Friday, September 04, 2015

Gumshoe Review Update-- September issue of Gumshoe Review now online

Gumshoe Review September 2015 now Online @

Editorial License:
Just the Facts - September 2015 by Gayle Surrette
   (Includes how to apply to be a reviewer)

US Book Reviews:
Dinner Most Deadly (John Pickett) by Sheri Cobb South
Encore by Alexis Koetting
Gone Cold (Simon Fisk) by Douglas Corleone
Mister Max: The Book of Kings (#3) by Cynthia Voigt
Once Upon a Grind (Coffeehouse Mystery) by Cleo Coyle
Payoff (Simon Fisk) by Douglas Corleone
Those We Left Behind by Stuart Neville

-- Gayle Surrette
Brandywine, MD 20613

Lesa's Latest Contest--- Southern Gothic Mystery Debut

I am still waiting for that day when Lesa snaps and has a contest where she gives away every single book that she has to one lucky winner who used the subject line--Win all of Lesa's Damn Books. Going to be one seriously large and heavy box.

I'm giving away 2 copies of Hester Young's debut Southern Gothic mystery, The Gates of Evangeline. Details on my blog at Entries from the U.S. only, please.

Lesa Holstine

Friday Finds for Writers (The Practicing Writer)

Friday Finds for Writers (The Practicing Writer)

WELCOME TO HELL ~ by Glenn Walker: Lucy

 I sort of liked this one though I thought it was very slow to get started....

WELCOME TO HELL ~ by Glenn Walker: Lucy: Other than being an action flick with a strong female protagonist, I have to admit that Lucy was never really on my radar as a movie I w...

FFB Review: "When Old Men Die: A Truman Smith Mystery" by Bill Crider

For the rest of today's reading suggestions, make sure you check Patti's blog .......

January on Galveston Island means that one can still go fishing when northern sections of Texas and the United States are experiencing the brutal joys of old man winter. While one can stand on the gulf coast pier and throw a line into the ocean until the pier closes at five that does not mean the fish will cooperate. They
certainly aren’t cooperating on this beautiful day when Dino comes out on the pier to talk.

Truman Smith has known Dino for a lot of years. Rarely does he come out and Dino never ventures out over the water even if it by way of a solid pier. Not only did Dino have to pay three bucks to come out onto the pier, he is missing part of his lineup of reality television talk shows that were so prevalent back in the 90’s. Whatever he needs is very important, at least to Dino, through Truman Smith isn’t exactly thrilled with him for a variety of reasons.

He is less thrilled when he hears what drove Dino to actually leave his home. Dino wants to hire Truman Smith and his private investigator skills to find the legendary local guy known as “Outside Harry.” An island fixture the man has been homeless for decades. Outside Harry has been homeless and probably always will be once he is found safe.  It is a lifestyle choice for Outside Harry and one that will make him harder to find than the average person. Dino, who never was a part of the family business when gambling interests ran Galveston Island, has been making use of his contacts and can’t find him. Dino and his wife, Evelyn, want him found simply because he is missing and they are worried something might have happened to him.

“Besides,” Evelyn went on, “if you don’t look for him, nobody will. Nobody cares what happens to an old man like that.” (Page 8)

There is that as Truman is well aware. Dino is willing to pay in terms of cash and sweetens the deal with an unopened box of Tender Vittles for Truman’s cat, “Nameless” so Truman agrees to do a little looking. That
search for Outside Henry leads him to a legendary island building, more than one ambush, and plenty more in “When Old Men Die: A Truman Smith Mystery.”

Third in the series following Dead on the Island and Gator Kill the read is a complex tale of mystery and deceit along with a touch of Texas History. Darker in tone than the Sheriff Dan Rhodes Series, the Truman Smith series features a private investigator that is trying to come to terms with his past and the guilt he feels. As such, each book finds him a little further along that path as he slowly copes with recent events. There are the occasional small flashes of humor, but mainly this book and the series in general is more action orientated with serious situations that are more detailed than in some of the author’s other books. This is a very good series that should be read in order due to the numerous events referenced in When Old Men Die: A Truman Smith Mystery. This series, much like the author, does not get the recognition that is well deserved.

