Rants, Raves & Reviews – ‘Having Faith’

Finding Hope Author Edmond GagnonThey say having faith keeps you positively motivated, with a great outlook on life. For me, ‘Having Faith’, means my next book, the sequel to ‘Finding Hope.’ Norm Strom fans and readers have pondered the open ending of Hope and asked what happens next, and if there would ever be a sequel.

Finding Hope has been my best-selling novel so far, with Border City Chronicles closing in fast for second place, catching quickly up to Rat. So, for all you murder, mystery, and serial killer fans out there, this next one’s for you. I’m happy to announce I’ve just cracked the 10,000 word mark and am on a roll.

In this story Norm will be joined by the hot black homicide detective from Detroit, Abigail Brown, who was the main character in ‘Knock-Out’, the last story in Border City Chronicles. She will take the reigns again, on her home turf, in the gritty bowels of downtown Detroit, hunting a serial killer. Who will it be this time?

 

Peppered Justice

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by Mark Bibby JacksonJoe Slater (Illustrator)Kate Burbidge (Editor)Jonny Edbroke (Photographer)

 

Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Nov 24, 2017  

 

I took too long to read this book, and forgot a few details along the way so maybe I would have enjoyed it more in other circumstances. It is a good book and the setting is familiar to me, having visited that part of Cambodia.
What I did take from the plot is that politics and policing travel hand in hand, no matter what country you’re in. I liked that the protagonist was no hero, but and honest cop who believed in getting the job done.
The story itself is a descent who-done-it, with enough clues and misdirection to keep you guessing until the end.

Murder on the Orient Express

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I for one, can’t believe that Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express took forty years to bring back to the big screen. The scenery, costumes, and characters in this movie are as colorful as the actors who portray a list of suspects that reminded me of the game “Clue.”

The mustache on the Belgian Detective who investigates a murder on-board is almost as long as the train itself. His powers of observation and deduction take him from passenger to passenger, while he uncovers clues and lies.

The movie moved a bit slow in the middle, but the classic whodunit kept me guessing until the end. I’d seen the movie when I was a kid, but didn’t remember much of it. As entertaining as the flick was, Cathryn and I both give it a 7 out of 10.

Beautiful Lie The Dead – Barbara Fradkin

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by Barbara Fradkin (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Jan 17, 2017  


I have trouble getting into novels written by female authors, mostly because of what I call excessive fluff…too much detail about things that I really don’t care about…like deep back story from secondary characters.
Having said that, I’ve come to learn that female readers tend to enjoy that sort of thing. After becoming an author myself, I’ve also learned that 80% of all readers are female. So there it is, a lesson learned.
I’d never heard of this Canadian author so it was a good learning experience for me to see how a fellow Canuck author does it. I enjoyed the story and characters, but thought the plot was a bit predictable for a mystery novel. It just didn’t reach out and grab me enough to receive that fourth star.

The Escape – David Baldacci

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by David Baldacci

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Feb 18, 2016  


I thought this was a great book with an intriguing story and interesting characters. John Puller seems more believable than Jack Reacher.
My only complaint is that it was a bit long, and could have easily been trimmed shorter by eliminating repetition. It was my first novel by this author, but it won’t be my last.
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The Bone Bed – Patricia Cornwell

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by Patricia Cornwell

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

 
Read from April 28 to May 11, 2014

 

Not my cup of tea.
For a best selling author I expected much more.
Ninety-five percent of the book was dialog, and half of the time I was confused as to who was saying what.
The story evolved at a good pace with great character development, but then it ended very abruptly.
It bothers my how many top authors today divide  chapters wherever they see fit…sometimes in the middle of a conversation, resulting in up to a hundred chapters with no rhyme or reason. Just saying.

In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

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by Truman Capote

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

 
Read from February 15 to 25, 2014


A true story that is very well written. It might be disturbing to some readers, being quite graphic.
Knowing the ending may have been a spoiler for me and I had a really hard time staying focused when the author went into excruciating detail about way too many non-issues.
I think Capote’s style was in tune with the times. Like movies, and television these days, stories and plots have gotten more complicated and are told more directly.
In Cold Blood is a good read for true crime buffs. Robert Blake stars in the movie of the same name. I thought it was slow too, but enjoyed watching how the police built a case against the killers.

James Lee Burke – The Neon Rain

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by James Lee Burke

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Read from January 27 to February 07, 2014

 

A friend recommended that I read this author since my own work reminded her of his style.
After reading the book I must say I am flattered. I had seen two movies with Burke’s Dave Robicheaux character, and enjoyed them both. This book made it a perfect hat trick. I like the author’s style, more specifically, his use of metaphors. It’s a tactic I use to help my readers acclimatize to the scene.

Inferno – Dan Brown

17212231Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)
by Dan Brown

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

 
Read from May 18 to June 02, 2014


Probably the best book I’ve ever read!
Maybe I was taken in by Dan Brown’s style. The book had my kind of action from the start, and it never stopped. I love how he blended in history and art lessons, while giving readers a closeup look at some of the worlds most famous places in Florence and Istanbul.
I was a bit intimidated by the length of the book, but I breezed through it with pleasure.
I’m sure it will make a great movie!

Early Acclaim for Finding Hope

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“Finding Hope, The Highway of Tears, is a fictional depiction of a true real-life horror story. Gagnon tells us the story of Hope, who goes missing along the notorious Highway #16, in northern B.C. and is sought by retired Detective Norm Strom. Engrossing plot, engaging characters, and superb imagery make this a hard story to put down. This well-written and timely account of a truly heart-wrenching problem, is well worth the read.”—Christine Hayton – Author, Samhain Publishing Ltd. 

“Fix yourself a cup of tea and settle in for a great rainy-day read. You’re not going to want to put down “Finding Hope.”  The author takes you on a haunting ride up western Canada’s Highway #16, from Calgary to Hyder, Alaska. Along the way, retired Detective Norm Strom meets Hope Lachance, and then helps the RCMP try to find her after she’s gone missing. Strom learns the real reason why the aboriginal people call the route, The Highway of Tears.” —Caroline Hartman – Author of Summer Rose

“Ed Gagnon weaves fiction and reality into an exciting story about the Canadian women who have gone missing along The Highway of Tears, in northern British Columbia. More than a book about crimes against women and the lack of attention from law enforcement, Finding Hope is about prejudice, despair, and the courage of one woman named Hope.”   – Ben Van Dongen – Co-Author of No Light Tomorrow

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