Book Review: Petites Suites by Robert Wexelblatt for the Colorado Review

Colorado Review - Petites Suites by Robert Wexelblatt

“Thought-provoking, entertaining, and eloquent, like so many of his stories in Petites Suites, you can’t help but marvel at Wexelblatt’s ability to move and enchant in just a few concise pages. This inspired and truly original story collection is an exquisite joy, offering the equivalent beauty and charm a fine symphony might accomplish.”

Published today in the Colorado Review is my review of Robert Wexelblatt’s highly inventive story collection Petites Suites, a collection that pulsates with melody, harmony, and rhythm. Wexelblatt, whose novel Zublinka Among Women won the Indie Book Awards first-place prize for fiction in 2008, is the author of three previous story collections. I’ve read a lot of Robert’s stories over the years and his work is always worthwhile. You can read one of his recent excellent stories (“Hsi-Wei and the Good”) in issue #31 of Lowestoft Chronicle.

Read the full, in-depth book review here.

Lancashire Post Book Review of Richard Wormser’s ‘The Body Looks Familiar’ / ‘The Late Mrs. Five’

lep.co.uk - The Body Looks Familiar and The Late Mrs. Five by Richard Wormser

“In two thrilling, out-of-the-ordinary crime stories, an assistant district attorney attempts to frame the city’s police chief for the murder of his mistress, and a travelling company vice president finds himself accused of the murder of his ex-wife.

The Body Looks Familiar and The Late Mrs. Five are both impressive novels by the late Richard Wormser, a prolific American writer of some 300 short stories, 200 novelettes, and numerous crime and detective novels, movie and TV novelisations, screenplays and Westerns.

Beginning his literary career in the 1930s as editor and writer for the famous publishing house Street & Smith, which specialised in dime novels and pulp fiction, Wormser went on to write for Hollywood film studios like Columbia Pictures and contribute seventeen of the Nick Carter spy novels.”

You can read my review of Wormser and these two mysteries in the Lancashire Evening Post and syndicated to 25 newspapers across the UK.

Read more at: https://www.lep.co.uk/lifestyle/books/book-review-the-body-looks-familiar-and-the-late-mrs-five-by-richard-wormser-1-9004338

 

BOOK REVIEW OF ‘NEVER SAY NO TO A KILLER’ BY CLIFTON ADAMS FOR THE LANCASHIRE POST

LEP.CO.UK - Never Say No to a Killer by Clifton Adams

“In a violent and fast-paced crime noir tale, a wily, dangerous criminal escapes from prison and vows to avenge the murder of his former cellmate and continue the man’s extensive blackmail operation.

Never Say No to a Killer, reprinted from 1956 by Black Gat Books, an imprint of Stark House Press, is the first of two gritty Adams’ novels under the pen name Jonathan Gant. It tells the story of ruthless and clever Roy Surrat, an unrepentant prison convict determined to break out of jail and resume his life of crime.”

My review of Never Say No to a Killer by Clifton Adams is published today in the Lancashire Evening Post, and syndicated to 25 newspapers across the UK.

Read the full review here

BOOK REVIEW OF ‘DAY IN, DAY OUT’ BY HÉCTOR AGUILAR CAMÍN FOR THE LANCASHIRE POST

LEP.CO.UK - Day In, Day Out by Héctor Aguilar Camín

“Distinguished Mexican author, journalist, and historian Héctor Aguilar Camín explores a dissolute writer’s lifelong obsession with a nefarious temptress in this hardboiled tale of lust, police corruption and murder in Mexico City.

Day In, Day Out, originally published in 2016 as Toda La Vida, is Aguilar Camín’s second work of fiction to be translated into English. Journalist Chandler Thompson, who translated the work from Spanish, is also responsible for the English language translation of Camín’s acclaimed novel Death in Veracruz.

Narrated by a professional writer named Serrano, a man who does not digress, mince words or cleave to his biases, Day In, Day Out recounts his passionate, sporadic affair with Liliana Montoyo, a beautiful, promiscuous woman who makes a habit of reducing men to their primal state, turning them into violent and primitive lovers.”
My review of Day In, Day Out by Héctor Aguilar Camín is published today in the Lancashire Evening Post, and syndicated to 25 newspapers across the UK.

BOOK REVIEW OF ZERO AVENUE BY DIETRICH KALTEIS FOR THE LANCASHIRE POST

LEP.CO.UK - Zero Avenue by Dietrich Kalteis

“Set in 1979 in the savage, seedy bars and back alleys of Vancouver’s fearsome Eastside, Zero Avenue is a tough, edgy crime novel focused on a female singer’s struggle to stop being the dope-running girlfriend of a powerful drug dealer and position her band to ride the wave of the emerging punk music scene.”

This is the fifth novel by Dietrich Kalteis, a past Lowestoft Chronicle contributor. Read my review of his latest book, Zero Avenue, today in the Lancashire Evening Post, and syndicated to 25 newspapers across the UK.

BOOK REVIEW OF THE DEVOURING BY JAMES R. BENN FOR THE LANCASHIRE POST

LEP.CO.UK - Book review: The Devouring by James R. Benn

“In the twelfth instalment of James R. Benn’s much-loved wartime mystery series, the inimitable military sleuth Billy Boyle is transported to Switzerland to investigate a murder, monitor dubious bankers and a profiteering Gestapo agent, and help expose the illegal gold transactions coming out of Germany.”

My review of The Devouring (A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery) by James R. Benn is published today in the Lancashire Evening Post, and syndicated to 25 newspapers across the UK.

Read the review here.

BOOK REVIEW OF EVE / MORE DEADLY THAN THE MALE BY JAMES HADLEY CHASE FOR THE LANCASHIRE POST

LEP.CO.UK - Eve / More Deadly Than the Male by James Hadley Chase

“In two shocking tales reprinted from the 1940s, one of the world’s most notorious crime writers explores a self-destructive writer’s catastrophic fixation with a prostitute, and a meek, introverted encyclopaedia salesman’s transformation into the daring, determined hoodlum he has always fantasised about.”

My review of Eve and More Deadly Than the Male by James Hadley Chase is published today in the Lancashire Evening Post, and syndicated to 25 newspapers across the UK.

Read the full review here.

BOOK REVIEW OF THE LAST NOTCH BY ARNOLD HANO FOR THE LANCASHIRE POST

LEP.CO.UK - The Last Notch by Arnold Hano

“Reprinted for the first time under his own name, American author Arnold Hano’s innovative, provocative Wild West tale of greed, self-loathing and redemption sees a legendary outlaw attempting the perilous, complicated path toward amnesty.”

My review of Arnold Hano’s The Last Notch is published today in the Lancashire Evening Post, and syndicated to 25 newspapers across the UK.

BOOK REVIEW OF BEHIND THE MASK EDITED BY TRICIA REEKS AND KYLE RICHARDSON FOR THE COLORADO REVIEW

Colorado Review - Behind the Mask: An Anthology of Heroic Proportions by Tricia Reeks and Kyle Richardson, editors

“Rocketing into speculative fiction territory, Behind the Mask, a strikingly entertaining anthology of short stories focused on the everyday lives of those in possession of superhuman abilities, sparkles with vibrant luminosity and star-spangled hipness.”

The Colorado Review features my review of the latest book from Meerkat Press, Behind the Mask: An Anthology of Heroic Proportions, edited by Tricia Reeks and Kyle Richardson.