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Crimefest Awards Shortlist Announced

April 25, 2017
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THE 2016 CRIMEFEST AWARDS SHORTLISTS The winners will be announced at the CRIMEFEST Gala Awards Dinner on Saturday, 21 May. SHORTLIST DETAILS:   AUDIBLE SOUNDS OF CRIME AWARD The Audible Sounds of Crime Award is for the best unabridged crime audiobook first published in the UK in 2016 in both printed and audio formats,...

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CRIMEFEST ANNOUNCES STAR-STUDDED 2017 LINE-UP AND PROGRAMME

April 25, 2017
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Anthony Horowitz, Ann Cleeves, Peter Lovesey, Martin Edwards and Robert Thorogood headline CrimeFest 2017 Anthony Horowitz, Ann Cleeves and Peter Lovesey are among the top names set to speak at this year’s CrimeFest in Bristol, 18th – 21st May. CrimeFest will once again host a stellar line-up of award-winning, bestselling crime fiction authors, as...

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Paul Levine has Bum Luck

March 28, 2017
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Paul Levine has Bum Luck

  No, really. His new legal thriller, titled Bum Luck, hits store shelves today. Rush out and get some Bum Luck of your own. A little-known fact about Paul…  “I’ve never been disbarred, committed, or charged with moral turpitude, and    the only time I was arrested it was a case of mistaken identity…I didn’t...

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Great Jones Street: The Netflix of Fiction

March 19, 2017
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Great Jones Street: The Netflix of Fiction

There’s an app for short fiction, and it’s Great Jones Street. A little while ago I had a chance to ask the forces behind GJS some questions, and Kelly Abbott, one of the creative forces behind GJS, took the time to answer some questions. What is Great Jones Street and why should people download this...

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Karen Pullen’s Cold Heart

February 19, 2017
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COLD HEART

Karen Pullen spends several days each week cooking breakfast and cleaning rooms for strangers! That’s because she owns a bed & breakfast! She took time out from her guests to answer a few questions about her latest work, Cold Heart. Sandra: What’s your new book/work in progress about? What inspired you to write it?...

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Author in the Hot Seat: James Oswald

January 14, 2017
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Author in the Hot Seat: James Oswald

If you don’t know who James Oswald is, where have you been? As well as writing a bestselling crime fiction series, James runs a 350 acre livestock farm, raising Highland cattle and New Zealand Romney sheep. He’s also been immortalized on late night TV by appearing on the Craig Ferguson Show. His latest Inspector McLean...

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Review: Hindsight, by Mindy Tarquini

November 8, 2016
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Review: Hindsight, by Mindy Tarquini

Deliciously original with a quirky voice that sets Mindy Tarquini in a league of her own, Hindsight is an entertaining story about a woman with the ability to see her past lives, who is desperate to find a way to break this curse. “But here’s the bitch about memory. It allows us to return...

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No Happy Endings for Angel Colon

November 4, 2016
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No Happy Endings for Angel Colon

Angel Luis Colon is the author of The Fury of Blacky Jaguar, No Happy Endings, and the in-progress short story anthology; Meat City on Fire (and Other Assorted Debacles). He’s an editor for the flash fiction site Shotgun Honey, has been nominated for the Derringer Award, and is published in multiple web and print...

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The Throes of Crime

October 29, 2016
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The Throes of Crime

In the late 1980s, Erik Arneson ran a play-by-mail professional wrestling simulation called the Global Wrestling Federation. It was small, but players joined from about half a dozen different states, and it generated enough income to buy an Apple IIc clone (the Laser 128), which he used throughout college. These days, Erik is celebrating the...

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The Secret to a Successful Author Event

October 24, 2016
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Recently, my writing group hosted a Skype conference with Sarah L. Johnson. Author of Suicide Stitch and the forthcoming Infractus, by day Johnson is the literary events manager at Owl’s Nest, an indie bookstore in Calgary, AB, Canada. As she explained, her role involves “wrangling writers and readers and bringing them together for events...

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Suicide Stitch: The Dark Corners of a Former Mormon Mind

October 16, 2016
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Suicide Stitch: The Dark Corners of a Former Mormon Mind

How does an ex-Mormon Canadian runner from Calgary manage to have a short story collection published by a small US press and get a contract on her speculative fiction novel with an Australian press? Meet Sarah L. Johnson, author of Suicide Stitch, a collection of short stories from EMP Publishing, and the forthcoming Infractus,...

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A HOT NIGHT IN DC – NOIR AT THE BAR

July 21, 2016
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A HOT NIGHT IN DC – NOIR AT THE BAR

On a weekend where the heat indexes crept into the 100s across the mid-Atlantic, no place was hotter than Washington DC’s Wonderland Ballroom, the site of author and reviewer E.A. Aymar’s third Noir at the Bar.

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Friday’s Forgotten Books: HUSH by Anne Frasier

May 6, 2016
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Friday’s Forgotten Books: HUSH by Anne Frasier

Ivy Dunlap has a secret. A secret that drove her to study criminology and become the author of a book on profiling serial killers. It’s also the reason she’s spent years in a sleepy Canadian town, teaching students but not working with the police on active cases. All of that changes when she receives...

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How Bad Can The Bad Guy Be? By William Petrocelli

October 29, 2013
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How Bad Can The Bad Guy Be? By William Petrocelli

Many mystery fans will tell you that their favorite character in any crime novel is the bad guy. There’s often a good reason for that. It takes a lot of thought to become a good villain. By the time you’ve been primed to be the heavy in the story, at least half of the...

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Guest Post: Leonard Goldberg’s Favorite Books

October 10, 2013
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Guest Post: Leonard Goldberg’s Favorite Books

Writers are often asked to name their very favorite books. I have been asked this question so many times, I have come to the conclusion that there are at least 20 novels that I could name comfortably. And the list is varied and includes Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, Harper Lee’s classic To...

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Review: ARGO – the must-see film of 2012?

October 13, 2012
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Review: ARGO – the must-see film of 2012?

“To this day the story stands as an enduring model of international co-operation between governments.” ARGO does far more than salute the spirit of cooperation that’s existed between Canada and the United States, and how that helped save six Americans during the height of the Iranian Hostage Crisis: ARGO cements Ben Affleck’s place as...

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The Hunger Games: Not Really About The Violence

March 25, 2012
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The Hunger Games: Not Really About The Violence

I didn’t read THE HUNGER GAMES before going to see the movie. The kids commandeered one Kindle, while Brian started it on the other Kindle, which left me last on the list. For me, that was okay. This is a movie I wanted to see, but went into with little in the way of...

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Opinion: PRIME SUSPECT – next casualty of bad marketing?

November 12, 2011
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I’ll never watch the American version of PRIME SUSPECT. I uttered that months ago, when the ads started, and would have repeated it a scant four weeks ago. Then it snowed. Being stuck inside while it snows in October is the only excuse I have. Trouble was, it wasn’t that bad. And as we...

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Countdown To Breaking Bad

July 13, 2011
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This weekend, there’s a reason to stay up late and make a date with your TV. Breaking Bad returns. To prepare, we’ve recently watched all of season three, over the course of just a few days. It’s like that blue meth Walt and Jesse are famous for cooking; once you start, you can’t stop....

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Fiction: THE RACCOON by Al Onia

July 12, 2011
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The rat closed on the raccoon kittens, intent on a tender meal. The mother raccoon struck before the rat had a chance to turn and use its formidable teeth on the mature raccoon. Into the water devoted parent and hunter-now-prey tumbled. Enduring the painful bites, the mother raccoon used her determination and superior size...

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