Monthly Archives: February 2011

Lost River by Stephen Booth – review

February 28, 2011
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Lost River by Stephen Booth – review

In this, the tenth book in the series featuring CID officers DS Diane Fry and DC Ben Cooper of the Derbyshire Constabulary based in Edendale, the tale opens with Ben trying to rescue an eight-year-old, out on a bank holiday in Dovedale with her family, from drowning in a few inches of water. His...

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Some cool short films for Saturday afternoon

February 26, 2011
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The Backwater Gospel As long as anyone can remember, the coming of The Undertaker has meant the coming of death. Until one day the grim promise fails and tension builds as the God fearing townsfolk of Backwater wait for someone to die The Backwater Gospel from The Animation Workshop on Vimeo. Eye of the...

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Mister X by John Lutz – review

February 25, 2011
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Mister X by John Lutz – review

From the attention-getting first sentence of this novel (“Quinn had found a box of paper clips in his bottom desk drawer and was just straightening up when the dead woman entered his office”) to the description of the latter, which ends as follows: “The smile came again, a red slash of amusement that broke...

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An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd – review

February 25, 2011
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An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd – review

A chance sighting while in Waterloo Station leads Bess Crawford into a long investigation. She recognizes a woman, crying as a Captain leaves to catch a train to the front during World War I. The woman, the wife of one of Bess’ patients, whose picture was pinned to his tunic, enabled Bess to recognize...

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Graven Image by Charlie Williams – reviews

February 24, 2011
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Graven Image by Charlie Williams – reviews

Leon has fucked up something terrible. Never the most stable fella to begin with, Leon managed to enrage local crime lord Graven by fucking up one of his big wig crime buddies mid-pump at the brothel Leon bounces at.  Now Graven has Leon’s daughter and won’t give her back, may even turn her out, but...

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Justified – “The I of the Storm” – review

February 24, 2011
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Justified – “The I of the Storm” – review

Boyd had to deal with a whole lotta shit this week.  He’s trying to keep his head down in the mines but some fanboy supremacists keep trying to bend his ear on some scam their working.  He thinks he and Ava are doing as well as can be expected but it looks like she’d throw his...

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Bleed a River Deep by Brian McGilloway – review

February 23, 2011
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Bleed a River Deep by Brian McGilloway – review

As this newest book in the series begins, Inspector Benedict (“Ben”) Devlin has set his sights on a very wealthy. influential and powerful man, John Weston, who he suspects is guilty of . . . something, he’s not quite sure what. But his very attitude of arrogance and something akin to condescension raises Devlin’s...

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The Devil by Ken Bruen – review

February 23, 2011
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The Devil by Ken Bruen – review

“The Devil” reads like a cocktail of Xanax and Jameson, with a side of Guiness. Maybe that’s because Jack Taylor absorbs that combination on practically every page of the novel. Describing a book by Ken Bruen is no easy task, and the smart thing would be to not make any attempt to do that,...

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Dexter is Delicious by Jeff Lindsay – review

February 23, 2011
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Dexter is Delicious by Jeff Lindsay – review

Jeff Lindsay is back, with his totally unique creation, Dexter Morgan. Mr. Lindsay’s trademark alliteration is firmly in place, e.g., on the second page of the novel, Dexter references his Dark Dabbler, Dexter Dead for Decades, and Dexter the Decidedly Dreadful. [Although the tale is told in the first person, the protagonist routinely refers...

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Rag and Bone By James R. Benn – review

February 22, 2011
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Rag and Bone By James R. Benn – review

A couple of weeks ago, the Russian Parliament acknowledged that country’s responsibility for the slaughter of more than 20,000 Polish officers at the Katyn Forest early on during World War II over the protests of the Communist Party. Katyn plays a prominent role in this novel, the fifth in the Billy Boyle World War...

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Evil for Evil by By James R. Benn – review

February 22, 2011
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Evil for Evil by By James R. Benn – review

The Billy Boyle World War II Mystery Series has the protagonist, a former Boston detective now serving as a lieutenant on the Eisenhower staff, undertaking special assignments for Uncle Ike (Billy’s mother and Mamie are sisters) requiring discretion. In this episode, he is sent to Northern Ireland where there is a large American base,...

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Young Junius by Seth Harwood – review

February 21, 2011
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Young Junius by Seth Harwood – review

Reviewed by Nik Korpon Sequels and prequels are tricky things. The Original gives us the characters, shows us the architecture, let us live inside that world for a while. Sure, there are some interesting narrative-alleyways to lurk in for a while, but we keep the map the way it is for a reason: It’s...

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Open for submissions

February 21, 2011
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As of this morning Spinetingler is again open for submissions. Check out our guidelines, be awesome, and send us a story. Remember we are a paying market. 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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Fiction: THE COLOMBIAN by Fred Snyder

February 21, 2011
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The sedan crunched over gravel on Marco’s driveway. Marco squinted into the early afternoon sun. The visitor stepped out of the sedan and started down the stone steps toward the shore. Marco grimaced and turned back to his traps. “How’s it going, Marco?” The visitor stopped at the bottom of the stairs. “You never...

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California by Ray Banks – review

February 18, 2011
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California by Ray Banks – review

I fucking love what Ray Banks does.  The guy’s prose is tough, his characters tragically human, his worldview grim yet recognizable, and his stories manage to eat at your soul while still taking the time to give you a few well-earned, boozy laughs.  But what I admire most about Banks’ work is a bit harder to describe...

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Joining the Indie E-Book Revolution by L.J. Sellers

February 18, 2011
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Joining the Indie E-Book Revolution by L.J. Sellers

By L.J. Sellers I spent 20 years looking for a publisher, and by time I found one, the industry had changed so much, I soon realized I no longer needed one. At the beginning of last year, I had two books in a detective series in print, but only one was on Kindle. I...

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The Science of Paul by Aaron Philip Clark – review

February 17, 2011
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The Science of Paul by Aaron Philip Clark – review

Ex-con Paul Little’s parole is up and his grandfather’s in the ground, making now the best time to hightail it out of Philadelphia to take up residence on the late man’s North Carolina farm.  Thing is, as he’s just broken up with the girlfriend who has supported him since his release, he’s barely got...

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Justified – “The Life Inside” – review

February 17, 2011
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Justified – “The Life Inside” – review

Looks like they fooled the shit outta me, dear reader.  Last week I was talking out my ass about Boyd maybe being an activist or some kind of labor union troublemaker when it came to his brief scene in the mines.  I apparently trust Boyd just as much as Raylan does, seeing how we...

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Next Time You See Me by Katia Lief – review

February 16, 2011
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Next Time You See Me by Katia Lief – review

Katia Lief’s first book, the thrilling You Are Next, was published by Avon in October of 2010.; this novel, a sequel, one short month later. Inasmuch as it picks up four years after the end of the first book, everything to follow must be considered a potential spoiler, hence: SPOILER ALERT Karin Schaeffer is...

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You Are Next by Katia Lief – review

February 15, 2011
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You Are Next by Katia Lief – review

This riveting new book by Katia Lief centers around “a twenty-seven-year-old mild-mannered loner named Martin Price,” a serial killer dubbed the Domino Killer, so called because at the scene of each of his crimes he leaves a message, spelled out in dominoes, if the police can figure out the clues. As the book begins,...

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