My Review: Originally Published in Suspense Magazine
Meet Jeremiah and Cindy: Jeremiah is a rabbi and Cindy a church secretary. People are dying aroundMy Review: Originally Published in Suspense Magazine
Meet Jeremiah and Cindy: Jeremiah is a rabbi and Cindy a church secretary. People are dying around them and it seems to be linked to a developer who wants to buy Green Pastures Campground. They join forces to try to get to the bottom of things before more people are killed.
Reading this book gave me a look at the different ways people handle relationships and danger. It shows the reader that it is possible to pull strength out from down deep inside yourself. You are stronger then you think you are.
I liked the characters. I enjoyed Cindy's ‘nothing will stop me’ attitude even if at times I felt she was not thinking things through. Trying to take on people she suspects are part of these crimes by playing darts with them in a bar? Not so smart in my opinion. Jeremiah agreed to take some children camping at Green Pastures only to have trouble find them. A washed out bridge, a bombing in their cabin just to name a few. He handled things much better than I would have.
“Lie Down in Green Pastures” is the third book in the Psalm 23 Mysteries and the first one I have read. I felt like I was missing key information about Cindy and Jeremiah. For me it made the book just a bit more confusing to follow and not one I would call a stand-alone read.
Overall, it's a nice cozy mystery that can be read on a rainy weekend. I recommend reading the books in order. ...more
Ronald Malfi's “The Ascent” takes readers on a mountain climbing expedition in the Himalayas of Nepal. Andrew Trumbauer, a rich thrill seeker invitesRonald Malfi's “The Ascent” takes readers on a mountain climbing expedition in the Himalayas of Nepal. Andrew Trumbauer, a rich thrill seeker invites six men to join him on this dangerous quest. Each man for his own reasons, agree to go with him. Six men attempting the impossible must rely on each other or die. One of these men has a whole different agenda putting them all at a much greater risk.
Interwoven in the daring climb is the story of Tim, a sculptor who has lost his thirst for the beauty in his craft, still hurting over the loss of his wife and his part in why it happened. He is drinking too much and questioning what really happened to make her walk out on him before her death in a car accident. He is quickly losing hope in himself and life in general as he tries to figure out why they were never able to reconcile. He may come unraveled as he hears and sees his dead wife and wonders if he’s finally gone over the edge or if her spirit is truly guiding him to safety.
This is so much more than a mountain climb, it’s about love and the emotional rollercoaster that we all ride and how we must put our differences aside and band together to survive.
“The Ascent” is a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat ride that should not be missed. Don't let the title fool you, it is less about a mountain and more about life in general. If you love thrillers that keep you guessing, this is a must read.
(this review appeared in the December 2010 issue of Suspense Magazine)...more