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October 15, 2017 – 10:14 pm | 4 Comments

Here we are doing another Spinal Crack chat already. Lauren and I are shocked it didn’t take us another 1.5 years.
We were motivated by a book we both loved, Joe Ide’s Righteous (out Oct. 17), the …

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Movie Review: OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

March 8, 2013 – 12:32 am | 8 Comments
williams as glinda

I last saw The Wizard of Oz many, many years ago and don’t remember specifics. I’ve seen it maybe twice in my life and it’s not on my list of all-time favorites or anything. This …

Nerdy Special List March 2013

March 3, 2013 – 10:45 pm | One Comment
rage against the dying

Every month, I eagerly await my contributors’ submissions for the NSL; I love seeing what new releases they found outstanding. For the first time, a nonfiction title made the list, and we have a new blogger …

Book Review: HAMMETT UNWRITTEN by Owen Fitzstephen, Afterword by Gordon McAlpine

February 26, 2013 – 9:56 pm | 4 Comments
hammett unwritten cover

This review originally appeared as a starred review in Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is reprinted here with permission.
One almost has to be a Pinkerton detective to unravel the double crosses and mystery surrounding the …

Thoughts on the 85th Academy Awards & Fashion Commentary

February 25, 2013 – 1:36 am | 8 Comments
ARGO producers: Grant Heslov, Affleck, George Clooney. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

I went into this year’s ceremony more excited than usual because many of the categories were not predictable. Yes, Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway were sure things, but there was possibility for surprises in the …

Book Blurbs by PCN

February 22, 2013 – 1:11 am | 2 Comments
ice cold kill cover

Yesterday, I sent a note to crime author Meg Gardiner, thanking her for vetting a book for me. I receive lots of ARCs for review consideration and sometimes I’m so overwhelmed, I don’t know what …

The Girl Who Won’t Stop Running

February 19, 2013 – 7:11 pm | 3 Comments
touch & go gardner cover

Within the last year, I came across these covers:

This paperback of Lisa Unger’s book came out in June 2012.
The same month, the cover below for Michael Robotham’s new book, due October 2012, was revealed on his Facebook …

Nerdy Special List February 2013

February 17, 2013 – 8:31 pm | 6 Comments
garden-of-stones cover

 
What is happening to February? It’s more than half over?! Better post this month’s Nerdy Special List, then.
Jen at Jen’s Book Thoughts read two standout February releases:
Birthdays for the Dead (Harper Paperback, Feb. 19) is the new …

CHRISTMAS IN HANOI, POE, and Charlie Huston

February 11, 2013 – 10:58 pm | 3 Comments
Scene from the play: What the hell is going on here? And of course that's me with veil over my head.

In case any of you were considering filing a missing persons report on me, I’m still here, just keeping my head down on a bunch of different projects. I’ve been rehearsing for a play, Eddie …

SAG AWARDS 2013

January 27, 2013 – 11:01 pm | 7 Comments
ben affleck argo cast sag 2013

I’m still in rehearsals six days a week for the new play, and doing various freelance gigs, so this won’t be a full write-up, just a few highlights in case you missed the show (apparently …

Book Review: STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN’S GRAVE by Ian Rankin

January 23, 2013 – 2:50 am | 5 Comments

I finally jumped on the Inspector Rebus bandwagon after friends (I’m looking at you, Jenn aka The Picky Girl) have long pulled it alongside and tried to heave me on board. It wasn’t a matter …

Robert Crais and His Mighty Balls

January 21, 2013 – 1:31 pm | 5 Comments
crais balls

Just a reminder that tomorrow—Tuesday, Jan. 22—is launch day for Robert Crais’s Suspect.  You will love Maggie and her relationship with Scott James, so buy the book and help Crais rule the world.
Go to a …

Book Review: RATLINES by Stuart Neville

January 15, 2013 – 3:24 pm | 2 Comments
ratlines

The following ran in Shelf Awareness: Daily Enlightenment for Readers last week, and is reprinted here with permission.
The title of Stuart Neville’s standalone thriller Ratlines refers to the underground network that helped former Nazis and their associates escape Germany …

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