Monday, January 16, 2017

Market Call: Deadline Jan. 21 - Seeking original crime poetry

As you may know, I run the Five-Two weekly crime poetry site, I'm currently seeking two more 
original poems to fit the February 2017 theme of love gone wrong/crimes 
of passion.

There is no monetary payment, but all contributors receive a 
complimentary copy of the annual poetry ebook where their work appears. 
If you're up to doing a reading of your poem by audio file or phone, 
your voice will be featured on the poem's companion YouTube video. 
Alternatively, I can have a volunteer record for you.

Each poem post includes a bio where you can promote your stories, books,
and websites. I'm open to first-time poets. You may find, as I do, that
some ideas that don't fit well into stories make excellent poems. 
Writing poems may also help you see your ideas from different angles, 
helping you with stories you're working on.

The deadline to submit for the February theme is Saturday, January 21, but general submissions are always open:

Thanks for your consideration. I look forward to reading your poems.

Gerald So

KRL This Week Update for 1/14/17

Up in KRL this morning a review & giveaway of "The Ghosts of Misty Hollow"
by Sue Ann Jaffarian

Also a review & giveaway of "Third Time's a Crime" by Diana Orgain

And we have a review & giveaway of "The Elusive Elixir" by Gigi Pandian and
an interesting guest post by Gigi about the story behind the book

We also have a review & giveaway of a fun pet related mystery, "Custom
Baked Murder" by Liz Mugavero

And a review & giveaway of a fun new food mystery, "Pop Goes the
Murder" by Kristi

We also have a review of the 10th season of the "Murdoch Mysteries" on
Acorn TV

And a mystery short story by Guy Belleranti

Over on KRL Lite we have a review & giveaway of "River City Dead" by Nancy
G West and published by Henery Press

Happy reading,

Lesa's Latest Contest: This week's giveaway - Cleland & Castillo

This week, I'm giving away copies of Jane K. Cleland's Glow of Death & Linda Castillo's Her Last Breath. Details on my blog, Entries from the U.S. only, please.

Lesa Holstine

Sandi Update

Sandi had an appointment this morning for labs and a visit with her cancer doctor. Thankfully, everything with her seems to be really good right now.  We go back in a month.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

My Mom

My Mom stepped off this mortal plane of existence just before three this afternoon. It was as peaceful as it possibly could have been. I choose to believe she is now with my Dad as she has so desperately wanted since he passed nearly five years ago.

Friday, January 13, 2017

It has been a really BAD Week

This has been one really bad week....except for one very good thing. Our son, Karl, and his wife, Amy, welcomed their son, Jacob Ryan, to the world yesterday afternoon. So, we are now grandparents which is a fairly amazing thing. Baby is one month early and over six pounds with a full head of hair. Everybody involved is doing well.

And now to the worst of the bad stuff that has happened this week .....

As those who follow my blog know, I said I was offline and dealing with a major family situation. After I and my out of state brother were unable to get my Mom on the phone Monday evening, Scott and  I went to her house. Around 11 pm I found her on the kitchen floor and she had clearly had a stroke. Dallas Fire Rescue came and were simply wonderful with me as well as my Mom.

Mom has had a major stroke and the prognosis is pretty bad. Near as I can tell by the phone messages on her answering machine, she was down at least 13 hours if not longer. That means the damage to a large section of the right side of her brain is not reversible. Her neurologist gently walked me through the visual record via MRI so I could understand the reality of the situation. She is now experiencing brain swelling and additional hemorrhaging so she is she is gradually getting worse. Everyone involved with her care is doing everything they possibly can, but some things just can't be stopped. I am braced as well as possible for what seems to be, at this point, inevitable.

