2014 Specsavers Crime Thriller Award Winners Oct24

2014 Specsavers Crime Thriller Award Winners

The 2014 Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards were presented today at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel tonight. The star-studded awards ceremony was hosted by Bradley Walsh and attended by the cream of actors, writers and producers from the world of crime TV and fiction, including Keeley Hawes, Stanley Tucci, Anna Maxwell Martin, James Norton, Rachael Stirling and Amanda Abbington. CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year:  THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY, by Wiley Cash (Doubleday/Transworld) Rest of the shortlist: THE FIRST RULE OF SURVIVAL, by Paul Mendelson (Constable) HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN, by Louise Penny (Sphere/Little Brown) KEEP...

Gillian Anderson & Chris Hadfield are featured in this week’s giveaway Oct24

Gillian Anderson & Chris Hadfield are feature...

Crimespree magazine, in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page, is offering you a chance to win a copies of A VISION OF FIRE by Gillian Anderson and YOU ARE HERE by Col. Chris Hadfield A VISION OF FIRE by Gillian Anderson The first novel from iconic X-Files star Gillian Anderson and New York Times bestselling author Jeff Rovin: a science fiction thriller of epic proportions. Renowned child psychologist Caitlin O’Hara is a single mom trying to juggle her job, her son, and a lackluster dating life. Her world is suddenly upturned when Maanik, the daughter of India’s ambassador to the United Nations, starts speaking in tongues and having...

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...

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...

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...

Michael H Rubin is featured in this week’s g...

Crimespree magazine,  in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page,  is offering you a chance to win  a copies of THE COTTONCREST CURSE by Michael H. Rubin THE COTTONCREST CURSE The bodies of an elderly colonel and his comely young wife are discovered on the staircase of their stately plantation home, their blood still dripping down the wooden balustrades. Within the sheltered walls of Cottoncrest, Augustine and Rebecca Chastaine have met their deaths under the same shroud of mystery that befell the former owner, who had committed suicide at the end of the Civil War. Locals whisper about the curse of Cottoncrest Plantation, an...

SAUL’S GAME by Andrew Kaplan Oct16

SAUL’S GAME by Andrew Kaplan

Andrew Kaplan William Morrow October 7th, 2014 Saul’s Game is an original novel of the Homeland series written by best selling author Andrew Kaplan. It is a prequel that takes fans of this series back to 2009 and before. The plot includes the backstory on many of the characters and what influenced their current attitudes. The story has Saul Berenson and Carrie Mathison returning to the Middle East, Syria and Iraq in particular. They are trying to find the al Qaeda terrorist Abu Nazir and instead come across different plots that would threaten the American forces and involve Arab tribal differences. Kaplan’s experiences have greatly...

FULL MEASURE by T. Jefferson Parker

FULL MEASURE, by T. Jefferson Parker, is a departure from the crime novels he has written in the past. This book is about the bond between siblings as well as those connected through military service. It puts a potent face to the names and numbers of those serving as they transition from war to peace, and from serving in the military to becoming a civilian. It is a novel that touches on many issues from PTSD to the plight of an agricultural family. The plot focuses on the experiences of those soldiers returning home. It also has sub-plots of political/controversial issues about governmental overreach and the right to bear arms. Although...