Review of IN FARLEIGH FIELD & Rhys Bowen Inte...

IN FARLEIGH FIELD Rhys Bowen March 1, 2017 Lake Union Pub IN FARLEIGH FIELD by Rhys Bowen is a fact filled historical mystery. The story takes place during 1941 in the English countryside. Inspired by the events of World War II this is a sweeping and riveting stand-alone novel involving class, family, love, and betrayal. The plot is built around three life long friends: Ben Cresswell, the Vicar’s son, who now serves as a homeland spy; Lady Pamela Sutton, the middle daughter of an aristocratic family who decodes German correspondence at Bletchley; and Jeremy Prescott, an injured RAF fighter pilot. Their carefree youth is contrasted with the...

Review of A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN/Interview with...

A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN Susan Meissner Berkley Pub March 14th, 2017 A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN by Susan Meissner spans the lives of three women, one in modern day and the other two during the 1940s. She intertwines their lives with the help of a ship, some ghosts, and historical facts surrounding the Nazi regime. The gripping story of a young German ballerina and the daughter of a French resistance fighter are heart wrenching. Beyond the human characters is a ship, the Queen Mary, which takes on human qualities, seemingly with a life of its own. The mystery begins aboard the RMS Queen Mary as it transported at the end of the war thousands...

Heather Ann Thompson talks about BLOOD IN THE WATE...

At 930 last Friday morning, I had a chance to talk to Heather Ann Thompson, a history professor at the University Michigan and author of BLOOD IN THE WATER – THE ATTICA PRISON UPRISING OF 1971 AND IT’S LEGACY. I was half asleep when the interview began but wide awake at it’s end. I had about 25 minutes talking to Heather. I would have preferred about 4 hours. D: Your book, I loved it and it broke my heart. I was fascinated and humbled by it. Previous to reading it, I knew a little about Attica. Your book was incredibly well done. Forgive me, I’m trying to wake up and get my thoughts together. It took you 10 years to...

SW Lauden Interview by Matt Morgan and Dave Wahlma...

Sorry… I’m gonna do that thing where scrubs make the interview about themselves. Just give me three paragraphs, please? (DW-It’s called Me and Matty did a thing) I met Dave Wahlman in Boston about 11 years ago ( DW-11 really? No shit). After about a year in the employment equivalent of the eighth circle of hell, I found myself working at Borders Books to hold us over until the lady graduated. Dave started working there after I was promoted to supervisor (DW- I stole everything). We clicked. He was tattooed, brash, and a little nuts. I wasn’t tattooed. The rest was close. I was the more responsible one, he was the one that would punch people...

A Conversation with Anthony Neil Smith

I’d wanted to have a conversation with Anthony Neil Smith for a long time. He has written some of the meanest and most visceral crime novels I’ve read in the past 5 years.  I asked a couple of mutual friends about him and the both said things along the lines of “You’re both a couple of mean spirited fucks, You’ll get along famously.” [ANS: Names and numbers, please.] I got in touch with Anthony [ANS: Call me “Neil”] and I could tell he was hesitant to do an interview with me. The impression I got was that’s he’s a guarded man and for good reason. Like many others including myself, he’s...