Nemesis by Jo Nesbo (#4 Harry Hole)

Nemesis (Harry Hole, #4)

Nemesis by Jo Nesbo

 Originally Published:  2002



Nemesis by Jo Nesbaugh is the 4th in the Detective Harry Hole mystery series. 

Harry is a Norwegian detective who is struggling to maintain his sobriety, a romantic relationship, and his job….in any order.  His successes come and go.  He is a good detective, but tends to do things his way, and rules are often bent if not broken.

In this installment, a bank robber, an old flame, and a dirty cop all walk into Harry’s life. Sounds like a joke.  But the combination of those three will have Harry fighting for his freedom.  He is being framed for murder.  He may have to make a deal with a felon to save his own skin.

His new partner in this case is Beate Lønn, who works in the Robberies Division.  She remembers every face she has ever seen.  Her father was also in the police department, but was killed during a bank robbery.  Beate may have an agenda of her own. 

Meanwhile, his girlfriend, Rakel, is in Russia fighting for custody of her son, and Harry’s actions may have an impact on the decision.

Then there is the fact that Harry is still not over the death of his last partner.  Although Ellen’s killer was caught, Harry knows there is more to the story, and he won’t give up til he has an answer.

A lot is happening in this one, and occasionally I got a little confused.  I still have a bit of a problem with the place names (and some proper names) in Norway, and I think this has a lot to do with it.  A couple of times I mixed up the characters, so I found I had to read carefully.  However, the plot was really good, and there were also a lot of twists which kept you very interested in following closely.

The book is about revenge, and it seems a lot of people are looking for it.

It is a very complex novel, but it is worth the read. Overall, I think the problems I had with this book were my own, and I am looking forward to the next in the series. 

p.s. It’s a good idea to read this series in order, as some of the plot continues from story to story. As well, it’s best to get to know Harry gradually.  I am reading them in the North  American Order.  They were originally published in Oslo, and books 1 & 2 were actually written later.  Then of course, there is the fact that they were released in North America out of order as well.  Good thing I came to this series late…


Read: October 2017


Favorite Quotes from Nemesis:

“The goddess Nemesis, Bertol Grimmer’s favourite motif after the War. The goddess of revenge.”

“He put down the telephone and looked in the mirror again. It was 
gone now, the little smile, the glee that Spite gives.  The Smallmindedness. T he Self-righteousness.  The Sadism.  The four ‘S’s of revenge.”

“Never apologise for the questions you asked; apologise for the ones you didn’t ask.”

‘Vengeance is one of these territorial things you men like so much. It’s not about duty, it’s the Neanderthal urge!’


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About the Author:  Jo Nesbo (1960 – ) (pronounced “you nesbaugh”)  is a Norwegian author.   When is dreams of being a soccer star were dashed by an injury, he entered the military, then he entered the world of finance, then formed several bands.  Then he started writing.  He has never stopped.  Apparently he still rock climbs.





Silent Lies by Kathryn Croft

Silent Lies

Silent Lies by Kathryn Croft

 Published: October 2017



Silent Lies by Kathryn Croft is a mystery novel, and the second book I have read by this author. 

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Mia Hamilton has been living with unknowns, half-truths, and anxiety for the last five years of her life.  Working from home as a psychiatrist, she is now in a new relationship with Will, and her 7-year old daughter Freya loves him.  She should be happy, but she has not yet let go of the past.  Five years ago her husband, Zach, committed suicide.  On the same night, Josie Carpenter, one of his students, vanished.  It was heavily speculated that Zach was in a relationship with Josie, and after killing her, he took his own life.  Mia has many unanswered questions.

When a new client, Alison, appears at her door and tells Mia that Zach didn’t kill himself, the past again raises its ugly head, and more painful memories re-surface.  Alison, in an abusive relationship which she refuses to leave, seems to taunt Mia with glimpses of her past relationship with Josie.  Alison seems to have her own agenda, and Mia is torn between helping an evidently unstable woman get the help she needs, and following Alison’s breadcrumbs in hopes of finding out what she really knows about Zach’s death. But trust is hard.  Everyone has secrets.  Can anything be believed? 

So many secrets. So many lies.

The story is told from two perspectives/timelines, Josie’s 5 years ago, and Mia’s today.  It alternates between the two, and in this way, the story unfolds rather well.

