Mystery Thriller Week Interview: Mahrie G.Reid

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How old you when you wrote your first story?

I was less than ten years old and loved nancy Drew and other similar books. I was also fascinated with Tancook Island so I wrote a book called: Pam and Penny and the Mystery on Tancook Island. I still have, thanks to my mother’s habit of keeping things. Interestingly enough, the characters were twins and the story on an island. I went on to have twin daughter, town grandchildren and my current series is on an island partly on the real Tancook Island.

“Everything you have done has fueled you writing”. I read this on your Amazon page. Do you think that or do you have another series in mind? Where would it be located?

I have two series in mind, both spin offs from Caleb’s cove. Ones tentatively called The Bucket List Mysteries and would star Uncle Lem and  also Sam Logan’s aunt. Mary Morrison. the other one would have paranormal elements and might be Natalie Parker’s ongoing story. I’m not sure yet. Additionally, I recently found a fully planned, middle grade mystery “under the bed,” It might end up as book one day too. Adam from Came Home Too Late would make an ideal main character.

Which career, aside from writing did you enjoy the most?

That’s a tough question. I liked different aspects in different jobs. I did, and still do, love teaching. Learning new concepts, analyzing and reformatting to explain to others is fun. My time as a real estate appraiser was while I had teens at home. The flexibility is offered fit my lifestyle and to be honest, it was the one that paid the most money. However, the ten years I was a marriage commissioner and performed wedding ceremonies was probably the most our e fun. who doesn’t love a wedding, even if the bride and groom are tattoo-covered bikers, or the wedding party roars across the river to the little island they’ve put you on, on racing quads?

Where do you write from?

I write books about people finding their way, themselves and what is important to them. I’ve always felt I’m on a journey and I’ve learned so much over the years. I love it when my characters realize how strong they are, how smart, how valued they are in the community. At times, they find family they didn’t know they had. This line of though generates both internal and external plots.

In Came Home Dead, Devon has to reach inside to find out who she really is. In Came Home to a Killing, Kelsey finds father she never knew about and in Came Home Too Late, Emily finds a whole community after years of solitary living. The book in progress in Came Home From the Grave. A lot of finding goes on in this one.

Sometimes fellow writers send out a call for a write-a-thon at a Starbucks or such and I’ll go along and write a scene or two there. A different location and the collective energy of others who are writing gives a real boost to the creative process.

 How much support do you receive in relation to your writing and eventual publication? From where and whom?

My husband is my number one supporter even though he never reads fiction, not even mine. He takes great delight in teasing in public. He’ll say he’s not sure what I’m saying is true. “She’s a fiction writer, you know. You have to watch out.” And then I get a hug.

My kids (all adults) cheer me on. One of my daughters designed my first web page.

Most of all I’ve had mega support from my writing community. I am founding member of a writing group focused on craft and writer support. Alberta Romance WRiters Association started with all romance writers but, after thirty years, we include writers in almost all genres.

The workshops and discussion keep us all up to date on markets, processes and always encourage us to keep our craft skills growing. The challenge/critique groups (3 or 4 similar writers) offer ongoing, individual support and advice for the specific manuscript I have in progress. We also have support and training to help people with the technical side of putting a book up on Amazon and other places.

The group and the members have bee the main reason I’ve come as far as I have as a writer.

If you could do only one form of writing, would you write stories or keep a blog? Why?

Stories come first. Even in my blog I often tell stories. My mother was a wonderful story teller and I would see people listen attentively, laugh uproariously or cough to hide tears. She was a great role  model. And the stories in books I rad build my world when I was a kid. Writing stories for others has always seemed like the perfect job to me.

Are your characters based on people you know or have met? Do they just ‘come to you’?

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I don’t base entire characters on real people  although characteristics I’ve seen along the way make into the character composite for my stories. I start with a premise—sometimes external, sometimes internal to a character—and build on it as the story expands.

I ask question like:

-What skill does this character need, does she have it and where did she get it?

-Why is this guy in law enforcement? Why does catching a certain type of bad guy 

matter to him?

-And the characters dredge up answers from deep in my brain.

That means that it all “just come to me” I suppose.

How much research do you do for your books?

A lot of research, from geographical items to weather charts to the psychology of a killer and information on the careers of my character. The internet is so handy. Instead of going to the library like used to 30 years ago and spending days looking of just the right information in books. I can search and find dozens of articles in just minutes. I bring the relevant ones and keep them in my “bible” for each book.

