(Also posted on One Bite at a Time
I’m about halfway through Scott Phillips’s excellent novel, Cottonwood
. I’ve liked everything about the book from Page 1, but for one thing: the back cover.
I rarely look at the back covers or jacket notes on books I’ve already decided I want to read. I don’t need any teasers or endorsements; I already know I want to read the book, either because of author recognition or… Continue
Added by Dana King on September 24, 2009 at 4:05am —
The idea hit me sometime this morning, and I just had to share: two classic stories woven together.
Teaser: People are dying all over Scotland, and the blame, at least in the view of most people, falls on a certain woman. I feel sorry for her, because I can see the strain she's under. If only the real killer could be found. Oh! Could it be? Yup, it's me, Macbeth.
Coming soon: WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED AT GLAMIS CASTLE
Added by Peg Herring on September 23, 2009 at 10:07pm —
Over the weekend I had another chat about the inconsistent rules of our language. For example, if a person who plays the piano is called a pianist, why isn't a person who drives a race car called a racist? And I’ve wondered about occasional tables. What are they the rest of the time?
Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 23, 2009 at 9:29pm —
I'm delighted to see the latest great review of 'A Study in Red' to appear at Amazon.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't read this one just before Bedtime, September 22, 2009
By Barbara E. Towle (Seattle, WA) - See all my reviews
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Jack the Ripper is an intriguing character who has been written about in many ways by many people. As I read this book, I forgot that it was a fictional account of a true story. Brian… Continue
Added by Brian L Porter on September 23, 2009 at 8:29pm —
Book Title: FIFTY GRAND
Author: Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Serpents Tail
No of Pages: 308
Cuban cop Mercado has a score to settle, on behalf of a deadbeat dad, a 'traitor' who skipped free from Castro's control to set up a new life working illegally in Colorado. He settled in a ski resort popular with the Hollywood set, where a facade of legality is maintained by the immigrant cleaners and… Continue
Added by Karen from AustCrime on September 23, 2009 at 5:03pm —
Jack had taken a job as an associate detective with a reputable detective agency in San Francisco. After his injuries while on a secret mission for the Navy he quit and took his disability pension. He wouldn’t be content with a desk job.
During one of his assignments he became involved in a… Continue
Added by RONALD FEASEL on September 23, 2009 at 2:51am —
Hey all...just wanted you to know that mine and Libby (Cudmore)'s story "Call for Submission" will be up in the next issue of Big Pulp
...it's highly recommended for all the writers out there
Added by Matthew Quinn Martin on September 23, 2009 at 12:03am —
also got a mention last week on the Criminal Brief blog, along with the 18 other authors from across the U.S. and Canada who donated short stories to this year's mystery anthology for the Toys for Tots Foundation. The book, "The Gift of Murder
," contains nineteen stories of crimes occurring during Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa, and some of the stories even combine all three holidays. All profits go to the Toys for Tots… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 22, 2009 at 9:43pm —
This week I'm out doing library talks, and that means getting those ducks in a row. Do I have enough cards, books, handouts, and such? How will I look after a long drive on a hot day? And worst of all, will anyone care enough to show up?
Second-time authors aren't exactly hot properties, and while libraries are usually willing to let me do my schtick, there's no guarantee patrons will show up to watch. I combat the no-name problem by approaching with a theme rather than just "Come… Continue
Added by Peg Herring on September 22, 2009 at 8:59pm —
I'm the Australian author of the recently published Tara Sharp humourous crime novels.
Nice to meet you all. This looks like a great site.
Added by Marianne Delacourt on September 22, 2009 at 11:53am —
Dan Brown's new book sold a million copies on its first day. A million copies. Take in this, along with James Patterson's megablock deal, and I would suggest the health of the publishing industry is, in some respects, quite healthy.
