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There has been quite a lot of positive buzz about some new titles. Here are some books to look out for:. An epic novel and a thrilling literary discovery, The Orphan Master's Son follows a young man's journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world's most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea. Drawing on his decade of experience at the world's largest corporate intelligence firm, Jones leads readers down into the unvarnished realities of our time in the grand tradition of John le Carr.

In this debut novel, a London intelligence agent pursues a money launderer to expose the dealings of a shadowy Russian oligarch. He is respected in his community and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But after a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

May Lynn once dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star. Now she's dead, her body dredged up from the Sabine River. Sue Ellen, May Lynn's strong-willed teenage friend, sets out to dig up May Lynn's body, burn it to ash, and take those ashes to Hollywood to spread around. Only problem is, Sue Ellen has some stolen money that her enemies will do anything to get back. Former secret police agent Leo Demidov is thrown into a foreign conflict and is forced to question and confront everything he ever thought he knew about his country, his family, and himself.

Kate Moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage. So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life, to start anew. She begins to reinvent herself as an expat, finding her way in a language she doesn't speak, doing the housewifely things she's never before done--playdates and coffee mornings, daily cooking and never-ending laundry.

Meanwhile, her husband works incessantly, at a job Kate has never understood, for a banking client she's not allowed to know. He's becoming distant and evasive; she's getting lonely and bored. Then another American couple arrives. Kate soon becomes suspicious that these people are not who they say they are, and she's terrified that her own past is catching up to her. So Kate begins to dig, to peel back the layers of deception that surround her.

She discovers fake offices and shell corporations and a hidden gun, a mysterious farmhouse and numbered accounts with bewildering sums of money, and finally unravels the mind-boggling long-play con that threatens her family, her marriage, and her life. Geiger has a gift: he knows a lie the instant he hears it. And in his business—called "information retrieval" by its practitioners—that gift is invaluable, because truth is the hottest thing on the market. Geiger's clients count on him to extract the truth from even the most reluctant subjects. Unlike most of his competitors, Geiger rarely sheds blood, but he does use a variety of techniques—some physical, many psychological—to push his subjects to a point where pain takes a backseat to fear.

Because only then will they finally stop lying. Changing the names of book titles when they come to the U. But it is rare when the title is changed in the same country. How strange! Remember your feelings as a young child when Christmas day finally came? Anticipation, excitement and wish fulfillment certainly characterized my day. I often compare aspects of my book collecting and book reading to Christmas coming to my house several times a year.

Freemantle's Charlie Muffin series is my favorite spy series of all-time and one of my all-time favorite series. I started reading this series in the late s. I thought that when the Berlin Wall fell and spy fiction went into the dumper that Charlie Muffin would experience a similar fate, but Brian Freemantle found a way to keep him current and so sporadically there was one ten-year gap I would get a new Charlie M novel and rejoice.

You would think that a series written over a 35 year period would lose some steam along the way. Not this one. Each book is as strong as the last. I can't recommend this series too highly. Open to all "readers" of Deadly Pleasures. That would include subscribers, readers at a library or fans who buy a copy at a Mystery Bookstore. Best British Published in the U. Commentary: Quite an eclectic list. Considering how many really, really good mysteries there were in , I'd have to say that the Edgar committees missed a lot of good stuff.

Larry Gandle is grumbling about reading the list for DP which he has done every year for many years. I didn't read any of the first novels or PBOs. I don't think there will be any similarity between the Edgar nominees and the Barry nominees this year. Easter January 19, Mystery fiction's oldest living old-timer still publishing is Elmore Leonard -- first book published in If any of you have followed the excellent crime series on TV called Justified , you probably know that it is based on a short story by Elmore Leonard. The main character's name is Raylan, hence the name of the novel.

Love Justified? To me this appears as a marketing attempt to get George Pelecanos a wider audience, which he certainly deserves. Hope it works. His former partner, Frank "Hound Dog" Vaughn, is still on the force. When a young woman comes to Strange asking for his help recovering a cheap ring she claims has sentimental value, the case leads him onto Vaughn's turf, where a local drug addict has been murdered, shot point-blank in his apartment. Soon both men are on the trail of a ruthless killer: Red Fury, so called for his looks and the car his girlfriend drives, but a name that fits his personality all too well.

Red Fury doesn't have a retirement plan, as Vaughn points out - he doesn't care who he has to cross, or kill, to get what he wants. As the violence escalates and the stakes get higher, Strange and Vaughn know the only way to catch their man is to do it their own way. It's a very, very sad day for me. I just received the news that Reginald Hill has passed away at the age of I considered Reginald Hill and Michael Connelly as the two greatest living mystery writers until today.

