February 2013 Blog Posts (41)

More Praise for Collateral Damage

Les in New Mexico posted a nice review of Collateral Damage on Amazon: “Good Story! Well written action/mystery/thriller. More than enough twists and turns keep you focused on this complicated story. And you will enjoy the further exploits of Hannibal Jones, the tough, intelligent and charismatic TROUBLESHOOTER.…


Added by Austin S. Camacho on February 16, 2013 at 2:18am — No Comments

My New One, BAILIN': Romantic Crime Comedy

I've chosen to announce my latest novel at the Indies Unlimited site because I like what they are doing for independent authors and enjoy being a contributor there.



This isn't my first novel by any means, but I think it's a special one for me and invite your attention.  Let me tell…


Added by Linton Robinson on February 15, 2013 at 11:44am — No Comments

Sex, Murder and Golf...an exciting combination

     There's a new detective in town, Zach Roper, and he has a sassy, sexy sidekick called the Thai Princess.  They are both nuts about golf and each others' bodies, but other bodies...dead ones, keep getting in the way.  Zach is a retired police detective so he knows what to do when it comes to murder.  The Thai Princess is a retired LPGA golfer but she's a quick learner when it comes to crime.  "Mixed Foursome: The Zach Roper Mysteries" contains four of their cases and…


Added by James E Stanton on February 15, 2013 at 3:01am — No Comments

More praise for The Payback Assignment

I'm bowled over!  There's ANOTHER 5-star review on Amazon for The Payback Assignment!  Phillip posted "Excellent reading! Action on every page from page one. I don't normally get tense but with the excitement and the mystery this author has created I felt myself getting rather sweaty at times."…


Added by Austin S. Camacho on February 14, 2013 at 2:39am — No Comments

Finished writing DI Andy Horton number ten, now writing the next crime novel

At the weekend I finished writing DI Andy Horton number ten. It's always a scary moment when I press 'send' on the keyboard and a new crime novel wings its way through the ether to my publisher, Severn House. I wonder could I have done better? Should I have rephrased something or added or omitted something? But it's done. Now I wait to see if my publisher likes it. Fingers crossed.

Meanwhile it's on with…


Added by Pauline Rowson on February 12, 2013 at 8:04pm — No Comments

The most influential crime novel ever?

I’m giving a talk on ‘Ten Great Crime Novels’ with a look at the stories behind the stories.

I want to include the ten most influential and important crime novels, as opposed to a best-selling list (so no Dragon or Dan Brown).…


Added by John Baird on February 12, 2013 at 5:12am — 18 Comments

Praise for Russian Roulette!

Tiffany posted this comment on Amazon about my novel Russian Roulette: “Fun read! I'm not crazy about crime mystery books. I think this was my second, but I really enjoyed it. I found the characters to be believable and i found myself curious about Hannibal's other adventures. I am likely to pick-up another book from his series.”…


Added by Austin S. Camacho on February 12, 2013 at 12:23am — No Comments

First Chapters not working out on crime show

I'm learning that the crime novel differs from the horror and sci fi novel in the first chapter. A horror story includes some shivers and frights in the first pages. A science fiction story includes robots or nanotech or at least stars before chapter two.

With crime I'm finding that the first chapter is, more often than not, a 20-40 page establishment shot. It sets up the location and time period. That's all vital to the story, but in audio fiction it's slow, often even dull. The… Continue

Added by Cher on February 10, 2013 at 7:23am — No Comments

Valentine's Day mystery short story, fantasy, pets, mystery & more in KRL

Check out this Valentine's Day mystery short story by Gail Farrelly in the new issue of Kings River Life Magazine http://kingsriverlife.com/02/09/the-meddlesome-mensch-an-original-valentines-day-mystery/


If you love animals like I do this will be a special treat as we have a review of Linda O. Johnston latest animal rescue mystery, "Oodles of Poodles",  a guest article by…


Added by Lorie Ham on February 10, 2013 at 3:37am — No Comments

Adult Truth #7

#7 “MapQuest really needs to start their directions on step 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.”

