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...

Tales From The Blue Line 23 Jul22

Tales From The Blue Line 23

I was initially assigned to the general duty section of the Detective Bureau. We investigated every kind of major felony, but mostly kept track of burglaries in our respective areas. Three of us were assigned to the same unit, to cover the days when one of us was off. We got to be good friends, and socialized a lot. We all had young kids and typical Norman Rockwell type families. We were all married. One of our wives was a registered nurse who worked at a local hospital, the others were homemakers. We were seasoned veterans, but there are always investigations that are beyond one’s ability to anticipate. I believe it’s called...

AUTHOR WORK-SPACES: Burcell, Stanley and Loehfelm Jul19

AUTHOR WORK-SPACES: Burcell, Stanley and Loehfelm

Once again we look into the inner sanctum of authors. Click on photos to see larger.   Robin Burcell: I have two desks. One in the forefront is a treadmill desk (where I will one day install either a standing desk or a properly mounted keyboard. But it works for now!). In the mirror opposite it is my sitting desk. They are literally back-to-back. I move from one to the other quite often during the day. But to make sure that I put in at least a couple of miles walking, my email is only set up on the treadmill desk.     Kelli Stanley: Attached is a photo of a portion of one of my desktops. It requires explanation. My actual...

Tales From The Blue Line 22 Jul16

Tales From The Blue Line 22

The first day that I was assigned to work a one man police squad was – different. Of course I was anxious, as all cops are under that condition. But a short while later my anxiety turned to a sort of bravado. I was young. What did I know? My assignment was in a very quiet area of Milwaukee: The south side. The homes in the area are gorgeous, mostly built in the first half of the twentieth century. Their design was based on the Old world-European style, which still populate most large American cities. Down-to-Earth type people dominated the area. There were some rundown, shanty type homes gathered in the areas where the first family...

Recent Audio Books you Should Check Out Jul14

Recent Audio Books you Should Check Out

Here’s a list of some recent audio books to keep an eye out for (or an ear open for) These have been read in book form or listened to by various Crimespree members and these are all great. ALL DAY AND A NIGHT by Alafair Burke (Harper Collins Audio) Read by Andi Arndt A BETTER WORLD by Marcus Sakey (Brilliance Audio) Read by Luke Daniels BLACKLIST by Jerry Ludwig (Dreamscape Media) Read By John Pruden & Adam Rough THE BONES BENEATH by Mark Billngham (HighBridge Company) Read by Mark Billingham THE BONE ORCHARD by Paul Doiran (Macmillan Audio) Read by Henry Leyva THE CASE OF CHARLES DEXTER WARD by HP Lovecraft (Brilliance Audio)...

Hey Ho Lets Go Jul12

Hey Ho Lets Go

In 1977 I was in the 7th grade and at some point I read an article about a band called The Ramones. It was probably while reading one of my Dad’s copies of Playboy, I actually discovered a lot of music because of the magazine. The write up made me curious and so next time I was at the mall I stopped into a record store called Galaxy Of Sound and bought ROCKET TO RUSSIA. I was almost 14 and had been buying my own music for a little while. I had a broad taste in what I enjoyed. When I put on The Ramones it was unlike anything I had heard before. I noticed twinges of surf music hidden in it, some fifties rock and roll, but mostly what I...

EVERYTHING TO LOSE by Andrew Gross

EVERYTHING TO LOSE Andrew Gross 2014 William Morrow Thriller is a word that is thrown around a lot these days as it has become a favorite of marketing folks (just like noir). What Andrew gross is writing truly is a thriller. He’s got pacing and a sense of urgency running through his books like fire follows gasoline. In EVERYTHING TO LOSE he sets up a wonderful story with Hilary Cantor in what starts out as a blessing is disguise only to discover she may have cursed herself. Hilary’s life has taken a bad turn lately, due in large part to a husband who walks out on her and their son who is suffering from Asperger’s. By sheer chance she...

TALES FROM THE BLUE LINE 21 Jul08

TALES FROM THE BLUE LINE 21

A gruesome murder that created many weeks of Milwaukee Journal newspaper headlines created much, much more than the description of a crime and an acknowledgment of the fear that rippled through the city. International intrigue eventually grew from the violence and the remains of a teenaged girl who lay dead in a wooded area of a small park on the city’s northwest side. The details of the ultra high emotions of everyone involved, from surviving family members of the victim to case investigators, was exposed because of the spectacular nature of the case. A beautiful, athletic, all around high achieving young woman was sexually assaulted...

KING OF THE WEEDS : Spillane/Collins

KING OF THE WEEDS Mickey Spillane/Max Allan Collins 2014 Titan Books A few years back we ran a cover story with Max Allan Collins in which he discussed Mickey Spillane and talked about being asked by Spillane to finish unfinished projects that he had. Max Allan Collins was Spillane’s chosen heir and being a fan of both authors I have to say that the fact is reading this book I can’t tell where Spillane ends and Collins begins. It is proof to me that Collins was the right choice. KING OF THE WEEDS opens with things kind of quiet for Mike Hammer. He and Velda are getting married and long time associate Pat Chambers, Homicide Captain is...

Killing Dan Malmon – Bryan takes a stab Jul05

Killing Dan Malmon – Bryan takes a stab

Kill Malmon By Bryan VanMeter Someone is paying me a lot of money to kill Dan Malmon, enough that I’m not even asking why. By all accounts, he’s just an average guy who’s never wronged another person. Two simple truths keep me on my game. One, things are rarely what they seem. Serial killers are often described as “that nice boy next door”. Drug fronts look like neighborhood electronic shops. Second, I was being paid and as the old line says, money talks. I decided that a simple staged suicide would do the trick. It’s an old routine that works well enough for me. Bust into the house, pull my gun on him, hand him a revolver, and tell him...