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REVIEW OF BIRTHDAY GIRL by MATTHEW IDEN

Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 in Books, Reviews | 1 comment

REVIEW OF BIRTHDAY GIRL by MATTHEW IDEN

BIRTHDAY GIRL MATTHEW IDEN March 20, 2018 Thomas & Mercer A good thriller is only as good as it’s hook, and with BIRTHDAY GIRL, Matthew Iden hooks the reader right in the heart. Iden introduces us to Sister, one of the most chilling villains I’ve yet come across. Sister is collecting children. She’s plucking them from broken homes in the DC area. She brings them home and locks them in her rundown house. The one on the edge of the woods with the boarded up windows and locked doors. She dresses them in old time-y, Howdy Doody-style clothes....

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INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTOPHER RICE

Posted by on Mar 18, 2018 in Books, Features, Interviews | 0 comments

INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTOPHER RICE

    BONE MUSIC’s story by Christopher Rice is not a classical melody, but more like hard rock. The scenes are riveting and realistic enough that there is an element of believability, alternating between a thriller and the fringes of science fiction. This consuming read has the heroine trying to overcome her tragic past by rebuilding her life and overcoming her trust issues.  The intensity begins from page one when a husband and wife team of serial killers abducts a nine-month-old baby after brutally killing its mother.  They raised...

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Park’s CLOSER THAN YOU KNOW is featured in this week’s giveway

Posted by on Mar 16, 2018 in Giveaway | 0 comments

Park’s CLOSER THAN YOU KNOW is featured in this week’s giveway

This week,  CrimeSpree and  Friday Reads Facebook page are pleased giving away copies of CLOSER THAN YOU KNOW by Brad Parks Disaster, Melanie Barrick was once told, is always closer than you know. It was a lesson she learned the hard way growing up in the constant upheaval of foster care. But now that she’s survived into adulthood–with a loving husband, a steady job, and a beautiful baby boy named Alex–she thought that turmoil was behind her. Until one Tuesday evening when she goes to pick up Alex from childcare only to...

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INTERVIEW WITH MAX ALLAN COLLINS by Michael Barson

Posted by on Mar 13, 2018 in Books, Interviews | 0 comments

INTERVIEW WITH MAX ALLAN COLLINS by Michael Barson

INTERVIEW WITH MAX ALLAN COLLINS by Michael Barson Michel Barson: When did you first begin reading Mickey Spillane’s novels? Max Allan Collins: During the late ’50s/early ’60s craze of TV private eyes, I began looking at the novels that had served as inspiration or even direct adaptations — a lot of that craze had literary roots: The Thin Man, Phillip Marlowe, Perry Mason, Mike Hammer, 77 Sunset Strip, Honey West. I read Hammettt, Chandler and Spillane in that order, starting at around 12. I would be enticed by the...

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INTERVIEW WITH BRAD MELTZER

Posted by on Mar 13, 2018 in Books, Features, Interviews | 0 comments

INTERVIEW WITH BRAD MELTZER

   THE ESCAPE ARTIST by Brad Meltzer once again proves he is the master of secrets.  His books always delve into the hidden stories of the characters and governmental conspiracies.  He has a knack for finding out and then writing about interesting topics that are not widely well-known, incorporating them into a thrilling story. The book starts off with a bang when one of the passengers jumps out of a plane without a parachute before it crashes to the ground.  It might have received little notice except that one of the passengers was the...

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Review of THE LAST STAND By Mickey Spillane

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

Review of THE LAST STAND By Mickey Spillane

THE LAST STAND Mickey Spillane March 2018 Hard Case Crime On March 9th of this year (2018) Mickey Spillane would have been 100 years old. As a fan of mystery novels I think this is reason to celebrate. Apparently, the good folks at Hard Case Crime agree because they are releasing a previously never published book by the master, and also published for the first time, the last novel he wrote complete. In the introduction for this book Max Allan Collins, both a Spillane scholar and friend to the late hard-boiled icon, some of the history is...

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Mickey Spillane’s 100th Birthday: Did You Know?

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Books, Features | 0 comments

Mickey Spillane’s 100th Birthday: Did You Know?

Mickey was a spokesman for Miller Lite for 18 years. He made over 100 commercials both for TV and radio. He would actually come here to Milwaukee and record the radio spots over a period of a few days. I’ve met the sound tech who recorded them and he said Mickey was always a lot of fun and that “The Blonde” (Lee Meredith) was actually really smart and funny. Miller treated him like a king when he was...

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INTERVIEW WITH PHILLIP MARGOLIN

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Books, Features, Interviews | 0 comments

INTERVIEW WITH PHILLIP MARGOLIN

THE THIRD VICTIM Phillip Margolin Minotaur Pub March 6th, 2018   THE THIRD VICTIM by Phillip Margolin is the first in a new series. Margolin is back with his expertise of legal suspense crime novels. What makes his books interesting is the ability to intertwine facts about the justice system within a riveting plot. The book begins with a horrific scene of a girl stumbling out of the woods and collapsing on the highway. She has been badly burned, beaten, and tortured. The investigation would later show that this woman was the ‘third victim’ of...

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Moran’s SHADOW CRIMES is featured in this week’s giveaway

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Giveaway | 0 comments

Moran’s SHADOW CRIMES is featured in this week’s giveaway

This week,  CrimeSpree and  Friday Reads Facebook page are pleased giving away copies of SHADOW CRIMES by EJ Moran   In the high-stakes world of international fashion, beauty can be murder… Since Anna McKenna lost her parents as a young child, she’s done everything she can to care for her disabled baby brother. Now eighteen, the beautiful young woman has a chance to provide for them both. The year is 1978, and Anna has been discovered by modeling agent Natasha Burns. Anna quickly realizes that the fashion industry attracts sleazy...

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Still Time To Register!

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Still Time To Register!

Register now for Murder and Mayhem in Chicago! Bringing murder and mayhem—the fictional kind—to Chicago. MMC is a one-day event featuring some of Chicago’s top mystery/crime writers and a few of their friends, too. This event is perfect for crime readers and librarians hoping to find new books to read and aspiring crime writers hoping to learn about the mystery community and writing and publishing careers. Saturday, March 17th, 2018 Gillian Flynn and Jeffery Deaver     JD Allen Heather E. Ash Eric Beetner  Raymond Benson  Terri...

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