Māwake Crime Review

Kia ora and haere mai; hello and welcome to the third edition of Māwake Crime Review, a new initiative here at Crimespree Magazine in 2018. Each issue I’ll be featuring great crime writers and crime novels from beyond the borders of North America and Europe. For those who missed the first edition, Māwake is a word from the Māori language (the indigenous people of my home country, New Zealand) which translates to ‘south-east sea breeze’.  In this column we’re harnessing that breeze, so to speak: highlighting terrific tales ‘blown in’ for crime-loving readers from the southern and eastern continents: Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Oceania...

INTERVIEW WITH Darynda Jones Dec08

INTERVIEW WITH Darynda Jones

  SUMMONED TO THIRTEENTH GRAVE by Darynda Jones is number thirteen and the last in the series.  But thirteen is a lucky number for her and those that have followed the Grim Reaper Charley Davidson. This book opens with Charley returning to earth after being exiled for a hundred years in another realm.  But like dog years having a one to seven ratio, there is a one to ten ratio since 100 actually is ten days on earth. After returning the first thing she does is rekindle the desire and love she has for everyone in her family including her daughter, husband, and Uncle. She then combats with her husband Reyes those trying to take over...

The works of Sarah McCoy, Lori Roy are featured in this week’s giveaway Dec07

The works of Sarah McCoy, Lori Roy are featured in...

This week, CrimeSpree and  Friday Reads Facebook page  are offering up copies of MARILLA OF GREEN GABLES by Sarah McCoy and THE DISAPPEARING by Lori Roy MARILLA OF GREEN GABLES A bold, heartfelt tale of life at Green Gables . . . before Anne: A marvelously entertaining and moving historical novel, set in rural Prince Edward Island in the nineteenth century, that imagines the young life of spinster Marilla Cuthbert, and the choices that will open her life to the possibility of heartbreak—and unimaginable greatness. Plucky and ambitious, Marilla Cuthbert is thirteen years old when her world is turned upside down. Her beloved mother dies in...

INTERVIEW WITH STEVEN F. HAVILL

Mike Barson: LIES COME EASY is now the 23rd entry in your Posadas County Mystery series, dating back to HEARTSHOT, the 1991 debut. Over the years you’ve had some of the original lead characters age out of the series while new, younger ones are introduced. Do you feel it’s important to have a series develop in real time? Steve Havill: I think it’s more interesting that way. When I wrote HEARTSHOT way back when, I wasn’t thinking series, but that’s how it developed. This way, we get a snap shot of entire career paths over 25 years or so. And Bill Gastner, at age 85 with his backcountry wheel chair, is fun to...

INTERVIEW WITH KAREN KATCHUR

RIVER BODIES by Karen Katchur is part mystery and part police procedural. It is not a “who done it,” but a “why done it” as the characters must come to grips with two brutal murders that occurred two decades apart. There are no solid lines, with a blurring between the good and evil side of each character. But the author successfully weaves in relationships, family dynamics, and loyalty that only enhance the story. The book examines how loyal should someone be and whether the choices people make are to protect others. Each character looks inward reflecting on what they did to survive. The heroine is Becca Kingsley, a veterinarian, who lives...

Interview with Joe Clifford

Kate and Dan Talk To…Joe Clifford Kate & Dan: Congratulations on your new novel THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, out December 3rd from Down and Out books! Alex Salerno is a fascinating, complex character. Please tell us about her, and what makes her story so unique. Joe Clifford: Well, from my POV, this is my first time writing a female protagonist. Which went quite well. I think. (I hope!). Alex, like Jay Porter (my series character), is wounded. I like wounded characters. I like “less than” characters. This goes back to something I read by Mailer, who said heroes need to be “more than.” I am not as interested in the more-thans. I don’t know...

REVIEW OF BLEAK HARBOR

BLEAK HARBOR Bryan Gruley Nov 2018 Thomas & Mercer Carey Bleak Peters should be the Princess of Bleak Harbor, Michigan. The City, after all, was founded by her family during the boon of the steel industry—and made them rich, wealth that continued beyond the closing of the steel and timber mills and shipping in the harbor as Bleak Harbor transformed into a summer vacation destination for the wealthy. But Carey’s mother, Serenity Bleak, sole heir of the fortune estimated to be worth several hundred million dollars, has other plans. And they don’t include Carey, her autistic son Danny, or her brother Jonah, the mayor of Bleak Harbor. When...

BOOK REVIEW: LET THE DEAD KEEP THEIR SECRETS

  LET THE DEAD KEEP THEIR SECRETS by Rosemary Simpson brings to life New York City during the 1880s in a historical mystery. It is rich in the culture of the time with a riveting Colombo type crime.  Readers know who has done it and seek clues with the characters to find the proof. The plot opens with New York opera singer Claire Buchanan calling on the investigative services of Prudence MacKenzie and her partner, Geoffrey Hunter. Claire shows up at their door begging them to find out exactly how her twin sister, Catherine, and newborn daughter died, believing it was not from natural causes. Catherine’s husband, Aaron Sorenson, is a...