‘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

‘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

Don’t Get Scammed By ‘the IRS’ [VIDEO]

Worried man on phone

Don’t let scammers posing as the IRS take you to the cleaners. (Photo by Alon, Flickr)

A few weeks ago, I received a voice mail message that I needed to contact the IRS immediately or else I was going to be arrested. Since I file my own taxes, my first reaction was, “Oh no! What did I do wrong?” But then I remembered reading Catherine Ryan Hyde’s Allie and Bea, where a senior citizen is scammed by someone claiming to be the IRS and I thought, “I’d better investigate!” Read more of this post