<i>The Defense</i>: New Excerpt The Defense: New Excerpt Steve Cavanagh Eddie Flynn, a former con artist-turned-lawyer, realizes the two aren't all that different. <i>Assassin's Silence</i>: New Excerpt Assassin's Silence: New Excerpt Ward Larsen The 3rd David Slaton novel. <i>Fatal Thunder</i>: New Excerpt Fatal Thunder: New Excerpt Larry Bond The 5th Jerry Mitchell novel. <i>Over Your Dead Body</i>: New Excerpt Over Your Dead Body: New Excerpt Dan Wells The 5th installment of the John Cleaver series.
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April 29, 2016
Follow Me into Weird Worlds: DC's The Swamp Thing
Hector DeJean
April 29, 2016
2016 Edgar Awards—A Night of Milestones
Leslie Gilbert Elman
April 29, 2016
My Inspiration for Soho Honey
A.W. Rock
April 29, 2016
Page to Screen: Comics I'd Love to See on My TV—Runaways
Angie Barry
April 29, 2016
A True Account of a Most Monstrous Act, and Other Strange Happenings…
Susanna Calkins
May 1 2016 10:00am

The Defense: New Excerpt

Steve Cavanagh

The Defense by Steve Cavanagh follows Eddie Flynn, a former con artist-turned-lawyer that finds out that the two aren't all that different (Available May 3, 2016).

Former con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn gave up the law a year ago after a disastrous case, and he vowed never to step foot in a courtroom again. But now he doesn't have a choice. The head of the Russian mob in New York City, on trial for murder, has kidnapped Eddie's ten-year-old daughter: Eddie has to take this case whether he likes it or not.

Using his razor-sharp wit and every con, bluff, grift, and trick in the book, Eddie has only forty-eight hours to defend an impossible murder trial. And if he loses this case, he loses everything.

[Read an excerpt from The Defense here...]

Apr 30 2016 12:00pm

Assassin’s Silence: New Excerpt

Ward Larsen

Assassin's Silence by Ward Larsen is the 3rd David Slaton novel (Available May 3, 2016).

When it comes to disappearing, David Slaton has few equals. Police in three countries have written off trying to find him. His old employer, Mossad, keeps no forwarding address. Even his wife and son are convinced he is dead. So when an assault team strikes, Slaton is taken by surprise. He kills one man and manages to escape.

Half a world away, in the baleful heat of the Amazon, an obscure air cargo company purchases a derelict airliner. Teams of mechanics work feverishly to make the craft airworthy. On the first flight, the jet plunges toward the ocean.

The CIA assesses the two spectacles: a practiced killer leaving a trail of bodies across Europe, and a large airplane disappearing without a trace. The two affairs are increasingly seen to be intertwined. Langley realizes the killer is a man long thought to be dead, and the lost airliner has been highly modified into a tool of unimaginable terror.

When their worst fears are realized, Langley must trust the one man who can save them: David Slaton, the perfect assassin.

[Read an excerpt from Assassin's Silence here...]

Apr 30 2016 10:00am

Fatal Thunder: New Excerpt

Larry Bond

Fatal Thunder by Larry Bond is the 5th Jerry Mitchell novel (Available May 3, 2016).

India and Pakistan are stalemated in a war that India launched to “remove the threat of terrorism, once and for all.” But India's early successes have stalled, and with the coming spring, the tide may turn against them. A small but powerful group of Indian senior military officers and civilian security officials, without the knowledge of the rest of the Indian government, have decided to strike at China, Pakistan's backer and India's recent enemy in the Littoral Alliance War (Shattered Trident). The conspirators plan a bold attack that will leave Pakistan without a patron and protector. India could then finish their military campaign sure of success. To avoid any blame for the attack, the group has obtained Russian-made nuclear warheads from a renegade Russian arms merchant with access to the stolen weapons. Fitted to standard Russian torpedoes and delivered covertly by INS Chakra, the warheads will shatter China's economy.

Girish Samant, until recently the captain of Chakra, discovers hints of the far-reaching conspiracy and reaches out to an old enemy, the only person he can trust, Jerry Mitchell.

[Read an excerpt from Fatal Thunder here...]