When Old Men Die: A Truman Smith Mystery
Bill Crider
Walker and Company (subsidiary of Bloomsbury Publishing)
November 1994
ISBN# 0-8027-3195-3
192 Pages (available in audio cassette and e-book versions)

Material supplied by the good folks of the Plano Library System.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2015

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Why Facebook Cannot Help You Sell Books (Digital Book World)

Why Facebook Cannot Help You Sell Books (Digital Book World)

Transfusion Done

We do another one Saturday.

Review: "TAILING RAYMOND CHANDLER" (2010) by Brian Thomas Olson (Reviewed by Barry Ergang)

TAILING RAYMOND CHANDLER (2010) by Brian Thomas Olson

Reviewed by Barry Ergang

Los Angeles private detective John Lash is hired by Violet Merill to recover a screenplay that is missing from the major motion picture studio Ultramount, a screenplay that may have been pilfered by an employee who was working on it when it disappeared. The employee? Raymond Chandler.

Lash recognizes the name, says he’s aware Chandler has written two books, and that he’s read some of the author’s stories in Black Hand Mystery Magazine. (Why Brian Thomas Olson didn’t use the actual name, Black Mask, is beyond me.) Violet Merill points out that Chandler’s a heavy drinker, “is in some financial
difficulty,” and that he at one time had an affair with an Ultramount secretary.

Lash isn’t on the case long before he realizes Violet Merill isn’t who and what she claims to be, or before another woman named Violet is murdered. When a second murder occurs, the victim being a former cop turned private detective who was heavily involved in a probe of corruption in the city government, Lash is the prime suspect. Lash must also contend with Josiah Curmon, an easily-manipulated city commissioner, and the powerful local gangster, Delvin Beasley, while dodging the police, trying to determine what’s so important about the missing screenplay, nailing the real killer, and saving the lives of Raymond Chandler and his wife Cissy.

How do I criticize thee? Oh, let me count the ways! Reluctantly, I should add, because I dislike writing negative reviews. Unfortunately, Tailing Raymond Chandler, despite being decently written, for the most part, and offering an intriguing story even if it does contain its share of clichéd private eye story tropes, teems with problems.

The book, as far as I can tell, is only available in a Kindle edition. The first problem concerns the formatting. The sample on Amazon’s website contains slightly indented paragraphs. They do not appear as such on my Kindle; there’s no indentation at all. I have no explanation as to why this is.

The other problems include punctuation, capitalization, and usage errors; misspellings; and clumsy, sometimes ungrammatical sentences. It’s no big spoiler to reveal that Violet Merill’s real name is Joey Wareng—the reader learns that fairly early. But long before that revelation, there are a couple of passages calling her Joey Merill when Violet is the intended name. These and some other mistakes suggest that the author failed to catch and correct them during the process of revising his final draft. He really needs a good proofreader.

He also needs to do his homework if he’s going to write about some real people from an older era because the novel’s biggest problems are anachronistic. A squib on the book’s Amazon page says the time of the story is 1939 when it’s actually 1938. I know this because the novel mentions that actress Thelma Todd died three years earlier. She died in 1935. What bearing does this have on the story? When Violet Merill first mentions Raymond Chandler to John Lash, Lash says that Chandler has written two books. The fact is, Chandler’s first two novels, The Big Sleep and Farewell, My Lovely, were published in 1939 and 1940, respectively. Moreover, he went to work for Paramount Pictures as a screenwriter in 1943. In 1938, he was only writing for the pulps.

There’s also a very oblique reference to the James Cagney film White Heat, which didn’t come out until 1949. A film studio called American International is mentioned. I suspect Brian Thomas Olson thought he was making up a fictitious name, but in fact there was an actual American International Pictures. It began in 1954. 

The author describes Chandler as “in his late 40s, just under six feet in height, medium build, slightly balding, wearing round tortoise-shell eyeglasses and smoking a pipe.” I’ve never seen a photo of Chandler that indicates he was balding.  

The author has Chandler say he was once in Naval Intelligence. I’ve never read anything that substantiates that claim. When World War I broke out—I’m quoting the curriculum vitae from Raymond Chandler Speaking, edited by Dorothy Gardiner and Katherine Sorley Walker (Houghton Mifflin, 1962)—Chandler “Enlisted with the Canadian Gordon Highlanders. Served in France with the First Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. In 1918 joined the Royal Flying Corps (R.A.F.). Demobilised [sic] in England in 1919.”

A brief biographical note at the book’s end says of Olson and his wife: “Both are avid Raymond Chandler fans.” That being the case, you’d think Mr. Olson would present his subject more accurately.