If that was not enough, while coming home from her hospital yesterday, I had a car accident. I am more sore than normal and in new places this morning, but I think I will be okay. My car is probably totaled though that is not official from the insurance company yet. Sandi was exhausted after going to the hospital to see Mom the day before so she was not in the car with me yesterday. That was a very good thing as the front seat passenger door is now in the car having massively buckled in as I was hit from the side. Most of the right side of the car is buckled in. So severely it took multiple efforts to get the glove box open for the proof of insurance, etc. for the Plano police and other parties. Amazingly, the airbags, including the door side airbags did not trigger. I do, however, have the front license plate of the other car as it is crammed into the buckled metal of my car.

The other driver was not hurt. His car was a bit better off than mine and he was able to drive away when all was said and done. The Plano PD officer was a huge help as was the wrecker driver that was dispatched to deal with me and the car.

All I can say is that I have really had enough.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


While both Sandi and Scott are fine, I am dealing with a very serious family situation. Since I am not the only person affected by what has happened, I can't talk about it publicly. I will check my email when I can so please be very patient if you are waiting for a response.

Monday, January 09, 2017

In Reference To Murder: Media Murder for Monday, January 9, 2017

In Reference To Murder: Media Murder for Monday, January 9, 2017

George Weir, Last Call: A Bill Travis Mystery (Words & Music Blog)

George Weir, Last Call: A Bill Travis Mystery  (Words & Music Blog)

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil...

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil...: Reviewed by Jeanne The subtitle to this book is “A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds,” and that does give ...


TEXAS BOOK LOVER: Monday Roundup: TEXAS LITERARY CALENDAR January 9-...: Bookish events in Texas for the week of January 9-15, 2017:  Special Events: Pulpwood Queen Girlfriend Weekend , Nacogdoches, January 12-...

The Rap Sheet: Revue of Reviewers for 1-8-17

The Rap Sheet: Revue of Reviewers for 1-8-17

Sunday, January 08, 2017

RTE for January 7, 2017

The January 07 2017  issue of RTE is out and includes fifteen new reviews as well as a new interview:                       

Ashley Weaver in the 'Sixty seconds with . . .' interview hot seat:        

We also present the year end lists of the editor's favourite books and the reviewers' favourite reviews for 2016


BLACK WIDOW            Christopher Brookmyre     Reviewed by Yvonne Klein

THE TRESPASSER            Tana French            Reviewed by Jim Napier

BEYOND THE TRUTH          Anne Holt            Reviewed by Barbara Fister

DEATH AT ST. VEDAST        Mary Lawrence         Reviewed by Meredith Frazier

THE REEK OF RED HERRINGS     Catriona McPherson         Reviewed by Yvonne Klein

LAMENT FOR BONNIE        Anne Emery            Reviewed by Susan Hoover   

ASH ISLAND                Barry Maitland         Reviewed by Anne Corey   

AN UNSETTLING CRIME        Terry Shames            Reviewed by Diana Borse

DIFFERENT CLASS            Joanne Harris            Reviewed by Diana Borse

SHE STOPPED FOR DEATH        Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli     Reviewed by PJ Coldren

PRECIOUS AND GRACE        Alexander McCall Smith    Reviewed by Nicole Leclerc

FICKLE                Peter Manus            Reviewed by Christine Zibas

BRONX REQUIEM            John Clarkson            Reviewed by Susan Hoover

THE MARRIAGE LIE            Kimberly Belle            Reviewed by Sharon Mensing

PLAID AND PLAGIARISM        Molly MacRae            Reviewed by PJ Coldren

We post more than 900 new reviews a year -- all of them are archived on the site -- as well as a new interview with a top author every issue.

Yvonne Klein

The Five-Two: Deadine January 21: Poems about Crimes of Passion,...

The Five-Two: Deadine January 21: Poems about Crimes of Passion,...: I'm seeking two more unpublished poems for our February 2017 Valentine's/passion/love theme. Aside from the theme, the usual guideli...

19th Annual Preditors & Editors / Critters Readers Poll--Best Review Site

Again in this year, this blog (Kevin's Corner) is listed for consideration in the review site category. If you think we are worthy, we would very much appreciate your vote.

