If I Run

Blackstock, Terri. If I Run. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2016.


Deciding to run rather than be framed for a murder she did not commit, Casey Cox is certain to be scared. Trying hard not to leave any footprints of her direction, Casey doesn’t realize veteran Dylan Robert is almost upon her. While both deal with similar symptoms from their pasts, though only one will win in the end, If I Run sets up the pace perfectly for the characters racing to a finish. Suspense, reality, murder, dysfunction and hope all combine for a thrilling story from New York Times Best-selling author, Terri Blackstock.

In a unique manner for this author, If I Run shares the unfolding story from a first-person point of view, alternating between the main characters. With a subtle dose of faith mingled between suspense, action, emotions, mystery and a cliff-hanger at the end, Terri Blackstock does an excellent job of keeping the pages turning quickly while investing the reader emotionally. As the first of a new trilogy, the gracious end notes from the author in this book add even more. Compelling cover too!

4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of If I Run from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*


Murder in Wauwatosa

Hoffman, Paul. Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher. Charleston, SC: The History Press. 2012.

murderinwauwatosaIn a quiet suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, friends and family mourned the passing of Buddy Schumacher, a local boy found dead. Heading to the Menomonee River which was flooded each summer by the city fire department for use as a swimming hole, Buddy Schumacher did not make it there. Filled with tons of relevant history, interesting tidbits, neighboring accounts and speculative notions, Murder in Wauwatosa is a well-written, real-life murder mystery, perhaps finally leading to a conclusion of what truly happened to Buddy Schumacher in 1925…

Full of year-applicable pictures, current photos, pertinent accounts, intriguing history and great story-telling, author Paul Hoffman shares his personal interest in this quaint little city of Wauwatosa. With possible motives, traveling vagabonds, passing trains, neighborhood children and curious residents, Murder in Wauwatosa draws attention and concern to an alarming local crime. Updated to the present, this story is captivating, especially due to the style of writing. Definitely engaging.

5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Murder in Wauwatosa from The History Press for my honest review*