The King is dead Long live the King. A fitting send-off for an exceptional artist. I was hoping that he would be very long-lived and productive. Now I'll just have to satisfy myself with re-reading his most excellent body of work. I can only hope that there is a book in the pipeline. January 13, One recent example is the Barry Award-nominated writer Derek Haas. But he is afraid that there are forces that won't let him do that.

He's right. Derek and his work should be more talked about, and maybe it is -- in other circles but I haven't noticed it yet. I'll see what I can do about that. I don't blame the fine people at Pegasus for my lack of knowledge all publicists have an impossible job. But this seems to happen all too often to me. I think I'm on top of what's coming out and then -- Wham! A big surprise. To Derek's credit and that of his publicist, Gillian Smith, I had a copy of the book within a day of e-mailing him. And I read it in two days.

See the upcoming issue for a full review. I liked it a lot and recommend this series quite highly. December 16, My assistant editor, Larry Gandle, laughs at me for being so "anal" in my book collecting. He has a point. For me, book collecting, is a passion and has nothing to do with logic or rationality. There's just something about holding a book of value in my hands that rings all of my bells. That's not to say that I keep every book that I receive. Far from it. Every year I cull out books I know I'll never read and have little interest in keeping. Thrifts and a local used bookstore are the recipients of this "largesse.

Fortunately I have quite a few arcs and books left over after I send out the ones for review so that I always give my friends and neighbors the books and ask them not to return them. I never lend books from my 1st edition collection. That way I never have to go after a lent book which is embarrassing for both parties. If it is a book I value, I hold onto it with a vice-like grip. And like most book collectors I always have a small Want List that I carry in my wallet so that if I run across a book that might complete a series of books I already have, then I snag it. You see, I have a complete set of Connelly's U.

And it is a strange book. The "true" first edition is the U. Copies of the U. The U. I always wondered how I was going to get that last elusive piece of my Connelly puzzle because I wasn't willing to pay that amount. Last year I tried to pry one out of the hands of a friend in the U. It had a couple of minor defects a slight spine slant, browning pages and a very small, almost unnoticeable water spot on the title page. It was good enough for me and I bought it, even though that's a lot to spend on a book.

The dust jacket is bright and in very good condition. I can fix the spine slant with a book press I have. There's nothing I can do about the page browing because the book was printed on what appears to be very acidic paper. All in all, I am very pleased. It will be worth a lot more than its price when I get it signed, but I think it's major value will be as part of a complete set. So you see, Christmas has already come for me. Dec 16, I've been absent from the site for awhile. Just not a lot to say. There was a major typo on the cover of the latest issue.

It states that Issue 66 is the Summer issue and it should have said the Fall issue. So disregard the season and just go by the number of the issue. I've been hard at work getting Issue 67 out in to keep the post office happy. I've started to lay it out. The cover article is about relatives who write mystery thriller fiction -- either together or separately. Charles Todd will be on the cover. I hope not. If you visit my new and improved website, www.

Michael McGarrity has crafted a richly authentic adventure of rough-hewn men and courageous women set in the hard country of the frontier American Southwest. In the wake of the death of his wife as she gives birth to his son, and the killing of his brother on the West Texas Plains, John Kerney is forced to give up his ranch, leave his son behind, and strike out in search of the murdering outlaws and a place where he can start over.

He drifts south, hiring on as a hand until he meets a man who offers him work trailing cattle to the New Mexico Territory that forever changes his life. Spanning the years to , HARD COUNTRY is as much about the expansion of a nation as it is about the search for love, lost family, and new beginnings in the harsh, sun-scorched, sand-blasted beauty of gypsum sands, black lava beds, and towering mountain ranges.

It is an epic that infuses the tradition of the great Western novel with historically accurate settings and intelligently drawn characters. Packed with an honest portrayal of the people and events that set into motion range wars, Indian raids, cattle rustling, rough justice, long-standing feuds, murder, and the final closing of the frontier, HARD COUNTRY resonates with a hard-bitten, atmospheric reality. It is the Western reinvented and enlarged into an historic family saga that above all celebrates the people and the land of the great Southwest.

October 14, I promised a subscriber that I would post a photo of our newest granddaughter Chloe. This photo is my wallpaper on my computer and was taken in a 2-hour photo shoot that Grandma Easter arranged a couple of months ago. I just love it, so I hope no one objects to this personal aside on the website. I tickle her tummy every morning. We have Bouchercon in St. Louis coming up this week. This will give fans a chance to meet and carry on a conversation in a more relaxed atmosphere than a formal signing line.

