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Fiction Nation - Tasha Alexander and Bob Fate

Fiction Nation - Tasha Alexander and Bob Fate

Fiction Nation is a program on XM Satellite Radio in which Kim Alexander reviews books and talks to their authors. She focuses on one a week. It started out as short commercials in between regular programming, and she was given her own show. Last week she interviewed Tasha Alexander about her book A Poisoned Season. The reviews and interviews…
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Added by Lesa Holstine on June 13, 2007 at 7:27am — No Comments

City of Fire





Robert Ellis' latest thriller packs a powerful punch. Don't read City of Fire late at night, particularly if you're in the house alone.



LAPD Detective Lena Gamble is 29, and alone in the world. Her brother, David, had been murdered five years earlier. Lena has the time and willingness to work on the latest horrific crime investigation. She…
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Added by Lesa Holstine on June 1, 2007 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Reviewed by Liz - Summer Mystery Reading Challenge

From my blog, I link to a blog called Reviewed by Liz. The Summer Mystery Reading Challenge was originally scheduled to start on June 1st, but readers are eager to start, so you can start now.



What is their Summer Mystery Reading Challenge? The goal of the challenge is to read six mysteries by authors whose works you haven't read before, and you have until August 31st to do it. It gives readers the incentive to sample new and new-to-you authors. Reviewed by Liz explains the whole… Continue

Added by Lesa Holstine on May 29, 2007 at 9:21am — No Comments

Murder Can Depress Your Dachshund





Selma Eichler brings back Desiree Shapiro, her henna-haired, overweight private investigator, in the fourteenth book in the series. Even a murder investigation can't keep Desiree from her beloved Häagen Dazs macadamia brittle ice cream. In fact, problems with the case give Desiree one more reason to indulge.



And, who wouldn't have problems with her case?… Continue

Added by Lesa Holstine on May 29, 2007 at 9:21am — No Comments

Lee Child at The Poisoned Pen



Jim & I went to see Lee Child at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale today. His new book, Bad Luck and Trouble, was released just this past Tuesday, and The Poisoned Pen was still selling first editions, so we bought one for Jim and one for his friend in England, then grabbed front row seats.



I've seen Lee Child twice before, and he was just as… Continue

Added by Lesa Holstine on May 21, 2007 at 2:05pm — No Comments

Latest contest on my book blog

I'm offering two titles this week on my book blog at www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com. The first is an ARC of the latest Philip Dryden mystery, The Coldest Blood by Jim Kelly.



I'm offering a special opportunity with the second title.… Continue

Added by Lesa Holstine on April 28, 2007 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Murder with Reservations - Help Elaine Viets

Murder with Reservations - Help Elaine Viets

In the five years I chaired the Authors Programming Committee for the Lee County Reading Festival, I frequently said mystery writers are the best ones to work with. They were cooperative, easy to work with, and they enjoyed working with each other. Elaine Viets was one that was wonderful to work with. She appeared twice at the festival, and recommended other…
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Added by Lesa Holstine on April 27, 2007 at 7:37am — No Comments

New contests on my book blog

Once again, this week I'll be offering two ARCs. Wendy Howell Mills' latest Sabrina Dunsweeney mystery, Island Blues is due out in May, so I'm offering the ARC of the first in the series, Island Intrigue. I'm also offering the most recent Tarot Card Mystery by David Skibbins, The Star.

If you'd like to enter the contests, check out my book blog at www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com for details.…

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Added by Lesa Holstine on April 21, 2007 at 1:45pm — No Comments

The Killer Genre - Library Journal

The new Library Journal, 4/15/07, has a terrific

article called The Killer Genre by Wilda W.

Williams. It's about new talent and publishing

initiatives for mystery readers. Some of our

members here are mentioned, and Robert Fate (Baby

Shark), even has a Q & A done with Stacy Alesi

(Bookbitch). Tim Maleeny and Julia Buckley are

mentioned as up-and-comers.



Part of the article includes information on some

of the new and growing publishing houses, and… Continue

Added by Lesa Holstine on April 17, 2007 at 9:37am — No Comments

Deadman's Switch

When Barbara Seranella died, the world lost a gifted writer. In Deadman's Switch, she even makes the investigation of a train derailment fascinating.



Charlotte Lyon has been widowed for nine months. It's only her successful business in disaster-planning crisis management that keeps her going. When the Sunliner passenger train derails on the way to an Indian casino in Palms Springs, CA, Charlotte is called in. She'll not only do story control in time of crisis, but she'll… Continue

Added by Lesa Holstine on April 16, 2007 at 3:39am — No Comments

Invisible Shield

Scarlett Dean's Invisible Shield is a fascinating police procedural with an intriguing premise. Homicide Detective Lindsay Frost didn't believe in the paranormal at all. It's a good thing her sister, Kate, did. When Lindsay was murdered at home, she had no clue as to who killed her. She has to convince Kate, a police officer, to team up with her to find her murderer.



Lindsay is in for a shock, though. She has to learn all about her new role in the afterlife, and she's… Continue

Added by Lesa Holstine on April 15, 2007 at 9:54am — No Comments

New contests on my book blog

I hold a weekly contest on my book blog at www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com. The books offered in the latest contests will take the winners across the Atlantic. This week, you can enter a contest for an ARC of the latest Molly Murphy Mystery by Rhys Bowen, In Dublin's Fair City. If you'd prefer England's Lake District, enter the contest for Martin Edwards' ARC of The Cipher Garden. Check out my blog for details.…

Added by Lesa Holstine on April 14, 2007 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Currently reading?

Deadly Appraisal, Jane K. Cleland's second mystery, is a worthy sequel to the Agatha Award nominated Consigned to Death. Cleland's antiques appraiser, Josie Prescott, returns to find herself so deeply involved in a mystery that she doesn't know if she's a suspect or the target of a murder.

The Portsmouth Women's Guild is holding their successful Gala at Prescott's auction hall, but Josie was busy missing her boyfriend,…

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Added by Lesa Holstine on April 14, 2007 at 3:39am — No Comments

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