Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Devil's Triangle by Howard Owen

I'm a sucker for a good mystery featuring a journalist as sleuth. So why hadn't I heard of Howard Owen? The Devil's Triangle is the sixth Willie Black mystery set in Richmond, Virginia. I feel as if I've been missing a good series. In fact, Owen's first Willie Black book, Oregon Hill, won the 2012 Hammett Prize.

Who would expect a twin-engine Beechcraft to crash through the plate-glass window of a popular Richmond bar on a Friday afternoon when Happy Hour draws lawyers and others from downtown? In fact, the husband of Willie Brown's third ex-wife was in the bar, along with many of the partners of the firm. Willie, the night police reporter for Richmond's daily newspaper, suspects the crash was more than an accident. The first reports of the pilot say he was a loner, probably off his meds. But, where did he get the money for a half million dollar life insurance policy? As Willie digs for answers, he only uncovers more questions.

Owen's latest mystery features a driven newspaperman, determined to find answers, even if it puts him at odds with his girlfriend, the police chief, the paper's publisher, and the pilot's only friend. As in any good story about the newspaper world, Black deals with sources and witnesses from every strata of life in Richmond. The mystery brings "The Devil's Triangle" area of Richmond into focus.

And, it also brings Willie Black to life. He may be a stereotypical newspaper reporter, dogged in the search for a story, hard-drinking, a smoker, and married multiple times. Despite the failing newspaper business, Black is a reporter who is still optimistic. He's hopeful a fifty-six-year-old man will still be able to keep his job. He's sure he can find the story behind the airplane crash. And, by the end, he's hoping he'll live to write another story for the paper.

And, I'm going to be optimistic. I'm hopeful that I can find the other books in Howard Owen's Willie Black series. The Devil's Triangle should please readers who enjoy Bruce DeSilva's work, and other mysteries featuring investigative reporters.

Howard Owen's website is

The Devil's Triangle by Howard Owen. The Permanent Press. 2017. ISBN 9781579624996 (hardcover), 240p.

FTC Full Disclosure - I was sent the book to review for a journal.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Matchup edited by Lee Child

International Thriller Writers (ITW) supports itself by publishing anthologies. This year's book is edited by Lee Child. Matchup teams up some of the most recognizable names in the writing business. Each author, a male and a female, brings one of their characters to the crime story. And, every one of the stories is entertaining.

Child points out that many of the teams had not met before. In each of the introductions, he tells about the authors, the characters in the story, and provides a little background as to how they wrote the story. Val McDermid and Peter James' story, "Footloose", features a killer who is obsessed with the victims' feet. And, the authors managed to insert quite a number of feet puns into that one. Child and Kathy Reichs teamed up for a case featuring Dr. Temperance Brennan and Jack Reacher. In "Faking a Murderer", Reacher's just passing through town when he hears a story on the radio that makes him turn around. He has a story that will help Brennan save her career.

Readers can travel back in time with Steve Berry's Cotton Malone, to a Scotland where he meets Diana Gabaldon's Jamie Fraser. Karin Slaughter and Michael Koryta bring together some of their police characters in one of my favorite stories, "Short Story". And, editor Lee Child will give attentive readers a hint as to how Koryta pays off a bet with Alafair Burke

As a fan of crime fiction short stories, it's a pleasure to see these characters in uncommon situations, forced to team up with an unlikely ally. If you're a fan of some of the biggest names in the thriller field, and their characters, Matchup is a fun choice.

Matchup edited by Lee Child. Simon & Schuster. 2017. ISBN 9781501141591 (hardcover), 445p.

FTC Full Disclosure - Library book

Friday, June 23, 2017

Winners and a "Give Me a C" Giveaway

Congratulations to the winners of the last contest. Willetta H. of Dearborn, MI won Larry D. Sweazy's Where I Can See You. Adrian McKinty's Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly will go to Donna W. of Sun City West, AZ. The books are going out in the mail today.

This week, I have Advanced Readers' Copies (ARCs) of two books with authors whose name begins with "C". Cold Earth is the seventh Shetland Island book by Ann Cleeves. In the dark days of a Shetland winter, a torrential rain triggers a landslide. Jimmy Perez watches the mud and water destroy a house in its path. But, inside the house is a body of a woman. And, Perez becomes obsessed with discovering her identity.