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They have all been invited to one of our signing times. One of them, Raymond Benson, is even bringing some booze to give out that should attract a crowd. There is a scheduled time for all attending Severn House authors. As you are probably aware I've become a big fan of this line, and will be pleased to meet some new authors to the line at our "meet and greet signing. This is an experiment to see how it goes, but if no one shows up at least Mike and I will have some quality time with some of our favorite authors. It is with a very heavy heart that I report on the passing of Enid Schantz.

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For many years Enid and her husband Tom operated The Rue Morgue, a mystery bookstore in Boulder, Colorado and one of the most successful in the States. When they sold it a few years ago, they continued to successfully operate the Rue Morgue Press, publishing their favorite mysteries from the s, '40s and 50's.

They were a fixture in the bookrooms of many, many Bouchercons and Left Coast Crime conventions they even put on at least one Bouchercon and one Left Coast Crime Convention. For many years Tom and Enid reviewed mystery fiction for the Denver news media. She was the one who gave me a short course on how to tell if a book was a first edition or not. I worked closely with them on the Denver Bouchercon because they twisted my arm to produce the program book. Where Enid was quiet and softspoken, Tom could often be bombastic. But it worked for them and they were an inseparable duo. My thoughts and prayers go out to Tom at this most difficult time.

Enid will be sorely missed. August 11, E-mail your order to: george deadlypleasures. Jan Fabel returns to the Hamburg murder squad to track down a horrifying killer. In the dark and slimy streets of Wapping a prostitute is beaten half to death, a not uncommon fate in late 18th century London. So begins this gripping tale set in in the Port of London: a cruel villain holds sway over the underworld. His name is Boylin. His face is scarred by lime and his back by the two hundred lashes he received following a naval court martial.

He holds Captain Tom Pascoe responsible for his suffering. They meet again when Pascoe becomes River Surveyor for the newly formed marine police. They've had orders to investigate a sudden fall in government revenue that is affecting the nation's ability to fight the war against Napoleon and stem the rising tide of Irish rebellion. Pascoe knows that Boylin is behind it, but he can't prove anything, yet. But her quest for the truth has brought her into contact with some very dangerous people who want to silence her — permanently. Spring England is a powder keg of rumour and fear.

Plague rages, famine is rife, the ageing Queen's couriers scheme: Elizabeth's Golden Age is truly tarnished. Meanwhile Spain watches and waits - and plots. Into this turmoil a small cart clatters through the streets of London, carrying a deadly load. It is the first in a wave of horrific bombing attacks on the Dutch immigrant community that will change John Shakespeare's life for ever. Driven on by cold rage, Shakespeare's investigations will take him from magnificent royal horse races to the opulent chambers of Black Luce's brothel, from the theatrical underworld of Marlowe and Kyd to the pain-wracked torture cells of priest-hunter Richard Topcliffe, and from the elegant offices of master tactician Robert Cecil to the splintering timbers of an explosive encounter at sea.

As Shakespeare delves ever deeper, he uncovers intricate layers of mystery and deception that threaten the heart not only of the realm, but of all that he holds dear. October Britain and France are still at war. France is engaged on two battle fronts - Spain and Russia - and her civilians are growing weary of the fight. Rebellion is brewing. Since Napoleon Bonaparte appointed himself as First Consul, there have been several attempts to either kill or overthrow him.

Brooke's agent has come up with a daring plan and he needs Hawkwood's help to put it into action. If the plan is successful it could lead to a negotiated peace treaty between France and the allies. Failure would mean prison, torture and a meeting with the guillotine…. Nice to see Steve Hamilton and S. Watson nominated twice. Liked both their books a lot. DP 65 is done and I'm within hours of sending it to the printer. My Marine son, daughter-in-law and new granddaughter Chloe have been home on leave and I'm driving back to California with him on July 4th to help him move apartments.

I'll be back on the 7th and I hope to mail the issue on July 8th. Sorry about the delay. This issue has been very difficult for me for some reason. I just couldn't get a block of time free to dive into it. If I understand Larry Gandle's cryptic text message correctly, here are the winners:. It's time to vote for the Barry Awards. Deadline is this Saturday, April 30th. A couple of authors are coming out with e-book only short stories. April, 28, Brett Battles has a new, excellent thriller out in his "Cleaner" series.

Highly recommended. He also has joined the crowd of authors who are publishing some of their works as e-books only. For all the reported ills of the crime fiction publishing world, they still seem able to publish many more good books than I have time to read. April 7, Just click on the titles below to read the stories:. Yes, Raymond Chandler! Who would think that the long-dead master of crime fiction would be making news in ? It had been the crime thriller writer's wish to be buried alongside Cissy Chandler, who died in But because he left no instruction for what to do with her ashes after his death in , it has taken more than five decades to bring them together.