© 2015 Barry Ergang

Derringer Award-winner Barry Ergang’s written work has appeared in numerous publications, print and electronic. Some of it is available at Amazon and at Smashwords. His website is

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Wikipedia Blocks 381 Accounts for Paid Editing (PC Magazine)

Wikipedia Blocks 381 Accounts for Paid Editing (PC Magazine)

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: Dead Heat with the Reaper -- William E. Wallace

Also in my TBR pile

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: Dead Heat with the Reaper -- William E. Wallace: Dead Heat with the Reaper isn't a novel.  It's two novellas, and in each one the main character is more or less in the situation ind...

Review: THE DEVIL’S FOOTPRINTS: A HUNTER KINCAID SHORT STORY by Billy Kring (Flash Bang Mysteries)

Review: THE DEVIL’S FOOTPRINTS: A HUNTER KINCAID SHORT STORY by Billy Kring (Flash Bang Mysteries)

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes -- Lawrence Block...

In my print TBR pile.....
Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes -- Lawrence Block...: Back in the 1950s, the authors at Gold Medal Books used just about every variation on the James M. Cain themes of lust, greed, and murder th...

FEATURE: In The Strange Dark: MISCHIEF by Charlotte Armstrong (Jake Hinkson at The Life Sentence)

In addition to reading his essay below, you should also read Jake Hinkson's book THE DEEPENING SHADE. I reviewed it last month here.

FEATURE: In The Strange Dark: MISCHIEF by Charlotte Armstrong (Jake Hinkson at The Life Sentence)

The Dome Has Fallen Crushing All

The brain trust at CBS has finally cancelled UNDER THE DOME. What was really super good in year one became very weak in year two with infectious stupidity. After the first episode this summer, Scott and I decided it was too stupid to watch. So, I am not suprised the brain trust at CBS finally pulled the plug.

'Under the Dome' Canceled at CBS After 3 Seasons

Mark Troy and the Female Private Detective: Honey West, 1957-1972

Mark Troy is back today with another installment of his series on the female private detective. This time around he covers Honey West. Make sure you check out the earlier installments of this series as well as Mark’s books and website.

Honey West, 1957-1971

I'm H. West, a private eye. The H stands for Honey. I may be female, but I know my business.

Meet Honey West, one of the most successful female private eyes—or private eyeful. She's tough, brainy and sexy, a curvy bombshell with taffy-colored hair, blue eyes, a baby-bottom complexion, and a heart-shaped birthmark on the inside of her right thigh. She is usually armed. The creation of husband and wife team, Forrest (Skip) and Gloria Fickling, writing as G. G. Fickling, Honey appeared in eleven novels from 1957 to 1971.

Skip, a sports writer, and Gloria, a fashion writer, were friends of Richard S. Prather, the creator of Shell Scott, who urged them to write a female private eye. Honey inhabits the same testosterone-charged, Southern California world as Shell. She runs her own agency, which she inherited from her beloved father, Hank West after he was murdered in a Long Beach alley. Finding his killer is what drove her into the business.

The Ficklings modeled Honey on Marilyn Monroe and some critics have described her as the love child of Monroe and Mike Hammer. The stories are hardboiled with lots of gunplay and seamy characters. Honey always carries a gun, usually a small caliber weapon that she can hide easily on her voluptuous body. She knows ". . . as much judo as the Japanese army."

As with Prather, the Ficklings gave the stories a lot of sex-infused zaniness and humor. Honey loses some or all of her clothes in every story, sometimes at the point of a gun.

"Honey West?" a deep voice asked as the office door closed.
"Stand up. Take two steps toward me."
"What is this?" I said, getting to my feet.
"Don't ask questions. Just take off your clothes."
"You heard me. You have exactly one minute. Get started!"

Sometimes she loses them by accident as when a huge wave hits her in the Malibu surf and takes her bikini with it. Other times it's plain bad luck as when she gets into a game of strip poker with a man in an effort to find out if he has needle tracks on his arms. Unfortunately for Honey, the cards don't go her way.

We are frequently reminded that Honey is all girl, usually by the leering comments of the men she has to deal with.

"Speaking of bust," Hel said. "Don't you gentlemen agree that our fair captive has a generous amount of the same? What do you do in your spare time, baby? If it's what I think it is, you can count me in any time."

If we don't know what generous means, Honey will tell us.

