Pet Spotlight: Michael Jecks

I have always been a dog owner. Well, dog fanatic, really. My family had at least four dogs and, as soon as I started writing, I bought a dog of my own. She was a lovely, bouncing, beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog. They are as good natured as they appear, but they have all the subtlety and intelligence of a bulldozer. I remember walking along a field of heavy clay. Farmers had built up a network of ditches to allow rainwater to run away, with plank bridges thrown over to allow people across. I remember being half way over it when I realised my mistake – and danger. Seeing me crossing the plank, the dog thought, “That looks fun!” and pelted...

2016 CrimeFest Award Winners May28

2016 CrimeFest Award Winners

Last Weekend, at Crimefest 2016, the following awards were presented. AUDIBLE SOUNDS OF CRIME AWARD The Audible Sounds of Crime Award is for the best unabridged crime audiobook first published in the UK in 2015 in both printed and audio formats, and available for download from audible.co.uk, Britain’s largest provider of downloadable audiobooks. Courtesy of sponsor Audible UK, the winning author and audiobook reader(s) share the £1,000 prize equally and each receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.  Paula Hawkins for The Girl on the Train, read by Clare Corbett, India Fisher & Louise Brealey (Random House Audiobooks) The other...

An interview with Clint Hill, author of FIVE PRESI...

Five Presidents by Clint Hill with Lisa McCubbin is a non-fiction book written as a page turning historical novel. People might not recognize the author, but the photo of him jumping on the Presidential car is ingrained in most everyone’s mind. He is the Secret Service Agent that heroically leaped onto the Kennedy car in Dallas after the President was shot. This book illuminates the lives of each leader in an insightful way. Hill has allowed readers to take the memory journey with him as he opens up about the private world he observed. He succeeds in allowing readers to have a rare glimpse into the personalities and characters of the five...

Greed Is God

Greed stalks desperation. The desire to exploit can slither down through the cracks and find people hidden from sight and in the greatest need. In an industry driven by greed, the desperate are fodder. That moment, where greed finally catches up with desperation, is where so much great crime fiction resides. The heist happens because characters like Richard Stark’s Parker are greedy. Parker wants to live an easy life on his terms, long spells between jobs where he doesn’t have to worry about money, and so he steals. Any target is acceptable, so long as it’s profitable. He is a man prepared to kill and kill again to achieve this, inured to...

Winners of the 2016 Arthur Ellis Awards May26

Winners of the 2016 Arthur Ellis Awards

The Crime Writers of Canada have announced the winners of the 2016 Arthur Ellis Awards tonight. Best Novel Peter Kirby, Open Season, Linda Leith Publishing Rest of the shortlist: Peggy Blair, Hungry Ghosts, Simon & Schuster John Farrow, The Storm Murders, Minotaur Andrew Hunt, A Killing in Zion, Minotaur Inger Ash Wolfe, The Night Bell, McClelland & Stewart   Best First Novel Ausma Zehanat Khan, The Unquiet Dead, Minotaur Rest of the shortlist: J. Mark Collins, Hard Drive, iUniverse David Hood, What Kills Good Men, Vagrant Press Alexis Koetting, Encore, Five Star Brian R. Lindsay, Old Bones, Volumes Publishing   Best...

Not Just a Man in a Bat Costume

The day came when I refused to go back to CCD classes. I knew every Sunday when I learned about how mad God was at me my sister was home watching Batman. The unfairness rankled. I put my tiny foot down (I was a truly small, itty kid) and my mom shocked my by agreeing. Joy! The day I asked her why the bad guys didn’t just shoot Batman instead of coming up with all of these bizarre contraptions, I learned an important life lesson. “Because,” she answered patiently, “then the show would be over.” My life long love of all things Bat had began. An older still not tall me was hand fed comics by the not quite as patient but still rather wise...