Category: Reviews

  • Ireland Bound!

    Ireland Bound!

    I’m heading off to Ireland this evening and I’m very excited about my trip. Hence an early post – Saturday instead of my usual Sunday. Here’s some suggested reading from my blogging friend Colman and his great crime fiction website: Criminal Col’s Library. Please Click Here for his April reading list, and stay to discover Read more

  • Adam Lyndon: Devil’s Chimney

    Adam Lyndon: Devil’s Chimney

    Available June 23 – Preorder Here DEAD COPS SLEEP LONG PC Rutherford Barnes and his partner Harriet Holden have done the Sussex police department proud. They arrested Howard Van Leer as the suspect who has been on a burglary streak for weeks. It was Holden’s new digs that they found Van Leer outside of, but Read more

  • Victoria Weisfeld: Architect of Courage

    Victoria Weisfeld: Architect of Courage

    Available June 4th – Preorder Here “He wasn’t on easy terms with betrayal – not enough practice. Nor was he clever with lies and excuses.” Archer Landis – successful architect, married man. Slipping away from an industry dinner he finds Julia, the woman he’s in love with, murdered in her apartment. He’s devasted but does Read more

  • Antti Tuomainen: The Rabbit Factor

    Antti Tuomainen: The Rabbit Factor

    I am an actuary. As a rule, I don’t run adventure parks, and I certainly don’t batter people to death with giant, plastic rabbit ears. But as I said, my life hasn’t been following the probability calculus for some time now. Henri Koskinen couldn’t have calculated the way his job turned into something as unfathomable Read more

  • Dietrich Kalteis: Nobody From Somewhere

    Dietrich Kalteis: Nobody From Somewhere

    Available June 7, 2022 – Preorder Here Wren Jones is a 15 year old runaway from the foster care system. She picked the wrong car to use the back seat to sleep in. Fitch Henry Haut is a retired detective, widowed, and dying from cancer. While waiting for the meatloaf special in a Vancouver diner, Read more

  • Stephen Collier: Crimson Dragon

    Stephen Collier: Crimson Dragon

    DI Mandy Lee was young when she escaped from her triad family Crimson Dragon. Now she is a homicide detective in the Hong Kong Police. The crime scene: a triad brothel where a dead woman is found. She isn’t a sex trade worker and this has Lee and her partner shaking their heads. Nothing about Read more

  • Paul D. Brazill: Punk Fiction +Bonus Interview

    Paul D. Brazill: Punk Fiction +Bonus Interview

    I’ve been wanting to feature Paul D. Brazill for some time now, and it’s finally come together. Punk Fiction – a short fiction sampler, is Brazill’s latest work featuring: A Case Of Noir, Too Many Crooks, Shots In The Dark and A Round Of Shots. All jammed into a collection of singular entertainment. In true Read more

  • James Grady: This Train

    James Grady: This Train

    C.C.C.C.: Confirm Contain Control Contingencies. The four Cs of foresee. Nora, Constance and her dog Mugzy, the messenger bag man, and a Marine with his wife and two children, were the first to arrive in the Premium seating area for Amtrak #779 – the Empire Builder from Seattle to Chicago. Others arrived, a racist banker Read more

  • Charles Salzberg: Canary in the Coal Mine

    Charles Salzberg: Canary in the Coal Mine

    ..Yogi Berra said it best: It ain’t over till it’s over. This is what I think over looks like. No one’s happy. No one’s out of the woods. No one is getting what they want. No one is getting what they need. No one is getting what they deserve. This is often what over looks Read more

  • C.S. Porter: Beneath Her Skin

    C.S. Porter: Beneath Her Skin

    “All any of us have is now…That’s the job. That’s what detectives do. We look backwards. We serve the dead.” It’s a shooting competition with targets placed on bales of hay. The father of a competitor notices red on a paper target and calls a halt to the contest. This is the opening salvo from Read more

  • Mark Rowley & David Derbyshire: The Sleep of Reason

    Mark Rowley & David Derbyshire: The Sleep of Reason

    It begins at the Chilton Theme park, a man with a knife, and a family strapped into a ride, helpless to stop their massacre. Detective Superintendent Sophie Gabriel is from Scotland Yard’s counter terrorism unit (SO15) and glad to be out from behind her desk. She’s focused and capable, putting aside a previous incident that Read more

  • Joe Ide: The Goodbye Coast

    Joe Ide: The Goodbye Coast

    Philip Marlow didn’t last long as a police officer, just like his father Emmett a decorated detective predicted. Ten years in as a private investigator in Los Angeles, Marlow has a reputation for getting things done, and for being difficult to deal with. The introductory case in the book is the missing step-daughter of a Read more

  • Paul Cleave: The Quiet People

    Paul Cleave: The Quiet People

    It was a day that went bad and got worse. A day when Cameron Murdoch took his ‘on the Autistic spectrum’ son Zach out for a some fun. At the bouncy castle Murdoch realizes he can’t see Zach with the other children. He jumps inside inadvertently bumping and jostling the children creating a furor. Zach Read more

  • David Bradbury: Harbor City Homicide

    David Bradbury: Harbor City Homicide

    “Detective,” he said, meeting her gaze. “You want the word on the street, honest to God, unvarnished. You’re a door missing hinges.” LA Detective Helen Freitag is on the job for the long haul. A survivor of an IED during a tour of duty, she is a capable but reclusive investigator, who often gets lost Read more

  • Liam McIvanney: The Heretic & Col’s Criminal Library

    Liam McIvanney: The Heretic & Col’s Criminal Library

    I’m a bit under the weather so have lifted this excellent review from Col’s Criminal Library Col is a stellar reviewer and gives this book 5/5. The Heretic