Find out the latest indie author news. For FREE.

December 16, 2018
A look at some of the best-reviewed self-published titles from BookLife authors.

In this month’s roundup of the best-reviewed BookLife titles, we highlight a techo-thriller, a murder mystery, a collection of stories about river guiding in the United States, and a lot more.


The Storm over Paris by William Ian Grubman

Synopsis: In Paris in 1942, art dealer Mori Rothstein finds himself in an awkward position when he is tasked with creating an art museum for Hitler.

PW’s Takeaway: Grubman is adept at crafting nail-biting scenes of suspense, building up to a tantalizingly inconclusive ending.

Comparable Title: Iain Pears’s The Raphael Affair

Sample Line: “Mori froze. Impossible. Across the room behind the grand desk stood the most feared man in Paris, Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering, the head of the Gestapo.”

Read the review.

Halfway to Halfway and Back edited by Dick Linford and Bob Volpert

Synopsis: This second assortment of stories from editors Linford and Volpert about river guiding in the U.S. and the people who do it for a living is both lighthearted and serious.

PW’s Takeaway: A raucous and delightful collection. Every story in the book is well worth one—or two—thoughtful reads.

Comparable Title: Kevin Fedarko’s The Emerald Mile

Read the review.


Arcadia by Alexander Plansky

Synopsis: In this techno-thriller, a tech journalist must investigate the death a colleague.

PW’s Takeaway: Imaginative, pulse-pounding... smooth prose and relatable characters are a plus.”

Comparable Title: Michael Crichton’s Prey

Read the review.



The Best Possible Angle by Lloyd Johnson

Synopsis: Secrets, blackmail, and murder make for a tantalizing trifecta in Johnson’s edgy and entertaining novel.

PW’s Takeaway: The story features complex characters.

A sharp, suspenseful novel.

Comparable Title: Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl

Read the review.


Open Season by Alisa Schindler

Synopsis: A groundskeeper finds a corpse on the home plate of a baseball field belonging to the Fort Jefferson Youth Organization.

PW’s Takeaway: This twisty mystery will catch even veteran whodunit readers off guard.

Comparable Title: Tori Carrington’s Foul Play

Read the review.