SILENT CREED by Alex Kava Reviewed

Silent Creed Alex Kava G. P. Putnam July 28th, 2015 Silent Creed by Alex Kava combines a riveting mystery, a backstory of military dog handlers, and rescue dogs. Anyone who loves canines and wants them highlighted in a storyline should read these novels. With a wonderful supporting cast of “human beings” these stories are informative, relevant, and suspenseful. Ryder Creed is a dog handler who trains a variety of dogs to help out in tragic situations, either to find cadavers or rescue people. The author is able to capture the feel of rescue operations, including the urgency, danger, and how Mother Nature plays a role. The other dog handler,...

Zer0es by Chuck Wendig

Publisher: Harper Voyager Publication Date: August 18, 2015   It feels like every day there is another headline about hackers breaking into some database: Target, the IRS, and Ashley Madison, to name a few. Technology has become so intertwined with our everyday lives, that eventually we will all be affected by one of these hacks. The news usually covers the victims of the data breaches, but rarely is a word spoken or written about the people behind the computers that are taking your precious banking information. Enter Chuck Wendig’s latest novel, ZER0ES. This techno-thriller goes behind the computer monitor and gives us the human faces to...

LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT: NORM BREYFOGLE VOL.1

DC Comics 2015   Everyone has “their” Batman artist. For some, the answer is Jim Aparo. Others will always proclaim their love for Neal Adams or Marshall Rogers. For me, my Batman will always be Norm Breyfogle. I was never a huge Batman guy since Marvel Comics had a pretty firm hold on my weekly allowance back in the late ‘80’s. But this was around the time that the Batman movie was exploding in theatres, and the Bat was EVERYWHERE. We all had Batman t-shirts and posters and stickers and Trapper-Keepers and and and … well. Batman was everywhere. So I started reading Detective Comics. And there was the creative team of Alan Grant, John...

A PATTERN OF LIES by Charles Todd Reviewed

A Pattern of Lies Charles Todd William Morrow August 18th, 2015 A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd has the main character Bess Crawford deeply involved in solving a “who done it.” As with all the books this strong female nurse is put in a situation where she has to help solve a case that is always surrounded in mystery. An added bonus is learning what it was like living during the World War I era. In this book readers are immersed in the culture of 1918. This includes how the medical profession began to use specialists, and how prisoners were not allowed to see their families, a decision determined by the police. The plot begins with Bess...

Mystery One: One Chick’s Story Aug25

Mystery One: One Chick’s Story

Mystery One; One Chick’s Story What is a bookstore? Well that depends upon whom you are. The very first time I became aware of Mystery One was at the 1999 Bouchercon where Richard Katz was the host dealer. I met a boy at that convention. I do not say this trying to make myself seem younger but rather because Richard and Jon together will always be boys. Enthusiastic about all of the same things, excited for the next thing to happen, their friendship is the stuff of legend. There’s no doubt that Mystery One is as much my “Milwaukee home” as the Castle because I was comfortable there first. Yes my first date with himself was at Mystery One...

Behind The Book: THE FURY

Behind the scenes of THE FURY If a grief-blinded cop can’t find the terrorist who murdered her husband, millions will die in a nerve-gas strike on the United States. The Fury is a work of fiction, hatched entirely by my overly caffeinated brain. But many of my fictional scenes, from the cataclysmic destruction of the Deepwater Horizon oil platform to the Creamsicle-orange dress and stilettos worn by my hero, undercover police detective Superstition “Sue” Davis, were inspired by real events. Some were a hoot. Most would give sane people coronaries. All were fascinating, so Crimespree thought you’d be interested in a behind-the-scenes peek at...