Monthly Archives: July 2010

Skeleton Hill by Peter Lovesey

July 31, 2010
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Skeleton Hill by Peter Lovesey

Two murders confront Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond in this, the tenth in the mystery series featuring the irascible Bath policeman. Each of the murders apparently took place during re-creations of the battle between the Roundheads and the Cavaliers three-and-one-half centuries ago. The first, which occurred more than a decade before the latest one, was...

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My fourth birthday as a reviewer

July 31, 2010
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Today is my fourth birthday as an online reviewer. On July 31st 2006 my first online review was published. I started out as a mystery/crime reviewer on a site that mainly covered SF/F. I think this is worth noting up front. It helps to explain some of my older reviews. To date I’ve written...

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Heaven’s Keep by William Kent Krueger

July 30, 2010
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Heaven’s Keep by William Kent Krueger

Heaven’s Keep opens one morning as Jo Corcoran, near Casper, Wyoming, prepares to and does board a charter plane which will take her and her fellow passengers to Seattle, Washington. Other than Jo, the others are all Native Americans. They are all “part of a committee tasked with drafting recommendations for oversight of Indian...

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Cruddy by Lynda Barry being filmed!

July 30, 2010
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Cruddy by Lynda Barry being filmed!

Holy crap, this makes me jump up and down. Cruddy is one of the best dark fictions that people haven’t read yet and is a personal favorite of mine. I reviewed it awhile back: I swear to God, it’s hard for me to remember reading another book that is as uncompromising in its brutality...

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Julie Compton: THE DEMISE OF THE ACCIDENTAL READER?

July 30, 2010
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Julie Compton:  THE DEMISE OF THE ACCIDENTAL READER?

I don’t think I’m a Luddite. I embrace most technologies as soon as they come onto the scene. I own a first generation Kindle, and though it hasn’t come close to replacing print books in my house, I use it quite often and appreciate its conveniences. In fact, it’s the only thing keeping me...

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Gary Phillips–Interview

July 30, 2010
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Gary Phillips–Interview

Gary Phillips is like your favorite uncle. He’s the guy with the quick joke, the great story about your mom crushing over some boy in high school, the guy pulling quarters from behind the ears of star struck toddlers wandering around family gatherings. The difference between your favorite uncle and Phillips, though, is all...

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Detectives Inc. by Don McGregor, Marshall Rogers & Gene Colan – review

July 30, 2010
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Detectives Inc. by Don McGregor, Marshall Rogers & Gene Colan – review

From a historical perspective Detectives Inc. is a true classic of the genre and the medium. Don McGregor wrote one of the original graphic novels that was written and marketed exclusively for the Direct Market. Detectives Inc. collects A Remembrance of Threatening Green which was originally published in 1980 and A Terror Of Dying...

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The Silent Spirit by Margaret Coel

July 29, 2010
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The Silent Spirit by Margaret Coel

The Wind River mystery series continues with Father John O’Malley returning to the Wyoming St. Francis mission after a six-month sabbatical in Rome, and Vicki Holden struggling to balance her professional career with her partner, Adam Lone Eagle, with her continued feelings of obligations to protect her Arapaho people. The Holden-Lone Eagle partnership has...

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Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon – Just thinking out loud

July 29, 2010
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Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon – Just thinking out loud

When we talk of crime fiction we often talk of fiction that deals with crime in two main guises. Violence in extremis like murder, rape, assault or schemes of theft like robberies, B&E’s, bank robberies. These extreme acts of crime lend themselves to a certain level of escapism. We are not murderers, or thieves;...

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An Old Chaos by Sheila Simonson – review

July 28, 2010
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An Old Chaos by Sheila Simonson – review

The protagonists of Sheila Simonson’s Latouche County series, following the excellent “Buffalo Bill’s Defunct,” taking place about three months after the conclusion of that book, are back: the county’s chief investigator, Rob Neill, and his girlfriend, head librarian Meg McLean. As the book opens, Rob’s mentor, Sheriff Mack McCormick is contemplating retirement. He and...

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Hilary Davidson’s tour dates for The Damage Done

July 28, 2010
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Here are some upcoming events and tour dates for Spinetingler Award winning author Hilary Davidson in support of her debut novel The Damage Done. Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and...

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Carl Hiaasen on Today show discussing Star Island

July 28, 2010
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Earlier today Carl Hiaasen was on The Today Show discussing his new novel Star Island. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in...

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Haiku by Andrew Vachss – review

July 28, 2010
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Haiku by Andrew Vachss – review

I had been wanting to read this book anyway but the reason I started was because the chapters were short. You see it was during the great blizzard dig out of ’09 a few months back and in between all of the shoveling and other stuff I wanted a book that would be kind...

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Sandra Parshall: AN UNDISTORTED LENS

July 27, 2010
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Sandra Parshall:  AN UNDISTORTED LENS

The first time I used impoverished southern mountain people in a (never published) novel, years ago, I quickly realized that a lot of readers see them through a distorted lens and expect writers to present characters that conform to stereotypes. One member of the critique group I was in at the time urged me...

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New Boardwalk Empire trailer

July 27, 2010
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Check out the new trailer for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Spinetingler is currently in negotiations to bring you a really cool exclusive to coincide with the release of Boardwalk Empire. Preview Trailer #4 Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler...

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The Chill by Jason Starr – review

July 27, 2010
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The Chill by Jason Starr – review

I’m going to bloviate for a quick minute. In 1968 and 1970 Van Morrison released Astral Weeks and Moondance. These two early albums, each with radically different sounds, would come to define his whole career. Every successive album, it could be argued, would either fit into one mode or the other. So what the...

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Link for the day

July 26, 2010
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Seriously, just go read the whole thing NETWORK NOTES: We don’t like the detective very much here. He doesn’t stop the bad guy, has no plan, and at the end sort of just puffs after him yelling like an idiot. ME: It’s real. It’s what really happens when people are confronted with these types...

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Quote for the day

July 26, 2010
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LOS ANGELES—Thirty-four lone-wolf detectives and beat officers from Los Angeles’ 77th Police Precinct received unpaid three-month suspensions Monday for unprofessional and insubordinate conduct that their chief said he’s tolerated for the “last goddamn time.” The police officers have been subjected to scathing public criticism over the years for their tendency to play by their...

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Daniel Craig to play Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

July 26, 2010
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Daniel Craig has closed his deal to play journalist Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, a deal which factors in options for two sequels based on The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest. The novels comprise the bestselling trilogy by late Stieg Larsson. The...

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Zoe Sharp’s Charlie Fox rights sold to Fox TV

July 26, 2010
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Dave Thompson of Busted Flush, brings word about the Zoe Sharp series character Charlie Fox: Zoë’s THE CHARLIE FOX MYSTERIES — centering on ex-army self-defense expert and one time Special Forces candidate, Charlotte “Charlie” Fox and her all-action, high octane adventures in the world of close protection — has been sold to Twentieth Century...

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