Lakefly Writers Conference Feb25

Lakefly Writers Conference

Aspiring authors in Wisconsin may want to check this out: Everyone has a story to tell. Let us help you tell it. That’s the motto of the Oshkosh Area Writers Club, who sponsor the Lakefly Writers Conference in Oshkosh. Coinciding with the lakefly hatch on Lake Winnebago, the event is being held on Saturday, May 9th, 8:30am-4pm at the Oshkosh Convention Center. Presenters include New York Times bestselling author Michael Perry, fantasy writer Scott Lynch, horror maven Richard Thomas, poet laureate Kimberly Blaeser, comedian Carl Strong, a police detective who analyzes crime scenes, and many other writing experts in fields ranging from...

THE EVIL DEEDS WE DO by Robert S Levinson Reviewed

THE EVIL DEEDS WE DO (Five Star) by Robert S. Levinson is the full package, great characters, a superbly twisty plot and pacing that makes it a true page turner. Lainie Gardner was big time in the music industry and her past is catching up with her. Legal problems involving a deceased husband, an ex- boyfriend with a less than legal solution, but maybe the only one.  Complicating things are problems with Sara, Lainie’s teenage daughter who ends up in the middle. I love the way Levinson builds the mystery and suspense, it’s subtle and while reading you find yourself getting more anxious because the he keeps upping the ante of the story and...

LONGMIRE: Season Three set for March 3rd

Warner Home Entertainment has set March 3rd as the release date for LONGMIRE: The Complete Third Season. The set, which will be available on Blu-ray and DVD, will be part of the Warner Archive series and will be available at online retailers. The sole extra is a documentary “The Ghost in the Storm,” which focuses on the obsessions many of the Longmire characters encounter during the series’ captivating third season. In this riveting third season, Sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) is reeling from a series of devastating traumas. Best friend Henry (Lou Diamond Phillips) is going to prison on murder charges. His deputy,...

Canary by Duane Swierczynski

CANARY Duane Swierczynski February 24, 2015 Mulholland Books   College is supposed to be about bad judgment. This is a time in our lives when we can stay out all hours of the night and still make it to that 8 AM history final. I went to college. I made some bad decisions, but mine pale in comparison to those made by Duane Swierczynski’s heroine in his latest novel, CANARY. Sarie Holland takes bad judgment to a whole new level. Sarie’s life takes a dramatic turn after she gives her boyfriend a ride after a party. Turns out the boyfriend was a low level drug dealer and the Philadelphia Narcotics unit had an interest in his supplier. When...

Long Beach Comic Expo – Crime Fiction Panel Feb23

Long Beach Comic Expo – Crime Fiction Panel

Long Beach Comic Expo is hosting a crime/ mystery novel panel. The panel will be held on Sunday, March 1st at NOON. 12:00-1:00 Blood on the Keyboard: A Crime Fiction Panel Mary McCoy, Tod Goldberg, Marc Guggenheim, Richard Lange Join crime writers Tyler Dilts (A COLD AND BROKEN HALLELUJAH: LONG BEACH HOMICIDE) ,Tod Goldberg (GANGSTERLAND), Marc Guggenheim (OVERWATCH), Richard Lange (SWEET NOTHING) and Mary McCoy (DEAD TO ME) for a riveting panel about mystery and crime novels. Mary McCoy: My novel comes out two days after LBCE, so not only is this my first comic convention as a panelist, it’s my first book event period. It’s...

THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE by Lou Berney

THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE Lou Berney 2015 William Morrow The summer of 1986 was a violent one in Oklahoma City. Armed robbers killed six employees at a movie theatre, leaving one young man inexplicably alive. A few months later a 17-year-old girl went missing from the state fair, never to be found—leaving her younger sister Juliana behind, waiting for her to return. Years later Wyatt, the movie theatre survivor, is now a private investigator in Las Vegas. He takes a gig that leads him back to Oklahoma City, where he can’t avoid reliving the events of that long ago summer. Little sister Juliana has also grown up, but can’t let go of the...

BANSHEE: Cinemax orders fourth season

Cinemax has announced they have ordered a fourth season for BANSHEE. The series will contain eight episodes. While the channel has generally been known for cheesy late-night skin flicks, Cinemax has been working on original content. One of the more successful shows has been BANSHEE, the series focuses on Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pennsylvania, where he continues his criminal activities, even as he’s hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier. The series comes from Alan Ball, the man behind TRUE BLOOD and SIX FEET UNDER. For those that have not...

YOUNG GOD by Katherine Faw Morris

YOUNG GOD Katherine Far Morris 2014 Farrar, Straus and Giroux The dividing line between groundbreaking and gimmicky is very thin. When an author decides to take a risky approach, the results are usually either fantastic or awful. In the case of Katherine Faw Morris’ YOUNG GOD, the narrative falls in a shadowy in-between: it’s on the right side of bad, but never moves into the territory of good. Nikki is the embodiment of hardcore resolve. When her mother dies in a bizarre accident, she ends up living with her father, Coy Hawkins, a man fresh out of prison. She has a place to stay and something akin to a guardian, but Nikki’s really alone in...