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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »

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Always a Hero
Always a Hero

K Bloom, December 24, 2007

When the clock strikes midnight, Colin Spencer and Maggie Kelly plan to announce their engagement to those attending the Millennium New Year's Eve bash. However, zany Isabelle Channing strongly believes that Colin is wrong for her best friend. She plans to intercede and stop their engagement before Maggie makes a mistake. Somehow, instead of introducing the new century with his fiancee, Colin ends up in Vegas married to that lunatic Isabelle.

After sobering up, Colin and Isabelle agree to go to Mexico for a quickie divorce. Though he would never want to hurt Maggie, on the trek south, Colin decides he actually has married the right woman. Now all he has to do is persuade that fiery spitfire who thinks he is a stuffed button-down shirt that he is the one for her even if guilt propels Isabelle to send her beloved back to his now married former fiancee.


The companion novel to the delightful ONCE A HERO, ALWAYS A HERO is a humorous contemporary romantic romp that will elate readers. The story line stands alone yet blends well with its other half as it centers on the antics of Isabelle and Colin, two wonderful opposites. Anyone who enjoys a jocular romantic tale will want to read the "Millennium 2000" heroes duet because both novels are more than double the pleasure. They are triple the fun as single entities and as a unit.
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All of Me
All of Me

K Bloom, December 24, 2007

Nora Armstrong leaves Keniston, Ohio for the Big Apple. Her cousin Harlan runs a successful enterprise there that caters to the needs of the wealthy for pretty companions during "events." On her first night in New York, Harlan asks Nora to be "arm candy" to David Waite, head of the Waite Consulting Group. David goes this route because he is tired of shallow women after him for what he can do for them. She wants to say no to the idea that she is just a beautiful ornament attached to someone's arm. However, her cousin forces her to agree by placing her on the phone with the client.

Nora figures David must be a shallow person to turn to a paid escort. He thinks she must be a dumb model willing to sell to the highest bidder. Nora and David are instantly attracted and soon fall in love. However, a relationship that starts from an untruth will more than likely crumble into nothingness.


ALL OF ME is an enjoyable contemporary romance set to the backdrop of Manhattan's rich and famous. Readers will enjoy the simplistic story line that centers on trust being a critical element for lasting relationships. David is suave English who owns the city. Nora is Midwest suburb who feels overwhelmed by the city. Her cousin and his gay boy friend add a youthful feel to the overall novel. Patricia Ryan provides her audience with a jewel of a tale.
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There Lies a Hidden Scorpion by Takis Iakovou
There Lies a Hidden Scorpion

K Bloom, December 24, 2007

Nick and Julie Lambros own the Oracle Café in Delphi, Georgia when they decide to shut down the restaurant during a slow period. The couple heads to Tampon Springs, Florida for a vacation and to fulfill a social obligation. The daughter of a friend and fellow restaurant owner Manolis Papavasilakis is marrying the son of a multimillionaire. His side is hosting the entire event at his brand new hotel resort, The Mediterraneo.

Now that Nick and Julia are in town, thing are anything but dull. They are almost run over when an out of control car containing a slumped over driver and a passenger struggling to properly steer the vehicle drive up onto the sidewalk. The car lands in the water with only one person surviving. The survivor and the dead woman just came from Manolis's restaurant where they had a drink. Someone tries to play tricks on the bride and groom in an effort to get the superstitious grandmother of the groom to call off the wedding. Finally an unknown person steals a rare coin that is part of a family heirloom necklace given by the groom to the bride. The companion to the groom's grandmother is the prime suspect. Julia disagrees and begins to sleuth again. Julia finds a dead person in a room in the Mediterraneo. This leads to the police beginning an investigation, but it doesn't halt Julia's efforts, a place that places the Lambros family in danger.


Readers will agree that the time between Nick and Julia mysteries is too long. The audience will also believe that THERE LIES A HIDDEN SCORPION is so good the wait was worth every minute. Fans obtain an intriguing look at a Greek-American community inside of an interesting mystery storyline. The secondary characters are a fascinating group, but the lead protagonists make this a one-sitting novel.
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Every Move She Makes by Robin Burcell
Every Move She Makes

K Bloom, December 24, 2007

San Francisco homicide detective Kate Gillespie's plans for spending the weekend with her ex-spouse DA Investigator Reid Bettencourt abruptly end when the department pages her. Instead of being in Napa, she and her partner Sam Scoleri begin a gruesome murder investigation. Apparently the SoMa slasher has struck again. At the same time as the investigation starts, Sam has marital problems that started when his wife, Dr. Patricia Mead-Scoleri, a morgue pathologist, caught him with a clerk.

When Patricia does the autopsy, Sam calls in sick as if he needs to avoid his spouse. When Patricia is killed, Sam vanishes into the city's underground. To her shock, Kate realizes the evidence points towards her partner killing his wife, but still she believes he is innocent. Her efforts to solve the mystery are impaired by Reid's selfish antics, by the interference of an Internal Affairs officer, and finally by a mobster she plans to send away for a long time.


EVERY MOVE SHE MAKES is an interesting police procedural that takes readers inside the SFPD in a way rarely seen in a novel. Though the new author makes the classic error of debut writers by cramming way to many subplots into the story, the tale still contains a gritty, entertaining feel to it. Kate is a wonderful heroine and the support cast brings San Francisco to life. Robin Burcell demonstrates talent with her insider's looks at a police department and investigation that will impel readers to want more Gillespie tales, only a bit tighter.
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Permed to Death by Nancy J Cohen

K Bloom, December 24, 2007

Every six weeks, publishing maven Bertha Kravitz comes to the Cut'N Dye Beauty Salon to receive a permanent from the shop's owner Marla Shore. The cantankerous Berthe is a demanding individual who black mails the beautician into providing anything she wants. Bertha makes Marla open the shop two hours early. Marla severs her client a cup of coffee with her special cream before going into the backroom for a moment.

When Marla hears a noise out front, she races to the shop area only to find her nemesis dead. When cyanide is found in the coffee, the police turn to Marla as the prime suspect. The beauty parlor operator had the means, and opportunity, but the law enforcement officials have not yet discovered Marla's motive. The detective heading up the investigation wants to date Marla even as he expects to arrest the woman. To clear her name and to help him decide on the social side of his dilemma, Marla begins her own investigation to uncover a killer that will gladly add her to the count.


In her debut mystery, Nancy Cohen leaves the impression that she is a veteran writer. The heroine is an everywoman that enables most readers to easily identify with her. The law enforcement official is a huggable hunk that much of the audience will want to adopt as their own. The sexual sparks between them add to the overall complexity of the characters as well as balancing the who-done-it aspects of the story line with a human element. PERMED TO DEATH is an entertaining amateur sleuth tale that sub-genre fans will fully enjoy.
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