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Review of Robert B. Parker’s LITTLE WHITE LIES

Posted by on May 7, 2017 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

Review of Robert B. Parker’s LITTLE WHITE LIES

ROBERT B. PARKER’S LITTLE WHITE LIES Ace Atkins Spenser Book 45 May 2, 2017 G. P. Putnam’s Sons ROBERT B. PARKER’S LITTLE WHITE LIE by Ace Atkins is another winner. Having taken over writing the Spenser novels nothing has been lost with this smart aleck character. Using his past experience as a journalist Atkins created an engaging story. Spenser’s long time girlfriend psychologist Susan Silverman has referred one of her clients, Connie Kelly, to him. Thinking she found the perfect man on an on-line dating site Connie eagerly wrote him a...

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You’ve Come a Long Way Baby; Feminist Crime Fiction

Posted by Kelly Oliver on May 6, 2017 in Books, Essay | 0 comments

You’ve Come a Long Way Baby; Feminist Crime Fiction

Remember the gumshoe lured into a trap by a beguiling femme fatale? If he was lucky, he survived and went on to marry the good girl. This was the staple of classic crime fiction and Hollywood film noir. There were two kinds of girls: the ones guys can’t resist, and those they marry, either sexy bad girls and “cute kid” good girls. Our male protagonist was a loner—usually a drinker—who prowled the mean streets, subject to his own unwritten code, but outside the law. Like Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe or Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade, they...

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Review of NOTHING SHORT OF DYING

Posted by on May 6, 2017 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

Review of NOTHING SHORT OF DYING

NOTHING SHORT OF DYING Erik Storey 2016 Simon and Schuster When it comes to crime fiction, escaping the clichés necessary to write a novel with mass appeal while also offering a unique, fresh reading experience is almost impossible to achieve. Erik Storey’s NOTHING SHORT OF DYING, however, pulls it off, and the author does so in a way that is even more impressive: with his debut. Rough men, violence, guns, shady pasts, a new love interest, and drugs are all classic elements that can be found in this narrative, but Storey uses them wisely...

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Review of ONE PERFECT LIE

Posted by on May 6, 2017 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

Review of ONE PERFECT LIE

ONE PERFECT LIE Lisa Scottoline April 11, 2017 St. Martin’s Press ONE PERFECT LIE by Lisa Scottoline is a home run. Baseball is the springboard for the riveting mystery that includes a lot of curve balls. Not only do the characters deceive each other, but with the many twists and turns so will the readers. This suburban domestic crime thriller plays off the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing that looms powerfully in the background. Scottoline came up with the idea for the story, “Last year I was asked to throw out the first pitch at a...

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Poisoned Pen 20th Anniversary Celebration!

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Events, Features | 0 comments

Poisoned Pen 20th Anniversary Celebration!

Our 20th anniversary celebration is at the Poisoned Pen bookstore this coming Sunday, May 7, at 2:00 pm. We have two debut PPP authors signing their May releases (Thomas Kies with Random Road; Annie Hogsett with Too Lucky to Live), and Tammy Kaehler signs her fifth in the Kate Reilly racing series, Kiss the Bricks. We will also have Fred Ramsay, Donis Casey, James Sallis & Meg Dobson on hand to sign our anthology Bound By Mystery. Local PPP author Betty Webb will also attend. Founded in 1997 by Robert Rosenwald (President and Founder),...

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David Swinson’s CRIME SONG is featured in this week’s giveaway

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Giveaway | 0 comments

David Swinson’s CRIME SONG is featured in this week’s giveaway

This week,  CrimeSpree and  Friday Reads Facebook page, are giving away copies of  CRIME SONG by David Swinson CRIME SONG The return of Frank Marr, the “refreshing” protagonist of one of the New York Times’ Best Crime Novels of 2016 Frank Marr was a good cop with a bad habit, until his burgeoning addictions to alcohol and cocaine forced him into retirement from the DC police. Now barely eking out a living as a private investigator, he agrees to take on a family case: a favor for his aunt, who was like a second mother to him...

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Free Comic Book Day Is Saturday

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Comics, Events | 0 comments

Free Comic Book Day Is Saturday

Every spring we kick off our leaving the house into the warmer weather with a trip to C2E2 in Chicago. It’s a wonderful weekend celebration of comics and pop culture.  It is very quickly followed by what has become a Jordan holiday, FREE COMIC BOOK DAY (click through the link for their home page). Hundreds of stores across the US will be giving away comic books this Saturday. The goal is of course promotion, bring new people to comic book stores and bring in new readers to comics.  And I think it does do this though how well I...

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Thomas Pluck talks about Bad Boy Boogie

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Books, Essay | 0 comments

Thomas Pluck talks about Bad Boy Boogie

Some of my favorite crime series are duos: Hap and Leonard. Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell. Easy Rawlins and Mouse. Spenser and Hawk. They go together like coffee and begneits, or a burger and fries. When you read enough of these (not that I can ever get enough) you start noticing that one partner is often on the side of order and goodness and the law, while the other appeals to our baser natures: revenge, street justice, and violent retribution. They are the angel and the devil on the shoulders of the story, or...

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Sam Wiebe Talks Music

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Books, Essay | 0 comments

Sam Wiebe Talks Music

Sam Wiebe’s latest, INVISIBLE DEAD is out now! (In the US from Quercus) We’d like to thank Sam for this awesome essay. You can follow Sam on Twitter at @sam_wiebe Music is an age-old shorthand for who we are. It conveys culture, age, taste, values, even behavior. Music’s ability to reveal our deepest and truest character is absolutely ironclad—all Nickelback fans are morally suspect, while fans of Brahms and Dolly Parton tend to be pure of heart. Jazz fans are insufferable. Country fans are dumb. Do we believe that? I once heard...

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A Conversation With Benoit Lelievre

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Features, Interviews | 0 comments

A Conversation With Benoit Lelievre

Benoit Lelievre is one of the most trusted reviewers of mystery/crime fiction working today. Through his site Dead End Follies, you’ll find reviews on everything from Crime to Mystery to Horror to Dark Fantasy. DEF has become one of my personal go-to sites for news and reviews, so I was thrilled when Benoit said he was available for this chat via Facebook Messenger. I’m presenting this to you with minimal editing, because it shows the oddity and charm of a Canadian/American conversation about crime fiction. Dan: Cool man. So...

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