INTERVIEW WITH CATHERINE MCKENZIE

The Good Liar Catherine McKenzie Lake Union Pub. April 3rd, 2018 The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie has a theme of betrayal with the backdrop of a horrific tragedy.  Readers will be reminded of 9/11 or the Oklahoma City bombing, and the victims, those that died and those that survived.  The story is told through the lives of the women affected, characters that present different faces, the public one and a masked one that they hope to keep secret. When a gas explosion rips apart a Chicago building, the lives of the women are forever altered. Over 500 people killed and thousands more have been wounded. To honor the one year anniversary Teo...

INTERVIEW WITH B. J. DANIELS

Hard Rustler (Whitehorse, Montana: The Clementine Sisters (Book 1) BJ. Daniels Harlequin Intrigue Pub. August 21st, 2018 Hard Rustler by bestselling author B. J. Daniels brings to life the Montana countryside in her latest novel.  Readers will enjoy the characters, setting, and mystery. The plot is a modern-day version of past Westerns. The story begins with a city gal, Annabelle (Annie) Clementine, traveling back to her home town of Whitehorse Montana.  After high school, she decided to escape the monotony to become a famous model, leaving her love interest behind.  Now, thirteen years later, she is back to sell her late grandmother’s...

INTERVIEW WITH VALENTINA GIAMBANCO

Sweet After Death (Detective Alice Madison Novel Book 4) Valentina Giambanco August 7th, 2017 Quercus Pub Sweet After Death by Valentina Giambanco is a riveting police procedural with a fascinating look at small town life. The opening bone-chilling scene has a brutal murder that sets the stage for the rest of the novel. Seattle detectives Alice Madison and Kevin Brown along with crime scene investigator Amy Sorensen are sent to the town of Ludlow to help the very small police force investigate the killing of a well-respected doctor. The brutality of the cold winter weather matches the horrific way the doctor was killed. Ludlow is located a...

REVIEW OF HOT LUNCH SPECIAL #1

HOT LUNCH SPECIAL Eliot Rahal and Jorge Fornes AfterShock Comics August 8th, 2018   I’m a sucker for provincialism. Minnesota sports. Minnesota beer. Scotch tape. Minnesota… crime? Oh, yes. That puts HOT LUNCH SPECIAL, the new crime drama from Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks, Quantum & Woody) and Jorge Fornes (Amazing X-Men, Wolverine) dropping August 8th from AfterShock Comics, right into my wheelhouse. Reviewing the first issue of a comic is tricky: you have less material to cover than you do in a trade collection or novel. And honestly, the first issue’s job is really just to set the stage, introduce the players, and establish the...

INTERVIEW WITH AMY STUART

Still Water (PI Clare Book 2) Amy Stuart Touchstone Pub. July 3rd, 2018   Still Water by Amy Stuart has a plot as riveting as the rushing river water. This psychological thriller has amateur private investigator, Clare, hunting for a missing mother and son.  But the town is putting up roadblocks with their deceptions. Because this is Clare’s second case she is still learning on the job. Sally and her young son, Matthew have vanished and Clare’s handler, Malcolm, assigned her the task to find out what happened. Luckily for her and the readers, she is a quick learner, able to keep the police and townsfolk at bay with her undercover...

BOOK REVIEW: ONE on ONE

ONE ON ONE Michael Brandman Poisoned Pen Press August 7, 2018 ONE ON ONE by Michael Brandman is the second installment in the new series.  The former original writer of the Jesse Stone series after Robert Parker’s death, decided last year to write a series about a small-town police deputy. Besides a good mystery the author intertwines some social issues as well as an ongoing discussion about assisted suicide.   Legendary Sheriff Burton Steel requested his son Buddy leave his job with LAPD Homicide and come home to become the deputy of Freedom, California, a privileged coastal community a hundred miles north of Los Angeles. Reluctantly,...