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Tue
Sep 9 2014 10:15am

Fresh Meat: Virtue Falls by Christina Dodd

Virtue Falls by Christina Dodd is a standalone romantic suspense featuring a geologist, an FBI agent, and a long-buried secret that comes to light during an earthquake (available September 9, 2014).

If you like the television show Bones, this book is right up your alley. Elizabeth Banner, the heroine, is a geologist whose father—Charles Banner, himself a world-famous geologist—allegedly murdered her mother when Elizabeth was only four. Elizabeth has walled herself off, preferring rocks to people. And much like Bones, she is not understood by “normal” people, who see her scientific mind and her focus on inanimate objects as distinctly peculiar.

The walls groaned. Nails popped out of the Sheetrock. Behind Elizabeth, one by one, the windows exploded. Shards of safety glass sprayed the diner.

Elizabeth’s excitement rose.

At least an eight on the Richter scale. Maybe an eight-point-five. Not the biggest earthquake ever … but it wasn’t diminishing. It wasn’t done.

There was a rhythm to the earth surges coming onto the coast, an increasing and glorious roll.

Behind the counter, the shelves tilted; the drinking glasses crashed backward, then forward and off, heaving themselves onto the floor like Disney-animated crockery. The coffee pot jumped off the heater and committed suicide, splashing hot liquid into the air. Sympathetic porcelain mugs followed.

Elizabeth was in awe; the floor was rippling, two feet up and then two feet down. She had read about earthquakes so violent, of course she had. But never had she thought she would have the luck to experience one.

Because, yeah, “luck” is how most of us think of experiencing major earthquakes…and the tsunamis that follow them.

[We have an exclusive audio excerpt below!]

Thu
Jun 13 2013 10:35pm

Our Favorite 10 Dads of TV Crime

In honor of Father's Day this weekend, we wanted to celebrate 10 of our favorite dads of TV crime. Half are crime-fighters, half are criminals, but each dad leaves an indelible mark (and dirty socks).

Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer, a deadly dad1) Jack Bauer of 24

Being a member of his family is like having a giant, flashing neon bullseye painted on you, but once you're being tormented by villains, to save you, he will do Whatever. It. Takes. (Until the next day...)

 

 

Get Raymond J. Barry as Justified's Arlo a tie that goes with orange.2) Arlo Givens of Justified

He's a vicious, abusive father who'd rather see his lawman son dead than his co-conspirators. But when Raylan goes all steely and ruthless with no hint of give, it's easy to see what the marshal's nature owes to Arlo's testicular fortitude.

 

 

[More TV Dads who deserve #1 Dad mugs...or mugshots]

Tue
Oct 30 2012 10:30am

Drink Deeply of Halloween Crime Cocktails!

The Castle Vampire Weekend drinkHalloween is almost here. Some friends and I decided we needed to create, borrow, and adapt beverages for our favorite Halloween crime classics—both books and TV shows. We got together to mix and test the drinks below. So grab a cocktail shaker and your favorite Halloween crime fiction novel or DVD and let’s get started. 

HALLOWEEN TV EPISODES

Castle: “Vampire Weekend”

The Episode: Beckett and Castle find themselves trying to solve the murder of a man killed with a wooden stake who hung out in the “vampire underworld” while trying to decide what to wear to a Halloween party.

The Drink: “The Castletini” – Three parts champagne, one part cranberry juice, and a splashof blood orange liqueur. This drink is really well suited for any episode of Castle. You can also have a glass of Vampire merlot (available from World Market).

[Grab a glass and leave the candy for the kids]

Wed
Sep 5 2012 2:00pm

Fall Television: What Will You Watch?

Castle and BeckettBack to school means the return of many of our favorite TV shows.  Major Crimes, Copper, and Grimm have already started, and we’ll have to wait until 2013 for BBC’s Sherlock, but plenty more premieres await in the golden months ahead. Will Castle and Beckett’s relationship grow or disintegrate as a result of their tryst? Where is Temperance Brennan and will she and Booth be reunited on Bones? And can Henry survive the gunshot on Psych?

We’ve also got a slew of new shows ranging from a haunted but toney New York apartment building in 666 Park Avenue to a remake of Beauty and the Beast. And let’s not forget Elementary, the new American Sherlock with Lucy Liu as Watson. (Okay, there is a chance we may want to forget it.)

[Let’s set the DVRs together!]

Fri
Aug 10 2012 11:00am

Ancient Crimes, Modern Detection

Wait, I thought YOU were going to dissect the manubrium sterni...The world is in love with methods of forensic crime detection. We have been entranced by CSI (the original) and every spin-off it has produced. Abby Sciuto and her mass spectrometer add immeasurably to the strength of the Navy-based NCIS series, not to mention the ubiquitous Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard and his scalpel and keen insight into the human mind. Even the popular, fictional forensic television series Bones has ventured into the JFK assassination with the episode, “The Proof in the Pudding.”

