Anyone who has ever taken part in Nanowrimo – National Novel Writing Month — and wondered what was possible need wonder no more. If ever there was a best case scenario, Elizabeth Haynes has lived it/is living it.
Mina’s writing is consistently fresh and compelling, and nobody wraps an important social theme around a challenging and topical plot line better than she does. Her latest effort, “Gods and Beasts”, will not disappoint her many fans.
Reflecting changes in society, mystery writers have expanded their venues from the days when books cast female protagonists as teachers or nurses. Both of these mysteries focus on women with strong professional lives. But one of them works much better than the other.
Seamus Scanlon’s 23 stunning tales in his debut collection, “As Close As You’ll Ever Be” (Cairn Press), feature prize winners among them. About a third have appeared in literary magazines.
What “Me and the Devil” does is portray the spiritual demise and moribund career of a writer named Nick Tosches, with human-blood-drinking as the symbol for rejuvenation and rebirth. Along the way Tosches delineates the parasitic ways of humans.
It should not be surprising that the author of the definitive guide to heavy metal music should come back with another, similar guide, this time devoted to what some would say is the film world’s heavy metal equivalent.
As much as readers may enjoy selecting their own literary diversions, they’re also curious to know what novels authors themselves have enjoyed. Which makes this compilation of tributes to more than 120 memorable works of crime so delightful.
A classic cat-and-mouse game — except it’s no game. David Downing’s latest novel, “Lehrter Station” (Soho Crime), chronicles days full of promise, punctuated by nights full of peril, in a nation emerging from war and pulled in many directions at once.
Reynolds is a seasoned professional, and it shows. “Beach Strip” is an engrossing tale, with characters that are both believable and engaging.Nicely paced, with several twists and a story line that will hold the reader’s attention.
Pot hunting, the age-old business of digging up Native American pottery to collect or sell, is at the center of “Skeleton Picnic”, the second book in Michael Norman’s series featuring J.D. Books, a law-enforcement ranger.
“You hear all this whining going on, ‘Where are our great writers?’ The thing I might feel doleful about is: Where are the readers?” – Gore Vidal in “Esquire”, 2008
“Heading Out to Wonderful” is exactly that. Wonderful. That is, it’s filled with wonder. Robert Goolrick has once again dug beneath the surface of lives, unearthing mystery and motive that, when combined, drive this impressive, hypnotic tale relentlessly forward.
“Broken Harbor” is crime writer Tana French’s compelling tale about the horrific multiple-murder of a family in rural Ireland. But if gore is not your thing, don’t be put off: “Broken Harbor” is very much a police procedural married to a classic whodunnit.
Chicago-based crime writer Sara Paretsky has long dominated the contemporary hard-boiled private-eye genre with fast-paced tales featuring her indefatigable, often headstrong sleuth, V.I. Warshawski.
The best crime fiction books of 2011: »The Accident« by Linwood Barclay, »A Bad Night’s Sleep« by Michael Wiley, »Bad Signs« by R. J. Ellory, »Bloodland« by Alan Glynn, »Buried Secrets« by Joseph Finger …