Apr 29 2016 4:30pm

“A Death Along the River Peat”

We all love a good mystery—but I prefer the butler bring me a nice cocktail at the end of a long week, rather than murder a guest at my dinner party. (To make it clear, I do not have a butler. And, as a former bartender myself, I am perfectly capable of making my own cocktails...in fact, I prefer it!)

So, with that being said, let's kick off CrimeHQ's new feature, Pick Your Poison—where we'll create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel!

First up: the “Death Along the River Peat,” inspired by Susanna Calkins's 4th Lucy Campion Mystery, A Death Along the River Fleet.

[Check out the recipe below!]

Apr 29 2016 3:30pm

Follow Me into Weird Worlds: DC’s The Swamp Thing

The history of comics is a catalog of creations that began as throwaway entertainment and ended up succeeding far, far beyond what their originators could have ever predicted. The pair of Cleveland boys who came up with Superman sold the rights to their character for $130. The Hulk originally only lasted for six issues before he was cancelled, then he was recycled into a comic called The Avengers that lumped together all the Marvel heroes that also weren’t selling. Wolverine first appeared as a one-off antagonist in a revived Hulk series. The list goes on and on.

[Follow Hector DeJean into Weird Worlds...]

Apr 29 2016 2:30pm

2016 Edgar Awards—A Night of Milestones

The annual Edgar Allan Poe Awards dinner, hosted by the Mystery Writers of America, was a night of milestones—starting with the Edgars themselves, which turned 70 this year. That’s 70 years of celebrating the best of mystery fiction, crime fiction, suspense, thrillers, and true crime—all the stuff we love to read and watch, all the stuff that gives us a chance to escape, even as it makes our hearts pound and our mouths go dry.

The Edgar Awards dinner is a glamorous event, a room full of men in tuxedos and women in gowns, all of whom could devise imaginative ways to kill each other during the interval between the entree and dessert. But, none of them would because they love each other, really. It’s a competition of the friendliest rivals. “It really is an honor to be nominated,” Lori Roy told me. “And that’s the last cliché you’ll hear from me this evening.”

[And the winner is...]

Apr 29 2016 2:00pm

My Inspiration for Soho Honey

Soho Honey by A.W. Rock takes place over three weeks in November and unfolds against the multi-cultural backdrop of Soho, London.

Branen had to leave the UK six years before to escape his complex clandestine history and the consequences of a crime that achieved worldwide notoriety. When his daughter is brutally murdered in Soho he believes that he could be the reason. He returns to his old hunting grounds to find the killer. His search brings him into conflict with the British Secret Service and Soho's underworld. He is forced to flee Soho again after a tragic meeting with his ex-wife. His past has caught up with him and the hunter becomes the hunted. Now forty years old Branen wants to stop running and to remove forever the continuing threat to his life. In an effort to get rid of his pursuers he is faced with the prospect that his only chance of survival could lead to his death.In my youth, I spent too much time around Soho—its streets, bars, and clubs—basically hanging out, with no particular intent and with no-one in particular.

[Read about what inspired A.W. Rock to write Soho Honey...]

Apr 29 2016 1:30pm

Page to Screen: Comics I’d Love to See on My TV—Runaways

The Series: Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona (and others, including Joss Whedon).
The Heroes: The teenaged sons and daughters of a secret society of super-villains known as the Pride.
The Ideal Format: A live-action Netflix series in the vein of Daredevil and Jessica Jones.

See also: Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 Review: Episodes 1-4

Who hasn't said they hate their parents at one time or another? Who hasn't thought about—or actually followed through with—running away from home? Being a teenager is a confusing welter of hormones and emotions, and everybody looks at authority figures with distrust from time to time.

But what if your parents and their friends weren't really the nice doctors, businessmen, actors, and engineers they pretend to be? What if their little cocktail parties were hiding something darker? Like...human sacrifice?

When you realize Mom and Dad are super-villains bent on world destruction, what else can you do but run away?

[Talk about pressure to join the family business...]

Apr 29 2016 1:00pm

A True Account of a Most Monstrous Act, and Other Strange Happenings…

Read this exclusive guest post from Susanna Calkins about 17th-century murder ballads, and then make sure you're signed in and comment for a chance to win a copy of Susanna's book, A Death Along the River Fleet!

