5 Things I Learned from Writing Crime Fiction by E...

THE LOOK-ALIKE is my twenty-third, full length suspense novel. I’ve written in other genres, but my life’s work has been devoted to crime fiction: thriller, romantic suspense, woman in jeopardy, supernatural thriller, police procedural, mystery, and with THE LOOK-ALIKE, the domestic thriller as well. I’ve explored them all, often threading together elements of the various sub-genres. Twenty-three, full-length novels. How many pages is that? How many words? Do I count rough drafts? How about pages, paragraphs and recently my entire work-in-progress, cut? I love words not numbers, so I’ll never know the answer to that. But what I do know is,...

Behind the Book with Peter Robinson

Perhaps this column should really be called BEHIND THE BOOKS, as Many Rivers to Cross is the second in a proposed trilogy. Publishers are wary of promoting trilogies until they are finished for two reasons: first, the author might never finish the third book, and second, people might be put off buying books two and three unless they have read book one. I tried to get around that problem by having each book include a mystery of its own, which takes up the majority of the space, as well as an ongoing story to be told in stages throughout the three books. You can certainly read Many Rivers to Cross without first reading Careless Love, as it...

5 Iconic Aprons

When my British mother slipped on an apron, four active, hungry children knew food was on the way. And her shout to don our hand-stitched “pinnies,” was as clear a call to dinner as any bell. As I write this, I realize something obvious but never questioned. My brother wasn’t required to wear a pinafore to protect his clothes. And so wrapped in this small anecdote is the conundrum of the apron. Is it a symbol of feminine oppression as sometimes argued, a practical garment, or a colorful and often personalized accessory? All three perhaps. Iris Buckley, my sleuth in the Apron Shop Series, sells vintage aprons and household linens at Ruffles...

Crimefest News Dec10

Crimefest News

If you’re looking for a perfect gift for the crime fiction aficionado in your life, there’s only a few days left for the Early Bird offer for CrimeFest tickets. Delegates have until 16 December to book a full pass for the four-day convention for just £165, when the price then goes up to £185. Featured guest authors announced to date at CrimeFest 2020 are Laura Lippman, talking about her upcoming collection of essays My Life as a Villainess. Also featuring is Robert Goddard, this year’s winner of the Crime Writers’ Association’s most prestigious award: the Diamond Dagger lifetime achievement award for authors whose careers are marked by...

Cover Reveal: DARK TOMORROW by Reece Hirsch

From the author… Thanks to Crimespree for hosting the cover reveal for my next thriller, DARK TOMORROW! I think artist Rex Bonomelli created a wonderfully creepy vibe with this cover for the second book in my Lisa Tanchik series. The photo that was the basis for the design was a Big-Brother’s-eye view of a Washington, D.C. pedestrian crosswalk. This cover perfectly captures the tone of DARK TOMORROW, which portrays what a full-on cyberwarfare attack on the East Coast might look like. For more of Rex Bonomelli’s wonderful work (including Stephen King’s 11/22/63 and UNDER THE DOME!), check out rexbonomelli.com. DARK TOMORROW will be...