We’ve been bombarded through television with various reality shows dedicated to investigating ancient crimes. Unearthing Ancient Secrets (UAS) and MysteryQuest are just two. UAS has brought actual criminal investigators into the worlds of ancient Rome, Babylonia, Alexandria, and Victorian England to apply modern investigative techniques to such events as Julius Caesar’s murder by Roman senators; the odd, premature death of Alexander the Great; the deaths of Cleopatra and Marc Antony; and, of course, Jack the Ripper.

[Make no bones about it . . .]

Mon
Apr 16 2012 3:05pm

Bones: The Missed Opportunities

IBones Booth and Brennan’m uniquely qualified to discuss this series; not because the main character shares my surname, or because I’ve read nearly every Kathy Reichs book, or even because I’ve seen every episode of the television series. It’s because I watched all seven seasons in less than four months, finishing only days before the second half of season seven started.

I love this show. I love the characters, the mysteries, the forensics, the grit, the dark humor, and the quirkiness. It’s brilliantly written with strong actors and they haven’t slacked off on story, which can happen in a long running series. A brave, handsome, smart hero paired with an intelligent, capable, independent heroine and a well-developed cast of secondary characters. It’s definitely one of my all-time favorite shows.

UPDATE: We had an accidental timing disconnect between the sites—sorry!— but the full text is live now at the link below for our many Bones fans!

[Read the full article on our sister site, Heroes and Heartbreakers]

Tue
Apr 3 2012 10:00pm

Bones: And Baby Makes Three

Bones, Booth, BabyWe haven’t spent a lot of time on the forensic crime show Bones recently here at Crime HQ, but we felt we really couldn’t let this week’s episode go by withouth a mention. Not when the long-awaited Booth-baby has finally arrived! Luckily, over on our sister site, Heroes and Heartbreakers, blogger extraordinaire Anna Bowling gives a spoiler-filled recap to flood your hearts with joy. Head on over to read all about it!

And, for a bit more Bones news, the show’s been renewed, so we’ll get a chance to see the baby grow for at least a little while.

Fri
Mar 30 2012 10:30am

Quirky Does It: TV’s Current Crop of Off-Kilter Cops (and Consultants)

Adrian Monk...one distressed sleuthIt’s funny to think that not too many years ago, TV was filled with straight-up police procedurals. They had always been with us, of course, going back to Dragnet (generally regarded as Hollywood’s first cop show) , and on through Police Story, Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue and of course to Law and Order and its many clones. True, throughout that time we had PI shows (The Rockford Files, Magnum P.I., Spenser for Hire), and action-oriented crime solving (The A-Team, Maguyver, Charlie’s Angels), and certainly more than one amateur sleuth hour ( Diagnosis Murder, Murder She Wrote, Jonathan Creek), but even they were fairly prosaic in nature: “Help, Crime!” “Don’t worry, I’ll solve it, I’m a surgeon/mystery writer/magician.” “Okay, cool, thanks.”

PI shows, action-oriented crime solving and amateur sleuth hours are all still with us, happily, and it must be said that they have been getting more outlandish as time goes by. Unless it’s just me, and shows about pie makers who can bring the dead back life, prison escapees who seek to unravel political conspiracies and war vets who miraculously locate lost stuff have not, in fact, taken the field to a whole new level of crazy fun. But it is only quite recently that the quirky, often bizarrely-gifted, crime fighter has taken over the traditional procedural, as well.

[Welcome to the age of odd]

Fri
Nov 4 2011 12:30pm

Bones Season Seven Premiere: New Memories, New Life

Booth and Brennan in the KitchenThe sixth season of FOX’s Bones ended with Angela and Hodgins’ baby being born, and in keeping with the whole nativity theme, Brennan revealing to Booth that she was pregnant, and that he’s the father. After a season where we saw Brennan showing some real regret over rejecting Booth’s declaration of love, and where Booth asked his new girlfriend Hannah to marry him (and being rejected), seeing these two tied together through a shared child was at once fitting, and at the same time, frustrating. For those of who have been shipping for these two to get together for a while now, having their consummation happen off screen seemed painfully like Mulder and Scully redux.

However, as the writers of Bones have shown us over the years, one thing we can always count on, no matter how Booth and Brennan’s relationship is going, is for the FBI and the Squint Squad to solve crimes in which the murder victim’s body undergoes some interestingly creeptastic disintegration process. And the opener of Season 7 is no exception. This season opens with a group of paintballers in war game simulations stumbling upon the partially decomposed body of a young woman whose corpse is now infested with coffin flies.

[It’s enough to make a pregnant woman cry.]