I lived in the same province (Novia Scotia) as Caleb’s Cove and visited friends and family, teachers and boats and more in the specific area over my whole life. I also went back in 2013 for a month and asked question, took hundreds of photos and soaked up the atmosphere. For me setting is a character in its own right.

I am researching for the 2018 book which will be a historical for Canada’ s150th anniversary. the publisher is adamant that the history and setting be strictly correct. I’ve already read over a dozen books or museum document for it. Research sometimes is more fun than getting down to the writing.

What surprised you most about the publishing process?

That’s a question that is time sensitive. Since I started writing when the only avenue was traditional publishing. I’d say that the thing that surprised me most was that the publisher had the final say on the title. Additionally, the length of time to get published traditionally (three to five years from acceptance to book-o-the-shelf) was a shock. With Indie or Hybrid publishing you have a good shot at picking your own titles and have much more control over times.

What do you want your obituary to say? What do you want engraved on your headstone?

Obituaries have so much factual data. I found out she writing the ones of my parents that ll the predeceased and surviving family get an appearance. As fa as the more ambiguous items, I’d like to have it say that I made people laugh. I supported them and gave them hope and that I loved my fellow humans generously. On my tombstone: Do It Now —She did!

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Merry Christmas, Dear Dragon (Beginning-To-Read) Kindle Edition by Margaret Hillert and Jack Pullan

A boy and his pet dragon enjoy winter activities and prepare for a very merry Christmas. This book uses high frequency words and repetition, within the book so that the readers gain confidence as they read the book.  The student really enjoy the every day experiences with a boy and his imaginary pet dragon. There are educator resources which include reading reinforcement activities and a word list in the back. The activities focus on foundational, language and reading skills, in addition, the resources include phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. There are teacher notes available on publisher’s website which will help with the lesson planning and small groups.

Summary and rating of 4.7
This series was first introduced to me in 2014.  It was one of the first books I reviewed and I have really enjoyed them.  I have read them to my students who have really enjoyed them.  The illustration, text and addition pop up words are really wonderful.  I highly recommend this book. 

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This ARC has been given to me by Norwood House Press via Netgalley

Mystery Thriller Book Review: #16 Sir Chocolate and The Strawberry Cream Berries

Sir Chocolate and The Strawberry Cream Berries

 by Robbie and Michael Meadle


Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet is written in poetry form. The book contains recipes for children to make with adult assistance. It seems to be written in the form that children and their adults can interact with each other as their read through the book.

Summary and rating of 4.7

I really like this book, I can see myself reading this book to my student and using the recipes to provide some addition math lesson with the rhyme.




Mystery Thriller Interview: Robbie and Michael Cheadle

How old were you when you wrote your first story?

Robbie: I used to write a lot of poetry when I was in high school. I was a big fan of L.M. Montgomery at the time and so my poetry was very flowery and ran to very long descriptions of snowflakes and flowers and other natural beauties. I didn’t write much at all while I was at university studying to be a chartered accountant as I was also working part time and the course was fairly intense which didn’t leave much spare time at all. When I started working, I gradually got back into writing and have produced a number of non-fiction publications on listing equities and debt instruments on various African Stock Exchanges. I am currently working on a publication entitled “How does Africa feature in foreign direct investment to developing countries?” My son, Michael aged ten years, and I wrote and illustrated the twelve Sir Chocolate books over the past two years and the first one was published in August 2016.

What genre was my first story?

Robbie: Poetry was my first genre and I still write a lot of poetry. The Sir Chocolate books are all written in rhyming verse which I love and which is appealing to children. Rhyming verse is also good for learner readers as it helps teach them how language works and to make wording predictions when reading. The illustrations in the Sir Chocolate books are all made of fondant, cakes and biscuits and there are five simple recipes included in each book that children can bake under adult supervision. My publications are obviously non-fiction and involve a lot of research.

 Do you have another series in mind? Where would it be located?

Robbie: Two books in the Sir Chocolate series are currently available and the third, Sir Chocolate and the sugar dough bees story and cookbook, will be available in March 2017. I am busy finalising another book entitled A holiday to Cape Town with my baby brother which is a chapter book and is written for an older age group, approximately 7 to 10 years old. This book is set in Cape Town, South Africa, and is an amusing anecdote, written from the point of view of an eight year old boy, about his holiday and his younger brother’s antics and mishaps. The illustrations for this book are also make from fondant and the book will include a selection of easy holiday recipes. This may become a series depending on my inspiration to write another book in this vein.

