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The Little Mornings
When an old drunk asks a drifter to pose as author of his best seller, the young man dives right in...mindless of the rocks below.
The Little Mornings, by C M Albrecht is a murder mystery with 262 absolutely absorbing pages. We have three main characters here - the grandfather, an alcoholic of questionable character, a slightly off balance woman (Angie) and an impressionable young man (Darcy) who becomes mixed up in a whirlwind of events. Murder, thievery and lies keep the unsteady relationship between Darcy and Angie on edge. Keeping a secret is no easy task, especially when someone else pops into the scene with inside knowledge to the truth. Darcy, unable to control the events, becomes another person entirely from the one we knew in the first few pages of the book. Perhaps because I am a writer, and this book has to do with the publishing industry, I am partial to the theme. Grandfather's description of a writer's methods to reach their creative dreams had me laughing out loud - because it was so true. As were the frustrated, aspiring writers and the over worked publishers. I felt the book was very realistic in this regard.
I loved the first few paragraphs - they really pulled me in. I kept hearing Humphry Bogart's voice in my head narrating the story as I read along. I sat on the edge of an uncomfortable plastic chair 2 days ago and opened the first page to begin reviewing The Little Mornings. I meant to take only a ten-minute break from my day to enjoy the sunshine. The next thing I knew, my leg and butt-cheek were both completely numb and lifeless? and I was on page 50! So be warned, readers, this book may very well take you out of commission for a few days. I could not wait to get back to it every minute I had to spare!
MUSIC - Book Review
By Lillian Brummet
Article Word Count: 266
MUSIC, by C.M. Albrecht, is a mystery
fiction novel with a slight seasoning of romance and
suspense to spice things up. The story line is centered in a
small Californian town where an 11-year-old boy, Jerry
Beakey, goes missing on his way to a music lesson. Author
C.M. Albrecht skillfully walks the reader through every aspect
of the case and what happens in police departments,
support centers and within the family of the missing person.
There are two main characters in The Crack in the Teacup.
Detective Steve Music and his co-workers butt-heads with
the FBI while working on the case. Lovely, and sympathetic,
Shelly Lambert guards an awful secret and harbors a guilt
that drives her to volunteer at the Missing and Exploited
Children Coalition whenever she could get away from her
job as a Notary.
Whenever Detective Music and Shelly meet during the
investigation, something deeper between them happens.
Neither of them seems to know what to do about it. Steve
discovers Shelly’s secret when he looks into her past and
creates a huge rift between them that could destroy their
A classic who-dun-it written in the Agatha Christie style with a
very unusual motive for child kidnapping. I suspected nearly
everyone involved at some point in the book and I liked that
the characters represented true society, with people of
different races, ideals and backgrounds. The Crack in the
Teacup has very little violence, but a lot of mystery and a
Author: C. M. Albrecht
Book Reviewer: Lillian Brummet - Co-author of the book Trash Talk
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