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This book of John Howard Reid's that I picked up to read over the weekend was quite different to what I had so far been reading of John's works. I thought he specialised in ancient Christian tales or the thrilling whodunits. But I was in for a surprise with ` A Packet of Dreams'. This is a book of short stories, each only a few pages long. Easy reading and very enjoyable, each story has a little twist in the tale with amusing plots. True to his other books, John likes to add a little zest to his stories with pretty girls and dashing men. Sometimes, of course it can a be plain little Roberta and smashing Vic Smythe who rescues Roberta from the vicious rabbit Mazeppa and Roberta's mum. Then there's Mrs Winthrop the Chief Librarian who is very partial to classics. 'Counter Clockwise' is another great story as is 'Dead Man Walking'. But I am not going to spoil a good read here by disclosing all the plots. Suffice it to say that it is worthwhile picking up this `Packet of Dreams' and losing yourself in them on a long and lazy afternoon.
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Sometimes readers find themselves bored with a few stories in a short story collection; they may even find themselves a little distracted by the quick change of characters and settings. The stories in A Packet full of Dreams have a unique symmetry that encourages the reader to go from story to story, without leaving the "immersed reading state". With more than 10 stories inside, they will be taken in by the subtly ironies of the skillfully-written tales that all, within a few short pages, will entertain and satisfy. Many will be left wondering if the short stories will someday be made into full-length, standalone novels; one can always hope! Suspenseful-adventure one moment and mysteriously romantic the next; readers are in for a real treat if they are looking for a multitude of witty, intelligent and gratifying stories. Easy to pick up where you have left off and very hard to put down; A Packet of Dreams is very highly recommended for those who love mystery, suspense and adventure novels.
Award-winning movie critic, John Howard Reid, is also the creator of Merryll Manning and Michaela Morris. Merryll Manning is a Miami-based police sergeant who made his debut in "Merryll Manning: Trapped on Mystery Island". This book was followed by "Merryll Manning: The Health Farm Murders" and "Merryll Manning: Beachfront Holiday". Next up is "Merryll Manning On the Rim of Heaven."
All 12 books in the series were published overseas from 1985 through 2001. All, except "Merryll Manning: Trapped on Mystery Island", were runaway bestsellers and ran through many editions, including hardcover, paperback (both trade and mass market) and Large Print.
All 12 novels except "Merryll Manning: Beyond Vengeance", on which the critics were divided, attracted highly favorable and indeed overwhelmingly enthusiastic reviews. The author was favorably compared with both Agatha Christie and Graham Greene.
JHR's latest detective, Michaela Morris, recently made her debut in "Murder at the River House".
Reid's historical novels, especially "In All His Glory" (set in Ancient Egypt), have also won wide acclaim. His short stories and poems have gained many prizes and commendations. Published prose collections include "Mexican Autumn" and "Micaela Morris in Jo's Heaven" (sic). Poetry anthologies include "Anyone for Love?", "Escape to Paradise and Other Poetic Fancies" (originally published under his "Tom Howard" pseudonym) and "Nibbles of Nonsense: Hilarious Comic Verse."
Reid is also a widely acknowledged expert on Hollywood movies. His award-winning book in this field is "Mystery, Suspense, Film Noir and Detective Movies on DVD: A Guide to the Best in Cinema Thrills".
When he is not writing books or reviewing movies, Reid is acting as Chief Judge for the annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest and the annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest.
Reid has used his experiences as both a highly successful contestant and a judge to set down some essential guidelines in his highly commended handbook, "Write Ways to WIN WRITING CONTESTS".