 Do you enjoy any sports, crafts other

Robbie: I love to bake and to make people and creature models from fondant (sugar dough). I often combine both skills and all of my illustrations in my own and Mike and my combined books are made from cake, biscuits and fondant. I also like to write and think up a lot of poetry in the car. I quickly write it down when I arrive at my destination. I do a Pilates class once a week and try to walk over weekends but other than that I am not very sporty. Oh, and of course, I love to read. I try and schedule specific reading time during weekends so my own reading doesn’t fall by the wayside and I read with and to Michael every day.

Robbie: Mike and I write the Sir Chocolate books together. The story lines often originate from something we are doing or experiencing at the time. Sometimes we get the idea for a new cake, chocolate or fondant creation first and then build up a story from our new characters or artwork. The Sir Chocolate stories are fun and light hearted. My book, A holiday to Cape Town with my baby brother, is the funny side of travelling with children and illustrates the naughty rivalries and antics between siblings. This is also a fiction book combined with simple holiday recipes and fondant illustrations. I believe that I am fundamentally a happy person so I like to think that I see the lighter side of life and that is what I try to capture in my books. I write all over the place, in the car [when someone else is driving of course], in the kitchen and in my study.

My non-fiction publications I write at my place of work. I have colleagues who assist me with some of the research and inputs to the various graphs as I prefer the writing part to the excel spreadsheet part although I set up the spreadsheets the way I want the information to flow and be collated.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer?

I am only a part time writer. I also spend a lot of time blogging, baking and making fondant art. I also have two sons, and I spend time reading to and with them and we do other fun things together. Michael often bakes and does fondant art with me and Greg, my older son, assists me with the YouTube videos for the cakes and baking. I have tried to involve them and make the whole Sir Chocolate books theme a family endeavour. I also work full time as the team leader of my company’s Capital Markets service offering. I work with the listings requirements and other regulations relating to various stock markets, primarily the JSE Limited in Johannesburg, South Africa, but I have also worked with the London Stock Exchange, the Toronto Stock Exchange, the Australian Stock Exchange and a few others in Africa and elsewhere. I love both of my “jobs” so I wouldn’t change them.

 How much support do you receive in relation to your writing and eventual publication of your books? From where and whom?

My mom has always been my number one fan as well as my two younger sisters. My mother reads my books and offers suggestions and edits them for me. I also have a lot of friends and work colleagues how have read and commented on my poems for a few years. My books are published by Anne Samson from TSL Publications. Anne has helped me hugely because I had very limited knowledge of the publishing world and she arranges everything regarding the release of the books. She is lovely to work with and gives great advice in a non-interfering way which I really appreciate. I started my blog,, in late September 2016 and I have met so many amazing writers and poets who have all been very helpful and supportive and I have learned so much from them.

 If you could only do one form of writing, would you write stories or keep a blog? Why

Robbie: Oooh, that is such a tough question. If I were forced to choose I would write stories and poems. I have been doing that on and off for years and I love my Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet characters and their little adventures. Poems literally “jump into my head” almost fully formed when I see something that triggers some sort of intense emotion. I would just have to write them down. I created my blog as a platform for my poetry, baking and Sir Chocolate books and I am delving into other things on my blog that interest me. I could live without the blog and find other ways of communicating my writing to the world if I had to.

 How did you find your niche?

Robbie: I just wrote what interested and amused my boys and I. I did have the bright idea of making the illustrations out of fondant, cake and biscuits which makes the Sir Chocolate books different and unique. My brother-in-law suggested that I include some recipes and make it a story and cookbook as the topic and illustrations lent themselves so well to this idea. I did that and the Sir Chocolate book series was born.

How much research do you do for your books?

Robbie: The Sir Chocolate books haven’t really required research to date, other than maybe checking on the exact meaning of a word. The recipes included in the first four totally complete books have been old and much loved family recipes so I haven’t had to look for anything new. Sometimes I look up how to make a specific animal, bird or creature out of fondant and get some ideas on how to start but I usually amend the instructions for my own style and ideas.

 My publications, on the other hand, require significant research and are fairly time consuming. I love investigating what makes developing economies, and particularly African economies, tick so it is very fulfilling for me.

 What surprised you most about the publishing process?

Due to my involvement in the production of my work publications, I was prepared for the long process of editing, formatting and getting the books into a final “print ready” state. It was very helpful to have Anne helping me and giving advice on colours and layout. I can’t say there were really any surprises in the publishing process. The marketing of the books, well, that is another story.

