Reviews & Press

Here are some reviews for Augustus Cileone's books:

Bizarre murders are happening and they all seem connected to Eastern Friends School in Pennsylvania. Lt. Frank DiSalvo is assigned to the cases and recruits Maxwell Hunter, an English teacher, to help him out. Hunter in turn recruits his girl friend Patricia and one of his students. 
The deaths are happening to parents of some of Hunter’s students or ex-students. Clues are left at every death scene but the clues are not easy to decipher. 
Eventually Maxwell Hunter begins to unravel the tangled pieces of the puzzle and the book is brought to an exciting and surprising conclusion. Little did Maxwell Hunter know that the lessons he taught his students would eventually be used as a diagram for murder. Everyone is a suspect but will DiSalvo and his crew find the real murderer in time? Read A Lesson In Murder and find out.

Reviewed By Patricia Reid

'George Wheeler sat in the driver's seat, looking as lifeless as the car in which he was sitting. On the seat next to him, was a stuffed animal which looked like Walt Disney's Pluto. A large, flat, hardback book lay open in his lap. Wheeler's usual black horn-rimmed glasses had been replaced with large, bright yellow-framed spectacles. Barnum again peered in the window quickly. Wheeler's tan, healthy-looking face had been smeared with what appeared to be charcoal ashes.'

George Wheeler usually met with his advertising agent at 6:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for their jogs in the park. During this time, Wheeler who was in the pharmaceutical business would pitch ideas to Barnum as they ran. But as Barnum soon found out, Wheeler had performed his last job and pitched his last idea. Someone had murdered him.

Maxwell Hunter is an English teacher for Eastern Friends School in Pennsylvania. Eastern Friends School (EFS) was originally a private school for the wealthy but had started adding a few students, through grants, that were exceptionally intelligent. Hunter has a passion for mystery solving and is a stickler for details. That and Hunter's familiarity with the people involved prompted Lt. Frank DiSalvo to ask Hunter for his help in solving the murder of George Wheeler. But, as it turns out, Wheeler wasn't the only one to be murdered and each murder is in some way connected with the school.

As I read A Lesson in Murder I found myself second guessing my own ideas as to who the killer was. And I have to say that I was surprised with the ending. I had several suspects in mind but never really narrowed it down to one. I really enjoyed reading A Lesson in Murder and recommend it to anyone who would like a quick read mystery.

Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

A humorous, satirical take on the restrictions imposed by the Catholic church during the 1960’s and 1970’s, Feast or Famine is written brilliantly while placing an emphasis on Italian food, family and passion from a unique vantage point. I’m a huge fan of P. G. Woodhouse and love the witty satire in his books and normally very few books have so far managed to rival his works. Now, Feast or Famine is nowhere close to that but is definitely a one of those rare books that manage to get your attention hooked even before you’re done with the first chapter. With great characters, witty dialogues and just the right pace, Feast or Famine is a delight to read and is thoroughly enjoyable to the core!

On a personal note, I was really impressed by the book and there were some moments in the book that had me in splits from laughing too much. The author has got the whole Italian, Catholic and South Philadelphia setting absolutely spot on so much so that I could literally imagine myself in some of the scenes.

Even before I had finished the first couple of chapters, I knew that I was in for a very entertaining and intelligent read! The author, Gus Cileone has a writing style that’s very easy on the eyes and brings you into the skins of the various characters very early one. That for me is one of the key strengths of the book and because of that the timing and placement of every witty remark is absolutely bang on.

At certain points in the book, I was confused whether to laugh or cry or do both at once and all in all it’s a book that’s definitely worth spending both money and time on. Mike Accordo is a character you’ll definitely remember for a long time and I wouldn’t be lying when I say that Feast or Famine is a pure pleasure to read.

Final Verdict on Feast or Famine

Feast or Famine is an impressive novel by Gus Cileone and although not a book for the masses, has everything going right for it in terms of content, humor, satire and style. His style of writing captures the essence of the 1960′s and ’70′s very well and puts the reader in a place where the nurturing and suffocation of the soul happens at the same time. All said and done, I’d give Feast or Famine a good 4 stars out of 5!