Sunday, June 24, 2018

Walmart will begin selling an exclusive monthly DC comic anthology in July

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One Bite at a Time: An Interview with Jim Nesbitt, Author of The Right...

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Up Around The Corner: Terry Irvin II's Interview at Dueling Ogres (Episode 157)

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TOE SIX PRESS--Interview: Paul D. Brazill is in the hot seat, talking about Last Year’s Man and music

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Do Some Damage: Congo by Michael Crichton

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

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Saturdays With Kaye: Rather Be the Devil by Ian Rankin

Rather Be the Devil by Ian Rankin


In lovely continental fashion, this book spins a complicated plot and contains a host of characters, set in Scotland. If I counted correctly, this is the 24th Rebus novel. No, it’s not A rebus, it features a character, John Rebus who, after all those books, is now retired. Or he’s supposed to be. You can’t keep a good detective down, though.

He’s trying to keep busy, puttering around with old unsolved cases. However, when he starts digging into one involving a famous rock star and the murder of a beautiful woman, something strange happens. Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke catches a murder that rings a bell connected with this old case for Rebus. Another old friend, DI Malcolm Fox has been transferred to Gartcosh, causing ill feelings when he’s sent to Edinburgh to help out. Neither of the three want to work with each other. An elaborate money-laundering trail leads through a betting parlor connected with people familiar to Rebus. Meanwhile, Rebus is hiding his physical condition from everyone, spitting up blood from his COPD on the sly. The awkward team works beatings and dead bodies to arrive at a conclusion of sorts.

This is a darkish read with a high body count. Readers familiar with the characters will welcome them back and love this book.



Reviewed by Kaye George, author of Requiem in Red, for Suspense Magazine

Friday, June 22, 2018

MysteryPeople: CRIME FICTION FRIDAY – THE YELLOW DRESS BY CHRISTOPHER MIGUEL FLAKUS

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Lesa's Latest Contest: Amusing books giveaway

This week, I'm giving away copies of Auralee Wallace's Down the Aisle with Murder & Carolyn Haines' Sticks and Bones, and Charmed Bones. Details on my blog, http://www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com. Entries from the U.S.
only, please.

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New issue of Crime Review

We feature new 20 reviews in each issue of Crime Review (
www.crimereview.co.uk), together with a top industry interview. This time
it’s author Cay Rademacher in the Countdown hot seat:
http://crimereview.co.uk/page.php/interview/6327

We’re on Twitter at:
Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK
Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer
Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia

This week’s reviews are:

GREEKS BEARING GIFTS by Philip Kerr, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Bernie Gunther starts a new career as an insurance investigator, but a trip
to Greece to investigate a claim for a lost ship has a none-too-comfortable
connection with wartime events.

A TASTE FOR VENGEANCE by Martin Walker, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Bruno Courrèges, Chief of Police in St Denis, has been promoted and now
must deal with a far wider area. His first case in his new role is a
possible murder-suicide with links to a terrorist organisation.

MAIGRET SETS A TRAP by Georges Simenon, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
The investigation into a series of five identical murders, all women and
all in the Montmartre arrondissement, has stalled. But Maigret now has a
plan that he hopes will move the investigation forward.

HOLY CEREMONY by Harri Nykanen, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
Lieutenant Ariel Kafka from the Violent Crime Unit in Helsinki investigates
a bizarre case of a woman’s body stolen from a morgue. He’s been chosen by
someone who wants to exact revenge and who might be a perpetrator or a
severely damaged soul.

A TALENT FOR MURDER by Andrew Wilson, reviewed by John Cleal
Successful murder mystery author Agatha Christie is blackmailed into
committing a murder on behalf of a controlling madman.

UNQUIET SPIRITS by Bonnie MacBird, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Sherlock Holmes does not believe in ghosts. It seems he does not believe in
the beautiful Scotswoman Isla McLaren either. These are two dangerous
errors.

GOLDEN PREY by John Sandford, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Lucas Davenport is now working as a US Marshal, and sets out to find a
ruthless killer who recently robbed a drug cartel. Unsurprisingly he is not
the only one in the chase.

A BRUSH WITH DEATH by Ali Carter, reviewed by John Cleal
Artist Susie Mahl is a guest at the country seat of the Earl of Greengrass
when her host is murdered in the parish churchyard. With the local police
baffled, she applies her eye for detail and her natural inquisitiveness to
uncover the killer.

HELLFIRE by Karin Fossum, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
A mother and her five-year-old child are found murdered in an abandoned
caravan. Chief Inspector Konrad Sejer believes that the killing has been
planned but the initial investigation leads nowhere.

RUN by Mandasue Heller, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Life couldn’t get much worse for Leanne Riley – she’s out of work and
barely surviving life in a grotty bed-sit. Jake could be her escape route
or her road to hell.

SOUTH ATLANTIC REQUIEM BY Edward Wilson, reviewed by John Cleal
War is building in the South Atlantic as Argentina prepares an invasion of
the British Falkland islands. Conflicted MI6 man William Catesby is loyal
to his country but will do anything he can to stop hostilities breaking out.

