THE ENGLISH SPY: Daniel Silva talks to NPR about latest Gabriel Allon novel Jul02

THE ENGLISH SPY: Daniel Silva talks to NPR about l...

THE ENGLISH SPY, Daniel Silva‘s fifteen book in the Gabriel Allon series, landed on shelves Tuesday and the author is making the rounds at the various media outlets in support of it. Last Saturday, he appeared on Public Radio’s Weekend Edition to talk about his famous creation. Among other things, Silva talked about the difference between opinions presented in the novels and his own. He also talked about the pressures that a successful series can put on the author and that those pressures have kept him from stepping away from Gabriel and writing something...

An Interview with Brad Meltzer

The President’s Shadow powerfully delves into the treatment of those enlisted in the military, the relationship between a father and child, and how ordinary people can make a difference. This complex novel explores the power of government and the military over an individual’s life, the intrigue of having a supposed history nerd, Beecher, able to save the Presidency, and the emotional pull of family relationships. Elise Cooper: You have a dedication quote, “Today I know: I’ll never get over losing my parents. And I don’t want to. They deserve to be remembered. These books-and the characters within-taught me that.” Please explain. Brad...

MY TOP FIVE MUSICAL INFLUENCES by Karin Salvalaggi...

MY TOP FIVE MUSICAL INFLUENCES – Karin Salvalaggio   My childhood years can be mapped out in a series of top 40 hits that played on the radio so often you’d memorize every word without realizing it. Decades later I still get chills when I hear a song with a haunting narrative. My favorite ones have endings that are never completely resolved. In no particular order these are five of the musicians and songs that have influenced my writing.   “Nebraska” by Bruce Springsteen I saw her standin’ on her front lawn just twirlin’ her baton/Me and her went for a ride sir and ten innocent people died. The opening lines to Bruce Springsteen’s...

Behind the Book: Patti Abbott Jul01

Behind the Book: Patti Abbott

“Why Do You Write Such Dark Stories” by Patti Abbott Whenever I spend an evening with friends familiar with my stories, this question often arises. “You seem like a happy person,” and they usually go on to say. “Was your childhood difficult?” Um, no. And I can’t really give a definitive answer to the question. Is it true even? Are my stories all dark? I paged through a list of stories I’ve published over 15 years and I find I have finished people off in many odd ways: a woman pushed off a boat into a melting ice floe in Alaska; death due to a collapsed ceiling; becoming part of a cello;...

TINY LITTLE THING by Beatriz Williams Reviewed

Tiny Little Thing Beatriz Williams G. P. Putnam and Sons June 23rd, 15 Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams is a superb read. It combines politics, mystery and romance within a historical background. It is a character driven storyline based on the issues of the mid-1960s, including political intrigue, the controversy of the Vietnam veterans, and the treatment of women. The story alternates between the years 1964 and 1966. The reader becomes engrossed in the family dynamics. The narration switches between the main female character, Christina (Tiny) Hardcastle’s 1966 perspective and Major Caspian (Cap) Harrison’s 1964 outlook. The plot...

THE MERCY OF THE NIGHT by David Corbett reviewed

THE MERCY OF THE NIGHT David Corbett Thomas & Mercier April 7, 2015 At the young age of eight, Jacquelina “Jacqi” Garza, was abducted by a child predator and tortured. She escaped and soon found herself under the media spotlight. Even before the abduction, Jacqi had had a troubled childhood and with her father is in prison , her mother and brother providing little support, Jacqi struggles to find her place in the world and finds herself, at the age of 17, living at a rehab center for prostitutes. When she disappears from the center, Phelan Tierney, an ex-lawyer that now acts as a tutor for the center residents, is asked to find her....

BLOODY ROYAL PRINTS by Reba White Williams Reviewe...

BLOODY ROYAL PRINTS Reba White Williams 2015 Tyrus Books If you’ve ever been book shopping you know that while looking across shelves or piles of books there are different things that make a book jump out for you. While looking through our stacks for what to review next I stopped at BLOODY ROYAL PRINTS. What a cool title is what I was thinking as I pulled it out. Then I looked at the cover and was more intrigued. After reading the jacket flap I was hooked. Dinah Greene has taken a fellowship at the Art Museum of Great Britain, what should be a dream job. She didn’t count on her husband being so busy and she finds herself looking to make...

Val McDermid talks to NPR about new book on forens...

Val McDermid has reached the top of the charts and earned numerous awards for her crime novels. But her new book, Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime, offers us a fascinating look at the reality behind one of law enforcement’s biggest tools. She recently spoke with National Public Radio’s Scott Simon about it.