Five that influenced me: Trey R Barker

Mom’s bookshelves were a wonderland of universes. Harlan Ellison’s Again, Dangerous Visions (the title of which scared me to death when I was exceedingly young), Fahrenheit 451, The Stand, Down To A Sunless Sea. Simak and Clarke, Hemingway and Steinbeck; Bruce Catton’s Civil War trilogy: Mr. Lincoln’s Army, Glory Road, and A Stillness at Appomattox. Our house was the biggest library on the block and she made sure I had a public library card when I was in elementary school. She looked at every book selection I made from both the public and school libraries, read most of them, and even read the first book I ever checked out on my own with...

Syndicate Books to Publish Complete Works of Margaret Millar Oct28

Syndicate Books to Publish Complete Works of Marga...

Crimespree pal Paul Oliver has some exciting news. His Syndicate Books has reached an agreement with Craig Tenney at Harold Ober Associates and the estate of Margaret Millar to publish the MWA Grandmaster’s complete works in North America. Millar (1915-1994) was the author of 27 books and a pioneer of the modern psychological thriller. Millar’s novel Beast in View won the 1956 Edgar Award for Best Novel and she was the recipient of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award in 1983. In 1965 she was selected by the Los Angeles Times as “Woman of the Year.” Syndicate Books will publish all 27 of Millar’s books in ten...

ABC developing U.S. WIRE IN THE BLOOD series Oct27

ABC developing U.S. WIRE IN THE BLOOD series

ABC is looking to bring the world of Val McDermid‘s Tony Hill to the U.S. Deadline is reporting that a U.S. version is being developed with A.M. Homes (THE L WORD) writing and joining Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman (DETROIT 1-8-7), Todd Lieberman (DETROIT 1-8-7), Laurie Zaks (CASTLE) and Sandra Jobling (exec producer for the highly successful British version) on the production side. All have solid track records, but I am especially pleased to see the folks behind the under-rated DETROIT 1-8-7 on board. In addition to Mandeville, ABC Studios and Endemol Studios are on board. While Hill remains front and center, it sounds like...

Pet Spotlight: Jessie Chandler, Ollie and Fozzy Be...

  Yo! Ollie here. Our Keeper, Jessie, is gone. Me and my big bro Fozzy Bear are very hungry half-King Charles Spaniel/half-Shih Tzu masters of the realm. I just turned two-years-old last month. Our Keepers threw me a big birthday party with hats that I thought were pretty stupid, and Frosty Paws, which I did not think were stupid. However, a frozen tongue feels funny. Where do you think our Keeper is, Fozzy Bear?   Who cares, Ollie? I’m in the zone. Maxing and relaxing upside down on this soft, comfy blanket the Keepers accidentally left on the floor. I’m waiting for one of the Keepers to come along and give me tummies. That’s...

2014 Specsavers Crime Thriller Award Winners Oct24

2014 Specsavers Crime Thriller Award Winners

The 2014 Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards were presented today at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel tonight. The star-studded awards ceremony was hosted by Bradley Walsh and attended by the cream of actors, writers and producers from the world of crime TV and fiction, including Keeley Hawes, Stanley Tucci, Anna Maxwell Martin, James Norton, Rachael Stirling and Amanda Abbington. CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year:  THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY, by Wiley Cash (Doubleday/Transworld) Rest of the shortlist: THE FIRST RULE OF SURVIVAL, by Paul Mendelson (Constable) HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN, by Louise Penny (Sphere/Little Brown) KEEP...

Five Things That Changed My World: Paul Charles

THE TOP FIVE THAT CHANGED MY WORLD. PLEASE PLEASE ME - The Beatles Yes there may very well have been better singles that followed from the Fabs but the impact that this infectious classic single made on me at the time can never be denied and nor would I try. ASTRAL WEEKS - Van Morrison Might still just be the perfect example of an album, long-player, CD, call it what you will, that has ever been released. Astral Weeks is also one of the best collections of (connecting) short stories ever published. TWO LORRIES – Seamus Heaney From his excellent The Spirit Level and to my eyes and ears a beautiful filmic short story of small town rural...