IN PRAISE OF INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES

When my novel, At the Center, was published last year, five bookstores in four different cities helped launch it by hosting book events. Thanks to the forging of strong author-bookstore partnerships, the events were like parties in packed houses with enthusiastic...

Fostering a Mystery

Fostering a Mystery by Joe Martin | September 23rd, 2015 Book Review – At The Center by Dorothy Van Soest Sixty-year-old Sylvia Jensen is a veteran social worker and supervisor of a crucial program responsible for the placement of vulnerable children in safe and...

Ethics Of The Death Penalty In Washington State

Last Rights: Ethics Of The Death Penalty In Washington State By John O’Brien • Sep 3, 2015 Click to listen audio file Since 1976, 1,413 people have been executed in the United States. That number rose steadily through 1999, when 98 people were executed. Last...

Kirkus Review

Retired professor and social worker Van Soest once again tackles tough social justice issues through fiction in her second novel (Just Mercy, 2014). Seven-year-old Native American Anthony Little Eagle dies just days after being placed in the home of Linda and Paul...

Just Mercy Review from readersfavorite.com

A NEW FIVE-STAR REVIEW FOR JUST MERCY “Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers’ Favorite Just Mercy by Dorothy Van Soest is a novel about one woman’s personal struggle to overcome the murder of her daughter. Bernadette Baker has been waiting many years to...

REVIEWS AND ADVANCE PRAISE for AT THE CENTER

At the Center combines Van Soest’s depiction of a world that she, as a social worker and professor, is intimately familiar with, and all the ingredients of an exciting mystery novel. – Readers’ Favorite, Five Stars Review Imagine a soft-boiled twist on detective Sam...