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Wishing every one a very Merry Christmas and a great holiday

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Right now, where I am, it’s about 2:30 in the afternoon on Christmas eve day. What I really like is the quiet which sometimes descends at this time after all the running around for food and gifts. Just a moment for quiet reflection before celebrations get going.

I’m going to start posting [today]some articles on writing and assorted topics and so, I hope you drop back in soon.

Review of Final Paradox by Gina

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Here’s a new review of Final Paradox, the second in The Osgoode Trilogy. I want to thank Gina for her great reviews of the first two novels in the trilogy. I understand she will be reviewing A Trial of One very soon and so, I hope she likes it as much as the first two.

Final Paradox by Mary E. Martin (’Osgoode’ trilogy Book #2)

Posted on December 10, 2008 by Gina

Final Paradox

by Mary E. Martin

‘Osgoode’ trilogy Book #2

Can love and forgiveness be found amid fraud and deceit?

Harry Jenkins is an honest lawher, seeking truth and love in a world darkened by fraud and deceit. Years back, Elixicorp, a company developing a drug to forestall memory loss, defrauded millions from Toronto’s elite. But since then, no one has been able to find this long buried treasure, which has poisoned the lives of all who seek it.

His elderly client, Norma Dinnick, teeters between lucidity and madness in her dark world of paradoxical claims. When she instructs Harry to sue the other claimants for the Elixicorp shares, one of the litigants is fatally shot in open court at Osgoode Hall. The murder weapon is an ornate, silver pistol, which is both a means of betrayal and a gift of love. Peter Saunderson, an old acquaintance of Harry’s from law school, surfaces to frame his own wife and lover with the courtroom murder and to implicate Harry in the scheme.

Harry and his father have been estranged for years. Stanley is found unconscious at the foot of his cellar steps, a gun in his hand. Waking from his coma, he asks Harry’s forgiveness for a long-buried wrong. This ugly .38 caliber gun becomes the means whereby love and forgiveness is found. Beset with questions, Harry turns to the beautiful Natasha, who guides him to an understanding of the final paradox.

Review: An excellent read, in no way a light read - by far!

Harry Jenkins believes his client, Norma Dinnick, an eight-seven-year-old widow, is balancing on a very thin line between reality and insanity. Norma calls Harry with the intention of rewriting her will, and is convinced that Archie Brinks, the executor of her estate, is trying to poison her by substituting her arthritis medication. He wants her money and the share that her deceased husband had hidden years before. She’s determined to change her will, naming her goddaughter, Bronwyn (a friend’s daughter), sole beneficiary and Harry as her executor. She firmly believes that George Pappas, Peter Saunderson (Bronwyn’s gay husband), Archie Brinks and others are after the Elixicorp share she believes is rightfully hers.

But the share isn’t - nor does it belong to any of them, for years ago, fraud and deceit were commited against high-class Torontonians, having them believe that Elixicorp was developing medication to prevent memory loss. Millions were invested, and without that share, the money is out of reach for all. Before his death, Arthur had hidden the money. After being threatened by Robert Hawke and George Pappas, he commited suicide rather than face a horrific, torturous death by their hands, and left specific instructions for Norma.

But Norma’s mind is no longer what it used to be, as she ’sees’ and ‘talks’ with her husband and David, her lover, and believes there are bad tenants residing above her when, in fact, the apartment above her own is completely empty. And now Harry’s stuck in the middle, while more and more, the men who are supposed to be finding the hidden share are turning up murdered.

Meanwhile, Harry’s love-life is at a crawl. Divorced from his wife, Harry has fallen in love with Natasha. One minute, she is warm and inviting, and the next, she’s cool and withdrawan. And Harry doesn’t understand why.

