All posts tagged: Crime Fiction

Author Spotlight: Louise Penny

Those of you who come here regularly know one of my all-time favourite, go-to authors is Louise Penny. Author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache books, also known as, the Three Pines series. Ever since I discovered Penny’s books, starting with Bury Your Dead, I’ve been in love with not only her writing, but her characters—and not just the central character of the Chief Inspector himself, Gamache. But all her characters, along with their flaws, foibles and fears; each and every one carefully crafted to showcase a broad range of character-types. This amazing depth of character is what makes her work so compelling and readable; people (however real, or imagined) that we can identify with. Characters she uses to good effect to tell well-plotted and well thought-out stories that make her books unputdownable. Penny’s series has featured on my Top Ten All Time Favourite Reads, along with my Top 5 “Unputdownable” Reads, and my Top 5 Favourite Male Characters. A feat no other author I’ve read, has achieved. More about Penny: I came to writing …

It’s time for THE BURN

THE BURN, the much anticipated sequel to THE DIME, by Edgar-nominated and ALA award-winning author, Kathleen Kent, will hit shelves February 11, 2020. But, thanks to her publisher Mulholland Books, Kathleen was toasting receipt of her ARCs with a bottle of Redhead red wine last night! How do you celebrate the arrival of the Advanced Reading Copies of THE BURN?. . .With a bottle of Redhead Red wine, of course!⁣ ⁣ — Kathleen Kent-Author (@kathleenkent214) August 6, 2019 Well, I’m happy to report that, due to my cheek, I’ll be in receipt of one of those much coveted copies for review. So, as they say, stand by for more. All power to the Gingers! BOOK DETAILS There’s not much that can make Detective Betty Rhyzyk flinch. But the wounds from her run-in with the apocalyptic cult The Family are still fresh, and she’s having trouble readjusting to life as it once was. She’s back at work as a narcotics detective, but something isn’t right–at work, where someone has been assassinating confidential informants, or at home, where …

Murder, She Wrote

When all is said and done, I still think women write the best crime fiction. I think they have a knack in thinking up ways to successfully, eh, murder people. I mean, come on, think Lynda LaPlante and Val McDermid, and the new crop of crime writers, Gillian Flynn, Karin Slaughter, and Tana French that everyone seem to be enamoured with. Though most of you, my regulars, already know who my favourite go-to authors in crime are: Sara Paretsky, Laurie R. King and, of course, the most talented of all: Louise Penny. But I also love me a bit of Tess Gerritsen and, once upon a time, also Kathy Reichs. And way back when I started reading, I diligently read a lot of Agatha Christie too. So who is on your list of go-to female crime writers? Here’s a list of authors that I’ve read—some I’ve enjoyed and read several books of, while others I’ve read only one, being a little more so-so: Sarah Bailey Alex Barclay Peggy Blair Steph Broadribb Rita Mae Brown Alexandra …

Book Review: The Liar

DETAILS Title: THE LIAR [Eddie Flynn #3] Author: Steve Cavanagh Publisher: Orion Books ISBN: 9781409152392 Genre: Courtroom Drama | Crime Fiction BACK COVER BLURB WHO IS DEADLIER … Leonard Howell’s worst nightmare has come true: his daughter Caroline has been kidnapped. Not content with relying on the cops, Howell calls the only man he trusts to get her back. … THE MAN WHO KNOWS THE TRUTH … Eddie Flynn knows what it’s like to lose a daughter and vows to bring Caroline home safe. Once a con artist, now a hotshot criminal attorney, Flynn is no stranger to the shady New York underworld. … OR THE ONE WHO BELIEVES A LIE? However, as he steps back into his old life, Flynn realizes that the rules of game have changed – and that he is being played. But who is pulling the strings? And is anyone in this twisted case telling the truth…? WHAT I THOUGHT The one thing you can be certain of when reading a Steve Cavanagh, Eddie Flynn novel, is great plotting. Always …

First Impressions Friday Monday

Yes, I know, Joe’s meme is usually done on a Friday, but hey, I only started reading THE LIAR, by Steve Cavanagh, yesterday. So this is now officially First Impressions Monday. IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE… WHO IS DEADLIER … Leonard Howell’s worst nightmare has come true: his daughter Caroline has been kidnapped. Not content with relying on the cops, Howell calls the only man he trusts to get her back. … THE MAN WHO KNOWS THE TRUTH … Eddie Flynn knows what it’s like to lose a daughter and vows to bring Caroline home safe. Once a con artist, now a hotshot criminal attorney, Flynn is no stranger to the shady New York underworld. … OR THE ONE WHO BELIEVES A LIE? However, as he steps back into his old life, Flynn realizes that the rules of game have changed – and that he is being played. But who is pulling the strings? And is anyone in this twisted case telling the truth…? This is Steve Cavanagh’s third book in the highly enjoyable …