Interview with J.D. Rhoades

Interview with J.D. Rhoades Jon: So we’ve known each other almost 20 years, going back to when I first started posting on the rec.art.mystery newsgroup. I always knew you as Dusty. What does the J.D. stand for? J.D. Rhoades: My birth certificate name (or as a friend calls it, my “government name”) is Jerry Delano Rhoades, Jr. My grandpa was a big admirer of FDR. So J.D. is the first two letters of that. I’ve been known as “Dusty” all my life, but when I published my first novel, the editor thought “Dusty Rhoades” lacked the gravitas they wanted for a “serious” crime novelist, so we went round and round on that for a while before settling on...

C.J. Box: An interview for ENDANGERED

Endangered, the latest Joe Pickett novel by C. J. Box is, in my opinion, the best yet of the series.  There are all the right ingredients: a realistic plot, well developed characters, a vivid setting, clear prose and ratcheting tension. Box merges vivid descriptions of Wyoming’s landscape, western culture, and the personal drama regarding Pickett’s family into a thrilling action packed novel.   Elise Cooper:  In the beginning of the book, there are some very potent scenes regarding April.  You refer to it as ‘a parent’s worst nightmare.” Please Explain   C.J. Box: This is the first time in the series where one of Joe’s daughters is...

2015 Left Coast Crime Award Winners Mar15

2015 Left Coast Crime Award Winners

Last Night, in Portland, the 2015 Left Coast Crime awards were handed out. The Lefty for the best humorous mystery novel: Herbie’s Game, by Timothy Hallinan (Soho Crime) Other nominees: he Good, the Bad, and the Emus, by Donna Andrews (Minotaur) January Thaw, by Jess Lourey (Midnight Ink) Dying for a Dude, by Cindy Sample (Cindy Sample) Suede to Rest, by Diane Vallere (Berkley Prime Crime) The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award is given to mystery novels covering events before 1960: A Deadly Measure of Brimstone, by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur) Other nominees: Queen of Hearts, by Rhys Bowen (Berkley Prime Crime) From the...

COLD BETRAYAL by J.A. Jance Mar14

COLD BETRAYAL by J.A. Jance

Cold Betrayal J. A. Jance Touchstone Publishers March 10, 2015 Cold Betrayal by J. A. Jance brings into focus two riveting sub-plots. What the stories have in common is the interplay of the family dynamics. As with all of Jance’s novels she explores some kind of societal issue at the same time creating a thrilling story. The first plot involves the daughter-in-law of the main character, Ali Reynolds. The girl’s grandmother, Betsy, is in danger: she’s been receiving anonymous threats, culminating with someone breaking into her home and turning on the gas burners in an attempt to kill her. Unfortunately, the local police do not believe the...

Author Work Space: C.J. Box Mar14

Author Work Space: C.J. Box

C.J. Box has been kind enough to give us a glimpse into his office. In addition to his loyal canine pals, you can see a number of his awards, including a Best Novel Edgar (for BLUE HEAVEN) on the shelves in the upper right hand corner. ENDANGERED (Check out Elise’s review here), the 15th book in the Joe Pickett series, has just been released and is available at all respectable stores and sites. She was gone. Joe Pickett had good reason to dislike Dallas Cates, even if he was a rodeo champion, and now he has even more—Joe’s eighteen-year-old ward, April, has run off with him. And then comes even worse news: The body of a girl has been...

Mystery Finalists for 27th annual LAMBDA Awards Mar09

Mystery Finalists for 27th annual LAMBDA Awards

Last week, the finalists were announced for the 27th annual LAMBDA Awards.. Awards are presented in 22 categories, but here are the finalists for the Mystery categories: GAY MYSTERY BLACKMAIL, MY LOVE: A Murder Mystery, Katie Gilmartin, Cleis Press BOYSTOWN 6: FROM THE ASHES by Marshall Thornton (MLR) CALVIN’S HEAD by David Swatling (Bold Strokes Books) DEADFALL by David Lennon (BlueSpike Publishing) FAIR GAME by Josh Lanyon (Carina Press) A GATHERING STORM by Jameson Currier (Chelsea Station Editions) MOON OVER TANGIER by Janice Law (Open Road Media) THE NEXT by Rafe Haze (Wilde City Press) LESBIAN MYSTERY  THE ACQUITTAL by Anne Laughlin...