Monday, December 11, 2017

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Bookblog of the Bristol Library: My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

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A Writer's Life....Caroline Clemmons: BEST GIFTS CAN'T BE BOUGHT

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The Practicing Writer: Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers 12/11/17

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TEXAS BOOK LOVER: Monday Roundup: TEXAS LITERARY CALENDAR 12/11-17

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Aubrey Hamilton Reviews: Dogstar Rising by Parker Bilal

Because I know there are dozens, even hundreds, of mysteries out there that I would like if I could just find them, sometimes I go to the library and select books at random by five authors unfamiliar to me. The outcome is what you might expect: several books are returned after I read a few chapters, some I finish with no particular desire to read more by the author, and a few are gems. I found the mysteries of Parker Bilal that way; they are one of my great finds of 2017.

Jamal Mahjoub published several critically acclaimed novels before he began writing about Makana, an exiled Sudanese police investigator, under the name Parker Bilal. Set in Cairo in the early part of the 21st century, these books, six so far, reflect the political turmoil and religious tensions of the Middle East as they affect the day-to-day lives of ordinary people. For those of us who, thankfully, only know about these affairs as they are reported in news outlets, this very different perspective is illuminating.

Dogstar Rising (Bloomsbury, 2013) is the second Makana. (I read The Burning Gates, Makana #4, earlier this year.) This episode takes place in late summer 2001, as a serial killer victimizes street boys and a mysterious figure that many believe to be an angel appears on roofs throughout the city, both causing religious zealotry, always simmering, to approach an outright boil. The son of an old friend asks Makana, now acting as an unlicensed private investigator, to help the owner of a travel agency who has received threatening letters, a seemingly simple task that is complicated when a murder takes place outside the office and the local police and the state intelligence detectives want to know what Makana is doing. While staying out of their way, he stumbles across clues to the serial killer and crosses paths with an arms dealer.

An engrossing plot with multiple threads and more characters than I could easily keep track of. Perhaps it is just me but Makana seems to get beaten up far too often to bounce back as easily as he does. However, Mahjoub writes beautifully. His use of imagery is lyrical and imbues the mundane with a bit of magic. Water spraying from a hose resembles a silvery peacock tail, cats walk like queens, the moon is a copper penny tossed into the air. The ending paragraphs of the book are nothing less than inspired.

Part political thriller, part detective fiction, these stories defy easy categorization but they make exceptional reading. Highly recommended.

·         Hardcover: 400 pages
·         Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1st edition (February 19, 2013)
·         Language: English
·         ISBN-10: 1608198715
·         ISBN-13: 978-1608198719


Aubrey Hamilton © 2017
 
Aubrey Hamilton is a former librarian who works on Federal IT projects by day and reads mysteries at night.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Glenn Walker, R.I. P.

I just learned this afternoon that my online friend, Glenn Walker, passed a few days ago. I am stunned and incredibly sad by this news. A prolific writer of short stories and other things, he was known best around here for his Welcome To Hell blog. 2017 has been horrible in so many ways. I knew he was having health issues, but was not aware that things were this serious. His obituary can be found here.

Please keep his wife, Jennifer, and the family in your thoughts and prayers.  

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: 37 Calls for Submissions in December 2017 - Paying...

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Bookblog of the Bristol Library: The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories by P.D. Jam...

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A Writer's Life....Caroline Clemmons: PLAYING MONOPOLY WHILE TURKEY ROASTS

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Davy Crockett's Almanack of Mystery, Adventure and The Wild West: The MOST IMPORTANT BOOK of the Century?