"I hope I brought the right size bra," he said.
My skirt and slip dropped to the floor. "Thirty eight," I said, trying to focus my eyes in the semi-darkness. "Like the revolver of the same caliber. Is that what you're carrying?"

Whatever men think Honey does in her spare time, she doesn't. For all the banter, there is no graphic sex in the books, hardly any sex at all, in fact, merely innuendo. Though Honey frequently finds herself in compromising situations, she always manages to escape with her virtue intact. She meets many men who could turn her head, but she seldom gets laid. Often it's the men who get laid—laid out with a bullet or a fishing spear, for which she sometimes gets the blame.

The one man who always shows up, sometimes to rescue her, more often to arrest her, is Lieutenant Mark Storm of the Sheriff’s Department. It is implied in the sixth book that they have sex. The two frequently but heads in bouts of mutual exasperation.

"If you had any brains, you'd have married me long ago instead of running around half-cocked and half-naked."
"Lieutenant, I wasn't half-cocked or half-naked when you came in."

Storm is an example of what she is up against.

“You're mixed into this right up to your armpits. Damn you, Honey, for being in this crummy racket, for letting yourself in for capers like this where somebody is either stripping you down or taking wacks at you with a tommy gun. Any sensible woman your age would be married by now with a couple of kids. I figure you and murder are going to end up in the same hole."

Married by now with a couple of kids? She’s only in her twenties at this point, but this was the fifties when being a single, independent, professional woman meant that everybody questioned your motives, or your You don't know how hard it is being a woman looking the way I do.” Would V.I. Warshawski or Sharon McCone put up with the leering and male chauvinism that she endures?
ability, and every man saw you as fair game. Especially when you’re as sexy as Honey. You almost expect her to echo Jessica Rabbit: “

The ninth Honey West story, Bombshell, appeared in 1964. The tenth and eleventh books, Stiff As A Broad, and Honey On Her Tail, appeared in 1971. Between ‘64 and ‘71, private eye fiction suffered a near death and the sexual revolution happened. When we meet Honey again, she has abandoned the eye business for the spy business and is more sexually liberated, jetting around Europe, wearing and losing mod clothes, on the trail of agents of MAD. And, yes, she does finally get some behind-closed-doors action.

In 1965, Honey made the jump to television. She appeared first in an episode of Burke’s Law in which she managed to outwit the chief of police. She got her own series in 1965/1966, becoming the first female lead in a televised crime series. It was produced by Aaron Spelling and starred Ann Francis as Honey.  Spelling gave Francis outfits that emphasized her statuesque figure and good looks, but otherwise dropped the sexual innuendo of the books. In its place, they gave her James Bond gadgetry—listening devices disguised as martini olives or lipstick, gas-bomb earrings, a gas-mask garter belt, and a sleek, Cobra roadster.  She acquired a nosy Aunt Meg and a partner, Sam Bolt, who kept pressuring her to marry him. Her real love was her pet ocelot, Bruce. In nearly every episode, viewers were treated to lithe, blonde Honey tossing large men over her shoulder.

The series lasted one year, thirty episodes. Although popular, it was up against tough competition in the form of Gomer Pyle, USMC. The network declined to renew it for a second season, figuring it was cheaper to import a British series called The Avengers. For her role as Honey West, Ann Francis won a Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination. Aaron Spelling went on to do Charlie’s Angels.

Some of the Honey West books can still be found on eBay and Amazon. Honey In The Flesh, the fourth book in the series, is available on Kindle. The entire TV series is available on DVD.

Mark Troy ©2015

Mark Troy is the author of The Splintered Paddle, The Rules, Pilikia Is My Business and Game Face.  His website is at

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

New Books by MWA Members – September 2015

New Books by MWA Members – September 2015

The Grid by Harry Hunsicker (Interview at The Big Thrill)

The Grid by Harry Hunsicker (Interview at The Big Thrill)

Review: HARD TACK (1991) by Barbara D’Amato (Barry Ergang at Flash Bang Mysteries)

Review: HARD TACK (1991) by Barbara D’Amato (Barry Ergang at Flash Bang Mysteries)

Update on Sandi

Been to the doc and are now home. Sandi is doing okay though the blood work is indicating that the normal drop in various categories is coming. That means blood transfusions Thursday and Saturday for sure and most likely next Tuesday as well.

Other than that everything else is in the usual parameters and will be watched.

