Monthly Archives: December 2010

Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs – review

December 30, 2010
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Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs – review

Temperance Brennan, as most readers already know , is usually based in North Carolina. This latest entry in the series opens with the forensic anthropologist in Quebec, in early May, with her former boyfriend, Lt. detective Andrew...

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Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason, Translated by Victoria Cribb – review

December 29, 2010
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Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason, Translated by Victoria Cribb – review

The past usually plays a large role in this author’s Reykjavik mysteries, and Hypothermia is no exception. To begin with, the reader is treated to another recurring event in the life of Erlender Erlendsson, a detailed description of how he and his younger brother were once lost in a raging snowstorm. The 10-year-okd Erlender...

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Baby Shark’s Beaumont Blues by Robert Fate – review

December 28, 2010
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Baby Shark’s Beaumont Blues by Robert Fate – review

While not breaking any barriers of originality its fast pace, action packed sequences and ultimately likable characters come together to form a well told and enjoyable tale. When young Kristin Van Dijk and her irascible good ol’ boy partner Otis take on the case of a missing heiress to an oil fortune little do...

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Fever of the Bone by Val McDermid – review

December 28, 2010
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Fever of the Bone by Val McDermid – review

Val McDermid’s latest Carol Jordan/Tony Hill novel more than lives up to the expectations raised by the previous books in the series. DCI Carol Jordan now heads up her own elite Major Incident Team, handling current as well as cold cases, but the status quo is threatened by the new chief constable, as is...

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In Harm’s Way by Ridley Pearson – review

December 28, 2010
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In Harm’s Way by Ridley Pearson – review

This is a very complex novel, with the plot criss-crossing along with the unfathomable emotions of the various characters, much of them unexplained and merely put forward in exposition. Also unusual are the almost non-existent descriptions of beautiful Sun Valley and its environment, expected in a Sheriff Walt Fleming story, as this is. The...

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Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane – review

December 27, 2010
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Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane – review

I was surprised as anybody that Lehane went back to the well and gave us another Kenzie and Gennaro PI novel.  I figured he was going to make big, operatic period novels like The Given Day from here on out – basicallygo all James Ellroy on our asses.  After burning through Moonlight Mile in just...

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The Koala of Death by Betty Webb – review

December 25, 2010
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The Koala of Death by Betty Webb – review

This novel is the second in a new series, following the author’s well-received Lena Jones detective stories. The protagonist in the current Gunn Zoo Mysteries is Theodora “Teddy” Bentley, who prefers working at the zoo to the ease of living the life of Riley with her well-to-do mother who is forever attempting to get...

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Mirror Image by Dennis Palumbo – review

December 24, 2010
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Mirror Image by Dennis Palumbo – review

Kevin Merrick, a patient of Dr. Dan Rinaldi for six months, had finally made a breakthrough of sorts, overcoming the self-imposed barriers and opening up about the traumatic events in his childhood. Now 23 years old, he has used drugs, cutting, and other ways of dealing with his problems. Now Danny feels he may...

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The Taken by Inger Ash Wolfe – review

December 23, 2010
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The Taken by Inger Ash Wolfe – review

In the debut novel in this series, The Calling, we learned that DI Hazel Micallef suffered a severe back injury. In the interim between that time frame and this sequel she has undergone two operations and we find her flat on her back, dependent on pain killers, in the basement apartment of her ex-husband’s...

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What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman – review

December 23, 2010
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What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman – review

Thirty years ago two sisters disappeared from a shopping mall. Their bodies were never found and those familiar with the case have always been tortured by these questions: How do you kidnap two girls? Who—or what—could have lured the two sisters away from a busy mall on a Saturday afternoon without leaving behind a...

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New Lincoln Lawyer trailer

December 22, 2010
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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 at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.More Posts - Website - Twitter

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Best Mystery & Crime Fiction of 2010 Lists Collected

December 22, 2010
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I wanted to try and collect the various best mystery, crime, thriller fiction lists that appear online. I will add to the post as I find them so check back. If you see a list let me know and I’ll add it. -Amazon’s top 10 Mystery & Thriller’s of 2010...

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The Last Lie by Stephen White – review

December 21, 2010
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The Last Lie by Stephen White – review

In a follow-up to the excellent The Siege, author Stephen White not only brings back detective Sam Purdy , but also Alan Gregory, psychiatrist and clinical psychologist and long-standing series protagonist, and his wife, DDA Lauren. From a rather curious opening dealing with his ‘supervisory’ duties involving sessions with younger clinicians,...

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Moscow Sting by Alex Dryden – review

December 21, 2010
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Moscow Sting by Alex Dryden – review

There is a lot to like about this book, and much to dislike. To begin with, it is an interesting and diverting plot, reminiscent of all the Cold War novels of the past, albeit set in present-day circumstances. However, the characters seem wooden, caricatures filling in the blanks. Moscow Sting is the sequel to...

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A Bad Day’s Work by Nora McFarland – review

December 20, 2010
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A Bad Day’s Work by Nora McFarland – review

Lilly Hawkins has been having her problems lately, gaining a reputation for screwing up . But of course, perception is everything, as she knows. Lilly is a news photographer at KJAY covering the Bakersfield, CA area, “the only woman in town who...

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A Question of Belief by Donna Leon – review

December 20, 2010
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A Question of Belief by Donna Leon – review

A heat wave engulfs Venice in this, the 19th Guido Brunetti mystery, and the Commissario is looking forward to a vacation in the cooler Alps with his family and even makes it onto the train. But four hours into the trip he is called to return to the city to solve the murder of...

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Hard Working Man: Captain Beefheart’s Opening to Blue Collar

December 19, 2010
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[note: I’ve been slowly working on an article on the movie Blue Collar, a labor of love about a truly great and forgotten film. With Captain Beefheart’s recent death I wanted to publish a portion of the article as a remembrance. Capt. Beefheart was involved in the opening song of the movie and the...

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Limitless trailer

December 18, 2010
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The trailer for Limitless is out now. Limitless was formerly known as The Dark Fields based on the Alan Glynn novel of the same name). 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...

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Dirk Gently (BBC) – review

December 17, 2010
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Dirk Gently (BBC) – review

reviewed by Russel D McLean Starring: Stephen Mangan, Helen Baxendale, Darren Boyd Based on the novels by Douglas Adams First broadcast: BBC4, Thursday 17 December 2010 It’s been a long time since I read Douglas Adams’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (and its insane sequel The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul). But what...

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Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Jones Men by Verne E. Smith – review

December 17, 2010
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Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Jones Men by Verne E. Smith – review

In 1972 journalist Verne E. Smith wrote an article for Newsweek called Detroit’s Heroin Subculture which would become the basis for the novel The Jones Men which was published in 1974. It was named a New York Times Notable and was nominated for an Edgar award in 1975. One of the first things to...

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