Ian Rankin’s Knots And Crosses Turns 30 Mar19

Ian Rankin’s Knots And Crosses Turns 30

March 19th 1987 saw the first of the John Rebus books hit the book shelves and it was the beginning of an amazing career both for the character and the author. Ian Rankin is now one the best selling mystery authors in the world and among readers he is always a favorite.   Like Ian, John Rebus lives and works in Edinburgh. Ian has become something of a celebrity appearing on numerous TV shows and is often sought out for his opinions on numerous topics.  My thinking is that it’s because Ian is a really clever and lovely man.   John Rebus has also gone on to become a celebrity and has had his own TV show and radio plays. Rebus...

Branding – Book Covers Mar18

Branding – Book Covers

As both a reader and a person who knows industry professionals I hear the term branding used a lot. Branding is an important tool when marketing both books and an author. It’s part of the reason that when you hear the name David Morrell or Clive Cussler you immediately think of thrillers. There are a lot of aspects of branding but what I want to touch on is the books themselves and in particular the way they look. Walking into a bookstore or viewing books online covers play a big part. As a reader I have always loved looking to my shelves and being able to spot a specific author’s books just by the look. It gives them a sense of continuity....

Review of JUGHEAD, Vol II

JUGHEAD,VOLUME 2 Chip Zdarsky and Ryan North March 14th, 2017 Archie Comic Publications Almost 8 months have passed since the first collection of Jughead comic books, in the form of Jughead, Volume 1, came hot off the presses and now the time has come for the next installment. The art may have changed but happily the man (or burger eating machine) portrayed has not. Jughead Jones has his summer spirit in full swing with his career of playing video games with Hot Dog, his trusty hound, at his side; that is, until his father tells him to actually do something. He goes off on a hiking trip with an even more girl crazy Archie which turns into a...

Review of IN FARLEIGH FIELD & Rhys Bowen Inte...

IN FARLEIGH FIELD Rhys Bowen March 1, 2017 Lake Union Pub IN FARLEIGH FIELD by Rhys Bowen is a fact filled historical mystery. The story takes place during 1941 in the English countryside. Inspired by the events of World War II this is a sweeping and riveting stand-alone novel involving class, family, love, and betrayal. The plot is built around three life long friends: Ben Cresswell, the Vicar’s son, who now serves as a homeland spy; Lady Pamela Sutton, the middle daughter of an aristocratic family who decodes German correspondence at Bletchley; and Jeremy Prescott, an injured RAF fighter pilot. Their carefree youth is contrasted with the...

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL… Mar13

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL…

sup•port səˈpôrt/Submit verb 1- bear all or part of the weight of; hold up. 2- give assistance to, especially financially; enable to function or act. I recently had a number of discussions with a number of people in the mystery community, authors, readers and other pros. Something that kept coming up was the topic of showing support for authors, bookstores and events. There are a number of ways to show support but there also seems to be some confusion over what support actually is. In the book world it’s not voting or putting a sticker on your car. It involves a bit of spending. If a local author is having a signing at a local...