Wes Craven and Fear the Walking Dead (Welcome To Hell Blog)

Wes Craven and Fear the Walking Dead (Welcome To Hell Blog)

SleuthSayers: Introducing Sleuth Magazine

SleuthSayers: Introducing Sleuth Magazine: by Melissa Yi There’s a new mystery magazine in town. Comes from that country with just two seasons, winter and mosquitoes.  Got som...

Review: "The Lawyer: The Retributioners: by Wayne D. Dundee

His real name is J. D. Miller. Many know him as “The Lawyer” as a nod to his former profession. These days his courtroom is the land and he is judge, jury, and executioner. He is on a quest to dispense personal justice to those who wronged him so grievously though some do not care for his taking justice into his own
hands. That means there are deputies and others looking for him. That sad state of affairs means that his hunt comes with additional risk every time he sets foot into a town.

He had arrived in the north Texas town of Emmett minutes before the explosion at the jail. He had planned a relaxing evening including a good night sleep in an actual bed at the nearby hotel. He was still in the street when the explosion at the jail up the way took out the back wall. Then, a few seconds later, the shooting started.

In the chaos Miller ran to help and opened fire on the outlaws as they rode down the street seconds after they had killed two that wore badges. While managing to stop one of the outlaws from escaping, Miller sustained injuries. Injuries that lead him to need treatment from the local doctor who also happens to be a fountain of information regarding the situation and more in The Lawyer: The Retributioners by Wayne D. Dundee.

Using characters originally created by Edward A. Grainger, author Wayne D. Dundee has created another excellent installment of the series. The Lawyer: The Retributioners touches on the narrow minded racism prevalent at the time and other societal issues while delivering a solidly good western tale. A tale that continues the groundwork laid by Edward A. Grainger this work further expands and continues the series like what has happened with Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles series.

If this series is new to you The Lawyer: The Retributioners can be read first though there are references to events found earlier in the series. For that reason it would be best to start with The Lawyer: Stay Of Execution which includes the original short story, The Lawyer by Edward A. Grainger. 

The Lawyer: The Retributioners
Wayne D. Dundee
Beat To A Pulp
July 2015
ISBN#: 978-1943035076
Paperback (also available in e-book)
114 Pages

Material supplied by the publisher in exchange for my objective review.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

Pope Cleans Up Dead Angel Who Flew Into Sistine Chapel Window (The ONION)

Pope Cleans Up Dead Angel Who Flew Into Sistine Chapel Window  (The ONION)

Market Call: Mystery Weekly

I received the below unsolicited and am passing it on as requested....

Hi Kevin,

Please consider this for inclusion in your Markets for Writers list.

Mystery Weekly is a new short mystery e-zine that is looking for stories between 1000-8000 words in length for publication in our email newsletter.  We offer a modest per-word compensation and only require exclusive online rights for a period of six months. Submission response time averages 1 to 2 weeks.

Online Submission System:

Kerry Carter

Don't Care---Still Won't Go Back To Hulu

Netflix Is Losing Lots of Big Movies Next Month, and Hulu Picked Them Right Up

Mystery Fanfare: Cartoon of the Day: Book Club

 Funny as heck.....

Mystery Fanfare: Cartoon of the Day: Book Club

Monday Markets for Writers: No Fees. Paying Gigs.

 Monday Markets for Writers: No Fees. Paying Gigs.

Bookish events in Texas for the week of August 31 - September 6, 2015

Bookish events in Texas for the week of August 31 - September 6, 2015

Monday With Kaye: "Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron" by Stephanie Barron (Reviewed by Kaye George)

This week Kaye George considers a book set in a bygone era……

Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron by Stephanie Barron

To read this series is to be transported to Regency England, to the decadence of the Prince Regent that flourished alongside the strict morals professed by the proper folk. It's as if Stephanie Barron time-traveled to 1813 to absorb every nuance of custom and conversation, then hurried back to set it all down for us. The fascinating, bizarre cast includes the Prince Regent, of course (Prinny), Lord
Byron, and Lady Caroline Lamb. These last two dissolute characters, the author says, were actually tamed down in her version, and they're wild!

In its leisurely, elegant way, the novel brings us to the death of Jane Austen's beloved sister-in-law, Eliza, Comtesse de Feuillide, and the wife of her brother, Henry. The dying woman seems to whisper something to Jane as she expires. Regret?Jane isn't quite sure what she heard. She is writing her third novel, Mansfield Park, and plans to publish it anonymously, as she has her first two. Miss Austen is not as absorbed in it as she would like, though, and agrees to accompany Henry to Brighton to dispel the gloom caused by Eliza's death.

