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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Book Review - Terror Flower by Thomas Hollyday

Book Review
Terror Flower
by Thomas Hollyday

About the Author
Thomas Hollyday was born on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1942.
Thomas Hollyday (1942-present) was born in Easton, Maryland. His father was an acclaimed photographer and his mother a brilliant teacher.  He grew up in the southern atmosphere of the Eastern Shore with its maritime and military heritage.  He studied writing with Elliott Coleman at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and with C.Michael Curtis of the Atlantic Monthly.  He served with distinction in Vietnam and became a successful international businessman.  He also drew illustrations for national magazines and published maritime and Civil War history. He currently edits the Wet Their Whistles newsletter for animal water rights ( He draws the popular humorous Animal Viewpoint Cartoons for newspapers. He continues to please his fans with new novels in his River Sunday Romance Mysteries collection. In his fiction he describes his recurring theme that human settlers since prehistoric times in the Chesapeake region have left a mist of legend and history that permeates its modern stories with a certain compelling truth. 

Book Description
In the Chesapeake harbor town of River Sunday, Jim Tench enjoys the challenge of custom building race cars. When his friend, Captain Bob, is found drowned, he assumes along with everyone else that it was a tragic fishing accident. Bob's grandson, Smote Rojos, insists that he was murdered and draws Tench into the investigation. Clues seem to implicate Strake, a wealthy oilman and collector of antique automobiles. Tench knows that family from his past - he is still passionately in love with Strake's talented daughter Julie. When a visiting African author begins to agitate for violent change and a bomb explodes in River Sunday because of her testimony before the United Nations, the search for answers becomes more urgent. Tench races against time to prevent the terror from escalating, with only the wisp of a clue, "Black-Eyed Susan", to guide him through the darkness.

BARNES & NOBLE | Terror Flower by Thomas Hollyday, Happy Bird Corporation
Our Book Review
The author in the telling of this story, shows that he has researched and consulted with historians and car enthusiasts to produce a vivid description of the vehicles and the characters he portrays.

When the body of Captain Bob, a local fisherman, is found drowned with curiously no damage to his boat, local knowledge and feelings towards the Captain sense foul play.  The investigation and withdrawal from public life of a wealthy oilman and his daughter, as well as several deliveries during the night, point to his involvement in the death.  

The situation is fueled further when an African author meets with the United Nations in River Sunday and a bomb explodes.  The only clue to help solve he mystery is 'Black-eyed Susan'.  Can local Jim Tench solve the mystery before the terror escalates?

The chapters are nice and short which gives the reader plenty of time to digest and follow the plot.  The background and characters are a refreshing change, depicting that small local places really do know their own and are suspicious and weary of outsiders who want to change things.

The story-line, with its twists and turns, is first class.  Just when the reader thinks they have solved the mystery, the author then throws you off the track which makes this book more enjoyable. The setting description allows you to envisage it in your mind and the mystery and plot makes you exercise your 'little grey cells' as Hercule Poirot you cite.

Our Rating



  1. This sounds good. I will check it out! Thanks.

  2. Look interesting. Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. One of my greatest disappointments in reading was found between the covers of Chesapeake by James Michener. I suppose I was misled to expect more by such wonderful books as The Source, Hawaii, and Tales of the South Pacific. The Chesapeake Bay was my birthplace and the home I will always pine for, and it deserves better. I will be reading Terror Flower and hoping...

  4. I will definitely check this out. Thank you so much!

  5. Love terror reads. This looks like a really good time.


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