August 2011 Blog Posts (111)

Molly Edwards Guest Post

First, I'd like to extend gratitude to Giovanni Gelati for allowing me to yap to ya'll today, and to ask ya'll to bear with this southern gal, as this is the first guest post I've ever written.


I started blogging in August of 2009 with no intention of taking it as far as I have. I simply read a book one day, loved it so much, and hoped on Amazon to post a review of it. While there, I looked at some of the other reviews, and…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on August 19, 2011 at 1:47am — No Comments

Review - Ludo, Boyd Anderson

Book Title:   LUDO

ISBN:   9780702238987

Location:   Sydney

Publisher:   University of Queensland Press

Year of Publication:   2011

Sydney, 1961: Jockey McAuley is just looking for a little direction in life.  On a fast track from high school to the old school, he stumbles into the notorious Phoenix affair, a netherworld of shady deals, half truths and men with more sides than a cut diamond.

And then there's Ludo.  Glamorous, unattainable Ludo, playing everyone… Continue

Added by Karen from AustCrime on August 19, 2011 at 12:34am — No Comments

Review - Close-Up, Esther Verhoef

Book Title:   CLOSE-UP

ISBN:   9781849160919

Location:   Holland

Location:   London

Publisher:   Quercus

Year of Publication:   2009

Leon's partner died in his bath, and although the police report said she took her own life... she didn't.

When he meets Margot, overweight, lacking in confidence and recently separated, he sees an opportunity.  Her life's a mess.  Who better to help her put it back together than a man who's recovering from his own…


Added by Karen from AustCrime on August 18, 2011 at 11:01pm — No Comments

Trestle Press & QR Codes (what the heck are they?)

Starting today just about every author involved with Trestle Press will have a QR code for their work, not just their novels, novella’s and digital short stories, but also their own blogs, websites….What exactly is a QR Code? Here is a little something from Wikipedia I hope that will help to explain it and then I will go into how and why we are implementing this immediately:

“A QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response code) is a specific matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) that…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on August 18, 2011 at 9:58pm — No Comments

Allan Leverone "The Darke Affair" Paul D. Brazill's "Drunk on the Moon" series

The “Drunk on The Moon” series has quickly become a fav of mine. The installments are slated to hit once every three weeks, next up for the fourth installment is B.R. Stateham;it is a barn burner, and it comes in at about 11,000 words. But I digress, sorry. Allan Leverone was nice enough to helm the third installment and he does a great job dancing between the noir and the horror. He uses a deft hand in continuing the series and giving us another facet to the character and better…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on August 18, 2011 at 7:15am — No Comments

What if someone set you up....

I recently read and reviewed my first Alafair Burke book - 212 - part of a series and really enjoyed it.  …

Added by Luanne Ollivier on August 18, 2011 at 12:14am — No Comments

Television and radio interviews September, talking about DI Horton novel Footsteps on the Shore & CSI Portsmouth

I will be appearing on Portsmouth Live TV on the Adrian and Sally Show at 4pm on Friday 2 September and on BBC Radio Solent on Friday 9 September talking to Julian Clegg on his very popular Breakfast Show. I'm looking…

Added by Pauline Rowson on August 17, 2011 at 11:28pm — No Comments

"Brit Grit" Paul D. Brazill


Paul D. Brazill has become a very popular guy this summer. Today, Weds. August 17th I am going to be handing my blog over to the man’s work to highlight it. He has penned the “Drunk on the Moon” series that has just been on fire since the first installment and has not let up at all. Now he has put out a little something he calls “Brit Grit”, a group of short stories. Both words in the title are very appropriate. The wording has a decidedly British feel and it does…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on August 17, 2011 at 11:12pm — No Comments

Molly Edwards "The Willow Spring Killer"

Blood, suspense, mystery, intrigue what are you looking for in a good read? Well, this one has them all. Molly Edwards goes for broke in her debut effort and delivers the goods, in spades. I can say I was NOT surprised when I got a chance to read this. Her ability to write is evident in the first paragraph. She knows how to create a universe and draw us into her characters’ lives and make us care about them very quickly. I think you have gathered by now that I really enjoy the digital short…


Added by Giovanni Gelati on August 17, 2011 at 3:24am — No Comments

Review - Born to Run, John M Green

Book Title:  Born to Run

ISBN:  9780980741889

Location:  USA

Publisher:  Pantera Press

Year of Publication:  2011

Murder, Terror and Treason

Isabel Diaz is set to be the first woman to win the White House.