On their way, Jane rescues a girl of fifteen, Catherine Twining, who has been abducted, bound and gagged, from the coach of Lord Byron! Byron, otherwise known as George Gordon, has just published his epic poem, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, and every woman in England swoons when he draws near. Every woman but Catherine, with whom Byron is obsessed. Even Jane has to fight a physical attraction to see clearly whether or not he's guilty of the murder with which he's charged. The corrupt officials want to say the crime is solved, but have no interest in uncovering any facts, or even questioning anyone. It's up to Jane to see that justice is done.

A most satisfactory trip through springtime madness on the coast of England in a bygone time.

Reviewed by Kaye George author of A Patchwork of Stories for Suspense Magazine

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Little Big Crimes: Solo for Shoehorn, by John H. Dirckx

Little Big Crimes: Solo for Shoehorn, by John H. Dirckx: "Solo for Shoehorn," by John H. Dirckx, in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, October 2015. For many years Dirckx has be...

The Short Mystery Fiction Society Blog: The SMFS at Bouchercon 2015 (Raleigh, NC, Oct. 8-1...

The Short Mystery Fiction Society Blog: The SMFS at Bouchercon 2015 (Raleigh, NC, Oct. 8-1...: Bouchercon , the World Mystery Convention, takes place October 8–11, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina, at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel and th...

Lisa Ks Book Reviews: BASKET CASE by Nancy HaddockALL SALES FINAL by Jo...

Lisa Ks Book Reviews:
BASKET CASE by Nancy HaddockALL SALES FINAL by Jo...
: BASKET CASE by Nancy Haddock ALL SALES FINAL by Josie Belle  BASKET CASE Book 1 in the Silver Six Crafting Mystery series  ...

Mr. Cizak's Writing Tips #4 -- The War on Adverbs! (No Moral Center Blog)

I came across Mr. Cizak's blog while working on a review of his recent book, BETWEEN JUAREZ AND EL PASO (The Drifter Detective Series Book 6). The review will run Tuesday, but I thought I would draw your attention to this today.

Mr. Cizak's Writing Tips #4 -- The War on Adverbs! (No Moral Center Blog)

Review: GENRE SHOTGUN: A COLLECTION OF SHORT FICTION by Terry W. Ervin II (My review at Flash Bang Mysteries)

Review: GENRE SHOTGUN: A COLLECTION OF SHORT FICTION by Terry W. Ervin II (My review at Flash Bang Mysteries)

Review: THE GIRL WITH THE LONG GREEN HEART (1965) by Lawrence Block (Barry Ergang at Flash Bang Mysteries)

Review: THE GIRL WITH THE LONG GREEN HEART (1965) by Lawrence Block (Barry Ergang at Flash Bang Mysteries)

Saturday, August 29, 2015


Sandi had her shot and, as it usually does, it made her sick. This time seems a bit worse than normal so hopefully nothing serious is going on.

A Tissue of Webs by Paul D. Brazill (Short Story Fiction at Pulp Metal Magazine)

A Tissue of Webs by Paul D. Brazill (Short Story Fiction at Pulp Metal Magazine)

Crime Review Update--- 50th issue of Crime Review

Please join us in celebrating the 50th issue of Crime Review. In the new
edition, ( this week we have 16 reviews, together
with Deon Meyer in the Countdown interview hot seat.
Crime Review can be followed on Twitter: @CrimeReviewUK
Linda Wilson can be followed on Twitter: @CrimeReviewer
Sharon Wheeler can be followed on Twitter: @lartonmedia

This week’s reviews are:
THE DYING SEASON by Martin Walker, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Chief of Police Bruno Courrèges is caught in the middle of a row between
hunters and conservationists in the Dordogne town of St Denis, as well as
having a suspicious death to investigate.

A SONG FOR THE DROWNED SOULS by Bernard Minier, reviewed by Chris Roberts
A young man is found at the house of a teacher, brutally murdered. His
mother asks Commandant Servaz for help. Servaz fears that an escaped serial
killer may have been involved.

TENACITY by JS Law, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler
Lieutenant Danielle Lewis, a Royal Navy special branch investigator, finds
herself in the insular world of a nuclear submarine as she investigates the
suicide of one of its crew.

