NEWS AND REVIEWS
“I am not a fan of murder mysteries,but I was delighted to find this one. It is concisely and clearly written, with sparkling dialogue. Cat lovers will love to read the role that the pet cat plays in the story , an unusual twist on discovery of clues. Well done.”
“I don’t usually read murder mysteries, but I loved this book. It was hard to lay it down. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who likes to read anything….but especially murder mysteries. I’m anxious to see this author’s next book!”
“The ordinary messiness of family relations is the fabric of this story. A classic no-nonsense New England spirit drives Addie to unravel the mysteries surrounding the murder of her neighbor, and the entwined small-town families. These mysteries drive the reader onward, and the well-crafted writing makes the trip a pleasure. Highly recommended.”
“I’m an avid reader but this is one of my first mysteries. I was absolutely delighted and would read any genre by this author. I clicked with the characters and their banter was sometimes laugh out loud funny. I just loved the variety of dialog throughout. Personalities, relationships, twists, turns and surprises made Murder in Millbrook an easy read. Best of all, as a lover of felines, the cat literally and figuratively carried the storyline. Not only did the author create suspense, I appreciated his insights on the dynamics of family and friendships. I’m anxious for more, please and thanks!”
“This light mystery is a fun read, perfect escape reading for a few hours away from the cares of real life. The sleuth is likable, as are most of the characters, including, of course, the cat. The mystery is not a complex one, but it has enough suspects to keep you guessing, and it’s fun to solve the murder along with the reluctant detective. Need to get away from it all for awhile, but still engage your brain? Pick up Murder in Millbrook.”
“A charming, old fashioned mystery to curl up with on a cold winter day. Fans of Miss Marple will appreciate this one.”
The various iterations of teen vampires in fiction have taken so many forms that a website recently spoofed the genre by writing about vampires who were actually Yorkshire terriers. What’s even weirder than that? How about a charter school for Libertarian vampires? Ethics of the Undead fills that void splendidly, and does so with equal parts gore and humor.
When four teens receive scholarships to a wilderness school in rural Idaho, they have no idea it’s a scheme to fulfill a diversity requirement of the school—and then possibly provide a snack for either students or faculty. Once a counselor accidentally spills the beans, the teens team up to try and escape. Meanwhile, there’s an obligatory doomed romance, a trial whose jury is comprised of a busload of kidnapped gymnasts, and several digressions into the ethics of which humans, and how many, are okay to eat at a given time (the discussion is part of the curriculum!). It’s a wild ride, and the plot twists alternate with big laughs.
Author Loren Schechter writes with snap and intelligence. A subplot involving a group of Satanists who throw off the balance of power at the school is effective, and the pains the staff takes to survive the diversity inspection needed to continue its funding are a riot.
Teen vampires are a popular trope precisely because they raise so many ethical issues and ratchet up the stakes on the usual teen angst: for example, when vampire Conrad confesses his feelings for Kathy, she’s tempted to let him “turn” her, but isn’t ready to commit to one person for a full semester, much less all eternity. While a regular teen occasionally cheats death, these teens have beaten it entirely, and are suffering from both anemia and ennui as a result.
Ethics of the Undead will appeal to fans of horror laced with humor and give vampire lovers something new to sink their teeth into. This novel is a page-turner and a pleasure.
Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene had this to say about Ethics of the Undead
The misdirection of Loren Schechter’s first sentence and what followed hooked me. The tempo with which the scene developed pulled me into the first chapter of Ethics of the Undead… On the whole Ethics of the Undead will fulfill the promise of this first chapter… So, even if you are, as I am, 4-5 times the age of the intended audience for Ethics of the Undead, you’ll probably get the next installment [to] know the how and why of [the protagonist’s] continuing adventure.