“August Snow” by Stephen Mack Jones #amreading #mysteries

Today’s recommended read: August Snow, by Stephen Mack Jones, published this year.

Where I acquired it: Paragraphs bookstore in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

From the jacket: “Tough, smart, and struggling to stay afloat, August Snow is the embodiment of Detroit. The son of an African-American father and a Mexican-American mother, August grew up in the city’s Mexicantown and joined the police force only to be drummed out by a conspiracy of corrupt cops and politicians…”

My overly simplistic take: W.L. Ripley’s Wyatt Storme meets George Pelcanos’ Derek Strange.

Why I liked it: Protagonist August Snow, a black-Mexican ex-cop turned private eye, is a unique, vividly drawn character who breathes life into the private eye genre. Jones brings Snow’s Detroit alive with many memorable descriptions, several of them mouth-watering scenes in local restaurants.

Memorable line: “We are defined by those we could have helped and chose not to.”



“Pax” by Sara Pennypacker #recommendedreading #amwriting

Today’s recommended read: Pax,” by Sara Pennypacker, published in 2016.

Where I acquired it: Paragraphs bookstore in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

From the jacket: “Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day the unimaginable happens. Peter’s dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild.”

My overly simplistic take: Watership Down meets Hatchet.

Why I liked it: A simply written, fast-paced, evocative tale with dark underpinnings and positive messages.

Memorable line: “Because I am exactly where I should be, doing exactly what I should be doing. That is peace.”