The Shanghai Five — Favorite Lawyers in Crime Fiction Jan10

The Shanghai Five — Favorite Lawyers in Crim...

“You should have let me live. You’re going to need a good lawyer.” — Marco Bannister’s dying words in THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI Lately I’ve been pulling some of my smelly books from the shelf. These are the oldies that crackle when you fold back the cover and shed those brittle little dog-ear whirlybirds when you ruffle the pages. There’s often an inscription on the title page reminding you that these smudgy gems started life as gifts for “Addie” or “Thom.” The smell is that moldy waft that powders the air in used bookshops everywhere. I’ve been stretching to the oldies...

Review of THE SEVENTH PLAGUE

THE SEVENTH PLAGUE James Rollins Sigma Force book 11 Dec 2016 William Morrow Pub. THE SEVENTH PLAGUE by James Rollins blends scientific intrigue with a small dose of historical mystery. Unlike his other books, this one has more of an emphasis on the science, both physical and biological. However, readers of Rollins’ books always learn from interesting facts within a gripping story and this novel is no different. This as well as the other books always has scenes between Commander Grayson Pierce and his father who, has Alzheimer’s’ disease. Rollins believes he was influenced, “by my father’s death during the course of writing this book. No...

James Rollins’ THE BONE LABYRINTH is featured in our first giveaway of 2017 Jan06

James Rollins’ THE BONE LABYRINTH is feature...

Happy New Year! 2016 was a crazy year full of high highs and brutally low lows. To start the year off,  CrimeSpree and  Friday Reads Facebook page, are  offering up  James Rollins’ THE BONE LABYRINTH  THE BONE LABYRINTH New York Times Bestselling Author A war is coming, a battle that will stretch from the prehistoric forests of the ancient past to the cutting-edge research labs of today, all to reveal a true mystery buried deep within our DNA, a mystery that will leave readers changed forever . . . In this groundbreaking masterpiece of ingenuity and intrigue that spans 50,000 years in human history, New York Times bestselling author...

HAWKEYE #1 with Kate (and Dan) Jan03

HAWKEYE #1 with Kate (and Dan)

Kate: I’m bored. ::throws dart across room. Hits Hummel between eyes:: Dan: I’m cold. I hate the winter. K: We’ve watched every episode of Veronica Mars. And face it dude: your verbal skills don’t measure up to Kristen Bell. D: Huh? Wha? Oh. K: I rest my case. D: ::shrugs:: K: I need adventure! And snappy repartee! And hot California abs! D: ::flexes in mirror, single tear falls:: I don’t have hot California abs, or even cool Minnesota abs, even. But I do have the new HAWKEYE #1 by Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero. Kate Bishop takes up the bow and arrow in her first solo series. And believe me, her debut issue has all the adventure and...

St. Louis Noir Interview with Scott Phillips Jan02

St. Louis Noir Interview with Scott Phillips

St. Louis, especially in recent years, has come to reflect the struggles of many U.S. cities trying to pull out of decades-long decline. The tensions and ambitions among those endeavoring to evolve or just survive have played out in the media as a mere flashpoint; a city that’s barely a curiosity to much of the country which only knows it for its sports teams, beer, and attention grabbing headlines that have dominated the larger narrative. Editor Scott Phillips (THE ICE HARVEST, HOP ALLEY) has assembled a wide array of writers with ties to St. Louis, who peel back the layers of the community they know. Tim Hennessy: Akashic Books’ Noir...

Review of Archie, Volume 2 Jan01

Review of Archie, Volume 2

Archie, Volume 2 Mark Waid, writer Veronica Fish and Thomas Pitilli, artist It’s been a little while since the first trade of the revamped Archie came out, and now there’s a whole new part of the story in Archie Volume 2. This one, like its predecessor, is packed full of drama but manages to keep it light. Though, if you want all the drama possible, read Betty & Veronica; issue 1 is conveniently tucked in the back of the trade. Archie and Veronica are still trying to sneak around Mr.  Lodge, who hates Archie. Reggie Mantle is dishing dirt on Archie to him, but eventually gets out of the way. Mr.Lodge still wants Archie gone, but to no...

W.E.B. Griffin’s CURTAIN OF DEATH Reviewed Dec30

W.E.B. Griffin’s CURTAIN OF DEATH Reviewed

Curtain Of Death Book three in the Clandestine Operations series W.E.B. Griffin and William Butterworth IV G. P. Putnam Dec. 27th 2016 Curtain Of Death by W.E.B. Griffin and William Butterworth IV present a fact filled novel about the early days of what will become the CIA. Even though the period between WWII and the Cold War is intense in itself these authors were able to make the plot even more riveting. The story reflects Griffin’s own experiences during the mid 1940s in war torn Germany. It becomes obvious that the clandestine agents must not only deal with the Nazis trying to escape to Latin America, but an entirely different kind of...

Jessica Treadway’s HOW WILL I KNOW YOU Reviewed Dec27

Jessica Treadway’s HOW WILL I KNOW YOU Revie...

How Will I know You Jessica Treadway Grand Central Publishing Dec 6th, 2016 How Will I know You by Jessica Treadway is not just a crime story, but is also has a psychological aspect.  The storyline refers to a small town community where everyone knows everyone else’s business.  This time around, Treadway decided to have multiple narrators telling the story ranging from a teenage girl, black graduate student, a middle-aged art teacher, to a policeman. The plot begins where a high school teenager, Joy Enright, in upstate New York is found in a pond strangled to death.  Martin Willett, her mother’s teaching assistant and lover has been accused...