Buzz Bin (reviews) from issue 56

BITTERSWEET (Crown) by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is a perfect summer read. Scholarship student Mabel Dagmar is going to an exclusive East Coast school and very quickly finds herself fitting into a lifestyle she could only dream of. He is invited to spend the summer with her old moneyed roommate at the family estate. Mabel discovers that she could actually be a part of this and have this life, but she also discovers that it comes at a price that she isn’t sure she wants to pay. A bit reminiscent of the way Ross MacDonald wrote about families of privilege this was engaging and had great payoff. Sharon Bolton returns to bookshelves everywhere...

Q&A with Joseph Finder

Suspicion by Joseph Finder is an intriguing novel about family and being entrapped in a bad situation. This stand-alone book explores the father/daughter relationship, how technology has changed the dynamics between people, the villainess of the drug cartels, and big government at its worst. These issues are intertwined within the theme, how one small decision can change someone’s life.   Elise Cooper: In the beginning of the book you have this quote, “Sometimes the smallest decision can change your life forever.” Please explain.   Joseph Finder: I wanted my main character, Danny, to be someone relatable. He makes a decision we...

Mystery Box Authors Q&A

Selected by Brad Meltzer, THE MYSTERY BOX is an exceptional new collection of short stories from some of our favorite writers. We have copies of THE MYSTERY BOX to give away this week with FridayReads, and some of the contributors were good enough to answer a few questions for us… Brad Meltzer What are you reading now? SAGA by Brian K. Vaughan. Which book(s) or author(s) do you recommend most frequently? I shove good crime comics down the throat of anyone who will listen. Try Criminal by Ed Brubaker. Trust me. Why did “the mystery box” make such a great theme? We all have mystery boxes in our lives. And not just ones with severed...

When World’s Collide Aug10

When World’s Collide

Joseph Finder couldn’t make it to Chicago Comic Con, but his book sure did get around. Idea and photos by The lovely Mrs. Crimespree, Ruth, seen here with the SuicideGirls. Brian Azzarello (Filthy Rich, 100 Bullets) B Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick, Casey Blue,76) Did the devil make her read it? Girls read comics, and Joseph Finder Jason Aaron (Scalped, Ghost Rider) JA Konrath/Jack Kilborn (Afraid) Luisa Buehler (The Innkeeper) Marcus Sakey (The Amateurs) Mark Kidwell (Bump, The Frazetta Books) The lovely Sarah from pwndcast.com RD Hall (Heroes, American Wasteland) Members of the 501st Storm Trooper Squadron about to go Death Star on the...