Category: Reviews

  • 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

  • Saturday evening with Linwood Barclay & George Pelecanos

    I wish it was that personal, but even in a large audience it was no less intimate or entertaining. The Globe & Mail book editor Jared Bland was the host and guided the evening with thoughtful questions and well-timed queries when things went interestingly sideways. Here are some take-aways from the evening. When asked about Read more

  • Halloween weekend in Derry, IE

    I wish I was going to Derry. Yes, it’s a plaintive call for a trip to Ireland to attend the Killer Books Crime Festival being held November 1-3. The Halloween weekend event takes place at the Verbal Arts Centre and sounds like damned good fun. There will be authors from around the UK: Gerard Brennan, Read more

  • The week begins

    IOFA The International Festival of Authors at the Harbourfront centre celebrates much more than the crime fiction genre and will be a delight for any dedicated reader to attend. Tonight there will be an event celebrating the authors shortlisted for the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for English-Language Fiction. For those of us whose focus Read more

  • Another Friday

    Time is flying by and many will be attending Halloween parties this weekend – have fun, be safe! CWC weekend reminder: Saturday, October 26 Kingston, ON Janet Kellough Book Signing for: 47 Sorrows 1pm – 4pm Where: Chapters Kingston – 2376 Princess St, Kingston Contact: janetkellough@gmail.com Sunday October 27 Toronto, ON Mesdames of Mayhem -fifteen Read more

  • Halloween reads

    Fall is my favourite time of year and Halloween is a fun part of the season. Who can forget and all those wonderful 50s films by the UK Hammer Company starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing? Somehow English accents made Dracula and Frankenstein all the more creepy. From the kitsch of Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi, Read more

  • Dead trilogy

    When I told my husband I was in love with a 19-year old Irish gunman named Michael Forsythe he barely blinked. On that day I had been immersed in Dead I Well May Be since the morning. It’s one of those fabulous books that catches you deeply to the exclusion of much else. Happily, the Read more

  • Monday, Monday

    A wee bit cool, but at least sunny to begin our week of crime adventure. CWC events for the week. Also, if you want to catch-up on the Canadian crime fiction released so far this year have a peek at the: CWC Cool Canadian Crime – Annual catalogue of member writers Meanwhile, a list of Read more

  • The weeks end

    Another five weekdays has passed and here are a few things from around the Web: Rap Sheet: NZ Eleanor Catton youngest winner of Man Booker Prize Scoop Culture Finalists announced for Ngaio Marsh Crime Awards Crime Writers’ Association will announce on November 5 the results of results of their Best Ever Poll. Just to tweak Read more

  • The reading experience

    At one time I belonged to a Facebook, book club and we did things to suit ourselves. We chose the book (genres of all types) and talked about it along the way careful of spoilers. We were a small, easy group and found it quite manageable. We had an added dimension though, we also discussed Read more

  • Monday’s CWC Update

    It’s a beautiful sunny Monday in Toronto and time to post the Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) events for the upcoming week for Ontario: Also a reminder from the CWC that tomorrow is the deadline for the Unhanged Arthur. June Lorraine

  • End of Week

    Here it is Friday and I am ending my first blog post week of October. I can’t say it has been a prolific week but it has been interesting and I have garnered a few ‘followers’ and a few ‘likes’. The Wrap-up  The Art of Reading brought me comments from two Australian authors: Vicki Tyley Read more

  • Harvill Secker Announces Two New Books From Jo Nesbo

    Interesting news about Jo Nesbo

  • The art of reading

    While there is no mistaking my preference of genre I like to keep this inclination fresh by changing the county of origin of the author.  Makes no difference you say? Then perhaps you have not moved out of your reader comfort zone and have unknowingly stuck to the top 10 list of authors for country Read more