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...

Johnny Shaw’s FLOODGATE Reviewed

FLOODGATE Johnny Shaw February 2016 Thomas and Mercer Andy Destra was a (mostly) honest cop operating in a completely corrupt city. When Andy starts digging into a case and following a trail of suspicious money to its origins, the Auction City assistant chief of police finds a way to remove Andy and some other honest cops from the force. Now unemployed, Andy becomes more than a little obsessed with researching the city and its history of corruption—and looking for a way to take the assistant chief down. While visiting his feisty adoptive mother Champ, Andy meets a mysterious woman—and following her trail leads him into the true story of...

What I Did On My Christmas Vacation

What I Did On My Christmas Vacation by Erica Ruth Neubauer I read. A lot. I had that personal reading challenge to finish up, and a lot of catching up to do from the last few months of retail purgatory. Since it was the holidays I was definitely feeling nostalgic—all I found myself craving were old movies and a slew of period novels. Luckily for me and my whimsy, there are a number of excellent historical novels both newly released and coming soon. I recommend each and every one of these: JANE STEELE by Lyndsay Faye Putnam March 2016 Hand to my heart, this book positively made me swoon. I will be forcing copies into the hands of every...

THE ALEXANDER BRASS MYSTERY SERIES reviewed

TOO SOON DEAD and THE GIRLS IN THE HIGH-HEELED SHOES: THE ALEXANDER BRASS MYSTERY SERIES By Michael Kurland Titan Books It seems that the era of the 1930’s is gaining in popularity in the mystery world, and if that particular time period flips your skirt, then the Alexander Brass series is one to add to your wish list post-haste. Alexander Brass is a columnist with an office in the New York World newspaper, although he is syndicated across the country. And his particular brand of journalism is bringing the gossip and glamour of New York City to life for his readers. He’s a shrewd newspaperman, and a smart investigator with a vocabulary to...