INTERVIEW WITH BARRY EISLER

Mike Barson: Having characters from multiple series cross-over is an endlessly appealing premise…. Why did you decide to do it now with John Rain, whom you “retired” years ago, and recent creation Livia Lone? Eisler: In some ways it wasn’t hard, because Rain is always trying to retire—to kill his way out of the killing business—and he never seems to make it. On top of which, Livia and Rain’s partner, former Marine sniper Dox, teamed up in the previous book, The Night Trade, and that turned into an interesting relationship. And I started wondering…what would happen if Livia, in the course of her Seattle PD sex-crime...

INTERVIEW WITH CHARLES TODD

THE BLACK ASCOT by Charles Todd ratchets up the mystery. Readers are able to get a deeper understanding of Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, while getting a glimpse of the social and political trends of the 1920s.  Unlike many of the past plot-lines, this one focuses on a Cold Case.  Ten years ago, a woman was murdered after attending the Black Ascot race, the famous 1910 royal horserace honoring the late King Edward VII.  The suspect, Alan Barrington, has eluded capture and the aggressive manhunt.  Now it appears that Barrington has returned to England, and Rutledge is chosen to conduct a quiet search under the cover of a routine...

BOOK REVIEW: THE EARL AND THE ENCHANTRESS

THE EARL AND THE ENCHANTRESS by Paullett Golden brings to life the 1790s in this historical novel with a touch of romance.  As an English professor at the American Military University she has decided to become an author as well. In this debut novel her heroine lives in King Arthur’s birthplace, while the hero lives where King Arthur supposedly died.  Throughout the story tidbits of King Arthur are weaved as the mystery develops regarding the hero’s haunted past. “King Arthur just came to me as a symbol.  It was not a preconceived idea.  Sebastian reached a turning point in his life where he needed an idol, someone to look up to.  I wanted a...

INTERVIEW WITH LARRY LOFTIS

CODE NAME: LISE by Larry Loftis brings to life the most highly decorated woman spy. The story delves into how Odette Sansom displayed courage and patriotism while having to endure endless torture by the Nazis. Born in France and living in England Odette decides she wants to help with the war cause.  Because of her knowledge of the French language and customs she was recruited into Britain’s Special Operations Executive Program to conduct espionage on the Germans during WWII.  Working closely with her commanding officer, Peter Churchill, they are able to complete dangerous missions. Peter became smitten with her and eventually they fell in...

INTERVIEW WITH DAVID R. GILLHAM

ANNELIES by David R. Gillham has Anne Frank surviving the Holocaust. As the “what if” comes true, the book presents a story of hope, survival, trauma and redemption. But it is also a reminder of what was lost during the Holocaust: how many of those lives taken away had such promise. Gillham gives Anne Frank’s life back to her, a life brutally cut short by the Nazi monsters. Gillham skillfully transforms Anne from a bright-eyed girl with dreams and ambitions to a bitter, angry teenager who suffers from survivor’s guilt and PTSD. The author should be applauded as he realistically portrays what many Holocaust survivors suffered.  Because of...

MIRACULUM by Steph Post

I became a fan of Steph Post’s writing the minute I finished reading her novel LIGHTWOOD. She expertly wove together three plot lines and executed a fantastic ending to the book. When I heard she was writing a book set in the 1920’s, one of my favorite periods in American history, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Post’s book MIRACULUM does not disappoint. The carnival Pontilliar’s Spectacular Star Light Miraculum has been touring the American deep South during the early part of the Twentieth Century. Carnival rides and a freak show are the mainstays of the touring company. A stranger joins the troupe after the show’s geek, the guy who...

INTERVIEW WITH PRESTON & CHILD

  VERSES FOR THE DEAD by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child brings back the return of their beloved character FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast. There is a slightly new recipe for this famous crime solver with a new boss, partner, and medical examiner. A welcome relief in this story has the authors moving away from anything supernatural and deciding to stick to crime-solving, understanding that the story and characters are riveting by themselves. In this old-fashioned mystery, a Florida woman while visiting her husband’s grave has her dog find a human heart with an apology note. The current victims are women whose throats have been...

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This week, CrimeSpree and  Friday Reads Facebook page  are offering copies of THE WASHINGTON DECREE by Jussi Adler-Olsen “The president has gone way too far. . . . These are practically dictatorial methods we’re talking about.”  Sixteen years before Democratic Senator Bruce Jansen was elected president of the United States, a PR stunt brought together five very different people: fourteen-year-old Dorothy “Doggie” Rogers, small-town sheriff T. Perkins, single mother Rosalie Lee, well-known journalist John Bugatti, and the teenage son of one of Jansen’s employees, Wesley Barefoot. In spite of their...