Deadpool co-creator publishes 1st novel, 25 years in the making

Fabian Nicieza, a writer in the comic book medium best known for co-creating Deadpool, made two projects a reality this year – after a quarter-century. The first is his debut novel called Suburban Dicks (G.P. Putnam’s Sons $27), a mystery that occurs in suburban New Jersey where ex-FBI profiler Andrea Stern (who’s seven months pregnant […]

Optimize Us by Maria Kelson

Story of the Month: Optimize Us by Maria Kelson

  The Strand’s Story of the Month for April is Optimize Us by Maria Kelson, featured in Down to the River, a new anthology of crime fiction from Down and Out Books. With classic elements of suspense and a twist of android fiction, Kelson will have you guessing until the end.   Optimize Us by Maria Kelson I […]

The Ten Best Movie Thrillers

Twelve Must Read Thrillers

Twelve Must Read Thrillers (Author Louise Jensen has compiled a list of the twelve must read thrillers published this century. Some can be dystopian, some can have a trace of romance, a few will provide twists and surprise endings, and all are destined to be classics.) Someone like me – M. R. Carey The story […]

The Top Twenty Novels of 2018

Must Read Books in 2018   The Library Book by Susan Orlean (Simon & Schuster) (An unlikely book to make it to the top of the list, but Orlean delivers a book so vivid in atmosphere with a detailed plot that will appeal not only to those of us who love books, which makes it a […]

Women Writers for a Waning Winter

Women Writers for a Waning Winter As winter days wane into the eventual thaw of spring, here are a few recent offerings from the first ladies of felonious fiction to help you capture the slow burn. First up is Lisa Gardner’s outstanding Right Behind You (Dutton), which revisits FBI profilers Pierce Quincy and Rainie Conner, […]

Book Review of the Week: Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur’s Cookbook

Book Review of the Week:  Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur’s Cookbook By Janice Poon Titan Books 2016 $29.95 I have voiced my admiration for the television series Hannibal in the past ( Not only did the show manage to adapt the well-explored subject matter in a fresh and creative manner that still somehow remained remarkably loyal […]

Book Review: Every Man a Menace by Patrick Hoffman

Book Review: Every Man a Menace by Patrick Hoffman

Book Review: Every Man a Menace by Patrick Hoffman Every Man a Menace By Patrick Hoffman Atlantic Monthly Press 2016 $25.00   Patrick Hoffman’s Every Man a Menace is a panoramic international crime novel in which the action spans both hemispheres. The story revolves around drug-smuggling: MDMA is making its way to California, and a […]

The Women of Summer Suspense

The Women of Summer Suspense

The Women of Summer Suspense Forget the boys of summer—it’s the women of suspense who are packing some serious heat this season of the sunscreen. First up is Megan Abbott’s highly anticipated You Will Know Me (Little, Brown and Company), a penetrating glimpse into the world of competitive gymnastics. Katie and Eric Knox have sacrificed […]

Top Ten Audiobooks This Summer

This Summer’s Top Ten Audiobooks

This Summer’s Top Ten Audiobooks June is audiobook month! And we’ve chosen our top ten favorite audiobooks for summer listening! Before The Fall by Noah Hawley Read by Robert Petkoff (Hachette Audio) THE BLACK WIDOW by Daniel Silva Read by George Guidall (Harper Audio) The Letter Writer by Dan Fesperman Read by David Bendena (Dreamscape) A HERO OF […]

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April Reads…Books to read this spring

Books to read this spring The days are getting longer, which might make you think you should be spending more time outside, but just consider it more daylight hours to read. If you’re adventurous—and live in a cooperative climate—you can even take some of this month’s reading suggestions into the great outdoors.   Quiet Neighbors […]

Spring Reading list

Spring Reading List

March Reads   It’s officially spring, Daylight Saving Time is in effect, so what better is there to do with that extra hour of evening light than crack open a few new books? Your to-be-read stack is only going to get bigger as summer approaches—may as well get a head start while you can. This […]