Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee Oct20

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee

Murder and Mayhem 10 years ago Penny Halle came to me and asked if Ruth and I could help her set up a mystery day. We brought in 7 authors and did a 2 hour panel. The next year we went bigger, a whole day of panels and more authors. Last fall we had around 14 authors and the event ran from 9 – 5. In less than two weeks we are hosting Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee for the first time, version 2.0 if you will. The facility is awesome, food courts, right in a hotel with a casino. We have 23 authors coming in. There have been a load of books donated for the book bags. Our book seller is geared up and ready to rock. We’ve had t-shirts and...

Pet Spotlight: Spencer Quinn

Here’s my crack research team, Audrey the golden retriever/Bernese mix, and Pearl, purebred golden of the very light-complected variety. Audrey’s almost nine, a wonderful watchdog and a very outdoorsy type. Pearl’s three, getting by on looks alone, and is the indoorsy type – think Zsa Zsa Gabor on a particularly lazy day. They’re both totally lovable, and the Chet and Bernie books would not have been possible without them. They show up every day, work for treats, and have no comprehension of royalties – probably ideal for the post-Bezos world of publishing. Audrey and Pearl remind me that there’s a...

Paul Charles: Tour dates for DOWN ON CYPRUS AVENUE tour Oct19

Paul Charles: Tour dates for DOWN ON CYPRUS AVENUE...

U.S. fans of British crime fiction have a treat coming. Acclaimed British writer Paul Charles will be doing a 7 state tour to support DOWN ON CYPRUS AVENUE. Some of these dates will see Charles team up with John Connolly and Stuart Neville.  In the first of a new series, McCusker, a retired RUC policeman originally stationed in Portrush on the north-west coast of Northern Ireland, returns to work as an agency cop—A Yellow Top—following his wife’s flight to America with their nest egg. On his first major case in Belfast he partners with DI Lily O’Carroll to locate the two missing sons of a wealthy business man. But before that...

THE WIRE: Watch the entire Paleyfest reunion

The cast and crew of THE WIRE, a show I consider to be the best drama in the history of television, reunited to talk about the show and their experiences. With a few notable exceptions, most of the primary players were on hand at Paleyfest to look back at the iconic HBO drama. Alan Sepinwall (of HitFix) led a lively panel that included creator David Simon, executive producer Nina Noble, Wendell Pierce (Bunk), Sonja Sohn (Kima), Michael Kenneth Williams (Omar), Seth Gilliam (Carver), Jim True-Frost (Prez), John Doman (Rawls), Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (D’Angelo), and Jamie Hector (Marlo), plus video messages from Dominic West (McNulty) and Idris...

Film Review: GONE GIRL Oct17

Film Review: GONE GIRL

GONE GIRL Directed by David Fincher Written by Gillian Flynn, based on her novel Starrint Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Kim Dickens, Carrie Coon, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry SPOILERS GALORE I was ready to write a review of GONE GIRL this week although everyone with a column, a blog or a facebook account has already written one. Not much left to say at this point. Four of us saw it, all fans of the book, and all of us liked it. Each of us had some minor issues: too long, too much time spent on the media, Nick is too bland—hard to believe Amy would marry this dolt, the Desi part doesn’t work all that well, occasionally it seemed too much...

Michael H Rubin is featured in this week’s g...

Crimespree magazine,  in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page,  is offering you a chance to win  a copies of THE COTTONCREST CURSE by Michael H. Rubin THE COTTONCREST CURSE The bodies of an elderly colonel and his comely young wife are discovered on the staircase of their stately plantation home, their blood still dripping down the wooden balustrades. Within the sheltered walls of Cottoncrest, Augustine and Rebecca Chastaine have met their deaths under the same shroud of mystery that befell the former owner, who had committed suicide at the end of the Civil War. Locals whisper about the curse of Cottoncrest Plantation, an...

SAUL’S GAME by Andrew Kaplan Oct16

SAUL’S GAME by Andrew Kaplan

Andrew Kaplan William Morrow October 7th, 2014 Saul’s Game is an original novel of the Homeland series written by best selling author Andrew Kaplan. It is a prequel that takes fans of this series back to 2009 and before. The plot includes the backstory on many of the characters and what influenced their current attitudes. The story has Saul Berenson and Carrie Mathison returning to the Middle East, Syria and Iraq in particular. They are trying to find the al Qaeda terrorist Abu Nazir and instead come across different plots that would threaten the American forces and involve Arab tribal differences. Kaplan’s experiences have greatly...

FULL MEASURE by T. Jefferson Parker

FULL MEASURE, by T. Jefferson Parker, is a departure from the crime novels he has written in the past. This book is about the bond between siblings as well as those connected through military service. It puts a potent face to the names and numbers of those serving as they transition from war to peace, and from serving in the military to becoming a civilian. It is a novel that touches on many issues from PTSD to the plight of an agricultural family. The plot focuses on the experiences of those soldiers returning home. It also has sub-plots of political/controversial issues about governmental overreach and the right to bear arms. Although...