ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Aug20

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease is benefiting from this promotion in raised awareness and a lot more donation than they’ve had in the past. “As of Wednesday, August 20, The ALS Association has received $31.5 million in donations compared to $1.9 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 20). These donations have come from existing donors and 637,527 new donors to The Association.” I did it and I thought I would link to some of the others that have done it. Michael Connelly’s is...

Tales from the Blue Line 25 Aug12

Tales from the Blue Line 25

Thirty years plus – the amount of time I spent as a police officer – can seem like an eternity, to borrow from an old cliché. But then so can thirty seconds, given the right conditions. Some who study time and space say that it’s proof that there really is no time in the traditional sense, that there are only events by which we measure and change our lives. Some predict that each of us will come to know the difference; to know the truth, in our own time and in our own way. Well, those are muddy waters for us folks stuck in the physical realm. Grasping for higher meanings aside, things can get especially twisted for we who were/are...

Robin Williams and Me Aug11

Robin Williams and Me

I never met Robin Williams but I feel like we had been friends for a long time and I mourn his passing like I would for that of a good friend. My first exposure to his not always controlled madness was seeing him on Happy Days playing an alien who wanted to take Richie back to Ork. This was soon followed by Mork and Mindy. During the run of the show he did a comedy special for HBO which to this day is one of the funniest stand up routines I’ve ever seen. I still have the vinyl record of “reality, what a concept” He started making feature films starting out with comedies but soon also showed us that he could do drama as...

PAPERBACK CONFIDENTIAL by Brian Ritt reviewed

PAPERBACK CONFIDENTIAL Brian Ritt 2014 Stark House The crime fiction/mystery genre is full of reference books and I’m not exaggerating when I say there are hundreds of them. They take a lot of research to put together and a lot of time to write. Some are interesting and some are not, and my problem is usually one of two things, they are too academic and as a result very dry reading. Also a lot of times I’m not really learning anything new as some of these subjects are just over analyzed. PAPERBACK CONFIDENTIAL does not have these problems. Focusing on authors who hit big during the heyday of paperbacks Ritt does a brilliant job of giving us...

Steve Weddle Interviewed By Tim Hennessy

Steve Weddle Interview By Tim Hennessy Steve Weddle’s debut novel-in-stories Country Hardball revolves around a small Arkansas community’s struggles, heartbreak and secrets. It’s a truly exceptional collection of stories that mixes working class tragedy with elements of the crime genre and if that’s your literary sweet spot, you’re in for a fantastic read. In addition to working for a newspaper group, Steve edits Needle: A Magazine of Noir, blogs at Do Some Damage and teaches online classes at LitReactor. Tim Hennessy: What gave you the inkling to try writing fiction? Was there a piece of writing that really excited you? Were you successful...

THE POOR BOY’S GAME by Dennis Tafoya

From the Buzz Bin in the next issue of Crimespree Magazine: Son of a bitch can Dennis Tafoya write! THE POOR BOY’S GAME weighing in at just over 320 pages packs a giant punch, right to the throat. Frannie Mullen used to be a US Marshal, but after a fellow agent and friend is killed in the line of duty she out of work and out of sorts. Trying to put her own life in perspective she is also dealing with a sister who is newly sober and a boyfriend who is not exactly a person on the direct right side of the law. Fate steps in to test her resolve and push her to the limit when her bad assed and criminal father breaks out of prison and she is...

COURIER by Terry Irving reviewed

COURIER Terry Irving 2014 Exhibit A I am a huge fan of early 1970’s thriller movies, especially the political and espionage movies laden with conspiracies. The minute I saw the description on the back of this book, I knew it would be something I would enjoy. And I did. Rick Putnam is in Washington DC 1972, he’s just back from ‘Nam and has a job as a motorcycle courier.  He gets caught up in a nightmare scenario while delivering some footage for a local news station. The film contains an interview with a government employee and it is breaking news. Within a few hours of the interview being filmed everyone involved is dead, except Rick…. So...

Tales From The Blue Line 24 Jul29

Tales From The Blue Line 24

It had been a busy stretch. An immediate assignment “right out of the barn,” as we used to say, virtually every day. At 4:00 p.m. we’d be running to the squad straight from roll call. Better this than getting some over-the-hill day shift detective’s meaningless follow up, one of my partners used to say. And he was right. Nothing worse than finishing someone else’s work because they wanted to go home on time, or because they couldn’t figure it out themselves. So off to the wild blue we went, laughing at the other guys who had to sit and listen to someone tell them how to finish their assignment. “This one’s a...

Wayward Pines Trailer

Love the books by Blake Crouch, it’s a fantastic trilogy that I think everyone should read. I’ve been keeping up with the news on the mini series but having just seen this trailer i am even more excited. I can’t wait!  

Recipe: Kate White’s Olive Cream Pasta Jul22

Recipe: Kate White’s Olive Cream Pasta

Here at Crimespree Castle in lovely downtown Milwaukee we are currently putting together a cook book. Here is one of the featured recipes from the ever amazing Kate White From Kate White, author of Eyes on You: Olive Cream Pasta I love traveling for all the obvious reasons—the pure bliss of being someplace new and exciting, all the sights to be seen and discoveries to be made, and of course the amazing food you can encounter both from smart planning and a bit of sheer luck. But there’s another crazy reason I love to take off for parts unknown. I do some of my best mystery writing when I’m in a new location, particularly if it’s over 80...