So I Got a Tattoo Mar07

So I Got a Tattoo

When I created my Bike MS team in 2009, I knew the team was going to need a mascot. Something that would signify the spunk and fight of the Saint Kate’s Fighting Saints team. My husband, Dan, replaced the helmet on the St. Paul Fighting Saints hockey player with the red pigtails from the Wendy’s girl and plopped the kid on a tricycle. Saint Kate’s Cycling Saint was born and she’s been with the team ever since. Last year I did something I had talked about doing since college: I got a tattoo. That’s right a tattoo. The “right” design never came to me. There was never anything I felt about strongly enough to have with me for the rest of my...

Clare Mackintosh: The I SEE YOU Interview

Elise Cooper: Routine is the key word to this story? Clare Mackintosh: I started the book with this quote to set the tone, ‘You do the same thing every day. You know exactly where you’re going. You’re not alone.’ We stay in these routines and do not think about it because they are extraordinarily comforting and familiar. For example, when we leave for a job we take the same route and leave at the same time each day. Unfortunately, this means we are lessaware of our surroundings. I realized in the cities many people know about others commutes, and how dangerous that could be. EC: Did your professional experiences help you to write these...

Review of Claire Mackintosh’s I SEE YOU

I SEE YOU  Clare Mackintosh Berkley Pub Feb. 21st, 2017   I SEE YOU by Clare Mackintosh is a riveting psychological thriller. She is two for two in writing plot lines that will scare, worry and terrify readers. The novel is a police drama, a mystery, and a suspense story. The author seems to have found her niche, writing stories about ordinary women who are put in jeopardy. The plot is a warning of sorts from Mackintosh, a former police detective. She shows the dangers and benefits of the technology world. The plot begins with Zoe Walker, an average working mother, seeing an “advert” in the London Gazette. She becomes flustered and...

Carey Baldwin’s STOLEN Reviewed

STOLEN Carey Baldwin Cassidy & Spenser Thrillers (Book 5) Witness Impulse Feb 14th, 2017 STOLEN by Carey Baldwin is a riveting thriller. It intertwines issues involving family and mental illness within relationships, a murder, and a kidnapping. What makes this psychological story even more compelling is the mind games the characters play with each other. Baldwin appears to be influenced by her fascination with the old time movie Gaslight starring Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman. “In this movie that I just love, Ingrid Bergman is a psychologically vulnerable women who’s been through a tremendous trauma, witnessing the murder of her...

THE MANY DEATHS OF THE BATMAN

DC Comics Batman 433-435 1989   THE MANY DEATHS OF THE BATMAN   Why on earth am I bothering all of you fine folks with a review of a three issue Batman arc that’s 28 years old? I can hear you all, you know: “This better not be another rant from Old Man Malmon going on and on about how great comics were BACK IN HIS DAY.” Shut up. Comics are great now. But they were also great back in my day, too. Batman 433-435 is a bit of an anomaly. It’s a three-issue mini-arc that was written by comics legend John Byrne (who also did the covers) and illustrated by Batman legend Jim Aparo. From Fantastic Four to X-Men to Superman, John Byrne’s list of...

Kathleen Kent’s THE DIME is featured in this week’s giveaway Feb25

Kathleen Kent’s THE DIME is featured in this...

This week,  CrimeSpree and  Friday Reads Facebook page, are  offering up the chance to win a copy of THE DIME by Kathleen Kent Brooklyn’s toughest female detective takes on Dallas–and neither is ready for the fight.   Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she’s from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she’s deeply shaken when her...

Alex Segura Crimespree Interview By Dave White

I hate hot weather. Give me winter and snow any day over the humid, sweaty nonsense that comes in the months of June-August. But, when it comes to crime fiction, the mean streets of Miami—away from the glitz and glamor of the beach—catch my eye. Why? Because Alex Segura and his Private Investigator protagonist, Pete Fernandez, mine those streets for the all the danger, action, and crime you expect in hardboiled fiction. Alex and I sat down at our respective computers and talked about writing process, Pete, and his upcoming novel DANGEROUS ENDS, coming in April from Polis Books. Dave White: At the end of DOWN THE DARKEST STREET, Pete has...

Mark Greaney’s GUNMETAL GRAY reviewed

GUNMETAL GRAY Book Six in the series Mark Greaney February 14th, 2017 Berkley Pub GUNMETAL GRAY by Mark Greaney is an engrossing thriller. After reading this series Greaney will definitely become a favorite where people can’t wait for the next installment. The main character, Courtland Gentry, known as the Gray Man, is a former CIA agent, an assassin, turned contractor who always takes readers on a great ride as he battles the bad guys. The action begins on page one and never lets up. The CIA has hired Gentry to find Fan Jiang, a Chinese hacker and an information technology specialist, who is trying to defect to Taiwan after he escapes from...