiar about Maria having been out playing in the new falling snow with her friend Kathy, and the strange man showing up wanting to give them piggyback rides. This book is about Jack Daniel McCullogh who was later tried and convicted for the crime, wrongly he claims, and served time in prison for it. This all came about long after the crime with his mother, Eileen Tessier’s purported deathbed confession to his half-sister, Janet Tessier that he, Jack, had kidnapped 7-year-old Maria from their neighborhood back in Sycamore, Illinois back in December 1957 and killed her. After Janet contacts police, the case is reopened, and with some dirty dealing on the part of the prosecution, it leads to Jack’s conviction in 2008.

But there are those who believe in him and are working with him to overturn his conviction. There’s much more to it and it gets a bit crazy and even a bit repetitious at times, but the basic story is good. You get to decide for yourself after reading, did Jack do it, or not? In the end, this case deeply affected several families for over 50+ years, did the real killer get away with the crime? My thanks for the advance electronic copy that was provided by NetGalley, author Alan R. Warren, and the publisher for my fair review.

WildBlue Press
Pub: Nov 13th, 2018

RATING: 4/5 Stars

The Author– Alan R. Warren is the Host of the Popular True Crime History Radio show ‘House of Mystery’ Heard in Seattle KKNW 1150 A.M. Alternative Talk Radio and Syndicated throughout the U.S. & Canada including KCAA Los Angeles/Palm Springs/ Riverside and KYAH Salt Lake City. It can be Heard online many Different places from iTunes, YouTube, Tune-in, Stitcher Radio, IHeart Media/Speaker, Podbay, Podomatic and at http://www.somethingweirdmedia.com/house-of-mystery/

Al Warren has his Doctorate in Religious Studies (DD), Masters Degree (MM) in Music from University of Washington in Seattle, Bachelor of Arts (BA) Criminology from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C. Canada and Recording & Sound Engineering Diploma from the Juno Award Winning Bullfrog Studios in Vancouver B.C. Canada.  He got his start on Digital Radio for the Z Talk Radio Network and still produces several shows for them. 


Al Started Writing for Articles in True Case Files Magazine and is still a Contributor. That has led him to finish his first Novel in True Crime for RJ Parker Publishing to be released later this Year!


Now He Owns Something Weird Media in Canada where he Produces Several Talk Radio Shows including Dark Shadows (Conspiracy, Cover-ups and Alternative History) Lost in Space (Everything UFO’s) Julie Sav Show (U.K. Paranormal Show) Land of the Giants (Cryptozoology) and House of Mystery (True Crime, Serial Killers and Unsolved Crimes) and Coming Soon Murder House !

My Sister, the Serial Killer

My Sister, the Serial Killer

I thought I might try a change of pace and something new for me with this FICTIONAL  thriller titled, My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. Set in Lagos, Nigeria… Ayoola keeps knocking off boyfriends and calling her sister Korede in the night for help. It’s totally getting out of hand and becoming a real problem. Korede is a great problem solver in this instance, because of her job working in a hospital cleaning, she knows how to clean up blood great. And she’s also ace at moving bodies. They make a wonderful team but this has got to stop. Ayoola is a menace to the safety of the men of Nigeria. Despite being the older sister and feeling responsible for her, Korede is worried sick about the situation and is afraid they will both end up in prison.

“Femi makes three you know. Three and they label you a serial killer.”

Actually, it’s since been changed to only two killings, but I don’t think many outside the authorities would know that. This was a good crime thriller, fast paced and didn’t take a long time to read. I quite enjoyed it. My thanks for the advance electronic copy that was provided by NetGalley, author Oyinkan Braithwaite, and the publisher for my fair review.

Doubleday Books   240 pages
Pub: Nov 20th, 2018

RATED: 4/5 Stars

The Author –   OYINKAN BRAITHWAITE is a graduate of Creative Writing and Law from Kingston University. Following her degree, she worked as an assistant editor at Kachifo, a Nigerian publishing house, and has been freelancing as a writer and editor since. In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top-ten spoken-word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam, and in 2016 she was a finalist for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

Bringing Down the Colonel

Bringing Down the Colonel: A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the ‘Powerless’ Woman Who Took On Washington

A look at things in Victorian America for women. A Kentucky lawyer and politician makes promises he won’t keep and plays fast and loose with young women while his wife is at home. When he’s finally brought up short and one files a lawsuit against him for breach of promise, he tries to brush her off, using his power and prominence to quiet her. Madeline Pollard files a lawsuit after Colonel Breckenridge marries another woman, leaving her in the lurch after nearly 10 years of promises to marry her. She’s left with a bad reputation and no future and takes up residence in a residence for wayward women.

Another young woman, Jennie Tucker goes undercover for the defense using another name to try and befriend Pollard and gain intel. The case goes to court, and Pollard gives her side of things, showing all that the Colonel has truly put her through, and all that she has given up for him, including the children she bore him. The case is ascribed to changing the feeling of people against women being the only party responsible when there is a public outing of a couple doing wrong, never the male, prior to this case. Sentiments became harder toward men after this in terms of morality. My thanks for the advance electronic copy that was provided by NetGalley, author Patricia Miller, and the publisher for my fair review.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux 384 pages
Pub: Nov 13th, 2018

RATED: 4/5 Stars

The AuthorPatricia Miller is a journalist and an editor who has written extensively about the intersection of politics, sex, and religion. Her work has appeared in The AtlanticSalonThe NationThe Huffington PostRH Reality Check, and Ms. magazine. She is a senior correspondent for Religion Dispatches, where she writes about the politics of sexuality and the Catholic Church. She was formerly the editor of Conscience magazine and the editor in chief of National Journals daily health-care briefings, including the Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Report and American Healthline. She has a master’s in journalism from New York University and is based in Washington, D.C.

My Son, The Killer

My Son, the Killer: The Untold Story of Luka Magnotta and “1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick”

A true crime book about Luka Magnotta, the Canadian killer that was all over the news after the murder video of him killing Jun Lin was posted to a website. Following that, dismembered body parts were sent through the mail to several government locations around Canada, which many may remember on the news a few years back. It is co-written by Magnotta’s mother, Anna Yourkin, who writes her separate chapters, and there are also quotes written by Luka himself in italics. It covers the story of his life before and after the murder. It’s a very informative book from the family’s perspective and gives Luka’s side of things to an extent. I found it rather interesting and I think most true crime readers would also as he’s kept quiet since the incident and not given interviews. My thanks for the advance electronic copy that was provided by NetGalley, authors Brian Whitney & Anna Yourkin, and the publisher for my fair review.

WildBlue Press 179 pages
Pub: Nov 6th, 2018

RATED: 3.5/5 Stars

The Author– Brian Whitney has been a prisoner advocate, a landscaper, and a homeless outreach worker. His interests include ruminating and perseverating. He has written or coauthored numerous books, and has been featured or appeared on Inside Edition, Fox News, People.com, Cracked.com, True Murder, and True Crime Garage. He has written for Alternet, Pacific Standard Magazine, Paste Magazine, and many other places. He is appearing at CrimeCon in 2019.