More than literary fans gathered on Monday to see a grave marker unveiled to commemorate their reunion. With the help of John Wayne's lawyer daughter Aissa, he persuaded a Los Angeles judge in September to approve a reburial. Cissy Chandler's ashes -- previously stored at a nearby mausoleum in a shed with garden tools - arrived in a caravan of vintage cars as a band played When the Saints Go Marching In. A priest from St. Guests included US actor Powers Boothe, who played Chandler's most famous creation, private eye Philip Marlowe, on television in the s.

The character was memorably brought to life by Humphrey Bogart in the classic s film adaptation of his novel The Big Sleep. Maggie and Mary attended and said that the ceremony was wonderful. The actor, Powers Boothe, spoke for a long time and read passages of Chandler that were wonderful. It would have been fabulous to have the program recorded. First Loren Latker and Ann Lipscomb Hill, who arranged for this ceremony to take place, spoke, then the attorney John Wayne's daughter that filed the petition and got court approval to move Cissy spoke, then Judith Freeman who wrote about Raymond and Cissy spoke, then Powers Boothe Marlowe in the movies spoke for the longest time.

Then the Episcopal Priest spoke. Then everyone went around the plot while the priest put her down into the hole and said prayers. All the time the Dixieland Band played wonderful songs. The lady on the keyboard is the daughter of a BIG mystery collector Maggie knows him and her father went to Raymond's original funeral.

They explained about her ashes being in a storage room with equipment at Cypress Cemetery. By law they could have thrown out the ashes after one year but they still had them after all these years.

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Lots of people dressed in period clothing which was wonderful. There were a large portion of the people from out of San Diego and out of State. By the way, we saw Marlowe Powers Boothe leaning against his car waiting for the driver smoking a cigarette. Not being shy, we asked if it was appropriate for him to sign the program. Therefore we all got his signature on the program. I am pleased to announce the Barry Award Nominations. I'm setting an early deadline for voting: April 30, Bouchercon is a month earlier this year and I want to have plenty of time to invite winning authors who aren't signed up for Bouchercon.

He is coming out with a sequel. Here's what Declan Burke said on his blog about it:. Quoth the blurb elves:. So, on balance, my answer to both questions is a cautious yes. Only time, that perfidiously gravel-throated canary, will tell … ". This series is billed as a Young Adult series, but we've all found out that adults can enjoy it just as much. Feb 5, I'm a big fan of British TV crime dramas. Here in the U. I found interesting this column in the lastest newsletter from the Whodunit mystery bookstore in Winnepeg, Canada:.

The Field of Blood based on the Denise Mina novel about a would-be journalist who becomes entangled in a murder case. Denise Mina is a little dark for me but I know she has many fans among our customers. The private eye is played by Jason Isaacs. Vera , based on the novels of Ann Cleeves, featuring detective inspector Vera Stanhope. Macmillan have reissued a number of the titles in this series with covers showing scenes from the series. Brenda Blethyn plays the lead character. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher is based on the true-crime book by Kate Summerscale about murder in a Victorian country house.

Shooting for this series, which starts with the second novel Vendetta , began in Italy last Spring. In the U. The Dilys Award is named in honor of Dilys Winn, the founder of the first specialty bookstore of mystery books in the United States. The award will be presented at Left Coast Crime in March. Larry Gandle is one of my best friends, as well as being my Assistant Editor. Opposites attract -- he tries to keep me from being too positive about certain books and I try to keep him from being too negative.

We're good for other that way. We usually only get to spend a couple of days together per year at a mystery convention. But he is in nearby Park City today and I'm going up to spend the afternoon and evening with him and his medical buddies. He's in the midst of his annual reading of the Edgar Award nominees. It seems to be a concensus favorite and should be nominated for many awards. We are in the final stages of the Barry Award nominations process and I should have the results for everything but the Barry Short Story Award sometime next week and I will announce them on this site at that time.

We are getting them out a couple of months earlier this year so that we can invite winning authors to Bouchercon if they haven't signed up already. Last year, by the time I had the winners determined and invited the winning authors it was too late to change their schedules. We missed out on Alan Bradley, John Hart and Philip Kerr, all of whom said they would have attended if they had gotten notice earlier.

This has been a primary source for my news of the mystery fiction world. But I can understand that Sarah's life has taken on a new direction and she won't have the time to devote to the blog. And I think she is a bit burned-out. I wish Sarah well with her writing and her new "almost full-time" job as the News Editor for Publishers Marketplace. She does recommend the following sites to visit: " The Rap Sheet , of course. Jen's Book Thoughts. Detectives Beyond Borders. Crime Always Pays. And the great Jiro Kimura's The Gumshoe Site , which I firmly believe will be the last crime fiction website standing, outliving everybody.