 What do you want your obituary to say? What do you want carved on your tombstone?

I haven’t considered these exact questions but I have thought about the songs I want played at my funeral. I would like Blackbird has spoken and My favourite things. I have written this down as I don’t want any mistakes [smile]. On reflection, I would like the following carved on my tombstone “Here lies Robbie Cheadle, she was a human doing and not a human being.”

 About Robbie and Michael Cheadle

cheadle Robbie Cheadle was born in London in the United Kingdom. Her father died when she was three months old and her mother immigrated to South Africa with her tiny baby girl. Robbie has lived in Johannesburg, George and Cape Town in South Africa and attended fourteen different schools. This gave her lots of opportunities to meet new people and learn lots of social skills as she was frequently “the new girl”.

Robbie is a qualified Chartered Accountant and specialises in corporate finance with a specific interest in listed entities and stock markets. Robbie has written a number of publications on listing equities and debt instruments in Africa and foreign direct investment into Africa.

Robbie is married to Terence Cheadle and they have two lovely boys, Gregory and Michael. Michael (aged 11) is the co-author of the Sir Chocolate series of books and attends school in Johannesburg. Gregory (aged 14) is an avid reader and assists Robbie and Michael with filming and editing their YouTube videos and editing their books.

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Facebook: @SirChocolateBooks

Twitter: @bakeandwrite




Just a Normal Tuesday Hardcover by Kim Turrisi

What begins as just a normal Tuesday becomes a day that will shatter sixteen-year-old Kai’s life,  Jen has committed suicide.
Kai is heartbroken and furious and life getting worse; That’s when her parents shock her: they’re sending her to the Tree House, a summer camp for grieving teens.
Just a Normal Tuesday offers a road map for anyone who has been touched by loss and anyone who is looking for hope in a broken world. 
Summary and rating of 4.7
Middle school teachers will like this book as a way to introduce and discuss suicide and all of its ramifications.  The reality of suicide is heartbreaking for everyone connected, this book will deal with this a topic starter.

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Mystery Thriller Week Interview Alison Golden



How old you when you wrote your first story?

alison-goldenWriting was something that came easily to me and I never thought much about it when I was younger. My first memory about writing seriously was when I was around 12 and I read stories in my mother’s weekly magazine. I thought they were terrible and I could do much better. My plan was to write similar types of stories but higher quality. I never did, however. I forgot all about writing completely until I was asked to write something for my local twins club newsletter nearly three decades later. I loved writing about my sons’ antics (I have a lot of comic material from their early years) and the article was well received. But another ten years went by before I wrote again. This time I wrote posts for a blog to promote a rummage sale my kid’s school was putting on to raise funds. Again it was fun, it was well received and we raised $32,000 in a day and a half. That was when I thought I might be on to something. I started a blog after that and again told stories but mostly to illustrate points I was trying to make. I didn’t start writing fiction until 2015.

What genre was that story?

Cozy mystery. I’d initially thought I’d write romance until it occurred to me that I had spent my whole life reading mysteries so why on earth did I think I could write romance?

Which city do you like best, London or San Francisco?  Why?

Truth be told, I like the countryside best. As an introvert, cities are very stimulating to me. They wear me out. I much prefer green fields, wide open spaces, peace and quiet. Give me somewhere to stay in the countryside, a computer, and good internet access, and I would never leave.

Have you always travelled?  What do you like do when you travel?

I started travelling in my mid twenties. Up until that point I still lived and worked in my hometown in England. Almost overnight, like a rash, I developed this need to travel. My hometown suddenly felt claustrophobic to me and I immediately began making plans to extricate myself from the life I’d built up. It took me six months to rent my home, leave my career, and get the necessary paperwork together but I did it and went backpacking for a year followed by four years working in Northern Europe for my employer. Then I moved to the US, so in a way I was still travelling. Now I travel just between the US and the UK and do so anywhere between two and six times a year. I visit family and like to show our boys where I grew up. When the boys were younger we would do things that I used to do as a kid – go swimming, visit the parks, do traditional English activities like attending village fetes. Now they are older we do touristy type things in the cities.

Where do write from?

I write mostly at home. I have converted our dining room into my office space. I’m not one for hosting dinner parties.

 How much support do you receive in relation to your writing and eventual publication?

