Tag: murder

The Blood Spilt By Åsa Larsson

Before reviewing this book, I had to look up the term “Nordic Noir.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordic_noir) Basically, it is crime fiction that is set somewhere in Scandinavia  that is short on metaphor and long on bleak landscapes.  The weather in that part of the world lends itself well to bleakness apparently, particularly in the north.  And this…

By C.S. O'Cinneide April 29, 2019 2

Snap By Belinda Bauer

There are a lot of scary stories told from the perspective of children these days. Whether it is the resurrection of Stephen King’s IT or the mass popularity of Stranger Things, young people are at the forefront of bad things happening.  I think it is a result of people getting tired of the “terrified woman”…

By C.S. O'Cinneide January 14, 2019 0

Black Water Rising By Attica Locke

Jay Porter wants to give his heavily pregnant wife, Bernie a decent birthday present. So, he arranges for a “moonlight cruise” on the bayou. He should have stuck with jewelry. The boat is basically a barge strung with mismatched Christmas lights and the bayou is a narrow strip of muddy water thirty metres below Houston’s…

By C.S. O'Cinneide November 12, 2018 0

Interview with Mary Lou Dickinson

Mary Lou Dickinson has published four books, One Day it Happens, a collection of short stories, and three novels, Ile D’Or, Would I lie to You, and most recently The White Ribbon Man, a murder mystery set in downtown Toronto at a 171-year-old church hidden behind the Eaton Centre. Her short stories have appeared in numerous literary periodicals over the…

By C.S. O'Cinneide October 16, 2018 0

Review: Field of Blood – Denise Mina

I love Denise Mina. Nobody does down and dirty Glasgow like she does. She makes Scotland into this wildly dangerous and exotic playground for criminals that barely manages to control itself enough for the trains to run. I am travelling there on holidays this fall and fully expect to be stabbed with the blowstick of…

By C.S. O'Cinneide October 1, 2018 3

How could you Mrs. Dick?

A very dear friend of mine asked if I would look into the story of Evelyn Dick because she had such fond childhood memories of the schoolyard chant: You cut off his legs … You cut off his arms … You cut off his head … How could you Mrs. Dick? How could you Mrs.…

By C.S. O'Cinneide September 24, 2018 5

Lizzie Borden took an Axe

Lizzie Borden took an axe And gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, She gave her father forty-one.   Ah, everyone loves Lizzie Borden and her notorious whacks. She was young, pretty and loaded, a combination that has always been catnip to the American public. Without it, the Kardashians would…

By C.S. O'Cinneide June 11, 2018 0