INTERVIEW WITH HARLAN COBEN

RUN AWAY by Harlan Coben proves once again he is a master storyteller.  The novel explores how seemingly good parents could have a child go astray and must face the nightmare that they may not be able to save their child. The characters in this story must face the nagging question, how many things could have been done differently that might have helped sway the child toward a better path? Parents, Wall Street financial advisor, Simon Greene, and his pediatrician wife, Ingrid, thought they had everything, while raising their three children.  But hardship hits them when their college aged daughter, Paige, turns to drugs and has run away....

THIS WEEK’S GIVEAWAY: MURDER BY THE BOOK by CLAIRE HARMAN Mar29

THIS WEEK’S GIVEAWAY: MURDER BY THE BOOK by ...

From the acclaimed biographer–the fascinating, little-known story of a Victorian-era murder that rocked literary London, leading Charles Dickens, William Thackeray, and Queen Victoria herself to wonder: Can a novel kill? In May 1840, Lord William Russell, well known in London’s highest social circles, was found with his throat cut. The brutal murder had the whole city talking. The police suspected Russell’s valet, Courvoisier, but the evidence was weak. The missing clue, it turned out, lay in the unlikeliest place: what Courvoisier had been reading. In the years just before the murder, new printing methods had made books cheap and abundant,...

INTERVIEW WITH V. M. Burns Mar27

INTERVIEW WITH V. M. Burns

The Puppy Who Knew Too Much (Dog Club Mystery Book 2) V. M. Burns Kensington Pub. Feb. 12th, 2019 The Puppy Who Knew Too Much by V. M. Burns is a dog lover’s delight.  The three dogs in the story will make readers laugh and sympathize with the main character Lilly Echosby.  Beyond the dog antics the story has a good mystery with many twists and thrills. It appears that Lilly is a murder magnet.  The first book in this series has her in the middle of a divorce, when her husband is killed.  She becomes a person of interest and a widow in that moment. Now, in this second book she is also a person of interest when murdered...

THIS WEEK’S GIVEAWAY: KILLING EVE – NO...

Eve and Villanelle plan for a high-stakes showdown in this sophisticated follow-up to the spy thriller that inspired the hit TV series Killing Eve. “If you want us to remain silent — if you want to retain your freedom, your job, and your reputation — you need to tell us everything, and I mean everything. . .” We last saw Eve and Villanelle in a spy vs. spy race around the world, crossing powerful criminal organizations and dangerous governments, each trying to come out on top. But they aren’t finished yet. In this sequel to Killing Eve: Codename Villanelle, former M16 operative Eve reveals a new side to...

INTERVIEW WITH RHYS BOWEN

THE VICTORY GARDEN by Rhys Bowen brings to life women’s roles during World War I.  As with her other historical novels she beautifully blends in historical facts, likeable characters, and a mystery. Emily Bryce meets Australian pilot Robbie Kerr while she volunteers to pass out cookies to those wounded in battle.  She is not allowed to sit and talk to the young men or write letters for them, and can only serve buns from silver trays with crystal tongs. It is against the rules to talk to the men other than pleasantries.  But Kerr has other ideas and as an Australian he is willing break the rules. As he gets to know Emily he...

MY FIVE THINGS I DID NOT LEARN WRITING A NOVEL

A few of the many things that are still a mystery to me: 1. How to Write a Novel I took about five years to write HIPSTER DEATH RATTLE. How did I do it? No clue. I couldn’t begin to tell you. Similarly, I did not learn how to be organized, diligent, or disciplined.  I did get better at procrastinating like a champ and making excuses like a politician. Weeks went by when I didn’t get a word down. Socks had to be sorted and folded! Or I had tweet something interesting to build my brand! If asked, I could sputter some generic ideas about writing every day or outlining or revising. But I have no secret vital magic #writingtip to offer. I can...

REVIEW: 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...

THIS WEEK’S GIVEAWAY: JOSHUA AND THE SHADOW OF DEATH Mar15

THIS WEEK’S GIVEAWAY: JOSHUA AND THE SHADOW ...

Psychiatrist Joshua Zeev is a man obsessed with solving the mystery of his best friend’s murder. Harold Brown, a man who has exhibited berserker tendencies not seen since the Viking age is his best friend’s surviving son. Together, the two have become close friends as Joshua worked to help Harold through childhood and into early adulthood.Both men’s lives are thrown into chaos when Harold’s father, and Joshua’s best friend, Richard commits suicide. Although Richard leaves behind a note insinuating it was an act of sacrifice and not depression, Joshua blames himself for not seeing the signs of Richard’s...