Welcome to New Beginnings, Dear Readers!
As our Mesdames and Messieurs continue to write and make plans for 2021, good news from last year keeps popping up.
This issue kicks off with the January 2021 issue of The Big Thrill highlighting an interview with Lisa de Nikolits about her latest book. The Rage Room.
There’s also a terrific interview with Rosemary McCracken on the ThatChannel.com’s Crime Scene Confidential hosted by Sharon Crawford. And lots more kudos and review links to books by our authors to tempt your fancy.
Crime Beat Confidential
Sharon’s wide-ranging interview on Crime Beat Confidential with Rosemary McCracken covered topics such as the sticky topic of book reviews, Rosemary’s short story writing, her popular Pat Tierney series—the latest book being Uncharted Waters—and a discussion of plot structure for novels (Rosemary teaches Novel Writing II at George Brown College, Toronto).
Why the Rock Falls
Why the Rock Falls by J.E. Barnard was reviewed by Anne Logan on CBC Calgary: “Barnard’s use of red herrings is also impressive; the related storylines and minor characters all served to distract me from focusing on who the real perpetrator was because I got caught up in the drama of the storyline.”
As of January 5, 2021, Why the Rock Falls audiobook is available on Amazon.
The Rage Room
Reviews for The Rage Room by Lisa de Nikolits
Dr. Donna M. Decker – January 15, 2021:
Jamieson Wolf’s Best Books of 2020
Both Madona Skaff-Koren and Melissa Yi’s books feature on novelist Jamieson Wolf’s Best Books of 2020.
Death by Association
“This book is a thrilling whodunnit of the highest order. The pages flipped by quickly for me and I was desperate to figure out the mystery. Thankfully Skaff-Koren’s writing is so good that every guess I had about the who did what and why was wrong. I love when that happens! I love the minutiae that Skaff-Koren works into the novel. Every small detail is full of red herrings and the plot is full of twists and turns. Madona’s power is in her characters and the strength of her storytelling. Naya is a diverse and amazing character and she propels the story along as you are drawn along with her to discover everything right alongside her.”
“Scorpion Scheme was flat out incredible. Set against the sands of Egypt, Dr. Hope Sze and her fiancé Dr. John Tucker go to Egypt and hope to see the sights, but they are drawn into a fight for their lives and a mysterious treasure. I loved this book so much! I was drawn into Hope’s adventure and taken on a thrill ride that came to an explosive conclusion. This is a fantastic book and really made me take a deeper look into the idea of justice, what is right and what is wrong. I loved every minute and every page. It’s a thrilling whodunnit that had me stumped until the end. Egypt came alive in this book. What a privilege to read it!”
Dancing with Chairs in the Music House
Caro Soles‘s book is an extraordinary piece of fiction. Haunting, and highly evocative, it deserves to find its place in the pantheon of the best of Canadian Literature.”—Maureen Jennngs, Award-winning author of the Murdoch Mysteries and several other series.
“Intimate, evocative and memorable, Caro Soles’s Dancing with Chairs in the Music House holds the reader spellbound from its opening sentence—It’s 1949, a brand new year, and we’re moving. Again.—to its heart-stopping conclusion.—Gail Bowen— award-winning author of the Joanne Kilbourne Series
“Quirky, funny and haunting.”–Linwood Barclay, NYT bestselling author