While I had a few issues initially getting into the story, it quickly grew on me. The main characters were fleshed out well, although I didn’t really like any of them. They were all very selfish (including Mia). I think that may have been one of the reasons I struggled getting into the book.  I also wasn’t a real fan of the ending.  Even with this negativity, I enjoyed the book!

However, it had a really good plot, and although I had it figured out before the end, the twists and turns kept me guessing. I am becoming a fan of Kathryn Croft’s writing style.


Read: November 2017


Favorite Quotes from Silent Lies:

“She’s right – that’s just a small lie in a forest of hundreds.”

“I don’t tell him that I long ago gave up on the idea of having friends. That when you’re at rock bottom you turn around and find they’ve all disappeared, that there’s nobody there to hold out their hand and lift you up.”


Kathryn Croft


About the Author:  Kathryn Croft has a BA Honours Degree in Media Arts with English Literature.  She lives in England.  This is her sixth psychological thriller.

The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny (#11 Armand Gamache)

The Nature of the Beast (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #11)

 The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

 Published: August 2015




In the 11th Armand Gamache (Three Pines) novel, The Nature of the Beast, Louise Penny entertains again !

Although Gamache is now retired, living in Three Pines with his wife Rene-Marie, mystery always finds him.  Most people don’t think he will stay retired, but his wife can only hope.  After so much physical and emotional pain from his former job as the Chief Inspector of Homicide in the Quebec police force, he needs some peace. 

When 9-year old Laurent LePage comes running into the bistro excited about finding a gun “bigger than a house” being ridden by a monster, no one believes him.  He has cried wolf one too many times.  Between the aliens and the dinosaurs and the walking trees, Laurent has become something of a pest.  When he turns up dead, the village is saddened.  When Armand suspects the child has been murdered, the village is outraged. When the gun “bigger than a house” is found, the village is ashamed, and angry.  Poor Laurent’s murderer must be brought to justice.

But the discovery of a massive weapon in the woods, and the threat of a murderer on the loose, has Gamache facing a new challenge.  He is not in charge, and must let his successor Isabelle LaCoste, and his former right-hand man, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, take the reins.  However, it is soon evident that he will be in constant demand.  For this weapon has brought fear to Three Pines, and has exposed a past event that could ruin the quaint little village.  How could such a massive weapon have been built so close to them, and yet no one be aware of it?  Is the science behind it real?  What kind of person would build something that could destroy whole cities, killing women and children? 

This weapon will also take Gamache back into the mind of true evil, a mind full of darkness, and to a devil who has been locked up for many years. 

Louise Penny has taken a page from history, and created a story around it that is gripping, fascinating, entertaining, and terrifying. 

As always, Penny leaves us wishing for more….


Read: October 2017


Favorite Quotes from The Nature of the Beast:

‘“He was a strange little kid,” said Ruth. “I liked him.”
And there was Laurent Lepage’s real eulogy.’

“Beauvoir drove out of Three Pines, amused that he was Frodo and hoping Gamache was Gandalf and not Samwise.”

“I meant some people keep their darkness inside, and some hide their light.”


About the Author:  (July 1, 1958 –  ) Louise Penny is a Canadian author.  Once a journalist with CBC, she now devotes most of her time to writing.   She is the New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has been awarded the John Creasey Dagger, Nero, Macavity, and Barry Awards, as well as two each of the Arthur Ellis and Dilys Awards. Additionally, Louise has won five Agatha Awards and four Anthony Awards. She lives in a small village south of Montréal.
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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

 Originally Published:  November 1939



And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, is a classic whodunit, by The Queen of Crime.

Ten strangers are lured to a remote island mansion by the new owner, known only as Mr. U.N. Owen (Mr. Unknown).   In each room, there is a copy of a Nursery Rhyme called Ten Little Indians on the wall.   It tells how each Indian died until there was only one left, who hung himself.  On their first night, over dinner, the group hear a recording in which each person is accused of getting away with murder.  And so it begins.  One by one, the guests are killed, and they begin to look at each other in a new way.  They look at the rhyme in a new way.  They have searched the small island.  They have searched the house.  There is no one else on the island, and no one else hiding in the house.  One of them has to be the murderer.

It is only in a post-script from the killer at the end of the book, that we learn the truth.

