INTERVIEW WITH LEILA MEACHAM

Dragonfly by Leila Meacham is a spellbinding novel.  The story from the very first line pulls readers into the mystery: which of the five American spies embedded in Nazi occupied Paris has survived? The dramatic scenes are riveting as each character plays a cat and mouse game with the Nazis. In 1942, Americans Brad, Bridgette, Bucky, Chris, and Victoria have been recruited as spies for the CIA’s Office of Special Services.  They are recruited for their skills, but also have a personal agenda.  The two women and three men are from very different backgrounds: Texan athlete with German roots, an upper-crust son of a French mother and...

Pet Spotlight: Jeremy Finley and Thor

Thor So I’m convinced there is a class system with dogs. Our new puppy proved it to me. Just as we in the lower and middle class look with scorn and envy at the rich, the Rescues cast distain upon the Pure Breeds. Look at you, the Dog Pounders glare from the back seat their parents’ 2002 Nissans, with your fancy price tag, riding in the passenger seat in your Mom’s Range Rover, not shedding on the leather. I imagine, beneath it all, a true class war, complete with protests (pooping on the manicured lawns of those who pay big bucks for a something-doodle) and stump speeches (howls at night outside their windows). I’ve either just...

In This Week’s Giveaway: THE DARK ABOVE by Jeremy Finley Jul26

In This Week’s Giveaway: THE DARK ABOVE by J...

THE DARK ABOVE by Jeremy Finley In this sequel to the critically-acclaimed novel that grabbed fans of X-Files and Stranger Things, Jeremy Finley returns with another thriller full of aliens and government cover-ups.  For most of his life, William Chance has been the living proof that his grandmother and her fellow researchers into missing people were right all along about the terror from the stars. Now, he’s avoiding the limelight and hiding out from everyone, including his family. He knows he can avoid everything, except for the nightmares: fires, storms, disease and violence – he dreams of it all. When he’s suddenly exposed, he finds...

Goodbye, Mad Magazine Jul25

Goodbye, Mad Magazine

Founded in 1952 by editor Harvey Kurtzman and publisher William Gaines, Mad Magazine has been a source of wonderfully subversive humor for generations. After 67 year they will be shutting down. Two new issues and then reprints until the current subscriptions run out. My memories of Mad magazine go back to the late ’60s. I would see it on magazine racks at the store and paperback collections were everywhere. As of today, I have over 40 of the paperbacks in my possession and a huge box full of issues. Spy Vs Spy always made me laugh. The little comics doodeled along the sides of pages by Sergio Aragonés were funny as hell. The parodies...

Bryan Catches Up

Hey Crimespree readers!  It is your loyal fanboy/reviewer, Bryan VanMeter returning to the Crimespree Crew once again.  For the last two and a half years, I have been attending the University of New Orleans while working on a Masters’ degree in Literature.  While that exposed me to a myriad of amazing authors, styles, and works I had not encountered before, it did not leave me a lot of time for reading contemporary novels that you may be interested in reading.  Instead, they have been slowly amassing in TBR pile, which had come to resemble the Tower of Babylon. Now, I am back in Milwaukee, have a great job with an...

INTERVIEW WITH MARK GREANEY and H. RIPLEY RAWLINGS...

Red Metal by Mark Greaney and Lt. Colonel H. Ripley (Rip) Rawlings IV fills the void of military thrillers left by Tom Clancy’s death.  This novel combines the great story-telling of Greaney with the Lt. Colonel’s vast experience, serving twenty-two years as a reconnaissance and infantry officer. The result is an action-packed realistic plot. The book begins when a desperate Kremlin takes advantage of a military crisis in Asia to simultaneously strike into Western Europe and invade east Africa in a bid to reoccupy three Rare Earth mineral mines that will give Russia unprecedented control for generations over the world’s hi-tech...

COVER REVEAL: MURDER AT THE MENA FROM ERICA RUTH N...

Due on March 31, 2020 Well-heeled travelers from around the world flock to the Mena House Hotel—an exotic gem in the heart of Cairo where cocktails flow, adventure dispels the aftershocks of World War I, and deadly dangers wait in the shadows . . .  Egypt, 1926. Fiercely independent American Jane Wunderly has made up her mind: she won’t be swept off her feet on a trip abroad. Despite her Aunt Millie’s best efforts at meddling with her love life, the young widow would rather gaze at the Great Pyramids of Giza than into the eyes of a dashing stranger. Yet Jane’s plans to remain cool and indifferent become ancient history in the...

INTERVIEW WITH HAZEL GAYNOR and HEATHER WEBB Jul21

INTERVIEW WITH HAZEL GAYNOR and HEATHER WEBB

Meet Me In Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb brings Grace Kelly back to life. Readers will take a journey to the Cannes Film Festival in 1955 as the authors intertwine the romance between the actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco and their characters Sophie Duval and James Henderson. These two authors, “Team H,” have a chemistry when writing together. They have a knack for creating an enchanting story written in one voice. The plot opens with Grace Kelly ducking into a small perfume shop, owned by Sophie Duval, to escape a tabloid photographer, James Henderson. Sophie gives Grace Kelly a sanctuary from the paparazzi and...