Writer Types Podcast: Episode 7 Jul12

Writer Types Podcast: Episode 7

The July episode of our crime and mystery podcast is something of a milestone. When we came up with the idea for Writer Types, we set out to do 12 monthly episodes and see how it went from there. With the release of the July episode today, we have official passed the halfway mark for that initial run. To help us celebrate this occasion, we have a favor to ask—Can you please take a few minutes to give us some feedback? If ‘HELL YES,’ click this SURVEY LINK and simply answer the 8 questions. We hope it won’t take more than 5 minutes. You’ll still have plenty of time to come back and enjoy the latest episode! Not really...

Review Archie: Volume 3

The time has come again, for the next volume, of Archie. It has been much anticipated due to the last volumes’ cliffhanger ending: with Veronica being dragged away from Riverdale after her father’s mayoral dreams were dashed. This edition comes with the next 5 issues in the Archie saga. Also the first issue of one of the newer titles from Archie comics, Reggie and Me, is placed in the back. In the aftermath of Archie and Veronica’s separation; both feel a void left in the wake of the other. Veronica has been shipped off to Switzerland at an all girls school. Archie hangs out with Jughead but is still sad, while Veronica first...

THE WOMAN FROM PRAGUE BY ROB HART

It’s a fact that no matter what, people change. Humans are a product of their experiences. The good things and the bad things all go into the messy, bitter stew of our souls. These are the things that make us the people that we are. This is also one of the biggest differences between real life people and the pop culture creations that we all like reading about. Fact-is-fact: After 76 years, Captain America is still Captain America. There may be controversial stories here and there, but at the end of the day, Cap will still be Cap. Fans have been reading about Jack Reacher kicking ass for 21 novels, with the comforting fact that the...

Linda Castillo’s DOWN A DARK ROAD Reviewed

Down A Dark Road Book nine in the Kate Burkholder series Linda Castillo Minotaur Pub July 11th, 2017 Down A Dark Road by Linda Castillo is an electrifying thriller. It seems with each book, this being the ninth, she gets better and better. Within a riveting mystery she is able to seamlessly blend the Amish culture, giving glimpses and insights to their way of life. Once again small town Painters Mill police chief Kate Burkholder is forced to re-visit her childhood past. She is notified about the escape of Joseph King, convicted of killing his wife while his children slept in the same house. This is personal for her since he was her...

David James Keaton Interview

Ever since seeing the 90’s Nic Cage/Sean Connery action flick, any time Alcatraz is mentioned, somewhere in my head a thick peaty growl welcomes me to “The Rock”. Other than unleashing a Pavlovian earworm, that movie fueled an unquenched interest in Alcatraz, which collided with the unfortunate reality that, for a prison as mythic as Alcatraz, there are a scant few satisfying narratives involving it. Imagine my enthusiasm building after I heard David James Keaton’s idea for an anthology that would use Alcatraz not as a simple set piece, but as the jumping off point to answer a series of far-fetched what-ifs. Having been a fan of Keaton’s...

Jeff Abbott’s BLAME Reviewed Jul10

Jeff Abbott’s BLAME Reviewed

Blame Jeff Abbott Grand Central Publishing July 18th, 2017 Blame by Jeff Abbott is a psychological thriller. The good news for fans is that he writes the plot with the same intensity as the Sam Capra novels. This stand-alone explores in a gripping fashion the “what if mystery” that happens after a car crash. Abbott noted Sam Capra is on a sabbatical and “is taking a well deserved time off. Before writing the Sam series I wrote stand-alones. In Blame I rewrote scenes because the body count was rising like in a Sam novel. I decided to make this story’s suspense driven by emotion rather than solely action. Wanting to write a book set in a...

Review of EVERGLADE, fifth installment in the Sele...

EVERGLADE Greg Barth July 2017 All Due Respect At the opening of EVERGLADE, our “hero” is arising from a blackout in her front yard.  Selena is plenty on the drinks and drugs and sex.  Pleasure guides her movements, including those that have created her killing spree borne of well-earned vengeance.  She likes killing those that have wronged her, almost as much as she likes bourbon and cocaine. EVERGLADE finds her running the local drug trade…well.  However, she finds her breaking point and wants out.  Thing is, when you are a really good drug dealer, there is always someone that wants you to keep earning.  And that...

Behind the Book: Eating Dinner With Ninjas

When I started writing Betrayal at Iga, I knew the story would take my protagonists, ninja detective Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo, away from their usual stomping grounds in 16th century Kyoto and into the mountainous province of Iga—historical home of the infamous Iga ninja ryu. Although my protagonist, Hiro, is fictitious, the Iga ninja clan was very real. The ninjas of Iga were spies and assassins, trained not only in killing but in various methods of espionage. During the 16th century, the clan was run by Hattori Hanzō—also called “Devil Hanzō”—a brilliant (and ruthless) leader and one of Japan’s most famous historical...