About the novel, Christie admitted that this was the one most difficult to write.  The title itself has been changed.  Originally published in the UK in 1939 as “Ten Little Niggers” (after a British blackface song), it was released in the US as “And Then There Were None”, and the nursery rhyme was changed to Ten Little Indians.  Later, yet, the rhyme was changed to Ten Little Soldier Boys.  As uncomfortable as some of the wording is, remembering when it was written helps.

It is Christie’s best-selling novel, over 100 million copies sold, and it is also considered the seventh best-selling title of all time on the International Publications List. 

There have been several movie and television adaptations, as well as stage plays.  There are even some loosely-based comedies.  The world cannot get enough of this book. 

I grew up on Agatha Christie.  I loved her books (although I wasn’t a big fan of Hercule Poirot).  This one I have read a number of times, but had not picked it up in 30 years.  It was a pleasure to read it again. If you love a good mystery, this is it!


Re-Read: October 2017



Favorite Quotes from:  And Then There Were None

“Ten little Indian boys went out to dine;
One choked his little self and then there were nine.
Nine little Indian boys sat up very late;
One overslept himself and then there were eight.
Eight little Indian boys travelling in Devon;
One said he’d stay there and then there were seven.
Seven little Indian boys chopping up sticks;
One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.
Six little Indian boys playing with a hive;
A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Five little Indian boys going in for law;
One got in Chancery and then there were four.
Four little Indian boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three little Indian boys walking in the Zoo;
A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Two little Indian boys sitting in the sun;
One got frizzled up and then there was one.
One little Indian boy left all alone;
He went and hanged himself and then there were none.”

“Her heart certainly failed to beat – but what caused it to fail is the question.”

“Be sure thy sin will find thee out.”

“U.N. Owen dealt with cases that the law couldn’t touch.”


Agatha ChristieAbout the Author: Born in Torquay in 1890-1976, Agatha Christie became, and remains, the best-selling novelist of all time. Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan. She is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, as well as the world’s longest-running play – The Mousetrap. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation. Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. 


The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman (#0 Practical Magic)

The Rules of Magic

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

 Published: October 2017



The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman is fiction.  It is fantasy.  It is “magical realism”.  It is all those things, and more.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Simon & Schuster Canada,  and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Next, I must admit that this is the first novel I have read by Alice Hoffman, although she has been writing for many years.   I found her prose to be wonderful, and her work quite refreshing.

The Rules of Magic is apparently a prequel to Practical Magic which of course I have not read, but have now added to my ever-growing “to-read” pile.   It is said you can read both as stand-alone novels, so I am pleased. 

This novel is about love, although not strictly a love story.  It is about witches, but not strictly about magic. 

The Owens are a family cursed to never love, or so they believe.   It is said that in 1620, Maria Owens was condemned as a witch for loving the wrong man, and her bloodline was cursed to bring ruin to anyone they ever loved.  The Owens, generation after generation, have been unlucky in love.  They have been ostracized and feared by those that know their name.  Hundreds of years after Maria was denounced for witchery , three Owens siblings, Franny, Jet and Vincent, are trying to make their way in the world, where they know they are different, having been brought up by a mother who made sure they were aware of their bloodline.   They have certain talents that others do not have.  They are aware of the curse.  They are careful.  They have rituals.  They have rules.  Perhaps their generation will be the one to break the curse.  Perhaps they will be able to love without repercussions. Perhaps not.

Hoffman chose the cusp of the 1960’s as the starting point of this book, and she took care to weave the events of that time into the narrative, creating an epic tale.

This is not my “normal” read.  It is a little out of my comfort zone.  I usually look for a little more excitement in the books I read (murder mysteries, horror…).  However, I am so glad I took a chance.  Don’t rule this book out because it has “magic” in it (it isn’t in-your-face).  Don’t rule it out thinking it is a love story.  It is more than that.  It is about family, about siblings, about courage, about being true to yourself, and about so much more.  The writing is really good, and the characters are deep, and endearing.   Hoffman has a talent for imagery.

This book is hard to describe for me, because it is far away from my normal reading material.  It’s been a while since I read a feel-good novel, but that’s how I felt when I was done.  It is funny, it is sad, it is mesmerizing.  Simply, I was charmed.


