Tag: June Lorraine Roberts

  • September

      September brings my favourite time of year and one could think that after the summers heated passions and murderous affairs that cooler heads have prevailed? Never! Crime fiction carries on and over the past few months, I have squeaked-in books between directing contractors and wishing for noise cancelling headphones. The steady stream of interruptions hasn’t Read more

  • Mo Hayder: Darkly intense

    Characters we don’t want to believe exist I’ll never forget the first Mo Hayder book I read: The Treatment. When I finished it I was filled with bleakness. I decided then that her writing was not for me and removed her from my author list. A few years later I picked up The Devil of Read more

  • Elephants, rhinos and painted dogs too

    In South Africa at the Tau Game Lodge delighting in another world. I’ll be home soon to talk to you about the little reading I’ve been able to catch up on. Hope all is well with everyone. ~ June Lorraine

  • Chain gang: authors/writers talk about their work

    Stefania Manttana of the Chase Williams Mystery Series convinced me to participate in this fun initiative. It’s a great way to learn about other writers and the work they sweat over and thrive on. Stefania’s writing is charming, fun and enjoyed by many. Perhaps it’s because as she says, “I write crime novels and detective Read more

  • Bay Street: A Novel

    Neurosis behind the door, delusions at the desk Cheeky, dark and clamorous, it’s an escapade into a Toronto corporate law firm. Perhaps inside out is a better term as Philip Slayton slides readers through the hallways and into the heads of some curious and some very strange characters. Piper Fantouche is a junior partner at Read more

  • Binge watching: Bing reading

    Choose your time wisely. Binge watching on one or over several of the screens available to you has been much in the media lately. I saw a TV ad the other day that was amusing. A man discovered his wife was cheating on him. She had watched ahead on a series they had both agreed Read more

  • Vicki Tyley: an introduction

    The women in Tyley’s books are many women we know. At times confident, strong, and capable. And at times disillusioned, doubtful and insecure. One way or another they work their way through life finding their path through discovery and need, and rising to the necessity of challenges. They exhibit bravery and fearfulness, at times in Read more

  • CWC Arthur Ellis: Best Novel Longlist

    Crime Writers of Canada has released its longlist for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel. The shortlist for all seven categories will be released on April 24th and the winners will be announced on June 5th. For a list of the 2014 entries in all categories check out the CWC entries. Good luck Read more

  • Book in hand

    Boulder Books, Colorado The lure of old school A friend dropped off two books for me the other day and I can’t stop looking at them. Silly I know, but having relied on my trusty Kindle for the past while the site of two actual books with their moody covers is intoxicating. A trip into Read more

  • Peggy Blair: Magic

      Let me talk to you about Peggy Blair, or rather her first book The Beggar’s Opera (Midnight in Havana in the UK.) Blair has set up a premise that would seem difficult to pull off. She does. And not just pull off; she eases us into the premise with an ‘of course’ familiarity that expects Read more