Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Midnight Review

I've been asked to host Vivian on her Midnight Hours tour. I am posting a review of this well-written thriller.

I like thrillers and anything that borders on the psychological really intrigues me. Midnight Hours is well written and kept me intrigued all the way to the end. Just when I think it is one person, I got fooled into believing it was someone else. The reasons for Midnight's "calling in life" become apparent as the reader reaches the end of the story. Vivian has a way of weaving a tale and making the reader want more. This is a highly recommended story for those who enjoy getting inside the mind of a serial killer.

Vivian is not only a writer but she is a publisher, my publisher. Over the past few months I have been getting to know her first online and then when I met her for the whirlwind weekend of the Decatur Book Festival. She is an author of several middle grade novels for reluctant readers (Case of the Missing Coach and The Base Stealers Club) and a newly released historical novel, Prairie Dog Cowboy.

Born to Raymond and Dolly Gilbert July 28, 1943, Vivian followed her father as he transferred from military base to military base from Randolph AFB, Texas to Loring AFB, Maine. During her school years, Vivian, always a reader and story teller, discovered a love of writing.

She wrote her first poetry in third grade. By the time she was in junior high, she wrote stories and knew that some day she would write a book.

After marrying Robert Zabel, she became the mother of three children, the grandmother of ten, and the great-grandmother of four, so far. All the time telling and writing.

She now has three juvenile books written under the name V. Gilbert Zabel and under the name Vivian Gilbert Zabel a mystery/suspense novel, a collection of short stories with Holly Jahangiri, and an anthology of poetry with seven other poets.

Product Details
Hardcover: 228 pages
Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC (June 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0979751330
ISBN-13: 978-0979751332
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

Ordering may be done at 4RV's site or through Amazon or check your local book store for a copy.


There will be a prize offered: Prize: $25 gift certificate from

1. Each person who comments on a blog stop receives one entry.
For example, if a person leaves a comment ( or more) on four blog stops, he has four entries. (one entry per blog tour stop)

2. A purchase of Midnight Hours from the 4RV Bookstore, or from the author, receives fifteen (15) entries.

Books must be bought directly from the author or from the publisher.

A person may have entries from a purchase and from leaving comments.

3. The final step in the contest: Each person with entries must send an email to with the answer to the following question:
What time does Midnight appear on the game site to chat with Martin?

November 5, a random drawing will be held using a program online to choose a winner. I will notify the winner by email and will post the result on my blogs at Vivian's site and Brain Cells & Bubble Wrap.

Please remember to put your email address in the comment and send the answer to the question in #3 to Vivian in order to be eligible for the contest. No email addy equals disqualification. See you all in the postings - E :)


Mr. Hughes said...

This sounds like a great read! I look forward to reading it! Thanks!

Vivian Zabel said...

Thanks, Elysabeth, for the review. Today is going to be fun.

Vivian Zabel said...

Oh, hopefully Midnight will stay away today.

Holly Jahangiri said...

Oh, I don't know...Midnight thinks she's so clever, but Martin, Kyle, Frank, Lisa, you, and I thwarted her Sunday.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I enjoy reading novels with twists that keep you guessing. This sounds like a great one. Thanks for the review, Elysabeth.


Rena said...

Thanks for the review, Elysabeth. It's been fun learning a little more about Vivian at each tour stop. I need to get this book soon because it sounds really interesting.

Dawn Embers said...

This may just be me, but when I read that she has juvenile books, it just reminds me of a play I was in called Juvie (it was about exactly what the title means).

It does sound like a good read. Another well done review of it on the tour.

elysabeth said...

I hope everyone gets a copy of Midnight Hours and enjoys it as much as I have.

Vivian, I hope Midnight stays away today too. I went to bed with a headache and woke up with one - so not in the mood to put up with her and definitely don't want to be on the "witchy" side today. If she shows up, then I guess I'll deal with her at that time. Of course with it being daytime, not her usual time for appearing online, maybe I'm safe.