Read: November 2017


Favorite Quotes from The Rules of Magic (be aware I narrowed these down from 14!):

“It was clear from the start that they were not like other children, therefore Susanna felt she had no choice but to set down rules. No walking in the moonlight, no Ouija boards, no candles, no red shoes, no wearing black, no going shoeless, no amulets, no night-blooming flowers, no reading novels about magic, no cats, no crows, and no venturing below Fourteenth Street.”

“Other people’s judgments were meaningless unless you allowed them to mean something.”

“I’m fated to lose everyone I ever love,” April said. “I already know that.”
“Of course you are,” Jet responded in her calm, measured tone. “That’s what it means to be alive.”

“Life is a mystery, and it should be so, for the sorrow that accompanies being human and the choices one will have to make are a burden, too heavy for most to know before their time comes.”

“Know that the only remedy for love is to love more.”


Alice Hoffman


About the Author:  Alice Hoffman (March 1952 – ) is an American writer. She has published over thirty novels, three books of short fiction, and eight books for children and young adults. She lives near Boston.

Nothing Left to Lose by Dan Wells (#6 John Cleaver)

Nothing Left To Lose (John Cleaver, #6)

Nothing Left to Lose by Dan Wells

 Published: June 2017



Nothing Left to Lose by Dan Wells is the 6th in the John Cleaver series.  It is the final book in the series.

John is still a teenager.  Still a sociopath.  Still trying to find and kill the Ancient Gods he calls the Withered.  The FBI is still trying to find John.

John has come to Arizona in search of one of the Withered called  “Rain”, who may be building an army.  Following a lead about the bizarre death of a woman who drowned nowhere near water, John thinks he may have found what/who he is looking for.  He isn’t in town long before he too is almost drowned, by someone who said the Dark Lady told him he had to do it.  Is the Dark Lady really Rain?  He is saved by another of the Withered, who has also been called to town.  John tries to befriend him, in hopes that he can lead him to Rain.  But John is cautious.  He is almost more afraid of the FBI finding him, than of the Withered.  He knows this is irrational.  However, it isn’t long before the FBI come to town, and all hell breaks loose.

A fitting final tale, where John ends up working in a mortuary.  The circle is complete. 

Dan Wells created a sociopath that was easy to love.  He even created some of the monsters to be lovable.  His characters were great, and the ending to this series worked. The plot, from book 1, was original, refreshing, and yes, included a lot of gore, but also a lot of humor.  I thoroughly enjoyed it, and will probably re-read from start to finish when I have some time.

I guess my one little niggling complaint about the end was that John’s character may have changed a bit much, a little too radically to feel “right”.  In my opinion (which matters to no one but me), I think the end should have been a little darker. (I might have had John throw it all away and become a Withered so that he could tackle things from the inside.)  Be that as it may, I still enjoyed the series, and would recommend it to anyone!

I will miss John Cleaver!


Read: October 2017


Favorite Quotes from Nothing Left to Lose:

“As DIY projects go, murder is easier and more common than painting your living room, though—to be fair—significantly harder to hide.”

“We need guilt the same way we need pain—because it reminds us what happened, and it helps us not to do it again.”

“Guilt is our emotional immune system.”


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About the Author:  Dan Wells (March 4, 1977 – )  lives in North Salt Lake, Utah, with his wife and children.   In addition to the John Cleaver (I am Not a Serial Killer) Series, he has also written the Partials Series, as well as stand-alone novels.  He has a popular Podcast called Writing Excuses.


Choosing to Read a Stand-Alone Novel  

In a previous post, I pondered over my joy in reading a series of books, and determined that a series is probably my reading preference.

I do, however, read a fair number of stand-alone novels with equal enjoyment.   They have a lot going for them.   I am not talking about books within a series that could be read separately.  I am talking about books that have no relation to any other book, where no characters from this book will spread their wings and fly to another book written by this or any other author.  These characters will stay forever within the pages of this one book, for example 1984 by George Orwell or The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.  The characters may stay with us for a long time, but they don’t carry on to other books.

         “The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night.”                         – Isabel Allende

A stand-alone book can be read, enjoyed, and put away.   You are done.   You are satisfied.   You move on.   Except when you can’t.   Apparently a stand-alone novel can actually be deceiving.  I recently read a book,  and the last page read “End of Part 1”.   What????   That was just cruel.  But too late, I’m hooked.

There are also times when I need to get out of my comfort zone.   I am bored.   I am tired.  I am lost.  I will read an autobiography, or a romance novel, or something else that isn’t normally my cup of tea.   I am usually surprised at how much I actually enjoyed the experience, and it can get me out of my funk. 

