TALES FROM THE THIN BLUE LINE 10 Apr22

TALES FROM THE THIN BLUE LINE 10

Some called him Le Roy, others called him Elroy. I called him both names, depending upon my mood and state of sobriety. But being called more than one name suited him: Le Roy/Elroy was a multiple kind of guy, who’d go anywhere and do anything By the way, neither name was his real one. But we settled on Le Roy and the bosses loved to give him assignments. He didn’t wait to get informants, he’d go out and hit on dopers and drug dealers wherever he found them. (There were times when we didn’t want to know.) And he made lots of cases. It was personality, not police work, but it didn’t matter. He locked ‘em...

Shortlist announced to 2014 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award Apr22

Shortlist announced to 2014 Bony Blithe Light Myst...

The Bloody Words Light Mystery Award is an annual juried literary prize, presented at the Bloody Words Mystery Conference for a “book that makes us smile.” The book can be a print or an e-book, submitted by the publisher or the author, published in the previous year. The 2012 award is open to books published between January 1 and December 31, 2013. Self-published books are included. All novels must be a minimum of 60,000 words. The author must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. No YA or noir. The judges came up with five books for this year’s shortlist: GOLD WED by Vicki Delany (Dundurn) FRAMED FOR MURDER by Cathy...

Flashback: Cooking with Rick Riordan Apr20

Flashback: Cooking with Rick Riordan

I’m old enough to remember when Rick Riordan was known for writing great PI novels. I was a fan from the first book, BIG RED TEQUILA. We ask Rick around issue 2 to do an article for us on food. This is what he sent! Jon Brunch with Rick Riordan Texas Style Most of us have no trouble imagining an author typing away on the computer keyboard but what about his free time? A typical Sunday morning finds Rick Riordan hard at work on his latest Tres Navarre mystery or his new children’s series. His mother, realizing all work and no play makes Rick– well you get the picture– hosts our weekly brunch. After a few hours of writing Rick...

Veronica Mars praises  Ellie Hatcher Apr20

Veronica Mars praises Ellie Hatcher

Veronica Mars, world class detective, offers up her thoughts on NYPD (and Literary creation of Alafar Burke) Ellie Hatcher

Big and loud: My Favorite Writers by Frank De Blase Apr20

Big and loud: My Favorite Writers by Frank De Blas...

The other night I had the opportunity to speak as a special guest at a ladies monthly book club meeting. You know the deal; they all read the same book then get together to discuss its finer points. This month’s selection was my debut novel for Down & Out Books, PINE BOX FOR A PIN-UP. OK, look, I know what you’re thinking: a suburban hen party, plenty of merlot, and healthy snacks that no one touches as long as the chocolate/peanut clusters hold out, where they gossip about whoever didn’t show up and punctuate it all here and there with discussion of 50 shades of some Agatha Higgins cozy yawn. I was flattered yet wary and somewhat...

Hilary Davidson: Tour dates for BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS

Hilary Davidson just celebrated the release of BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS, her new stand alone and fourth overall book. Dominique Monaghan just wanted to get even with her two-timing, married boyfriend, a washed-up boxer stuck in a toxic marriage to a dangerously spoiled socialite. However, an elaborate blackmail scheme soon lands her in the middle of an unexpected kidnapping . . . and attempted murder. But who is actually out to kill whom? Desmond Edgars, Dominique’s big brother, has looked out for his wayward sister ever since their mother was convicted of murdering many years ago, so when he receives a frantic phone call from Dominique in the...

AUTHOR WORK-SPACES: George Pelecanos, Frank Bill

This is our fourth  in a series of author’s sharing photos of where they work when they create the great books we love to read. I find it interesting that the work spaces seem to be a different at the writing styles. If you click on the photos you can see them larger.

COLD IN JULY: 1st trailer for Lansdale based film Apr18

COLD IN JULY: 1st trailer for Lansdale based film

IFC Films has released the trailer for COLD IN JULY, Jim Mickle’s film based on the Joe Lansdale film. How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane (Michael C. Hal) puts a bullet in the brain of low-life burglar Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben (Sam Shepard), rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge. Michael C. Hall brings a shell-shocked vulnerability to his portrayal of Dane that contrasts perfectly with the grizzled...