Gloria Ferris

Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,279
Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (11 of 11)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,279 - Total Helpful Votes: 11 of 11
Desolation Row (Austin Starr Mysteries Book 1) by Kay Kendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery & History, July 1 2014
This book is a treat for any mystery lover who either remembers the sixties, or loves reading about the era. Kendall captures perfectly the culture shock experienced by young Austin Starr who has fled Texas with her draft evader husband for Toronto. Trying to fit into a foreign country, anticipating her first Canadian winter while negotiating the justice system when her husband is accused and arrested for murder, Austins plight will resonate with everyone who remembers what it was like to be twenty-two and alone. Chock-full of interesting characters and local landmarks, Desolation Row is an enjoyable read and you will probably not see that ending coming. I certainly didnt!
Silver Totem of Shame: A Meg Harris Mystery by R.J. Harlick
Having read the first five Meg Harris mysteries, I was anxious to delve into Silver Totem of Shame, the 5th in the series. I was not disappointed. Setting is as important as character in Harlicks writing, and this time Meg and her husband travel to Canadas west coast where they are soon involved in the murder of a young Haida carver. This is a story rich in contrasts, between cultures that are still struggling to live in harmony while respecting each others differences. The reason for the murder is not simple, and neither is the solution, but the story is entirely satisfying to the mystery lover. I look forward to Megs next adventure.
Fire and Shadow (A Lily Evans Mystery Book 2) by Susan J. McLeod
Fire and Shadow is the second story in McLeods Shadow series. It is beautifully written and plotted, continuing Lily Evans efforts to either cure her psychic gifts with pills and therapy, or embrace her true nature. She meets a young Druid who introduces her to a group of psychics with varying abilities. Together, they attempt to solve the mystery of a strange portrait that speaks only to Lily. Witchcraft, animal familiars, possession  all these and more confront Lily. She is clearly at a crossroads, and her life depends on making the right choices. The writing is quick and lyrical, the protagonist endearing and very human, and the suspense builds steadily to a surprising (to me at… Read more

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