Peter May featured in this week’s giveaway Sep12

Peter May featured in this week’s giveaway

Crimespree magazine,  in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page,  is offering you a chance to win  a copies of  THE BLACKHOUSE and THE LEWIS MAN by Peter May THE BLACKHOUSE From acclaimed author and dramatist Peter May comes the Barry Award-winning The Blackhouse, the first book in the Lewis Trilogy-a riveting mystery series set on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. When a grisly murder occurs on the Isle of Lewis that bears similarities to a brutal killing on the mainland, Edinburgh detective and native islander Fin Macleod is dispatched to the Outer Hebrides to investigate, embarking at the same time on a voyage...

Ex-Con with Kate (and Dan) Sep11

Ex-Con with Kate (and Dan)

::Kate wanders into the kitchen at the Asylum in St. Paul looking for ice cream. It’s been a long day and the woman just wants some god-damn ice cream. She finds empty containers of the magical frozen goodness strewn about the floor. Melted dairy coats the countertops.:: Kate: WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED IN HERE AND WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ICE CREAM?!? Dan: ::looks up from kitchen table with ice cream and brownies all over his face:: Ice cream? We had ice cream? I have no idea what you are talking about. K: ::slips on puddle of mint chocolate chip:: You know exactly what I’m talking about! D: ::sticks brownies in ears:: Imsorrywhat? K: Yes you do!...

Robert B. Parker’s BLIND SPOT by Reed Farrel...

Robert B. Parker’s Blind Spot Reed F. Coleman Putnam September 9th, 2014 Blind Spot, a Robert B. Parker novel, currently written by Reed Farrel Coleman is a spell binding mystery. Coleman, who has been commissioned for the next three novels, after Parker’s death in 2010, is now authoring the Jesse Stone series. Having never read Parker it is impossible to comment on how much Blind Spot followed Parker’s works. However, this latest novel is very fast-paced, exciting, interesting, and can stand on its own merits.   With many of the top-notch mystery/thriller authors having passed away, the recent trend is to hire replacement...

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee Sep09

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee

For the last nine years we’ve run an event called Murder and Mayhem in Muskego. As of this year we are re-booting and moving the event to Milwaukee. It’s a one day event with 6 sessions filled with mystery authors. This year’s line-up is shaping up to be loads of fun. The attending authors so far: Carole Barrowman Kristi Belcamino Susanna Calkins Dana Cameron Jessie Chandler Sean Chercover Matthew Clemons Blake Crouch Ian Hamilton Chris Holm Julie Hyzy Jess Lourey Daniel B. O’Shea Lori Rader-Day Rob Riley Todd Robinson Marcus Sakey Tom Schreck Alex Segura Johnny Shaw Frank Wheeler The registration fee gets you in the door and we will...

ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE by Randy Susan Meyers

Accidents of Marriage Randy Susan Meyers Atria Books Sept 2, 2014 Accidents of Marriage, by Randy Susan Meyers, is a compelling look at how traumatic brain injury can affect a family and how each member responds to the extraordinary crisis. Within the chapters Meyers discusses the different perspectives of each family member. It is People Magazine’s pick of the week for September 12th.   Meyers, whose background includes working with victims of domestic violence, skillfully examines how each character reacts to the intense pressure, some failing while others rise to the challenge. The mystery begins after Maddy is gravely injured in a...

Pet Spotlight: R.N. Morris

Molly on my back. Writing can be a lonely business. It’s just you and the blank screen. I was lucky though because I had Molly to keep me company. I’m not sure whether Molly saw herself as my muse or my writing partner. Being a cat, she probably had an agenda of her own. Whenever I sat down to write, it wasn’t long before I would become aware of Molly’s purring presence. She would jump up and ‘helpfully’ position herself between me and the computer screen. Or she would walk over the keyboard, inserting random letters into the novel I was writing. I always secretly hoped that she would write the book for me. But unfortunately her...

Q&A with M.P. Cooley

Ice Shear is a police procedural where June, a former FBI agent, and now a small town cop, uncovers a murder. After discovering the connection of an outlaw motorcycle gang involved in politics and drugs, the FBI arrives. June must navigate between silently mourning the death of her husband while trying to raise her daughter and hold down a fulltime job on the local police force of the town where she grew up. Besides trying to solve the murder June also runs interference between the FBI and local police force. This debut novel by M. P. Cooley is an intriguing story that is fast-paced and engaging.   Elise Cooper: Why did you decide to...

Flashback: An interview with Shawn Ryan Sep07

Flashback: An interview with Shawn Ryan

Intro by Gregg Hurwtiz My six-year-old plays AYSO soccer. Her coach, a big, bald guy with a shy smile, was surprisingly light on his feet. Patient. Great with the kids. Confident, but not cocky. The week before, I’d busted a collarbone against a fullback ten years younger and thirty pounds heavier, and my daughter’s coach had just jammed a toe, so we were talking sports injuries. He remarked that he was glad his job allowed him to wear soccer sandals so his bandaged toe could live free. “Yeah?” I said. “What do you do?” “I work for a TV show.” “You a staff writer?” “No,” Coach Shawn said. “I created a show.” “Which one?” “The Shield.” Uh,...