MAYBE I SHOULD JUST SHOOT YOU IN THE FACE

2014 ZELMER PULP PRESS  Sometimes, reviewing books for Crimespree really is the best job ever. I get to read and review cool stuff that I probably would have gone out and read anyway. But would I have gone out and taken a flyer on something new? Maybe…or maybe not. Strange as it sounds, it can be kind of scary diving into a short story collection that is filled with authors that are all brand new to you. So when a package wrapped in a jet-black bow lands on your doorstep with a giant neon arrow that reads, “Hey, dummy! This is a package of THE NEW STUFF. READ ME NOW IF YOU KNOW WHAT’S GOOD FOR YOU.” Well, you pick it up with sweaty hands…...

THE BIG UGLY BY JAKE HINKSON

Beat To A Pulp October 11, 2014 Ellie Bennett served her time. She kept her mouth closed and served her 13 months in Eastgate Penitentiary for Women. Now she’s got to put herself back together as a free woman. It was almost ironic, really. As a corrections officer at Eastgate, Ellie never expected to one day be a resident there. But life rarely goes as planned. No one plans on your 40th birthday present being getting released back into civilized society. No one plans on getting framed for beating up a prisoner. No one plans on being middle aged and having their life ruined and in shambles. But Ellie is tough, and in THE BIG UGLY, Jake...

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee Oct20

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee

Murder and Mayhem 10 years ago Penny Halle came to me and asked if Ruth and I could help her set up a mystery day. We brought in 7 authors and did a 2 hour panel. The next year we went bigger, a whole day of panels and more authors. Last fall we had around 14 authors and the event ran from 9 – 5. In less than two weeks we are hosting Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee for the first time, version 2.0 if you will. The facility is awesome, food courts, right in a hotel with a casino. We have 23 authors coming in. There have been a load of books donated for the book bags. Our book seller is geared up and ready to rock. We’ve had t-shirts and...

FULL MEASURE by T. Jefferson Parker

FULL MEASURE, by T. Jefferson Parker, is a departure from the crime novels he has written in the past. This book is about the bond between siblings as well as those connected through military service. It puts a potent face to the names and numbers of those serving as they transition from war to peace, and from serving in the military to becoming a civilian. It is a novel that touches on many issues from PTSD to the plight of an agricultural family. The plot focuses on the experiences of those soldiers returning home. It also has sub-plots of political/controversial issues about governmental overreach and the right to bear arms. Although...

BRAVO By Greg Rucka

Growing up in Wisconsin every winter we spent a lot of time sledding. The anticipation while climbing a hill towing your sled, jumping on and grabbing the handles like your life depended on it, the rocketing down a slick hill that lasted for hours and seconds at the same time and then the end sitting there dazed and exhilarated wanting to do it again. THAT is what it’s like reading Greg Rucka. And in BRAVO the hill is a mile long and covered in ice. Make a pot of of coffee and grab on tight, you’re in for a Hell of a ride.

THE SPECTRE: CRIMES AND JUDGMENTS BY KATE (AND DAN...

::Kate and Dan are looking a bit yellow. Dan is wearing a red shirt with blue shorts. Kate’s hair looks like a spikey starfish:: K: It’s October. This is the time of year when we tell SCARY TALES OF HORROR IN OUR TREEHOUSE! D: Sounds kinda like the Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror”. Let’s not do this bit. I don’t want to get sued, and I’m worried that this jaundice could lead to hepatitis. K: ::changes out of red dress:: But it’s the spookiest time of year! How else can we celebrate the season without tapping into annual pop culture tropes? D: This is the Internet age; anything can be a clever reference. Any reference can be a callback to a...