BEHIND THE BOOK: ED IFKOVIC

North to Alaska: Researching RUN COLD: An Edna Ferber Mystery Even as a small boy in rural Connecticut, Alaska fascinated me. In fact, I believe I still own one-square-inch of that enormous and mysterious state. Back then, the late 1940s and early 1950s, my brother, sister, and I often huddled on winter nights by the Zenith console radio in the family parlor, and we listened to Sergeant Preston of the Yukon. Thrilled by the calamitous sound effects that blasted through the speakers—the howling night wind and the eerie baying of the menacing wolves—as well as the dramatic mushing of Preston’s faithful husky King—I shivered as I imagined the...

INTERVIEW WITH LEE GOLDBERG

KILLER THRILLER by Lee Goldberg blends suspense and action, with a lot of humor.  With this series fiction becomes reality. This plot has a deadly global conspiracy by Chinese intelligence trying to topple the United States. Ian Ludlow, a bestselling author, is known for his thrillers whose main character is larger-than-life operative Clint Straker. Because his stories have a tendency to come true the CIA and other national security agencies have taken notice. But the Chinese intelligence services also believe he and his companion, Margo French, are foreign assets who are using the cover of researching his next novel. This...

REVIEW OF BONES BEHIND THE WHEEL

BONES BEHIND THE WHEEL by E. J. Copperman blends a mystery with plenty of humor.  It is a ghostly tale that will keep readers smiling throughout the story. Copperman noted, “Some people believe the dead continue to exist in some way and others believe it is silly.  Everyone wishes they could experience the presence of those who have passed away.  Those that do believe in ghosts think that they can communicate with their lost loved ones.” In the first book of the series, Alison Kerby has purchased an inn on the New Jersey shore.  But she got more than she bargained for after finding out it came with some ghosts.  This...

Interview with Greg Iles

I don’t remember what exactly made me pick up the first book by Greg Iles that I read (MORTAL FEAR), but I’ve been a fan ever since. He’s one of my go-to storytellers, someone whose books are excellent consistently and without exception. CEMETERY ROAD, which is out on March 5, is no exception. Getting to speak with an author superhero is always a thrill. I have to start with a couple minutes of fangirling, which is my awkward way of saying thank you. Thank you for telling the stories that sustain readers. Thank you for bringing aspects of human nature to light that might otherwise remain shrouded in shadow. Iles does this as well as any...

BOOK REVIEW: NEVER LET GO

Never Let Go (Uncommon Justice Book 1) Elizabeth Goddard Revell Pub. Feb 5th, 2019 Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard is a mystery tinged with some romance. From the very first page the story’s tension builds. The plot begins when a new born baby is taken away from its birth mother, Katelyn Mason. Now, approximately twenty years later she is dying of cancer and wants to be reunited with her daughter.  Unfortunately, all the investigators she has hired over the years have found no clues.  Her only hope is that Anderson Consulting, forensic genealogists, will find her daughter. But someone is trying to stop then.  First the...

INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTOPHER RICE

BLOOD ECHO BLOOD ECHO is the second in a series about a sometimes-super human who pursues serial killers. These books are not the typical straightforward thrillers, but do have some traces of sci-fi aspects. As a victim herself, Charlotte “Charley” Rowe wants justice and vengeance against those who perpetuate violence by working closely with the CEO of a pharmaceutical company, Cole Graydon. The book opens with intense action.  Charley is pursuing a serial killer and after capturing her prey she returns to Altamira California to rest and meet up with her friends and lover. But her peaceful R & R is interrupted when it becomes...