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The White Mary

The White Mary
by Kira Salak
Reviewed by Terry South for Quality Book Reviews

The White Mary is the story about a journalist Marika Vecera who has traveled in search of war zones. Marika sets out to find war correspondent Robert Lewis after she learns that he may not have committed suicide and was spotted in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. Marika begins having flashbacks of her prior work in the war zones, she also has flashbacks that include her admiring Lewis and of her relationship with Sebastian, the botanist. Her relationship with Sebastian had failed, she is not good at keeping relationships; however her work completes her and satisfies her. Marika is a journalist who immigrated to the states from Czechoslovakia, and has become very famous for visiting war zones and writing about her experiences.

There are graphic descriptions of rape, torture and murder. The story contains graphic images, and the author has incorporated interesting story line, from Marika’s admiration for Robert Lewis and writing a biography as a tribute to him.

Her journey is not just to find Robert Lewis, but is also for herself. As the story continues Marika travels with a medicine man and he is teaching her the facts of what life means. Marika has a mind of her own and is not a good student and does not listen well but in the end she learns that she needs to love herself before she can love anyone else.

Aside from the graphic descriptions of violence the author has penned a story that will keep your interest and is a definite page turner. Be advised that this may not be a story for all and to use your own discretion. 4 stars


Murder, Mayhem and a fine man

Title: Murder, Mayhem and a fine man
Author: Claudia Mair Burney
ISBN: 1-4165-5194-8
Publisher: Howard Books
Reviewed by: Marsha Sellers for Quality Book Reviews

This book was a great find from the beginning. I found the writing to be both exciting and eventful. From one page to the next I was involved completely in the storyline. Dr. Amanda “Bell” Brown–psychologist –is very intelligent and a strong willed black woman who is both a Christian and red blooded American woman with desires and needs. Bell is introduced to “The perfect man”, of all places at a crime scene–she and detective “Jazz” are immediately attracted to each other. Throughout the story they are fighting their own demons and the attraction between them.
This story is both enticing and informative. I would recommend this read to anyone who enjoys a good book. Book 2 also sounds inviting, Can’t wait to read it and see what else Bell and Jazz can get into.