Nantucket Sawbuck by Steven Axelrod

NantucketNantucket Sawbuck: A Henry Kennis Mystery by Steven Axelrod

 Description from Goodreads

When Nantucket homeowner Preston Lomax is killed in his McMansion, everyone on the island could be a suspect. Lomax lived large, owed money, and the word was spreading he was planning to stiff them all and disappear. Chief of Police Henry Kennis, a newcomer from California, finds himself investigating with help from the State Police. Together they solve the case—or so it appears. But Kennis can’t shake the feeling that they’ve missed something.

Kennis soon discovers scandals and intrigues behind the scenes in one of America’s most exclusive resort locations. This glamorous setting hosts an eclectic cast of local characters— oddball journalists, surfing carpenters, drug dealers, wealthy homeowners, and their slacker children. Kennis uncovers a truth that lies somewhere between the bad blood and the good neighbors and realizes that the real answer hits painfully close to home.

I gave this book four stars out of five

My thoughts:

I  really enjoyed reading this book. It is a while since I read a book that I found difficult to put down, but this was it.

I loved the main character, police chief Henry Kennis, and how he viewed his job and the case, on the island of Nantucket. The author really brought the location alive for me, with his descriptive language, and obviously knows the area well.

The plot was interesting and clever and there were many twists and turns. A number of clever plot devices were employed to lead the reader in the wrong direction, before the revelation of the real motive behind the murder of the loathsome Preston Lomax.

The story was well paced and worthy of the overused cliché ‘a real page turner’. I had to read the book in stages due to time constraints, but I have to confess that it was difficult to put the book down and I would have loved to read it in one fowl swoop.

If you like an intelligent murder mystery with personable, believable characters, then I would heartily recommend this. I look forward to reading further adventures of Henry Kennis.

This review is based on a digital ARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher.

Siren’s Secret by Debbie Herbert

Check out this authors debut novel.

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Siren's Secret

Give this talented author some love, this is her debut novel and it is a beauty!If you have a moment to tweet or FB, or reblog, all efforts are appreciated:)

Siren’s Secret by Debbie Herbert

In Debbie Herbert’s debut novel, there are two secrets, each one with a deadly consequence….

Shelly Connors’s worlds—on land and in the sea—are turned upside down when an evening swim turns into a nightmare. On a sweltering night deep in the bayou, the mystical mermaid witnesses a horrifying act. With a monstrous killer now hot on her trail, her life and the lives of her kin are in jeopardy.

Terrified of becoming the next victim, Shelly has no choice but to turn to Sheriff Tillman Angier. Tillman has had his intense gray eyes on the sultry honey-haired beauty for a while. The feelings are mutual …and impossible to ignore. But he’s determined to solve…

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The World Will Stop Turning

JaguarPoetry of sorts – because I am out of sorts, preparing sadly and badly for a flight to the UK. Dedicated as always to the love of my life and future wife, Ionia.

In a few short hours

My world will stop turning

This separation of ours

This heart filled with yearning


I know it will not last

I know there’ll be an end

Eventually this will pass

Our life as we intend


Still, it does not stop the hurt

It does not stop the pain

Even though we have

Everything to gain


Finally together

No longer forced apart

Always and forever

One single heart


My GRL Blog Tour

Big Launch in 2014 My GRL Fiction Thriller

By John W. Howell

Now available on Amazon a new Fiction Thriller published by Martin Sisters Publishing

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My GRL by John W. Howell is fast-paced thriller that shows how your life can be turned upside down in the blink of an eye. . . It is a well-written story that kept me glued, page after page.” Readers’ Favorite Five Stars – Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi. See the entire review HERE

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John J. Cannon successful San Francisco lawyer takes a well-deserved leave of absence from the firm and buys a boat he names My GRL. He is unaware that his newly purchased boat had already been targeted by a terrorist group. John’s first inkling of a problem is when he wakes up in the hospital where he learns he was found unconscious next to the dead body of the attractive young woman who sold him the boat in the first place. John now stands between the terrorists and the success of their mission.

Author Bio:

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Photo by Tim Burdick

John W. Howell’s main interests are reading and writing. He turned to writing as a full time occupation after an extensive career in business. John writes thriller fiction novels and short stories. He also has a three times weekly blog at Fiction Favorites .

John lives on Mustang Island in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of south Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.

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Twitter: @HowellWave


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Another beautiful poem by Pam. Check out her poetry blog. Now! That is an order. Well, a polite request, at least. You won’t be sorry you did.

