MBR Reviews “Attorney-At-Paw”

Diane Wing & Chrissy
Diane Wing & Chrissy

Attorney-At-Paw
Diane Wing
Modern History Press
c/o Loving Healing Press
5145 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
9781615993970, $27.95, HC, 186pp
 

Synopsis: Autumn Clarke survived the car crash that killed her parents. To help her cope with PTSD, she adopts Chrissy, a Shih Tzu with a remarkable secret. Chrissy is also the only witness to the mysterious death of her pet parent.Autumn vows to find the truth behind his death with the help of Chrissy, the neighbors and an attractive detective. Can Autumn unravel the clues while trying to heal Chrissy’s trauma and overcome her own devastating emotional wounds in the midst of a dangerous murder investigation?

Critique: A wonderfully entertaining and deftly written mystery, “Attorney-At-Paw” is the first of what will hopefully be a long term series starring one of mystery’s most unique canine sleuths! Certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that “Attorney-At-Paw” is also available in a paperback edition (9781615993963, $18.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $5.95).

Mary Cowper reviews “Sanchita Karma”

Cowper’s Bookshelf

Sanchita Karma and Other Tales of Ethics and Choice from India
K. V. Dominic
Modern History Press
9781615993949, $25.95, HC, 146pp, www.amazon.com

Synopsis: K.V. Dominic is one of India’s leading contemporary English poets. In “Sanchita Karma and Other Tales of Ethics and Choice from India” he takes his readers on a trip to India in an anthology of his original short stories.

Dominic’s love for his native country is exposed through stories that cover a range of humanistic concerns, including women’s empowerment, the natural environment, government and corruption, the education system, crime, the power of compassion and the question of how much influence we have in our own destinies.

Critique: Each of these twenty carefully crafted and thoroughly engaging short stories is a true literary gem. Of special note is the unusual step of including four reviews collected in a section called ‘Commentary and Criticism’. While very highly recommended for community, college, and university library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that “Sanchita Karma and Other Tales of Ethics and Choice from India” is also available in a paperback edition (9781615993932, $15.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $3.03).

Mary Cowper, Reviewer