On This  Day in 1992 Reservoir Dogs Debuts Jan21

On This Day in 1992 Reservoir Dogs Debuts

On this day in 1992 Reservoir Dogs debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. Love it or hate it, it had a big impact one moves that would follow. The move had a huge impact and jumped Quentin Tarantino into the directing spotlight. Over the next few years, Hell, even still today, people are trying to capture what he did with that film. Some attempts were good, some not so much. I saw this four times in three days, one of the viewings was with my Mother who also enjoyed it. Love it or hate it Reservoir Dogs was truly a game changer....

Review of THE ENGLISH WIFE

THE ENGLISH WIFE Lauren Willig St. Martins Press January 9th, 2018 THE ENGLISH WIFE by Lauren Willig is full of intrigue and suspense. It is a refreshing change from all the recent “GONE GIRL look-alikes”, and instead is part mystery, part love story, and part family drama. This historical crime fiction novel involves murder, scandals, and secrets. The Gilded Age is highlighted between the years 1894 in England to 1899 in New York. Bayard, the son of a Knickerbocker prominent family returns after a three-year absence with his English wife, Annabelle aka Georgie. Their supposed whirlwind romance is shattered at the opening of their Twelfth...

Jeffrey Siger’s AN AEGEAN APRIL is this week’s featured giveaway Jan19

Jeffrey Siger’s AN AEGEAN APRIL is this week...

This week,  CrimeSpree and  Friday Reads Facebook page, are giving away copies of AEGEAN APRIL by Jeffrey Siger   The beautiful Greek island of Lesvos, birthplace of the poet Sappho, and for centuries an agrarian paradise famed for anise-flavored ouzo and tasty sardines, sees its serenity turn into chaos as the world watches boatloads of refugees daily flee onto its shores from Turkey across the narrow Mytilini Strait. Mihalis Volandes is one of Lesvos’ elite, the patriarch of a storied shipping clan. He’s weathered many changes in his long life, and when a government policy accelerates the surge of refugees onto his...

Interview with T.R. Ragan

HER LAST DAY T.R. Ragan Jessie Cole Book 1 Thomas & Mercer October 24, 2017 HER LAST DAY is the first novel of a new series by T.R. Ragan. She is known for writing riveting thrillers whose antagonist always seems to be a gruesome serial killer. The three sub-plots throughout the story are brilliantly weaved together. The plot has Sacramento, California private investigator Jessie Cole drawn to detective work after her sister Sophie disappeared ten years ago. Reporter Ben Morrison who wants to write a series of articles on the still-missing Sophie approaches her. He feels somehow connected to Sophie after seeing her on a TV show about...

Review of JACK WATERS BY SCOTT ADLERBERG

JACK WATERS Scott Adlerberg Broken River Books January 17, 2018   Sometimes, you become a hero without really meaning to. At the turn of the last century, Jack Waters is living his best life. A resident of New Orleans, Waters spends his days making his living playing high-stakes poker. He lives a life of comfort in his family estate, having dismissed almost all the servants and letting the grounds become overgrown. He is known as an honest, even-tempered man who lives only to play an honest game of cards. This was the life that Jack had always wanted, and it was good. Jack’s life turns on a dime when, in a blinding rage, he kills a man...

Fight Choreography – How I Develop Fight Scenes that Pass Muster with Actual Martial Artists Jan17

Fight Choreography – How I Develop Fight Sce...

Write what you know. Maybe that works for crime fiction writers who are former cops or prosecutors. I was a professional statistician. People won’t chat with you at a party longer than two minutes when that crap comes up so they’re not going to stick around for a whole book of it. I solved that problem pretty handily by making my protagonist a newbie. She’s a former uniform cop who quit and is now apprenticing as a private investigator with her father – a father who is out of the country for the entire book. She knew how to pull people over and write them tickets or respond to domestic violence calls but tracking down a murderer from...

Meg Gardiner INTO THE BLACK NOWHERE Reviewed

INTO THE BLACK NOWHERE Meg Gardiner 2018 Dutton Last year a book came across my desk that grabbed my attention for two reasons. The first was the author of the book being Meg Gardiner. Every book I’ve read by Gardiner has been fabulous, she is a master storyteller who has never failed to keep my flipping pages as fast as I can. The second attention grabber was the title. UNSUB. If you read crime fiction or watch crime movies and TV you know this is shorthand for unknown subject. It is used to describe a criminal, usually a killer, who is committing ongoing crimes. As a reader this tells me I’m in for a story that is going to be suspenseful...

Behind the Book: Five Locations in Manhattan Where...

Everyone who writes anything about the history of New York quickly comes to realize that the city has not always been about office towers and skyscrapers. New York, in the half-century from 1880 to 1930, was distinctive among American cities for the beauty of its architecture but tragically, in the rush to build bigger and higher, the majority of its most striking buildings have disappeared. The destruction of Penn Station in 1963 remains the most notorious demolition of a landmark building but there have been many others. Here are five Manhattan buildings, all associated in some way with crime and criminal justice; two have survived and...