The winners will be selected by ballot at the convention. We are delighted to announce the nominees for books published in The Lefty has been awarded for the best humorous mystery novel since This year's nominees, in alphabetical order, are:. Eva Gabrielsson, the longtime partner of the Swedish novelist Stieg Larsson, says in a new memoir that she wants to secure the rights to complete Mr. According to Agence France-Presse, which obtained a copy of the memoir, scheduled for publication in France, Norway and Sweden next week, Ms.

Gabrielsson says that she and Mr. Editor's note: It has long been reported that Eva is in possession of Stieg's laptop that contained the unfinished manuscript of the elusive 4th book in the series, but that she wasn't going to do anything with it because under Swedish law she didn't have any rights to the book because she and Stieg weren't legally married.

It looks like now she may be "negotiating" with Stieg's estate to get some literary rights to that 4th book. I just hope that it was close to being finished by Stieg before he died, so that a lot of it doesn't have to be written by someone else. January 24, The Great Recession is continuing to have a negative effect on mystery bookstores. Those that haven't gone out of business struggle competing against big chain discounting, the internet and now e-books. January 19, I sent out the first phase of the Barry Award nominations last night. I come up with an initial list and the committee suggests additions and subtractions.

On my initial list I have six of the same books that are nominated above. I usually have some snarky criticism of the Edgar nominations, but I can't complain this year. They are pretty good lists. I've finally gotten some free time. It seems like I've been on that I Love Lucy conveyer belt unable to keep up with the chocolates flowing out since before the last Bouchercon in October of last year. My goals are to catch up on reading and I've been able to read some good books in the last couple of weeks and to get the next issue of DP out in early February to get back on schedule.

This next issue is like the one we did two years ago where the entire staff writes about their favorite books of the last two years, a book that surprised them and a favorite oldie that shouldn't be relegated to the Library of Lost Books. I've already gotten nine excellent submissions with four to go. It's my kind of article with lots and lots of suggestions for good reading. I think you will really like it. He returns with the Butcher's Boy who is living a quiet married life, as a retired assassin, with his wife in England.

He is attacked and manages to kill the three men. Then he goes in search of who is behind the threat. I loved this book and read it in two sittings. His best novel in many a year. My reading experience was a bit different than normal because I downloaded the book as an e-book from a site called netgalley. Each download must be approved by the publisher, but if you are on their review lists already that is no problem. This will work for me, but not all of my reviewers so I'll still need the physical advance reading copies to send out to the DP staff, but Larry Gandle who also has a IPad is really grooving on this.

The wave of the future. We might even save a tree. I also read the two James Swain books mentioned a couple of posts ago see below. They were very, very enjoyable reads. If you have been following the Tony Valentine series, you'll have to find a way to read them. If you don' t have an IPad or a Kindle, you'll have to borrow one from someone who has.

January 14, Sad news. Two of my favorites in the mystery fiction field have passed on. The Grand Dame of mystery editors, Ruth Cavin, influential in the careers of so many of the current crop of mystery writers, succumbed to lung cancer at age I would always enjoy chatting with her at Bouchercons.

We had a long-running schtick: I would ask her what her favorite book was that year that she edited. She would always reply with a twinkle in her eye, "I love all of my books and authors. They are all good. But you might want to try He is an Edgar-winner and was a working private eye before starting his writing career 40 years ago. I met him once at a Bouchercon and was immediately impressed at how cheerful and friendly he was. He also told great stories and he was someone with whom I wish I could have spent much more time. Merry Christmas everyone. Thanks for all your support in One of my favorite series is the Tony Valentine series by Jim Swain.

There hasn't been one for a few years since Jim switched to the Jack Carpenter series in Mystery Mike Mike Bursaw called me this morning. He was quite excited with his find. That's the good news. The bad: they are Kindle-only books so their reading audience will be limited. And there is also a new Jack Carpenter e-book as well. There is a site for reviewers and booksellers to download advance copies of upcoming titles from various publishers. It is called www.

I've just signed up for it and downloaded a Steven Havill novel which I'm reading in anticipation of seeing him at this year's LeftCoast Convention. It is a Butcher's Boy novel and I've already finished it. I simply couldn't put it down. I came to it with fairly low expectations since I hadn't cared too much for Perry's last two or three books, but I was very, very pleasantly surprised. It is one of his all-time best and I know I'm going to give it an A rating. It caught my eye because the author's name is Patrick Easter.