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Saturday, December 09, 2017

KRL This Week Update for 12/9/17

Up in KRL this morning a review & giveaway of "Wagging Through the
Snow" by Laurien Berenson
http://kingsriverlife.com/12/09/wagging-through-the-snow-by-laurien-berenson/

Also up reviews & giveaways of 4 more Christmas mysteries for your holiday
reading-"Hark the Herald Angels Slay": A Year-Round Christmas Mystery by Vicki
Delany, "Not a Creature was Purring": A Paws & Claws Mystery by Krista Davis,
"Slay Bells Ring": Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery by Karen Rose
Smith, "Yuletide Homicide": A Wiccan Wheel Mystery by Jennifer David Hesse,
and "The Ghost of Christmas Past": A Molly Murphy Mystery by Rhys Bowen
http://kingsriverlife.com/12/09/more-christmas-mysteries-for-your-holidays/

And a review & giveaway of "12 Slays of Christmas" by Jacqueline Frost
http://kingsriverlife.com/12/09/twelve-slays-of-christmas-by-jacqueline-frost/

Also a review & giveaway of "Murder on the Toy Town Express" by Barbara
Early along with a fun Christmas guest post by Barbara
http://kingsriverlife.com/12/09/murder-on-the-toy-town-express-by-barbara-early/

And we have a review & giveaway of "Idyll Fears" by Stephanie Gayle which
features gay police chief Thomas Lynch
http://kingsriverlife.com/12/09/idyll-fears-by-stephanie-gayle/

And a review & ebook giveaway of "It Cannoli Be Murder" by Karoline Barrett
(and you can enter to win the first 2 books in the series as well)
http://kingsriverlife.com/12/09/it-cannoli-be-murder-by-karoline-barrett/

And a review & giveaway of "Tales of a Thought Reader" by Barry Wiley
http://kingsriverlife.com/12/09/tales-of-a-thought-reader-by-barry-wiley/

And over on KRL News & Reviews this week we have a review & giveaway of
"Ingognito" Khalid Talib
http://www.krlnews.com/2017/12/incognito-by-khaled-talib.html

Happy holidays,

Lorie

Friday, December 08, 2017

A Week Later.....

It was a week ago this morning when Sandi's suffering ended and she left us. It still feels like it just happened a minute ago. Yet, a week has passed. The pain is immense.

So, too is the love expressed by so many. Many of you never knew her expect for reading about her through my blog posts and have expressed your own sorry. I have tried to respond to everyone and say thank you. It has meant so much to me.

If I didn't get back to you, please know I screwed up here and it is not because I did not appreciate your email. A lot of times reading the emails got me crying. Crying as you sit over your laptop is not a good thing. It is also very hard to hit keys correctly when you can't see or everything is very blurry.


I miss her so much. I knew this was coming and had known for quite awhile that losing her was inevitable. And, yet, as much as I thought I was ready, I wasn't. Not by a long shot. I promised her I would go on....though I don't know how I am going to do that.

Books have always been my refuge. Whether or not they can work any magic on me now remains to be seen. For now, as I promised her right before Thanksgiving when we had our last real conversation, the blog will continue. You have seen some erratic updates from me this week as I linked to various things. Next week, guest reviews from Aubrey and Jeanne will resume. I have every intention of pulling something together to participate in Bill Crider day over on Patti Abbott's blog.

Beyond that....I just don't know. I just want the pain to stop. I just want her back. And I know neither one is possible.


The Rap Sheet: Revue of Reviewers for 11/28/17

The Rap Sheet: Revue of Reviewers for 11/28/17

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Nevermore: Thirst, Blood Card, Billy Lynn, Faithfu...

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A Writer's Life....Caroline Clemmons: PEACE AND GOODWILL TO ALL!

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Gravetapping: QUARRY'S CLIMAX by Max Allan Collins

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ClassicAndCozy: Writing Schedules and Other Fictions

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A Writer's Life....Caroline Clemmons: BAKING AND MAKING CANDY MAKES MEMORIES

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FFB Today 12/8/17

At 8:45 am one week ago today Sandi left us. It seems inconceivable that it has been that long as it seems like it just happened. Somehow, I am supposed to go on like she wanted. I am trying...in fits and starts. One of those little ways I m supposed to do so is by getting things up for FFB up here.

I don't have anything for FFB today. Patti does and has the links here. Next week will be Bill Crider Appreciation Day on Patti's blog and I intend to put something together for that.

Have a good Friday and make sure the people in your life know you love them. They can't know it enough.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Tough Day

After doing a lot online yesterday, I have not been online at all today except to write this post. We had to run errands today and as part of that we had to pick up prescriptions at the old store Sandi used to work at while she was attending TWU because I have not moved them yet. That meant I had to talk to folks who knew Sandi and cared about her. Trying to tell them and watching them as the shock and pain of the news hit was very hard.