I agree. Actually, I use MSN Maps and always skip ahead to the point in the trip that is unfamiliar. For those of you planning on using any of these programs, they're pretty handy. Take into account, however, how the mapping system is designed. Is it going to give you the fastest route or…


Added by Stephen Brayton on February 8, 2013 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Short Mystery

Want more Hannibal Jones? I placed a short mystery story in Chesapeake Taste, a local style magazine - http://chesapeaketaste.com/index.php/out-about/the-arts/poetry-prose/693-to-serve-and-protect-a-hannibal-jones-detective-story

Added by Austin S. Camacho on February 8, 2013 at 1:01am — No Comments

A hero with real problems is the key to creating a good crime series says Pauline Rowson

DI Andy Horton has been described as 'an especially good series hero, a likable fellow with plenty of street smarts and the requisite personal baggage - an abrasive supervisor (DCI Lorraine Bliss) and an antagonistic soon to be ex wife.' Booklist (USA) Footsteps on the Shore.

Heroes in detective novels are often ordinary people with their own set of problems and the key to producing a successful crime novel is not necessarily that the hero saves the world, aka James Bond, but…


Added by Pauline Rowson on February 8, 2013 at 12:10am — No Comments

Review - Web of Deceit, Katherine Howell

This title was reviewed for the Newtown Review of Books

"The lives of paramedics entwine with a police investigation to remind us just how good Australian crime writing can be.

Web of Deceit, the sixth book by…


Added by Karen from AustCrime on February 7, 2013 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Latest DI Horton Published in UK and Commonwealth, Undercurrent by Pauline Rowson

Undercurrent, the ninth in the marine mystery crime series featuring the flawed and rugged detective DI Horton is now published in the UK and Commonwealth by Severn House. It will be published in the USA on 1 May 2013.

Set in the Solent area on the South Coast of England the DI Horton series has received critical acclaim both in the UK and the USA where they have been compared to the works…


Added by Pauline Rowson on February 6, 2013 at 5:22pm — No Comments

I got interviewed!

I was interviewed by Norwood Holland of Editorial Independence.com. You can listen in here! http://www.editorialindependence.com/2013/02/04/a-conversation-with-adventure-novelist-austin-comacho

Added by Austin S. Camacho on February 6, 2013 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Ghosts in the ER ---New Collecection of 5 Short Stories!

Added by Miranda Phillips Walker on February 6, 2013 at 11:12am — No Comments

Review of New Ian Rankin Mystery - Rebus is Back

Inspector Rebus returns in new Ian Rankin mystery. At Murder Beach Mystery Reviews. http://billsmedia.blogspot.com

Added by William Wilde on February 6, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Trapped by a Serial Killer in DEAD BURN Sneak Peek


He made…


Added by Jennifer Chase on February 5, 2013 at 11:48am — No Comments

Take a Page From a Crime Scene Investigator’s Diary


The job of a crime scene investigator isn’t glamorous or exotic as it is portrayed on popular television shows or even in the movies.  This daunting task is extremely important and necessary for any criminal police investigation in order to find out who committed the crime and to bring the perpetrator(s) to justice.…


Added by Jennifer Chase on February 5, 2013 at 11:46am — No Comments

Rhys Bowen, Kerry Greenwood, JJ Murphy, short story, giveaways & more in KRL

Up in Kings River Life Magazine this morning is a never before published mystery short story by Mary Frisbee http://kingsriverlife.com/02/02/bitter-creek-an-original-mystery-short-story/

Also in the new issue we have a review of Kerry Greenwood's latest mystery novel "Unnatural Habits", an interview with Kerry & a chance to win a copy of the book…


Added by Lorie Ham on February 3, 2013 at 4:47am — No Comments

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