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LAWRENCE BLOCK - THE CRIME OF OUR LIVES (2015)

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An MWA Grand Master tells it straight:
Fredric Brown: “When I read Murder Can Be Fun, I had a bottle of bourbon on the table and every time Brown’s hero took a drink, I had a snort myself. This is a hazardous undertaking when in…
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Added by Colman on April 26, 2015 at 4:20pm — No Comments

Review: "A Deadly Affair At Bobtail Ridge: A Samuel Craddock Mystery" by Terry Shames

As A Deadly Affair At Bobtail Ridge opens Samuel Craddock is awakened by a pounding at his door. His neighbor, Jenny Sandstone is on his porch and very upset.  Her mom, Vera Sandstone, apparently has had a stroke and has been rushed to a hospital in nearby Bobtail, Texas. Jenny needs to get to the hospital and wants Samuel to call Truly Bennett to take care of her horses. Despite his aversion to horses, Samuel takes care of them himself and before long he is at the hospital.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on April 26, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

TOM O. KEENAN - THE FATHER (2015)

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Shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger, 2014. Mental illness, alcohol abuse, and the tedium of pursuing typical killers, leave Sean Rooney a pathetic man, a failed forensic profiler, a bit of a loser and definitely retired. DCI Jacqueline Kaminski…
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Added by Colman on April 25, 2015 at 6:13pm — No Comments

A Chat With Lawrence Block

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So, this morning I was sitting around trying to think of what to post for this week's blog. How do you follow three wonderful weeks of author interviews?

Then someone knocks on my door and when I answer, there stands a man weaing a hat that shadows his face. He hands me a large…

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Added by Stephen Brayton on April 25, 2015 at 12:01am — No Comments

EVANGELINE JENNINGS - NIAGARA (2014)

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Eleanor's life is rushing headlong towards the falls. Can she find a way to save herself?
A modern immorality tale wrapped around a whodunnit set in a no-name Northern English post-industrial town, NIAGARA is the first release of the Pankhearst Singles…
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Added by Colman on April 24, 2015 at 10:59pm — No Comments

GRAHAM WYND - EXTRICATE (2014)

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EXTRICATE is a violent tale of sexual obsession, unfolding on the dark streets of a nowhere town. Peter falls for Judy the instant he lights her cigarette, but she’s his best mate’s girl — and he’s already married. He decides to begin removing obstacles — starting with…
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Added by Colman on April 23, 2015 at 6:41pm — No Comments

BRETT GARCIA ROSE - NOISE (2014)

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The world is an ugly place, and I can tell you now, I fit in just fine.
 
Lily is the only person Leon ever loved. When she left a suicide note and disappeared into a murky lake ten years ago, she left him alone,…
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Added by Colman on April 22, 2015 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Review: "After The Fire: A Bill Travis Mystery" by George Wier

For Bill Travis, financial advisor and sometimes a bit more, everything started with Sol Gunderson’s goats. The man has ten areas of land out of east of Austin, Texas. On the land he raises 40 or 50 Spanish goats. Now one is dead at the base of a hill on his property. It does not take Bill Travis long as he stared at the dead goat to figure out that something really bad and unnatural had happened to that goat.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on April 22, 2015 at 12:33pm — No Comments

L.T. GRAHAM - THE BLUE JOURNAL (2015)

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When one of Randi Conway’s psychotherapy patients is found dead of a gunshot wound, the investigation is turned over to Detective Anthony Walker.
 
Formerly a New York City cop, Walker now serves on the police force of an affluent…
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Added by Colman on April 21, 2015 at 11:12pm — No Comments

EVANGELINE JENNINGS - RIDING IN CARS WITH GIRLS (2015)

I don't usually give books a hard sell, but on this occasion I'm happy to make an exception. 
 
Riding in Cars with Girls goes on sale today and for the…
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Added by Colman on April 20, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Book Marketing: It's Not Just For The Sane Anymore...

Part of any author's life is the "joy" of shouldering the hobo-stick, pulling on the walking shoes... and hitting the highway (literally, or on the Internet's Information Highway) to MARKET the flippin' thing.

That is a "given" for all scribes, whether publisher-published or indie/self-pubb'd variety, if only because nobody will market the everlovin' hell out of your books like YOU will.

It can be akin to an…

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Added by Earl Merkel on April 19, 2015 at 12:40am — No Comments

Deadly Contemplation

Hi Guys, 

Has anyone every read Deadly Contemplation? Well, if you have then book two is now…

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Added by G.K. Taylor on April 17, 2015 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Review of BLOOD ON SNOW by Jo Nesbo

Gripping new Crime novel from the Norwegian author. MURDER BEACH MYSTERY REVIEWS. http://billsmedia.blogspot.com

Added by William Wilde on April 15, 2015 at 10:50am — No Comments

Interview With Thriller Writer Eden Sharp

There is a new interview on my website of thriller writer Eden Sharp.

Eden Sharp Interview

 

I'm looking for more crime writers to interview on my blog. If you…

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Added by John Moralee on April 14, 2015 at 5:43am — No Comments

Review: "Dead Broke In Jarret Creek: A Samuel Craddock Mystery" by Terry Shames

Former Police Chief Samuel Craddock didn’t want to be police chief again or investigate any more murders. But, the last few months have been kind of rough in the small south Texas town of Jarret Creek. There were some murders and Samuel Cradock, bum knee and all, got dragged into solving them. Deep in the grip of winter Jarrett Creek is about to have still more problems.

 

The town is bankrupt. The night before there had been an emergency meeting of several of the town’s…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on April 13, 2015 at 4:53am — No Comments

Review: "The Setup Man" by T. T. Monday

The appeal for me is the same as it ever was. Playing a child’s game for money can be hard on your self-respect. Even now, I’m still not a doctor or a diplomat, but I’m more than I was. I’m more than a guy on a bench cracking seeds, waiting for a lefty to bat in the eighth.

God help me if a man’s not entitled to that. (Page 5)

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on April 13, 2015 at 4:41am — No Comments

Review: "The Rabbit Died" by Sue Anne Jaffarian

Easter Sunday is another holiday that is not going well. Zelda is used to family dysfunction and the resulting stressful holiday, but this year is way worse than normal. Her Dad quit his job at the car dealership and took the bimbo secretary with him. He also caused huge financial issues as he has cashed out the…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on April 11, 2015 at 12:56am — No Comments

GERALD SEYMOUR - HARRY'S GAME

Blurb........... A British cabinet minister is gunned down on a London street by an IRA assassin. In the wake of a national outcry, the authorities must find the hitman. But the trail is long cold, the killer gone to ground in Belfast, and they must resort to more unorthodox methods to…

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Added by Colman on April 8, 2015 at 6:42pm — No Comments

ANTONIN VARENNE - LOSER'S CORNER

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2008. George “The Wall” Crozat has racked up thirty-eight victories (twenty-three of them by knock-out), eight defeats, and an empty bank account. Finally ready to hang up the gloves and focus on his career as a police officer, his chief concern is…
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Added by Colman on April 8, 2015 at 5:58pm — No Comments

The elevator pitch

Just a few thoughts on something you may not think you need, but then spend a day kicking yourself when the opportunity pops up and you’re caught by surprise.

You’ve plowed through 4 drafts, wrestled with two copy editors, and finally put the finishing touches on that book you started writing two years ago. So you think you’re done, right? I don’t think so.

Now you need a stop-them-in-their-tracks query, so it’s back to work. You spend the next month perfecting the hook and…

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Added by R. Michael Phillips on April 4, 2015 at 11:57pm — No Comments

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