Poetry by Pamela

Sometime we will pursue our dream
When the season is prime
We will plan, prepare and scheme
The day will be right Every time

Every time we are apart
I just want the waiting to be done
I know I have your heart
But I’m ready for two to become one

Somewhere it will be okay
To be alone if we dare
Together in the light of day
Out in the open Everywhere

Everywhere I go, your love awaits
I’m ready to be in your arms
Our tangled lives will conquer fate
As I submit to your charms

Something will make it work
To that hope I always cling
Knowing is my only perk
That you are more than my Everything

Everything creates desire
Adding to my pain
My breasts are already on fire
My love can hardly be contained

Someday will come soon I hope
Patience will help us…

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jules_wp_imageSo, I have been travelling again for bit and have a few random thoughts on the topic.

I am sure that it is not just me, and that it is not actually some great conspiracy, or personal vendetta, but sometimes it seems it. What can really go wrong with transatlantic travel in these days of advanced technology has always been my thought. Surely nothing. Oh how wrong I was. Admittedly none of these events are the end of the world, but they are fucking irritating when one is impatient to get to one’s destination and the woman they love. On journeys in the opposite direction they are admittedly almost inconsequential. Nothing to look forward to in that direction.

Well, now I am assured of one thing, that anything that can go wrong whilst travelling, will likely happen to me in some capacity. What sort of things do I mean? What sort of things piss me off when travelling? Some examples of things that have happened to me, on nearly every trip, are delayed flights, cancelled flights, lost luggage, airport transit failures, weather induced delays and failures, and a whole host of other situations.

Why when the weather is beautiful and perfectly acceptable for weeks, does it change to snow and ice the moment you leave for the airport, slowing down your journey to the airport and ensuring that you arrive only in the nick of time and have to race around through security and run for the aeroplane, only to find that it has been delayed because the plane hasn’t turned up, or my favourite, the plane is here but the pilot has failed to arrive.

Then there is the situation when you spend ages on the plane whilst they de-ice and carry out checks, taxiing to the runway, coming back, going to the runway again, then get thundering down the runway before slamming on the brakes, opening parachutes to slow us down before we shoot off the end of the runway, returning to the terminal and cancelling the flight. Then the joys of spending four hours in a queue – a favourite pastime of mine of course – waiting to be re-routed, arguing with the airline that you do not want half a dozen connections and to be travelling for three days, before they finally put you up in a hotel, providing vouchers insufficient to feed a mouse, and an unappealingly early start to the day, following a late night since they have spent so long re-routing you. Sorry for the long sentences – you can breathe when you like.

As annoying as these things are, my true ire is reserved for that pleasure of pleasures, the lost luggage. Every time I have travelled, I have ended up in one place, with my luggage in a completely different place, usually where my last connection was. Why is it always me though? I look, and everyone else’s luggage is there. Why the fuck me? The most recent time my luggage was delayed by three days with no expectation of my seeing it again. That is of course, until I had been and re-clothed myself at Walmart, when I then instantly got a message saying that my luggage would be with me the next day. It is always on the outward trip too, when your need for your luggage is at its greatest. Who wants to meet their loved one after travelling for many hours unable to change into clean clothes and have a wash and brush up?

So, enough of my inane rambling. I could go on for hours bitching and whining like a little girl, and although it would be fun for me, would bore the fucking shit out of you guys. So out of respect for your sensibilities, and indeed for your time, which I humbly apologise for wasting with my ravings, I will end this post here.

I lied. I didn’t end it there. I have a request for comments. Any interesting trials and tribulations about travelling, especially transatlantic travel would be great to hear. Please comment and we can have ourselves a bitch fest. Although I may take a while to answer comments.

Volunteer is as Volunteer Does – My GRL by John W. Howell – Book Launch

Volunteers needed for John Howell’s, ‘My GRL’ Launch Announcement blog tour. Check it out.

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Volunteers Needed. . . Volunteers Needed. . . Volunteers Needed. . . Volunteers Needed  Please e-mail me at

I need your help to spread the word that my thriller My GRL is available on Amazon. (Today the print version and e-version will be available Monday January 6). I would like to take the time to make the announcement in an organized fashion. I think an official My GRL Launch Announcement Blog Tour scheduled between January 19 and February 1 will do the trick  and I am asking for volunteers. If you participate; the only thing you will need to do is paste the material I send. If you do join; I will publish a link to your blog and your book or what ever you designate on the day of the tour and be so grateful for your help. As I stated, I will send you all the material, and you will only need…

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A new year, a new blog and you can all help

Check out this great new idea for creating a story.

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So, I was talking to Julian this afternoon and we have hatched an idear. (Brits. Everything ends in R.) We have devised a way to give people a simple way to contribute to something fun and get a little exposure for their blogs.

We have started a new blog, “Line by Line” which you can find here :

Here is the idea(r) :

We will be telling a story day-by-day, one sentence at a time. We ask that people contribute their ideas for the next sentence in the story in the comments on the Line By Line blog. We will choose the best sentence and add the contributor’s blog address after it for others to see and click on.

The story will only grow by one sentence each day, so we will pick our favourite.

The only rules are, you must limit it to ONE sentence and…

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