Book Review. Tales of Woe. John Reed. 

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I have reviewed a few John Reed titles on my blog. He is one of my favourite writers.  He’s diverse too. 
Tales of Woe is the kind of book we read I think out of morbid curiosity. This one you are easily able to dip in and out of, although I wouldn’t recommend it for those with a weak stomach.

These tales are of gruesome real events, written by John Reed, and coupled with lurid pictures, drawn in a pop art style by artists 8pussy, Elisabeth Alba, Stephane Blanquet, Delia Gable, Kiki Jones, Patrick McQuade, Ralph Niesp, Sarah Oleksyk, Alex Warble, Chadwick Whitehead, and Michele Witchipoo. 

You might even remember seeing these stories on the news, Harold Simpson is caught by police raping a dog, chopped up body parts found in a freezer, and Nikki Catsouras. 

Gruesome stuff that you couldn’t make up. But like I said you will want to read it because of a morbid curiosity,  & the illustrations are superb. 

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Contemporary Romance. Love on the Risky Side. Mariah Ankenman. 


As the shape came closer, she realized it wasn’t Bigfoot because he doesn’t exist she reminded herself. It was also not a bear. Her vision finally focused on a large gray horse. Not only a horse, but a rider, too.

The clouds in the night sky dissipated, allowing the moonlight to shine down into the woods. Kayla’s heart skipped a beat as the two towered over her.

The man sat upon the horse like a warrior of olden days. Long, dark hair fluttered about his face in the wind, sharp, high cheekbones, a smooth, square jawline, and thick, dark brows pressed down over a pair of deep, warm brown eyes. 


His voice rumbled over her like a warm blanket. What she wouldn’t give for a warm blanket right now. 

‘Do you need some help?’

She hesitated at his question, staring into his eyes. They looked so kind and trusting, but a man’s eyes had deceived her before. Until two days ago, David’s eyes had always been normal; sure, the guy had given off the jerkwad vibe at times, but she never suspected the evil hidden behind those eyes. Was this man the same? Could she trust those eyes? 

Did she really have a choice? 

No. She had no idea where she was and was literally freezing. Yes, she needed help. The only question, would this man be her salvation or her downfall? 

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RWA® Golden Heart® Nominated author Mariah Ankenman began writing at the tender age of five. Her first book George and the Green Glob received high praise from her mother. Many years, and green glob stories later, Mariah received a playwriting degree from the University of Wyoming. After a few years in Hollywood, working in the biz, she came home to the beautiful Rocky Mountains. When she’s not writing Mariah loves to read, crochet, and play her ukulele. She loves to hear from readers.

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The summer started like a hellion on crack.
No one was expecting it … no one was prepared. The mild spring weather had lulled the denizens of the Big Apple into thinking it would always be that way. But before they knew it, the fantasy was swallowed by a rapacious heat that burrowed its way into the concrete and wouldn’t let go. And now? Now there was heat. Overbearing, suffocating heat that came up from the bowels of hell and melted the hardest of hearts, reducing them to sweat and then steam. 
For two weeks, the people suffered under the sun’s merciless rule, and the weather forecasters oral fandango only promised more of the same. A burst of a turbulent red sky at sunset turned that threat into a reality as New Yorkers braced for another brutal repeat of today. 
The day dwindled into twilight as the light was snuffed out by a phantom’s hand. A strong ocean breeze pushed the mugginess aside long enough to breathe. The beleaguered New Yorkers were grateful to have survived and sought solace in the blackness of the oasis offered. Apartment dwellers oozed into the streets in droves- all to enjoy the cooler evening temperature crowned by a silver moon tinged by the color of blood. 
Da da dum dum da da doo doo hey …
In the horde of people, the strange little man humming a tune went unnoticed. The crowd at 34th Street was enjoying itself too much to care about one more drifter … one more oddball that New York seemed to attract. 


Ruth Bainbridge was born in the idyllic, sleepy town of Ithaca, NY, and has been a lover of mysteries for her entire life. Ever since a child, she’s consumed detective stories at regular intervals, becoming enamored with all the superstars of crime. She loved matching wits with Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Thomas Pitt, Lord Peter Wimsey, Richard Jury and Edward X Delaney. In fact, she was so inspired by their brilliance that she began trying to emulate her writing idol’s achievements by composing her own short stories. However, life interfered with her plans of becoming the next hopeful to try a life of crime–on paper at least. But the empty nest syndrome happened and gave her the impetus to return to her first love–murder. 
Her works include: THE CURT SAVAGE MYSTERIES (a four-part series that should be read in order); DEADSPEAK, a detective Twin Peaks; and ONLY ONE WILL FALL, the first in THE NICK CROSS MYSTERIES. CREEPZ is her eighth published work. The most intense read of the season, it’s a complex adrenaline rush that’s filled with suspense. 

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