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” 
 – C.S. Lewis

I am now receiving a number of books directly from publishers, and sometimes directly from the author.   These books are usually stand-alone novels,  and they generally make it to the top of my pile (okay, not always).    However, I did recently receive two books that are in a series, and they are numbered 7 and 9 respectively.   This was annoying.   I did not ask for either one of them, and they will only be reviewed if I ever read number 1 through 6 and 8 (respectively).   Actually, this was more than annoying!  

               “It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read.”                                                                                      – Lemony Snicket

There are times that I just need a break between series, even between books within a series.  I need something totally different.  That’s where the stand-alone novel often comes in for me.  When I need something to take my mind off my “family” of characters. 

                              “I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.”                                         – Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

I have read a lot of really great novels, so although my preference is for a series, I could never discount a stand-alone book altogether.  I have also “met” some really wonderful new authors by reading “unconnected”  novels.  Sometimes you have to take a chance!

Bottom line, I love to read (a shampoo bottle will do in a pinch).   

So, do you prefer stand-alone books, or a series?    

The 9th Judgement by James Patterson (#9 Women’s Murder Club)

The 9th Judgment  (Women's Murder Club, #9)

The 9th Judgement by James Patterson (with Maxine Paetro)

Published: 2010



The 9th Judgement by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is the 9th in the Women’s Murder Club mystery series.

The Club is a group of women who work together (often after hours), to solve crimes. Lindsay Boxer is a Homicide Detective, Claire Washburn is a Medical Examiner, Yuki Castellano is a Prosecutor, and Cindy Thomas is a Reporter.

There are actually three crimes that being investigated in San Francisco, and Lindsay is involved in all of them.

A jewel thief (which Cindy named Hello Kitty) is targeting the rich and famous.  No clues are being left behind for Lindsay to follow.  Then, one of the victims of a theft is shot after Hello Kitty leaves the scene, and the thief will now be facing a murder charge if caught.  Hopefully the police will identify the true killer before that happens.  The third crime being investigated is leaving everyone horrified.  The victims are mothers and their children.  They are being shot point blank, by a killer who seems to have no morals, and no ties to the victims.  Lindsay will be forced to become his puppet to prevent more lost lives.

This was actually one of the better books in the series.  As always, Patterson uses short chapters to move the story along quickly, but there was enough going on in this book to keep you interested without that. 

I enjoyed the way the authors told the story through two of the perpetrators eyes – the thief, and the serial killer.  One you could understand and care for, and the other you hated.

Even the ending threw in a surprise or two, and although it seemed like an afterthought, I think the ending may predict something new happening in the future. Enough to make me look forward to the next book, anyway!

Read: September 2017


About the Authors:  

James Patterson is one of the bestselling writers of all time, with more than 170 million books sold worldwide.  His lifelong passion for books and reading led him to launch a new website,, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children’s books for their kids.

Maxine Paetro is a novelist and journalist, who lives in New York.  She has collaborated with James Patterson on a number of his Women’s Murder Club novels.



Bad Sister by Sam Carrington

Bad Sister

Bad Sister by Sam Carrington

 Published: October 2017



Bad Sister by Sam Carrington is a mystery/thriller, and only the second novel by this talented writer.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Avon Books UK, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Connie Summers is a psychologist who is trying to start over by opening a new counselling clinic.  She has left the prison system.  She even changed her name.  She is still trying to come to terms with the fact that she had signed off on the prisoner release of Eric Hargreaves, only to have him rape someone shortly after getting that freedom. When he escapes and is then murdered, her name is linked to him again.  What good is a name change?

Connie is also still haunted by her brother’s death 20 years ago.  When someone gives her new information about those circumstances, old wounds and new suspicions begin to surface. What has been hidden all these years?

Meanwhile, one of Connie’s new patients is in the Witness Protection Program, and is terrified that her past is following her too.  She too has had a name change, but is still living in fear.  Steph and her son Dylan are drawing Connie into their lives.  Steph’s brother has been incarcerated since starting a fire at the age of 8 that killed their father. He is out now, and Steph is sure that Brett is coming after her.  But why?  Something doesn’t add up.  What really happened all those years ago?

