Review of THE ENGLISH WIFE

THE ENGLISH WIFE Lauren Willig St. Martins Press January 9th, 2018 THE ENGLISH WIFE by Lauren Willig is full of intrigue and suspense. It is a refreshing change from all the recent “GONE GIRL look-alikes”, and instead is part mystery, part love story, and part family drama. This historical crime fiction novel involves murder, scandals, and secrets. The Gilded Age is highlighted between the years 1894 in England to 1899 in New York. Bayard, the son of a Knickerbocker prominent family returns after a three-year absence with his English wife, Annabelle aka Georgie. Their supposed whirlwind romance is shattered at the opening of their Twelfth...

Review of JACK WATERS BY SCOTT ADLERBERG

JACK WATERS Scott Adlerberg Broken River Books January 17, 2018   Sometimes, you become a hero without really meaning to. At the turn of the last century, Jack Waters is living his best life. A resident of New Orleans, Waters spends his days making his living playing high-stakes poker. He lives a life of comfort in his family estate, having dismissed almost all the servants and letting the grounds become overgrown. He is known as an honest, even-tempered man who lives only to play an honest game of cards. This was the life that Jack had always wanted, and it was good. Jack’s life turns on a dime when, in a blinding rage, he kills a man...

Fight Choreography – How I Develop Fight Scenes that Pass Muster with Actual Martial Artists Jan17

Fight Choreography – How I Develop Fight Sce...

Write what you know. Maybe that works for crime fiction writers who are former cops or prosecutors. I was a professional statistician. People won’t chat with you at a party longer than two minutes when that crap comes up so they’re not going to stick around for a whole book of it. I solved that problem pretty handily by making my protagonist a newbie. She’s a former uniform cop who quit and is now apprenticing as a private investigator with her father – a father who is out of the country for the entire book. She knew how to pull people over and write them tickets or respond to domestic violence calls but tracking down a murderer from...

Meg Gardiner INTO THE BLACK NOWHERE Reviewed

INTO THE BLACK NOWHERE Meg Gardiner 2018 Dutton Last year a book came across my desk that grabbed my attention for two reasons. The first was the author of the book being Meg Gardiner. Every book I’ve read by Gardiner has been fabulous, she is a master storyteller who has never failed to keep my flipping pages as fast as I can. The second attention grabber was the title. UNSUB. If you read crime fiction or watch crime movies and TV you know this is shorthand for unknown subject. It is used to describe a criminal, usually a killer, who is committing ongoing crimes. As a reader this tells me I’m in for a story that is going to be suspenseful...

Behind the Book: Five Locations in Manhattan Where...

Everyone who writes anything about the history of New York quickly comes to realize that the city has not always been about office towers and skyscrapers. New York, in the half-century from 1880 to 1930, was distinctive among American cities for the beauty of its architecture but tragically, in the rush to build bigger and higher, the majority of its most striking buildings have disappeared. The destruction of Penn Station in 1963 remains the most notorious demolition of a landmark building but there have been many others. Here are five Manhattan buildings, all associated in some way with crime and criminal justice; two have survived and...

HANG TIME by S.W. LAUDEN

Rare Bird Books January 16, 2018   Someone once said, “Noir is watching someone make mistakes that they know are mistakes, but they continue to make them anyway. Regardless of the consequences.” That is by far the most satisfying answer that I’ve yet found for the “what is noir” question, so I’m sticking with that. With that being the case, HANG TIME, the final book in the Greg Salem trilogy by S.W. Lauden is so damn noir it hurts. After doing battle with a deranged cult leader/drug kingpin in GRIZZLY SEASON, ex-cop/ punk-rock-front-man Greg Salem is literally getting the band back together. Yup, seminal California punk bank Bad...