Revised Review: Chris sent me a brand new copy of this wonderful book today……sans formatting issues! If i could, I would now give this an extra star. Rest assured, any copies you may now download from Amazon, or wherever, are now perfect and pristine. Thanks Chris!

Normally, I am so anal about ebooks that I would automatically remove a star for the poor formatting of the chapters and headings. I don’t believe in the slightest that I am becoming more lenient, more forgiving. Chris’s book simply blew me away. I became oblivious to the strange page breaks, the odd dangling half words and the bold page numbers/book heading. Half of me wonders if it was perhaps done on purpose to help prove the utter chaos of the Haiti situation. If it was actually done on purpose, it was a brilliant ploy!

After reading Chris’s five day ordeal in Haiti, I took a few minutes to reflect. I can’t even imagine what this trip must have been like. Especially since it took place as an aid mission after the major earthquake. Chris experienced things in five days that people will never see in their lifetime. The amount of labour-intensive work he completed seems almost impossible to complete in five days. Add in the sheer amount of chaos, lack of rules, lack of policies and lack of true medical aid….I was flabbergasted.

Five stars for Chris Rakunas and his five day excursion to Haiti, which I’m sure he’ll never forget. Thank you for sharing this experience with the rest of the world.

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Normally, I am so anal about ebooks that I would automatically remove a star for the poor formatting of the chapters and headings. I don’t believe in the slightest that I am becoming more lenient, more forgiving. Chris’s book simply blew me away. I became oblivious to the strange page breaks, the odd dangling half words and the bold page numbers/book heading. Half of me wonders if it was perhaps done on purpose to help prove the utter chaos of the Haiti situation. If it was actually done on purpose, it was a brilliant ploy!

After reading Chris’s five day ordeal in Haiti, I took a few minutes to reflect. I can’t even imagine what this trip must have been like. Especially since it took place as an aid mission after the major earthquake. Chris experienced things in five days that people will never see in their lifetime. The amount of labour-intensive work he completed seems almost impossible to complete in five days. Add in the sheer amount of chaos, lack of rules, lack of policies and lack of true medical aid….I was flabbergasted.

Five stars for Chris Rakunas and his five day excursion to Haiti, which I’m sure he’ll never forget. Thank you for sharing this experience with the rest of the world.

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I have never read anything about Haiti before unless you count some of the news stories from the horrendous natural disaster a few years back. So I wasn’t really sure how much I would understand of how they lived. But this was the perfect story for me. It was a thriller (my fav) wrapped up with plenty of mystery (my next fav) and let me learn about some of the history and culture in Haiti. It’s definitely portrayed as another world. Lawlessness, corruption, voodooism and all sorts of culture differences. What an eye opener for me! This almost seems the perfect lead in for the memoir I have that deals with a doctor and his “tour of duty” after the disaster.

Either way, I can’t wait to find and read the next book in the Max Mingus series. It should still have some tie-ins to Haiti as we’ve just found out his arch nemesis has escaped and will surely be hunting Max down in Miami. Two thumbs up to Nick Stone!

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Mervyn Stone part two was highly entertaining! As much as it would be difficult to come up with a tale as great as one that takes place in a Sci-Fi convention, this one comes pretty close. A murder occurs out of the blue at a taping of commentary for a DVD. It is the ostracized episode from Vixens of the Void which sends all sorts of religious types squirrelly. Once again, Stone is right in the middle of this murder and decides to take a stab at solving it. Along the way, a few more cast members die and all sorts of odd information is released.

I enjoy Mervyn Stone. He’s a pig, a buffoon and sometimes kind of pompous, but there’s something about him (maybe akin to a car accident) that makes you follow through. All the women he spends time with (in the bedroom) are vapid individuals yet they seem to come out of the woodwork like crazy. The police officers he rubs elbows with are very strange and quirky. They let him get away with all sorts of stuff that surely should make him spend more time in a jail cell. And, strangely enough, all of this works. This is a funny novel which makes me want to read more of Mervyn Stone. Would I ever want to meet him? Hell no! But I wouldn’t mind a signed copy of a script! LOL

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I enjoyed John Verdon’s first book, however, I enjoyed this one even more. Probably because there was less character set-up, and I could hate Madeleine from the beginning. Dave’s wife seems to think that early retirement and a out try home can change her husband. She feels that when a homicide case is brought to her brilliant hubby, that he should be able to resist the puzzles. She wants him to go for long walks, bicycle rides and join her book club. But why should any of this entertains him now when it never did before the retirement? Women who want to change their men drive me nuts. And vice versa.

This time, Dave is set upon to help figure out where Hector Flores is. The Mexican gardener is accused of beheading a woman on her wedding day, right before the wedding toast, in his little cottage. But, as usual, everything is not as it seems. And as much as Dave wants to only spend two weeks as a consultant to the case, he gets sucked right in and finds it harder to forget about than anything he’s ever dealt with.

Some people say John Verdon is wordy and could stop being so verbose. I, on the other hand, like the little details that get thrown in. They make you wonder if the slightest piece could be a clue or something really important to the story later. Looking forward to number three.

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I laughed so hard in places, I cried. This is one serious piece of satire! All the way through reading this I was reminded of the movie Galaxy Quest. Another wonderful piece of satire. Mervyn Stone has been away from the conference circuit for 7 years. He never starred in any of the episodes of Vixens From The Void, he was the editor of the scripts. A show from the 80s, it sounded like the budget and special effects were Hilton none. But murders galore at the convention and Mervyn feels compelled to try and solve them.

I really did like this one. I’ve always been on the side of mocking comic book and sci-Fi conventions, and believe me, there are enough of them in Toronto. My brother has attended many of them (thank god, he was never in costume) and I’ve seen enough fan photos to know the fans are over the top. The antics portrayed in this book are exactly how I perceive a convention would be, including John the Stalker. Some people go crazy for the type of nostalgia found in this novel. Personally, I just went crazy for the Humour and the interesting take on all things convention.

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This mystery was different than the other cozies I have read. And I enjoyed it very much. I assumed by the title that it would be chock full of paranormal flying entities, but was glad to see I was wrong. Quite often the paranormal genre is not for me.

I have to admit that there were times when I wanted to seriously throttle Kaitlyn. When she was snarly with Jim the FBI man, I thought she needed a slap. She seemed to turn on her cow attitude very quickly. She jumped to many wrong conclusions and then had to eat her hat later on. I was happy to see that this was just fleeting emotions from her, though, or I may have taken a major dislike to her and changed my star rating. I had my doubts about Mary Jane and her history. I still kind of wonder what was true and what was a bunch of hooey! But I loved her son Jeremy. He seemed so adorable, and…well…angelic! His love for all stray animals would make him a wonderful accompaniment to my family here.

Kudos to Lesley for putting together such a wonderful mystery. And I’m thinking there has to be a part two. How else would I get my fix of the angels et al??

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