Karen on AustCrimeFiction has reviewed WHAT MOTHER KNEW by Edmund Tadros. When Mark Galante reported his pregnant wife Jody missing in January 2006, her family always suspected foul play.
Karen says "WHAT THE MOTHER KNEW is a worrying, disquieting, disturbing book. But then crime and the reality of what happens in our society these days should be. It should be read - violence is ultimately so pointless, and WHAT THE MOTHER KNEW is one of the starkest reminders of that that I've read in quite a while."
Books to the Ceiling reviews THE PALE BLUE EYE by Loius Bayard, and says " Louis Bayard succeeds completely in evoking a past time and place. This is, of course, the principal act of artistic conjuring that one hopes to experience in a work of historical fiction (or in a work of history, for that matter). The writing is graceful; the story compelling."
The Carnival (of criminal Minds, now #23) has traveled to Mongolia, via Manchester, where at Michael Walters’ Shadow Walker blog, it has been transformed into a Wicked Wakes Fortnight.
The Crime Writers' Association has announced the shortlist for the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger:
- Ariana Franklin, The Death Maze, Bantam Press
- Philip Kerr, A Quiet Flame, Quercus
- Andrew Martin, Death on a Branch Line, Faber and Faber
- CJ Sansom, Revelation, Macmillan
- Andrew Taylor, Bleeding Heart Square, Michael Joseph
- Laura Wilson, Stratton's War, Orion
Bouchercon 2008 is about to happen and lots of crime fiction bloggers are reporting that they are about to head there. Including Declan Burke, Austin S. Camacho from Criminal Minds at Work, RJ Ellory, and a number of members of 4 Mystery Addicts, in cluding my friend Fran from Tasmania.
Peter Rozovsky (Detectives Beyond Borders) has returned from Ireland and is asking for suggestions of books to read on an island.
Helen of It's Criminal reviews THE MURDER FARM by Andrea Maria Schenkel. She says "The writing is beautifully spare, and although The Murder Farm is only 181 pages, it says almost as much between the lines as it does on the page. It is an enthralling story, and one you will want to read in one sitting."