Sunday, July 23, 2017

Crime Review Update

We feature new 20 reviews in each issue of Crime Review (, together with a top industry interview. This time
it’s author David Baldacci in the Countdown hot seat:

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This week’s reviews are:

HERE AND GONE by Haylen Beck, reviewed by Linda Wilson

Audra and her two children have escaped an abusive husband, but her
road-trip across the US turns out to be a case of out of the frying pan
into the fire when Sean and Louise are abducted.

EXTREME PREY by John Sandford, reviewed by Chris Roberts

Lucas Davenport is called in when a presidential candidate is threatened
with assassination.

FRAMED by Ronnie O’Sullivan, reviewed by John Cleal

Snooker hall owner Frankie James sets out to prove his wild younger
brother’s innocence of a gangland murder and must face the police, gang
bosses and warped killers.

THE TEMPLARS’ LAST SECRET by Martin Walker, reviewed by Linda Wilson

When the body of an unknown woman is found at the base of the walls of a
ruined castle, Bruno, Chief of Police, is called to investigate.

THE CROW GIRL by Erik Axl Sund, reviewed by Ewa Sherman

A gruesome discovery leads Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg into
a horrendous world of abuse of trafficked children, and also into a
personal and professional relationship with a psychotherapist working with
young victims of abuse.

Strevens, reviewed by Kim Fleet

The true story of 19th century thief, con artist and poisoner Mary Bateman,
known as the Yorkshire Witch.

THREE ENVELOPES by Nir Hezroni, reviewed by Chris Roberts

A notebook held by a law firm for ten years before its delivery reveals a
terrifying pattern of mass murders and a pitiless perpetrator who has not
finished yet.

WRONG PLACE by Michelle Davies, reviewed by Kate Balfour

DC Maggie Neville has to juggle two roles and two cases - an attempted
murder/suicide, and a serious assault on an elderly lady - until the
investigations begin to intertwine, and lead to echoes of a missing person
from 16 years before. 
THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER by Karen Dionne, reviewed by John Barnbrook

Helena was raised in isolation, schooled in woodcraft and knew no different
until the day she and her mother escaped. Now her father has escaped from
prison and she needs all her childhood skills to catch him.

BEFORE THE DAWN by Jake Woodhouse, reviewed by Chris Roberts

Detective Inspector Jaap Rykel heads an investigation into a series of
murders of young women, a task which draws in his girlfriend Tanya and
colleague Kees.

BASED ON A TRUE STORY by Delphine de Vigan, reviewed by Arnold Taylor

Authoress Delphine is signing autographs following the publication of a hit
novel when she encounters L for the first time and is totally fascinated by

THE TROPHY CHILD by Paula Daly, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor

Karen Bloom’s family is cracking under her demands for perfection. Then her
daughter Bronte goes missing, and the cracks become gaping chasms.

THE CLEANER by Elizabeth Herrmann, reviewed by John Barnbrook

Judith Kepler cleans up crime scenes. Called upon to clean the house of a
murdered woman, she is dragged back to her unhappy past.

THE MAGICIAN’S LIE by Greer Macallister, reviewed by John Cleal

The Amazing Arden, the most notorious female illusionist of her day and
renowned for sawing a man in half, is questioned by a small-town policeman
over the apparent murder of her husband.

CRIMSON LAKE by Candice Fox, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor

He was in prison for 241 days, she for ten years. But which side of the law
are they on?

RETRIBUTION ROAD by Antonin Varenne, reviewed by John Cleal

East India Company Sergeant Arthur Bowman is sent on a secret mission.
Years later as a drink and drug addicted policeman, he stumbles on a vile
murder and knows only someone who shared his Burmese prison could have
committed the crime.

FIERCE KINGDOM by Gin Phillips, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor

A family trip to the zoo turns into a fight for survival – but it is not
the animals Joan must fear.

ELEMENTARY MURDER by AJ Wright, reviewed by John Cleal

A would-be teacher is found dead inside a locked classroom. DS Michael
Brennan suspects her death is not the suicide it seems.

THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas, reviewed by Linda Wilson

Sixteen-year-old Starr is the only witness to the shooting, by a police
officer, of her friend Khalil, a killing that comes close to tearing her
neighbourhood apart.