Thu
Sep 22 2011 2:00pm

Castle, Fritz or Booth: The Perfect Male Sidekick?

David Boreanaz as Booth, Jon Tenney as Agent Fritz Howard, Nathan Fillion as Richard CastleTelevision today is filled with strong women crime fighters. Detective Kate Beckett on Castle, Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on The Closer and Dr. Temperance Brennan on Bones are prime examples. But where would these women be without their devoted male sidekicks, and what qualifications are necessary to get the job done (besides, of course, being ruggedly handsome)? More importantly, who would you rather partner with to fight crime: Richard Castle, Fritz Howard or Seeley Booth?

[Decisions, decisions.  Let’s talk pros and cons!]

Mon
Sep 19 2011 9:45am

The Bones Of A New Season

Booth and BonesFor those disappointed in the short season Bones will have this year due to Emily Deschanel’s pregnancy (six episodes in the fall, seven in the spring, with the spinoff, The Finder, holding the space in the winter), some good news from Fox: they will be producing four “bonus” episodes as well.  That will bring the total number of episodes to seventeen rather than thirteen. No one seems sure exactly how the episodes will function, so they probably won’t advance the overall story arc. Instead, they will function as standalone episodes that might be popped into holes in Fox’s schedule or possibly as a mini-season after season seven ends.

Fri
Sep 16 2011 2:00pm

Counterpoint: Don’t Bury The Lead!

Booth and Bones have too much chemistry to kill one of them offIn Bury the Lead...Please!, Elyse Dinh-McCrillis made a plea to American television producers that struck fear in the heart of this American television viewer. She writes: “If producers want to bring viewers to the edge of their seats, they should consider killing off lead characters to breathe new life into their shows.”

Citing the example of MI-5, and its frequent disposal of lead characters, Elyse claimed that American television audiences have become so used to their lead characters being protected from death that they’ve grown cynical and bored. To which I, romance reader that I am, say: not so fast!

[So you’re saying death isn’t romantic?]

Sat
May 28 2011 12:00pm

Whistling in the Dark

A gruesome still from TV show BonesYears ago, before I had children, I worked for a large bookstore chain. I read everything that looked even slightly interesting, and I developed a love for crime stories. I carried that appreciation into my movie and television viewing. Mysteries are great, right? They puzzle your brain, and if the solution can be found in less than sixty minutes (or less than two hours for films), then it’s satisfying. No staying up until 6am in order to barrel through a novel. Just one hour with commercials and done.

I always watched Law & Order SVU in reruns and enjoyed it immensely. My husband and I would watch Bones while eating dinner, and I never had a problem with the gore, unless stomach contents were involved.

[And then everything changed when the stork dropped by. . .]

Wed
May 25 2011 3:19pm

Is That a TV Show You’re Reading?

Once upon a time, in the long-distant past, movies were made from books.  You remember that, right?  Everyone would say, “Oh, sure, I saw the movie, but it was nowhere near as good as the book,” even if they didn’t necessarily believe it to be true, because that was conventional wisdom. (In fact, it still is. I rarely hear anyone admit to preferring a movie over its book.)

Another odd idea that seemed to have become accepted as fact was that television audiences didn’t read.  (Radio audiences were a different matter entirely—The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, for example, began as a radio program.)  Television audience went to the movies—after all, both were visual media—so they could be trusted to attend Star Trek movies or The Blues Brothers (which started out as a Saturday Night Live skit), but they weren’t likely to actually read books based on television shows.

For the full article on other books adapted from TV shows, visit our sister romance blog, HeroesandHeartbreakers.com.

Fri
May 20 2011 12:02pm

Bones Season 6 Finale: B&B and more B’s

Emily Deshanel as Brennan and David Boreanaz as BoothBones usually has catchy tunes playing on its soundtrack every week but if there’s one song to convey season six’s entire arc, it’d have to be David Bowie’s “Changes,” because that’s exactly what almost every character experienced this past year.  Maybe the creators had that earworm, too, because the season finale was titled “The Change in the Game.”  Watch here at Fox if you haven't seen it yet, because we're spoiling to discuss it.

[Our first B is for BIG SPOILERS ahead. . .]

Thu
May 19 2011 2:37pm

Hello, Good-Bye: Bones Shakes Things up for Booth and Brennan (4:47!!!!)

Fox’s BonesThe penultimate episode of Bones Season 6, “The Hole in the Heart,” brought an end for one character even as it hinted at a possible new beginning for Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel).

We’ll be recapping after the finale, of course, but let’s discuss the penultimate episode now!

For this full post on Bones and Season 6 finale advance speculations, visit our sister site for romance, HeroesandHeartbreakers.com.

Update: To dicuss ALL of Season 6 AND the finale, click on over to our post B&B and even more B’s