‘Little Boy Lost’ Is A Captivating Legal Thriller Ripped from the Headlines [REVIEW]

Protest in downtown St. Louis

As racial tensions rise, violence escalates in J.D. Trafford’s Little Boy Lost. (Photo by velo_city, Flickr)

When an African American boy goes missing in St. Louis, nobody pays any attention until his sibling decides to take matters into her own hands and makes a struggling attorney take notice in J.D. Trafford’s new legal thriller, Little Boy Lost.  Read more of this post

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‘Dangerous Ends’ Is Bold, Brutal and Flawless [REVIEW]

Cuban '59 Buick Electra

Cuba’s bloody past collides with a treacherous present in Alex Segura’s Dangerous Ends. (Photo by Angelo Domini, Flickr)

Staying sober and out of trouble isn’t easy for a private investigator who decides to put his days of chasing dangerous killers behind him. Crime and malice simply have a way of always showing up, especially in Miami.  Read more of this post

Tough-As-Nails Attorney Spike Sanguinetti Returns In ‘A Thousand Cuts’ [REVIEW]

Gibraltar

The further Spike Sanguinetti investigates, the more secrets deep in Gibraltar’s past he uncovers in Thomas Mogford’s A Thousand Cuts. (Photo by Patrick McDonald, Flickr)

When secrets long buried simply can’t be forgotten, a violent insurrection shatters the peace of the present as a series of heinous murders ricochet across Gibraltar in a misguided search for justice in Thomas Mogford’s A Thousand Cuts.  Read more of this post

NANCY MEHL: Writing About Serial Killers [GUEST POST]

Serial Killer

Why would an inspirational novelist write about a serial killer? Find out in this guest post from Nancy Mehl. (Photo by Giampaolo Macorig, Flickr)

Do serial killers belong in inspirational suspense and mystery? Some say yes, some say no. I just wrote Dark Deception, where I took on a serial killer for the first time. Why? First of all, serial killers exist. We can’t just pretend they don’t. Actually, many writers include serial killers in their novels without assigning them the title. If the bad guy in a mystery or suspense novel kills more than one person, we could call him (or her) a serial killer, couldn’t we? Of course, these villains are usually trying to cover up a crime – they don’t kill for some kind of perverse gratification. But murder is murder, right? Read more of this post

Revisit the Mysterious World of P.D. James in ‘The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories’ [REVIEW]

Mistletoe

In P.D. James’s The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories, four of the author’s classic stories are brought together to baffle readers all over again. (Photo by Nils Rohwer, Flickr)

I’ve been a fan of British crime fiction for decades, but one of my favorite authors was the Queen of Crime herself, P.D. James. Over the course of her career, magazines and newspapers commissioned her to write special short stories for the holidays. Growing up on the American side of the pond, I never got the chance to read any of these stories when they were originally released, so you can imagine my delight when Knopf decided to publish four of them together in book format. The result is the charming gift-sized volume, The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories. Read more of this post