After reading The Colorado Kid and noticing that the publisher was ‘Hard Case Crime’ I decided to have a look and their website and see what was available. I couldn’t believe how many books I found! They all feature beautiful retro artwork and have such cool names. As with most books I would buy them on the kindle but at a starting price of around £5.50 , there is no way that I could get the haul that I truly wanted. Here are a few that I have vowed to treat myself once I have cleared some of my to read pile.
- False Negative by Joseph Koenig – This author has won award for his fiction before and this particular one is about a journalist running an article on a beauty queen. In true noir style we can call imagine how that turns out..
- Murder is my Business by Brett Halliday – This is part of the Mike Shayne mysteries. Shayne is a private eye and this time he has been hired by a millionaire – it is ten years later and he runs into the millionaire’s daughter. No good can come of this… Mike Shayne had starred in more than seventy novels and numerous TV shows and movies.
- House Dick by E Howard Hunt – this looks amazing. As you can probably tell by the title this is about a hotel detective working in a Washington Hotel. This particular author went to prison for his involvement in the Watergate scandal. And Richard Nixon is quoted as saying ‘This fellow Hunt… he know too damn much.’
There are so many I am interested but I would be writing all day. Have you read any of the Hard Case Crime books if so what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.
I have been nominated for the Sunshine Award, a huge thank you to Mischievous eyes for nominating me. My post will be coming tomorrow afternoon and you will be able to see all of my nominations and the answers to all of my questions but I thought I’d share a couple of answers with you now. Remember to look back to see my answers to the rest of the questions and my nominees!
What inspired you to start blogging?
I am not sure, I think I just wanted to write about all the things that really annoyed me and then my love for books started coming through and now it’s more book blog than rant blog.
How did you come up with the name for your blog?
Well I was young and grumpy and there was a lot of things I hated (and a few I loved) and that’s how it happened.
Claire and her son Noah moved to Tranquillity from Baltimore hoping to get away from demons of the past. At first everything seems ok but then the town’s teenagers start filling with rage and people are killed at school shootings and children killing their own mothers. As the town Doctor Claire wants to know what has caused this and with the help of the chief of police Lincoln will she be successful?
This read more like a Stephen than a Gerritsen, which possibly explains why I was quite so addicted to it. This is reminiscent of Needful Things from the king of horror, both books I read in less than two days.
Some of the scenes in the book made me recoil in horror and pretty much every page effected me somehow. I still can’t believe this book was only £1. These books may not contain the famous Rizolli and Isles but I think this could possibly be one of her best works.
Would I recommend it? Yes, if you are not squeamish
I bought my three Erica Spindler books the reviews for two of them can be found here and here for three for £5 at The Works so I thought I’d check their online store out, and here’s what I have ordered.
- Watch Me Die by Erica Spindler
- Shocking Pink by Erica Spindler
- Above Suspicion by Lynda La Plante
By now I class myself as a big Erica Spindler fan but I am really excited to read my first Lynda La Plante too, so hurry up the next few days!
********EROTICA REVIEW ********************
As you guys all know I LOVE Steph Sweeney’s erotica my reviews are here and here.
I was really excited when I saw this £0.77 teaser on Amazon, as you can imagine it is part of a full book and mixes erotica, fantasy and possible thriller all in one. Melissa discovers that her husband has been cheating on her with an 18 year old girl and after they enjoy a number of threesomes she decides to look through his stuff to find evidence of other girls and that’s when she finds the card for your favourite girl inc and decides to take a trip down to the basement under the jewellery store and that’s where she discovers flora..
I can’t do a full review as I haven’t read the whole book, but what I’ve read so far i have enjoyed. It has been quite a strange story but that has added to the erotica giving it a different dimension, I only want to know where the rest is now!
After a months of phenomenal reading in January here is a small list for February reading:
- Die Trying by Lee Child
- Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell
- Bloodstream by Tess Gerritsen
- Watch Me Die by Erica Spindler
- The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes
And what ever else I can get my hands on!
Liz Ames receives a phone call telling her, her sister Rachel a pastor at a small town in Florida has gone missing. Liz listens to her answer phone messages and there’s one from Rachel telling her about some illegal activity on the island but not giving much detail. Liz decides tk move to Key West to investigate. Not long after she moves there a young girl is murder and a bank manager commits suicide.
This is my second Erica Spindler book and Dead Run made me realise how much I love her writing style. At one stage I felt as if I was going crazy alongside Liz and did not know what to think. The character I really fell in love with was Carla the ‘meat and potatoes’ who eventually figured everything out. This book was just the right side of gory and definitely kept me interested.
Would I recommend this book? Yes