HELL BAY by Kate Rhodes, reviewed by Chris Roberts
A London detective returns to his childhood home overlooking Hell Bay in
the Isles of Scilly, and when a girl is found murdered on the beach agrees
to spearhead the investigation.

THE ONES THAT DISAPPEARED by Zana Fraillon, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Three children live and work as modern slaves, in thrall to a drug gang.
When freedom comes, it is both unexpected and terrifying.

IT ALL FALLS DOWN by Sheena Kamal, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Nora is looking for answers to her broken past. She doesn’t realise
Detroit, where the questions take her, is a desperate city that will break
her even more.

AFRAID TO DEATH by Marc Behm, reviewed by John Cleal
Joe Egan has been on the run since childhood from a mysterious blonde
vision who appears to him whenever someone close to him dies.

THE HOUSE ON HALF MOON STREET by Alex Reeve, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Leo Stanhope, a coroner’s assistant in Victorian London, is searching for
the murderer of Maria, the woman he loved. But Leo’s investigations will
endanger both his life and the secret he has to keep at all costs for Leo
was born Charlotte.

SHADOWS by Paul Finch, reviewed by John Barnbrook
DC Lucy Clayburn’s father is a key figure in organised crime in the North
West. Her career will be in trouble if this gets out.

THE GIRL IN THE FOG by Donato Carrisi, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan
A psychiatrist is called in to a police station to interview a man after a
car accident. Meanwhile, a young girl is missing from her family who live
nearby.

PERFECT PREY by Helen Fields, reviewed by Kate Balfour
DIs Luc Callanach and Ava Turner are investigating a series of murders in
Edinburgh and they are struggling to find any leads – until they realise
that graffiti about each victim appears before the murder takes place.

BOY MEETS HAMSTER by Birdie Milano, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Dylan Kershaw is having to put up with the Holiday From Hell, with added
hamsters. But the hot boy in the caravan next door is some consolation. Now
all Dylan has to do is get Jayden-Lee to take notice of him.

Best wishes

Sharon
www.crimereview.co.uk

Bookbrowsing Blog: Handling a controversial subject in a mystery by C.T. Collier

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PW: How to Network Better by Saying Less

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FFB Review: Thorns on Roses by Randy Rawls

I have long been a fan of Randy Rawls work. He hooked me with his Ace Edwards P.I. series that began with Jake’s Burn followed Joseph’s Kidnapping. I could not find reviews of those books so I recently ran again my review of Jade’s Photos which is the third book in that very good series. Right now Randy is out spreading the word of his latest book, Saving Dabba. That new book is the fourth installment of his Beth Bowman series. Today, I want to remind you of another series he has done with my repeat review of the first book, Thorns On Roses. The review below first appeared in this space back on December 30, 2012 in what seems now to have been a lifetime ago.

After you read the repeat review below with the new publishing info, make sure you check out Randy’s guest post from last April on my blog as he discussed his new book, Saving Dabba. You also should read his recent guest post over at PJ Nunn’s Bookbrowsing blog where he discussed how he developed his new book on writing titled Randy’s Boot Camp For Fiction Writers. Finally, make sure you check out the full list of book suggestions today over at Patti’s blog.

You have a lot to read. Good thing it is now officially summer and you have absolutely nothing else to do but pour cool beverages, sip them, and read.



Tom Jeffries has done a lot of things over the years. He used to be a member of Special Forces and still maintains links to his old group. He used to be a Dallas cop. A cop with, according to some, a rather checkered history though nothing was ever proved. These days he is a private investigator in Broward County, Florida.  That means he hands out a lot of business cards with his signature and the slogan--“If I can help, call me.”

The young dead woman in the morgue was found with such a card between her fingers. No doubt a final indignity given by those who raped her and beat her to death.  While the cops have his card, they don’t have her identification or much of anything else. PI Tom Jefferies is in no rush to help them either as he has another way of getting justice.

Mary Lou Smithson was her name and she was in that often difficult time between a young teenager and womanhood. Found in Coral Lakes, the woman was the daughter of old friends Charlie and Lonnie Rogers. Seventeen and sure she knew what she was doing, she was hanging around with a punk boyfriend who sported a certain kind of tattoo. Her parents tried everything to stop her escalating dangerous behavior with no effect. Now, she is in the morgue dead and Tom Jefferies wants answers and justice. That tattoo is going to be a major piece of the puzzle.


What follows is a far more complicated story than your typical vigilante style book. Far different in style and tone from the Ace Atkins series, author Randy Rawls has created a much harder character who isn’t bound by what law enforcement would consider permissible. While there are the occasional inside nods to readers familiar with his other series based in Texas, Tom Jeffries has very little in common with Ace Atkins.

He also has little time for outsiders no matter their intentions as he is on a mission for Mary Lou Smithson. A mission increasingly jeopardized by solid police work, a romantic entanglement, and other issues including the toll the quest is taking on this heavily conflicted character.