Hearing two different songs on the radio as we came home that were favorites of hers and ones we danced to at our wedding did not help. Nor did seeing an old movie that contained a song that I used to sing to her back in the day as we danced. So, I spent part of this afternoon and evening back in bed, occasionally crying, and missing her so much.

Tomorrow it will be a week. Seven days. It still feels like it just happened.....and it hurts so bad.

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: The Moon-spinners by Mary Stewart

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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

A Writer's Life....Caroline Clemmons: SMALL MOMENTS BECOME GREAT MEMORIES

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Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer

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The Rap Sheet: Crider’s Tough Path

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December issue of Gumshoe Review

Gumshoe Review December 2017 now Online


Short Fiction Reviews:
The Burning by J.P. Seewald

US Book Reviews:
Final Fall (Lock & Mori) by Heather W. Petty
Hell's Gate by Bill Schutt and J.R. Finch
Her Last Day (Jessie Cole) by T.R. Ragan
The House at Baker Street (Mrs. Hudson & Mary Watson) by Michelle Birkby
The Ninja's Illusion (Jaya Jones/Treasure Hunt) by Gigi Pandian
Old Scores (Barker & Llewelyn) by Will Thomas
Unquiet Spirits: Whisky, Ghosts, Adventure (Sherlock Holmes)
     by Bonnie MacBird
The Usual Santas: A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers
The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen
-- Gayle Surrette
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Blog: http://amperzen.com/blog

SleuthSayers: Some Short Story Collections by Great Living Myste...

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New Books and Short Stories by MWA Members – December 2017

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Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: Update

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KRL Update for 12/2/17

Up in KRL this morning reviews & giveaways of 4 fun Christmas mysteries for your holiday reading-"Death by Eggnog": Bookstore Cafe Mystery by Alex Erickson, "Mrs. Jeffries and the Three Wise Women" by Emily Brightwell, "Purring Around the Christmas Tree": A Pawsitively Organic Mystery by Liz Mugavero, and "How the Finch Stole Christmas": A Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews http://kingsriverlife.com/12/02/christmas-mysteries-for-your-holiday-reading/

 
Also a review & giveaway of "Seeds of Revenge" by Wendy Tyson, published by Henery Press. And also a fun holiday traditions guest post by Wendy, a gardening tip, & a recipe! http://kingsriverlife.com/12/02/seeds-of-revenge-by-wendy-tyson/

 
And a review & giveaway of "Knit to Kill" by Anne Canadeo http://kingsriverlife.com/12/02/knit-to-kill-by-anne-canadeo/

 
We also have a review & giveaway of "Burgundy: Twisted Roots" by Janet Hubbard, along with a fun Christmas guest post by Janet http://kingsriverlife.com/12/02/burgundy-twisted-roots-by-janet-hubbard/

 
And a review & ebook giveaway of "Of Spice and Men" by Sarah Fox, along with a fun holiday recipe from Sarah http://kingsriverlife.com/12/02/of-spice-and-men-by-sarah-fox/

 
And a review & giveaway of "Killing Season" by Faye Kellerman http://kingsriverlife.com/12/02/killing-season-by-faye-kellerman/

 
We also have a mystery short story by Barry Wiley http://kingsriverlife.com/12/02/a-true-believer-a-mystery-short-story/

 
And a review & giveaway of a fun Christmas novella by Nancy J Coco called "Deck the Halls with Fudge" http://kingsriverlife.com/12/02/deck-the-halls-with-fudge-novella-by-nancy-coco/

 
Over on KRL News & Reviews we have a review & ebook giveaway of "16 Millimeters" by Larissa Reinhart http://www.krlnews.com/2017/12/16-millimeters-by-larissa-reinhart.html

 
Happy Holidays!


Lorie


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Lesa's Latest Contest-- Last giveaway of 2017

My last giveaway of 2017 features 2 holiday books - Rhys Bowen's The Ghost of Christmas Past & Wendy Tyson's Seeds of Revenge. Details are available on my blog, http://www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com. Entries from the U.S. only, please.

Lesa Holstine