April 2010 Blog Posts (124)

The Murder of King Tut

I was given this book as a gift, after hinting I would like it. It has been a bit of a disappointment. The story line seems a bit weak and although I have not finished the book, there doesn't seem to be any surprises.
That is probably why I have set it aside and have not rushed to finish it.

Added by Janice Mills on April 25, 2010 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Check out the first three chapters of 'Guilt of Innocence.'

Posted the first three chapters of Guilt of Innocence, book three of the Turner Hahn/Frank Morales series, over on my blog. Come over and take a gander at it. Especially chapter three. Case number two begins with this chapter. Really a tough case.

Find it at


Added by B.R.Stateham on April 24, 2010 at 3:34am — No Comments

New book on Amazon

My new book, THE FINAL NOTE, featuring my gospel singing amateur sleuth Alexandra Walters, is now available on Amazon in print and Kindle.
I also started a new blog called Mysteryrat's Closet where I have sample chapters of my new book and a wonderful interview with Charlaine Harris-http://mysteryratscloset.blogspot.com/
Lorie Ham

Added by Lorie Ham on April 24, 2010 at 2:53am — No Comments

Nice Review of THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE in Slate

Go here.

Added by Dana King on April 24, 2010 at 2:18am — 1 Comment

Top Ten IDEA KILLERS lurking to destroy you

Guess what Think Tanks are for? Brainstorming, right? But so many of us Stop the Brainstorm too soon. Look, no idea is born in perfection, no invention, no artwork, no novel or product. So start a new revolution in yourself: GIVE an idea a home; give it a chance to grow. Below are the top ten Idea Killers - responses to an idea that Destroy it at the roots and cut it off at the ankles but rather "live with it for awhile -- the litmus test for any relationship,…

Added by robert walker on April 24, 2010 at 1:08am — 5 Comments

My voice and his voice: first- or third-person narrative in the novel

Robert Harris has been one of my favorite authors since I first laid hands on “Fatherland,” his “what if the Nazis had won” thriller. “Enigma” and “Archangel” were even better. His first two Roman ventures “Pompei” and “Imperium” were by no means the worst books I read in the years of their publication.

Then came “The Ghost.” The story of a hack hired to ghostwrite the multi-million-dollar memoirs of a former British Prime Minister — transparently Tony…

Added by Matt Rees on April 23, 2010 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Review - The Ignorance of Blood, Robert Wilson


Author: Robert Wilson

Publisher: Harper Collins

Copyright: 2009

ISBN: 978-0-00-720294-2

No of Pages: 422

Book Synopsis:

The sweltering city of Seville is still recovering from a shocking and unsolved terrorist attack but now a spectacular car crash brings to light another threat. A dead gangster and a suitcase filled with millions in cash means the prospect of a serious Russian mafia presence on Inspector Jefe Javier… Continue

Added by Karen from AustCrime on April 23, 2010 at 2:17pm — 1 Comment

The Tangled Web of a Mystery Plot

I hope all you mystery readers appreciate the work we writers put into killing people.

For me, a plot has to make sense, be satisfying, and follow logically. I try very hard to avoid TSTL moments (too stupid to live) where a character goes after the killer alone, at night, in a swamp, in high heels or whatever.

I want my readers to have a fair shot at identifying the killer, but I really hope they are surprised, too. In the book I finished reading this morning at breakfast, the…


Added by Peg Herring on April 22, 2010 at 10:49pm — 8 Comments

Maryland Writers Association Conference

Saturday I'll join the cream of local authors at the annual Maryland Writers Association Writers Conference. From 8am…


Added by Austin S. Camacho on April 22, 2010 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Review - Home Before Dark, Charles Maclean


Author: Charles Maclean

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Copyright: 2009

ISBN: 987-0-340-95150-7

No of Pages: 474

Book Synopsis:

About to close a major deal, Ed Lister is called to the phone. It's the news every parent dreads. His art-student daughter Sophie has been found brutally murdered in Florence.

Frustrated with the official police inquiry, Ed vows to find Sophie's killer. When his quest leads to a mysterious… Continue

Added by Karen from AustCrime on April 22, 2010 at 4:49pm — No Comments

St Anthony Messenger review of BLEEDER

BLEEDER, by John Desjarlais. Sophia Institute Press. 272 pp. $14.95

Reviewed by JEAN HEIMANN, freelance writer, retired educator, psychologist and oblate with the Community of St. John.

IT'S NOT OFTEN that you come across a book that…


Added by John Desjarlais on April 22, 2010 at 8:18am — No Comments

German cover!

At last, I'm published in Germany! So fun. Love the "energy in an ice cube" cover!

I know Sebastian Fitzek, a bestselling German thriller author, gave me a nice blurb, and I think that's it at the bottom of the cover. Wish I could read…

Added by Karen Dionne on April 21, 2010 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Observations-You May Keep Them to Yourself

Two conversations I've had in the last week deal with other people's comments about oneself. The question that arose is why do people think they have to comment on what others do. Is it just a need to say something, or do they really feel that you need their advice? Those who make personal comments don't realize that it comes off as "I'm better/smarter/wiser than you, so I'm going to tell you how to become more like me."

Some examples: "Boy, you sure like to eat." "You… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on April 21, 2010 at 10:36pm — 6 Comments

A subdued but productive London Book Fair 2010

I’m back from a very subdued London Book Fair caused by the lack of overseas visitors because of the volcanic ash crisis and Europe wide flight ban and one that I doubt anyone who was exhibiting or intending to exhibit will forget. Empty stands and empty aisles were very much in evidence and the International Rights Centre was like a ghost town.…


Added by Pauline Rowson on April 21, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Another Cool Review

I like to share comments I receive about my work. Today I want to introduce Ed Davis.

Ed picked up a copy of The Payback Assignment the last time I signed books in Richmond VA. He later wrote to me giving his opinion of the book, which was so positive I couldn't resist using his comments as this week's featured review on my web site.

Read Ed Davis' review of The Payback assignment. - Then order your copy!…


Added by Austin S. Camacho on April 21, 2010 at 9:18pm — No Comments

Use of Deadly Force

Use of deadly force to protect society is the dark side of maintaining law and order. There comes a point when the mere presence of a uniform or a badge is not enough to force a violent person to stand down. To back away and allow police to do their job.… Continue

Added by Mark Young on April 21, 2010 at 7:24am — No Comments

Human Trafficking

Nietzche wrote: “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. For when you look long into an abyss, the abyss looks onto you.” Human trafficking is filled with monsters. The

victims are brutalized until they cannot fight back. It’s up to us to listen to

their pleas for help, to show compassion, give assistance and never point the

finger of shame. These victims have lived with monsters.…


Added by Toni D. Weymouth on April 21, 2010 at 5:21am — 5 Comments

The End of Crimespace..please read

I see on Ning's homepage that they have decided to end free web hosting. This will of course mean the end of many fine communities that have arisen here over the last few years. The paid thing is going live May 4th or thereabouts. I know that paying for this service isn't an option for many of our members, and I can't really see paying for it myself, since I already have a hosted website to promote my work.

I must say that it has been tremendous fun and a growing experience belonging… Continue

Added by Timothy C. Phillips on April 21, 2010 at 5:20am — 1 Comment

The Burning Day a Featured Title on Fictionwise.com

Roland Longville #6, The Burning Day, made the splash page on Fictionwise.com

Added by Timothy C. Phillips on April 21, 2010 at 3:27am — No Comments

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