A review copy is on it way to me. Hope it is good. Don't want to give a negative review to someone with the same patronym. Plot: A gripping tale set in in the Port of London: a cruel villain holds sway over the underworld. December 23, Here are a few:. Casey, Kathryn. Minotaur: St. As Texas Ranger Sarah Armstrong investigates the ritualistic killings of prize cattle, a four-year-old boy is kidnapped, and a hurricane heads straight for Houston. Riveting suspense and nifty plot twists in an outstanding series.

The execution of a man convicted of killing a famous concert violinist draws blind violin teacher Daniel Jacobus into an impromptu investigation. A safety inspector probes a fatal mining disaster in Hazard, KY, that may not have been an accident. This outstanding debut boasts vivid details, insider knowledge of the mining industry, spot-on characterizations, and an engrossing mystery. Poisoned Pen. Her family of police officers and busybody relatives add comic relief in this cozy debut.

Severn House. Sugawara attempts to help an abused boy, reconnect with his wife, come to terms with the death of a son, and solve a murder. Eleventh-century Japan is a perfect setting for this perceptive sleuth and complex crime novel. The murders of three women, each with a dueling sword, preoccupy year-old Laotian coroner Siri Paiboun in a mystery that has it all-a heroic protagonist, a challenging puzzle, and an exotic setting.

Despite being suspended from the Garda for failing to prevent what could have been the fatal shooting of a visiting former U. Armand Gamache. Railroad security agent Hook Runyon must help transport a trainload of dangerous mental patients from California to Oklahoma in a rough-edged s historical that evokes both Chandler and Hammett. I'm sending DP 63 to the printer this morning and hope to mail it later this week.

Sorry for the delay, but life has not been co-operating lately. The roller-coaster didn't stop after the wedding. Will try to get the next issue out sooner than three months from now to catch up. As I got to the end of the issue I discovered that I had left out the Recent Paperbacks of Note column and rather than go back and re-arrange and delete other columns I decided to publish that column on this site for now. I will include it in the next issue along with updates. To see it, go to: Recent Paperbacks of Note. First there was Bouchercon, then my son's graduation from Marine Boot Camp, then all the activities surrounding his wedding last Monday.

Michele and I are very proud of him and very happy about his choice in a bride. All went well, but I'm somewhat exhausted. Now to get Issue 63 out! The rumors were correct. No speaking role. Just back from Bouchercon. San Francisco was wonderful -- the convention well-run, so congratulations to the committee and to Rae Helmsworth.

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The hotel was spacious and well-suited for a Bouchercon crowd. I will provide a more detailed report soon. Here are the award winners:. Rozan Minotaur. James Alfred A. Knopf — Winner L. Best P. I'm off to Bouchercon next Wednesday, October Hope to see some of your there. I'll be helping to man Mystery Mike's bookseller table in the dealer's room on Friday and Saturday while he goes to a family wedding.

Come by and say hello if we don't cross paths beforehand. One of America's Best Kept Secrets. Minotaur published his last novel here in the U. Plot: Shannon Fairchild, a brilliant but alienated young woman, loses her parents in a horrific double murder — then discovers that they were not her parents. Propelled by the dying words of the woman who reared her, Shannon sets out on a mission to find her birth parents and warn them that someone is after them — someone much more dangerous than the FBI. As she unearths long-buried secrets while trying to stay one step ahead of a shadowy killer, she feels the passions of the tumultuous Sixties being reborn, and she now knows that nothing is more dangerous than someone willing to die for a cause.

More than a couple of decades ago I was a big fan of a trilogy written by Wessel Ebersohn which featured South African prison psychologist Yudel Gordon. The books had plots surrounding the then Apartheid of South Africa. They were very well written and I was sad that the author didn't continue the series -- until now. Another surprise on the doorstep. The publicity materials bill it as "the first in a new series.

I can see doing a cover article on the subject in a year or two. I love the feel and heft of a good book. I like to manually turn the pages and view my bookmark to see how far I've gotten in my pleasure-filled journey through the tome. I really love collecting them and seeing them on my shelves.

I have a hard time seeing myself reading a book on one of these new-fangled e-book readers such as Kindle or the I-Pad. But my clever wife just got a Kindle and really enjoyed reading Stieg Larsson's first two books on it. For the third she resorted back to my hard copy and complained that the big book was too heavy. So I think she is already a fan of the Kindle vs. Michele is an expert at doing deals on the Internet and as a result I'll be getting an I-Pad for almost nothing don't ask -- it's too complicated to replicate.

Libraries and collectors will still demand hardcover books and e-book readers won't proliferate as fast as dvd players did, so there will still be a market for the paperback book as well, but we might as well get used to it -- the e-book is now here to stay, although I suspect that there will be some wars regarding format compatibility for awhile until one or two formats come out on top think vhs vs. The I-Pad already has partially solved that by offering a free Kindle app so I-Pad readers can access their Kindle-format books and read them on the I-Pad.

