MURDER-A-GO-GO’S: CRIME FICTION INSPIRED BY THE MU...

Down and Out Books March 23d, 2019 Edited by Holly West The short story can be one of the most enjoyable storytelling vehicles for any genre. Add a little violence here, a little revenge there, and you have a crime story that can fit comfortably into any genre. That’s the beauty of crime fiction: by changing the set design, a crime story can take a reader into any type of story they like. As much fun as short stories are to read, outlets for this kind of writing have been slowly disappearing in recent years. This is a real shame, since short stories are one of the chief ways readers can discover their new favorite authors. With...

REVIEW OF SKIN GAME BY J.D. ALLEN

Jim Bean is a Las Vegas based private investigator who gets paid to uncover secrets. Specializing in small time insurance and infidelity cases, Bean makes a decent enough living to keep him in booze and Ms. Annie in kitty chow. While he is an expert in uncovering secrets, he is also a man buried in secrets. Eight years earlier, Bean had been a student in Columbus, Ohio. “Jim Bean” didn’t even exist yet. Korey Anders was a grad student who had a dream of ending up in the FBI. Those dreams had come crashing down when he had been accused of kidnapping and assault. Everyone was convinced Korey had done it. No one believed he was innocent, not...

COVER REVEAL FOR THE HIDDEN THINGS BY JAMIE MASON

I meant to be prolific. Truly, I did. First things first, though: I am so happy to be back in the mode of having a book coming out. THE HIDDEN THINGS is my first novel in more than four years. (And a very warm thank you to Crimespree Magazine for celebrating the cover reveal with me. I’ve been gone so long, the last time I had a new book, hosted cover reveals weren’t even a thing! I love it! But in the last four years, my daughters needed a lot of rides. I was mostly in the car. And politics broke my brain. So I was compelled to watch really excellent shows on TV. Then it seemed like time to read a bunch of well-written books and books on...

REVIEW OF ALL THE WAY DOWN BY ERIC BEETNER

Dale Burnett is a dirty cop. He knows the difference between Good and Evil, Right and Wrong. It’s just that little by little, over time he’s begun to slip. And now, his secret is out. He’s on the way to a meeting with the Chief of Police, convinced that his next address will be the state prison. But like the very best noir tales, Dale thinks that he sees a light at the end of the tunnel. But it’s either a chance at Salvation… or an express bus gunning straight for him. That bright light morphs into a deal from Chief Schuster: local crime kingpin Tautolu “Tat” Losopo has the mayor’s daughter Lauren O’Brien held captive on the top floor...

REVIEW OF MY DARKEST PRAYER BY S.A. COSBY

  “I handle the bodies.” It’s with this quote that S.A. Cosby opens his debut novel MY DARKEST PRAYER and introduces us to Virginia based mortuary assistant Nathan Waymaker. It’s a perfect introduction, and over the course of 211 fast-paced pages, readers will get to know the many layers of the very capable, Mr. Waymaker. A huge beast of a man, Waymaker lives in the rural Queen County area of Virginia. A former Marine, and then a former deputy for Queen County as well, Nathen now lives and works in his cousin’s funeral home. When he’s not helping to load bodies into the hearse or helping out at the wakes, he’ll help out when a neighbor...