Recommended Read: Riding Shotgun: And Other American Cruelties by Andy Rausch

Andy Rausch’s  Riding Shotgun: And Other American Cruelties  is a marvellous collection that consists of three violent and blackly comic novellas. Prohibition era gangsters meet wild west outlaws in the first story, ‘Easy-Peezy‘, ‘Riding Shotgun’ is the tale of a crime fiction author who is forced to commit murder, and in ‘$crilla‘ – my personalContinue reading “Recommended Read: Riding Shotgun: And Other American Cruelties by Andy Rausch”

Guest Blog: Three Hours Past Midnight by Tony Knighton

Paul has graciously invited me to post an essay about my latest work Three Hours Past Midnight, a novel from Crime Wave Press, set in my hometown, Philadelphia, Pa.  In the first few pages the narrator and his partner burglarize the home of a wealthy, jailed Philadelphia politician.  It features the un-named protagonist from anContinue reading “Guest Blog: Three Hours Past Midnight by Tony Knighton”

Guest Blog: Riding Shotgun and Other American Cruelties by Andy Rausch

I’ve been asked to write a guest piece about my new crime novella collection Riding Shotgun and Other American Cruelties. So here goes… The anthology contains three very different kinds of crime tales written with three very different writing styles. The genesis of the first story, Easy-Peezy, came from my considering penning a Western story.Continue reading “Guest Blog: Riding Shotgun and Other American Cruelties by Andy Rausch”

Short, Sharp Interview: Benedict J Jones

PDB: Can you pitch THE DEVIL’S BREW in 25 words or less? Urban noir meets rural horror; dog fights, horse mutilation, private eyes, country cults – dark secrets and danger lurk behind every hedge!  PDB: Which music, books, films, songs or television shows do you wish you had written? Well, I always say I’d preferContinue reading “Short, Sharp Interview: Benedict J Jones”

Short, Sharp Interview: Tom Vater

PDB: Can you pitch The Man with the Golden Mind in 25 words or less? The Man with the Golden Mind is a detective thriller set against the backdrop of the CIA’s covert war in Laos in the 1960s. .PDB: Which music, books, films, songs or television shows do you wish you had written? AnyContinue reading “Short, Sharp Interview: Tom Vater”

What Goes On? Vater, Bird, Tomlinson, Miles.

Tom Vater I’ve just republished THE CAMBODIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD, the first in the Detective Maier Mystery series, with Crime Wave Press (www.crimewavepress.com) as a Kindle. The second book THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN MIND will be out soon as well. After the demise of Exhibit A Books, the original home of the MaierContinue reading “What Goes On? Vater, Bird, Tomlinson, Miles.”

Guest Blog: Kolkata as a location for crime fiction by Kalyan Lahiri

Kolkata, or erstwhile Calcutta, the capital city of West Bengal, once the centre of the British Empire, has a very rich tradition of Bengali crime fiction. It could perhaps be described as the centre of Indian crime fiction. The tradition of Bengali crime fiction in Kolkata began as early as 1892 with the creation ofContinue reading “Guest Blog: Kolkata as a location for crime fiction by Kalyan Lahiri”

Short, Sharp Interview: Kalyan Lahiri

PDB: What’s going on now? KL: Working on the next Orko Deb mystery. It’s also based in Kolkata and a lot of authentic old Kolkata is there. Of course there are murders and other crimes too. I am about one third through. PDB: How did you research The Kolkata Conundrum? KL: ‘The Kolkata Conundrum’ neededContinue reading “Short, Sharp Interview: Kalyan Lahiri”

Guest Blog: Crime Fiction and Philadelphia by Tony Knighton

Philadelphia is a funny place.  It’s a huge international city, a major communication and transportation hub, home to first-rate colleges and universities, major league sports teams, and magnificent buildings – high-rise corporate headquarters, stadiums and arenas, fabulous entertainment venues, and museums. It’s also Mayberry, small town America.  Many Philadelphians live and die in their neighborhood,Continue reading “Guest Blog: Crime Fiction and Philadelphia by Tony Knighton”

Short, Sharp Interview: Nick Wilgus

PDB: What’s going on now? Right now I’m preparing for the release of the fourth Father Ananda mystery, THE CURIOUS CORPSE. The publisher, Crime Wave Press, is also preparing an omnibus edition of the first three books, which I’m looking forward to. THE CURIOUS CORPSE finds Father Ananda matching wits with the Russian mafia afterContinue reading “Short, Sharp Interview: Nick Wilgus”

Recommended Read: Skewered: And Other London Cruelties by Benedict J. Jones

In Skewered, the first story in this cracking collection, we are introduced to Charlie Bars who is fresh out of prison and unhappily working in his uncle’s kebab shop. When Charlie is given the chance to make some fast money he jumps at it but things quickly become, well,  skewered. Charlie Bars also appears inContinue reading “Recommended Read: Skewered: And Other London Cruelties by Benedict J. Jones”

Guest Blog: Cowgirl X” amid the temples Jame DiBiasio

The soul, if not necessarily the body, of my new thriller, “Cowgirl X”, is in Cambodia.  I can tell you exactly when I first visited the country: mid April 1998. My memory is buttressed by the fact that Pol Pot died while I was there, on the 15th, although I only learned of this afterContinue reading “Guest Blog: Cowgirl X” amid the temples Jame DiBiasio”