So what happens when our favorite writers publish certain titles as e-books only!!! Start saving your sheckles. September 15, Please e-mail me with your choices at george deadlypleasures. A recent sign-up who I'm anxious to meet is William Dietrich. Once again, I had trouble getting copies of the next Reviewed to Death title.

They didn't come when promised and I had to call and e-mail to get them -- two weeks late. So contributors -- be aware that they are on the way to you now. I've extended the deadline to get the review back to me to October 1. In his Editorial entitled, "Mysteries, Thrillers, And The Verities of the Heart," Mecham even attempts to distinguish between mysteries and thrillers: "Mysteries and thrillers are not the same things, though they are literary siblings.

Roughly put, I would say the distinction is that mysteries emphasize motive and psychology, whereas thrillers rely more on action and plot. Some mysteries are thrillers and some thrillers are mysteries, but not all mysteries are thrillers and not all thrillers are mysteries. On the last page of the issue there is a very interesting comparison of books vs e-books. In reading a news clip about it, I learned that its founder, Mr. He is looking into forming an investment group to buy a controlling interest in the company. He has said that he is not interested in buying the company, but some doubt it.

To me this looks more like a re-arranging of ownership than a panic sale. I don't buy a lot there but I look alot and do research for the magazine there. August 7, What happened to the good ol' days of five or six books per short list? As of now he doesn't plan to read the short lists. Too many books to get through in a short time. Some of these books seem older than and the explanation is that this award looks at books published in paperback editions in July 29, I'd be very interesting in hearing what your favorites of are.

Please email me at george deadlypleasures. I'm hard at work laying out DP Excuse the delay. With my son going into the Marines I had a very hard time concentrating. But I'm back in form now. Will get the arcs early next week and send them out. I always ask DP readers to read along with us, but never get any feedback as to if they do.

If you do read either of these two books when they come out, let me know. There are some really good stories here. I highly recommend you take the time to read at least a few of them. I just finished the Brendan DuBois one which was a sheer delight. If you have a smartphone and get caught in a long line, read one of them while you are waiting. Personal Note: there's a lot going on with my family right now. Particularly with my year-old son Jordan. A couple of months ago he signed up to be a Marine and because of the backlog of recruits right now he was scheduled to go to boot camp Camp Pendleton in October of this year.

About a week ago two big things happened. Jordan got engaged to his girlfriend Ali no relation to Prince Ali Karim of mystery fandom fame and he got a chance to go early to bootcamp. He leaves for boot camp on Monday the 19th of July. Boot camp is 13 weeks and parents are expected to attend a parent's day on Thursday and the graduation on Friday. If he leaves next Monday which looks pretty certain right now then his graduation will be the Friday of Bouchercon and the wedding the following week.

I know that his graduation is much more important than Bouchercon but can't help being frustrated by the apparent timing conflict. True mystery fans will understand and be sympathetic. As of right now it looks like I'll arrive at Bouchercon around on Friday. I haven't been able to concentrate on anything this last week lots of family get-togethers to say goodbye to Jordan , meeting Ali's parents, etc. So it looks like this upcoming issue of DP will be a little late.

July 12, My mother. Every time I publish a new book, I duly deliver one to her, and then the ritual starts. Nowadays, it takes about two weeks before the call comes. Long silence. Did they feel as guilty? Remember an author by the name of Jack Kerley? Then he seemed to have dropped off the scene. I just assumed that he had lost his contract and had stopped writing. Not so. He's just not published here in the U. There are four more novels in the Carson Ryder series, published in the U. HarperCollins, 6. Plot: Soon after witnessing the escape of violent psychopath Bobby Crayline from prison, Alabaman detective Carson Ryder takes a rare break in the mountains.

But his vacation is interrupted when an anonymous phone call summons him to the scene of a grisly murder. With more savage killings, and the heavy-handed FBI only inflaming the situation, Ryder and local detective Donna Cherry sift through the increasingly bizarre clues. Is there more than one killer on the loose? It is down to Ryder to unearth horrors from the past that others believe should remain buried….

There are always critics no matter how hard we try -- because when it comes to tastes and likes and dislikes we all differ. Chris Johnson. Sandman is the kind of tale I remembering reading in The Haunted House type of stories. A fantastic read that will keep you wondering until the end. Murder from the Newsdesk. Join Colin Crampton, ace crime reporter on the Evening Chronicle in s Brighton, in seven more co Join Colin Crampton, ace crime reporter on the Evening Chronicle in s Brighton, in seven more cozy crime mysteries. The Mystery of the African Charity: Amateur sleuth Colin discovers greed - and a murder mystery - behind what looks like a good deed.

