January 2013 Blog Posts (64)

Hard-Boiled Thrillers, Noir, and the Belly Laugh

Recently, I started a discussion here on Crimespace. I posed this question: Is there a place for humor in a hard-boiled thriller/noir? The answers I got were mixed, but there was a hesitancy that trended towards “No.” One Crimespacer quoted Otto Penzler – “Noir requires a sense of bleakness and despair, and characters…

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Added by Victoria Dougherty on January 31, 2013 at 8:48pm — 15 Comments

Review - Hard Twisted, C Joseph Greaves

Book Title:   HARD TWISTED

Author: C Joseph Greaves

ISBN:  9781408829240

Year of Publication:  2012

Publisher:  Bloomsbury

Category:  Crime Fiction / Historical

Location:  USA

Special Interests:  Great Depression



Book Synopsis



Lucile Garrett is just thirteen when she meets Clint Palmer, a charismatic stranger who will forever change her life. The year is 1934, and as the windblown dust of the Great Depression rakes the Oklahoma plains, Palmer…

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Added by Karen from AustCrime on January 31, 2013 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Sibling Rivalry and the Edge of a Knife

Klarissa Conner is a rising star as a television newscaster with the #1 station in Chicago—and is also well known as the younger sister of Detective Kristen Conner, the lead character in M.K. Gilroy’s novels, Cuts Like a Knife and Every Breath You Take. First appearing on author B.R. Stateham’s blog (author of…

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Added by Mark Gilroy on January 31, 2013 at 3:00am — No Comments

JULIAN BARNES - FLAUBERT'S PARROT

 
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Added by Colman on January 30, 2013 at 6:18pm — No Comments

JIM NISBET - LETHAL INJECTION

 
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Added by Colman on January 30, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

E.L. JAMES - FIFTY SHADES FREED

 
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When unworldly student Ana…
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Added by Colman on January 30, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

MARK SULLIVAN - CORNED BEEF SANDWICH

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Added by Colman on January 30, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Review - I Hear the Sirens in the Street, Adrian McKinty

Book Title:  I HEAR THE SIRENS IN THE STREET

Author: Adrian McKinty

ISBN:  9781846688188

Year of Publication: 2013

Publisher:  Allen & Unwin

Series:  Sean Duffy

Location: Ireland

Category: Crime Fiction / Police Procedural / Historical



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Detective Inspector Sean Duffy returns for the incendiary sequel to The Cold Cold Ground.



Sean Duffy knows there's no such thing as a perfect crime. But a torso in a suitcase is pretty close.…

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Added by Karen from AustCrime on January 30, 2013 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Faith and a Box Full of Clock Parts

Thrilled to see my guest essay on writers keeping the faith despite self-doubt on Psychology Today! Here's an excerpt:

"I’m ten years old. My Big Ben-style alarm clock has stopped working. Maybe I wound it too tightly, maybe it’s just worn out. Whatever the reason, the alarm hasn’t gone off in days.

I know I can fix it, if only I can get a look inside. When I tell my …

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Added by Karen Dionne on January 30, 2013 at 12:04am — No Comments

Fourth DI Andy Horton Marine Mystery Crime Novel, Dead Man's Wharf, Published in China

The fourth in the DI Andy Horton marine mystery crime series, Dead Man's Wharf by Pauline Rowson, is published in China by Nanhai Publishing Company of Haikou.

Nanhai Publishing bought translation rights…

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Added by Pauline Rowson on January 29, 2013 at 7:04pm — No Comments

Lost to Books

Authors who are looking to increase their exposure should check out LosttoBooks. UK-based Sienna Logan's blog spotlights  different genres.

Added by J.M. Garlock on January 29, 2013 at 12:24am — No Comments

Author Update

I was one of the featured authors at a holiday party put on by the Reading Divas book club. The Wine & Cheese Holiday Gathering was more fun than business and a great way to end my writing year, and introduced me to the marvelous Overdue Recognition Art Gallery in Bowie, MD.

And, The Payback Assignment was featured on the blog “xtrme English Books” for readers in Germany. The blog offers a daily selection of free English books on amazon.de. Now I feel international!…

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Added by Austin S. Camacho on January 28, 2013 at 10:54pm — No Comments

Book Review: "Blood Of My Blood" by Ralph Pezzullo

Tony “Smokey” Annicelli still knows people on the NYPD even though it has been quite a few years since he wore the uniform. When Luke, his best friend on the force, calls him and says that he better get over the fourth floor of a building at Two-forty-seven West Twenty-Ninth Street, Smoky doesn’t ask a lot of questions. Despite the urgency in Luke’s call, he is made to wait with his questions unanswered.

 

Finally, Detective Donnelly, after dragging him around awhile talking to…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on January 28, 2013 at 2:16am — No Comments

Police Follow Snow Tracks to Nab Robbers

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Statistics regarding crime consistently bear out the fact that illegal activity is higher during the warmer months of the year.  It could be that the hot temperatures have everyone irritated and on edge, so violence is more likely.  Some blame the fact that…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on January 27, 2013 at 8:38am — No Comments

How Scared Do You Really Want To Be?

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Added by Jennifer Chase on January 27, 2013 at 8:37am — No Comments

Mike Orenduff, Jenn McKinlay, Agatha Christie, short stories & more in KRL

Up in Kings River Life Magazine the final installment of a 3 part series on the queen of crime Agatha Christie http://kingsriverlife.com/01/26/agatha-christie-a-life-in-three-acts-part-3/

 

Also up in KRL this morning we have a review of the latest Pot Thief mystery by Mike Orenduff, a guest post from Mike on the value of a book & you can enter for a chance to win a copy of "The Pot…

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Added by Lorie Ham on January 27, 2013 at 4:11am — No Comments

The city of Indianapolis as a setting

Indianapolis is a middle American city.  Until I lived there, I never took it seriously.  The bad news was that I was very prejudiced against it.  The good news was that, being an Easterner, I knew that I was prejudiced against everything between Pennsylvania and the Pacific Coast states, with possible - but not definite, exception made for the city of Boulder, Colorado where some enlightened souls [yes, that means Hippies] had taken up residence during a spreading of the population of the…

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Added by Miriam Pia on January 25, 2013 at 11:52pm — 2 Comments

On location with Pauline Rowson's DI Andy Horton in the new marine mystery crime novel, Undercurrent

The new DI Andy Horton, number nine in the series, called Undercurrent, will be published in the UK and Commonwealth on 31 January and in the USA on 1 May 2013. Like all the DI Horton novelsit is set against the backdrop of the sea in the Solent area on the South Coast of England.

In this crime novel DI Horton has a new mystery…

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Added by Pauline Rowson on January 25, 2013 at 8:42pm — No Comments

No Naked Mole Rats, Part 1

naked-mole-rat Unfortunately, I can't claim this blog as my own. This was written by a wonderful woman named Beth Terrell who helps out with the annual Killer Nashville writers' conference held every August in...you guessed it, Nashville, TN. In 2012, a week before the conference, she sent along this message to all of the authors scheduled to be on one of the panels. I thought it a wonderful message and one…

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Added by Stephen Brayton on January 25, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Tune in to join me on a radio Talk Show

Tomorrow (Friday) I will crash the party on the Anything Goes blog talk radio show at 11pm (Eastern time). Bennett Pomerantz runs a fun and exciting show with literary guests. Set your alarm so you can tune in and join the fun at 11pm.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ashleyfontainne/2013/01/26/anything-goes-with-lee-ann-sontheimer-murphy-suzzana-ryan

Added by Austin S. Camacho on January 25, 2013 at 12:57am — No Comments

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