Bartender Tales

Fiction - Thriller - General
184 Pages
Reviewed on 06/08/2015
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Author Biography

Author Amber Moore grew up in Athens County, Ohio, USA, and has lived most of her adult life there. Moore met her husband in high school and they have been together for 15 years. The couple has two beautiful children, ages four and seven, both of whom are autistic. Moore has a wide and varied educational background, including animal science, Horsemanship, survival and backpacking, accounting, and business. She has always been fascinated with folklore, legends, and myths. In addition, Moore has found herself drawn to animal behavior, particularly human behavior and psychology. Moore's first novel Bartender Tales was released in 2014.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Stephen Fisher for Readers' Favorite

Bartender Tales by Amber Moore is wonderfully written story that begins with Wesley Lake looking for a full time bartending position. After checking out one bar called The Last Stop, which seems to be offering what he is looking for, Wes calls the owner. The owner wants to sell the place, but he needs the bar to be open. The last bartender suddenly quit. Wesley accepts the position, and suddenly his life begins to change for the better. Good pay, and a new dog that suddenly appears and protects him from a knife wielding drunk. After buying a side car for his motorcycle, he and his dog, his new best friend Bishop, move into a new apartment. Every bar has a history, and this one comes with a persistent town slut that won’t take a hint.

By now Wesley has made a small group of friends, but none of the locals want to share the history of this bar with Wes. After a month and a half, Wesley realizes that a body count of six customers have died after leaving the bar. After being urged to start reading the newspaper, he puts together a notebook, and discovers a disturbing pattern.

Amber Moore does a magnificent job of describing the business of the bar, as well as how a bartender reacts to his gut feelings. As a former bartender, I was able to identify with and relate to Wesley’s ups and downs. The characters in Bartender Tales are varied, believable and real. Ms. Moore’s writing style is detailed and powerful, with a lot of genuine empathy for the main characters. She throws a couple of plot curves and surprises in for good measure and, by last call, parting is such sweet sorrow.