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Walt Gragg’s THE RED LINE Reviewed

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Reviews | 0 comments

Walt Gragg’s THE RED LINE Reviewed

The Red Line Walt Gragg Berkley Pub May 2nd, 2017 The Red Line by Walt Gragg is an action packed political military thriller with a “what if” war story scenario. In this novel, peace is shattered as World War III has a resurgent Communist Soviet Union pitted against the US in the heart of Germany. The best way to describe the plot, “war is hell.” Gragg uses his experiences to create this story. A former Vietnam veteran he is able to write very realistic battle scenes. He also played war games while serving at the United States European...

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Sarah Lotz’ THE WHITE ROAD is this week’s pick for our Giveaway

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Giveaway | 0 comments

Sarah Lotz’ THE WHITE ROAD is this week’s pick for our Giveaway

This week,  CrimeSpree and  Friday Reads Facebook page, are giving away copies of THE WHITE ROAD by Sarah Lotz THE WHITE ROAD A cutting-edge thriller about one man’s quest to discover horror lurking at the top of the world. Desperate to attract subscribers to his fledgling website, ‘Journey to the Dark Side’, ex-adrenalin junkie and slacker Simon Newman hires someone to guide him through the notorious Cwm Pot caves, so that he can film the journey and put it on the internet. With a tragic history, Cwm Pot has been off-limits...

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2017 Anthony Award Nominees

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Awards, Books | 0 comments

2017 Anthony Award Nominees

About the Anthony Awards: The Anthony Award is named for the late Anthony Boucher (William Anthony Parker White), well-known writer and critic from the New York Times, who helped found the Mystery Writers of America.   ANTHONY AWARD NOMINATIONS Best Novel You Will Know Me – Megan Abbott [Little, Brown] Where It Hurts – Reed Farrel Coleman [G.P. Putnam’s Sons] Red Right Hand – Chris Holm [Mulholland] Wilde Lake – Laura Lippman [William Morrow] A Great Reckoning – Louise Penny [Minotaur]   Best First Novel Dodgers – Bill Beverly...

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Paullina Simons talks about reissue of RED LEAVES

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Interviews | 0 comments

Paullina Simons talks about reissue of RED LEAVES

Red Leaves by Paullina Simons was first published in the 1990s. Re-published this April it is as relevant today as it was back then. The first half of the book explores the relationship between four Dartmouth college students whose friendship seems to be unraveling. In the second half the mystery unfolds. The nude body of the star basketball player is found frozen in the snow in the campus woods. Called in to investigate Detective Spencer Patrick O’Malley realizes this is the same girl he met and had asked out on a date. Recognizing the three...

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Review of STAR WARS: AFTERMATH: EMPIRE’S END

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

Review of STAR WARS: AFTERMATH: EMPIRE’S END

STAR WARS: AFTERMATH: EMPIRE’S END Chuck Wendig Del Rey Released 2/21/17 I have made no bones about being a huge Star Wars nerd. From a young age, I have devoured anything and everything that I could find in the Star Wars universe, and this was back when there were just three movies. I read all the books and particularly loved the Timothy Zahn trilogy, which I still revisit from time to time today. When Disney bought the rights to Star Wars, all these books that I had loved became “legends,” essentially, that they were good stories, but no...

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A NEGRO AND AN OFAY by Danny Gardner

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

A NEGRO AND AN OFAY by Danny Gardner

Down and Out Books May 15, 2017 It’s shortly after World War II in Danny Gardner’s debut novel, A NEGRO AND AN OFAY, and disgraced Chicago police officer Elliot Caprice has been on the run for the past year. He returns home to rural Illinois to find that his uncle has lost the family farm. Caprice starts working as a process server for a local attorney in an effort to earn enough money to buy the farm back from the bank. When he’s sent to serve papers to a wealthy North Side Chicago widow, Caprice finds himself in the middle of a mysterious...

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Writer Types Podcast: Episode 5

Posted by S.W. Lauden and Eric Beetner on May 12, 2017 in Features, Podcast | 1 comment

Writer Types Podcast: Episode 5

Has it been a month already?   When we launched our crime and mystery podcast in January, we toyed with the idea of doing bi-weekly episodes. Back then, booking enough guests to fill 2 episodes a month seemed like the biggest obstacle. We now realize that finding interesting guests is easy compared to the work that goes into scheduling and editing.   Then we got the bright idea to do a live event, sort of like a crime and mystery version of “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me or “Jeopardy.” We dubbed it “Crime Quiz...

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Denise Mina’s THE LONG DROP is featured in this week’s giveway

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Giveaway | 0 comments

Denise Mina’s THE LONG DROP is featured in this week’s giveway

This week,  CrimeSpree and  Friday Reads Facebook page, are giving away copies of THE LONG DROP by Denise Mina THE LONG DROP A standalone psychological thriller from the acclaimed author of the Alex Morrow novels that exposes the dark hearts of the guilty…and the innocent. In 1950’s Glasgow, a household of women were found slaughtered in their beds. The father, William Watt, had a cast iron alibi but police were convinced he was guilty. Determined to clear his name, Watt let it be known that he would pay for information. Step...

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Review of SCOOBY APOCALYPSE

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Comics, Features | 0 comments

Review of SCOOBY APOCALYPSE

SCOOBY APOCALYPSE, Volume 1 DC Comics This new, updated version of the beloved team of mystery solvers is put together by Keith Giffen, JM DeMatteis with art by Howard Porter. The talent here shows they are taking it serious. And serious it is, the world could be ending! In this updated version, Daphne and Fred are pals from college. And while they are great friends, Daphne keeps reminding Fred that’s all it is. Daphne, a former big time TV reporter, now has her own show looking into mysteries that runs on The Knitting Channel with Fred as...

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Five Movies and Books that made me the writer I am today By Harry Hunsicker

Posted by on May 7, 2017 in Features, Five Things | 0 comments

Five Movies and Books that made me the writer I am today By Harry Hunsicker

The creative process requires a great deal of input, a constantly changing stew of ingredients. Trying to narrow down only five things that have influenced me as a writer is a difficult task, like trying to rope the wind. In no particular order, here are three books and two films which have had a big impact on my writing. A DRINK BEFORE THE WAR by Dennis Lehane. Arguably one of the finest detective novels of the modern era. Lehane’s debut takes all the old tropes—a troubled investigator, his attractive associate, a psychopathic sidekick—and...

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