Category: Reviews

  • It’s Monday

    The CWC calendar is coming back to life with some events this week: Hamilton, ON J.E. Forman Tuesday, January 14 – 2pm Reading and Q&A Locke Branch, Hamilton Public Library 285 Locke Street South Contact: writeme@jeforman.ca Toronto, ON Anita Arvast Toronto Sisters in Crime Thursday, January16, 7pm-8 Reading and discussion Toronto Public Library – Northern Read more

  • Dark Places

     Libby Day is not a likeable character; she is prickly, aggressive, hostile. The sole witness to the murder of her family when she was seven-years-old, she has carved out an uncertain, clouded life. Her mother and two sisters were killed by her 15-year-old brother Ben and Libby never questioned her childhood testimony until she was Read more

  • Joseph Wambaugh’s Hollywood Station Series

    Hollywood!   Joseph Wambaugh perfected the modern police procedural years ago with a full-stop writing style that no one has since matched. Somehow despite this, he moves you effortlessly through each storyline. Hollywood Moon is the third installment (2009) in the LAPD Hollywood Station series: Hollywood Station (2006) Hollywood Crows (2008) Hollywood Hills (2010) and Read more

  • Louise Penny – Order of Canada

       Louise Penny is now among the more than 6,000 Canadians named to the Order of Canada. Her Three Pines mysteries featuring Inspector Armand Gamache have made countless bestseller lists and received, or been a finalist for, awards such as: Edgar, Macavity, Arthur Ellis, Anthony, and Agatha. If you are not yet a fan you Read more

  • Welcome to 2014

    Some of us are in recovery mode today. Good luck with it and I hope your excesses of New Year’s Eve prove more fun and less embarrassing. While I never make resolutions, I have been thinking about delving into today’s world of crime noir and discover what is going on in this genre. To that Read more

  • Last minute…

    Dash over to your local bookstore on your lunch break and pick up this anthology, The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries by Edgar Award winning editor Otto Penzler. Goodreads tells us, “From classic Victorian tales by Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Thomas Hardy, to contemporary stories by Sara Paretsky and Ed McBain, this Read more

  • Roland March Series

    In November, I made a brief mention of the eBook Back on Murder the first of the Roland March series by J. Mark Bertrand. Now well into the second book of the series, Pattern of Wounds, what I said then, still stands – this is a very good writer. Roland March is a homicide detective Read more

  • Is speed reading for you?

    Reading is my addiction as you must well know by now, and that means I read voraciously and quickly. Far quicker than most people, though occasionally I am bested by someone, not that it matters. What does matter to me is the ability to be immersed and enthralled by a book and satisfied by its Read more

  • Defending Jacob

    This story by William Landay is about a family on a journey of discovery about themselves and each other when their 14-year old son is accused of the murder of his classmate. On the day their son is charged, Andy Barber advises his wife of a secret of which he is deeply ashamed – a Read more

  • Monday finds from around the Web

    Bodies in the Bookshop: An Evening with Louise Penny and her book How The Light Gets In was held recently at Heffers in Cambridge (U.K.) Here’s an excerpt from YouTube. Announced this weekend, the winner of New Zealand’s 2013 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel: Death on Demand by Paul Thomas, whose unorthodox Maori Read more

  • The 10 Best

    What do 10 best-selling crime fiction authors have in common that no other 10 best group does? They are in a competition to help a campaign by the University of Dundee raise funds to build a world-class morgue. From the Million for a Morgue website here are some details: HOW IT WORKS Every £1 donated Read more

  • Yes, it’s Friday

    Yes, I’m back from an imposed hiatus involving stitches, Advil and plenty of rest. Nothing too serious, but annoying and damned inconvenient. It is said that truth is stranger than fiction and Toronto author Robert Rotenberg turned that out with his fourth novel Stranglehold released in May of this year. The story line features Hap Read more

  • Old City Hall

    At 5:28 each morning Gurdial Singh, a retired chief engineer for Indian Railways, drops off a newspaper at the door of Toronto broadcaster Kevin Brace – the host of a nationally syndicated morning show. This day however will not be like the others. ‘Mr Kevin’s’ condo door is half-way open as usual however Mr Kevin Read more

  • The Gods of Gotham

    By Lyndsay Faye It’s New York City in 1845 and there is an invasion taking place. Irish Catholics abound and the Protestant masses are grouping to defend against the threat of papacy. Sound familiar? Well substitute the words Muslim for Catholic and you can see that everything old is new again. But I digress. It Read more

  • Lest we forget…

      It is a Day of Remembrance and a chance to view the crime fiction world through different eyes. Here is a glimpse into how some authors have dealt with the wars and war veterans.     George Pelecanos introduced us to Spero Lucas with the first novel The Cut released in 2011 followed by Read more