Q & A with Reed Coleman

Blind Spot is the first installment of the Robert B. Parker Jesse Stone series, and is now being authored by Reed F. Coleman who has been commissioned for the next three novels. The plot has Jesse invited to a reunion of his old Triple-A team where he is forced to grapple with his memories and regrets over what might have been. Kayla, his former girlfriend and current wife of an old teammate is there as well. While at the reunion, he is called back to investigate the murder of a young woman and the disappearance of her boyfriend.   Elise Cooper: What process did you have to got through to replace Parker as the author of the Jesse Stone...

CONCRETE ANGEL: Cover art for Patricia Abbott’s debut novel Sep17

CONCRETE ANGEL: Cover art for Patricia Abbott̵...

Senior Film Critic Patricia Abbott will be releasing her debut novel, with Polis Books, in the Summer of 2015. We are pleased as punch to present the cover art for CONCRETE ANGEL. Eve Moran has always wanted “things” and has proven both inventive and tenacious in both getting and keeping them – she lies, steals, cheats and swindles, paying little heed to the cost of her actions on those who love her. When Eve kills a man she picks up in a shoe repair shop, she persuades her twelve year-old daughter, Christine, to confess to the crime. The girl, compelled by love, dependency and circumstance, is caught up in her mother’s deceptions and find...

Short list for Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award Sep16

Short list for Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the...

The fine folks behind Bloody Scotland have announced the short list for The Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award. FLESH WOUNDS by Christopher Brookmyre THE AMBER FURY by Natalie Haynes FALLING FAST by Neil Broadfoot ENTRY ISLAND by Peter May A LOVELY WAY TO BURN by Louise Welsh IN THE ROSARY GARDEN by Nicola White The 2014 shortlist was compiled from entries with help from Waterstone’s staff and readers across Scotland. The prize will be judged by our panel: former Scotsman editor Magnus Linklater, Jenny Niven, Portfolio Manager for Literature at Creative Scotland, and Angie Crawford, Scottish Buyer at Waterstone’s. The winner...

Pet Spotlight: Linda O. Johnston

I’d like to introduce you to my two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Lexie and Mystie. They’ve owned me for a while and have me very well trained. Oh, you mean I’m supposed to train them? Maybe so. But since I’m now a full-time writer and am home a lot of the time, I’ve gotten used to their demands for attention, including wanting to go out, to play, and to get treats and lots and lots of hugs. They’re Cavaliers, after all. I’ve had Cavaliers for many years. I saw one on the Underground on my first trip to London and immediately fell in love. I came back to the U.S. and researched them. At the time...

WHITE COLLAR: USA moves up final season to Novembe...

WHITE COLLAR fans won’t have to wait until 2015 for Peter and Neal’s final go-around. USA has moved the sixth, and final, season up to November. The six-episode season will begin on Thursday, Nov. 6. “From its inception, White Collar captured a massive and loyal following, in large part due to the incredible on-screen chemistry between [Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay], who deserve credit for one of the most brilliantly performed ‘bromances’ in all of television,” network president Chris McCumber said. “The series also benefited from smart writing and an extraordinarily talented supporting cast, who helped it become a fan favorite...

MURDER IN THE FIRST: TNT orders second season

After a fairly successful first season. MURDER IN THE FIRST will be coming back for a second go around. On Friday, TNT announced they were ordering a second season for the Steve Boucho (NYPD BLUE, HILL STREET BLUES). The series stars Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson as San Francisco Homicide Detectives and followed them as they investigated two seemingly unrelated murders. The mystery deepened, however, when they found that both murders had a common denominator in a Silicon Valley wunderkind. Season one had a fairly strong cast with Tom Felton, Steven Weber, James Cromwell and Richard Schiff. Like the first season, the second will consist...

Peter May featured in this week’s giveaway Sep12

Peter May featured in this week’s giveaway

Crimespree magazine,  in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page,  is offering you a chance to win  a copies of  THE BLACKHOUSE and THE LEWIS MAN by Peter May THE BLACKHOUSE From acclaimed author and dramatist Peter May comes the Barry Award-winning The Blackhouse, the first book in the Lewis Trilogy-a riveting mystery series set on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. When a grisly murder occurs on the Isle of Lewis that bears similarities to a brutal killing on the mainland, Edinburgh detective and native islander Fin Macleod is dispatched to the Outer Hebrides to investigate, embarking at the same time on a voyage...

Robert B. Parker’s BLIND SPOT by Reed Farrel...

Robert B. Parker’s Blind Spot Reed F. Coleman Putnam September 9th, 2014 Blind Spot, a Robert B. Parker novel, currently written by Reed Farrel Coleman is a spell binding mystery. Coleman, who has been commissioned for the next three novels, after Parker’s death in 2010, is now authoring the Jesse Stone series. Having never read Parker it is impossible to comment on how much Blind Spot followed Parker’s works. However, this latest novel is very fast-paced, exciting, interesting, and can stand on its own merits.   With many of the top-notch mystery/thriller authors having passed away, the recent trend is to hire replacement...

ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE by Randy Susan Meyers

Accidents of Marriage Randy Susan Meyers Atria Books Sept 2, 2014 Accidents of Marriage, by Randy Susan Meyers, is a compelling look at how traumatic brain injury can affect a family and how each member responds to the extraordinary crisis. Within the chapters Meyers discusses the different perspectives of each family member. It is People Magazine’s pick of the week for September 12th.   Meyers, whose background includes working with victims of domestic violence, skillfully examines how each character reacts to the intense pressure, some failing while others rise to the challenge. The mystery begins after Maddy is gravely injured in a...

Pet Spotlight: R.N. Morris

Molly on my back. Writing can be a lonely business. It’s just you and the blank screen. I was lucky though because I had Molly to keep me company. I’m not sure whether Molly saw herself as my muse or my writing partner. Being a cat, she probably had an agenda of her own. Whenever I sat down to write, it wasn’t long before I would become aware of Molly’s purring presence. She would jump up and ‘helpfully’ position herself between me and the computer screen. Or she would walk over the keyboard, inserting random letters into the novel I was writing. I always secretly hoped that she would write the book for me. But unfortunately her...