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9 Things Covert Ops Books Get Right About Undercover Operations—And One Thing They Didn’t—from Two Navy Veterans Who’ve Actually Been There

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Books, Essay | 0 comments

9 Things Covert Ops Books Get Right About Undercover Operations—And One Thing They Didn’t—from Two Navy Veterans Who’ve Actually Been There

As Navy veterans turned thriller writers, we’re regularly asked questions about the authenticity of covert operations portrayed in popular books and movies. Questions such as: “Do nuclear submarines really chase each other through underwater canyons like in THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER?” or “Did the Navy SEALs really take out Osama Bin Laden as portrayed in Zero Dark Thirty?” These questions speak to the very curiosity that attracts fans and writers to the genre in the first place and are examples of the topic of this article: the many things...

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Joseph Egan’s THE PURPLE DIARIES is featured in this week’s giveaway

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Giveaway | 0 comments

Joseph Egan’s THE PURPLE DIARIES is featured in this week’s giveaway

This week CrimeSpree Magazine, in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page, is offering up a chance to win  THE PURPLE DIARIES by Joseph Egan THE PURPLE DIARIES One of Hollywood’s first scandals was nearly its last. 1936 looked like it would be a great year for the movie industry. With the economy picking up after the Great Depression, Americans everywhere were sitting in the dark watching the stars—and few stars shined as brightly as one of America’s most enduring screen favorites, Mary Astor. But Astor’s story wasn’t a happy one. She was...

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SAY NO MORE by Hank Phillippi Ryan Reviewed

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

SAY NO MORE by Hank Phillippi Ryan Reviewed

SAY NO MORE Hank Phillippi Ryan 2016 Forge When I open a new book by Hank Phillippi Ryan I know I’m in for a good read. I also think to myself there is no way this no one can be as great as the last one. And every damn time she proves me wrong. I’m just a fly caught in the web of Hank’s words. I forget to eat, I ignore sleep and showering goes on hold. SAY NO MORE is another adventure with Jane Ryland, a reporter in Boston and the station she works at has her working with a new crew doing documentaries. Jane is working on a story about sexual...

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Review of SWIM THROUGH THE DARKNESS – MY SEARCH FOR CRAIG SMITH AND THE MYSTERY OF MAITREYA KALI

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

Review of SWIM THROUGH THE DARKNESS – MY SEARCH FOR CRAIG SMITH AND THE MYSTERY OF MAITREYA KALI

SWIM THROUGH THE DARKNESS – MY SEARCH FOR CRAIG SMITH AND THE MYSTERY OF MAITREYA KALI Mike Stax Process/FeralHouse Mental illness is something I have deep empathy for. I struggle with it as do many people I consider close friends and family. It’s hard to read about but at the same time you can learn from the struggle of others. And you can count your blessings that you don’t have it as bad as some. A writer named James Crumley had this quote. I can’t remember the exact wording but it was something about luck only...

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Patricia Cornwell’s CHAOS Reviewed

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

Patricia Cornwell’s CHAOS Reviewed

Chaos Patricia Cornwell Book 24 in the Kay Scarpetta series William Morrow Nov 15th, 2016   Chaos by Patricia Cornwell has a “chaotic” plot.  This book fascinatingly shows how people are losing control. In some ways technology has made lives easier, while in other ways it has taken away someone’s independence.  Cornwell shows in this absorbing thriller how that can happen. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center’s Director, is receiving anonymous poems that are on the bizarre side from a cyber bully known as Tailend Charlie. In her...

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Max Allan Collins, Ellen Hart named MWA’s 2017 Grand Masters

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Awards | 0 comments

Max Allan Collins, Ellen Hart named MWA’s 2017 Grand Masters

The Mystery Writers of America have announced the 2017 Grand Masters, as well as the recipients of the Raven and Ellery Queen Awards.   On April 27th, Max Allan Collins and Ellen Hart will be presented with the MWA Grand Master award. MWA’s Grand Master Award represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributions to this genre, as well as for a body of work that is both significant and of consistent high quality. Mr. Collins and Ms. Hart will receive their awards at the 71st...

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Katherine Ashe’s THE EARL Reviewed

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 2 comments

Katherine Ashe’s THE EARL Reviewed

The Earl Katharine Ashe The Second in the Duke Series October 25th, 2016 Avon Publisher The Earl by Katharine Ashe is a historical novel filled with adventure, mystery, and sprinkled with romance. She is a professor of History who has strong heroines that learn from and teach the men who love them. This book is the conclusion of the Falcon Club series and the second book in the Devil Duke series. All her stories are compelling and through the character’s eyes, emotions, and conflicts, readers can learn about the historical context. The banter...

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Patricia Cornwell’s CHAOS is featured in this week’s giveaway

Posted by on Nov 25, 2016 in Giveaway | 0 comments

Patricia Cornwell’s CHAOS is featured in this week’s giveaway

This week CrimeSpree Magazine, in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page, is offering up a chance to win  CHAOS by Patricia Cornwell   CHAOS #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns with the remarkable twenty-fourth thriller in her popular high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, twenty-six-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning—except the weather is...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in Features | 0 comments

Happy Thanksgiving!

Every Thanksgiving, I post WKRP’s legendary Turkey episode. This year, I thought I would change things up a bit. ADAMS FAMILY VALUES is an entertaining film, but Joan Cusack (The lovely Mrs Fester Adams) and Christina Ricci (Wednesday) are magical. Sharp-eyed fans might notice it features future NUMB3RS co-stars Peter MacNicol and David Krumholtz.

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CORMORAN STRIKE: Filming underway for Rowling based TV series

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Television | 0 comments

CORMORAN STRIKE: Filming underway for Rowling based TV series

Costumes have been donned, lines spoken as the cast of CORMORAN STRIKE begin filming on THE CUCKOO’S CALLING, the first story in J.K. Rowling crime series. In the first publicity shot (above) the British Strike and Robin can be seen standing outside Strike’s favorite pub, The Tottenham. After selling millions of Harry Potter books, Rowling decided to write a detective series under the pseudonym  Robert Galbraith. Sales for THE CUCKOO’S CALLING were sparse, but when word slipped out that Galbraith with really Rowling, her...

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