I've been getting some email asking me to do more book reviews. What stops me from doing them is I feel that once I start, I would be unable to stop. Mysterious Matters isn't meant to be a review site per se, but I do realize that I can further my mission of making the world aware of fabulous small-press/independent publisher books by reviewing some of the best of them. So, I'm thinking, for the next few weeks, I'll blog about such titles.
Poisoned Pen Press
A debut I quite enjoyed was Rachel Brady's Final Approach. Certainly the skydiving theme is one that I haven't seen explored before, and it is always pleasant to enter a new milieu and learn something about it and the characters who inhabit it. (And lest anyone believe that skydivers are any less fanatical than, say, rock climbers or bungee jumpers, Final Approach will prove you wrong.) One problem I often find in debut novels is pacing; they can be slow to start or burdened in the early chapters by backstory. Final Approach takes off like a shot and features a likable heroine, Emily Locke, who lost her husband and child to a mysterious accident four years earlier. She's recruited by a disgraced former detective, now a P.I., for her help in another missing-child case. The plot moves along nicely, and the dialogue is enjoyable; Emily trades barbs with her best friend, Jeannie, while finding several possible love interests not only in the P.I. but also in a - yes - cowboy. Of course we know that people can't just drop their lives and fly to Houston to skydive and help solve the disappearances of children, but somehow Brady makes it all work. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and have the recently published sequel, Dead Lift, on my TBR pile.