Sunday, March 16, 2014

Book Review - Common Sense by J. David Core

Common Sense: A Lupa Schwartz Mystery
J. David Core
Series: The Lupa Schwartz Mysteries
Paperback: 186 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (February 26, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1494392194
ISBN-13: 978-1494392192

The mystery revolves around a dead body that was found in a lake, and the victim is an investigative reporter. His ex-wife, Cattleya Hoskin does not believe that her ex-husband wouldn't have gone out night-fishing by himself in the middle of an investigation. To the local authorities it looks like a simple case of accidental drowning. Cattleya knows that her ex was investigating theft from the power grid in a small Ohio town, so she asks her friend Schwartz to help her in the investigation.

They discover some crooked contractors and wonder about the white van that seems to be following them at times. But Cattleya is determined to find out what happened. 

This is a cute story and the mystery is a good one. I did not guess the killer. I thought some of the antics of Schwartz were a bit over the top and too much time was spent with information related to those antics. For instance his deciding to pretend he was Muslim. The book is not quite a cozy, but has a bit of a cozy feel.

J. David will be my guest on Wednesday, so I do hope you can come back and find out how his experience with theatre has influenced his writing. I was interested in getting his input on that, as I have found my theatre experience very beneficial for writing.

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 With a profound interest in religion, liberal politics and humor, Dave began writing in High School and has not given up on it since. His first professional writing jobs came while attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh when he was hired to create political cartoons for the Pitt News and to write humor pieces for Smile Magazine.

Dave has worked in the newspaper industry as a photographer, in the online publishing industry as a weekly contributor to, and was a contributing writer to the Buzz On series of informational books and to the Western online anthology, Elbow Creek. His science fiction novel, Synthetic Blood and Mixed Emotions, is available from

Dave currently resides in his childhood home in Toronto, OH with his beautiful girlfriend and his teenage daughter. He enjoys participating in local community events and visiting with his two adult children and his grandson.

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