Review of IN FARLEIGH FIELD & Rhys Bowen Inte...

IN FARLEIGH FIELD Rhys Bowen March 1, 2017 Lake Union Pub IN FARLEIGH FIELD by Rhys Bowen is a fact filled historical mystery. The story takes place during 1941 in the English countryside. Inspired by the events of World War II this is a sweeping and riveting stand-alone novel involving class, family, love, and betrayal. The plot is built around three life long friends: Ben Cresswell, the Vicar’s son, who now serves as a homeland spy; Lady Pamela Sutton, the middle daughter of an aristocratic family who decodes German correspondence at Bletchley; and Jeremy Prescott, an injured RAF fighter pilot. Their carefree youth is contrasted with the...

Review of A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN/Interview with...

A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN Susan Meissner Berkley Pub March 14th, 2017 A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN by Susan Meissner spans the lives of three women, one in modern day and the other two during the 1940s. She intertwines their lives with the help of a ship, some ghosts, and historical facts surrounding the Nazi regime. The gripping story of a young German ballerina and the daughter of a French resistance fighter are heart wrenching. Beyond the human characters is a ship, the Queen Mary, which takes on human qualities, seemingly with a life of its own. The mystery begins aboard the RMS Queen Mary as it transported at the end of the war thousands...

Clare Mackintosh: The I SEE YOU Interview

Elise Cooper: Routine is the key word to this story? Clare Mackintosh: I started the book with this quote to set the tone, ‘You do the same thing every day. You know exactly where you’re going. You’re not alone.’ We stay in these routines and do not think about it because they are extraordinarily comforting and familiar. For example, when we leave for a job we take the same route and leave at the same time each day. Unfortunately, this means we are lessaware of our surroundings. I realized in the cities many people know about others commutes, and how dangerous that could be. EC: Did your professional experiences help you to write these...

THE MANY DEATHS OF THE BATMAN

DC Comics Batman 433-435 1989   THE MANY DEATHS OF THE BATMAN   Why on earth am I bothering all of you fine folks with a review of a three issue Batman arc that’s 28 years old? I can hear you all, you know: “This better not be another rant from Old Man Malmon going on and on about how great comics were BACK IN HIS DAY.” Shut up. Comics are great now. But they were also great back in my day, too. Batman 433-435 is a bit of an anomaly. It’s a three-issue mini-arc that was written by comics legend John Byrne (who also did the covers) and illustrated by Batman legend Jim Aparo. From Fantastic Four to X-Men to Superman, John Byrne’s list of...

Alex Segura Crimespree Interview By Dave White

I hate hot weather. Give me winter and snow any day over the humid, sweaty nonsense that comes in the months of June-August. But, when it comes to crime fiction, the mean streets of Miami—away from the glitz and glamor of the beach—catch my eye. Why? Because Alex Segura and his Private Investigator protagonist, Pete Fernandez, mine those streets for the all the danger, action, and crime you expect in hardboiled fiction. Alex and I sat down at our respective computers and talked about writing process, Pete, and his upcoming novel DANGEROUS ENDS, coming in April from Polis Books. Dave White: At the end of DOWN THE DARKEST STREET, Pete has...

Mark Greaney talks about GUNMETAL GREY

Elise Cooper: How would you describe this story? Mark Greaney: It is a cat and mouse adventure story as people go after this particular guy. Everyone is after Fan, the Chinese government hacker, because if he defects he becomes like a virus to the Chinese. Because Gentry is a contractor the CIA can use him as a deniable asset, remaining on the periphery. He utilizes the CIA and vice versa for them. EC: Does the Gray Man describe his personality and more? MG: He never stands out as an individual. I did not develop the term “Gray Man.” It is someone in the military or intelligence that moves around in a low profile. He physically moves around...