Q&A with Ace Atkins

Michael Barson: Ten years ago you were carving out your career with a series of historical crime novels that revisited iconic events and characters from the past, beginning with WHITE SHADOW in 2006. Those were very good books, but each one was a battle for attention and sales. Now here you are a decade later with not one but two successful series, the award-nominated Sheriff Quinn Colson, and Robert B. Parker’s Spenser. Did you ever see this coming? Ace Atkins: At that time, I actually vowed to never write a series ever again. I was pretty happy working on my true crime novels and saw that being my career path for a long while. But...

Review of MAGPIE MURDERS by Anthony Horowitz

MAGPIE MURDERS Anthony Horowitz 2017 HarperCollins Magpie Murders opens in the present day, with editor Susan Ryeland curled up in bed in her London flat. She has wine, snacks, cigarettes, and appropriate mystery-reading weather, rain. She’s settling in with the latest manuscript of the ninth Atticus Pünd mystery, Magpie Murders, written by her publisher’s highest grossing and most irascible author, Alan Conway. Four pages later, we leave Susan behind, and the Atticus Pünd mystery begins. This novel within a novel starts with a new, nearly identical title page. The difference is the author’s name — Alan Conway this time instead of Anthony...

Benjamin Percy Signing Aug10

Benjamin Percy Signing

Went to a great signing tonight. Benjamin Percy was in town for THE DARK NET and signed at Boswell Book Company. After being introduced he talked about the inspiration for the book, he read and he answered questions. And there were some good questions. THE DARK NET is a terrific read and I would recommend it to all. Benjamin has a great reading voice and his inflections were spot on. If I didn’t already love the book this signing would have been enough to make me buy it. And I’ll tell you what, this book is in my top five of the year. Dan  interviewed him : HERE Also Dan did a review: HERE The book really is great, he’s...

Review of PARADISE VALLEY by C.J. Box

PARADISE VALLEY: Highway Quartet Series Book 4 C. J. Box July 2017 Minotaur Books Pub PARADISE VALLEY by C. J. Box is the final in the Highway Quartet Series. Each book is interconnected starting with BACK OF BEYOND that introduces former sheriff Cody Hoyt. In the next book of the series, THE HIGHWAY, he becomes the mentor of his rookie partner Cassie Dewell as they battle the serial killer the Lizard King. Box has come full circle ending in the same setting that it all began in, Paradise Valley with Cassie driven by events that happened in THE HIGHWAY. Box is “debating internally if I will bring Cassie and Company back. When I finished...

Behind the Book: Dana King

I’m from Penns River. Not Penns River by name, but the three small cities that make up the city in my books. Born in one (the hospital has since closed and become an urgent care/testing facility), taken home to another (the apartment has since burned down), and grew up in the third (my parents still live in the house). All three combined cover 16.6 square miles (the rural township that makes up “unincorporated Neshannock County” is another 15.2 with 2,240 people crammed into it.) For comparison purposes, the land area of Manhattan Island is 22.8 square miles. These are not metropolii. The average household income is about three-quarters the...