Published by L & L Dreamspell, this is the powerful start no doubt of a new series from Randy Rawls. Dark in tone with occasional flashes of humor and romance, the 266 page read takes readers on much more than a vengeance ride. Thorns On Roses is a good one and well worth your time.




Thorns on Roses
Randy Rawls
L & L Dreamspell
July 2011
ISBN# 978-1-60318-375-8
Paperback (also available in eBook format)
266 Pages
$14.95


Material supplied by the author quite some time ago in exchange for my objective review.



Kevin R. Tipple ©2012, 2018

Thursday, June 21, 2018

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Review: Robert B Parker’s Old Black Magic: A Spenser Novel by Ace Atkins


Robert B Parker’s Old Black Magic: A Spenser Novel is the seventh since Ace Atkins took over the franchise and is another good one. Mr. Atkins continues to stay true to the series while also his own little changes to bring some new life into the characters. At the same time he also acknowledges the passing of time and how none of us are going to get out alive. Contrary to what happened before in much of the series, folks are now aging and Spenser is frequently contemplating the mortality of both man and animal. That concept was present in the previous novels written by Mr. Akins, but makes its presence here in multiple ways almost to the level of a character in the tale.

It is early summer, a light rain is falling, and Locke has come to Spenser’s office with one last request. Locke has terminal cancer and wants the case that he has chased for almost twenty years solved. Three paintings were stolen from the Winthrop Art Museum almost twenty years ago in what remains the biggest heist ever. While some would consider the works priceless, others place the value in the tens of millions. Locke has chased the paintings ever since with little to go on over the years.

With the twenty year anniversary of the theft coming up a person or persons unknown has started sending letters to the museum’s director, Marjorie Ward Phillips. The letters don’t seem to be a ransom demand. The letters do communicate details of the theft that only those directly involved would know. Locke has put in a word with the director and has made it clear that he wants Spenser to finish what he started. Take over the case, find the paintings, and bring them back where they belong. Locke thinks the letters will lead to a real chance to recover the paintings and wants Spenser, as a favor to a dying man and friend, to take the case.

How do you say no to a dying man?

You don’t. Spenser certainly can’t. From the start at least some of the museum’s board absolutely does not want Spenser involved. There are those among the criminal element at Boston who don’t want him involved. Local law enforcement also would prefer him to stay out of things. Still, a promise was made to a dying man, so Spenser isn’t about to go away. Nor are many others who only care about getting a piece of the five million dollar reward.

Robert B Parker’s Old Black Magic: A Spenser Novel is a solidly good read. Ace Atkins does a nice job of weaving the old and new in terms of characters and settings while also crafting a mystery with plenty of misdirection. People and places evolve over time and those changes provide a nice background nuance to the highly entertaining read.


Robert B Parker’s Old Black Magic: A Spenser Novel
Ace Atkins
G. P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin Random House)
2018
ISBN# 978-0-399-17701-9
Hardback (also available in eBook and audio formats)
325 Pages
$27.00


Material supplied by the good folks of the Dallas Public Library.


Kevin R. Tipple ©2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

MysteryPeople: Manning Wolfe on Lawyers, Sex & Golf

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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Aubrey Hamilton Reviews: Mercy Kill by Lori Armstrong


Mercy Kill  by Lori Armstrong (Touchstone, 2011) is the second of three mysteries about Mercy Gunderson, a former Army sharpshooter returned home to her native western South Dakota. Like many returned veterans, Mercy is having trouble finding a sense of purpose and figuring out her place on her family’s ranch, which is being threatened by an oil pipeline. After going on a months-long bender, she gives up drinking for a bartending job in a friend’s local dive. She learns when he visits the dive that the representative sent by the oil pipeline company to coax the locals into accepting the incursion across their land is a former squad leader who saved her life in Iraq.

Her deep sense of obligation kicks in when she finds his body outside the bar after closing up one night. Since he was roundly despised by nearly everyone, the pool of suspects is considerable. She could tell from her interactions with him at the bar that Jason was no longer the person she knew in Iraq; she realized just how much he had changed when she learns he had hundreds of bottles of prescription painkillers in his suitcase. Everything points to a drug deal gone sidewise and the most likely culprits the psychopath drug dealers from the nearby reservation, feared by all who know them. Curiously, or perhaps not, considering the reputation of the drug dealers, the local sheriff seems disinclined to pursue the case so Mercy feels that she must get to the truth of Jason’s death herself.

A complicated gritty story with well-defined characters and a sharply delineated location. The scenery of western South Dakota in the spring comes alive here and makes living there understandable. Mercy is a complex person seeking to understand herself and to find a new way to relate to the people around her. She was a little too gleeful about shooting prairie dogs for me to find her wholly likeable, however.

There were many references to events in the preceding book but I do not think it is necessary to read these books in order to fully understand them.



·         Paperback: 320 pages
·         Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (January 11, 2011)
·         Language: English
·         ISBN-10: 1416590978
·         ISBN-13: 978-1416590972


Aubrey Hamilton ©2018

Aubrey Hamilton is a former librarian who works on Federal IT projects by day and reads mysteries at night.