Vanda Symon and Her Novel Overkill

Reviews of books I’ve read and enjoyed written by other crime fiction authors is something I like to post here from time to time. Like me, I’m certain that many crime fiction fans appreciate the chance to hear about a great book they haven’t heard about previously. Overkill, a novel written by New Zealand mystery/thriller […]

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The Malone Report Fall 2018

FALL UPDATES FALL RELEASES Foregone Conclusion, the fourth novel in the Malone series, was released in September 2018. T.J. O’Sullivan, who first appeared in Cold Comfort, makes an appearance in the novel when Malone must track a diamond thief from Los Angeles to O’Sullivan’s home country New Zealand. The New Zealand setting is in the […]

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What is the Tiger Ying?

In The Chinese Tiger Ying, the third novel in the T. J. O’Sullivan Private Eye Thriller series, the Tiger Ying plays a pivotal role both in the solution of a crime and the unraveling of secrets. Unlike the fictional jewel-encrusted falcon is Dashiell Hammet’s classic third novel, The Maltese Falcon (1930), which set the standard […]

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Size Does Matter

Size does matter. But, put away the rulers class. That’s not the kind of size we’re discussing today. No, what I want to look at today is the size of the modern American detective novels. When I say size here, I’m talking word count, not the physical dimensions of a printed book. Generally, to qualify […]

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Child Prostitution and the Live Long Day Novel

The genesis of the idea for Live Long Day, the fifth novel in the Malone series came from a gritty American crime drama television series The Killing, originally produced by AMC. The series was based on the Danish television series Forbrydelsen (The Crime). Set in Seattle, Washington, The Killing chronicles murder investigations by fictional Seattle […]

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The Malone Report Summer 2018

As a reader recently reminded me, it’s been a while since I published an update. So, here it is, a mix of personal notes and news about upcoming releases. I’ll start with the personal notes. My father passed away a few weeks ago which has been a difficult time for my family and me. Dad […]

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The Power of Free in Book Marketing

The post today focuses on the power of free in book marketing. To be frank, I really dislike the concept of permafree (permanently free) eBooks. The popularity of this marketing tactic produces at least three very negative things for authors and publishers. It conditions readers to believe it is unnecessary to pay for eBooks because […]

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Seeking the Best Caribbean Cruise

I’m taking a day off from writing today to spend some time in my search for the best Caribbean cruise. That seemed a good excuse to write a post about something besides writing, book marketing, and the like. The Caribbean is the destination I’ve decided on for my next vacation, mostly because I’ve never been. […]

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