REVIEW OF THE THREE BETHS by JEFF ABBOTT

All Mariah Dunning wants is answers. What she has is an inexhaustible desire to learn the truth. In THE THREE BETHS, Mariah Dunning’s mom Beth has disappeared from their upscale Texas neighborhood, sending ripples of tragedy through the Dunning family and sending their lives into a tailspin. Always the number one suspect of the local police, Mariah’s dad has been forced into being a hermit. Craig Dunning spends his days bunkered down in his home in an effort to avoid the stares and scorn of the neighbors. His only company is his daughter and his elderly corgi, Leo. Often the object of pranks and vandalism, the town of Lakehaven wants the...

REVIEW OF JUNKIE LOVE by JOE CLIFFORD

JUNKIE LOVE is a very difficult book to review. Originally published in 2013, it is less an autobiography and more a stylized account of author Joe Clifford’s last year of being homeless and battling drug addiction in San Francisco. Primarily set in and around the San Francisco area, JUNKIE LOVE tells the story of Clifford’s quick decent from New England-bred rock-and-roll hopeful, to 9-5 printshop office worker and nighttime party animal, to homeless shooting gallery resident. It’s a shocking fall made all the more brutal due to the fact that it’s told without remorse or regret. Make no mistake: at the time this story takes place, the next...

WHERE CAN WE FIND THE MALMONS? Aug27

WHERE CAN WE FIND THE MALMONS?

This year’s Bouchercon is fast approaching and St. Petersburg, Florida, will become the center of the worldwide mystery community. This year, Kate and I are attending, but not just as fans. In addition to Kate cementing her status as World’s Greatest Moderator (she’s seriously legit, you guys), we have been nominated for the BEST ANTHOLOGY Anthony Award as editors of the KILLING MALMON anthology. It’s something of a cliché to say that it’s an honor to just be nominated, but in this case, it’s one hundred percent true. The anthology was put together as a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Our contributors turned in...

REVIEW OF PEARL #1

Jinxworld/ DC Comics October 2018   After more than a decade of working exclusively with Marvel Comics, Brian Michael Bendis’s move to rival DC Comics earlier this year proved to be a seismic shift in the pop culture landscape. Bendis not only had a massive impact on the four-color pages of Marvel comics with lengthy runs on Daredevil, the Avengers, and Ultimate Spider-Man, but also the creation of the Miles Morales Spider-Man and ex-super-hero/current PI Jessica Jones. But while Bendis was creating havoc with Marvel’s company-owned characters, he was also continuing his love of crime stories in the pages of his creator-owned Jinxworld...

Road to Las Vegas or How I Created an Ex-magician Card Cheat who Repos Exotic Animals Aug16

Road to Las Vegas or How I Created an Ex-magician ...

A little advice for new parents: the perfect way to get your newborn to fall asleep is by binge watching 70’s era private eye tv shows. Stick to TV shows, though. Clint Eastwood’s Magnum seems to be too loud for a 3-week-old regardless of the volume on your set. Also stick to the 70’s. Imagine my surprise when I found that the good people at FX would create a show with a cute title like “Terriers” yet fill it with potty-mouthed low-lifes (By the way, Terriers is the greatest single season of television ever and I will fight anyone who says different*). My daughter gravitated towards the grandfatherly nature of Mr. Peter Falk as Columbo,...