Kate Padilla

Kate Padilla

Kate Padilla is an author, poet and artist. Her book, Apples Rot on the Ground (May 2020), is a collection of gut-wrenching poems detailing the racism and bigotry that existed for Hispanic families in early New Mexico & Wyoming.
Review: The Other Man by Farhad J. Dadyburjor

Review: The Other Man by Farhad J. Dadyburjor

The Other Man, Farhad J. Dadyburjor, Lake Union Publishing – Farhad J. Dadyburjor’s novel, “The  Other Man,” details the struggles of Ved Mehra, a closet-gay man living in India, before India’s supreme court decriminalized same-sex relationships in 2018.

Review: Her Name is Knight by Yasmin Angoe

Review: Her Name is Knight by Yasmin Angoe

Her Name is Knight, Yasmin Angoe, Thomas & Mercer – Yasmin Angoe’s thriller, “Her Name is Knight,” begins with a cautionary note from the author: The vivid sexual violence depicted could be a trigger for victims of human trafficking and abuse. 

Review: The Inheritance of Orquìdea Divina by Zoraida Cordova

Review: The Inheritance of Orquìdea Divina by Zoraida Cordova

The Inheritance of Orquìdea Divina, Zoraida Cordova, Atria Books – Zoraida Córdova’s tropes are as magical as her fantasy novel, “The Inheritance of Orquìdea Divina,” where bargains are made with the unknown and kept secret until ill-fortune spreads like vines, ultimately choking the family tree to death.

Review: Choose Me by Gerritsen & Braver

Review: Choose Me by Gerritsen & Braver

Choose Me, Gerritsen & Braver, Thomas & Mercer – Authors Tess Gerritsen and Gary Braver team up to produce a thriller with a Greek mythological twist. Their prose is alluring, and the plot is intriguing.

Review: The Show Girl by Nicola Harrison

Review: The Show Girl by Nicola Harrison

The Show Girl, Nicola Harrison, St. Martin’s Press – Nicola Harrison’s, “The Show Girl,” is a no-frills but elegant novel in which the author traces Olive McCormick’s life as an entertainer determined to become one of the Ziegfeld Follies, against dramatic odds.

Review: The Receptionist by Kate Myles

Review: The Receptionist by Kate Myles

The Receptionist, Kate Myles, Thomas & Mercer – There are no heroes in Kate Myles’ novel, “The Receptionist.” Instead, her main characters are despicable, greedy and inhumane people whose sole aim is “monetizing the population” by illegally collecting medical data to sell products.

Review: The North Face of the Heart by Dolores Redondo

Review: The North Face of the Heart by Dolores Redondo

The North Face of the Heart, Dolores Redondo, – Spanish author Dolores Redondo’s wildly popular protagonist, Investigator Amaia Salazar, is back for another adventure in Redondo’s just-translated thriller, “The North Face of the Heart.” This time, Salazar assists the FBI to track down a serial killer.

Review: What Could Be Saved by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz

Review: What Could Be Saved by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz

What Could Be Saved, Liese O’Halloran Schwarz, Atria Books – The lingering quietness of Liese O’Halloran Schwarz’s mystery novel, “What Could Be Saved,” is also its driving energy. The narrative, bouncing between past and present, evolves around the disappearance of a child, and then, his re-appearance a half-century later.

Review: At the End of the Matinee by Kelichiro Hirano

Review: At the End of the Matinee by Kelichiro Hirano

At the End of the Matinee, Kelichiro Hirano, Amazon Crossing – “At the End of the Matinee,” Japanese author Keiichiro Hirano’s new novel, depicts a torturous and suspenseful journey of two people in love whose lives bisect at the exact moment they are prepared to unite. It’s like two trains passing, each going in opposite directions.

Review:  Always A Song by Ellen Harper

Review: Always A Song by Ellen Harper

Always A Song, Ellen Harper with Sam Barry, Chronicle Prism – Folk Singer Ellen Harper’s stirring memoir, “Always a Song,” begins with her birth, part of a musical family enjoying “fascist-free” post-World War II life in New Hampshire.