And the winner is…

Me! No, I didn’t win first prize, but I placed 16 out of 25, so my short story, “Mama,” will be published in the 17th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection. Each year, Writer’s Digest sponsors a variety of writing competitions, the winners of which win cash prizes and/or have their work published in the magazine or one

Book Review: BEYOND the RAGE by Michael J. Malone

Michael J. Malone’s Beyond the Rage is one of those novels that keeps you thinking long after you turn the last page. Its hero, Kenny O’Neill, made appearances in Malone’s previous books in the DI Ray McBain series (Blood Tears and A Taste for Malice). Kenny, a successful criminal with friends in many places, is an unlikely hero. He’s a

Book Review: SIGHT UNSEEN by Iris and Roy Johansen

I’ve been reading Iris Johansen’s books since the 1980s and enjoyed every single one of them. Sight Unseen is my first introduction to her collaborations with Roy Johansen and it’s no surprise it hit the New York Time’s bestseller list right out of the gate. Kendra Michaels is a recurring character in a number of previous novels (written by Iris solo and

Book Review: KEEP QUIET by Lisa Scottoline

Lisa Scottoline’s Keep Quiet is one of those novels that keeps you wondering how you’d behave if you were able to change the outcome of a single, regrettable decision. What would you do if you were responsible for the tragic car accident your son caused? Just how far would you go to protect him? And how long could you shield your

Book Review: THE GUILLOTINE CHOICE by Michael J. Malone

Although the Book Depository’s blurb for The Guillotine Choice appears below, it doesn’t touch on the powerful and emotional impact of this novel. Malone, who is best known for his award-winning poetry and crime novels featuring DI Ray McBain, has proven himself to be a versatile and truly gifted writer. I have a habit of reading really good books straight through

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