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Soon to be Released North Country Press Anthology

Sometime this fall, my short story "War Path" will appear in the North Country Press mystery anthology:

Doing a happy [war] dance!

Added by Gigi Vernon on July 22, 2009 at 5:37am — No Comments

The web and writers

Writers push the web envelope in this NPR story:

Added by Gigi Vernon on May 20, 2008 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

My latest short story "Mattie in the Middle"

My historical mystery short story "Mattie in the Middle" is now available in the anthology Medium of Murder by Red Coyote Press.

The story's set in West Virginia during Prohibition. To save her wild kid sister from hanging for a mobster's murder, Mattie must turn to an annoying small-town newspaper man.

I started out with a completely different idea, but Mattie and her… Continue

Added by Gigi Vernon on May 15, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Caught Stealing by Charlie Huston

I'm on a binge of discovering new authors. Never read any Huston before. I didn't realize what I was missing. Good stuff! Love a fresh take on a classic crime plot.

Added by Gigi Vernon on December 8, 2007 at 1:59am — 1 Comment

Drive by James Sallis

Discovered this book on several Amazon recommended crime fiction reading lists. The blurb on the cover says something like "hold onto your seat fast paced." It's not at all slow, but I wouldn't call it fast-paced exactly. It's short and tightly written. Very very slick with really interesting structure. I am now officially a huge James Sallis fan. Can't wait to read more.

Added by Gigi Vernon on December 5, 2007 at 3:19am — No Comments

Cormac McCarthy's The Road

Loved it. Gorgeous, controlled, poetic writing. Loved the pacing and the structure of the short sections. Loved that the flashbacks have punctuation because punctuation=civilization, and the present post-apocalyptic sections have minimal punctuation=breakdown of civilization. The charaterization through dialogue and the slow revelation of the themes was fabulous. Such an interesting voice. It's been a long time since I encountered unfamiliar vocabulary in fiction.

Grim, though, very…


Added by Gigi Vernon on November 9, 2007 at 7:03am — 2 Comments

British railway detective series

Just finished The Lost Luggage Porter by Andrew Martin Luuuuuuved this book! The tone/voice and the atmosphere--fabulous, completely original! There was one moment early on, when the detective has a conveniently chance meeting with the men who ultimately become the murder victims, which I was a little disappointed with. But then what Martin did with that moment... luuuuved it. So unpredictable,… Continue

Added by Gigi Vernon on August 15, 2007 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Crime-related but not a mystery

Just finished "reading" (as in an audiobook) Scott Turow's Ordinary Heroes set in World War II. Lovely writing. Great research and incorporation of authentic details and a bibliography on the website to prove it:

Great characters, especially the two…


Added by Gigi Vernon on August 10, 2007 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Not crime-related but plenty of vengeance and killing

I just finished Conn Iggulden's newest novel Genghis: Birth of a Nation.

Genghis and the Mongols are a topic of perennial fascination for me, and I'm always interested in novelistic interpretations.

The 50 pages of Iggulden's Genghis was a tad slow for me, but then, when young Genghis is out on his own trying to survive! My gosh! I could not put it down. Which is highly unusual for me. I'm…


Added by Gigi Vernon on August 6, 2007 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Premier of new reality show "Murder" on the Spike TV channel

Have to confess I was curious and checked out this hour long reality show. The tagline is "Can you solve it before they do?" Two teams of law students, law professors, and assorted others. A real crime is recreated. A veteran police detective serves as mentor and guide.

I was horrified and fascinated. Couldn't turn it off. Extremely gory and pretty…


Added by Gigi Vernon on August 4, 2007 at 1:30am — No Comments

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