THE TRAP by Alan Gibbons, reviewed by Linda Wilson

With the help of an undercover agent, the security services are engaged in
a desperate race to stop a terror attack.

Best wishes


MAKE MINE MYSTERY: Publicity and Privacy - How Much is Too Much?

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Lesa's Lates Contest: Book-related mysteries

This week, I'm giving away first editions of book-related mysteries - Kate Carlisle's Once Upon a Spine and Lorna Barrett's A Just Clause. Details on my blog at Entries from the U.S. only, please.

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The Rap Sheet: Revue of Reviewers for 7/21/17

The Rap Sheet: Revue of Reviewers for 7/21/17

KRL This Week Update for 7/22/17

Up in KRL this morning a review & giveaway of "Murder at the Puppy Fest" by Laurien Berenson, along with an interesting interview with Laurien

Also up a review & giveaway of "The Black Cat Sees His Shadow" by Kay Finch

Anda review & giveaway of "From Hay to Eternity" by Sandra Murphy

And a review & giveaway of "Taming the Tabby" by Kathi Daley

Also reviews & giveaways of 3 fun mysteries by Kensington authors for your July reading-"A Toast to Murder": A Mack’s Bar Mystery by Allyson K. Abbott, "If the Haunting Fits, Wear It": A Haunted Vintage Mystery by Rose Pressey, & "Mulch Ado About Murder": A Local Foods Mystery by Edith Maxwell

And an article about three clerical mystery series-G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown, S.J. Parris’s Giordano Bruno, and Charles Merrill Smith’s C.P. Randollph

And a mystery short story by Larry W. Chavis

And over on KRL News & Reviews, for those who also enjoy fantasy, a review & giveaway of "Ash and Quill" by Rachel Caine
  Happy reading, Lorie

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Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Here and Gone by Haylen Beck

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Sandi Update 7/22/17

After taking yet another load to the house, Scott and I went to the hospital to see Sandi. She was up and sitting in her chair with the television on and yarn close at hand. She was tired, but awake. She sounds very congested and so they are running tests to make sure she does not have a cold too. I think it is the work of the sinus tumor.

She said to pass on her thanks for all the thoughts, prayers, and well wishes directed her way. She is not online much to say it directly, so she wanted me to pass on her gratitude and appreciation for everyone thinking about her. Thank you.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sandi Update 7/20/17

After spending all morning and much of the early afternoon at the house doing stuff, we went to the hospital to see Sandi. She was awake, alert, and sitting up out of bed as the the IV pump pulsed antibiotic into her. She still has no fever and things seem to be relatively stable so far.

She will have, at the minimum, two weeks of in hospital antibiotics around the clock per the doctor today. Once she finishes that, they will assess her and then made a decision whether to send her home for a brief break or to go straight into chemo. We cross that bridge when we get there.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Brief Update

Temp remains the same and she says she feels fine. Antibiotics continue. They are considering temporarily locking down her port to protect that access point while she is hospitalized and only using the tri fusion deal that was installed last month after the chemo fiasco. More as I know it.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sandi Hospitalized

After seemingly a very good day with Sandi where she was much more like normal, we got a call from the doctor’s office just before five. It was news they did not want to get or share. All of the blood tests from Sunday came back positive. That means she definitely does have a bacterial blood infection and it is serious. We were told to get to the hospital asap so that they could get her admitted and start IV antibiotics.

By 7:30 this evening they had her admitted, already had done a chest x-ray to make sure that her heart and lungs are still okay, and had discovered that she is now running a very low grade fever. They had pulled blood for another round of testing and were setting her up to start IV antibiotics. She was very tired and very cold so they had four blankets on her to try to warm her up.

I don’t know if she will be in for two weeks as discussed yesterday at the oncologist’s office or something else is now planned. All I do know is that the folks on her case are clearly very worried.

Author Bill Crider Interviewed at Lone Star Listens

Author Bill Crider Interviewed at Lone Star Listens

Monday, July 17, 2017

In Reference To Murder: Media Murder for Monday 7/17/17

In Reference To Murder: Media Murder for Monday 7/17/17

Scott's Anthology Idea

From time to time when we are running errands and driving around, Scott makes suggestions about stuff I should be writing. The other day Scott suggested an anthology idea that struck me as interesting. The title of the anthology--- DEAD BECAUSE OF TED. It would contain 15 or so stories that revolved around the idea that one of the characters was dead because of Ted. Ted would have to be alive, but somehow he had played a role, directly or indirectly, in why a character in a story was dead. The story would explain why the character was dead and therefore could be a mystery, crime fiction, or thriller. 