The review sites are listed in alphabetical order which means this blog is about halfway down the review site page.

After you vote, you have to follow the directions on the confirmation email to validate your vote. You also have the option of adding a comment for all to see after your vote has been confirmed.

On behalf of Barry, Earl, Jeanne, Kaye George, Judy Penz Sheluk, Larry W. Chavis, and all the other many people who consistently contribute to the blog and tolerate my madness, we thank you!

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Do Some Damage: Take Control of Your 2017 Goals

Do Some Damage: Take Control of Your 2017 Goals: By Scott D. Parker You can do anything you put your mind to. Now that 2017 has begun, most of us have made resolutions. I know I have. ...

Taking The Tree Down

Sandi and I now have the tree down and things packed to take to storage. I always hate this part. So damn depressing and much more so these days.

KRL This Week Update for January 7, 2017

Up in KRL this morning an interview with Kate Carlisle about her books being turned into movies on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel

Also up this morning, our main reviewers share their top 5 books that they reviewed in 2016

Also up a review & giveaway of "Egg Drop Dead" by Laura Childs

And a review & giveaway of "Plaid or Plagiarism" by Molly MacRae, along with an interesting interview with Molly

And in KRL a review & giveaway of "Pot Luck" by Kendel Lynn

We also have a review & giveaway of "Bell, Book, & Candlemas" by Jennifer David Hesse

And a mystery short story by Charles West

For those who also enjoy fantasy, we have a review & giveaway of "Curse on the Land" by Faith Hunter

And on KRL Lite a review & giveaway of "An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock" by Terry Shames

Happy Reading, Lorie

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Guest Post: Jeanne on "My Own Golden Age Mysteries"

Please welcome back Jeanne of the Bookblog of the Bristol Library as she explains how her Mom influenced her early reading choices….

My Own Golden Age Mysteries

Growing up with a mother who was an avid reader in all genres, but especially mysteries, I was introduced to many of her favorite authors. I didn’t know then that they were largely Golden Age or Silver Age writers, but I did have the dim realization that not many of my peers were reading them.  I’m sad to say that nowadays the names of these idols of my youth aren’t often recognized among the contemporary mystery readers (to be referred to hereafter as “The Young People.”)

As one year ends and another begins, I tend to wax nostalgic.  (And trust me, I don’t wax anything else!) This year someone asked for books by some of the “old mystery writers” and that started me thinking about some of my favorite authors I read growing up.  In no particular order:

·        Agatha Christie: I soon learned that Dame Agatha loved to plant clues in casual conversations.  If someone was chatting about a distant relative in Australia, it was even money that the relative might pop up (perhaps in disguise). Characterization was not one of her strong suits, however; when a story really hinged on character, it remained vivid in my mind (The Hollow, for example). I am partial to series with continuing characters, so of course my favorites were Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, though I really loved her collection of stories about Harley Quinn.  Some of those are my favorites. While she tended to play fair with the reader,   I do remember being terribly frustrated at the clues which hinged on Victorian Flower Language.   

   Ngaio Marsh: Oh, how I enjoyed Inspector Alleyn! He was very much the Gentleman Detective and as an added bonus, some of the books were set in exotic locales, such as New Zealand. Also, I liked that he was married to Agatha Troy, who was an artist with a career of her own.

·        Dorothy L. Sayers: Lord Peter Wimsey was the perfect model of the gifted amateur detective, an aristocrat whose restless intelligence drove him to solve mysteries.  As a member of the upper classes, he often posed as a dimwit in order to gain information.  He changed, though, after falling in love with Harriet Vane and we saw a more serious side of Lord Peter.

