November 2014 Blog Posts (15)

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Distortion by Lucie Smoker

Artist Adele Proust is over her ex, activist JACK THOMAS—well, sort of. When he climbs a 64-story bank tower, she isn't moved. When he exposes that bank's shady foreclosures, she isn't impressed. Adele knows Jack, damn jerk. He's up to something else.

At a 3-chord punk bar, Adele slams down a Shiner with her best… Continue

Added by Lucie Smoker on November 30, 2014 at 4:14am — No Comments


Determination This is along the lines of perseverance but I think where perseverance tends to lean toward trying and not giving up, determination comes before.

If you persevere for something, you are going to try and try, overcome whatever obstacle in your path. Tagging along with this can be a determination-al mindset that you are determined-dedicated-to reach your goal.

However, I view…


Added by Stephen Brayton on November 29, 2014 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Review: "In The Shadow of El Paso" by Frank Zafiro

Well known for his excellent River City Series of police procedurals set in the Seattle area, author Frank Zafiro moves the action to Texas In The Shadow Of El Paso. Published in 2012 the book contains two short stories set in the fictional Texas city named “La Sombra” located just outside El Paso. As many folks in the border country know, laws and more get blurred along the border.



Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 29, 2014 at 4:01am — No Comments

Review: The Laced Chameleon

The Laced Chameleon was a standout in several ways: it included more than a casual dose of New Orleans atmosphere, it packed in some history I didn't know about, and it presented a strong female protagonist: all elements that make this more than your usual genre read.

The novel is set in 1862 New Orleans during the Civil War, when the Union Army occupied New Orleans, and delves into the social and racial structure of the city by presenting the life of a 'quadroon' (a person resulting…


Added by Diane Donovan on November 26, 2014 at 4:11am — No Comments

Review: Susan Fleet's Natalie's Art

I read so much in the area of mystery/detective/thriller novels, it's hard to pick a standout - but one of my more recent reads was Natalie's Art - and because it's a series title that truly stands alone, it's a fine recommendation.

To call Natalie's Art a 'mystery' would do it a disservice, though mystery is one element of its story. To call it a 'thriller' would be too vague, though there are many plot twists and plenty of intrigue that would appeal to fans of this…


Added by Diane Donovan on November 25, 2014 at 3:56am — No Comments


THE LAST OMEN Paranormal, Horror, C RIME Treat Occult at #ASMSG…


Added by STEVEN NEDELTON on November 22, 2014 at 12:24pm — No Comments


toys There are times that I don't enjoy being an adult. Sometimes I want to be a child again.

I get this feeling whenever I read a book with a child in it playing with a toy.

See, that's the key word. Toy. Sometimes, I don't like the word. It brings back an aching nostalgia. Two years away from being fifty, I miss my childhood toys. My bunny, play pistols, Tonka toys, trucks and cars, rocket ships,…


Added by Stephen Brayton on November 22, 2014 at 12:50am — No Comments

Kill with a Borrowed Knife by Michael Wreford

China, the eve of the September 11 attacks. A powerful cyber weapon is about to be released. Only one man can stop it ...

Journalist and SIS (MI6) contract agent George Quant arrives on the run in Beijing. Estranged from Karen, his Moscow-based handler, George is thrust into Asia's…


Added by Dee Owen on November 21, 2014 at 12:50am — No Comments

Review: "Morale Was Down" by Evan Ronan

Morale is always down and the complaining is always up no matter where you work. In this case you work in an office on the 3rd floor. You know things are not better anywhere else because the green pastures elsewhere you hear about through the rumor mill don’t exist.


Besides, if you were…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 16, 2014 at 12:25am — No Comments

Review of THE BURNING ROOM by Michael Connelly.

 A first-rate police procedural. At Murder Beach Mystery Reviews.

Added by William Wilde on November 14, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments

Dan Marlowe/Hampton Beach Series

Added by Jed Power on November 9, 2014 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Review: "Further Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles" by Edward A. Grainger

The latest in the series of excellent westerns is a collection of five previously published tales. Further Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles as written by Edward Grainger contains snapshots of Cash and Gideon at various times of their lives. Their age may have slowed them down or worse, but the legacy of their actions lives on long afterwards.


Known by many as the “Outlaw Marshal” because of the way he often delivered justice, Cash Laramie has been…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 9, 2014 at 12:07am — No Comments

Review: "Dead End" by Craig Faustus Buck

It isn’t the fact that Dr. Luke Vico drives a BMW worth more than 100 grand that makes him a scumbag. For ex-detective Beltran it is Vico’s public behavior this particular evening as well as what he did to Angela Landau. Vico got away with murder and nothing was right ever again. Maybe Beltran can now figure out a way to fix things.


There is quite a lot going on in this complex short story. Nominated for the 2014 Anthony Award for Best Short Story this material is currently…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 2, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Review: "Texas Vigilante" by Bill Crider

Originally published in 1999 by Dell Books, Texas Vigilante is a sequel to Outrage in Blanco. Some of the events of the first book are mentioned in Texas Vigilante and, by necessity, in this review so you have been warned.


It has been a few months since Ella Taine took over Jonathan Crossland’s ranch after he died. These past months have not been easy. Ranching in Texas is difficult things were such that she had to go into debt to a…


Added by Kevin R. Tipple on November 2, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Art heists, murder and revenge

Another art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

In 1990 two robbers stole paintings worth $500 million from the Gardner Museum in Boston. Twenty years later, a ruthless man plans to steal several more. He forces…


Added by Susan on November 2, 2014 at 9:12am — No Comments

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