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2016 Anthony Award Nominees

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Awards, Books | 0 comments

2016 Anthony Award Nominees

The final voting will take place at Bouchercon in New Orleans and presented on Friday night! BEST NOVEL Night Tremors – Matt Coyle [Oceanview] The Killing Kind – Chris Holm [Mulholland] The Child Garden – Catriona McPherson [Midnight Ink] The Nature of the Beast – Louise Penny [Minotaur/Sphere] What You See – Hank Phillippi Ryan [Forge] BEST FIRST NOVEL Concrete Angel – Patricia Abbott [Polis] Past Crimes – Glen Erik Hamilton [William Morrow] New Yorked – Rob Hart [Polis] Bull Mountain –...

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A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING Reviewed

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Films | 0 comments

A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING Reviewed

A Hologram for the King Directed by Tom Tykwer Written: Book: Dave Eggers; Screenplay Tom Tykwer Starring: Tom Hanks, Alexander Black, Sarita Choudhury Tom Hanks plays Alan, a U.S. business man in Saudi Arabia trying to sell the King of the KSA an IT system featuring holograms. The movie details the troubles he has in just finding the king much less in selling him his system. But more than that, this is a fish out of water story, reminding me of the great Scottish film, LOCAL HERO. It doesn’t have the humor of that classic, but it does...

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Jeffery Deaver’s THE STEEL KISS is featured in this week’s giveaway

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Giveaway | 0 comments

Jeffery Deaver’s THE STEEL KISS is featured in this week’s giveaway

This week,  Crimespree magazine, in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page, is offering you a chance to win a copy of THE STEEL KISS by Jeffery Deaver   THE STEEL KISS New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver returns with his next blockbuster thriller featuring forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme. Amelia Sachs is hot on the trail of a killer. She’s chasing him through a department store in Brooklyn when an escalator malfunctions. The stairs give way, with one man horribly mangled by the gears. Sachs is forced to let her...

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Marcia Clark’s BLOOD DEFENSE Reviewed

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 1 comment

Marcia Clark’s BLOOD DEFENSE Reviewed

Blood Defense Marcia Clark Thomas and Mercer May 1st, 2016 Blood Defense by Marcia Clark is the first in a new series. While she is well known as the prosecutor of O. J. Simpson she has also become a bestselling author with the Rachel Knight series about a Los Angeles prosecutor. With Blood Defense she is changing gears, now writing about an ambitious and hard-charging criminal defense attorney. Although having each series main character polar opposites, readers will still enjoy the same writing style: sarcastic wit, believable characters, a...

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Marc Songini’s BOSTON MOB Reviewed

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

Marc Songini’s BOSTON MOB Reviewed

BOSTON MOB Marc Songini St Martin’s Press Ok first off this book came out 2 years ago when I was off in my self imposed exile. However in the last 2 years I have read it at least 5x. I’ve made myself a student of American Mafia History. It always seemed to me that cities other then Boston had the most notable myths and legends. Yeah Boston had Whitey but at this point who gives a fuck about Whitey. I’m so sick of everything related to that motherfucker. I’m just gonna leave it at that. For years I thought Boston was...

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Clare Mackintosh talks about I LET YOU GO

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Interviews | 0 comments

Clare Mackintosh talks about I LET YOU GO

I Let You Go has very powerful themes of emotional and physical abuse, atonement and forgiveness. Two detectives are attempting to find out who was responsible for the hit and run accident that killed a five-year-old boy. They are thwarted by a rainy and dark day, and that no one was able to figure out what kind of car hit him or see any noteworthy characteristics of the driver, basically leaving the detectives without any clues to follow. The main character, Jenna, disappears, attempting to make a fresh start in a small town on the Welsh...

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Five Movies that have Influenced My Writing

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Five Things | 1 comment

Five Movies that have Influenced My Writing

Five Movies that have Influenced My Writing Die Hard (1988) – This was the first movie I watched while reading the script. The exercise was assigned as homework for one of the many on-line classes I took in my quest for better writing skills. Immediately establishing character with the opening scene was a difficult concept for me until I watched the first few minutes of this movie. That wasn’t the only lesson I took away, but it remains etched in my brain like no textbook ever. The Wizard of Oz (1939) – The concept of identifying the main...

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May Events for Once Upon A Crime

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Features | 0 comments

May Events for Once Upon A Crime

The new folks at Once Upon A Crime are working hard to maintain the high standard set by Gary and Pat and have some fun signings this month.   Tues. May 3 – 7:00 Paul Charles “St Ernan’s Blues.” Sat. May 7 – 1:00 Con Lehane “Murder at the 42nd Street Library” – Signing. Thurs. May 19 – 7:00 Liz Severn “Luce Women.” Mon. May 23 – 7:00 Ron Handberg “Dead Too Long.” Tues. May 24 – 7:00 Lachlan Smith “Panther’s Prey” (Leo Maxwell...

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The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey Reviewed

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 1 comment

The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey Reviewed

THE EVERYTHING BOX Richard Kadrey 2016 Harper Voyager One of my fondest memories is sitting down and interviewing Richard Kadrey. I wasn’t in the best of places at the time and almost backed out. I’m glad I didn’t. One thing I’ve in life I’ve found to be very rare, is to be able to have a conversation with somebody, who knows certain songs or have had the exact same film scenes imprinted on the lives. I could have talked to him for hours. The interview was based around the release of one of the Sandman Slim...

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2015 Agatha Award Winners

Posted by on May 1, 2016 in Awards | 1 comment

2015 Agatha Award Winners

Last night, at Malice Domestic have announced the winners for the  2015 Agatha Awards. Best Contemporary Novel: LONG UPON THE LAND, Margaret Maron (Grand Central Publishing) Other nominees: BURNED BRIDGES, Annette Dashofy (Henery Press) THE CHILD GARDEN, Catriona McPherson (Midnight Ink) NATURE OF THE BEAST, Louise Penny (Minotaur Books) WHAT YOU SEE, Hank Phillipi Ryan (Forge Books) Best Historical Novel: DREAMING SPIES, Laurie R. King (Bantam) Other nominees: MALICE AT THE PALACE, Rhys Bowen (Berkley) THE MASQUE OF A MURDERER, Susanna...

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