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FOOL ME TWICE by Michael Brandman

August 11, 2016

I got into Michael Brandman’s second Jesse Stone novel on the heels of the first because I had a good time returning to Paradise. Unfortunately, I probably jumped back in too soon in some ways. Like the first book, this second novel goes down easily and smoothly. Brandman turns in prose that almost reads itself […]

KILLING THE BLUES by Michael Brandman

August 11, 2016

Since Robert B. Parker died and left a slew of fans clamoring for more books about his iconic characters, a few writers have stepped into the breach to deliver more tales. Michael Brandman is a producer on the Jesse Stone films starring Tom Selleck, which I enjoy a lot. During these productions, Brandman got to […]

WHERE IT HURTS by Reed Farrel Coleman

July 31, 2016

I hadn’t read Reed Farrel Coleman before, although I was aware of his Moe Prager books and the fact that he is currently continuing Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone novels. However, I was given a copy of Where It Hurts, his first Gus Murphy novel, and I opened it up, feeling immediately as though I’d […]

CHARCOAL JOE by Walter Mosley

July 31, 2016

I love Walter Mosley’s characters and stories. I remember when he was going to quit writing the Easy Rawlins books and I was disappointed. Thankfully, that didn’t happen and Easy’s uneasy journey continues in the restless 1960s of Los Angeles. Charcoal Joe is an interesting book. According to the cover copy, Easy is supposed to […]

SLOW BURN by Ace Atkins

July 31, 2016

I’m glad Ace Atkins was picked to carry on the Spenser novels. I grew up with that character and I don’t want him to ever disappear. Atkins comes really close to mimicking Parker’s style with his dialogue and observations (so different from Atkins’ Quinn Colson character), but I noticed in Kickback that the storylines were […]

BETWEEN THE LIVING AND THE DEAD by Bill Crider

August 15, 2015

Every year for several years now, I’ve traveled down to Blacklin County, Texas, to help out with a murder investigation. Seems like somebody’s always ending up dead in little towns around the county and it takes a heap of investigating to set things back to rights. Those little Texas towns are a lot like the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.) […]

THE HOUSE ON THE CLIFF by Charlotte Williams

January 7, 2014

With the positively creepy Gothic cover on the front of The House on the Cliff by Charlotte Williams, I was expecting a creepy, delightful read. Even reading the synopsis on the back of the book didn’t put me off of that expectation. What I got, and what you will get if you pick up this […]