A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Trial by Fire: A Riley Donovan Mystery by Norah McClintock

Trial by Fire: A Riley Donovan Mystery by Norah McClintock
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 19th 2016 by Orca Book Publishers
Source: review copy though LibraryThing review program

I've read better books by McClintock. This is not one of her best. The main character is quite far-fetched, a young teen, who is smarter than the police and her detective aunt. Mr. Goran stands accused of setting his own barn on fire. Now in a coma from his injuries, the only person who has any doubts about this is Riley. She questions people and does the investigation all on her own. The other teenagers were much more realistic. The plot is pretty convoluted but I'll give the author kudos though as I didn't figure out who the real culprit was, being quite surprised with the results.


  1. Thanks for the honest review.

  2. Hope you are well Nicola. The good thing is that this wasn't your 1st try of the author.