Review of MIND GAME by Iris Johansen

MIND GAME Eve Duncan #21 Iris Johansen Oct 24th, 2017 St. Martin’s Press MIND GAME by Iris Johansen blends fast paced action involving “Super Heroes” with a bit of romance along with a touch of the supernatural. She is able to portray the characters as real-life people that possess some manipulative power. Johansen feels she writes her characters having these powers “within all my books. I think they present more interesting characters. I enjoy exploring how we all have feelings and senses. I truly believe we all have something that is right below psychic powers, although, some have stronger powers than others. We titled the book Mind Game...

AFTERLIFE by Marcus Sakey

Thomas & Mercer July 18, 2017   How do you catch a killer if you’re already dead? That’s the challenge that is presented in AFTERLIFE, the mind-bending new thriller from Marcus Sakey. In AFTERLIFE, a serial killer has paralyzed the city of Chicago. There is no pattern to when or where the sniper will take his next victim. People in the city fear for their lives when they go to work or to the grocery store. 17 people have died in a short period of time and there’s no telling when number 18 will be next. FBI agent Will Brody has been assigned to a task force working to identify this killer and bring him to justice. The task force is led...

Karen Ellis, Layton Green are featured in this week’s giveaway Nov10

Karen Ellis, Layton Green are featured in this wee...

This week,  CrimeSpree and  Friday Reads Facebook page, are giving away copies of THE TAKE by Christopher ReichA MAP OF THE DARK by Karen Ellis and WRITTEN IN BLOOD by Layton Green A MAP OF THE DARK A race-against-time thriller for fans of Tana French and Megan Abbott: to save a missing girl, FBI Agent Elsa Myers may have to lose herself… Even as her father lies dying in a hospital north of New York City, FBI Agent Elsa Myers can’t ignore a call for help. A teenage girl has disappeared from Forest Hills, Queens, and during the critical first hours of the case, a series of false leads obscures the fact that she did not go...

Christopher Reich’s THE TAKE is this week’s Giveaway Nov03

Christopher Reich’s THE TAKE is this week...

This week,  CrimeSpree and  Friday Reads Facebook page, are giving away copies of THE TAKE by Christopher Reich   Riske is a freelance industrial spy who, despite his job title, lives a mostly quiet life above his auto garage in central London. He is hired to perform the odd job for a bank, an insurance company, or the British Secret Service, when he isn’t expertly stealing a million-dollar watch off the wrist of a crooked Russian oligarch. Riske has maintained his quiet life by avoiding big, messy jobs; until now. A gangster by the name of Tino Coluzzi has orchestrated the greatest street heist in the history of Paris: a...

Carrie Fisher’s THE PRINCESS DIARIST is featured in this week’s giveaway Oct27

Carrie Fisher’s THE PRINCESS DIARIST is feat...

This week,  CrimeSpree and  Friday Reads Facebook page, are giving away copies of THE PRINCESS DIARIST by Carrie Fisher In 2015, Carrie Fisher discovered journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie; she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time—and what developed behind the scenes. And Fisher also ponders the joys and...

Review of Christina Dodd’s THE WOMAN WHO COU...

THE WOMAN WHO COULDN’T SCREAM:The Virtue Falls Series 4 Christina Dodd September 2017 St. Martin’s Press THE WOMAN WHO COULDN’T SCREAM is a classic Christina Dodd novel. Her heroines have some handicap yet are determined in spite of facing adversity. They fight to take control over their life. This installment of the Virtue Falls series brings back Kateri Kwinault, now the sheriff, who ignores her handicap of being physically disabled. The other heroine, a stand-alone character Merida Falcon is mute after a horrific accident. Dodd fabulously weaves together these two women within a thrilling plot and a “who done it” mystery. The plot has...

Review of Brandman’s MISSING PERSONS

MISSING PERSON,Buddy Steel Book 1 Michael Brandman Poisoned Pen Press Sept 5th, 2017 Michael Brandman has returned to writing with his book MISSING PERSONS. His resume is extensive having co-written nine Jesse Stone movies and three westerns with the legendary actor Tom Selleck, and producing over forty films with screenwriters such as Arthur Miller and Neil Simon. But he is also known for being the original writer of the Robert B. Parker novels after Parker’s death. Besides working on this book Brandman is also in the early stage of a tenth Jesse Stone movie with Tom Selleck. “It is more of a murder mystery than the psychologically...

Music To Live By – Rich Zahradnik Oct22

Music To Live By – Rich Zahradnik

• “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen. I was in high school from 1974 to 1978. The music was awful—disco and hair bands (Foreigner, Styx, Kansas). I discovered Springsteen and he saved me from all that. He mixed the DNA of an old-school rock and roll band with a new, powerful sound. And such great stories. As a writer, I’m drawn as much or more to the lyrics as I am to the music. It was only after setting the Coleridge Taylor series in the seventies that I realized I could have Taylor discover Springsteen and gravitate to him for somewhat similar reasons, though Taylor is older than I was at the time. At the same time, he got to discover...