Clare Mackintosh wins 2016 Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year Jul22

Clare Mackintosh wins 2016 Old Peculier Crime Nove...

Tonight, it was announced that Clare Mackintosh has been awarded the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award for I LET YOU GO.   Clare Mackintosh said: “I first came to Harrogate as an unpublished author so to win this award tonight is a dream come true. I would like to thank my publishers and agent for supporting me, everybody who has read and recommended I Let You Go, and the crime writing community for their endless encouragement.”   The 2016 Award is sponsored by T&R Theakston Ltd and supported by WHSmith and The Radio Times. Clare collected a £3,000 cash prize, as well as a handmade, engraved oak beer cask...

Tracy Rees’ AMY SNOW is featured in this week’s giveway Jul22

Tracy Rees’ AMY SNOW is featured in this wee...

This week CrimeSpree Magazine, in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page, is offering you a chance to win a copy of Tracy Rees’s AMY SNOW. AMY SNOW Winner of the UK’s Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller Competition, this page-turning debut novel follows an orphan whose late, beloved best friend bequeaths her a treasure hunt that leads her all over Victorian England and finally to the one secret her friend never shared. It is 1831 when eight-year-old Aurelia Vennaway finds a naked baby girl abandoned in the snow on the grounds of her aristocratic family’s magnificent mansion. Her parents are horrified that she has brought a...

J.C. Lane’s TAG YOU’RE DEAD Reviewed

TAG YOU’RE DEAD J.C. Lane Poisoned Pen Press July 5th, 2016 Tag You’re Dead By J.C. Lane, a pen name for Judy Clemens, is a riveting thriller. She takes the playground game and evolves it to fit into today’s technology-oriented society. Readers might relate to this as a darker version of the very popular new game, Pokeman Go. This is a game where the stakes could not be any higher, considering the runners’ lives are at risk. It will play into people’s worst fears since it seems very plausible how someone can be kidnapped and forced to run for their life by some mysterious person in the Internet age. In this story there are three...

Daniel Silva’s THE BLACK WIDOW Reviewed

THE BLACK WIDOW Daniel Silva July 12, 2016 Harper THE BLACK WIDOW by Daniel Silva, besides being an intoxicating thriller, is also a warning for Americans. While reading the book it appears that real life events mesh with fiction. The undercurrent of reality is front and center as evidenced by the author himself who wrote in the forward, “I take no pride in my prescience. I only wish that the murderous, millenarian terrorism of the Islamic State lived solely on the pages of this story.” The plot begins with ISIS detonating a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris. Gabriel Allon, the Israeli Mossad Agent poised to become the chief of...

Five Movies That Get Me In The Mood To Write

  I don’t believe in writer’s block, but I do believe in writer’s malaise. Sometimes I just can’t get my ass in gear. When that happens I find that certain movies get the creative juices flowing and I can always rely on these five to get me sprinting to the keyboard. This isn’t a list of my favorite movies. Gun to my head I’d say that honor goes to Miller’s Crossing, but ask me next week and I might say The Great Escape or Chinatown. And this isn’t a list of great movies about writing, of which there are many. This is simply a list of the flicks that get me moving.   Butch Cassidy and the...

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN: First Trailer Jul19

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN: First Trailer

Based on Paula Hawkin’s novel, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN stars Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez, Lisa Kudrow and Laura Prepon, with Tate Taylor (The Help, Get on Up) directing. In the thriller, Rachel (Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN hits theaters on October...

Gerry Schmitt’s LITTLE GIRL GONE Reviewed

Little Girl Gone Gerry Schmitt Berkeley Pub July 5th, 2016 Little Girl Gone by Gerry Schmitt is the first book in her new Afton Tangler series. This mystery about a baby kidnapping is not a who-done-it since early on readers know who is the perpetrator. This author is also known as “cozy mystery writer,” Laura Childs, but a warning: there is nothing cozy about this plot. The mystery comes in as people try to figure out along with the protagonists how they are going to solve the case, given the clues the author provides. The reason for her pen name of Childs is that “I owned an advertising agency at the time I started writing. I was fairly...

LAST FAIR DEAL GONE DOWN By Ace Atkins Reviewed

LAST FAIR DEAL GONE DOWN Ace Atkins writer Marco Finnegan artist July 2016 12-Gauge comics I am a fan of Ace Atkins going way back. I’m also a huge fan of comics. When Ace told me that his Nick Travers books were going to be done as graphic novels I got excited. Here is a review I did back in 1998 for CROSSROAD BLUES: “This book sucked me in right from the start. It doesn’t hurt that I’m a sucker for Blues lore and love reading about it. So reading books with a protagonist that is an authority on the blues is to perfect. And Nick Travers is a great character. He’s funny, he’s smart and he’s tough. He’s an ex-pro football player...