Alex Breck

Alex Breck lives on a wee island off the west coast of Scotland.

No wonder he’s sent young Ridge Walker, the hero of his international adventure thriller series, out into the world to have his adventures a long way from home, though I must admit that Ian Rankin, Stuart MacBride and Val McDermid have managed to find enough criminal activity in Scotland to keep me up at night.

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Maria Grazia Swan

Like a bit of Italian flavoring in your murder mysteries?

Maria Grazia Swan has three series featuring Italian women in lead roles:

  • Mina Calvi Adventures,
  • Lella York Mysteries, and
  • Baker Girls Cozy Mysteries.

I’ve started exploring her writing through Geminin Moon, the first book in the Lella York Mysteries.

It’s written from the point of view of Lella, who doesn’t have a clue what’s going on, and is somewhat distracted by her attraction to Larry Devin, the on vacation detective that helps her ‘solve’ the mystery.

Gemini Moon is definitely a cozy murder mystery with a difference.

Craig A. Hart

Craig A. Hart is the creator of the Shelby Alexander Thriller Series.

This week, I’m reading Serenity, the first book in the Shelby Alexander Thriller series by Craig A. Hart.

Serenity is described as ‘an action-packed read with a lovingly rendered cast, witty dialogue, and a main character who doesn’t know when to quit.’

Sounds a bit like Sam Dyke. I wonder how different Shelby Alexander will prove to be. Given that this series is by an American writer, and set in Serenity, Michigan, I expect Shelby will be brasher than Yorkshireman Sam. I’ll let you know in my review.

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Keith Dixon

This week I’m reading Altered Life, the first book in the Sam Dyke Investigations series by Keith Dixon.

Keith describes his Sam Dyke Investigations series as the story of one man’s quest to stop screwing up his life while finding and catching bad guys.

Although the series in set in the north of England, Keith admits to being influenced by American crime writers.

Check out the details at keithdixonnovels  – where you can download the first two books in the series for free to see if you like his style. I do.

Rich Leder

Rich Leder is a novelist and screenwriter that writes funny books.

Among other things, he is the creator of the McCall & Company series, which allows us to share in the madcap adventures of way-off-broadway actor and reluctant PI, Kate McCall, and her eccentric friends, as they investigate cases and cause mayhem across New York City. Continue reading “Rich Leder”

David Callinan

David Callinan is the creator of the Mike Delaney thrillers.

If you like a thriller, you can download a couple of Mike Delaney novellas from David’s website, and join me in finding out what mischief Mike Delaney is mixed up in.

I’ve downloaded One False Move to see whether I like his style. Continue reading “David Callinan”

Melissa Lane Girl Detective

Here’s something a little different.

One of my friends from Crime Writers SA, Reece Pocock, has written a detective story for 7 to 11 year olds: Melissa Lane Girl Detective: In the case of the stolen lunch money.

Something to consider if you have some young readers at your place looking for something to read on their Kindle or iPad. Be interested to know what they think of it – I’m sure Reece would.

Here, there be dragons!

The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly arrived at my place this week, courtesy of one of my brothers, who thought I might be inspired to continue writing by Matthew’s impressive sales figures – more than 7 million copies in 20 different languages according to the blurb on the book cover. Or maybe he’s trying to get me to stop writing murder mysteries and switch to his preferred read – action thrillers. Continue reading “Here, there be dragons!”

Michael Leunig

My library holds several books by Michael Leunig, an Australian cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet, who has been keeping us entertained with his commentary on political, cultural and emotional life for more than forty years.

You can get an overview of his life’s work at Michael Leunig

If you spend some time looking at the gallery of his cartoons you’ll get a greater appreciation of his genius. (You can expand each image by opening it in a new tab or window.)

Enjoy.

Peter James and The Roy Grace Tribe

The Roy Grace Tribe

The Roy Grace series, by author Peter James, has an impressive tribal following.  The 10 books in the series are reputed to have total sales in excess of 15 million copies. A quick calculation, allowing each reader one copy of each title, says we are talking a tribe of at least 1.5 million readers – more if we allow for those who have only sampled a couple of the books in the series. Continue reading “Peter James and The Roy Grace Tribe”