Detective Inspector Lindsay Wade and her partner Detective Sargent Charlie Mack are in charge of the investigation into Hargreaves death, but find themselves embroiled in all aspects of Connie’s life. 

The story alternates between Connie and DI Wade, with Steph’s background told in chapters marked “Then”.  It helps to keep everything straight.

I rather liked the fact that Connie is not perfect.  She has made some bad decisions in her attempts to get over her past, but she owns up to them.

Although DI Wade and DS Mack were in her first book, I like how the author has not made this solely about the Detective team like so many do. This is clearly about the crimes and victims, with the detectives taking on the secondary role.  It is refreshing! 

I really enjoyed this book.  It is about family, about secrets, about lies, about friendship.  It is a riveting tale of suspense.  There were a lot of twists and turns, and I really loved the ending, which sort of made you sit up and go “Oh”.  That was unexpected!


Read: October 2017



About the Author:  Sam Carrington lives in Devon England with her husband and three children.   Following the completion of a psychology degree she went to work for the prison service as an Offending Behaviour Programme Facilitator.  Her experiences within this field inspired her writing.   



Odd Thomas Graphic Novels by Dean Koontz

In Odd We Trust (Odd thomas Graphic Novel, #1)                            Odd Is on Our Side (Odd thomas Graphic Novel, #2)                        House of Odd (Odd Thomas Graphic Novel, #3)

In Odd We Trust (2008)           Odd is On Our Side (2010)          House of Odd (2012)


Overall Rating:  StarStar


The Odd Thomas Graphic novels by Dean Koontz, and illustrated by Queenie Chan.

Okay, I had never read a graphic novel before, and I thought this would be the place to start.  I love Odd Thomas, and Dean Koontz can do no wrong…or so I thought.

Definition of a graphic novel —  book in comic strip form.  

Background:  Odd Thomas is a normal 19-year-old with the not-so-normal ability to see the spirits of the “unsettled” dead.  For whatever reason, these spirits have not been able to move on, and Odd generally helps them.  Odd lives in the desert town of Pico Mundo California, and has an assortment of equally strange and interesting friends, although none that see ghosts.  Odd is a wonderful character.  A fry-cook whose ambition is a little lacking, but whose talent for making pancakes is amazing.  His aspiration at this point is to get into tire sales.   The love of his life is Stormy Llewellyn.

Brief synopsis of each graphic novel:

“In Odd We Trust” is the first graphic novel (and co-written with Fred Van Lente).  When a very frightened little boy named Joey finds him, Odd and Stormy set out to find his killer so that the child may find peace.  During the course of the investigation and arrest of the murderer, Odd’s secret abilities may be exposed.

Odd is On Our Side” is the second graphic novel (and co-written with Landry Q. Walker).   During the “Safe Halloween” party that the Chief of Police throws every year, Odd sees a swarm of bodachs.  These devilish apparitions only appear when there will be massive deaths.   Odd starts searching for the threat, and even the ghost of Elvis tries to help him.  All things start to lead toward a remote barn which is being guarded by masked men. 

“House of Odd” is the third graphic novel.   When Odd checks in with Hollywood producer Nedra Nolan who just bought this old mansion to restore in Pico Mundo,  she tells him she can’t keep any workers.  The house seems to be scaring away anyone she hires.   She even hires some TV Ghost Hunters to figure out what is wrong.  However, Odd and Stormy are on the case, but what they find in the basement was not meant to be found.

Okay, this is hard to say.   I didn’t like them.  Any of them.  Bottom line, graphic novels are not for me.  I am not a fan.  I don’t feel that story depth can be obtained with this method, and substance was sorely lacking in these books.  I have read all three, and tried to keep an open mind,  but since the medium is not my forte, it is difficult.  Even when trying to review them just as stories, they lacked something.   Maybe I’m just too old for comic books, or maybe these sucked.  I don’t know.  I only know I didn’t like them.    Although the plots were okay, they just seemed mediocre, a little “blah”.  And although I still love the characters, their unique qualities just did not come through in these books.  I am glad I read these after the “real” books, because I was very disappointed.  I would never have read the books if I had read these first.  

On a side note, the illustrations are all done by Queenie Chan, and are good!

To re-cap, as much as I love Odd Thomas,  I won’t be reading any more graphic novels.

Read: 2017



About the Author: DEAN KOONTZ (July 1945 – ), the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirits of their goldens, Trixie and Anna