I’ve totally relied on support from others to get my writing out into the world. As I mentioned earlier, writing came easily to me and because of that, I never really valued it as a skill. I was just something I did. I never thought I could turn it into a career. My husband has been a big supporter of mine and told me years ago that I was one of the best writers he’d come across. That was a huge boost to me because he’s no writing slouch himself. Over the years it has been the feedback of others that has given me the confidence to write professionally.

If you could do only one form of writing, would you write stories or keep a blog? Why?

Without question, I would choose to write stories. I’ve had several blogs and while they take a lot of time, they lack the permanence of books. When one writes and publishes a fiction book, you are producing an asset that will provide a return over years and years potentially. Blog posts don’t do that, they are temporary, transitory.

Are your characters based on people you know or have met?  Do they just ‘come to you’?

Mostly they come to me, or develop over the course of writing a book from a kernel of an idea. I don’t base characters on people I’ve met but I’ve studied human behavior all my life and I find the characters intuitively take on characteristics of people I’ve observed.

How much research do you do for your books?

I’ve grew up experiencing the worlds in my books so there’s that. I would go on holiday as a child to Cornwall where the Reverend Annabelle stories are based. I’ve been in relationships like the one between Diana and Peter in the Diana Hunter mysteries. Like everyone of my age, I’ve experienced the ups and downs of life. That experience gets to go into my writing. For specific stories, I will do technical research to get facts right when I don’t have personal experience. Google is my friend.

What surprised you most about the publishing process?

How many moving parts there are to the process from an idea to a successful book. There are hundreds of steps and that doesn’t include writing the book!

What do you want your obituary to say? What do you want engraved on your headstone?

That I was kind, fair, insightful, and funny. “She loved making others laugh.”


Mystery Thriller Week Interview: Janice Richardson


How old you when you wrote your first story?

I must have been in Grade 2 or 3, so I might have been 7 or 8 years old.  That was very long time ago.

What genre was that ?

*laughing:  We were raised on Dick and Jane in public school, so its safe to say it was non-specific genre, probably fiction.

Do you think that or do you have another series in mind?  Where would it be located?

Another series is probably not on the radar. We write what we know. Funeral Service was a part of my life, there are many “parts”. I can’t answer that question yet, I am hoping to write two or three more books in The Spencer Funeral Home Niagara series. Should I do another series, it would be located in northern Canada

Where do write from?

There is an old recliner in my bedroom where I sit much of the day with my laptop. Physically that is the space I use, where I fell safe and productive.

When I am writing a book my emotions are constantly active. Writing the first draft is relatively easy, the books, so far, have almost written themselves. My characters seem real to me and I have been known to call my friends by my character’s names. I see the every detail of funeral home, and I can visualize my characters down to what they are wearing. The “town” the series is set in is similar to the one I live in, close to Niagara Falls.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer?

Volunteering. I wasn’t to keep busy. Reading, I want to keep my mind sharp. I am a news junkie and I enjoy non-fiction. Cozies are a guilty pleasure. Walking. Living in the Niagara Region, a temperate climate area for Canada has allowed me to get out and about.

 How much support do you receive in relation to your writing and eventual publication? From where and whom?

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My first book, the Making of  a Funeral Director was non-fiction. I had no support. I just assumed I could self-publish. I did my own editing, proofing, used a photo I had taken when digital cameras were new for the cover and more or less bubbled my through the uploading to Amazon and Kobo. I paid $5 on Fivver for the lettering. I got the ISBN and copyright myself.

I hit a brick wall with Smashwords meta data process. That formatting completely eluded me, in spite of reading the booklet over and over. I had to get a company to do the formatting. Entire cost of publishing was under $100. That was a lofty sum for a retiree like me.

The old saying—no man is an island rings true. I made a choice to ask for help for Casket Cache. Wise decision on my part. Family and friends are not as excited about my writing as I am and I try not to burden them with my enthusiasm. An editor was recommended, she offers services at an exceptional price, I pick what I can afford. By Winter’s Mourning, we had become good friends and partners, I depended on her expertise for creative content critique, formatting, uploading and editing, proofing, cover assistance. Cost for each book—around $450. I borrowed the money.

Grave Mistake (Book 3) may be a bit longer coming out, I will save again until I can use her services. It would foolish of me to attempt to go it along. What MJ can do in ten minutes takes me hours. She told me her as editor was to work with emerging writers, freeing them to write.  I appreciate and need her mentorship.

If you could do only one form of writing, would you write stories or keep a blog? Why?

