Review of CITY OF ANGELS

CITY OF ANGELS Kristi Belcamino Polis Books May 2017 “Nikki” Black, a 17-year-old runaway, escaped from a bad home situation in the Midwest, to an even worse situation in L.A. When the book opens, Nikki’s new “boyfriend” is attempting to force her into the porn industry. With a little luck and some steel toed boots, Nikki escapes, taking a 12-year-old named Rain with her. When Nikki suggests that they find a cop to help Rain, the girl takes off. Now alone on the streets of L.A. with only the clothes on her back, Nikki finds herself at the American Hotel. A kind bartender sets her up with a room above the bar, and a waitressing gig at a...

Stefanie Pintoff and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Nov22

Stefanie Pintoff and the Macy’s Thanksgiving...

Sometimes it’s the setting that inspires the story. My new book, CITY ON EDGE, begins when a child is kidnapped in the hours before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I live on the Upper West Side near where the balloons are inflated at the American Museum of Natural History. And for years, I’d thought how this event would make a great backdrop for a thriller. I kept this idea in mind, even as the balloon inflation setting changed. It was once strictly a neighborhood affair, with residents in-the-know passing by to watch as Spider-Man and Snoopy sprang to life. Now, it’s a major tourist draw, and cops direct massive crowds through...

Interview With April Henry

  Erica Ruth Neubauer: You write for both adults and children. Do you find it is easier to do one or the other? April Henry: My books for adults and my books for teens are not that different from each other. The main characters are the ages of the primary audience for that particular book (although I have a lot of crossover readers). And my YA books are shorter. But other than that, there’s not much difference. I don’t change the language I use or my approach to writing.   ERN: For the new book The Girl I Used to Be, where did you get the idea for the plot? AH: It was inspired by a real 30-year-old case I read about. A family of three...

INTERVIEW WITH NADINE NETTMANN, Author of DECANTIN...

Nadine Nettmann is a certified sommelier living in California—plenty close to where great wine comes from. Her debut novel DECANTING A MURDER, has just been released from Midnight Ink and Nadine takes some time to talk with Crimespree Magazine about wine, books and mysteries.   Erica Ruth Neubauer: How did you become so interested in wine? Nadine Nettmann: Although I had enjoyed wine for years, my fascination began while attending a wine and food festival in 2010. I stood up to switch seats so a couple could sit together and Master Sommelier Fred Dame took my hand, in what I thought was helping me move to the next seat. Instead he led...

The Short Drop by Matthew Fitzsimmons Reviewed

THE SHORT DROP Matthew Fitzsimmons 2015 Thomas and Mercer This is a hell of a debut. 14-year-old Suzanne Lombard went missing ten years ago, and the media has yet to let it go. But the disappearance that has made Suzanne a national sweetheart is much more personal to Gibson Vaughn. He grew up with Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of a powerful state Senator, and she was like a little sister to him. Her disappearance haunts him still. But when Vaughn is approached by an old enemy to use his hacking skills to look into Suzanne’s disappearance, he is understandably skeptical. What can be gained stirring up old ghosts after 10 years? But new...