Review of WARLOCK HOLMES: A STUDY IN BRIMSTONE

WARLOCK HOLMES: A STUDY IN BRIMSTONE G.S. Denning May 2016 TitanBooks Yes, this is yet another re-working of Sherlock Holmes. As someone who has read many and been disappointed in most, this one charmed me. It stays true to the source material yet massages and prods it at the same time. In this version, Sherlock isn’t Sherlock. And he isn’t quite human, either. Oh, and he isn’t always terribly bright. He is a “consulting magician.” A walking, talking tome of the esoteric. But not what one would call observant. Not one to deduct. For tried and true fans, Dr. John Watson is still at Holmes’ side after his return from the Afghan War. He’s just...

Tom Cruise returns as Jack Reacher in the first trailer for NEVER GO BACK Jun22

Tom Cruise returns as Jack Reacher in the first tr...

Paramount has released on the first trailer for NEVER GO BACK, the second film featuring Tom Cruise as Lee Child‘s Jack Reacher. NGB is based on the 18th novel in the Jack Reacher series. Joining him this time around is Cobie Smulders (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, THE L WORD) as Major Turner. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back follows the title character as he returns to Virginia to meet the head of his former unit. But she’s missing, he’s being charged with a crime committed nearly 20 years ago, and he may even have a daughter. Making things right will lead him on a cross-country chase to uncover the truth – and maybe even a family....

Brad Meltzer talks about THE HOUSE OF SECRETS

The House of Secrets delves into espionage, government corruption, family secrets, blackmail, betrayal, murder, and historical deceptions. Meltzer has become the king of the mystery conspiracy. This book questions whether Benedict Arnold was a traitor and the implications it has regarding the death of the host of an investigative conspiracy TV show. His daughter, Hazel Nash, attempts to find answers while working with FBI agent Trevor Rabkin. Elise Cooper: How did you get the idea for the story? Brad Meltzer: Eight years ago at the National Archives I was shown the Oath of Allegiance. Those who signed it agreed not to betray the US. One of...

J.T. Ellison’s FIELD OF GRAVES Reviewed

Field Of Graves J. T. Ellison MIRA June 14, 2016 Field Of Graves, by J. T. Ellison, the first book in the Taylor Jackson series, is a great read. Those who have never read this series will enjoy a gripping story with well-developed characters. Fans of this series will learn about the characters’ backstories, sometimes seeing them in a different light. The story has two characters facing their demons, Lieutenant Taylor Jackson and FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin. They both must overcome the psychological scars of killing their co-workers, either directly or indirectly. Forgiveness is a major theme where they have to forgive themselves to...

Bouchercon Bookroom by Reed Farrel Coleman Jun20

Bouchercon Bookroom by Reed Farrel Coleman

This is a piece Reed wrote for Crimespree last year. It was good advice then and it still is now. If you are an author going to Bouchercon…. read ahead. Bouchercon Book Room Several issues ago I discussed complaints some colleagues had shared with me about the stock carried by booksellers at recent Bouchercons. One incident was particularly egregious. A bookseller at a B’con in an author’s hometown, a store at which this author had done very successful launch parties, had only a handful of this author’s books for sale. While an extreme example, it was representative of what I considered a disturbing trend. The tendency for booksellers...

Review of HEAVY by JJ Anselmi

HEAVY JJ Anselmi 2016 Rare Bird Books   Ok, picture a map of the United States. Most people even when looking at the full map only see certain areas. East Coast and West Coast. Texas. Florida. Those are givens. Some see that ribbon of cities Detroit, Milwaukee, Memphis, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, etc.   What’s missing? That entire swath of land from west of the Mississippi River to California.   That includes Wyoming.   I’ve been guilty of that myself.   Something I’ve wondered what is life like in those small nameless towns in the middle of nowhere? How do people life? Do they make it out? Do they eat...

Author Workspace: Twist Phelan

Describe my workspace? That’s not the easiest question to answer, at least not for me. Four years ago, I had a idea for a mystery series featuring a private spy. That was about the same time I decided to live in hotels and Airbnbs around the world for six to seven months of the year. Perhaps not the best combination for a writer used to working in her “garret,” a small room at the top of the stairs in our house, chosen because its clerestory windows meant I would not be distracted by a view. I lived on an ocean-going boat during my thirties, and knew the peripatetic life would be a good fit for me. But what about writing?...

This Date In Crime: DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS

On this Date, in 1990, Norton published DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS by Walter Mosley. The novel introduced the world to Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, a WW II vet turned PI. In the early books, Rawlins was simply looking to pay his mortgage. As the series went on, Mosley brought Rawlins  from post-WW II L.A to the Red Scare and eventually to the revolutionary movement in the late 60s. The novel was well-received and won the Shamus Award (Presented by the Private Eye Writers of America) for Best First Novel. But it was not until then presidential candidate Bill Clinton declared Mosley one of his favorite authors. In 1995, Oscar-winner Denzil...