Julia Chapman's Date with Death is not a cozy mystery, no matter what the cover looks like. It's the first Dales Detective mystery. Samson O'Brien's hometown doesn't exactly welcome him back when he opens a detective agency. And, Delilah Metcalfe probably gave him the worst welcome, until she learned murder victims had also been clients at her Dales Dating Agency. Then, she hires Samson to find a killer, and save her business.

Which mystery would you like to win? You can enter to win both, but I need separate entries. Email me at Your subject heading should read either "Win A Date with Death" or "Win Cold Earth." (Sounds a little morbid, doesn't it?) Please include your name and mailing address. Entries from the U.S. only, please. The giveaway will end Thursday, June 29 at 6 PM CT.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

What Are You Reading?

It's Thursday! Better than almost the end of the week, it's the day we talk about what we're reading. I'm excited about a book of essays. I've only read the introduction and two essays, but it's a wonderful book. I'm going to Paris in September, with three other women. So, this is the perfect book. It's called A Paris All Your Own: Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light, and it's edited by Eleanor Brown, author of The Light of Paris. Why are so many books about Paris written by female, heterosexual, white women? Brown wanted to discover what draws women to Paris. Eighteen women, including Brown, have eighteen different answers. I read Meg Waite Clayton's romantic essay about Paris first. There are essays by Cara Black, Susan Vreeland, Paula McLain, Lauren Willig, among others. And, I'm reading the book in between mysteries read for deadline for Library Journal.

So, what are you reading right now? I can't wait to see your answers. It's Thursday. That means I also have a couple meetings, but I'll find time to check on your answers. We're all waiting to see what you're reading, have read, or are listening to this week.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Have You Heard? - The Audie Award Winners for 2017

Each year, the Audio Publishers Association sponsors The Audie Awards to recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. Because Sandie Herron listens to so many audiobooks, she passed the information on for "Have You Heard".

**There are a few formatting issues. I'm sorry. It's my fault, but it was cut and paste, and didn't always format correctly.

2017 Audie Awards -
Audiobook of the Year

Hamilton: The Revolution

Be Frank with Me AudiobookBe Frank with Me: A Novel

Jerusalem Audiobook

A Life in Parts AudiobookA Life in Parts

The Brink AudiobookThe Brink: Stories

Geek Feminist Revolution: Essays on Subversion, Tactical Profanity, and the Power of MediaGeek Feminist Revolution Audiobook

Battlefield Earth AudiobookBattlefield Earth: Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi and New York Times Bestseller

Alien: Out of the Shadows PerformanceAlien: Out of the Shadows: An Audible Original Drama

Small Great Things AudiobookSmall Great Things: A Novel

The Dispatcher AudiobookThe Dispatcher

Salt to the Sea Audiobook
Salt to the Sea

How to Fight a Dragon's Fury AudiobookHow to Fight a Dragon's Fury: How to Train Your Dragon, Book 12

In the Embers: The Great Northern Audio TheatreIn the Embers Radio/TV Program

28 Days Audiobook28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World

Sister of Mine AudiobookSister of Mine: A Novel
Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Homegoing AudiobookHomegoing: A Novel

Cross Justice AudiobookCross Justice

The Crossing AudiobookThe Crossing

Dirty AudiobookDirty: A Dive Bar Novel

Marriage Games: The Games DuetMarriage Games Audiobook

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Hike Audiobook
The Hike

Risen: The Novelization of the Major Motion PictureRisen Audiobook

The Awakening of H.K. Derryberry AudiobookThe Awakening of H.K. Derryberry: My Unlikely Friendship with the Boy Who Remembers Everything

I'm Judging You: The Do-Better ManualI'm Judging You Audiobook

The Greatest AudiobookThe Greatest: My Own Story

In Harm's Way AudiobookIn Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors

Humans Need Not Apply Audiobook
Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
  • Written by: Jerry Kaplan
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins 

  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release Date:03-15-16
Publisher: Tantor Audio

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis