Movie Review: Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker

There is a common, and oft debated, idea in the world of art that once an artist releases their work for public consumption, that it becomes property of the world and is no longer their own. That it now belongs to humanity to decide its worth, its reputation and its future. That is something George Lucas seemingly forgot, or didn’t buy into, when it came time to sit down and write the first three episodes of his hallowed franchise.  He somehow missed the fact that for 20 years his original trilogy became property of the world. That the fans analyzed every detail, every line of dialogue, wrote and read technical manuals of the ships...

INTERVIEW WITH SARA DRISCOLL

No Man’s Land by Sara Driscoll has a unique plot. A suspenseful mystery, whose main characters include K-9 dog teams, brings the characters to life. For first time readers, Driscoll is the pen name for Jen J. Danna and Ann Vanderlaan, who also wrote the Abbott and Lowell Forensic Mysteries. The story begins with Meg Jennings and her K-9 companion, Hawk, exploring the ruins of a deserted building to sharpen their skills without the life-or-death stakes they face as part of the FBI’s Human Scent Evidence Team. While searching, Hawk finds the body of an elderly woman. The victim was left to die alone and unable to save herself. Through the...

This Week’s Giveaway: A TRICK OF LIGHT by St...

To be entered in the drawing, send an email to:  Jon@crimespreemag.com Put CONTEST in the subject line. Please include your address in the body of the email. A TRICK OF LIGHT by Stan Lee From Stan Lee, the pop-culture legend behind Marvel’s Avengers, Black Panther, X-Men, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and Iron Man, comes a major publishing event. One of the last creative acts of a master storyteller, A Trick of Light was first introduced in the best-selling audiobook Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light. The hardcover features exclusive content, including bonus chapters and an afterword by Alliances universe co-creators Luke Lieberman and...

BOOK REVIEW CHRISTMAS IN WINTER VALLEY

Christmas in Winter Valley by Jodi Thomas has an unusual format.  Instead of having one hero and heroine there are multiple relationships.  Each are connected with the theme involving the importance of family. The author noted, “Having many relationships, instead of just one, has become very much my style. I like to have an interconnection between the lives of those who live on a ranch as well as a sense of community. I wanted to explore how love develops differently for different ages.” The series involves three brothers who appear nothing alike on the surface. “I describe Cooper as someone who wants to have fun and make people...

Review of Unspeakable Things by Jess Lourey

People talk about how “things were better” when they were growing up. Kids could play outside from dawn to dusk. They would leave the house after breakfast, run around the neighborhood with maybe a stop for lunch, and then return home either when Dad sounded the dinner whistle, or the streetlights came on. But then things changed, and children lost this freedom in their own neighborhoods and towns. Jess Lourey details this change in her latest novel, UNSPEAKABLE THINGS, and why children were kept closer to home in the northern Minnesota town of Lilydale. The school year is coming to a close and Cassie and her friends are ready for summer...

INTERVIEW WITH J. D. Griffo

Murder At Icicle Lodge by J. D. Griffo brings back the Ferrara women detective team. They are investigating a murder where the people of interest mount up. The four women are related and range in age from 65 to GenX. They are Alberta, her granddaughter Jinx, sister Helen and her sister-in-law Joyce with a supporting cast of police chief, Vinny; Jinx’s boyfriend, Freddy; Alberta’s boyfriend, Sloan; and Helen’s frenemy Father Sal. What makes these characters so likeable is their humorous banter. This installment has reporter Jinx invited to cover the new lodge that is opening and featuring a famous Olympic gold medal ice skater, Pamela...

5 Iconic Aprons

When my British mother slipped on an apron, four active, hungry children knew food was on the way. And her shout to don our hand-stitched “pinnies,” was as clear a call to dinner as any bell. As I write this, I realize something obvious but never questioned. My brother wasn’t required to wear a pinafore to protect his clothes. And so wrapped in this small anecdote is the conundrum of the apron. Is it a symbol of feminine oppression as sometimes argued, a practical garment, or a colorful and often personalized accessory? All three perhaps. Iris Buckley, my sleuth in the Apron Shop Series, sells vintage aprons and household linens at Ruffles...

THIS WEEK’S GIVEAWAY: HEMS & HOMICIDE b...

To be entered in the drawing, send an email to:  Jon@crimespreemag.com Put CONTEST in the subject line. Please include your address in the body of the email. HEMS & HOMICIDE by Elizabeth Penney Welcome to the first in the Apron Shop mystery series by Elizabeth Penney, set in the quaint village of Blueberry Cove, Maine where an expert seamstress turned amateur sleuth is getting measured for murder. . . Iris Buckley is sew ready for a change. After the death of her beloved grandfather, Iris decides to stay in her Maine hometown to help out her widowed grandmother, Anne—and bring her online hand-made apron designs to real-time retail...