CRIMESPREE ISSUE 67 Mar05

CRIMESPREE ISSUE 67

Crimespree issue 67 featuring Bill Crider, Mickey Spillane   In our next issue we’ve got Bill Crider on the cover, we celebrate Mickey Spillane’s 100th birthday and two articles from Eryk Pruit along with our regular features.   If you need to subscribe or renew information is RIGHT HERE  ...

INTERVIEW WITH JEFF ABBOTT

THE THREE BETHS by Jeff Abbott is a psychological thriller that explores family dynamics. The story of missing loved ones grabs at the readers, sparking curiosity. Readers are drawn into the story, feeling empathy for the characters. The plot unfolds with the touching thoughts of Mariah, “My mom would never leave me.” Beth Dunning, Mariah’s mom has disappeared without a trace and has been missing for a year. The police chief, Dennis Broussard, who once had feelings for Beth, suspects Mariah’s dad, Craig. Broussard has tunnel vision since there is no body and no physical evidence linking Craig to the supposed murder. Mariah feels compelled...

White’s DRAGONSHADOW is featured in this week’s giveaway Dec14

White’s DRAGONSHADOW is featured in this wee...

This week, CrimeSpree and  Friday Reads Facebook page  are offering up copies of DRAGONSHADOW by Elle Katharine White The author of Heartstone once again infuses elements of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with her own brand of magic in this addictive fantasy that brings back sparring lovers Aliza and Alastair: fierce warriors who match wits, charm, and swords as they fight an epic war to save their world. The Battle of North Fields is over—or so Aliza Bentaine, now a Daired, fervently wants to believe. But rumors are spreading of an unseen monster ravaging the isolated Castle Selwyn on the northern border of the kingdom. When she and Alastair...

The Best Way to Bring In The New Year

If you have the pleasure of following S.J. Rozan on Facebook or Instagram, and doing so because you have read any number of her brilliant books, you know she is a photographer with a fantastic eye.    I’ve been a photographer all my life. After writing, photography is my second love, except on bad writing days when it’s my first love. (On really bad writing days, it’s my first and second loves.) A number of years ago, I started making calendars. Sometimes they have themes: accordions (I love them, too) or flowers, etc. My 2019 calendar has no theme, just a group of photos — all but one taken in NYC — that I got...

BOOK REVIEW: INTO THE NIGHT

INTO THE NIGHT by Sarah Bailey has Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock returning in this follow up to THE DARK LAKE.  A very interesting aspect to the plot is how a celebrity gets all the attention in today’s society, while someone who is not famous is quickly dismissed. Bailey noted, “I read about accidental deaths that are eventually ruled as homicides.  I imagined what if there were hundred people present, but no one knew what actually happened.  I wanted to have the two deaths in the book really contrasted, a wealthy man versus someone homeless.  When I was in Los Angeles, I noticed that there were many homeless people, almost one on...

Crime Beat Dec12

Crime Beat

  The mystery community is infested with drummers.   I thought I had a unique angle. I thought that being a rock drummer who published crime fiction would set me apart from the crowd. I was very wrong. You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a crime-writing musician these days. Ian Rankin fronts an Indie rock band called Best Picture. Lee Child recently teamed up with the songwriting duo Naked Blue to co-write a Jack Reacher-inspired album. There’s even a crime fiction super group in the U.K. called the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers featuring Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, Chris Brookmyre, Stuart Neville, Luca Veste and Doug Johnstone. Just...

Book Review: BOISE LONGPIG HUNTING CLUB

When done well, pulpy crime fiction is one of the most entertaining genres in the world. Nick Kolakowski knows how to construct narratives that offer enough action and violence to keep readers interested and enough humor, likeable characters, and mayhem to infuse his work with that highly entertaining, undeniably cinematic feel that only comes from top-notch pulp.  Jake Halligan is a bounty hunter who knows what he’s doing and is almost always in control. However, that changes when he comes home to a dead body stuffed in his gun safe. Since his entire life is spent putting bad people behind bars, Jake thinks the body could be a warning, but...

INTERVIEW WITH B. J. Daniels

  WRANGLER’S RESCUE by B. J. Daniels is the last in the Montana Cahills series.  It is filled with a little romance, tension, emotion, suspense, and a lot of mystery that involves betrayals, murder, and distrust. The readers try to put the pieces of the puzzle together along with the characters. This story has a new twist as AJ, a city gal turned cowgirl, battles Juliette, a seductive sociopath black widow, while the hero is an ‘aw shucks’ type of shy quiet man. The plot has Cyrus Cahill traveling to Denver to buy a bull.  Approximately a week later, his family receives a phone call that he married a total stranger, a woman he knew...

BEHIND THE BOOK: N. Lawrence Mann Dec10

BEHIND THE BOOK: N. Lawrence Mann

I’m a science guy when all is said and done, and as I could never get myself focused enough in grade school or high school to make a career out of it, I am left with only a qualitative understanding of how the universe works. Don’t make me try to dissect formulas on a whiteboard in front of people. I will leave that to the people who actually knew what they wanted to be in grade school and obtained the grades necessary to follow their dreams. But I always love a good conversation about what we, as homo sapiens, know or think we know about the world in our small amount of time on this planet. There are two popular explanations of how the...