“Prayers the Devil Answers,” by Sharyn McCrumb

Reviewed by Johnnie Bernhard Sharyn McCrumb’s Prayers the Devil Answers is a satisfying novel with interwoven subplots and gifts of dialogue and character development.  The reader is transported to rural Tennessee during the Great Depression as the novel’s heroine, Ellie Robbins, carves out a life for herself and her children, despite the shroud of poverty, superstition, […]

Ryan Guth

Ryan Guth is the author of two full-length mixed-genre collections, Home Truths (Alsop Review Press, 2006) and Body and Soul (Lummox Press, 2015). Individual poems of his have appeared in such journals such as Lummox, Iron Horse, Bryant Literary Review, River City, and Third Coast Review. He studied Creative Writing with poets Andrew Hudgins, Don […]

“Where There Are Two Or More,” by Elizabeth Genovise

Reviewed by Daniel James Sundahl The thirteen stories in Elizabeth Genovise’s Where There Are Two Or More are set in the mountains of eastern Tennessee.  It’s her second collection and a marked advance in craft and theme from her first collection, A Different Harbor.  The stories are beautifully intimate, intensely direct, and evidence as to […]

“Valentine’s Day,” by April Kelly

Reviewed by Donna Meredith If you enjoy a mystery with a strong injection of humor, you should pick up a copy of Valentine’s Day by April Kelly. With a tone that evokes the best writing of Janet Evanovich, Kelly gifts mystery fans with newly minted private investigator Rick Valentine, a slightly more competent and sexually […]

“Each Shining Hour,” by Jeff High

Reviewed by Donna Meredith Jeff High delivers another heart-warming novel in Each Shining Hour, the sequel to More Things in Heaven and Earth, further exploring life in a small town in Tennessee. While the clever repartee between Dr. Luke Bradford and Watervalley’s citizens adds humor to the story, the serious scenes are the ones you’ll […]

“More Things in Heaven and Earth,” by Jeff High

  Reviewed by Donna Meredith Jeff High’s More Things in Heaven and Earth is one of the best books I’ve read in years. Really. And I read a bunch of books. This is the book you should give to your mother and your best friend at Christmas. After you read it yourself, of course. The […]

“The Inquisitor’s Key,” by Jefferson Bass

Reviewed by Carrol Wolverton Juxtaposing stories from the 1300’s with the parallel story of a University of Tennessee anthropologist, Jefferson Bass’s The Inquisitor’s Key is exhilarating fiction. Jefferson Bass (a pseudonym for two men: Dr. Bill Bass and journalist Jon Jefferson) has no problem creating intrigue involving bad popes, crucified martyrs, and a slightly dense […]

“Winged,” by April Kelly

Review by Donna Meredith The strong voice speaking from the pages of Winged, by April Kelly, immediately captures both interest and sympathy. The first paragraph lays out the dilemma—eighteen-year-old Allison just gave birth to a child with what her doctor labels as “a congenital anomaly” on her shoulder blades which should be removed, but the […]