Beatriz Williams talks about A CERTAIN AGE

A CERTAIN AGE Beatriz Williams June 28th, 2016 William Morrow A CERTAIN AGE by Beatriz Williams is part mystery, part historical, and part romance that is based upon Richard Strauss’ opera, Der Rosenkavalier. It has a gripping plot involving family secrets, an unsolved murder, intrigue, and scandal during the l920s. The title is a metaphor for the time period and the age of each character that is very relevant to the story line. The narrative alternates between the perspective of Sophie Fortescue and Theresa Marshall with each chapter beginning with a quote from the actual journalist and humorist Helen Rowland. As the story unfolds readers...

Interview With Frank De Blasé

I first met Frank at Bouchercon in Albany NY a couple years ago. I’m a big fan of the books but I’m also a big fan of Frank.  He is one of the most genuine people I know. He also has great taste in music!  ~Jon Jon: Frank, you have a pretty damn cool background and while there are similarities between you and Frankie Valentine how much of you is really in the character? Frank: Well, if you were to ask my wife, a lot. If you ask me, we have the same sense of humor and propensity for photographing nudie cuties. But the similarities end there. Frankie Valentine gets more girlie action than I ever did, and seems to get beat up more,...

Donald Ray Pollock’s The Heavenly Table

THE HEAVENLY TABLE Donald Ray Pollock July 12, 2016 Doubleday Books OK, we’re gonna try something new here. I am going to review the book as I read it. Last night I read 100 pages and I’m not bullshitting when I say I had 2 of the worst nightmares I’ve had in years. I am conflicted. I went back and re-read my review of Pollock’s 2011 novel THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME. I loved the book. I really mean that. I thought it was original and atmospheric and left me feeling unclean and slimy. One line in that previous review was about how the book made me feel like I was being molested as I read it…… Now how can you...

Grant Blackwood’s DUTY AND HONOR Reviewed

DUTY AND HONOR Grant Blackwood June 14th, 2016 G.P. Putnam DUTY AND HONOR by Grant Blackwood brings back the Tom Clancy character Jack Ryan Jr. This story explores a murder centered around a German connection. The plot has an organization whose major recruiting technique is to kidnap children and then release them to grateful parents who become part of a neo-warfare plan. Those who do not freely go along have themselves or their family subjected to torture, drug addiction, and brain washing. The philosophy is to have private armies answerable to no government, no laws, and no rules of engagement. Jack was suspended from The Campus, a covert...

Brad Meltzer’s THE HOUSE OF SECRETS Reviewed

THE HOUSE OF SECRETS Brad Meltzer June 7th 2016 Grand Central Publishing THE HOUSE OF SECRETS by Brad Meltzer with Tod Goldberg is the first book in a riveting new thriller series. Most authors are well known for their writing style and Meltzer is no different, as he has become the king of the conspiracy mystery. Not only does this plot hold the reader’s attention, but it also keeps them off balance and navigating through the twists and turns. Espionage, government corruption, family secrets, blackmail, betrayal, murder, and a historical conspiracy are all incorporated into the plot. The main protagonist is Hazel Nash. Meltzer has done with...

Review of WARLOCK HOLMES: A STUDY IN BRIMSTONE

WARLOCK HOLMES: A STUDY IN BRIMSTONE G.S. Denning May 2016 TitanBooks Yes, this is yet another re-working of Sherlock Holmes. As someone who has read many and been disappointed in most, this one charmed me. It stays true to the source material yet massages and prods it at the same time. In this version, Sherlock isn’t Sherlock. And he isn’t quite human, either. Oh, and he isn’t always terribly bright. He is a “consulting magician.” A walking, talking tome of the esoteric. But not what one would call observant. Not one to deduct. For tried and true fans, Dr. John Watson is still at Holmes’ side after his return from the Afghan War. He’s just...