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INTERVIEW WITH KAREN ROSE

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Books, Features, Interviews | 0 comments

INTERVIEW WITH KAREN ROSE

Although the first novel in a new series, it draws on characters from the Baltimore series.  The heroine, Daisy Dawson, should be recognizable to those readers who have read Rose in the past.  She is a cross-over character whose story is told front and center in this debut. Having moved to Sacramento she is confronted by a disguised gunman who pulls her into an alley.  Instead of fleeing she uses the skills taught by her dad.  As the attacker bolts, Daisy pulls a locket off his neck. A good friend, Sacramento PD Detective...

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INTERVIEW WITH MADDIE DAY

Posted by on Feb 2, 2019 in Features, Interviews | 0 comments

INTERVIEW WITH MADDIE DAY

The pseudonymous Maddie Day is a woman of mystery—which is fitting, given the kinds of books she writes. These include the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries, which debuted in December 2018 with MURDER ON CAPE COD. Under her true name, Edith Maxwell, she is the Agatha- and Macavity Award-nominated author of the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning short crime fiction. She lives north of Boston with her beau and two elderly cats, and enjoys cooking and gardening when she’s not...

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INTERVIEW WITH RONALD H. BALSON

Posted by on Feb 2, 2019 in Books, Features, Interviews | 0 comments

INTERVIEW WITH RONALD H. BALSON

THE GIRL FROM BERLIN by Ronald H. Balson has readers experiencing the emotional roller coaster ride of guilt, anger, fear, and redemption. Chapters alternate between the 1930s/1940s and 2017.  The connection between the time periods is a manuscript that Ada Baumgarten has written about her life under Nazi rule and the devastating effect it had on Jews, particularly Ada’s family. Not only is this book a powerful historical novel but it also has a riveting mystery of murder, deception, and greed. The questions asked throughout the...

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Friday Reads/CRIMESPREE MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: AMY GENTRY!

Posted by on Feb 1, 2019 in Features, Giveaway | 2 comments

Friday Reads/CRIMESPREE MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: AMY GENTRY!

From the author of GOOD AS GONE (“So gripping you might want to start to question your own family’s past”—Entertainment Weekly) comes a brilliant and timely thriller: Strangers on a Trainby way of Thelma and Louise. Dana Diaz is an aspiring stand‑up comedian—a woman in a man’s world. When she meets a tough computer programmer named Amanda Dorn, the two bond over their struggles in boys’ club professions. Dana confides that she’s recently been harassed and assaulted while in L.A., and Amanda comes up with a plan: they...

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PET SPOTLIGHT: JD ALLEN

Posted by JD Allen on Feb 1, 2019 in Features, Pet Spotlight | 0 comments

PET SPOTLIGHT: JD ALLEN

Accidentally Addicted to Felines Editor’s Note: JD Allen has six cats. Six. I never meant to be a Cat Lady. I swear. Collecting is sometimes an accidental thing. My mother-in-law had a set of curtains above her kitchen sink with chickens printed on them and the next thing she knew every holiday people were giving her chicken shit. Not chicken shit, but chicken shaped and decorated knickknacks. It got weird. Did you know there was a chicken Chia head? Like her, I started slow, with a respectable number of cats. Two. I had Bonnie and Clyde. It...

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INTERVIEW WITH BARRY EISLER

Posted by on Jan 30, 2019 in Features, Interviews | 0 comments

INTERVIEW WITH BARRY EISLER

Mike Barson: Having characters from multiple series cross-over is an endlessly appealing premise…. Why did you decide to do it now with John Rain, whom you “retired” years ago, and recent creation Livia Lone? Eisler: In some ways it wasn’t hard, because Rain is always trying to retire—to kill his way out of the killing business—and he never seems to make it. On top of which, Livia and Rain’s partner, former Marine sniper Dox, teamed up in the previous book, The Night Trade, and that turned into an interesting relationship....

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INTERVIEW WITH CHARLES TODD

Posted by on Jan 29, 2019 in Books, Features, Interviews | 0 comments

INTERVIEW WITH CHARLES TODD

THE BLACK ASCOT by Charles Todd ratchets up the mystery. Readers are able to get a deeper understanding of Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, while getting a glimpse of the social and political trends of the 1920s.  Unlike many of the past plot-lines, this one focuses on a Cold Case.  Ten years ago, a woman was murdered after attending the Black Ascot race, the famous 1910 royal horserace honoring the late King Edward VII.  The suspect, Alan Barrington, has eluded capture and the aggressive manhunt.  Now it appears that Barrington has...

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BOOK REVIEW: THE EARL AND THE ENCHANTRESS

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in Books, Features, Interviews | 0 comments

BOOK REVIEW: THE EARL AND THE ENCHANTRESS

THE EARL AND THE ENCHANTRESS by Paullett Golden brings to life the 1790s in this historical novel with a touch of romance.  As an English professor at the American Military University she has decided to become an author as well. In this debut novel her heroine lives in King Arthur’s birthplace, while the hero lives where King Arthur supposedly died.  Throughout the story tidbits of King Arthur are weaved as the mystery develops regarding the hero’s haunted past. “King Arthur just came to me as a symbol.  It was not a preconceived idea. ...

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INTERVIEW WITH LARRY LOFTIS

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in Books, Features, Interviews | 0 comments

INTERVIEW WITH LARRY LOFTIS

CODE NAME: LISE by Larry Loftis brings to life the most highly decorated woman spy. The story delves into how Odette Sansom displayed courage and patriotism while having to endure endless torture by the Nazis. Born in France and living in England Odette decides she wants to help with the war cause.  Because of her knowledge of the French language and customs she was recruited into Britain’s Special Operations Executive Program to conduct espionage on the Germans during WWII.  Working closely with her commanding officer, Peter Churchill, they...

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INTERVIEW WITH DAVID R. GILLHAM

Posted by on Jan 22, 2019 in Books, Features, Interviews | 0 comments

INTERVIEW WITH DAVID R. GILLHAM

ANNELIES by David R. Gillham has Anne Frank surviving the Holocaust. As the “what if” comes true, the book presents a story of hope, survival, trauma and redemption. But it is also a reminder of what was lost during the Holocaust: how many of those lives taken away had such promise. Gillham gives Anne Frank’s life back to her, a life brutally cut short by the Nazi monsters. Gillham skillfully transforms Anne from a bright-eyed girl with dreams and ambitions to a bitter, angry teenager who suffers from survivor’s guilt and PTSD. The author...

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