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review 2017-05-26 08:45
The Sinister Mr. Corpse - Jeff Strand
The Sinister Mr. Corpse - Jeff Strand

Stanley is a loser, nearing middle age with not much to show for it. After he dies in a freak accident, he is brought back to life on live TV and starts his second life as the Amazing Mr Corpse. He is now essentially owned by a corporation who are looking to cash in on his infamy, forcing him to do all manner of 'celebrity' appearances. When he begins to get cocky about his importance he is shown that a second death will be far more unpleasant than the first and that he was not the scientific miracle he thought he was but something far more sinister.
I enjoyed this one a lot, I'm a big fan of Strand and this one certainly didn't disappoint although I thought the main character wasn't as good as some in his other work. The ending was also slightly anti-climatic.
Strand uses this to lampoon celebrities who are famous for being famous, how they are viewed and the cult like status that some of them achieve for doing absolutely nothing. Stanley is a fairly talentless individual who soon begins to believe the hype of his own fame before it all goes wrong. Secondary characters were done well but for some reason none of the characters really resonated with me that strongly however the story itself was engaging, pulling several threads together at the end and gave me almost everything I come to expect in a Strand novel. As with most of his other work this was fast faced and darkly funny and whilst it's not my favourite it was still a fun read.

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review 2017-02-17 17:01
Cyclops Road by Jeff Strand
Cyclops Road - Jeff Strand

Evan Portin has just lost his wife and is having a very bad day at work. But he comes upon a woman being mugged and finds that she doesn't need his help.

Harriet is a strange one for sure. She's never been in a car or seen a cellphone. Safe to say she's been pretty isolated. Oh, and she's on her way to kill a cyclops.

I know, right? Someone has a few screws loose. Maybe...?

Follow Evan as he takes the ride of his life.



I found this book entertaining as all get out, and unique, and very funny! I loved it! It was very different from the usual Strand novels. Can't say much more so I don't give anything away. I definitely recommend it though. It's not actually horror. I would put it more in the fantasy, sci-fi category.


4 stars



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review 2017-01-01 00:00
CHRISTMAS ON THE STRAND - Loretta Wheele... CHRISTMAS ON THE STRAND - Loretta Wheeler ***** Crystal's 5 Star Review *****

Savanna Burke heads to Galveston Island, TX for a meeting/date with Terrance Whittaker, Galveston’s well known psychic, whom she met on a dating website. Coming with her is a wind storm she refers to as a “Male Gale”. Making her grand entrance at the Winter Ball, she captured many hearts with her beauty, but the only one she is concerned about is Terrance.
This is the prequel to a series of stories called Southern Breezes. It was an enjoyable, quick HEA, but it could have used a bit more development, it felt rushed in spots.
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review 2016-12-21 13:08
Blister by Jeff Strand, narrated by Daniel Dorse
Blister - Jeff Strand


Blister was a crazy ride, but not in the usual Jeff Strand kind of way.


I'm not going to rehash the plot, because the basics are listed in the summary for you. I will say that I enjoyed the audio of this book quite a bit. It was funny, sad, and touching all at once. At first I didn't care much for the narrator, Daniel Dorse, but as the audio progressed he grew on me.


The premise of this novel is a bit out there, and there were portions of the plot, especially toward the end of the book, that went over the top. But as long as you don't expect everything to be completely believable, I think you'll have a good time listening to this audio.


If you do decide to check it out, tell Blister I said hello!


*Please note, if you purchase the Kindle version as I did, you can add the audio for a greatly reduced price!* You can get your audio copy here: Blister

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review 2016-12-02 12:50
Our book review of Overcast Sunset by Joyce Strand
Overcast Sunset: A Brynn Bancroft Mystery - Joyce T. Strand

Here go again meeting up with Brynn Bancroft, her winery and the trouble she gets herself into! Overcast Sunset has everything from a murder, fraud, corruption and most of all love.  Joyce Strand has created a group of characters who go from strength to strength and the reader will fall in love with them and want to follow them on their future exploits.

She keeps the reader enthralled by her excellent descriptive and character portrayals. With the air of mystique and page turning twists it makes for an excellent read.  Once I picked this book up I had to read it straight through, this was only made possible by the easy text and small chapters which gives the reader time to digest and retain the information which has been produced.

An ingenious plot with excellent scenarios and character traits which are believable, a good read for anyone who likes mystery and suspense thrillers.



Source: beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/book-review-overcast-sunset-brynn.html
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