INTERVIEW WITH LAURA GRIFFIN

Her Deadly Secrets by Laura Griffin has plenty of action and suspense with a touch of romance.  Readers are easily drawn into the investigation of this murder mystery that involves the mob and a surprise villain. The plot starts out with a bang, literally.  The heroine, Kira Vance, a private investigator, arrives to a meeting with her boss/mentor, Ollie Kovack, and the lead defense attorney Brock Logan. Unfortunately, she finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Shortly after arriving, she witnesses the murder of Ollie and the attempted murder of Logan. Because the trial will not be postponed, Logan asks Kira to take over...

Māwake Crime Review

Bringing you superb crime writing from around the world Kia ora and haere mai; hello and welcome to the fourth edition of Māwake Crime Review, an initiative we began at Crimespree in 2018. On a regular basis I’ll be featuring great crime writers and crime novels from beyond the borders of North America and Europe. For those new to this column, Māwake is a word from the Māori language (the indigenous people of my home country, New Zealand) which can translate to ‘south-east sea breeze’.  In Māwake Crime Review we’re harnessing that breeze, so to speak: highlighting terrific tales ‘blown in’ for crime-loving readers from the southern and...

INTERVIEW WITH DAVID BRUNS and J. R. OlSON

Rules of Engagement by David Bruns and J. R. Olson brings to the forefront the real threat of cyber warfare in this military thriller.  Both authors use their past experiences as naval officers to bring a wealth of accuracy and realism to the story, which only serves to heighten its authenticity.  Bruns is a former submarine officer who left the business world behind to write sci-fi novels.  Olson spent more than 20 years in the Navy, retiring as a commander, and now teaches college courses in Intelligence/Counter-Terrorism. This tale of clear and present danger forewarns how cyberwarfare is the next battleground that can play out on the...

INTERVIEW WITH ALISON GAYLIN

Never Look Back Alison Gaylin William Morrow Pub. July 2nd, 2019 Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin is a suspenseful psychological thriller.  Her readers will not be disappointed with this latest novel based on a true murder crime spree.  The plot delves into how, in 1976, teenage murderers April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy terrorized Southern California’s Inland Empire, killing a dozen victims before perishing in a fire.  More than forty years later, a True Crime podcast gets an unexpected tip that April did not die in the fire and is living in New York under a new identity. Hoping to find definitive proof that Renee Bloom...

REVIEW OF THE STORIES YOU TELL BY KRISTEN LEPIONKA

In THE STORIES YOU TELL, Kristen Lepionka continues the adventures and evolution of Columbus Ohio’s own Roxane (with one N) Weary. Originally debuting in 2017’s THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK, Roxane Weary has been through hell and back. Through it all, she has battled depression, relationship issues, family grief and in-fighting, and the bottle. While it would be understandable if Weary continued to exist in a state of arrested development as the bitter, angry, bourbon swilling private eye, Lepionka has taken Weary and the reader on a journey of growth and development. When we meet Roxane now, life seem to be settling into a nice rhythm: Roxane...

INTERVIEW WITH AMANDA FLOWER

Toxic Toffee (Amish Candy Show Mystery Book 4) Amanda Flower Kensington Pub. June 25th, 2019 Toxic Toffee by Amanda Flower is a delightful cozy mystery that will put a smile on readers’ faces while they try to solve the who done it mystery.  As with all the books in the series, murder seems to find Bailey and she enjoys her role as an amateur sleuth along with her “hot” boyfriend Deputy Sheriff Aiden Brody. She divides her time between New York, where she films a cable TV show, and Harvest Ohio, where she helps to run “Swissmen Sweets” with her grandmother and two Amish assistants, Charlotte and Emily. Besides a fun mystery this story also...