CRIMINAL 10th Anniversary Issue Reviewed

CRIMINAL: The 10th Anniversary Issue Image Comics 2016   Having spent the winter moving to a new house, I came across a poster tube with a beautiful print of the Criminal #3 cover that’d I’d been misplacing on and off again for years. The shipping label had a date that was hard to believe and I shrugged it off until a few days later when I saw an announcement that Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips were celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Criminal with the release of a new issue. How has it been a decade of looking for extra wall space and a reason to frame the poster, and how has my favorite series been around that long?   To...

UNLOADED Reviewed

2016 Down & Out Books   Sometimes, a person can feel pretty powerless. We’ve all been there. Those times when the news just seems to be a never-ending barrage of senseless death and destruction. Most folks sigh, and get on with their day. Check in on the interwebs from their phone, go shopping… whatever. Writer/editor Eric Beetner chose differently. When the seemingly endless news reports of gun violence became too much to bear (And really, shouldn’t one case of violence be too much to bear?). Beetner chose to fight back with the chosen weapon of the writer: his words and stories. And he called in his immensely talented friends....

Lost And Gone Forever Reviewed

LOST AND GONE FOREVER by Alex Grecian Publisher G. P. Putnam Sons It has been a year since we have last seen the Murder Squad of Scotland Yard and much has happened. Nevil Hammersmith is no longer with the squad, due to a combination of a dogged persuit of Walter Day and several decisions that didn’t agree with the head of the squad. No one has seen Day for a year, but his friends and family haven’t given up hope. Worst of all, no one has sighted the infamous Jack the Ripper in the same amount of time, leaving the greatest villian of the Murder Squad roaming the streets. The stage is set for another amazing thriller by Alex...

Kimberly McCreigh’s OUTLIERS Reviewed

Outliers Kimberly McCreigh Harper Collins May 3rd, 2016 Outliers by Kimberly McCreight is the first in a series for young adults. Having changed gears from writing mysteries for adults she still maintains, in the first part of the book, her ability to draw out the different relationships between characters, including the bond between a mother and daughter. The story went from a psychological thriller that focused on grief and friendship to a conspiracy theory mystery. McCreight noted, “Writing a young adult mystery is not much different than writing an adult novel. In my adult books I had killed teenagers so to be fair and balanced I killed...

Nancy Allen’s THE WAGES OF SIN Reviewed

The Wages of Sin Nancy Allen Witness Impulse April 26th, 2016 The Wages of Sin by Nancy Allen is the third book of the series that takes place in Southwest Missouri. It is not necessary to read the previous books to understand the plot and characters. Readers will get a very good understanding of how personalities affect court proceedings. The main issues explored are the death penalty, domestic violence, and child witnesses. The novel opens with a pregnant woman being beaten to death by her boyfriend who is high on drugs. Because the eight-month-old baby also died the prosecution seeks the death penalty. Readers will learn certain tidbits,...

Marcia Clark’s BLOOD DEFENSE Reviewed

Blood Defense Marcia Clark Thomas and Mercer May 1st, 2016 Blood Defense by Marcia Clark is the first in a new series. While she is well known as the prosecutor of O. J. Simpson she has also become a bestselling author with the Rachel Knight series about a Los Angeles prosecutor. With Blood Defense she is changing gears, now writing about an ambitious and hard-charging criminal defense attorney. Although having each series main character polar opposites, readers will still enjoy the same writing style: sarcastic wit, believable characters, a great murder mystery, multi-layered plot twists, and an understanding of the nuances around a...