The murders in my Lucy Campion mysteries are largely described through ballads, broadsides, and other penny pieces, which is how 17th-century Londoners would have learned about crimes within their community.

Long before modern tabloids sensationalized criminal activity, such “true accounts” of murders offered sordid and titillating details of the crime, the victim's last hours, and the murderer’s motivations.

[The National Enquirer of 17th-century murder...]

Apr 29 2016 12:00pm

Over Your Dead Body: New Excerpt

Dan Wells

Over Your Dead Body by Dan Wells is the 5th installment of the John Cleaver series (Available May 3, 2016).

John and Brooke are on their own, hitchhiking from town to town as they hunt the last of the Withered through the midwestbut the Withered are hunting them back, and the FBI is close behind. With each new town, each new truck stop, each new highway, they get closer to a vicious killer who defies every principle of profiling and prediction John knows how to use, and meanwhile Brooke's fractured psyche teeters on the edge of oblivion, overwhelmed by the hundreds of thousands of dead personalities sharing her mind. She flips in and out of lucidity, manifesting new names and thoughts and memories every day, until at last the one personality pops up that John never expected and has no idea how to deal with. The last of Nobody's victims, trapped forever in the body of his last remaining friend.

[Read an excerpt from Over Your Dead Body here...]

Apr 29 2016 11:49am

Penny Dreadful Tarot Cards

Showtime's criminally underrated gothic horror soap opera, Penny Dreadful, returns for it's third season this Sunday, May 1 - and what better way to predict what will happen this season than with your very own set of Penny Dreadful tarot cards?

Featuring beautifully illustrated works overlaid on a rich purple background, these cards subtly portray the myriad of violent, tortured souls on the show, ranging from Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton, playing Mina Harker's father in Dracula), Dorian Gray, Frankenstein, his monster(s), the Wolfman (played by Josh Hartnett, in an unexpected return to relevance), and the show-stealing Vanessa Ives, played by Eva Green - Sir Malcolm's surrogate daughter who is afflicted by the slight condition of being completely and utterly desired by the Devil.

Sold by GypsyCharmsTarot and available on Etsy, $37.61 seems a small price to pay to peer into the future in style.

Penny Dreadful airs every Sunday night, starting May 1, at 10 PM EST on Showtime.

Apr 29 2016 11:30am

Mayor Steals 111 Road Signs

Mayor Steals 111 Road Signs

This is something new: the Mayor of a small upstate New York village has been arrested after police claim he stole 111 road signs.

Why would a mayor (or anyone) do this? According to ABC News, Police say he was using road signs that belonged to the NY State DoT for his own Frankfort Street Department. I guess this make him the Robin Hood of signs.

Frank Moracco was arrested and charged with petit larceny and official misconduct. His arrest follows an investigation dating as far back as July 2015. In addition to being the Mayor of the Village of Frankfort, Morocco is also a sign shop foreman for the the NYS Department of Transportation office in Herkimer.

Moracco is slated to appear in court on May 3rd.

Apr 29 2016 10:00am

Bloodroot: New Excerpt

Cynthia Riggs

Bloodroot by Cynthia Riggs is the 12th Martha's Vineyard Mystery (Available May 3, 2016).

It's just another day at the dentist's office for Victoria Trumbull when fellow patient, wealthy Mrs. Wilmington, dies. It's an unfortunate, though seemingly not murderous incident, but the receptionist is hysterical, so one of the dental assistants offers to drive her home. But after making a quick pit stop, he finds her body floating in the harbor.

With the police shorthanded due to an upcoming presidential visit, it's up to Victoria to take on the case. As she wrestles with her ex-son-in-law, a $3 million will, and a deadly dental clinic, Mrs. Trumbull discovers that nothing in the case is quite what it seems.

[Read an excerpt from Bloodroot here...]

Apr 28 2016 3:30pm

Mad About Norman: The Enduring Appeal of Psycho

Horror audiences take so much for granted. So many of the monsters, tropes, and scenarios of the genre have been hammered into us over the years that we've become quite jaded.

“Oh,” we say halfway through the trailer or synopsis blurb, “another serial killer story—yawn.”

