Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Glowing Review of The Santorini Setup


D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer of the Midwest Book Review, wrote a glowing review of The Santorini Setup. Here it is:

Readers of thrillers, romances, and suspense novels are in for a treat with The Santorini Setup, which represents a winning combination of all three genres as Britt Evans finds her idyllic working holiday changed by the death of a photographer on the Greek island of Santorini.

Although the death is supposedly accidental, a suspicious American Embassy woman believes otherwise, and taps Britt to delve deeper to find out what really happened.

 As Britt navigates an intriguing Mediterranean world and culture and moves ever closer to the truth, she finds her own life in jeopardy as she contemplates a setup whose impact could affect a wide circle of people.

 Enter Cassie Burkhardt, a computer engineer who also finds herself involved in dangerous circumstances beyond her control, from a budding romance to becoming caught in the snare of a Greek intelligence operation gone awry.

 As Cassie and Britt find themselves on the same side to solve a puzzle which increasingly envelopes them in a dangerous situation, so they find their mutual attraction growing.

 The Santorini Setup creates a fine juxtaposition of love and death, moving through Greek culture and the worlds of Athens and Santorini's history as two women confront forces influencing both sides of the investigation.

 With so many elements intersecting, it could have been easy to find the story a challenge to absorb. Becky Bohan does a fine job of cementing the criminal and cultural elements of her story with strong psychological profiles of characters who find themselves connected by more than just circumstance.

 This attention to strong characterization blends nicely with a sense of place to bring The Santorini Setup to life, crafting a mystery that brings the two characters ever closer to one another and a truth that could threaten them both.

 Mystery, suspense, thriller, LBGTQ, and romance collections alike will welcome this multifaceted story of evolving connections and dilemmas. It remains satisfyingly unpredictable and moving to the end and deserves a place in any library collection strong in women's adventure stories.


Monday, April 11, 2022

How Carol Informs A Light on Altered Land: An Interview

Deborah Kalb interviewed me about A Light on Altered Land. We spent some time discussing how Patricia Highsmith's classic novel, The Price of Salt (renamed Carol), informs my book. Here is a link to Deborah's book blog post. Deborah Kalb interview

If you haven't seen the movie based on Highsmith's work starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, do so. It is a moving account of the struggles women in the early 1950s faced, and how they didn't even have the words to describe their love for one another.