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In Kelley Armstrong’s This Fallen Prey, third in the Casey Duncan series (after A Darkness Absolute), the detective and the off-the-grid town of Rockton remain as fascinating as ever.
Rockton, situated in the Canadian Yukon, is …

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THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE Trailer and Poster Revealed (Video)

June 14, 2009 – 1:24 am | 20 Comments

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might know I’ve been keeping tabs on the movie version of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife since it’s one of my absolutely favorite books …


Free Stuff: Giveaway of Autographed Galley of Kathryn Casey's BLOOD LINES

June 8, 2009 – 8:00 pm | 14 Comments

Kathryn Casey, true crime writer and novelist, is generously offering a signed, personalized galley of her upcoming mystery, Blood Lines, to one of my readers, even if you’re outside the U.S.! The book is the …


Javier Bardem Will LOVE Julia Roberts

June 7, 2009 – 11:17 pm | 11 Comments
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I’m trying not to drool as I write this. Variety reports that Javier Bardem has been cast in the movie version of Elizabeth Gilbert’s monster bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love as “Felipe” (his real name …


Jim Kelly's DEATH WORE WHITE Has Dark Edges

May 28, 2009 – 7:51 pm | 6 Comments
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I love a good locked-room mystery and that’s essentially what Jim Kelly’s Death Wore White (out June 9) is, except it takes place outdoors. One winter evening during a blizzard, eight drivers are trapped after …


Giveaway: Free Tickets to Bookstock 2009

May 27, 2009 – 11:13 am | 7 Comments

Do you live in the San Francisco area and are looking for something cool to do next weekend? Check out Bookstock 2009, a music, art and music festival held next Saturday, June 6, at AT&T …


Jack Reacher Will Not Be GONE TOMORROW

May 18, 2009 – 11:02 pm | 9 Comments
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The title of Lee Child’s 13th Jack Reacher novel, Gone Tomorrow (out today), is misleading since Reacher ain’t going anywhere any time soon. He’s back, this time in New York City, kicking asses like always …


Ayelet Waldman's Annoying BAD MOTHER

May 12, 2009 – 11:24 pm | One Comment

This review was written by contributing writer Thuy Dinh, a practicing attorney and an editor of the webzine Da Mau. She is also a mother of three.
Ayelet Waldman, wife of Michael Chabon, is no stranger …


George Pelecanos's THE WAY HOME Is Worth Taking

May 11, 2009 – 10:32 pm | 6 Comments

This review was written by contributing writer Eric Edwards.

I’ve never read any of George Pelecanos’s novels so I was very surprised to finish The Way Home (out today) in a single sitting. The book’s lean …


Mystery and Mirth Mingle at Malice Domestic 2009

May 8, 2009 – 11:30 am | 5 Comments

Malice Domestic is a mystery convention that takes place every year in the D.C. area., honoring the traditional mystery (no explicit sex or violence). The organization hands out the Agatha Awards, named for Agatha Christie. …


Gillian Flynn’s Creepy DARK PLACES

May 5, 2009 – 11:21 am | 7 Comments

When I received my copy of Gillian Flynn‘s Dark Places (out today), I yelped with joy because I’d been waiting three years for the follow-up to her superb, Dagger-winning Sharp Objects. My reaction is ironic …


Tony Hays's Compelling KILLING WAY

May 4, 2009 – 1:30 pm | 2 Comments

One of my contributing writers, Eric Edwards, a huge fan of the Arthurian legend, turned in this guest review of Tony Hays‘s new novel, The Killing Way.
Billing The Killing Way as “An Arthurian Mystery” is …


Crais, Parker, Winslow & Wambaugh discuss “Cops & Crooks in California” — Conclusion

April 27, 2009 – 8:28 pm | 7 Comments
Crais with my friend Betsy

This is part two of my report on the “Cops & Crooks in California” panel held this past Saturday, April 25, as part of the L.A. Times Festival of Books. (Click here for part one.) …

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