CRIMESPREES by John A. Connell

CRIMESPREE ARTICLE by John A. Connell Spree [sprē]: an unrestrained indulgence in or outburst of activity Spree…an appropriate word for what the killer does in my crime thriller, Ruins of War—and with a vengeance! Much like Jack the Ripper terrorized London, the killer in my novel terrorizes post-World War II Munich. When the inspiration first came to me to create a story with U.S. Army detective Mason Collins in devastated Munich, I hadn’t yet decided on what kind of cataclysm would befall Mason. I knew I wanted him to be challenged to his limits, and that the stakes would be so high that failure to solve the case would have terrible...

THE MERCY OF THE NIGHT: Launch party for David Corbett’s Fifth Novel May18

THE MERCY OF THE NIGHT: Launch party for David Cor...

On May 13th, David Corbett celebrated the launch of THE MERCY OF THE NIGHT, his fifth novel, at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA. Phelan Tierney helps people who hope to start their lives over. When a young woman he’s taken under his wing disappears, the former lawyer devotes himself to finding her—despite her puzzlingly unhelpful family and his own ghosts. Jacquelina Garza has been to hell and back. Abducted and tortured by a child predator when she was eight years old, she still, years later, bears the scars of the incident and its aftermath—including a very public trial. Her teenage life takes an even steeper downward spiral when she’s...

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee 2015 May18

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee 2015

The Murder and Mayhem website is updated for this year. murdermayhemmilwaukee.com We have a list of authors already lined up and there will be more to come. We’ll probably have between 25 and 28 authors total. Here’s the list so far: Tasha Alexander Rob Brunet Cara Brookins Reed Coleman Andrew Grant Alex Grecian Michael Koryta Lori Rader-Day JD Rhoades Tom Schreck Johnny Shaw Michael Stanley Registration is also live, you can register through the site or by mail with a check or money order. murdermayhemmilwaukee.com/register-donate/ We also have a new bookseller this year. Richard will be there with some collectible books, Don Longmuir of...

2015 CrimeFest Awards May17

2015 CrimeFest Awards

The folks behind Crimefest have announced the winners for the Crimefest awards. Audible.comAUDIBLE SOUNDS OF CRIME AWARD The Audible Sounds of Crime Award recognises the best crime audiobook published in both print and audio in 2014. Courtesy of sponsor Audible UK, the winning author and audiobook reader share the £1,000 prize equally and each receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award. Robert Galbraith for The Silkworm, read by Robert Glenister (Little, Brown Book Group) Rest of the Shortlist Ben Aaronovitch for Foxglove Summer, read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Orion Publishing Group) Lee Child for Personal, read by Jeff Harding...

London based female crime writers form KILLER WOME...

Over the years, authors have gathered and formed groups, some to promote a common vision, others simply unite to support one another and pool their energies towards the growth of their work. Recently, 15 female crime writers came together and created Killer Women, a group whose styles cover the spectrum: Humorous crime, police procedurals and thrillers of a political and psychological persuasion.   Founded by Melanie McGrath and Louise Millar, Killer Women also include Jane Casey, Tammy Cohen, Helen Giltrow, Paula Hawkins, Alison Joseph, Erin Kelly, Anya Lipska, Colette McBeth, Kate Medina, Kate Rhodes, Helen Smith, Louise Voss and Laura...

Dagger Awards: The CWA announces four more Shortlists May16

Dagger Awards: The CWA announces four more Shortli...

The Crime Writers Association has announced the shortlists for four additional Daggers (  CWA Short Story Dagger, International Dagger, Non Fiction Dagger, Endeavour Historical Dagger and Debut Dagger) at CrimesFest 2015. The International Dagger   Falling Freely, As If In A Dream by Leif GW Persson (tr Paul Norlen) – published by Transworld. Camille by Pierre Lemaitre (tr Frank Wynne) – published by Quercus. Cobra by Deon Meyer (tr K.L Seegers) – published by Hodder & Stoughton. Arab Jazz by Karim Miské (tr Sam Gordon) – published by MacLehose Press. The Invisible Guardian by Dolores Redondo (tr Isabelle Kaufeler) – published by...

Film Review: FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD May15

Film Review: FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD Directed by Thomas Vinterberg Written by Thomas Hardy (novel) and Dave Nicholls (screenplay) Starring: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge I don’t know if it was the late sixties curriculum or my particular English teacher, but we read a lot of Thomas Hardy in high school. His themes seemed to resonate with the ideals of a Christian high school. Characters were punished for sins both large or small in his novels. Or punished just for the heck of it. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD was not one of the novels we read however. I also missed the seventies film so I went into the theater...

Dana Cameron is featured in this week’s giveaway May15

Dana Cameron is featured in this week’s give...

Crimespree magazine, in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page, is offering you a chance to win a copy of HELLBENDER by Dana Cameron HELLBENDER By Dana Cameron I-Day is near at hand, and soon the Fangborn will reveal themselves to humankind. As a member of this secretive race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles, will archaeologist Zoe Miller be prepared? Still grappling with the newfound powers she gained after opening Pandora’s box, Zoe shares the responsibility of protecting “Normal” humans. Having long preferred to keep to the shadows, she knows the pending revelation of the Fangborn will set the world on fire. With Fangborn...