CRIMESPREE ISSUE 59 Apr14

CRIMESPREE ISSUE 59

Issue 59 of Crimespree featuring a cover story with Dana Cameron, should be shipping late April. The Crimespree crew threw a bunch of questions at Dana, and she also wrote a great piece just for us.  The issue also has an interview with Kristi Belecamino and all our regular features. This looks to be a really fun issue we think you’ll love! The cover photo was by James Goodwin, a friend of the Crimespree family and all around great guy.     If you need to subscribe or renew information is RIGHT HERE     And you can order the COOKING WITH CRIMESPREE cook book RIGHT...

Grantchester DVD Review

GRANTCHESTER Season 1 PBS Masterpiece Theater’s MYSTERY! Has over the years turned out an awful lot of wonderful programming. Grantchester is one of the latest and the first season is now out on DVD. Based on a series of books by James Runcie (which are great reading) this is a traditional mystery in the British tradition which means little or no violence shown and emphasis on characters. It’s 1953 and Sidney Chambers (James Norton) is a WWII vet who is now a vicar in a small town near Cambridge. He likes jazz and enjoys his work but when a parishioner comes to him with secrets about a death he can’t help but get involved. He ends up...

AFTER THE STORM: trailer for Linda Castillo’s latest Jul02

AFTER THE STORM: trailer for Linda Castillo’...

On July 14th, Linda Castillo releases AFTER THE STORM, the seventh book in the Kate Burkholder series. When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder finds herself tasked with the responsibility of identifying the bones–and notifying the family. Evidence quickly emerges that the death was no accident and Kate finds herself plunged into a thirty year old case that takes her deep into the Amish community to which she once belonged. Meanwhile, turmoil of an emotional and personal nature strikes at the very heart of Kate’s budding relationship with state agent John Tomasetti. A...

THE ENGLISH SPY: Daniel Silva talks to NPR about latest Gabriel Allon novel Jul02

THE ENGLISH SPY: Daniel Silva talks to NPR about l...

THE ENGLISH SPY, Daniel Silva‘s fifteen book in the Gabriel Allon series, landed on shelves Tuesday and the author is making the rounds at the various media outlets in support of it. Last Saturday, he appeared on Public Radio’s Weekend Edition to talk about his famous creation. Among other things, Silva talked about the difference between opinions presented in the novels and his own. He also talked about the pressures that a successful series can put on the author and that those pressures have kept him from stepping away from Gabriel and writing something...

An Interview with Brad Meltzer

The President’s Shadow powerfully delves into the treatment of those enlisted in the military, the relationship between a father and child, and how ordinary people can make a difference. This complex novel explores the power of government and the military over an individual’s life, the intrigue of having a supposed history nerd, Beecher, able to save the Presidency, and the emotional pull of family relationships. Elise Cooper: You have a dedication quote, “Today I know: I’ll never get over losing my parents. And I don’t want to. They deserve to be remembered. These books-and the characters within-taught me that.” Please explain. Brad...

MY TOP FIVE MUSICAL INFLUENCES by Karin Salvalaggi...

MY TOP FIVE MUSICAL INFLUENCES – Karin Salvalaggio   My childhood years can be mapped out in a series of top 40 hits that played on the radio so often you’d memorize every word without realizing it. Decades later I still get chills when I hear a song with a haunting narrative. My favorite ones have endings that are never completely resolved. In no particular order these are five of the musicians and songs that have influenced my writing.   “Nebraska” by Bruce Springsteen I saw her standin’ on her front lawn just twirlin’ her baton/Me and her went for a ride sir and ten innocent people died. The opening lines to Bruce Springsteen’s...

Behind the Book: Patti Abbott Jul01

Behind the Book: Patti Abbott

“Why Do You Write Such Dark Stories” by Patti Abbott Whenever I spend an evening with friends familiar with my stories, this question often arises. “You seem like a happy person,” and they usually go on to say. “Was your childhood difficult?” Um, no. And I can’t really give a definitive answer to the question. Is it true even? Are my stories all dark? I paged through a list of stories I’ve published over 15 years and I find I have finished people off in many odd ways: a woman pushed off a boat into a melting ice floe in Alaska; death due to a collapsed ceiling; becoming part of a cello;...

TINY LITTLE THING by Beatriz Williams Reviewed

Tiny Little Thing Beatriz Williams G. P. Putnam and Sons June 23rd, 15 Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams is a superb read. It combines politics, mystery and romance within a historical background. It is a character driven storyline based on the issues of the mid-1960s, including political intrigue, the controversy of the Vietnam veterans, and the treatment of women. The story alternates between the years 1964 and 1966. The reader becomes engrossed in the family dynamics. The narration switches between the main female character, Christina (Tiny) Hardcastle’s 1966 perspective and Major Caspian (Cap) Harrison’s 1964 outlook. The plot...

THE MERCY OF THE NIGHT by David Corbett reviewed

THE MERCY OF THE NIGHT David Corbett Thomas & Mercier April 7, 2015 At the young age of eight, Jacquelina “Jacqi” Garza, was abducted by a child predator and tortured. She escaped and soon found herself under the media spotlight. Even before the abduction, Jacqi had had a troubled childhood and with her father is in prison , her mother and brother providing little support, Jacqi struggles to find her place in the world and finds herself, at the age of 17, living at a rehab center for prostitutes. When she disappears from the center, Phelan Tierney, an ex-lawyer that now acts as a tutor for the center residents, is asked to find her....