The Joy of Anticipation: Writing and Reading a Series Aug18

The Joy of Anticipation: Writing and Reading a Ser...

When you pick up a book in a series you’ve read before, there is a moment of joy, the anticipation of renewed pleasure, like the days leading up to your birthday when you were a kid. Here come the goodies! There will be cake and ice cream and presents! With a mystery novel the eagerness for the next book in the series can be powerful. Why can’t she write faster? What’s he doing off writing a stand-alone? I need my visit from my old friends and I need it NOW. My first books were series mysteries where the main character solves the problem of who murdered the victim, and a few other issues as well. I love serial fiction, and adore finding a...

THE LAST SHIP’s Elisabeth Rohm talks about s...

Elisabeth Rohm has been acting since 1997. People might know her for her portrayals of Assistant District Attorney Serena Southerlyn in the TV series “Law & Order,” DA Amanda Taylor in “Stalker,” Polito in the movie “American Hustle,” Peggy in the movie “Joy,” and now Allison Shaw in the TNT series “The Last Ship,” now in its third season. The show’s plot has the world recovering from a global virus pandemic that nearly destroyed the population. This third season involves two plots, an action adventure that has a U.S. naval destroyer combating the Chinese and pirates, while on the home front the president and his administration are...

2016 Traverse City Film Festival Aug13

2016 Traverse City Film Festival

Traverse City Film Festival The 2016 Traverse City Film Festival began on July 25 and ended on July 30. Michael Moore and his crew did something no mainstream festival has ever done in this country —100% of the films in the Official US Section of the festival (fiction and documentary) were from women directors. The 12th annual festival screened 120 feature films and 107 shorts, welcomed over 123,000 admissions across the festival’s 12 different venues, offered classes in its TCFF Film School, and held panels, parties and podcasts throughout a week that saw a record high of 175 filmmakers bring their films from around the world and across...

Laura McHugh’s ARROWOOD is featured in this week’s giveaway Aug12

Laura McHugh’s ARROWOOD is featured in this ...

This week CrimeSpree Magazine, in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page, is offering you a chance to win a copy of ARROWOOD by Laura McHugh     ARROWOOD A dark, gripping novel of literary suspense about a mysterious kidnapping and the ways in which our lives are shaped by memory and the stories we create about our past. Arrowood is the most ornate and beautiful of the grand historical houses that line the Mississippi river in southern Iowa where the days are long and humid and communities are small and closed. It has its own secrets and ghostly presence: it’s where two small twin girls were abducted twenty years previously...

NO ONE KNOWS Reviewed

NO ONE KNOWS J.T. Ellison 2016 Gallery Books No One Knows is an engrossing thriller with secrets in the pages. Aubrey Hamilton is sad lonely adult who hides behind her childhood. The only person who she claims to love and trust is her childhood friend Josh who ended up becoming her husband and disappearing from Aubreys life. Aubrey only has a few friends you can trust, if you can call it trust. Aubrey ended up being the lead suspect during the trial of her missing husband. Even Josh’s own mother had a great dislike for Aubrey. So If Aubrey doesn’t know where or what happened to him who does?? When she finds herself acquitted of...

Review of Ben H Winter’s Underground Airline...

UNDERGROUND AIRLINES Ben H. Winters July 5, 2016 Mulholland Books So, we are going to address the pachyderms in the room, then lead them over to a distant corner with buckets of peanuts (or whatever non-cartoon elephants eat), that we might ignore them for the rest of the proceedings. The central premise behind UNDERGROUND AIRLINES is that slavery was not abolished. Instead, certain amendments were enacted to protect the practice of slavery in the American South and it currently remains legal in four states. The protagonist is a former slave (read: black man) who captures escaped ‘Persons Bound to Labor’ for the US Marshals’ service. The...

James MacManus’ MIDNIGHT IN BERLIN Reviewed

MIDNIGHT IN BERLIN James MacManus April 19th, 2016 Thomas Dunne Books MIDNIGHT IN BERLIN by James MacManus is a fictional story that takes readers through the harrowing months that ultimately led up to WWII. It is a historical novel with emphasis on the history. With a degree in American history it is evident that the author used his knowledge and research to make a captivating plot. MacManus noted, “I did not set out to write a book that would educate or teach moral lessons. Yet, there are lessons to be drawn from what happened in the 1930s, with this period of appeasement fascinating. It is relevant today because it shows how the...

Review of The Selena Trilogy by Greg Barth

THE SELENA TRILOGY by Greg Barth All Due Respect Books 2015 Book 1 SELENA Book 2 DIESEL THERAPY Book 3 SUICIDE LOUNGE I got this package in the mail. It was heavy, dense I knew this was going to be something different purely by feel. I tear it open and these 3 books fall out. The covers are all red and feature variations of the same punk rock looking girl, 1st with a shotgun, 2nd in handcuffs, and the 3rd wielding a Tanto blade. Her make up is running and she does not look like a pleasant young lady.   Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Selena. Selena is in her 20s, a full time stripper, a part time hooker, and a full time addict. You already...