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Carrie Fisher’s THE PRINCESS DIARIST is featured in this week’s giveaway

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Giveaway | 0 comments

Carrie Fisher’s THE PRINCESS DIARIST is featured in this week’s giveaway

This week,  CrimeSpree and  Friday Reads Facebook page, are giving away copies of THE PRINCESS DIARIST by Carrie Fisher In 2015, Carrie Fisher discovered journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie; she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous...

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Review of Christina Dodd’s THE WOMAN WHO COULDN’T SCREAM

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

Review of Christina Dodd’s THE WOMAN WHO COULDN’T SCREAM

THE WOMAN WHO COULDN’T SCREAM:The Virtue Falls Series 4 Christina Dodd September 2017 St. Martin’s Press THE WOMAN WHO COULDN’T SCREAM is a classic Christina Dodd novel. Her heroines have some handicap yet are determined in spite of facing adversity. They fight to take control over their life. This installment of the Virtue Falls series brings back Kateri Kwinault, now the sheriff, who ignores her handicap of being physically disabled. The other heroine, a stand-alone character Merida Falcon is mute after a horrific accident. Dodd fabulously...

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Review of Brandman’s MISSING PERSONS

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

Review of Brandman’s MISSING PERSONS

MISSING PERSON,Buddy Steel Book 1 Michael Brandman Poisoned Pen Press Sept 5th, 2017 Michael Brandman has returned to writing with his book MISSING PERSONS. His resume is extensive having co-written nine Jesse Stone movies and three westerns with the legendary actor Tom Selleck, and producing over forty films with screenwriters such as Arthur Miller and Neil Simon. But he is also known for being the original writer of the Robert B. Parker novels after Parker’s death. Besides working on this book Brandman is also in the early stage of a tenth...

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Music To Live By – Rich Zahradnik

Posted by Richard Zahradnik on Oct 22, 2017 in Essay | 0 comments

Music To Live By – Rich Zahradnik

• “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen. I was in high school from 1974 to 1978. The music was awful—disco and hair bands (Foreigner, Styx, Kansas). I discovered Springsteen and he saved me from all that. He mixed the DNA of an old-school rock and roll band with a new, powerful sound. And such great stories. As a writer, I’m drawn as much or more to the lyrics as I am to the music. It was only after setting the Coleridge Taylor series in the seventies that I realized I could have Taylor discover Springsteen and gravitate to him for somewhat...

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World War 2 on the British Home Front: Criminal Villains

Posted by Mark Ellis on Oct 21, 2017 in Behind The Book, Books | 0 comments

World War 2 on the British Home Front: Criminal Villains

I write a crime series set in World War 2 London. It features Frank Merlin, a tough Scotland Yard detective battling domestic crime as his country struggles for survival against Germany’s might. I chose this period as the setting for my books not only because of a long-standing fascination with the war, but also because the wartime years were a boom period for crime in Britain. Between 1939 and 1945, reported crime in England and Wales grew by nearly sixty per cent. There were a number of key factors behind this rise. The blackout and the...

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Interview with Charles Todd

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in Features, Interviews | 0 comments

Interview with Charles Todd

A CASUALTY OF WAR; Bess Crawford Book 9 Charles Todd September 2017 William Morrow A CASUALTY OF WAR by Charles Todd is a winner. This Bess Crawford mystery has the war coming to a close. The story explores the impact World War I had on all who witnessed it: officers, soldiers, doctors, and battlefield nurses. Fans of Bess will not be disappointed as she is still as independent, steadfast, intelligent, and resilient as ever. Per usual she seeks justice and works within societal norms where readers are able to absorb events that are researched...

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Review of Marcia Clark’s SNAP JUDGEMENT

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

Review of Marcia Clark’s SNAP JUDGEMENT

SNAP JUDGEMENT Samantha Brinkman Book 3 Marcia Clark 2017 Thomas & Mercer SNAP JUDGEMENT by Marcia Clark is another winner. With each installment her books get better and better as she blends a riveting story with legal nuances. In this book she manages to cover a multitude of subjects from revenge porn to child sexual abuse to human trafficking. Clark spoke about the increase in revenge porn and how it “is becoming a common way for “exes” to smack the people who reject them. When I was working I dealt with people like that. The boyfriend...

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Attica Locke’s BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD is featured in this week’s giveaway

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in Giveaway | 0 comments

Attica Locke’s BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD is featured in this week’s giveaway

This week,  CrimeSpree and  Friday Reads Facebook page, are giving away copies of BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD by Attica Locke When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules–a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home. When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two...

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Memories Tried & Maybe Not So True

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Books, Essay | 0 comments

Memories Tried & Maybe Not So True

How reliable is memory? According to neuroscientists, not very. While we may view any particular memory as a continuous film of a past scene, those who study how the brain processes describe it as something more like a collage. As a 2012 Psychology Today article summarized, every time we conjure a memory, we are not so much reviewing a complete set of stored data as re-configuring a complex scene from disparate parts. In other words, every memory is newly re-assembled, and even if the pieces are accurate they may be prone to reinterpretation....

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Nights in Dark Metal: How to read Dark Nights: Metal & What’s Behind It All

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Comics | 0 comments

Nights in Dark Metal: How to read Dark Nights: Metal & What’s Behind It All

When Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo got together to write DC Dark Nights: Metal, epic would be a world most easily applied.  With a story that harkens back to the New 52 Batman and the Court of Owls, we see Batman and many other heroes span the multiverse of Batmen (yes, you read that correctly) to solve multiple mysteries. What do dionesium, electrum, promethium, Nth metal and The Court of Owls have to do with it? (What is dionesium – what is electrum– what is promethium – what is Nth metal)  What is the Dark Multiverse?...

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