Holly, I'll just have you come stand in my corner for the day - lol. Like I need someone to take up for me.

Ya'll don't forget the contest. Be sure to enter by dropping Vivian an email with the answer in question #3 of the rules. All correct, verified entries will go in the drawing for that gift certificate.

See you all in the postings - E :)

Aidana WillowRaven said...

Great review, I like how you referred to Midnight's "calling in lif"

Midnight said...

How dare you talk about me like that, "Ms" Elysabeth. I don't see the detectives around or that so called author. And where is Mrs. Jahangiri now? She's not here, but slaving away at some job.

You don't know how hard I tried to be like everyone else. No, you have no idea, but I got even.

elysabeth said...

Midnight, dear:

Do you really think you got even? When all else fails, the good guy will prevail.

I'm sure that Holly is lurking somewhere. I know Vivian is around just waiting to see if you behave or if you need to be put back in line.

I may not be feeling up to par, but I am far from incapacitated right now. Oh that's right, you only prey on men who are disabled. Whew - got that one in my favor - you won't prey on me because I'm a female - LOL.

Watch it before I sic some of my other friends on you. I know several who would like to take a hit out on you -

Vivian Zabel said...
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LavaJeep said...

This sounds like an interesting book. Whenever I'm looking for something new to read, you seem to have a review. How do you have such great timing?

elysabeth said...

Maybe I need to call the Ripperologist in to come take you down. I think an expert in the field of dealing with serial killers might be right up your alley. Need to see if Mr. Porter is online now.

Just wait Midnight, everyone will know what you are before long.

Midnight said...

Do you think I'm afraid of you or the Ripoli... whatever? Words, that's all any of you know how to use. Words won't take me down.

Losers, all losers.

Vivian Zabel said...

All right, Midnight, words may not take you down but the delete button on the keyboard will. Behave or else. Ish.

Thanks, everyone, for visiting. Thank you, Elysabeth for having us today. Maybe Lisa or Martin will stop by later.

Brian said...

A Ha! Did someone mention my name? I have to say that Midnight Hours is indeed a great read. I enjoyed it immensely and reviewed it myself.

As for you, Midnight, just remember that I was here first baby! You might think you're tough, but I was stalking the streets of London before you were even a gleam in your father's eye, and guess what, they still don't know who I was! The only person in the world who ever scared me, was...well, me!

Have a good day now, but please, watch where you walk after midnight!

Yours truly

Jack the Ripper

Midnight said...

Snort - Ha! Like someone who's been dead forever would scare me. Jack the ripple was too "shy" to even log in as himself. Watch me shiver - NOT.

And Jackie boy had a defect, too, a mental one, but, hey, a disability is a disability. Hmmmm?

elysabeth said...

Maybe Midnight is truly the one with the defect - mental or otherwise. Let's see who else we can call in to take you down. Martin? Lisa? Frank or Kyle? Maybe your, hum - someone can take you down.

Too late to hit the delete button Vivian. Midnight has been released into the world.

I'm sure that Midnight thinks she's all that but she's not. Just a strange character in Vivian's head and the good thing about characters is that we can put them away or bring them out as we need to. For now Midnight is out because of the book being on a virtual tour. Remember Midnight, it only takes a few strokes of the pen to put you out of sight and mind. -E :)

Vivian Zabel said...

Time for me to say goodnight. Midnight has left the blog, and now I'm going to leave to.

Thanks for stopping by, and thank you, Elysabeth, for hosting today.

Jewel Sample said...

Creative review Elysabeth!

I love books with twists and bends to the very end.

Please send my condolences to Midnight. It must be terribly hard to lurk about with the threat of being taken out by the stroke of the keyboard.

My heart lies with reading children's books. I haven't quite grown up yet. P-sst, hey Midnight would you steal away Ms Vivian's latest middle grade reader? We can meet up later.
A nary thanks to you ahead of time.