Welcome friends and visitors to my new book review blog, covering a wide range of mystery and crime fiction. Firstly, I need to shout out a very loud word of thanks to Novel Blogs for both mentoring me through this process and hosting this website. For now, I’ll just be brief about my intentions and the scope and range of books to be reviewed here. As an aspiring crime writer myself, I’m very interested in all kinds of crime fiction, but particularly books that have an extra dimension of spirituality and religion to them, and which explore issues of faith and suffering in our post-Christian age.
One example on my current reading list would be British crime writer, Geraldine Evans’ Blood on the Bones, a compelling study of a British detective, long estranged from the Catholic faith because of his maltreatment at the hands of priests and nuns, who finds himself drawn in spirit to a cloistered order of nuns – until he suspects that one of the nuns may be a murderer. Besides being a crackling police procedural, the novel has the added dimension of exploring the trials of faith and doubt and the search for meaning.
Another example would be books that confront major political and social issues of our day, such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The acclaimed Israela, by Batya Casper, examines the intertwined lives of three Israeli and Arab women and through their harrowing experinces explores how religion has contributed to this terrible conflict and how it might contribute to its healing.
I’m also committed to supporting LGBT fiction of all kinds, particularly gay mysteries and most especially inspiring fiction for LGBT teens.
Espionage thrillers are a speciality of mine and I expect to be reviewing a great many of those, including Sybil Edmond’s recent The Lone Gladio and the shamelessly overlooked No WhereMan by Doug Williams. This later book, which takes a critical look at US politics and the dirty tricks, backdoor scheming and conspiracies of much of its intelligence community, had a hard time getting published and an even harder time getting reviewed. Fortunately, Book Club Reading List, with which I’m affiliated, has it on its list. Nice to see that someone noticed. This is exactly the kind of book I will be reviewing, a hidden gem that explores “how the thirst for power trumps the needs of the nation,” a book that has been overlooked but that clearly deserves mainstream attention.
I’m currently reading the marvelous, Dosha Flight of the Russian Gypsies. This very stirring tale of Russian Gypsies struggling to survive in the aftermath of WWII belongs on this site because it explores the horrific sufferings of this very unique culture of peoples and does so from the faith perspective of their own Romany religion, an eclectic mix of Christianity, animism, and worship of the Divine Mother Goddess. How they have survived at all is indeed a mystery. That they are still so persecuted to this day, especially here in Central Europe, is indeed a crime worth investigating!
To be reviewed in time, but only after my first book poll-coming soon!: