Tag: June Lorraine Roberts

  • Sarah Hilary: Keeping The Mythic Distance

     Sarah Hilary is an award winning short story writer living in Bath, England. Her first book Someone Else’s Skin, featuring Detective Inspector Marnie Rome, will be out on February 27th. Her second book No Other Darkness is scheduled for 2015. I came across this piece from Hilary in Crime Time and found her take on…

  • Reading Rick Mofina

    Just finished Rick Mofina’s Vengeance Road which is the first book of the Jack Gannon series. While loathe to admit that I wasn’t familiar with Mofina’s work, I immediately felt I had to do something about that. I was not disappointed. Briefly: Reporter Jack Gannon was a Pulitzer Prize nominee while at the Buffalo Sentinel…

  • My favourite cooking show

    What does a favourite cooking show have to do with crime fiction? Plenty when it is Law & Order reruns. Yes, you will often find me baking or making dinner to the familiar sounds of L&O characters working their way through another crime scene and into the courtroom. I generally prefer the original however I…

  • Canadian Double Threat: Hammett Prize Nominees

    The International Association of Crime Writers – North American Branch has released its list and Canadian crime fiction authors are two of the five nominees for this year’s Hammett Prize: Lisa Moore – Caught Craig Davidson – Cataract City: A Novel   Yet again much to be proud of in the Land of the Maple Leaf.…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Order of the British Empire Awards

    The Queen’s Honours were announced on New Year’s Eve and two crime fiction authors were among those recognized. Anthony Horowitz – OBE Horowitz is the creator of Young Adult series featuring Alex Rider the world’s youngest spy. And I have to mention he is also the creator of the wonderful ITV TV show Foyle’s War.…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Just announced…

    MWA Recipients of the 2014 Grand Master Awards: Robert Crais creator of the Elvis Cole series Carolyn Hart creator of the Death on Demand series. The Grand Master Award “represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributions to this genre, as well as for a body of work…

  • 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…