·        Ellery Queen: Written originally by cousins Dannay and Lee using the pseudonym Ellery Queen, the character Ellery was the American version of the Gentleman Detective, a gifted amateur who was at times a bit of a snob.  Like Lord Peter, he later mellowed.  The books were also a bit like Christie’s in that all or most of the clues were presented to the reader.  I particularly liked the cases in which his father, a policeman, appeared.  I did notice that the books were sometimes a bit uneven.  One case was downright peculiar (And on the Eighth Day) and seemed almost like a science fiction novel.  Later, I learned that other writers were working on the series, not just the cousins.

·        Josephine Tey:  Being a series fan, I started reading her Alan Grant series.  My mother was particularly attached to Daughter of Time, the famous fictional defense of Richard the Third.  It was certainly a unique book, at least at the time; Tey had Grant laid up with a broken leg, and to pass the time he began to research Richard.  This allowed Tey to make a very convincing and emotional case for Richard as a greatly misunderstood, greatly wronged man.  Even though I am a series fan, I finally read two of Tey’s non-series books and discovered I liked those even better. In fact, Brat Farrar turned out to be one of my favorite books of all time, and The Franchise Affair was riveting.  The irony is that I can no longer remember much of anything about Alan Grant except for the title above.
·        Robert van Gulik: I was fascinated by Asia in my youth, probably from having read so many Pearl S. Buck novels, so I dove into the van Gulik’s Judge Dee mysteries with gusto. I was almost as curious about the story behind the story as I was the books themselves.  According to the sources I read, van Gulik was attempting to bridge the gap between Chinese and Western mystery story tradition in his translations of the Judge Dee stories by not revealing the culprit at the beginning nor relying on helpful spirits to deliver clues, but keeping some of the Chinese sensibilities and legal system.  For example, torture was an acceptable method of getting information, but the judge who ordered torture could be held responsible in case of death or lasting damage to an innocent person.  There was a TV movie made of one of the books that made a very favorable impression on me, but alas! I can’t find that it’s available on DVD and the old VHS tape I have is of much trimmed version.  Nicholas Meyer (Seven-Per-Cent Solution ) directed with a cast of mostly Asian actors, including Mako, Keye Luke, James Hong, and Soon-Tek Oh.  Dee was played by Khigh Dhiegh, best known as Wo Fat on the original Hawaii Five-O. Dhiegh was an American of Egyptian-Sudanese-Anglo descent. 

·        Erle Stanley Gardner: I was an avid fan of the Perry Mason series, then in syndicated re-runs every weekday, and I devoured all the books I could get my hands on.  There was never a lot in terms of character development but the plots were always good and the courtroom scenes were riveting.  Of course, I always hoped that Della and Perry would get together but the closest I remember them coming was that they were going to take a cruise and promenade about the deck.  I don’t think I dreamed that. I definitely remember that almost every celebratory dinner consisted of steak, potatoes, and a salad—the big question being, were the potatoes going to be baked with lots of butter and sour cream, or would they be in fry form?
·        Rex Stout: At first I was unimpressed with Archie and Nero, mainly because of my amazing ability to choose exactly the wrong books:  I started with Black Mountain and Some Buried Caesar.  I remember complaining that everyone kept saying that Wolfe never left his brownstone, but from what I could see he left at least once every book, sometimes on very long journeys. Pfui! I persevered, however, and soon learned just how atypical those books were. I became a lifelong fan and have copies of all the Wolfe books as well as the Nero Wolfe Cookbook and Nero Wolfe of West 35th Street. The combination of fast-talking, slang-speaking Archie and the very formal, very particular Nero Wolfe has continued to delight me to this day. It was an American version of Holmes and Watson, except that Archie had a much higher opinion of himself. 
·        Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:  I almost didn’t list him simply because it was such a non-brainer—is there any detective more iconic that Sherlock?—but I realized his absence would cause more comment than anything else. So, Sir Arthur, you had me from “The Speckled Band.”

I’m sure I’m leaving people out, but these were my first thoughts.  So who are your classic mystery favorites?