How the hell does an author sell a million books? There are lots of well-known authors out there who have good reputations and a sizeable following. But they don't come close to hitting the numbers like Brown's new book did. I think this is a perfect… Continue
Added by B.R.Stateham on September 22, 2009 at 1:35am —
After a long layoff from here and from writing crime fiction short stories, I finally have something to report: A new short story of mine is up now at Beat to a Pulp. "A Wild and Crazy Night" tells of a recent parolee and his troubles with the generation gap.
If anything, getting this story out there finally is testament to the fact that you can find a market for your story if you wait long enough. After a couple of rejections from places that sought more blood and guts than I… Continue
Added by John Kenyon on September 22, 2009 at 12:02am —
I ditched work last week and visited one of my favorite places on Earth: Stratford, Ontario, Canada. In two days I saw three plays, and like the theater geek I am, two of them were pieces I'd seen many times before. I don't mind a bit watching Tony and Maria struggle against Fate one more time or seeing Bottom made even more of an ass than Nature made him at birth.
Plays are different than novels. (Duh!) For me, seeing a play again is a treat, while reading a novel again has little… Continue
Added by Peg Herring on September 21, 2009 at 10:38pm —
I like to direct you to sources of great reading. To my surprise, this time that means pointing you to Politics Daily.com.
The real news is that thriller author extraordinaire James Grady is back. Don’t know Grady’s work? Well, his very first novel, “Six Days of the Condor” set the bar high for spy stories with a realistic feel, and the Robert Redford film adaptation did the same for spy movies.
Grady has turned out several great books and scripts since then including a… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 21, 2009 at 9:41pm —
CH. 3 BACK TO TOPEKA
The killer of The Unholy Priest returned home, he lived in Topeka, Kansas, he checked in at work. Captain Russell Brooks made a snide remark, “there’s that lazy detective whose case load is off the charts.”
“No problem, I’m gonna retire soon.”
“I remember in high school you were retired then too.”
The two had known each other as kids. They both grew up in Oakland adjacent to the Kaw River. Then it was a peaceful area and kids did what kids did… Continue
Added by RONALD FEASEL on September 21, 2009 at 9:00pm —
A.F. Waddell Fiction
A. F. Waddell writes short fiction including humor, erotica, crime and road genres. Works include include the Thelma and Louise parody “Tina and Lucille” in The Mammoth Book of on the Road (Carroll & Graf/Robinson); “Cashmeres Must Die” in Leather, Lace and Lust (Berkeley Books) and The Mammoth… Continue
Added by A F Waddell on September 21, 2009 at 11:57am —
Mystery/suspense/medical thriller author Darden North to be interviewed live on "Coffee with an Author" by host Naomi Giroux on BlogTalkRadio.
Interview time for the hour-long interview: Monday, September 21, 2009, at 10:00 am CST.
Added by Darden North, MD on September 21, 2009 at 9:58am —
It’s always both fun and rewarding to support the Washington D.C. Branch of the National League of American Pen Women. I spent much of Saturday at their third annual September Sale. Yes, I signed a handful of novels, but I also spent time with some artists and writers I both like and respect, and explored the Charles Sumner Museum for the first time. If you’re in the DC area, you should check it out. It’s practically across the street from the National Geographic Museum, another overlooked… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on September 21, 2009 at 8:00am —
by C. J. Sansom
First published 2008 by Macmillan
Paperback Edition, 2009, Pan Books
ISBN 13: 978-0-330-44710-2
is the fourth of C. J. Sansom's masterful stories about Matthew Shardlake, a hunchbacked barrister of Lincoln's Inn, London, during the time of Henry VIII's reign, specifically the boisterous decade of Henry's break with the Church of Rome. It is during… Continue
Added by Larry W. Chavis on September 21, 2009 at 7:00am —
what do i put in
can i add to it with pen
i wonder when i write
maybe i'm a bit contrite
but i go ahead in my plight
often burning a light
sometimes i get uptight
full of doubt and fright
then someone says your right
then i stand upright
responding i write all night
till i start losing my sight
i can only do with all my might
a poem a tale hopefully with insight
i keep thinking… Continue
Added by RONALD FEASEL on September 21, 2009 at 4:30am —