THE FRAILTY OF FLESH has just been reviewed
in THE GLOBE AND MAIL.
Significant, because not only does it mark my first major newspaper review, but because of the long-held beliefs that mass market paperback releases struggle to gain prominent industry reviews.
When WHAT BURNS WITHIN was released it was reviewed in Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. Both books were reviewed in Romantic Times. I've seen a review in Crimespree for WBW.
The point is, I've gotten print reviews, and prominent print reviews for both books. Are we nudging the line, getting to the point where mmpb releases are no longer discriminated against in reviewing circles? Or does it boil down to luck of the draw, quality of the books, the push from the publisher?
Who knows? I don't. All I really know is that this marks my first major newspaper review, and when you consider that the Globe and Mail has the highest circulation of all the national newspapers in Canada, it makes it the Canadian equivalent of a NY Times review, so I'm thrilled.
Sandra Ruttan's sequel to What Burns Within, her first novel set in Vancouver and featuring Constables Nolan, Hart and Tain, is better than the first. A four-year-old is beaten to death in a park. The child's brother, hiding in the nearby brush, claims that his older sister killed the boy. Furthermore, the sister is missing.
Criminous kids are bad enough, but Ruttan, a disciple of the Val McDermid school, takes things a bit further. To say more is to give away a terrific plot.
- Globe and Mail