Beatriz Williams talks about A CERTAIN AGE

A Certain Age Beatriz Williams William Morrow June 28th, 2016 A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams is part mystery, part historical, and part romance that is based upon Richard Strauss’ opera, Der Rosenkavalier. It has a gripping plot involving family secrets, an unsolved murder, intrigue, and scandal during the l920s. The title is a metaphor for the time period and the age of each character that is very relevant to the storyline. The narrative alternates between the perspective of Sophie Fortescue and Theresa Marshall with each chapter beginning with a quote from the actual journalist and humorist Helen Rowland. As the story unfolds readers...

Interview With Frank De Blasé

I first met Frank at Bouchercon in Albany NY a couple years ago. I’m a big fan of the books but I’m also a big fan of Frank.  He is one of the most genuine people I know. He also has great taste in music!  ~Jon Jon: Frank, you have a pretty damn cool background and while there are similarities between you and Frankie Valentine how much of you is really in the character? Frank: Well, if you were to ask my wife, a lot. If you ask me, we have the same sense of humor and propensity for photographing nudie cuties. But the similarities end there. Frankie Valentine gets more girlie action than I ever did, and seems to get beat up more,...

Review of WARLOCK HOLMES: A STUDY IN BRIMSTONE

WARLOCK HOLMES: A STUDY IN BRIMSTONE G.S. Denning May 2016 TitanBooks Yes, this is yet another re-working of Sherlock Holmes. As someone who has read many and been disappointed in most, this one charmed me. It stays true to the source material yet massages and prods it at the same time. In this version, Sherlock isn’t Sherlock. And he isn’t quite human, either. Oh, and he isn’t always terribly bright. He is a “consulting magician.” A walking, talking tome of the esoteric. But not what one would call observant. Not one to deduct. For tried and true fans, Dr. John Watson is still at Holmes’ side after his return from the Afghan War. He’s just...

Brad Meltzer talks about THE HOUSE OF SECRETS

The House of Secrets delves into espionage, government corruption, family secrets, blackmail, betrayal, murder, and historical deceptions. Meltzer has become the king of the mystery conspiracy. This book questions whether Benedict Arnold was a traitor and the implications it has regarding the death of the host of an investigative conspiracy TV show. His daughter, Hazel Nash, attempts to find answers while working with FBI agent Trevor Rabkin. Elise Cooper: How did you get the idea for the story? Brad Meltzer: Eight years ago at the National Archives I was shown the Oath of Allegiance. Those who signed it agreed not to betray the US. One of...

Author Workspace: Twist Phelan

Describe my workspace? That’s not the easiest question to answer, at least not for me. Four years ago, I had a idea for a mystery series featuring a private spy. That was about the same time I decided to live in hotels and Airbnbs around the world for six to seven months of the year. Perhaps not the best combination for a writer used to working in her “garret,” a small room at the top of the stairs in our house, chosen because its clerestory windows meant I would not be distracted by a view. I lived on an ocean-going boat during my thirties, and knew the peripatetic life would be a good fit for me. But what about writing?...

This Date In Crime: DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS

On this Date, in 1990, Norton published DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS by Walter Mosley. The novel introduced the world to Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, a WW II vet turned PI. In the early books, Rawlins was simply looking to pay his mortgage. As the series went on, Mosley brought Rawlins  from post-WW II L.A to the Red Scare and eventually to the revolutionary movement in the late 60s. The novel was well-received and won the Shamus Award (Presented by the Private Eye Writers of America) for Best First Novel. But it was not until then presidential candidate Bill Clinton declared Mosley one of his favorite authors. In 1995, Oscar-winner Denzil...