Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

Archive for the ‘Crime’ Category


August 31, 2014

I was a fan of Christian Slater’s television show, The Forgotten. It only lasted one season, seventeen episodes, actually, but my wife and I were drawn into the emotional cases and the cast of characters that were so deeply affected by the unidentified bodies. At the time, I didn’t know that Todd Matthews, the Director […]

WIDE SPOT IN THE ROAD by Wayne D. Dundee

August 17, 2014

Wide Spot in the Road was the first Jack Laramie Drifter Detective novella I’ve read in the series. The premise is interesting, kind of a Jim Rockford (only a little tougher in the clinches) who lives in the back of his horse trailer and roves Texas looking for work. Jack Laramie is the grandson of […]

SWAMP BONES by Kathy Reichs

August 17, 2014

Lately, before the release of the new Tempe Brennan novel, author Kathy Reichs blows through a novella about her signature character that takes Tempe and the reader to a new place and usually a new corner of forensics. In this one, Tempe is on vacation (doesn’t last long because a body turns up—well, pieces of […]


May 28, 2014

Walt Longmire is a great addition to the mystery scene, and to summer television. I enjoy Walt in both mediums and like sitting down to see where his latest cases are going to take me. I also appreciate the fact that author Craig Johnson sits down every now and again and blows through a short […]

THE SKIN COLLECTOR by Jeffery Deaver

May 19, 2014

At first glance, Jeffery Deaver’s new book, The Skin Collector, sounds like it has a lot in common with his breakout hit featuring forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme. Well, like all of Deaver’s creations, the book meets some of the reader’s expectations and spins others wildly in another direction. This latest novel in his long-running series […]

LAZARUS by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark

May 12, 2014

Greg Rucka is a writer I routinely follow in comics. He writes some of the best character-oriented stuff out there. I enjoyed his run on Wonder Woman and on Gotham Central (and I’m wondering how much of that will be cherry-picked for the new Gotham television series coming this fall). I love his work on […]

THE POOR BOY’S GAME by Dennis Tafoya

May 12, 2014

The cover on The Poor Boy’s Game sold me on the book. I love that sepia tone and the aggressive stance of the woman holding the pistol in the reader’s face, and the title caught my attention too. I’ve never heard of anything called the poor boy’s game. When I started reading the first few […]

CHEAP SHOT by Ace Atkins

May 11, 2014

Cheap Shot spends a lot of time hitting buttons in the Spenser World. After a while, I started to feel like I was checking off names on a scavenger hunt. Hawk. Check. Vinnie Morris. Check. Rachel Wallace. Check. Hugh Dixon Check. (Only long-time readers would have picked up on that one from The Judas Goat.) […]

CHEKHOV’S GUN by Vin DeLoach

March 23, 2014

Chekhov’s Gun by Vin DeLoach is a novella based in the new Kindle Worlds licensed franchise of Veronica Mars. I was a fan of the television show, and am currently aggravated that the movie has not shown up yet in my hometown. So when I heard that there would be new Veronica Mars stories I […]


March 8, 2014

I had not previously read Simon Kernick, though I was aware of him because I check the bestseller lists. So I figured I was in good hands when I booted up Wrong Time, Wrong Place. The story starts off full-on action and tension, and just gets more wound up from there because the killing comes […]