The Reservoir, by John Milliken Thompson

Click to Buy   The Reservoir by John Milliken Thompson Reviewed by Philip K. Jason      The world that Mr. Thompson creates in this astonishing novel has many centers of interest. It is a story of passion, of family feeling, and of spiritual testing. It is a crime story with meticulous development of trial procedure, […]

Remember Ben Clayton, by Stephen Harrigan

Click to Buy  Remember Ben Clayton By Stephen Harrigan Reviewed by Patricia O’Sullivan        After learning that his only child, Ben, has died on a World War I battlefield in France, Lamar Clayton’s grief drives him to come face to face with the haunting memories of his childhood. Lamar commissions a statue of Ben, […]

Mississippi Cotton by Paul H. Yarbrough

    Mississippi Cotton by Paul Yarbrough Reviewed By Donna Meredith      It might seem odd to characterize a novel that begins with a dead body found in a river as quiet, yet Mississippi Cotton, by Paul Yarbrough, flows at a gentle pace through the summer of 1951. The tenderness of the family scenes, soft […]

Meet Lynne Bryant, Author of Catfish Alley

       At SLR, we like to cover both new releases and old. Every now and then, a good one slips through the cracks. This summer, we’ve spent a little time working our way through the Slush Pile..and look what we found! A can’t-miss read by debut novelist, Lynne Bryant.      Recently, SLR contributor Rhett DeVane had the […]

Catfish Alley, by Lynne Bryant

Click to Buy   Catfish Alley  by Lynne Bryant Reviewed by Rhett DeVane      Far too often, novels set in the South settle for clichéd one-dimensional characters: vapid belles, ignorant or radical African-Americans, belligerent white males incapable of change. This is not the case with Lynne Bryant’s Catfish Alley. From the first page, the author […]

Ugly to Start With, by John Michael Cummings

      Ugly to Start With By John Michael Cummings  Reviewed by Niles Reddick      On the heels of his Paterson Prize-winning novel The Night I Freed John Brown, John Michael Cummings has offered fans another look at the historical and picturesque Harpers Ferry, West Virginia in his new collection Ugly to Start With.      […]

July Read of the Month: The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady, by Elizabeth Stuckey-French

Click to Buy The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady By Elizabeth Stuckey-French Reviewed by Donna Meredith      Marylou is such an innocuous name, surely not the name of someone plotting a murder, especially since the Marylou in question is gray-haired and nearly eighty, a woman who becomes winded walking her dog around the block. But […]

Meet Rhett DeVane, Author of Mama’s Comfort Food

     Author Rhett DeVane discussed her recent release, Mama’s Comfort Food, with SLR contributor Donna Meredith. We’re pleased to share part of their conversation with you.      SLR: Why did you choose a woman facing breast cancer treatment as your focus for this third novel in the Chattahoochee series?        RD: I’ve lost one dear friend […]