Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

Archive for the ‘Novella’ Category

WIDE SPOT IN THE ROAD by Wayne D. Dundee

August 17, 2014

Wide Spot in the Road was the first Jack Laramie Drifter Detective novella I’ve read in the series. The premise is interesting, kind of a Jim Rockford (only a little tougher in the clinches) who lives in the back of his horse trailer and roves Texas looking for work. Jack Laramie is the grandson of […]

SWAMP BONES by Kathy Reichs

August 17, 2014

Lately, before the release of the new Tempe Brennan novel, author Kathy Reichs blows through a novella about her signature character that takes Tempe and the reader to a new place and usually a new corner of forensics. In this one, Tempe is on vacation (doesn’t last long because a body turns up—well, pieces of […]

CHEKHOV’S GUN by Vin DeLoach

March 23, 2014

Chekhov’s Gun by Vin DeLoach is a novella based in the new Kindle Worlds licensed franchise of Veronica Mars. I was a fan of the television show, and am currently aggravated that the movie has not shown up yet in my hometown. So when I heard that there would be new Veronica Mars stories I […]


March 8, 2014

I had not previously read Simon Kernick, though I was aware of him because I check the bestseller lists. So I figured I was in good hands when I booted up Wrong Time, Wrong Place. The story starts off full-on action and tension, and just gets more wound up from there because the killing comes […]

NEGATIVE OF A NUDE by Charles Fritch

December 21, 2013

I grew up on the of Gold Medal writers. I discovered John D. MacDonald and Donald Hamilton there, Dan J. Marlowe, a host of other writers, and plots filled with thieves, actions, and femme fatales created a world that I grew up loving. Some of the bestsellers of today aren’t far removed from these old […]

CIRCUS OF BLOOD by James R. Tuck

August 15, 2013

James R. Tuck’s swaggering Southern occult bounty hunter Deacon Chalk makes a third novella appearance in Circus of Blood, and it’s filled with just as much bawdiness and brawling mayhem as the rest of the series. The story starts off with a bang as Deacon checks in with a doctor/veterinarian friend of his who tends […]


August 13, 2013

I like the Temperance Brennan novels by Kathy Reichs, and I enjoy the Bones television show, though both are very different in execution. The books are more about Tempe and focus on the crime and her involvement with tracking down suspects and the killer. I also enjoy the ebook shorts that authors are doing these […]

TO THE FIFTH POWER by Shirin Dubbin

August 5, 2013

Creating a brand new superhero universe in prose form has got to be tough, but Shirin Dubbin gives it a go in To The Fifth Power. Instead of starting with an origin story, which seems like a given, the author instead focuses on a character who is, presumably, on the other side of her career […]


July 27, 2013

I’ve gotten to where I like Joe Hill’s novels, so I was looking forward to this short story because of the interesting premise. Hill does a really good job portraying Mallory Grennan, ex-Iraqi war vet, and I sympathized with her immediately. She’s obviously dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, and Hill makes the reader feel the […]

THE MAN IN THE MOON by James Reasoner

June 21, 2013

Although “The Man In The Moon” is a novella written for the Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine over thirty years ago, the story reads a lot like today’s world. There’s a noted absence of GPS and cell phones, but some folks don’t use those much these days anyway. Societal changes have come about as well. One […]