Again, another great mystery. Ms. Martin knows how to create a complex plot(s). While I did find that there were too many characters and sometimes hard to keep track of them, each one plays a particular role, and all working for George Pappas, all after the same thing; the missing Elixicorp share. So complex a story, let this be a word of caution: while an excellent tale, this novel is by no means a light read. This is not a book you can pick up and finish in a few short hours, even if it is only a 268-page Trade Paperback. It needs and deserves your complete attention. Way to go, Ms. Martin! Can’t wait to start A Trial of One, Book #3!

Check out Gina’s blog at http://bookaholicsreview.wordpress.com/

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A Romance

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Venice is filled with canals and Squares surrounded by ancient palazzos-perfect places to linger and reflect. Narrow fog-ridden calles run like silken spider-webs connecting the Squares and taking me ever onward in exploration of the city and myself. I am a writer and a photographer and I am in love with Venice. I walk through an archway from which blind gargoyles stare down upon me. (more…)

Robert Blake Review of A Trial of One for Reader Views

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Now that you’ve had a chance to read a number of chapters of A Trial of One, the third in The Osgoode Trilogy, please have a look at one review of the novel which won the Readers Views Award for Literary Fiction.

A Trial of One: The Third in the Osgoode Trilogy
Mary E. Martin
iUniverse (2007)
ISBN 9780595445714

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake for Reader Views (2/08)
In “A Trial of One,” third in the “Osgoode Trilogy,” attorney Harry Jenkins is confronted with
greed, fraud, and murder as he seeks to locate the missing shares of Elixicorp Enterprise stock for his
client. The fast-moving plot (more…)

Award Winning Novels Installment 6 and 7 “A Trial of One”

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

You are about to meet one of my favorite characters Gladys Giveny, Harry’s who is in each of the three novels in the Osgoode Trilogy. Gladys is caught in time many years ago in more ways than one.

That night, Gladys climbed down wearily from the bus. It swerved sharply from the curb, enveloping her in black clouds of exhaust. She regarded Mortimer Avenue balefully.

Dwarf maples lined her wide street of bungalows. Leaves hung limply in the evening humidity. Couples did not stroll on her street: there was no particular place to go. Children did not play on her street: the traffic was too heavy. Tonight, people stayed inside their boxy houses with the world blotted out by the whir of air conditioners. Gladys wished desperately for an air conditioner, but her sister, Merle, would not hear of it.

“Do you want to make me really sick?” Merle would whine as she fanned herself with a cheap, lacquered fan purchased from Woolworth’s last summer. “I got to think of my arthritis.” When Merle said that, it sounded like Arthur Itis. (more…)

Press Release: A Trial of One, finalist in the Foreword Book of the Year Award.

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TorontoA TRIAL OF ONE, the third in The Osgoode Trilogy, by Mary E. Martin has been named as a finalist on ForeWord Magazine’s tenth annual Book of the Year Award for fiction.

 A Trial of One has won the Readers Views award for literary fiction and also has garnered two honorable mentions at both the DIY Convention and The London Book Festival.

In an interview, Martin said that

“if you want an exciting story plus a great trip to Venice, try A Trial of One. The second half of the book is set there. About eight years ago, I spent ten days alone in Venice walking everywhere, drinking in the atmosphere and photographing. When I came to write A Trial of One, all those memories and images were right there, and so I hope I’ve succeeded in conveying to you the beauty and mystery of my favourite city. On top of that, you’ll be greatly fascinated by the climax of plot of an ancient fraud, started in Final Paradox, the second in the trilogy. For Harry, although an additional surprise waits for him in Venice, the search for fifty million dollars worth of shares ends there.

According to ForeWord Magazine, the books-over 1600 entered in various categories- represent some of the best work coming from today’s independent press community. The winners will be determined by a panel of librarians and booksellers, selected from the readership. Foreword’s Book of the Year Awards program was designated to discover distinctive books across a number of genres. Gold, silver and bronze as well as Editor’s Choice Prizes for fiction and Nonfiction will be announced at BookExpo America in Los Angeles on May 30th.

INTERVIEWS: Mary is available for interviews. Please contact Memacom Productions at memacom@yahoo.com