Seemed like a heck of a good idea to me. Making it happen would be the issue.

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Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Charlie All Night by Jennifer Crusie

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Back Home

We are back home from seeing her cancer doctors at the hospital. Upon further review, there is now more confidence that the positive test results over the weekend were caused by contamination. This new belief is due to a number of factors including the fact that she is slowly improving in strength and mental ability and she does not have any sign of fever. If she was infected with what the test came back as claimed, one round of antibiotics done yesterday would not do much of anything. It would require a two week admission to the hospital with round the clock antibiotics that would play havoc with her still very unstable kidneys. Because of that, the planned antibiotic infusion for today has been cancelled.

They should have the results of the blood tests they did yesterday sometime tomorrow morning. All the tests were repeated today as a double check on results.

If the tests yesterday come back positive tomorrow, she will be admitted and the antibiotics will be started. There is no choice on that.

If they come back negative, as now expected, then we just keep doing what we have been doing and go back in Thursday as planned for another round of blood testing and a doctor visit.

So, we are a bit relieved and feeling a little more optimistic after the weekend scare. Obviously, as we well know, everything can change in a second. But, for right now, this was all good news today.

Aubrey Hamilton Reviews: How to Survive Anything: From Animal Attacks to the End of the World (and Everything in Between)

Aubrey is back today with another interesting review…

I am taking a bit of a break from mysteries this week to talk about a book that I consider a good reference for everyone and an excellent resource for mystery authors who want to realistically extract their characters from whatever mayhem the plot has inflicted upon them. How to Survive Anything: From Animal Attacks to the End of the World (and Everything in Between) is one of several books written by Tim MacWelch and the editors of Outdoor Life Magazine (Weldon Owen, 2015).

Tim has run an outdoor survival skills training center in northern Virginia for about 20 years,, where he teaches archery, foraging, bushcraft, wilderness first aid, and similar courses to summer camps, law enforcement personnel, search and rescue teams, Boy Scouts, and all of the U.S. military services. I had the pleasure of hearing him speak at a library program over the winter.

 How to Survive Anything is an oversized softbound book with metal reinforcements on the cover corners and full of color illustrations. It addresses nearly 50 dangerous situations in three groups: The Unexpected -- Everyday hazards such as severe weather, power failures, and car crashes; The Unpredictable – Earthquakes, home invasions, and plane crashes; and The Unthinkable – Kidnapping, pirates, and terrorism. The first pages in the book after the table of contents show a matrix plotting each situation on a Dangerous to Deadly/Be Prepared to Only in the Movies axis. Car crashes, for instance, are firmly on the Be Prepared side and zombie attacks are on the Only in the Movies end of the continuum. In some sections the matrix is repeated with more detail, thunderstorms are less deadly but more common than hail and flash floods are more dangerous than either.

Each section outlines the danger, lists the warning signs, and describes the appropriate response. (If you are on the beach and the water suddenly recedes well beyond its normal point, a tsunami is on the way. You have about 5 minutes to run as fast as you can.) Statistics related to the danger make interesting background reading – 50 children are mugged every day in London, usually for their mobile phones. The packing lists for emergency kits are especially useful, as are the references to essential equipment (radiation detector, car escape tool, fire extinguisher). 

 Some of the information is not new (change the batteries in smoke detectors twice a year) but it isn’t wrong and bears repeating for thoroughness. Some of the information is definitely new to me, for instance the guidance to stand in a doorway during an earthquake has been determined to be flawed.  I didn’t know black bears are more aggressive than grizzly bears either. Quite worrying considering the recent number of black bear sightings in suburban back yards. The answer? Bear spray. An illustration shows the safest seats on an airplane and the most dangerous. Another shows how to wash your hands thoroughly if you’re in the midst of a pandemic.

I could wish the book were not so flippant in spots but perhaps that says more about me than the book. Highly recommended resource for anyone who lives in a house, drives a car in the snow or on ice, flies in an airplane, goes camping or hiking in the wilderness, swims at a beach, or simply walks down the street.

  • Publisher: Weldon Owen (2015)
  • ISBN-10: 1616289503 
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616289508

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