Review of Oath OF HONOR by Lynette Eason

OATH OF HONOR: Blue Justice Series Book 1 Lynette Eason January 2nd, 2018 Revell Publishers OATH OF HONOR by Lynette Eason is the first in a new series. This thrilling story is a shout out to those in law enforcement who put their lives on the line each and every day to keep everyone safe. The action never ceases as the plot combines a mystery, criminal investigation, politics, gang wars, shootings, and bad cops. What makes this story stand out is that Eason also brings to life engaging and well-developed characters, including some who have a subtle romance. The plot begins with childhood friends who are now police partners, Izzy St. John...

Māwake Crime Review: Bringing you superb crime wri...

Kia ora and haere mai; hello and welcome to this first edition of Māwake Crime Review, a new initiative here at Crimespree Magazine. Each issue I’ll be featuring some great crime writers and crime novels from beyond the borders of North America and Europe. Why? Because the mystery world is a big and broad place, and there are superb stories being told all over the map. Māwake is a word from the Māori language (the indigenous people of my home country, New Zealand) which translates to ‘south-east sea breeze’. In this column we’ll be harnessing that breeze: highlighting terrific tales ‘blown in’ for crime-loving readers from the southern and...

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...

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...

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...