CRIMESPREE ISSUE 65 Apr21

CRIMESPREE ISSUE 65

Crimespree issue 65 featuring Nick Petrie   Our next issue is ready,Nick Petrie is on the cover .  Kristi Belcamino and Chris Holm are back with new columns. There are lots of interviews and great articles.   If you need to subscribe or renew information is RIGHT HERE  ...

Writer Types Podcast: Episode 8 Aug20

Writer Types Podcast: Episode 8

Writer Types Podcast: Episode 8 By S.W. Lauden and Eric Beetner “More author interviews! Longer author interviews!” We asked our listeners to take a quick survey and this was the overwhelming feedback we received. And we heard you loud and clear. Thanks to everybody who participated, your valuable feedback will help us make our crime and mystery podcast even better. We’ll also be tweaking a few segments in the coming months, and trying a couple of new ones—starting with Episode 8, which dropped this week. As always, please make sure to let us know how you feel about the changes we’re making on Twitter (twitter.com/writertypes) or Facebook...

Erin Kelly’s HE SAID/SHE SAID is featured in this week’s giveaway Aug18

Erin Kelly’s HE SAID/SHE SAID is featured in...

This week,  CrimeSpree and  Friday Reads Facebook page, are giving away copies of HE SAID/SHE SAID by Erin Kelly On the eve of a solar eclipse, a couple forced into hiding discovers that they can no longer run from their past in this taut psychological suspense novel. In the summer of 1999, Kit and Laura travel to a festival in Cornwall to see a total eclipse of the sun. Kit is an eclipse chaser; Laura has never seen one before. Young and in love, they are certain this will be the first of many they’ll share. But in the hushed moments after the shadow passes, Laura interrupts a man and a woman. She knows that she saw something terrible. The...

Q&A with C.J. Box for PARADISE VALLEY

Michael Barson: While this is only the second novel to feature your serial killer the Lizard King as the lead villain, it also features characters who appeared in the two previous Cassie Newell thrillers. Did you conceive of this work as a trilogy from the beginning? CJ Box: Not really. I don’t work that far ahead. When the Lizard King and Cassie Dewell were introduced in THE HIGHWAY (and appeared again in BADLANDS) I wasn’t planning an epic concluding novel. Both of those books (as well as BACK OF BEYOND, the first of what has become known as “The Highway Quartet”) stands alone. I don’t think of the four books as a series as much as four...

Interview with Karin Slaughter

THE GOOD DAUGHTER by Karin Slaughter bares no bones. This emotional crime mystery delves into family, grief, regret, and guilt. Known for not sugar coating the violence, Slaughter writes a dark and graphic story, but this only adds to the intensity. Twenty-eight years ago two sisters, Charlie and Sam, were at home with their mother, Gamma when two masked men entered the house. They shot Gamma dead, pushed out Sam’s eyelids, shot her in the head, and buried her alive, while Charlie ran for her life and endured her own horrific attack. Fast forward to today where Charlie runs towards the violence and becomes a witness of a school shooting....

Bryan’s Summer Reading List Aug15

Bryan’s Summer Reading List

With my first semester of Masters English studies looming in the near future, it is time to put novels back on the shelf and turn my attention back to Shakespeare and Dante for a while. There is never enough time to read everything, as every book lover knows, whether bound by other studies or not. However, before I return to essays and literary critique, I wanted to highlight some of the amazing books I read in between semesters. • SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE and CATS CRADLE by Kurt Vonnegut I had never read a Vonnegut novel before and thought it was past time to add him to my reading repertoire. After reading these books, it is easy to see why he...

CONEY ISLAND AVENUE Behind the Book

A SHORT HISTORY OF GRAVESEND The street where I was born and raised in Gravesend, and those surrounding, was populated by Italian immigrants and their first-generation American children with very few exceptions—one of those exceptions being my mother who was a Russian-Jew from Kiev. The Dutch were the first to colonize the western edge of what was then The Long Island, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, the Long Island Sound and the East River. Breuckelen originally included six parishes—the first, Gravesend, was settled in 1643 by English Quakers who were granted the land from the Dutch. The town was annexed by the City of Brooklyn in 1894...

Q&A with Ace Atkins

Michael Barson: Ten years ago you were carving out your career with a series of historical crime novels that revisited iconic events and characters from the past, beginning with WHITE SHADOW in 2006. Those were very good books, but each one was a battle for attention and sales. Now here you are a decade later with not one but two successful series, the award-nominated Sheriff Quinn Colson, and Robert B. Parker’s Spenser. Did you ever see this coming? Ace Atkins: At that time, I actually vowed to never write a series ever again. I was pretty happy working on my true crime novels and saw that being my career path for a long while. But...

Review of MAGPIE MURDERS by Anthony Horowitz

MAGPIE MURDERS Anthony Horowitz 2017 HarperCollins Magpie Murders opens in the present day, with editor Susan Ryeland curled up in bed in her London flat. She has wine, snacks, cigarettes, and appropriate mystery-reading weather, rain. She’s settling in with the latest manuscript of the ninth Atticus Pünd mystery, Magpie Murders, written by her publisher’s highest grossing and most irascible author, Alan Conway. Four pages later, we leave Susan behind, and the Atticus Pünd mystery begins. This novel within a novel starts with a new, nearly identical title page. The difference is the author’s name — Alan Conway this time instead of Anthony...