CRIMESPREE ISSUE 57 Oct05

CRIMESPREE ISSUE 57

Issue 57 of Crimespree featuring a cover story with Chelsea Cain should be shipping mid October. Below is a sample of the interior

THE BIG UGLY BY JAKE HINKSON

Beat To A Pulp October 11, 2014 Ellie Bennett served her time. She kept her mouth closed and served her 13 months in Eastgate Penitentiary for Women. Now she’s got to put herself back together as a free woman. It was almost ironic, really. As a corrections officer at Eastgate, Ellie never expected to one day be a resident there. But life rarely goes as planned. No one plans on your 40th birthday present being getting released back into civilized society. No one plans on getting framed for beating up a prisoner. No one plans on being middle aged and having their life ruined and in shambles. But Ellie is tough, and in THE BIG UGLY, Jake...

Five Things That Changed My World: Paul Charles

THE TOP FIVE THAT CHANGED MY WORLD. PLEASE PLEASE ME - The Beatles Yes there may very well have been better singles that followed from the Fabs but the impact that this infectious classic single made on me at the time can never be denied and nor would I try. ASTRAL WEEKS - Van Morrison Might still just be the perfect example of an album, long-player, CD, call it what you will, that has ever been released. Astral Weeks is also one of the best collections of (connecting) short stories ever published. TWO LORRIES – Seamus Heaney From his excellent The Spirit Level and to my eyes and ears a beautiful filmic short story of small town rural...

ALICE AND FREDA FOREVER – Interview with Ale...

  ALICE AND FREDA FOREVER Q&A with Alexis Coe and Erica Ruth Neubauer In the late 1800’s, American society was rocked  by a graphic and shocking murder—a young woman named Alice Mitchellbrutally cut the throat of her former friend Freda Wardon a busy street in Memphis, TN. But what the nation found  even more shocking was that the two women were once engaged to one another, and had made plans to run off and live together as a married couple. Alice planned to disguise herself as a man, and Freda would play the part of proper domestic housewife. Concerned family members thwarted their plans and Freda went back to flirting with...

Tales from the Thin Blue Line 27 Oct21

Tales from the Thin Blue Line 27

Reporting on the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman crime incident began with the exact same elements as all inter-racial confrontations in this country: People in control of the information highway instantly get in front of the telling of the story. It is well understood that contentious people who insist on getting their own way can be anarchic and brutal in their methods. It’s the main, monstrous, by-any-means-necessary tactic, where you develop a campaign of misinformation and spread it at light speed to the masses. I saw it throughout my police career of more than 30 years, and having worked on some delicate investigations, I...

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee Oct20

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee

Murder and Mayhem 10 years ago Penny Halle came to me and asked if Ruth and I could help her set up a mystery day. We brought in 7 authors and did a 2 hour panel. The next year we went bigger, a whole day of panels and more authors. Last fall we had around 14 authors and the event ran from 9 – 5. In less than two weeks we are hosting Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee for the first time, version 2.0 if you will. The facility is awesome, food courts, right in a hotel with a casino. We have 23 authors coming in. There have been a load of books donated for the book bags. Our book seller is geared up and ready to rock. We’ve had t-shirts and...

Pet Spotlight: Spencer Quinn

Here’s my crack research team, Audrey the golden retriever/Bernese mix, and Pearl, purebred golden of the very light-complected variety. Audrey’s almost nine, a wonderful watchdog and a very outdoorsy type. Pearl’s three, getting by on looks alone, and is the indoorsy type – think Zsa Zsa Gabor on a particularly lazy day. They’re both totally lovable, and the Chet and Bernie books would not have been possible without them. They show up every day, work for treats, and have no comprehension of royalties – probably ideal for the post-Bezos world of publishing. Audrey and Pearl remind me that there’s a...

Paul Charles: Tour dates for DOWN ON CYPRUS AVENUE tour Oct19

Paul Charles: Tour dates for DOWN ON CYPRUS AVENUE...

U.S. fans of British crime fiction have a treat coming. Acclaimed British writer Paul Charles will be doing a 7 state tour to support DOWN ON CYPRUS AVENUE. Some of these dates will see Charles team up with John Connolly and Stuart Neville.  In the first of a new series, McCusker, a retired RUC policeman originally stationed in Portrush on the north-west coast of Northern Ireland, returns to work as an agency cop—A Yellow Top—following his wife’s flight to America with their nest egg. On his first major case in Belfast he partners with DI Lily O’Carroll to locate the two missing sons of a wealthy business man. But before that...

THE WIRE: Watch the entire Paleyfest reunion

The cast and crew of THE WIRE, a show I consider to be the best drama in the history of television, reunited to talk about the show and their experiences. With a few notable exceptions, most of the primary players were on hand at Paleyfest to look back at the iconic HBO drama. Alan Sepinwall (of HitFix) led a lively panel that included creator David Simon, executive producer Nina Noble, Wendell Pierce (Bunk), Sonja Sohn (Kima), Michael Kenneth Williams (Omar), Seth Gilliam (Carver), Jim True-Frost (Prez), John Doman (Rawls), Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (D’Angelo), and Jamie Hector (Marlo), plus video messages from Dominic West (McNulty) and Idris...