This Just In: Below the Strandline by Tim Parr

March 24, 2022 Linda L. Richards 0

Searching for the truth can be murder… A dark, gripping debut crime novel set in gritty 1970s London. – Readers of Eva Dolan, J.M. Dalgliesh and Joseph Knox should enjoy Below the Strandline. Jerry runs away from a chequered past to start a new life in the city. He wants to be in control of his own destiny, to live by his own rules and, above all, to protect the girl he is falling in […]

Crime Fiction: The Goodbye Coast by Joe Ide

February 12, 2022 J. Kingston Pierce 1

Let’s get one thing straight first: This is not “a Philip Marlowe novel.” Yes, that claim is made on the cover; and yes, there is a Los Angeles private eye in these pages bearing said moniker. But Joe Ide’s The Goodbye Coast (Mulholland) isn’t a Marlowe yarn in the same way as some other previous works of note. There is no intimate, first-person narration in these pages, and no indelible metaphors. Instead, this book imagines […]

Arresting Crime Fiction of 2021

December 20, 2021 J. Kingston Pierce 0

Just yesterday morning, I posted — in The Rap Sheet — my selections of a dozen favorite crime, mystery, and thriller works from 2021. But those were certainly not all of the genre books I enjoyed reading over the last year. Below are five more that were also contenders for my list. Blood Grove, by Walter Mosley (‎Mulholland): Mosley had a good thing going with his African-American series sleuth, Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, when he considered […]

Hush-Hush Holiday

This Just In… Hush-Hush Holiday by Kirk Alex

December 6, 2021 News Editor 0

Hush-Hush Holiday is the first book in the Doc Holiday Private Investigator Mysteries. When hard up L.A. private investigator Edgar “Doc” Holiday learns that his ex-fiancé Candy Leigh Parker has gone missing he’s hesitant to get involved. Mixing business with matters of the heart as complicated as his isn’t worth it. But then the first in a series of heinous murders take place and Doc is forced to revisit his dark past as he traces […]

Once Upon A Murderous Delusion

This Just In… Once Upon A Murderous Delusion by A.G. Russo

October 11, 2021 News Editor 0

A small, sleepy New England town in 1980. Out of nowhere, a series of devastating murders threaten the safety and well-being of the community. A serial killer has begun a deadly game of catch-me-if-you-can with local police, who have dubbed the carnage, “The Mommy Murders.” Frightened residents are certain the violent rape/murders are in some way connected to the psychiatric unit of Parkhirst General Hospital. Nella, a nurse angst-ridden by her service during the Vietnam […]

Aussie Women in the Spotlight

August 1, 2021 J. Kingston Pierce 0

First came the finalists for this year’s Ned Kelly Awards. Now we have what’s being billed as the “rather long shortlist” of contenders for the 2021 Davitt Awards, organized by Sisters in Crime Australia and intended to recognize to “the best crime and mystery books by Australian women.” The Davitt Awards take their name from Ellen Davitt (1812-1879), Australia’s first crime novelist. From a total of 127 books in contention, 25—including a dozen debut novels—have […]

Two Can Play at That (Spy) Game!

July 21, 2021 J. Kingston Pierce 0

It’s not easy keeping up with Max Allan Collins’ literary production. Over the last nine months alone, that Iowa-based author has come out with Skim Deep, his ninth novel starring a professional thief known only as Nolan; what I believe is the 15th “Trash ’n’ Treasures mystery,” Antiques Carry On, penned by Collins and his wife under the joint pseudonym Barbara Allan; his sixth Caleb York western adventure, Shoot-Out at Sugar Creek (on which the […]

Falling by TJ Newman

Fiction: Falling by T.J. Newman

July 14, 2021 Tony Buchsbaum 0

Summer. Great for lounging by the pool or the ocean or on the sun porch, your nose in a good book. And of course what you want is a book whose thrills actually thrill, whose twists and turns cause whiplash, a book you really can’t put down. Dear reader, I introduce you to Falling by T.J. Newman. Imagine you’re an airline pilot, and you’re minutes into a long flight. You get a message: crash the […]

Fatal Infraction

This Just In: Fatal Infraction by Kevin G. Chapman

July 13, 2021 News Editor 0

He took a knee for social justice. Now he’s dead. Controversial quarterback Jimmy Rydell’s body was found naked on the Central Park carousel. Who killed him? How did he get there two days after he disappeared? And why was the body frozen? Jimmy’s team just wants to move on, after collecting on the $20 million insurance policy. Jimmy’s teammate – the one who threatened to kill him – swears he wasn’t there. Jimmy’s bodyguard had […]

Boston Teran

This Just In: Two Boys at Breakwater by Boston Teran

June 9, 2021 News Editor 0

Guy Prince was the son of a racketeer, Dean Teranova the son of a third-rate conman. Their love story takes place in New York during the summers of 1957 and 1966. Their loss of innocence serves as an indictment of a time and a world that was violent, sexual and layered with corruption and immorality, taking readers from the black and white era of West Side Story to the psychedelic and radicalized sixties. The youths’ […]