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I’m late getting the list up this month because I ran away. It’s been an exhausting year and I needed a respite from everything, so I went to stay with relatives where there’s no cell service …

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Book Review: NIGHT ROUNDS by Helene Tursten

February 13, 2012 – 12:50 am | 4 Comments

Despite the title and the fact much of this novel concerns nocturnal activities, I wouldn’t recommend reading Helene Tursten’s Night Rounds (Soho Crime, Feb. 14) at night if you’re afraid of ghosts. As I went …

Whitney Houston 1963-2012

February 11, 2012 – 5:50 pm | 11 Comments

I was a radio DJ at a top 40 station in 1985 when a single by a new singer named Whitney Houston was added to the rotation. I was told she was …

Book Review: DRIFTING HOUSE by Krys Lee

February 9, 2012 – 1:11 pm | One Comment

This review is by contributor Thuy Dinh, editor of the literary webzine Da Mau.
With nine cinematic, well-crafted stories, Krys Lee’s debut collection literally takes your breath away in its unflinching portrayal of displacement. Almost all …

Book Review: DEFENDING JACOB by William Landay

February 7, 2012 – 11:47 pm | 5 Comments
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I originally reviewed this for Shelf Awareness. It’s reprinted here with permission.
When Assistant D.A. Andy Barber gets a case involving a murdered boy who’s a classmate of his son’s, there are gripes about conflict of …


February 7, 2012 – 12:28 am | 4 Comments
amazing-spiderman andrew garfield

The official trailer is here. Can’t tell how good Andrew Garfield will be, or how much Emma Stone will get to do, but I’m still going to be among those first in line.
What do you …

In Search of a Good Character Name

February 6, 2012 – 6:37 pm | 18 Comments

I recently read three crime novels in which the character names were so over the top that they kept distracting me from the story. I couldn’t focus every time the ridiculous monikers came up because …


February 6, 2012 – 12:05 am | 5 Comments

While most people were excited about the Super Bowl, I was more looking forward to the return of The Voice, the singing competition I might abandon American Idol for after the latter’s lackluster season last …

TV Review: SMASH

February 2, 2012 – 10:05 pm | 9 Comments

Yeah, yeah, it’s exec produced by Steven Spielberg, stars Anjelica Huston and Debra Messing, has big musical numbers…but is it any good? Well, it’s technically impressive, but after finishing the pilot episode of Smash (premiering Monday, …

Winners of Elvis Cole Detective Agency Business Cards

February 2, 2012 – 12:12 am | 8 Comments
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I entered everyone’s names into Random.org and it selected the following 5 to receive an Elvis Cole Detective Agency business card signed by Elvis’s and Joe Pike’s creator, Robert Crais:
Rich Miner
Shell Sherree
Kelly V
Rhonda Hicks
Congrats! Please …

World Book Night 2012

February 1, 2012 – 8:56 am | 3 Comments
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You’ve probably heard/read a lot about the World Book Night that’s happening on April 23. It’s an event involving volunteer givers who will go out into their communities and give away 20 copies of a …

Book Review: THE RETRIBUTION by Val McDermid

January 30, 2012 – 9:20 pm | 5 Comments
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This originally ran in Shelf Awareness and is reprinted here with permission.
For her seventh thriller featuring profiler Dr. Tony Hill and Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan, Val McDermid unleases not one but two serial killers. …

Reactions to SAG Awards 2012 & Fashion Roundup

January 29, 2012 – 10:18 pm | 3 Comments
rose byrne

Wow, I was bored throughout this show, despite the fact it’s produced by my union and I got to vote for the awards. I can’t even do a best & worst list because the show …

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