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This Week’s Giveaway: A TRICK OF LIGHT by Stan Lee

Posted by on Jan 3, 2020 in Features, Giveaway | 2 comments

This Week’s Giveaway: A TRICK OF LIGHT by Stan Lee

To be entered in the drawing, send an email to:  Jon@crimespreemag.com Put CONTEST in the subject line. Please include your address in the body of the email. A TRICK OF LIGHT by Stan Lee From Stan Lee, the pop-culture legend behind Marvel’s Avengers, Black Panther, X-Men, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and Iron Man, comes a major publishing event. One of the last creative acts of a master storyteller, A Trick of Light was first introduced in the best-selling audiobook Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light. The hardcover features exclusive...

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BOOK REVIEW CHRISTMAS IN WINTER VALLEY

Posted by on Jan 2, 2020 in Books, Features, Reviews | 0 comments

BOOK REVIEW CHRISTMAS IN WINTER VALLEY

Christmas in Winter Valley by Jodi Thomas has an unusual format.  Instead of having one hero and heroine there are multiple relationships.  Each are connected with the theme involving the importance of family. The author noted, “Having many relationships, instead of just one, has become very much my style. I like to have an interconnection between the lives of those who live on a ranch as well as a sense of community. I wanted to explore how love develops differently for different ages.” The series involves three brothers who appear nothing...

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Review of Unspeakable Things by Jess Lourey

Posted by on Jan 1, 2020 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

Review of Unspeakable Things by Jess Lourey

People talk about how “things were better” when they were growing up. Kids could play outside from dawn to dusk. They would leave the house after breakfast, run around the neighborhood with maybe a stop for lunch, and then return home either when Dad sounded the dinner whistle, or the streetlights came on. But then things changed, and children lost this freedom in their own neighborhoods and towns. Jess Lourey details this change in her latest novel, UNSPEAKABLE THINGS, and why children were kept closer to home in the northern Minnesota town...

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INTERVIEW WITH J. D. Griffo

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

INTERVIEW WITH J. D. Griffo

Murder At Icicle Lodge by J. D. Griffo brings back the Ferrara women detective team. They are investigating a murder where the people of interest mount up. The four women are related and range in age from 65 to GenX. They are Alberta, her granddaughter Jinx, sister Helen and her sister-in-law Joyce with a supporting cast of police chief, Vinny; Jinx’s boyfriend, Freddy; Alberta’s boyfriend, Sloan; and Helen’s frenemy Father Sal. What makes these characters so likeable is their humorous banter. This installment has reporter Jinx invited to...

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5 Iconic Aprons

Posted by Elizabeth Penney on Dec 27, 2019 in Books, Features, Five Things | 0 comments

5 Iconic Aprons

When my British mother slipped on an apron, four active, hungry children knew food was on the way. And her shout to don our hand-stitched “pinnies,” was as clear a call to dinner as any bell. As I write this, I realize something obvious but never questioned. My brother wasn’t required to wear a pinafore to protect his clothes. And so wrapped in this small anecdote is the conundrum of the apron. Is it a symbol of feminine oppression as sometimes argued, a practical garment, or a colorful and often personalized accessory? All three perhaps....

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THIS WEEK’S GIVEAWAY: HEMS & HOMICIDE by ELIZABETH PENNEY

Posted by on Dec 27, 2019 in Features, Giveaway | 0 comments

THIS WEEK’S GIVEAWAY: HEMS & HOMICIDE by ELIZABETH PENNEY

To be entered in the drawing, send an email to:  Jon@crimespreemag.com Put CONTEST in the subject line. Please include your address in the body of the email. HEMS & HOMICIDE by Elizabeth Penney Welcome to the first in the Apron Shop mystery series by Elizabeth Penney, set in the quaint village of Blueberry Cove, Maine where an expert seamstress turned amateur sleuth is getting measured for murder. . . Iris Buckley is sew ready for a change. After the death of her beloved grandfather, Iris decides to stay in her Maine hometown to help...

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INTERVIEW WITH MAISEY YATES

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

INTERVIEW WITH MAISEY YATES

Cowboy Christmas Redemption by Maisey Yates is written in the same spirit as the old Jimmy Stewart movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life.” There are pieces of both that are not blushingly happy and celebratory. Yet, in the end there is a happy ending. Caleb Dalton has loved Ellie Bell from the first minute he saw her but because she was going to be married to his best friend, Clint, he repressed his feelings as much as he possibly could. Four plus years ago, Clint died in a helicopter accident while fighting a fire. Knowing his friend would want him...

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BOOK REVIEW A KILLER CAROL

Posted by on Dec 23, 2019 in Books, Features, Interviews | 0 comments

BOOK REVIEW A KILLER CAROL

A Killer Carol by Laura Bradford expertly combines a good mystery within the Amish community.  In this novel, she is able to highlight the suspense with a secondary story about Christmas preparations and festivities. Bradford decided to write the series because she wanted to “have an interesting backdrop for a mystery.  They live in the 1800s with no cell phones in their houses, do not keep large amounts of money in their house, will not take photographs, will not have Christmas trees, and are wary of the police. In some ways, it is like...

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INTERVIEW WITH KAREN ROSE

Posted by on Dec 20, 2019 in Books, Features, Interviews | 0 comments

INTERVIEW WITH KAREN ROSE

With Into The Dark, Karen Rose has outdone herself, which is hard to do. This story is a great read for the holiday season: full of intense scenes of suspense, a sprinkle of romance, and great characters the readers will fall in love with.  The core of the story is finding acceptance, trust, and love while struggling to avoid extreme danger.  But an added bonus is how Rose delves into subjects such as living with the handicap of deafness, being HIV positive, and child abuse. The story opens with a bang as teenager Michael Rowland is being...

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THIS WEEK’S GIVEAWAY: HALF WAY HOME by HUGH HOWEY

Posted by on Dec 20, 2019 in Giveaway | 0 comments

THIS WEEK’S GIVEAWAY: HALF WAY HOME by HUGH HOWEY

To be entered in the drawing, send an email to:  Jon@crimespreemag.com Put CONTEST in the subject line. Please include your address in the body of the email. HALF WAY HOME by Hugh Howey From the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of Wooland the Molly Fyde saga comes a story of teenage colonists marooned on a distant planet. WE WOKE IN FIRE  Five hundred colonists have been sent across the stars to settle an alien planet. Vat-grown in a dream-like state, they are educated through simulations by an artificial...

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