This book of cozy mystery stories will keep you smiling to the very last page. Unlock the power of your Mind, Learn Top 5 meditation techniques that will get you started on your j Unlock the power of your Mind, Learn Top 5 meditation techniques that will get you started on your journey to inner tranquility and freedom.

Smitten for a Stranger. Lucy Allen has always wanted to escape her life. With an alcoholic father who blames her for their s However, now that she is twenty-one, she decides that taking care of her ungrateful, abusive father is not the path she wants to lead her into an inevitable spinster lifestyle and thus, she seeks a new life out west. What she finds is far more than she could have ever imagined was possible. Everything We Lose. Two friends--one black, one white. Torn apart by an attack gone wrong. One escapes into war, the One escapes into war, the other is sold into slavery.

Told from alternating viewpoints, one black and one white, Surviving the Fatherland author Annette Oppenlander delivers another stunning historical tale set against the epic backdrop of the American Civil War--a breathtaking examination of the power of hope and friendship, and the endurance of the human spirit to find a way home.

Stolen: He stole it all including my heart. They both kept secrets from each other but these crimes were more than crimes of the heart. Chelsea savored this game of the innocent rich heiress and her bad boy lover. The thought of Adam asking her about her life filled Chelsea with dread. Her heart had been stolen and it was Adam, the man she loved, who was the thief. Adam thought maybe, just maybe, he should tell her the truth about who he really was. Never had he felt this way about a woman before. One thing I have come to understand It's that I am madly in love with you, Chelsea.

I know I'm no good for you, so it is better that it ends this way. Is sanity in the eye of the beholder? The character in this story seems to believe that he has the r The character in this story seems to believe that he has the right to take another's life. He hates how he looks and when his doctor informs him that there was nothing he could do medically, the main character goes mad!

This short story takes place in a rural area within Connecticut and it is a thriller that will keep you on your toes! Jalanne Barnes. Faith Nightingale. What a great horror story! Amazing plot. This is a must read! What happens when a man allows greed to rule his life?

Gavin lets his greed rule even his love l Gavin lets his greed rule even his love life, demanding complete loyalty from his many women. A man of many secrets and much greed. Linda loves only Gavin and is loyal to a fault sometimes. Will Linda ever be able to trust him again? Navigating Life: 8 Different Strategies to Gu Stop spin Stop spinning your wheels and start living! Rebecca Reddell.

This sounds like a book I need to read! Adding it to my to-read shelf, and when I read it, I will share and review! Cabin Fever. A sexy, fun, erotic romance to put some fire in your blood. In her quest for a promotion, Gwen fi In her quest for a promotion, Gwen finds herself deep in the Colorado Rockies to retrieve the latest manuscript from best-seller, Jacob Masters. At the top of his game, Jacob can call the shots with any publisher he goes to so the last thing he needs is his pushy agent anymore.

When the two meet chemistry ignites. When a snowstorm traps them in the isolated cabin passion explodes. Will Gwen and Jacob take a chance on each other? Or is their connection just a little Cabin Fever? A Flash Of Horror. Each tale is less than a five-minute read. Blinded by an unexpected breakup two years ago Bree moved to Chicago and started over. She has final She has finally found her passion and is working in a career she fully enjoys. However there are still unanswered questions about her past and she finally wants answers.

Ivy never stopped loving Bree despite her betrayal. She let her go thinking it was for the best but two years later she finds herself heading to Chicago after learning Bree moved there. Both women had secrets they did not realise pulled them apart two years ago, will those same secrets keep them from being together once again?

A world war separates them. A dangerous mystery threatens to destroy them. An everlasting love fall An everlasting love falls apart before them. Fighting to keep his men alive, Zeke wishes for one thing: to get home in one piece and marry the love of his life. Best Kept Secret. Natasha Dawson is a lucky woman. Her career as a fashion photographer has taken off magnificently. After her imminent marriage, she will have a stable future to look forward to and a loving husband in the funny and generous Luke Stevens. Everything is very nearly perfect. But her ex-boyfriend has disappeared, and, try as she might, she can't forget about him.

Some part of her feels she's about to marry the man of the wrong person's dreams. The other man in her life is handsome, engaging and passionate, and Natasha is deeply in love with him. But he also has a terrible secret, and Natasha may have to risk everything if she wants to uncover it Really amazing story about what love can do with us.

I like how characters are so real and so vivid, you drown in their story. Natasha is so strong woman and I admire by her. She decided to save her lover despise the fact that they are parted the life gave her to be with another man and forget all her sorrow.

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