Write stories. Blogging is not my cup of tea. I enjoy reading good blogs. My twin sister blogged long before it was fashionable, she was very good at it  (she is a retired journalist). It gave her purpose and she used the platform to educate others.

How did you find your niche?

Believe it or not, a few years ago I didn’t know cozy mysteries were a niche. (smile)

I like to escape when I read. The news is full of violence and inhumanity. When I was little I was orphaned. Life wasn’t kind. I disappeared into books, nice safe places that made me forget where I really was I wasn’t athletic, I failed miserable at sports. Even fantasy, such as C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series scared me. I prefer memoirs and historical fiction. Diana Xarissa’s Aunt Bessie series was my first “ah ha” introduction to cozy mysteries. Aunt Bessie gets cranky and hungry and tired and she is smart and engaging. Course in the real world, female protagonists don’t work with the police.

How much research do you do for your books?

My series has to be current and factual, everyone at some point will need a funeral director. It’s very important to me that my readers are educated as well as entertained. I did call the police for procedural information. They were mostly helpful, I approached some funeral homes to check on the latest procedures and found one was very welcoming, others not so much. I approached a lawyer’s office about legal procedures and they were not very nice.

Most of my research is done online and it ones ongoing as I write.

What surprised you most about the publishing process?

Marketing is work, books don’t sell themselves. There are more books than readers. I learned that once a book goes to press, whether it be self-published or with a publisher, the real work begins. I spend up two hours or more hours a day on Twitter, blogs, Facebook. i check Goodreads and Twitter often throughout the day and respond as quickly as possible to anyone who contacts me. I had to learn to use Twitter and navigate Goodreads and look for ways to stay in touch with potential readers. I seldom promote my books, my tweets entertain and garner followers and I review every book I read.

What do you want your obituary to say? What do you want engraved on your headstone?

Tough question. I suspect my grave marker won’t say anything, I expect I will be cremated and buried in the family plot on the other side o the province. If it could, it would probably say “she was nice. I hear that a lot now. It me sixty years to become nice. My obituary? I don’t want one. I am a special needs mom,  two of my children cannot read or write. I moved south to Niagara several years ago and while I have good friends here, an obituary will not matter.

Spork by Kyo Maclear, Isabelle Arsenault

Spork is half spoon and half fork, as a result he feel as if he doesn’t quite being on the silverware drawer. One day, a baby arrived and there wasn’t a utensil for him to be fed with, but the spork turned out to be just what he needed to be fed.  The story relates to the positve portrayal of “mixed-race” character, which is so wonderful. 

Summary and rating of 4.5
The great use of words to provide a great storytelling experience, with the mixed-media illustrations which bring the readers into the story.  This book provides teachers and parents with a great conversation start on topics of race, difference, and acceptance.  This would be a great book to use during the African American and Mexican American month.  This is a Kindle Edition.

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This ARC has been given to me by Kids Can Press via Netgalley

The Art of Vanishing (#2 Lila Maclean Academic Mystery Series) by Cynthia Kuhn

The Art of Vanishing (#2 Lila Maclean Academic Mystery Series) by Cynthia Kuhn


Lila Maclean is a member of  the Arts Week committee, “Arts Week is actually called ‘Twenty-First Century Arts and Culture Series during which notable individuals taught the-art-of-vanishingworkshops and gave creative readings or lectures.”  The committee is brining in Damon Von Tussel.  Mr. Von Tussel, is, to say the least, a diva.  Lila is put in charge of making sure that he shows up at their event.  She calls her Mom for help, who just happen to have a previous relationship with him and knows how to get a hold of him and help Lila.  Finally, her mother arrives  to support her daughter and Damon.  The story discusses various level of plagiarism. The least of when a student “borrows” various sections from the internet to support a paper for class. The highest level involves a very popular book and the Arts Week.  Now who is causing all the problems?

Summary and a rating of 4.7

I really enjoyed this book. The subtext of plagiarism throughout this book was very interesting and though that Ms. Kuhn wove it into the story is a well defined manner.  This topic comes up frequently in topic in some academic circles.  I do a lot of writing and some of the subtopics are “is it plagiarism when you pay for a paper to be written?”  “How much is plagiarism and how much I forgot?”.  This book touched on it as part of the mystery.  The books enjoyable and as with her previous book, it was true to the academic community.  I really enjoyed the book!

The ARC was given to me by Henery Press via Netgalley in return for an honest review.

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