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Welcome and General Discussion / Where's Becke?
« on: April 10, 2021, 08:06:48 pm »
Any idea where Becke has gone? She hasn't posted on the forums in a while.

What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: April 08, 2021, 04:02:49 am »
I finished reading the Tom Threadgill thriller Collision Of Lies the other day. It's the first book in the Alma Alvarez series and it was a fantastic read! You can check out my Goodreads review of the book HERE!

What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: April 08, 2021, 04:00:52 am »
The Matthew Quirk book HOUR OF THE ASSASSIN used a pull quote of mine for the book's paperback edition.

Top Ten Lists / Re: My Top 10 Mysteries & Thrillers of 2020!
« on: April 02, 2021, 04:56:11 pm »
Oh, and I just found out that the paperback edition of Matthew Quirk's HOUR OF THE ASSASSIN, which came out in January 2021  included a pull quote from my review!

What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: March 31, 2021, 02:33:44 pm »
Last year I wrote a review for the magazine of the Robyn Gigl debut legal thriller BY WAY OF SORROW. I really loved it. But the pandemic pushed the book back for publication until yesterday.

In that time, Kensington Publishing used a pull quote from my review in a trade ad, a longer pull quote in the press release and on various online sites to buy the book. And this morning I found out that the longer pull quote appears on the back cover of the hardcover edition. I called up the book store and put a copy of it on hold so I can have it in my collection.

What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: March 24, 2021, 04:01:38 pm »
I'm currently reading an advance copy of the new C.J. Box book DARK SKY. It's due out in March.

Here's my review as it appeared in the latest issue of the magazine.

What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: March 19, 2021, 04:51:08 pm »
I finished reading MURDER ON THE METRO by Jon Land. It's the first book written by him in the Capital Crimes series that was originated by Margaret Truman. And I found it to be an outstanding thriller. You can read my Goodreads review of it via this link.

What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: March 15, 2021, 02:34:04 pm »
I finished Tracy Gardner's RUBY RED HERRING and submitted a review of it to the magazine.

I've read something by this author - I'll have to check. I just finished THE SNOWDONIA KILLINGS by Simon McCleave. I liked it a lot and I'm eager to read more of these books, which are set in Wales.

Welcome and General Discussion / Re: RIP Margaret Maron
« on: February 27, 2021, 01:51:39 pm »
The Jungle Red Writers blog did a post about Maron today (Saturday, Feb. 27th).

What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: February 27, 2021, 01:48:43 pm »
I just picked up the Amy Pershing book A SIDE OF MURDER today. It's the first book in the Cape Cod Foodie mystery series. I read about her and the book on the Jungle Red Writers blog and put it on my must-buy list.

But I also stopped off at my local comic shop where I put in an order for J.C. Vaughn's SECOND WEDNESDAY, which is the first book in the Donovan Bay series. It's a prose novel and it comes out in May. I also discovered that Image Comics will start publishing a nine issue miniseries called THE GOOD ASIAN, which is about (obviously) an Asian detective in 1936 Chinatown. I added that to my pull list.

And I picked up the first issue of a new miniseries called Stray Dogs. It's a murder mystery but the main characters are all dogs. The main dog is trying to find their owner and a killer may have done his human in. The art is done in the Don Bluth animation style and check out the fantastic homage cover art for the first issue.

What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: February 26, 2021, 10:18:33 am »
I am currently reading an advance copy of the Marc Cameron thriller BONE RATTLE. I'll be reviewing it for Mystery Scene and I just got another ARC in the mail yesterday that looks promising as well.

Oh and I'm picking up Amy Pershing's A SIDE OF MURDER tomorrow. The series is set on Cape Cod (not sure about what town exactly yet) but since I'm just off of the Cape, I figured I'd give it a try.

Welcome and General Discussion / RIP Margaret Maron
« on: February 24, 2021, 04:31:09 am »
The news was posted online via Twitter. I haven't been able to find an official news article to link to but author Margaret Maron passed away yesterday.

Here's the photo of the state released by her family:

What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: February 19, 2021, 07:35:13 am »
I just finished reading an advance copy of the debut thriller from Robyn Gigl called BY WAY OF SORROW. I'm going to be submitting a review to the magazine so I won't say anything more here for now.

So I loved the book and my review was printed in the magazine. But the publication got pushed back from last year to the end of March this year.

When I looked at the review section PDF that was sent to me for the upcoming new issue, I noticed a trade ad from Kensington Publishing about the book. And wouldn't you know it, the review quote they used at the top of the ad was mine! Totally cool I must say.

What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: February 17, 2021, 03:45:55 am »

I was trying to choose between several books but I started in on this one after reading the date on page one, as the story opens: Tuesday, February 16. I figure it's a sign I should read it today!

Yeah, that's a definite sign.  ;D

Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Interesting article about bookplates
« on: February 12, 2021, 04:50:38 pm »
In her latest author newsletter, J.A. Jance offered a signed bookplate and a signed bookmark for her latest book 'Missing and Endangered'.

I plan to buy the book, so I sent off a SASE. I included a note that included me taking a shot to request a couple extra bookmarks that I could share with the Mystery Book Club whenever we get to resume having in-person gatherings at the Wareham Free Library. I said that 2 or 3 bookmarks would be great and that Jance didn't have to sign them.

Yesterday, I received an envelope in the mail from the author. Not only was the bookplate there, but she included a baker's dozen of bookmarks and they were all signed as well!

So a big thank you to goes out to J.A. Jance for going above and beyond with the bookmarks! They will be shared quite enthusiastically!

That's awesome! I'm always impressed by the generosity of authors. I like J. A. Jance's books and have several still on my bookshelves.

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