Tag: June Lorraine Roberts

  • Dietrich Kalteis: Zero Avenue + Insight from the author

    Dietrich Kalteis: Zero Avenue + Insight from the author

      Vancouver Punk   It’s 1979 and the Vancouver scene is ripe. Flash guitar riffs, apocalyptic lyrics, crashing drums and fire onstage. Back when Mary Armstrong (aka Mary-Jo Kopechne) played bass for the Modernettes. Hooks and rhythms all relevant, all pervasive. Frankie Del Rey is close to making it. All she needs is enough money to cut…

  • Late Summer Hiatus

    Late Summer Hiatus

    Time for my summer hiatus. Take a walk in a mysterious wood while I’m away. See you in late September… ~ June Lorraine Photo credit: J Chanders

  • Person of Interest: Sue Coletta

    Person of Interest: Sue Coletta

    Mystery Lady   I first brought Sue Coletta to this website when I put her book Marred on the 2016 Summer Reads list. It’s amazing what has transpired since then. With perseverance and hard work, she has moved forward with several projects, and sparked much admiration among her peers. For this guest post, I wanted…

  • Marcus Sakey: Afterlife

    Marcus Sakey: Afterlife

      Entwined in ether   Claire McCoy, FBI boss, Will Brody, her direct report. Lovers just discovering each other. Their lives severed then rejoined in a place neither could expect. Afterlife is not paradise. Existence on a different plane is rife with danger and more than that, it’s not even the last stop on an…

  • Lev D Lewis: Jellyfish

    Lev D Lewis: Jellyfish

    Disgraced lawyer PI extraordinaire*   Frank Bale is the private investigator of his dreams. *Dream being the operative. The world sees one version,  beaten and broke. He sees a South London Marlowe and Chandler. He’s mouthy and can’t keep his dick in his pants. We start with a woman whose husband wants a divorce and…

  • William Shaw: The Birdwatcher

    William Shaw: The Birdwatcher

    Flight and landing Sergeant Bill South is a neighbourhood copper. He takes stolen property reports, attends neighbourhood meetings and addresses the needs of the community. When the body of his next door neighbour Bob Reyner is discovered, South is stunned by the brutality of the act. They were birdwatching enthusiasts and quietly companionable, but South…

  • Duane Swierczynski: Revolver

    Duane Swierczynski: Revolver

    Family heritage Family lies   It’s a cop family of three generations. The murder of officer Stan Walczak, along with his partner in 1965, has ramifications felt 50-years later. In 1995, Walczak’s son Jim begins investigating the man he believes is responsible for the double shooting. The ex-con is adamant he was not involved. There…

  • Avery Duff: Beach Lawyer

    Avery Duff: Beach Lawyer

    Legal Revenge Robert Worth is athletic, handsome, intelligent and hardworking. Five years into his prevailing plan he’s about to make law partner at a prestigious Santa Monica legal firm. He discovers how cold and corrupt the world can be. His mistake, going against senior partner Jack Pierce who fires him. Blackballed and struggling, Worth takes…

  • Barbara Nickless: Blood on the Tracks

    Barbara Nickless: Blood on the Tracks

    Broken Souls Little Comfort Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell has done her time in Iraq. Her role, pick up the pieces of dead soldiers for Mortuary Affairs. The aftermath of the combat carnage and the loss of the man she loved has damaged her soul. Clyde, the K9 who served on active duty, is also…

  • Todd Robinson: The Hard Bounce & Rough Trade

    Todd Robinson: The Hard Bounce & Rough Trade

    Carefully Simplistic Achingly Adroit   St. Gabriel’s Home for Boys is where the children of addicts, cons and abusers land. It’s not a refuge. If their lives were difficult before they arrived, they are appalling by the time they leave. At St Gabe’s boys are terrorized, brutalized, and left disaffected. Within this abortive melange, four…

  • Mike Knowles: Rock Beats Paper

    Mike Knowles: Rock Beats Paper

    Value of money is relative to proximity   Wilson is a professional. The job varies but he uses a tried and true methodology. Well planned and carried out to the letter. With the right connections things go well, usually. When the plan for a large crew diamond heist falls apart, he decides to take it…

  • David Achord: Wildcat

    David Achord: Wildcat

    Right kind of PI Wrong kind of problems   Thomas Ironcutter has big weight over his head. His wife committed suicide, the police department where he was a detective thinks he did it. He waits for the inevitable. He’s moved on as he can, there is little of the wounded detective in this book. He is pragmatic and…

  • Lone Thiels: Fatal Crossing

    Lone Thiels: Fatal Crossing

      Thrift Shop Suitcase Dangerous Journey   Nora Sands is the London correspondent for the Danish weekly magazine Globalt. When she buys a used leather suitcase, tucked inside are old pictures of teenage girls. One of the pictures is of two girls on a Danish ferry. They disappeared in the 80s. This leads Sands to serial killer William Hickley and she realizes that the suitcase…

  • Melissa Yi: Human Remains – Book Launch Today!

    Melissa Yi: Human Remains – Book Launch Today!

      Moving forward Moving on?   When I last wrote about Melissa Yi’s wonderful character Dr. Hope Sze, she was in dire circumstances in Stockholm Syndrome. The aftermath of this has resulted in PTSD. Currently living in Ottawa, Sze is set for a rotation at a lab for stem cell research. Scoping out the lab the evening before her first work day, she…

  • Ed James: The Hope That Kills

    Ed James: The Hope That Kills

      Murdered Sex Workers Lost Daughter   It’s the work that keeps DI Fenchurch going, and when the body of a young woman is found without a clue to her identity, he digs in. She is about the age of his missing daughter Chloe, gone for 10-years. The pain and anxiety killed his marriage and could yet take him under.…