CRIMESPREES by John A. Connell

CRIMESPREE ARTICLE by John A. Connell Spree [sprē]: an unrestrained indulgence in or outburst of activity Spree…an appropriate word for what the killer does in my crime thriller, Ruins of War—and with a vengeance! Much like Jack the Ripper terrorized London, the killer in my novel terrorizes post-World War II Munich. When the inspiration first came to me to create a story with U.S. Army detective Mason Collins in devastated Munich, I hadn’t yet decided on what kind of cataclysm would befall Mason. I knew I wanted him to be challenged to his limits, and that the stakes would be so high that failure to solve the case would have terrible...

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee 2015 May18

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee 2015

The Murder and Mayhem website is updated for this year. murdermayhemmilwaukee.com We have a list of authors already lined up and there will be more to come. We’ll probably have between 25 and 28 authors total. Here’s the list so far: Tasha Alexander Rob Brunet Cara Brookins Reed Coleman Andrew Grant Alex Grecian Michael Koryta Lori Rader-Day JD Rhoades Tom Schreck Johnny Shaw Michael Stanley Registration is also live, you can register through the site or by mail with a check or money order. murdermayhemmilwaukee.com/register-donate/ We also have a new bookseller this year. Richard will be there with some collectible books, Don Longmuir of...

Spider-Verse Hardcover Collection Reviewed

    SPIDER-VERSE Marvel Comics I’ve been reading comics now for at least 45 years. When I started I would pick comics based on cool covers and Spider-Man always had cool covers. Soon I started reading favorite characters and while I leaned more towards the DC family of superheroes, I liked my share of Marvel as well. As I grew older it would go back and forth but there were always two constants in my comic book reading. Batman and Spider-Man. Going back to the 70’s I’ve seen a lot of versions and variations of Spider-Man and read a lot of different writers and artists take on the wallcrawler. Of late Dan Slott has been at the helm...

Jane Bond 008? May08

Jane Bond 008?

I’m a huge fan of espionage and spy books and movies and James Bond is totally responsible for this. I watched the movies as a kid and continue to do so. I got the books from my mother and loved them. I of course have spent many hours of my life discussing the various Bonds and who I like best and in what order (Sean Connery is my favorite). It is my own personal theory that 007 James Bond is a designation, given to a new recruit when a “Bond” dies. This explains the variations. In one of the movies we met 009 played by Sean Bean. So why aren’t we seeing a woman in the role of 006 or 008 or some other number? With the popularity...

Getting The Raven Award May02

Getting The Raven Award

I can’t pinpoint exactly when I went from being just a reader and fan of the mystery genre to being a cheerleader and vocal supporter. I do know the details though, it was the first half of the 90s, I had been reading for years and had discovered a book store here in Milwaukee that carried JUST mysteries. I started going to Mystery One on a regular basis and Richard Katz started putting more and more authors in my hands. The turning point came when he asked me if I was coming to a book signing the following week. I said that sounds like fun and picked up 2 books by Sparkle Hayter to read before she came. They were loads of fun and great...