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CRIMESPREE ISSUE 65

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in News | 3 comments

CRIMESPREE ISSUE 65

Crimespree issue 65 featuring Nick Petrie   Our next issue is ready,Nick Petrie is on the cover .  Kristi Belcamino and Chris Holm are back with new columns. There are lots of interviews and great articles.   If you need to subscribe or renew information is RIGHT HERE  ...

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MEDDLING KIDS by Edgar Cantero

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Books, Features, Reviews | 0 comments

MEDDLING KIDS by Edgar Cantero

MEDDLING KIDS Edgar Cantero July 2017 Doubleday Honestly, Cantero had me at “Meddling Kids.” As a child who grew up on Scooby Doo (I used to measure units of time in Scooby Doo episodes, according to my parents.) I was both excited and leery that this book may or may not pay off. I was pleased when it did. The Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in Oregon’s Zoinx River Valley….get it, you guys? ZOINX?) solves their last case in the summer of 1977, literally unmasking an old man who had been causing trouble. The...

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Review of Archie: the Crossover Collection

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Comics, Reviews | 0 comments

Review of Archie: the Crossover Collection

There have been many crossovers with the famed Archie and his gang; and many pop culture symbols, icons, and stars. From Sesame street to the Punisher, Archie’s gang has seen it all. This collection features, the Ramones, Michael Strahan, George Takei, Lady Gaga, and Mark Zuckerberg. Each comic has its own character from Archie’s universe to focus on alongside their stars. The Archies team up with the Ramones to solve their rock and roll problems with a helping hand from Sabrina. Michael Strahan encourages Moose to break his idol’s record in...

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Interview with K.J. Howe

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Features, Interviews | 0 comments

Interview with K.J. Howe

THE FREEDOM BROKER K. J. Howe 2017 Quercus Pub 2017 THE FREEDOM BROKER, K. J. Howe’s debut novel introduces Thea Paris, an elite kidnap and ransom specialist. Shortly after returning from saving a hostage Thea must face her most challenging rescue when her oil-magnate father, Carlos, is kidnapped on a yacht where very few clues are evident. To make matters worse the kidnappers won’t negotiate and only leave cryptic messages in Latin. In search of her father she travels to Africa, Greece, and Turkey and comes into contact with dubious players...

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Review of Kathy Reich’s TWO NIGHTS

Posted by on Jul 22, 2017 in Reviews | 0 comments

Review of Kathy Reich’s TWO NIGHTS

TWO NIGHTS Kathy Reichs Bantam Pub July 11th, 2017 TWO NIGHTS has writer Kathy Reichs venturing into new territory. This novel’s plot line and characters do not delve into forensic anthropology as with the Temperance Brennan series, the basis for the hit TV show Bones. What both have in common are main characters that bring justice to the families and the victims, whether dead or alive. The featured character, Sunday Night, is the direct opposite of Temperance Brennan in many ways. She is not a scientist, but ex-military and an ex-cop who...

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Crime Authors On Their Favorite TV Shows

Posted by Libby Cudmore on Jul 21, 2017 in Essay, Television | 1 comment

Crime Authors On Their Favorite TV Shows

I have never written a crime story that wasn’t influenced, in some small part, by The Shield. From the whip crack of the pilot right through the brutal finale, Shawn Ryan’s gang of LA cops was a veritable showcase of men and women who alternated seamlessly between charming and corrupt, who were complex and messy without ever fully sacrificing the audience’s sympathy and understanding of what made each of them tick. Ryan turned Michael Chiklis’ roly-poly Commish into the jacked and nasty Vic Mackey and gave us Walton...

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Mackay’s EVERY NIGHT I DREAM OF HELL is featured in this week’s giveaway

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Giveaway | 0 comments

Mackay’s EVERY NIGHT I DREAM OF HELL is featured in this week’s giveaway

This week,  CrimeSpree and  Friday Reads Facebook page, are giving away copies of EVERY NIGHT I DREAM OF HELL by Malcolm Mackay   “Don’t pick up a Mackay book unless you’ve got spare time. They’re habit-forming.” –New York Times From the award-winning author of The Glasgow Trilogy comes Every Night I Dream of Hell, a dark and thrilling Glaswegian crime drama. Nate Colgan would be the first to admit that his violent reputation makes him very good at his job–and bad at everything else. After...

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2017 Crime Novel of the Year Announced

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Awards, Features | 0 comments

You can see a video from the awards presentation on our Facebook page. Chris Brookmyre has tonight scooped the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award for Black Widow. Celebrating its thirteenth year, the Award is considered one of the most coveted crime writing prizes in the country. Black Widow is a story of cyber-abuse, where ‘even the twists have twists’. It features Brookmyre’s long-time character, reporter Jack Parlabane. Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon tweeted that she had been given the novel as an early...

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Kathy Reichs talks about TWO NIGHTS

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Interviews | 0 comments

Kathy Reichs talks about TWO NIGHTS

Elise Cooper: Where did you get the idea for this story? Kathy Reichs: Sunnie grew out of a story from an earlier book, Death du Jour. It is based on a true cult where seventy-five people were killed. Three of the victims were in Quebec, parents and a baby, who were assassinated. This actually happened and I was present when they came to our lab for autopsy. After thinking about the mentality of cults and why they kill themselves and others I did a lot of research on the psychology. This gave me rise to think, ‘what if someone grew up in the...

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Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival (Harrogate) Preview

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Events, Features | 1 comment

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival (Harrogate) Preview

Tomorrow I’ll take a train north from London to the idyllic town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire for the annual festival affectionally known as Harrogate. (The full name, Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, includes the name of the long-time sponsor, Theakston Brewing Company, and one of their signature beverages, Old Peculier ale.) Like any crime fiction gathering, Harrogate has elements that make each year unique as well as characteristics that keep readers flocking back year after year. Venue Unlike Bouchercon or Left Coast...

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Meet the new Doctor, not the same as the old Doctor

Posted by on Jul 16, 2017 in Television | 0 comments

Meet the new Doctor, not the same as the old Doctor

When Tom Baker decided he was tired of wearing a long scarf and eating jelly babies, rumors spread that his replacement might be a woman. Baker fueled those speculations with the following comment:: “Well, you’re making an assumption that it’s going to be a man.” Years later, speculation was fueled when Helen Mirren, after shooting down rumors she would be piloting the Tardis, went on the record with that following bold statement: “I’m not going to be the first female Doctor Who – no, no, no,” she said. “I absolutely wouldn’t contemplate...

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