Saturday, July 16, 2016

Book Review: The Jericho Journals By John Scherber

The sixteenth in the Paul Zacher series set in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico is just out. This is the finest book yet. John Scherber, who just signed a contract to make his “20 Centavos” into a TV series, has concocted a mystery that is filled with twists and turns, yet is introspective as well.

Edward Jericho, is known for his unannounced absences, but this time he has disappeared for 14 months. When Paul, Maya and Cody attend the auction of his personal effects, some things don’t square. There are the brushes left uncleaned and shoes in the closet, but for Cody there are the keys in the garage that indicate foul play. What do you do as an artist if you are excellent at what you do, as long as you copy others, but are short creativity? Scherber leads us down that path until we reach the surprising conclusion.

I can’t wait to see who plays the main characters in the TV show,

Book Review: The Lizard’s Tale By Kurt Kamm

176 pages
Publisher: MCM Publishing (June 21, 2016)
Publication Date: June 21, 2016

The Lizard’s Tale is the first book I’ve read by Kurt Kamm and it is a good one. It starts with a rare Motagua Lizard from a small valley in Guatamala that is transported through the country to Mexico and on to California for the benefit of a cartel boss. We see inside the cartel, the DEA, and firefighters.

It is interesting how fate and the curse of the Motagua Lizard intertwine. Kamm’s descriptions of the lizard, the countryside of Guatamala and Mexico made me feel I was right there.