THE INVENTION OF FIRE by Bruce Holsinger, reviewed by John Cleal
Sixteen corpses have been dumped in a London midden bearing wounds not seen
before. John Gower, poet and trader in secrets, investigates despite
official reluctance and struggles against failing vision, deception and
treachery to prevent an even more devastating massacre.

TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN by Arne Dahl, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
It’s summer in Stockholm. The A-Unit has been disbanded, and its former
members are disillusioned. Detective Paul Hjelm and his team race against
time while investigating three separate cases.

AFTER THE FIRE by Jane Casey, reviewed by Linda Wilson
After a devastating fire in a London tower block, DC Maeve Kerrigan and DI
Josh Derwent have to uncover the secret world of the 11th floor.

BOXES by Pascal Garnier, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Brice Casadamont moves to the countryside in a move planned by his wife,
now absent. As his life falls apart, he spends more and more time with
Blanche, a local who also has some problems.

THE WHITE SHEPHERD by Annie Dalton, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler
Anna Hopkins has led a solitary life. But when her dog Bonnie finds a body
in Oxford’s Port Meadows, Anna finds a support network as they attempt to
trap a murderer.

UGLY BUS by Mike Thomas, reviewed by John Cleal
Newly-promoted young sergeant Martin Finch struggles to control a group of
veteran policemen under the pressures of a football riot and violent

THE COLD DISH by Craig Johnson, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Cody Prichard’s murder looks like revenge for the rape of a local Cheyenne
girl. Sheriff Walt Longmire needs to find the shooter to prevent further

THE SAINT-FIACRE AFFAIR by Georges Simenon, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
An anonymous message Maigret receives predicting a death during the mass on
All Souls Day prompts him to return to the village in which he was born.

THE FIFTH SEASON by Mons Kallentoft, reviewed by John Cleal
A woman’s mutilated body found in a forest shows signs of the most
appalling torture. Inspector Malin Fors sees similarities to the case of a
young woman found raped and beaten years before and still in a psychiatric

THE GOOD SUICIDES by Antonio Hill, reviewed by Maddy Marsh
After a team-building event, one of the staff members kills his family
before taking his own life. Three years later, another member of that event
kills herself. It’s up to Inspector Salgado of the Barcelona police to find
out why.

THE WHITE VAN by Patrick Hoffman, reviewed by John Cleal
Drifter Emily Rosario is plunged into a world of confusion and fear when
she is used as a pawn in a bank raid. As she struggles to escape, she is
pursued by a desperate policeman who sees the stolen money as the solution
to his own problems.

LOCKWOOD AND CO: THE SCREAMING STAIRCASE by Jonathan Stroud, reviewed by
Linda Wilson
London’s most ramshackle psychical detective agency are on the verge of
going broke and have no option other than to take on the case that no one
else wants.

URBAN OUTLAWS by Peter Jay Black, reviewed by Linda Wilson
A group of kids go up against some formidable opposition in a bid to stop
an advanced super-computer being misused.

Best wishes


The Writing Bug: The Trouble With Being a Writer

The Writing Bug: The Trouble With Being a Writer: Bill Watterson By Sarah Reichert             We're alcoholics and psychotics. We're sufferers of depression and anti-hubr...

KRL This Week Update

Up this morning in KRL reviews & giveaways of 4 more new mysteries from Penguin & Kensington authors-"Murder on the Horizon" by M.L. Rowland, "Better Homes and Corpses" by Kathleen Bridge, "In the Drink" by Allyson K. Abbott, and "Loom and Doom" by Carol Ann Martin

Also up a review & giveaway of "Plantation Shudders" by Ellen Byron​, along with an interesting interview with Ellen, which includes mentions of her work on TV as well

And a review & giveaway of "Black Cat and the Accidental Angel" by Elaine Faber​

We also have the latest mystery Coming Attractions from Sunny Frazier​, along with giveaways of books by Jinx Schwartz​ & Kay Kendall​

You can also enjoy a never before published mystery short story by P.A. DeVoe

And a review & giveaway of "Fatal Choice" by Dorothy Howell

For our readers who also enjoy fantasy, we have a review & giveaway of "Veiled" by Benedict Jacka

And on KRL Lite a review & giveaway of "Death of a Bride and Groom" by Allan J. Emerson​

Happy reading,

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