But her chances plummet when a Muslim protege is accused of syphoning funds to terrorists and, seemingly unrelated, an Australian software wiz is tossed off a London skyscraper.

Then, when a TV journalist digs up a dark secret from Isabel's… Continue

Added by Karen from AustCrime on August 16, 2011 at 8:59pm — No Comments

The Real Story Behind the Novel…

It’s interesting how we can see things more clearly when we look back at events, how it shapes the present and even the future.  Here’s the real story behind my recent thriller novel Silent Partner. 

Sometime during 2002, I had an idea for a…


Added by Jennifer Chase on August 16, 2011 at 8:28am — 1 Comment

The Missing Link in Psychopaths

We know that psychopaths lack remorse, empathy, ethics, and a conscience.  They lie with absolute clarity for whatever appeases them and their lifestyle. They are almost like an unscrupulous chameleon showing their mask of normalcy for most of the world to see, but wait for the opportunity to strike out against unsuspecting victims.   

Crime seems to be a logical choice for many of…


Added by Jennifer Chase on August 16, 2011 at 8:24am — 1 Comment

My novel on the side, from an editors POV

When I'm not writing, my time is spent editing novels for other writers. I usually only take on 3-4 a month max so I get the time I need in for my own writing. Lately I've read some books for writers that I thought were really hum-drum. And at the same time, I've been editing novels and seeing the same kind of issues novel after novel...and by that, I don't mean to say the writing is bad at all; in fact, I've edited some… Continue

Added by Cheryl Bradshaw on August 16, 2011 at 3:00am — 4 Comments



I own a French Blog on crime fiction and thrillers ( I'd like to open an international section, the basic idea being that every month, bloggers from all over the world would pick their favorite post of the month to be translated into French and appear on the Blog du polar with  link to the original blog, of course.

If you like the idea and would like to participate, you're welcome to contact…


Added by Catherine Dô-Duc on August 16, 2011 at 1:34am — No Comments

The Last Rites has Been Released

My second true crime is now out

Added by Yvonne Mason on August 15, 2011 at 11:22pm — No Comments


Norman Jewison has made some of the most influential and popular films of the sound era.

In Toronto this month they are celebrating his illustrious career with a month-long retrospective that includes such classics as In The Heat of the Night, The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are coming!, and Moonstruck.

 Having known Norman since the 1980s, I've written an appreciation of him and his movies on my other blog. Please check it out at.



Added by Ron Base on August 15, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments


Maybe it's my warped sense of humour but the screaming headlines and the hair-tearing that accompanied the London media phone hacking scandal left me with a wry smile and the thought of "what might have been."

       No one was murdered, were they, or even physically hurt? There was no blood on the walls except, in the metaphorical sense, in the comedy that took place during that laughable debate in the House of Commons. OK, a… Continue

Added by Barry Ward on August 14, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

In Review: Harvest of Ruins

"Intricately layered, Harvest of Ruins works well on several levels. On the surface it’s a taut legal thriller that interweaves the proceedings currently unfolding in the courtroom with the events that brought McKenna to this point. On a deeper level, however, Harvest of Ruins is a psychological study of the devastating effects of guilt, both for actions taken as well as those not taken.

"Author Sandra Ruttan’s writing is some of the smoothest and most realistic you will ever…


Added by Sandra Ruttan on August 14, 2011 at 12:20pm — 1 Comment

GHOST GIRL IN SHADOW BAY, A Teen Haunted House Mystery, Now in Audio


Bestselling crime writer R. Barri Flowers' teen haunted house mystery, GHOST GIRL IN SHADOW BAY, is now in audio in Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. Also in print and eBook in Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, and Google.

Peyton Delaney, her mother, Melody, and new stepfather, Vance McIntyre, relocate to Shadow Bay, Minnesota and move into an…


Added by R. Barri Flowers on August 14, 2011 at 6:08am — No Comments

New KRL issue packed with mystery fun!

New issue of Kings River Life Magazine is up! We have an interview with mystery author Avery Aames, a review of her latest Cheese Shop mystery series book, and a giveaway

We also have a fun article entitled Who Is Perry Mason?, that gives some of the history behind the character… Continue

Added by Lorie Ham on August 14, 2011 at 4:18am — No Comments

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