Susan McKinney

Susan McKinney

Susan McKinney | Author tells story of Cinderella's stepmother

"All the Ever Afters" by Danielle Teller is a Cinderella retelling, but it's not. This is the story of Agnes, Cinderella's stepmother. This story is set in the real world of the 1300s in Europe. This is not a pretty fairy tale but a tale of the real world of medieval life, especially for women.

Susan McKinney | Fans of Greek myths will enjoy trilogy's final entry

This is the third book in the Olympus Bound trilogy by Jordanna Max Brodsky. Brodsky has written a world where the Greek gods hid amongst humanity as their worship declined and they stopped being immortal.

Susan McKinney | Story shows the impact of prejudices

I'm excited to write this review. Susan Furlong is a local author, and I've known her for years. Her newest book, "Splintered Silence," was published in hardback by Kensington Books. Susan has always written mysteries, but until now, they have been "cozy" mysteries. "Splintered Silence" is her entrance to the world of the dark, gritty murder mystery.

Susan McKinney: 'Killing Pace' is loaded with surprises

"Killing Pace" by Douglas Schofield is a psychological thriller, a mystery and a spy story all wrapped up in one book.

This is a new book, and as I was processing it to put it on the shelf, I flipped through it. I had never read Schofield before and was curious. I checked the book out and read it in a few hours. The book moves between the narratives of Lisa in 2015 and Sarah in 2014.

Susan McKinney: Another impressive mystery

"A Conspiracy in Belgravia" by Sherry Thomas will be the last Sherlock Holmes-type novel I'll write about for a while.

This is the second Lady Sherlock book by Thomas. It continues the story from "A Study in Scarlet Women," which I reviewed a few months back.

Susan McKinney: On a Sherlock Holmes kick

What can I say? I'm on a Sherlock Holmes kick. "Arrowood" by Mick Finlay is a debut novel set in 1895 London.

Sherlock is solving crimes, and Watson is publishing their stories in the newspapers.

Susan McKinney: A good read for fans of Sherlock Holmes

What if Sherlock Holmes was really a woman?

Sherry Thomas explores that possibility in a new series. "A Study in Scarlet Women" is the first installment. It was released a year ago, and I discovered it when I saw advertising for the second book that is coming out in November.

Susan McKinney: 'Meddling Kids' is a tribute to 'Scooby Doo'

"Meddling Kids" by Edgar Cantero is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to "Scooby Doo" and HP Lovecraft.

In 1977, four teens and their dog (Sean) captured a man in a monster costume who had been terrorizing the town of Blyton Hills, Ore. They were hailed as heroes, but after that summer, never worked together again.

Susan McKinney: 'Dead Man Switch' much more than action

"Dead Man Switch" by Matthew Quirk centers around Capt. John Hayes, a former special-ops legend who has left the military and has settled down with a wife and daughter. He technically hasn't left the service; he operates in the shadows taking care of things the government can't legally do.

Susan McKinney: Mystery not 'purr'fect, but I'll keep reading

Mandy Morton has written the first in a series of mystery novels about a cat detective agency. In "The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency," readers enter the world of cats. All of the characters are cats in a mirror world of ours populated by felines with names like Randy McTail, the country western musician, and Marilyn Repel, the famous blonde movie actress.