LEGENDS: THE COLLECTION

DC Comics 1993   Here at Crimespree Magazine, we have an on-again, off-again feature called “The Bargain Bin.” The Bargain Bin lets us go on about fun stuff that you may find at your local used bookstore, or even the checkout line at Target. Or… or even a newly added cartoon on the Netflix machine. You get the idea: Fun stuff, cheap. SO. This past Wednesday, I was wandering the shelves at the Local Comic Shop (LCS) and started to get that ITCH. No, not that itch. A topical took care of that. The itch I’m talking about happens when the new books just don’t do it for you that week, and you start prowling around for the PERFECT THING TO BUY. I...

Lois Duncan, James Ellroy to receive MWA Grand Master; 2015 Raven & Ellery Queen Award Winners Dec12

Lois Duncan, James Ellroy to receive MWA Grand Mas...

Today, the Mystery Writers of America announced the recipients of the 2015 Grand Master, Raven, and Ellery Queen awards. The press release is below, but here are the winners: Grand Masters: Lois Duncan and James Ellroy Raven Awards:  Crimespree’s own Jon and Jordan and Kathryn Kennison (Magna Cum Murder) Ellery Queen Award: Charles Ardai, founder of Hard Case Crime Lois Duncan and James Ellroy have been chosen as the 2015 Grand Masters by Mystery Writers of America (MWA). MWA’s Grand Master Award represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributions to this genre, as...

Film Review: INTERSTELLAR Dec12

Film Review: INTERSTELLAR

INTERSTELLAR Directed by Christopher Nolan Written by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan Starring: Matthew McConaughey, MacKenzie Foy, John Lithgow, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck In the near future, Earth is quickly being destroyed by an environmental cataclysm. Corn is about the only crop left and signs point to its coming demise. Coop(McConaughey), a former astronaut during the time when Earth had a space program, is living on a farm with his two teenagers and his father-in-law (Lithgow). Dust storms are commonplace occurrences and there are few signs humankind can long endure. In the first hour, we are given a...

MARK TWAIN’S AMERICA is featured in this week’s giveaway Dec12

MARK TWAIN’S AMERICA is featured in this wee...

Crimespree magazine, in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page, is offering you a chance to win a copy of MARK TWAIN’S AMERICA by by Harry L. Katz, Lewis H. Lapham MARK TWAIN’S AMERICA An illustrated tribute to Mark Twain’s life and work, featuring rare illustrations, photographs, popular and fine prints, and more from the Library of Congress. Mark Twain is an American icon. We now know him as the author of classics, but in his day he was a controversial satirist and public figure who traveled the world and healed post-Civil War America with his tall tales, witty anecdotes, and humorous but insightful novels and...

WAYWARD PINES: Fox sets date for Blake Crouch base...

Mark May 14th (9pm ET/PT) on your calendars. That is the date that WAYWARD PINES debuts on FOX. The 10 episode series is produced M. Night Shyamalan (THE SIXTH SENSE, SIGNS) and is based on Blake Crouch‘s novel. The series stars Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon (CRASH) as a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID. In addition to Dillon, the stellar cast includes Academy and Emmy Award winner Melissa Leo (FROZEN RIVER, THE FIGHTER), Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard (CRASH, HUSTLE AND FLOW), Carla Gugino (SIN CITY, A NIGHT IN THE MUSEUM), Shannyn Sossamon (HOW...

Pet Spotlight: Tracy Weber and Tasha

Security Chiefs and Soul Mates I never believed in love at first sight until the night I met my three-week-old puppy. I had high expectations of dog ownership. After all, I had dreamt about owning a German shepherd for well over a decade, which was how long it took me to convince my animal-fur-allergic husband that our home—which already housed four cats—had enough space for a one-hundred-pound behemoth. At three weeks old, Tasha wasn’t yet able to show me her personality. She and her littermates barely had their eyes open and they couldn’t control their back ends, so they dragged their legs and tails behind them like miniature seals....

Sleuthfest Continues To Be the Best Dec06

Sleuthfest Continues To Be the Best

Sleuthfest Continues To Be the Best Sleuthfest, presented by the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, has become the penultimate working writers conference, providing workshops, panels, and pitches to agents and editors from some of the top publishing houses in the country. This year, it takes place in Deerfield Beach, Florida, February 26 through March 1st, 2015, at the Hilton Doubletree Inn. So, you ask, what is Sleuthfest and why should I think about attending? Twenty-one years ago, a group of Mystery Writers of America-Florida Chapter members sat down in a meeting and decided to have a mystery writer’s conference. They decided...

Q&A with Phillip Margolin

WOMAN WITH A GUN has a receptionist, Stacey Kim, desiring to write a novel. A Pulitzer Prize winning photograph viewed at a New York Art Museum inspires her. Investigating the backstory of the photo she travels to Oregon. Here she finds that the photo of a woman on the beach, over looking the sea, holding a western style gun at her back, that becomes a part of the evidence in a Cold Case murder mystery. Elise Cooper: Where did you find this photo? Phillip Margolin: In Georgia. I was keynoting a writing conference. In a restaurant restroom over the toilet was the photograph seen on the cover of the book. I was blown away with the many...