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...

2015 Dagger in the Library Longlist May25

2015 Dagger in the Library Longlist

The Crime Writers’ Associated has announced the longlist for the CWA 2015 Dagger in the Library award. The longlist was compiled by YOU right and we’re thrilled that so many of you stopped by to vote for your three favourite authors. The response from YOU was staggering. With 2,844 people voting for 636 different authors, the longlist highlights the extraordinary quality and variety in crime writing. Unlike most other literary prizes, the Dagger in the Library honours an author’s whole body of work to date, rather than a single title. Mark Billingham Ann Cleeves Christopher Fowler Elly Griffiths Elizabeth Haynes Susan Hill Peter James...

An Interview with Ace Atkins

Gerald So: You’ve seemed up to the task of continuing Spenser from your first day on the job. Do you feel more comfortable having written four Spensers, or do you feel more pressure to keep challenging the characters and engaging readers? Ace Atkins: It definitely feels more comfortable writing a Spenser novel now. At the very first, with LULLABY, it was mainly a question of how do I keep this going and how do I let readers know I “get” this world and this iconic character. But now, as I’m getting to work on my fifth Spenser, there is more thought about doing more than just writing one book, the series as a whole....

Film Review: MAD MAX – FURY ROAD May22

Film Review: MAD MAX – FURY ROAD

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Directed by George Miller Written by George Miller and Brendan McCarthy Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult It is quite an achievement for a director to come back thirty years later and make a sequel that takes every strength in his original film and raises the bar. Figuring out how to use the technology that has been developed in the meantime is in itself amazing. Although I am sure Miller had ample help with this, he had to incorporate it into his vision of the film. It’s hard to imagine a better action film this summer. Or in many summers. And I am not generally a fan of such films, although I...

MAD LOVE with Kate (and Dan) May22

MAD LOVE with Kate (and Dan)

::The Asylum in St. Paul looks like it’s been burglarized. Comic books are scattered (gently) on the floor. Graphic novels cover the countertops. The couch is covered with convention lanyards and wristbands. Dan and Kate are napping on the one open patch of floor in the kitchen. Dan is clutching his sketch book:: Kate: ::wakes up with a start:: I DON’T WANNA WEAR THE FISHBOWL ON MY HEAD!! Dan: ::snorts:: Imsorrywhat? K: Never mind. 3 comic conventions in 4 weeks really takes its toll on a gal. The cosplayers are haunting my dreams now. They were demanding that I cosplay as Aquaman, but they didn’t think he could breathe on land on account...

Clive Barker’s THE SCARLET GOSPELS is featured in this week’s giveaway May22

Clive Barker’s THE SCARLET GOSPELS is featur...

Crimespree magazine, in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page, is offering you a chance to win a copy ofTHE SCARLET GOSPELS by Clive Barker THE SCARLET GOSPELS Showcasing Barker’s iconic characters, Pinhead and Harry D’Amour featured in the Hellraiser movies, in a good vs. evil saga that goes straight to Hell, Barker’s first novel for adults since ’07. The Scarlet Gospels takes readers back many years to the early days of two of Barker’s most iconic characters in a battle of good and evil as old as time: The long-beleaguered detective Harry D’Amour, investigator of all supernatural, magical, and...

An Interview with Alex Grecian May21

An Interview with Alex Grecian

The Harvest Man by Alex Grecian has Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad detectives pursuing a violent serial killer.  The main plot has the detectives targeting The Harvest Man, while a secondary plot has detective Walter Day trying to find Jack the Ripper.  These series of books includes a mystery, some historical facts, and explores the new techniques of evidence gathering.   Elise Cooper:  Since these are a series of books how can you get new readers up to speed without boring the older readers?   Alex Grecian:  It is a tight ropewalk with every book.  I don’t spell everything out, but try to put in refreshers, especially since there is a...

BORN SURVIVORS by Wendy Holden

BORN SURVIVORS by Wendy Holden May 5th, 2015 Harper Collins   The Nazis were responsible for the most incomprehensible crime of all time.  In novel-like fashion Wendy Holden in her powerful book, Born Survivors tells the story of three young mothers who exhibited strength, courage, defiance, and hope.  She chronicles many of the atrocities that these women had to endure, while trying to make sure they would give birth to the child in their womb.   The three mothers’, Priska, Rachel, and Anka, defied death to give their children life.  Torn from their families by the Nazis they were first sent to Auschwitz, then Fielberg, and ended...

CRIMESPREES by John A. Connell

CRIMESPREE ARTICLE by John A. Connell Spree [sprē]: an unrestrained indulgence in or outburst of activity Spree…an appropriate word for what the killer does in my crime thriller, Ruins of War—and with a vengeance! Much like Jack the Ripper terrorized London, the killer in my novel terrorizes post-World War II Munich. When the inspiration first came to me to create a story with U.S. Army detective Mason Collins in devastated Munich, I hadn’t yet decided on what kind of cataclysm would befall Mason. I knew I wanted him to be challenged to his limits, and that the stakes would be so high that failure to solve the case would have terrible...