We fail to appreciate that clichés had to start somewhere. As difficult as it may be to believe, the pop culture landscape hasn't always been awash with obsessive stalkers, murderous Peeping Toms, and slashers with severe mommy issues and low impulse control.

[Kill, kill, kill...mom, mom, mom]

Apr 28 2016 2:00pm

Night Life: New Excerpt

David C. Taylor

Night Life by David C. Taylor is the 1st Michael Cassidy novel. It is nominated for the Edgar Award for “Best Novel.”

The Cold War is heating up. Senator Joe McCarthy is running a witch hunt for Communists in America. The newly formed CIA is fighting a turf battle with the FBI to see who will be the primary US intelligence agency. And the bodies of murdered young men are turning up in the city.

Michael Cassidy has an unusual background for a New York cop. His father, a refugee from Eastern Europe, is a successful Broadway producer. His godfather is Frank Costello, a Mafia boss. Cassidy also has an unusual way of going about the business of being a cop-maybe that's why he threw a fellow officer out a third story window of the Cortland Hotel.

Cassidy is assigned to the case of Alexander Ingram, a Broadway chorus dancer found tortured and dead in his apartment in Hell's Kitchen. Complications grow as other young men are murdered one after the other. And why are the FBI, the CIA, and the Mafia interested in the death of a Broadway gypsy?

Meanwhile, a mysterious, beautiful woman moves into Cassidy's building in Greenwich Village. Is Dylan McCue a lover or an enemy? Cassidy is plagued by nightmares-dreams that sometimes become reality. And he has been dreaming that someone is coming to kill him.

[Read an excerpt from Night Life here...]

Apr 28 2016 1:00pm

Q&A with Pamela Wechsler, Author of Mission Hill

Pam Wechsler spent several years as a criminal prosecutor in Boston, MA before moving to Los Angeles to write for television—most notably Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Law & Order: Trial by Jury. Now, Ms. Wechsler is trying her hand at crime fiction with her first novel, Mission Hill. She was kind enough to answer some of CrimeHQ's questions about her writing inspirations, her first novel and its protagonist Abby Endicott, and what it's like to write for television and film.

[Check out this exclusive Q&A!]

Apr 28 2016 12:30pm

What Is Credit Card Skimming?

Credit card fraud and identity theft are scary—they can, and do, affect people all over the world, all the time. However, most people are conditioned to fear online transactions, where hackers can intercept your information and use it to steal your money, or sell that information to someone else who will.

See also: Modern Crime 101

[Learn about credit card skimming...]

Apr 28 2016 12:00pm

Redemption Road: New Excerpt

John Hart

Redemption Road by John Hart follows Police Detective Elizabeth Black as she struggles to confront her demons in the aftermath of a brutal shooting, while another officer walks free after 13 long years in prison. Elsewhere, a pale body waits to be found on the altar of an abandoned church (Available May 3, 2016).


A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother.

A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting.

After thirteen years in prison, a good cop walks free as deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, a body cools in pale linen…

This is a town on the brink.

This is Redemption Road.

[Read an excerpt from Redemption Road here...]

Apr 28 2016 11:00am

Discount: Land of Shadows by Rachel Howzell Hall

In anticipation of Trail of Echoes by Rachel Howzell Hall (Available May 31, 2016), get the 1st Detective Elouise Norton novel, Land of Shadows, in ebook format for only $2.99 until May 2, 2016!

Along the ever-changing border of gentrifying Los Angeles, seventeen-year-old Monique Darson is found dead at a condominium construction site, hanging in the closet of an unfinished unit. Homicide detective Elouise “Lou” Norton's new partner, Colin Taggert, fresh from the comparatively bucolic Colorado Springs police department, assumes it's a teenage suicide. Lou isn't buying the easy explanation.

For one thing, the condo site is owned by Napoleon Crase, a self-made millionaire. . .and the man who may have murdered Lou's missing sister, Tori, thirty years ago. As Lou investigates the death of Monique Darson, she uncovers undeniable links between the two cases. But her department is skeptical.

Lou is convinced that when she solves Monique's case she will finally bring her lost sister home. But as she gets closer to the truth, she also gets closer to a violent killer. After all this time, can he be brought to justice. . .before Lou becomes his next victim?


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