Over the last week, I’ve enjoyed reading Altered Life and ThePrivate Lie, the first two books in the Sam Dyke Investigations series by Keith Dixon.
Sam’s a bit headstrong but he’s not one of those superhuman investigators you often encounter in thrillers. He’s got his human foibles. I like him as a character. I’m no so sure I’d like him as a partner.
Both books have intriguing plots, and the stories explore different aspects of relationships between people and between private detectives and the police.
The writing style is clear and easy to read. You also get a good sense of the place in which the stories are set.
Rich Leder claims that he writes funny books. He does.
Workman’s Complication is not your typical murder mystery. It has all the required ingredients of a murder mystery – and then some.
Most murder mysteries ask you to suspend belief and join the world of the story to see if you can solve the mystery along with the investigator. This one asks you to suspend all belief in reality so you can enjoy the outrageous adventures of Kate McCall, the crowd living in the House of Emotional Tics, and the Schmidt and Parker Players.
It’s a short story introducing the fast-paced world of ex-US assassin, ex-Hong Kong Police, ex-esoteric monk, Irish-American Mike Delaney.
When I read that string of words describing Mike Delaney I thought of that other ex-monk, ex-policeman, Ten (Guy Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay) but, as I got into the story, I realized Mike Delaney was more like Jack Reacher (Lee Childs) or John Milton (Mark Dawson). Continue reading “One False Move”
So What? How to Communicate What Really Matters to Your Audienceby Mark Magnacca.
According to Magnacca, if your memos, speeches or presentations are not getting the results you want, it’s probably because they don’t pass the ‘So what?’ test. In other words, your words are about you and not what your audience needs or wants to hear. Continue reading “So What?”
Manage your day to day: build your routine, find your focus & sharpen your creative mind. (99U Book series) Edited by Jocelyn K Glei.
According to 99U, they are on a mission to empower the creative community. That’s all of us, because, in one way or another, every one of us is creative. Yes, even you. Continue reading “Manage your day to day”
The One Who Got Away is the latest offering by Caroline Overington.
It popped up in a recommendations email from Kobo the week I was planning to fly across the Pacific.
I haven’t read any of her other books but I had seen her name in an article discussing women crime writers. Apparently, they’re doing things differently, like not having an investigator as the protagonist, so I bought the book. Had every intention of reading it on the plane. Finally got around to reading it – in one sitting – last weekend.
Intriguing story and, yes, it’s not driven by a police investigator, but what I like about the book is the way in which the story is told. It has four narrators, so you get four perspectives – five actually, when you consider that one of the narrators interviews one of the other main characters in the story who doesn’t otherwise get a say. And, I wasn’t expecting the ending.
Here’s a link to the book’s page on Kobo but you might not be able to buy yourself a copy if you are in the US – an example of the games played by publishers.
“The Pause Principle is the conscious, intentional process of stepping back, within ourselves and outside of ourselves, to lead forward with greater authenticity, purpose and contribution. This value-creating methodology allows more examination, higher-order logic, rational analysis, more profound questioning, deeper listening, higher-quality presence, broader perspective, greater openness to diverse thinking and input, and ultimately more impactful, influential, and innovative action.”