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Fragile Brilliance by Eliot Parker

When off-duty Charleston police sergeant Ronan McCullough responds to the assault of a college student outside a downtown sports bar, he is brutally attacked and nearly killed by the assailants. As he struggles with the physical and emotional damage and doggedly pursues the perpetrators, his personal and professional relationships are strained to the limit; and what he uncovers in his investigation takes him to heart of a deadly drug ring threatening the very core of the city.

When off-duty Charleston police sergeant Ronan McCullough responds to the assault of a college student outside a downtown sports bar, he is brutally attacked and nearly killed in Fragile Brilliance.

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The Amazing Marsha Casper Cook


I love Marsha Casper Cook’s books. They are wonderful fun for children, but enjoyable for adults too. Below, I have reviewed two of Marsha’s marvelous books.

Snack Attack – Marsha Casper Cook

Addison Apple hates oatmeal, but that’s what his mother gives him every morning for breakfast. His dog, Sammie, loves it and looks forward to Addison “sharing” it with him every day. Since this means Addison is still hungry, he usually finds some sort of snack to eat on the sly.

After the chocolate cookie incident one morning, Addison’s mother tries a new approach. She decides to let him pick his own meals. After a feast of snacks, will Addison decide he likes oatmeal after all?

“Snack Attack” is a fun, creative look at nutrition that shows children eating well is a matter of making the right choices. It sends its message without preaching to its audience. This is a charming book for children to read alone or with an adult. It will fast become a family favorite.

No Clues No Shoes – Marsha Casper Cook
Illustrated by Paisley Hansen

Addison Apple is back and this time he’s got a friend! Addison is in a new town and has moved in down the street from Miss Emelina Hewitt and her dog, Stanley.

Emelina likes to chatter. She also likes to solve crime. When she and Addison have the chance to go to detective school, she hops in excitedly. Even before they’re done with the course, they get their first crime. Shoes are missing, but there are no clues to help our two detectives pursue the possible perpetrator. Can Emelina and Addison solve this uncanny crime?

“No Clues No Shoes” is a wonderful, lighthearted story for third grade on up to read independently, or younger children to read with an adult. It’s a charmingly written chapter book that will keep a young reader’s interest.

Emelina is an energetic, bubbly character who will engage a child’s attention. Addison, who is much quieter, enjoys her lively presence. “No Clues No Shoes” is a great story that introduces children to the fascinating world of detective work.

Five Golden Acorns

© Dellani Oakes

Deadly Pleasures – Mary Firmin


Megan Riley and her best friends, Rachel Feinman, Alexandra Grand and Kathleen Rosario, are frustrated with the men in their lives – or lack thereof. On a whim, they decide to hire a ‘boy toy’ to keep them amused. The search is on! The first men they consider are totally unsuitable. It isn’t until they are at a party for another yacht club member, that they meet Michael Harrington.

Michael is tall, muscular, friendly and devastatingly handsome. Fate has chosen for them. He is the obvious man to fill their pressing needs. He graciously agrees, though he finds the arrangement somewhat ludicrous.

Little to the women know when they make this arrangement, Michael Harrington is the number one suspect in an open murder investigation. Several women have been found brutally murdered, their bodies savaged after death. The method of killing leads police to suspect a tie to the tawdry S&M community.

Detective Matthew Donovan is the lead investigator on the S&M murders. He and his partner, Angelle Bentley, follow the clues that direct them not only to the seedy sexual underground, but to the posh, expensive yacht club – the club where all four women of Michael Harrington’s harem, are members.

This well paced romantic suspense reveals aspects of the human psyche that teem and fester below the surface of normalcy. Though it deals with the S&M sub-culture, the novel doesn’t delve too deeply into it. The scenes are not too graphic, making it acceptable to most readers.

The characters in Deadly Pleasures are diverse and well rounded. Each has his or her own motivations and the list of suspects grows longer as the story continues. Not until the last minute do readers finally realize who the guilty party is.

I highly recommend Deadly Pleasures to anyone who enjoys a mystery with an edge.

5 Golden Acorns

© Dellani Oakes

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