Bouchercon Bookroom by Reed Farrel Coleman Jun20

Bouchercon Bookroom by Reed Farrel Coleman

This is a piece Reed wrote for Crimespree last year. It was good advice then and it still is now. If you are an author going to Bouchercon…. read ahead. Bouchercon Book Room Several issues ago I discussed complaints some colleagues had shared with me about the stock carried by booksellers at recent Bouchercons. One incident was particularly egregious. A bookseller at a B’con in an author’s hometown, a store at which this author had done very successful launch parties, had only a handful of this author’s books for sale. While an extreme example, it was representative of what I considered a disturbing trend. The tendency for booksellers...

Upcoming Events at Once Upon A Crime Jun14

Upcoming Events at Once Upon A Crime

  Sat. 6/18 1:00 – Dennis Herschbach “An Iron Fist, Two Harbors” – Signing Wed. 6/29 7:00 – Victoria Houston “Dead Loudmouth” Casual chat and signing Sat. 7/9 12:00 – Gerry Schmitt “Little Girl Gone” Signing for new series of MN author Thu. 7/21 7:00 – Jessie Chandler “Blood Money Murder” Launch party for MN author Sat. 7/30 1:00 – Shaun Harris “The Hemingway Thief” Signing for debut novel Sat. 8/6 12:00 – Monica Ferris “Knit Your Own Murder” Signing for MN author Thu. 8/11 7:00 – “Cooked to Death” Launch of MN author Anthology Sat. 8/20 1:00 – Barbara Schlichting...

THE AMERICANS: The Complete Third Season Reviewed

THE AMERICANS Third Season FOX Home Entertainment   From the outset this show has pulled that wonderful trick of getting me to cheer for people who are actually the bad guys. Phil and Liz Jennings have been trained and set up in the US by Russia to do what they can to slow down our brand of Democracy. Usually they come off as pretty nice folks and we want to like them but then they go on a mission and then we are reminded that oh yes, they are Russian Spies! Season three the bar has been raised. Reagan is making the overtures that will eventually “end communism” and the Russians are having more than a few problems with their war in...

GRANTCHESTER Season 2

GRANTCHESTER Complete Second Season PBS We loved the first season of Granchester and so we could not wait to sit down with this DVD set. Reverend Sidney Chambers (James Norton and Inspector Goerdie Keating (Robson Green) are such an unlikely but prefect team-up for solving mysteries. They complement each other so well in personality and action. Season two opens with 1954 Grantchester being a pretty happy place. Sidney and Geordie seem to be in good place and so it’s only natural that something would happen to throw a wrench into this. A case comes along that has ongoing consequences though out the season. A girl is found dead, she’s under...

Review DECEMBER BOYS

DECEMBER BOYS Joe Clifford June 2016 Ocean View In the Jay Porter series, DECEMBER BOYS is the second book and LAMENTATION is the first. Jay now has a family, Jenny and Aiden, and a new job at NEI, investigating insurance claims. There is no wasting time in DECEMBER BOYS. First chapter leads Jay to an insurance claim that has turned out to be a false claim. While Jay is questioning one young boy, he notices pictures of the boy’s brother. This causes Jay to have flashbacks of his own brother, Chris, and of all the times they had together. Jay is having issues letting the Lombardi case to rest. It haunts him. Now he has this new case...