Pet Spotlight: Betty

I Married a Cat Hater By Diane Fanning All my life, my home had been populated with dogs and cats. Then, I married a cat hater. In his defense, he did have an allergy. I tried to convince him that living with a cat would desensitize him, but he didn’t buy it. The situation changed when a young orange tabby showed up on our doorstep and decided to live there. She acted hungry but all we had on hand was dog food. I offered her a handful and she gobbled it up. The next day, my cat-hating husband brought home cat food. Kitty liked that even more. In less than a week, my spouse was sitting with her on the porch, stroking on her and making her...

INTERVIEW WITH LIZ FREELAND

MURDER IN MIDTOWN by Liz Freeland brings to life New York in the early 1900s.  Besides a good mystery, readers will be enlightened about the different social issues during that era. The plot begins with a fire breaking out at a publicity house.  It is the one Louise Faulk works at while waiting to see if she has passed the exam to become a NYPD police officer. As the investigation of the charred ruins begins, rumors of foul play are already circulating. Trying to get to the truth, the firm’s surviving partner asks Louise to investigate the matter, knowing she has experience in police issues. While trying to find who murdered her boss,...

INTERVIEW WITH MAX ALLAN COLLINS

GIRL MOST LIKELY by Max Allan Collins is more of a police procedural than a thriller. What makes this plot unique is the relationships.  In this book, the police chief is the daughter and she enlists her father’s help to find a killer. Krista Larson has recently lost her mother.  She is worried about her father, Keith, who appears suicidal from his grief.  Deciding a change of environment is best for him, Krista moves him in with her to a small town in Illinois. Galena is in northwestern Illinois that is close to Dubuque and not too far from Chicago. It is the birthplace of US Grant. While trying to make her father feel at home...

INTERVIEW WITH ALFRED GOUGH AND MILES MILLAR

DOUBLE EXPOSURE by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, the creators of the TV series, “Smallville,” brings to life a unique storyline. Set in the 1960s to make the story believable, they explore the question, what if Hitler did not die in the bunker, and is still alive? The plot begins with a KGB Russian agent, turned CIA asset, smuggling a film canister over the Berlin Wall.  Because the East Germans shot the agent as well as the canister the CIA now needs help in attempting to repair it.  They turn to David Toland, a decorated Korean War veteran, who wanted to leave his combat days behind him. Now the Director of Preservation for the...

REVIEW OF WOLF PACK

Edgar-winner C.J. Box maintains his platinum level of excellence in WOLF PACK, his 19th novel starring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett (after 2018’s THE DISAPPEARED). When fellow game warden Katelyn Hamm observes a herd of elk being stampeded by a drone, she enlists Joe’s aid in tracking down the owner. The perp turns out to be Bill Hill, a recent arrivee from the East who lives with several bodyguards in a state of the art compound. After Hill scoffs at Joe’s threat of a fine for tormenting the elk, Joe tries to research him online–and finds Bill Hill to be entirely devoid of any background. Joe’s old friend...

MURDER-A-GO-GO’S: CRIME FICTION INSPIRED BY THE MU...

Down and Out Books March 23d, 2019 Edited by Holly West The short story can be one of the most enjoyable storytelling vehicles for any genre. Add a little violence here, a little revenge there, and you have a crime story that can fit comfortably into any genre. That’s the beauty of crime fiction: by changing the set design, a crime story can take a reader into any type of story they like. As much fun as short stories are to read, outlets for this kind of writing have been slowly disappearing in recent years. This is a real shame, since short stories are one of the chief ways readers can discover their new favorite authors. With...