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Dracula Doesn’t Live Here Anymore – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat “Look at me Dexter, look at my eyes.”  He did as she asked, and for the first time, he noticed the redness.  Her eyes were like two ruby red pools and they were growing deeper with every passing second.  She moved closer to him, took his hand in hers for the first time, and he was aware instantly of an energy, a sort of electricity flowing between them.

Brian L. Porter has done it again and I have to admit that he really messed with my mind in his short story Dracula Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.  The two main characters, Dexter and Christina are both investigative reporters, attempting to uncover  the truth regarding the deaths of five people in Dracula country.  All victims have been completely drained of their blood.   Vampires?  A “Crazy” at large?  I think you will be as surprised as I was when you discover the answer to that question.

Eternal Press
2007
31 Pages
ISBN 978-1-926640-25-9

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Dead Air – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

“Bomb, Bomb! Ohmigod. We’d just gotten a bomb threat. My thoughts
scurried through my head like a manic squirrel as I tried to deal with
the reality of the threat. Was it a joke? Was it serious? And if there
was really a bomb, where was it? Would there be time to evacuate the
station? Should I dial 911 or alert the switchboard first? Or the
station manager? Was there some procedure I was supposed to follow? I
looked over at Vera Mae, and now her eyes were ballooning, her mouth
open, frozen in horror like the subject of one of those Edvard Munch
paintings. I thought about my mother and my friends and the fact that I
was way too young to be blasted to kingdom come. And then an explosion
rocked WYME and suddenly I didn’t have to think anymore.’

Maggie left her Manhattan practice as a psychologist to take a spot as a
radio psychologist in Cypress Grove, Florida. Her show consists mainly
of call-ins with an occasional guest speaker. Maggie’s upcoming guest,
the famous Guru Sanjay Gingii, has become the talk of the town. Guru
Sanjay is highly respected by his followers and the anticipation of
Cypress Grove being honored with his presence has starting bring the
crazies out of the woodworks. And one of these crazies makes a call to
station with a bomb threat.

After the air has been cleared and the station employees are allowed
back inside the building, Maggie holds her interview with Sanjay. But
later when Sanjay turns up dead, the police go straight to Maggie
looking for her roommate Lark. It then becomes Maggie along with the
help of her mother Lola to clear Lark and find the real killer, of which
there are many suspects to choose from.. ex-wife, ex-girlfriends,
ex-partners, ex-friends and on and on.

Mary Kennedy has given her readers humor with a touch of murder in her
book Dead Air. As I met each character/suspect I assured myself
that I had this story “figured out.” I knew who murdered Sanjay. Then
the next character came into play and proved me wrong making me believe
that this character must be the murderer. This went on throughout the
book. Dead Air is a book that will truly hold you in suspense
until the end.

Penguin
313 pages
January, 2010

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