Contempt of Court

Twelve years. Three jailbreaks. One fight for justice.

This is the true story of Alfred Hind’s strange legal travails that took him through a bizarre time. He was simply a man who goes out one evening to try and buy a carpet for his living room and days later winds up arrested for planning and running a large robbery he had nothing to do with. Apparently, the guy who he met to get the carpet from, and some of his friends were involved in the robbery, but it had nothing to do with him. The police didn’t care they just saw that he’d been arrested once back In the day and despite him being an honest businessman ever since, they held his past against him now. Even though the night it happened, he had several people who could vouch that he was at home.

This turns into quite the legal saga, and at times is a bit repetitive but is fascinating with how he learns English and Irish law in prison, and uses it to fight his case through the courts. Then when he is frustrated that way, how he escaped to draw attention to his plight. It apparently drew quite a bit of attention at the time in the news. Interesting stuff and he kept the authorities hopping with cases, appeals, and writs. He seemed to manage most things he set his mind to, and he wasn’t backing down until he proved that he was wrongfully convicted.

It’s maddening how crooked many in the system seemed to be against him, though there were those honest ones too, there weren’t enough of them in the story. The ones who just twisted the law to get the results they wanted seemed to be in the majority. An advance digital copy was provided by NetGalley, author Alfred Hinds, and the publisher for my fair review.

Agora Books
Publication: July 19, 2018

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Lush: A Memoir

A different way of dealing with addiction by Kerry Cohen. She shares her issues with love, sex, smoking, and alcohol addictions and how they affected her life. What she did after two marriages and divorces to make lasting changes to keep problems from being such a negative impact on her career and personal life.

Mentions (MM) or Moderation Management, a different option that I’d never heard of before the book and found rather interesting, being an adult child and grandchild of alcoholics and having many others among the relatives. I’ve grown up knowing and learning about different types of ‘cures’, things in that category that the drinker and those around them use to seek relief, like AA, Alanon, rehab, therapy, Antabuse medications, cold turkey, etc.

It was interesting to learn about this different method that the author used, and hear about her particular path, especially as she herself counsels others and has been in counseling too. I’m kind of curious now to check out some of her other books she’s written, like “Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity”, and “Seeing Ezra: A Mother’s Story of Autism…”. For those with an interest in addiction, alcoholism and recovery. An advance digital copy was provided by NetGalley and author Kerry Cohen for my fair review.

Sourcebooks
Pub date: July 17, 2018

HIS GARDEN: Conversations With A Serial Killer

This book was written by attorney Anne K. Howard, who was working while she was also spending time writing and visiting the accused killer. His name is William Devin Howell, suspected of killing at least 7 people over a 9 month period, leaving their bodies in a wooded area of a suburb in Connecticut behind a strip mall. She also spent time talking to him on the phone during his time in prison awaiting the outcome of his charges on the remaining murders after he’d already pled no contest to the first one that had been discovered. There was a game of cat and mouse about him confessing his guilt to her on the rest until he decided what he was going to do in court. Fascinating book.

The book gives a lot of insight into the things that go on in jails and prisons, with the guards and snitches and the system. It kept me up all night reading it right through. My thanks to Netgalley, the author and the publisher for providing me the advance digital copy for a fair review.

WildBlue Press
Pub: July 10th, 2018

No One Tells You This: A Memoir

Not every woman is meant for couplehood, marriage, babies and PTA. And not every woman grows up wanting a life that includes all of those things. On the cusp of turning 40, the author has been thinking about her options and wondering why she isn’t more panicked about being in a relationship or her biological clock ticking down. With her mother going through serious health problems and her sister’s marriage experiencing a breakup as she’s about to have her 3rd child, it seems like things are falling apart around her in the family. When she’s called on to step in and help out, it gives her even more to think about. She begins to wonder if there even are any happy endings.

This book grew on me as I read it, kind of a mix of a midlife angst, and being single at age 40. Then there’s also the major angle of her mom’s illness, some very serious issues that she deals with, talking about her wonderful friends and her enjoyment in her job writing, and ability to travel and have adventures. Lots of food for thought in several areas and an enjoyable memoir of a Canadian writer living in NYC who travels. An advance copy was provided by NetGalley and author Glynnis MacNicol for my fair review.

Simon & Schuster
Published: July 10, 2018

In the Name of the Children: An FBI Agent’s Relentless Pursuit of the Nation’s Worst Predators

This book by a former FBI agent Jeff Rinek was really eye-opening as to what he went through while he performed his job. It’s really informative about many things agents go through as they learn their duties, become agents, and depending on what area of the job they end up in, some of the stresses that they can face. This particular agent ended up dealing with some of the worst, and he detailed how it affected his life. He shares some of his cases in his book, and they are really gut-wrenching as he takes you along. It’s a hardcore trip, so be prepared. He has quite a knack for getting bad guys to confess, and his interviews often got amazing results. He also was able to talk to victims and get them to open up with gentle empathy, taking great care not to do further damage, but elicit what was needed to help put their accused behind bars for as long as possible. A very moving story that I was rather blown away by, and glad I had read. My thanks to Netgalley, authors Jeffrey L. Rinek, & Marilee Strong, and the publisher for providing me the ebook in return for my fair review.

BenBella Books
Pub. Date: July 17th, 2018

The Reel Sisters

Friendship is a strong part of most everyone’s life. And in this story, it plays a very pivotal role. Among a group of women friends, fly fishing also plays a strong part, which at first seems strange. But as you will find, it’s as natural as breathing for them. I found this book to be a lot of fun, and as I got into it, hard to put down as I got to know and care about the friends. I wanted to see what was going to happen next with them and stayed up far too late to find out. While I learned a bit more about fly fishing than I’ll ever need to know, the interplay between the ‘girls’ made up for it with humor and warmth. A very well crafted story that I was pleased to win a digital copy of on Goodreads from the author, Michelle Cummings.