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March 15, 2017 – 11:08 pm | One Comment

Does anyone need a refresher on the plot of this “tale as old as time”? The one about a girl whose kindness saves a selfish prince and his household from a curse? No? OK, great. I can jump straight into …

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Book Review: ANGEL BABY by Richard Lange

May 30, 2013 – 11:34 pm | One Comment
angel baby

This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is reprinted here with permission.
Richard Lange’s Angel Baby starts with Luz literally busting out of the hellish life she has in Mexico with her abusive …

Favorite TV Theme Songs Ever

May 23, 2013 – 10:50 pm | 40 Comments
swat

Yesterday, I heard that actor Steve Forrest had passed away on May 18 at the age of 87. Even though he appeared in many TV series, to me he’s best remembered for the mid-seventies show S.W.A.T., …

Book Review: SILKEN PREY by John Sandford

May 21, 2013 – 7:08 pm | 3 Comments

This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is reprinted here with permission.
John Sandford’s Silken Prey finds Minnesota law enforcer Lucas Davenport entangled in deadly political machinations, when the governor asks him to …

Stalker Awards 2013—Submit Your Nominations!

May 19, 2013 – 7:08 pm | 5 Comments

May is Mystery Month and June is International Crime Month so it’s time to submit your nominations for the third annual Stalker Awards, given to crime novels you’re obsessed with and the authors who write them. …

Movie Review: IRON MAN 3

May 3, 2013 – 9:35 pm | 7 Comments
the mandarin

I went into this movie not knowing what to expect, since I really enjoyed the first one, but thought IM2 was too loud and chaotic. And this time Jon Favreau handed over directorial duties to …

Nerdy Special List May 2013

May 1, 2013 – 10:49 pm | 2 Comments
silken prey

May always brings me a sense of excitement because it makes me think of possibilities, all the good things that May happen, and there are supposed to be flowers from all the April showers, right? …

Q&A with Authors Brett Battles and Robert Gregory Browne

April 29, 2013 – 2:35 pm | 3 Comments
Brett, reacting to Rob's feet on his desk

Recently, Brett Battles and Robert Gregory Browne, two popular thriller writers, released their first collaboration, Poe, a first-in-series action adventure about a woman who infiltrates a prison as part of a deal to learn more …

Book Review: ICE COLD KILL by Dana Haynes

April 25, 2013 – 12:07 am | One Comment

This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is reprinted here with permission.
Daria Gibron, the formidable ex-agent for Shin Bet (Israeli Secret Service) from Dana Haynes’s Crashers and Breaking Point, gets to be …

Creepy Covers

April 22, 2013 – 10:13 pm | 14 Comments
man on primrose lane

Several weeks ago, while on Twitter, I saw Jon Jordan of Crimespree Magazine mention that a book he was reading had a really creepy cover. He had a picture link so of course I clicked on …

Everything I Needed to Know I Learned While Paddleboarding

April 19, 2013 – 12:54 am | 11 Comments
photo-15

My birthday was last week, and every year, I do something that scares me a little. I figure if I get through that, I’d be able to handle whatever else comes my way the rest …

Book Review: THE HOUSE AT THE END OF HOPE STREET by Menna van Praag

April 15, 2013 – 11:21 pm | No Comment
house at end of hope street

Yesterday’s horrific events left me desolate, so I thought it’d be appropriate to republish—with permission—this review of mine, which ran in last week’s Shelf Awareness for Readers. The three lead characters in this novel have …

Nerdy Special List April 2013

April 2, 2013 – 11:05 pm | 2 Comments
point & shoot

Spring has arrived, as has a deluge of new releases. The number of March and April titles I received increased dramatically from what came in for the first two months this year.
So let’s jump right …

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