REVIEW of BURNING RIDGE

BURNING RIDGE (Timber Creek K-9 Mystery Book 4) Margaret Mizushima Crooked Lane Books Sept 11th, 2018   BURNING RIDGE by Margaret Mizushima is a fast-paced and engrossing police procedural.  It features Matti Cobb and her K-9 German Shepherd partner Robo, which makes these stories appealing to not only those who enjoy mysteries, but also to animal lovers. Having done her homework, the author spoke with and shadowed those that train dogs.  “I have a friend who retired from training tracking dogs.  She allowed me to watch her train for tracking and evidence detection.  I was inspired by her to write about a female canine handler.  In...

BOOK REVIEW THE HAZARDS of GOOD FORTUNE

The Hazards of Good Fortune Seth Greenland Europa Editions August 21st, 2018 The Hazards of Good Fortune by Seth Greenland explores why society is less forgiving today than in the past and relies too much on the court of public opinion. He delves into the issues of race, religion, and how they are intertwined. Greenland wanted to write a story centered around “a New York real estate mogul that takes some events of Donald Sterling’s life.  I thought Sterling got everything he deserved, but it did make me think.  I actually had a character before I had a story, knowing that I wanted to write about someone tried and convicted before he had his...

REVIEW OF PEARL #1

Jinxworld/ DC Comics October 2018   After more than a decade of working exclusively with Marvel Comics, Brian Michael Bendis’s move to rival DC Comics earlier this year proved to be a seismic shift in the pop culture landscape. Bendis not only had a massive impact on the four-color pages of Marvel comics with lengthy runs on Daredevil, the Avengers, and Ultimate Spider-Man, but also the creation of the Miles Morales Spider-Man and ex-super-hero/current PI Jessica Jones. But while Bendis was creating havoc with Marvel’s company-owned characters, he was also continuing his love of crime stories in the pages of his creator-owned Jinxworld...

REVIEW OF ONLY TO SLEEP

ONLY TO SLEEP: A PHILIP MARLOWE NOVEL Lawrence Osborne 7/24/2018 Hogarth   “…there are some of us who can dream backward to the splendid years. There is an occasional glimpse of the old times here, and maybe it’s the last glimpse we’ll ever enjoy,” (2) reminisces the erstwhile private eye Philip Marlowe in Lawrence Osborne’s ONLY TO SLEEP. And look back we must—if only to acknowledge:  the Philip Marlowe of Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) and his renowned works THE BIG SLEEP (1939) and FAREWELL, MY LOVELY (1940) is no more. Look anew we also should: Marlowe is now in the capable hands of British author Lawrence Osborne and the “here” is...

REVIEW OF HOT LUNCH SPECIAL #1

HOT LUNCH SPECIAL Eliot Rahal and Jorge Fornes AfterShock Comics August 8th, 2018   I’m a sucker for provincialism. Minnesota sports. Minnesota beer. Scotch tape. Minnesota… crime? Oh, yes. That puts HOT LUNCH SPECIAL, the new crime drama from Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks, Quantum & Woody) and Jorge Fornes (Amazing X-Men, Wolverine) dropping August 8th from AfterShock Comics, right into my wheelhouse. Reviewing the first issue of a comic is tricky: you have less material to cover than you do in a trade collection or novel. And honestly, the first issue’s job is really just to set the stage, introduce the players, and establish the...

BOOK REVIEW: ONE on ONE

ONE ON ONE Michael Brandman Poisoned Pen Press August 7, 2018 ONE ON ONE by Michael Brandman is the second installment in the new series.  The former original writer of the Jesse Stone series after Robert Parker’s death, decided last year to write a series about a small-town police deputy. Besides a good mystery the author intertwines some social issues as well as an ongoing discussion about assisted suicide.   Legendary Sheriff Burton Steel requested his son Buddy leave his job with LAPD Homicide and come home to become the deputy of Freedom, California, a privileged coastal community a hundred miles north of Los Angeles. Reluctantly,...