BOOK REVIEW OF BIG LONESOME BY JOSEPH SCAPELLATO FOR THE LANCASHIRE POST

LEP.CO.UK - Big Lonesome by Joseph Scapellato

“In his bold debut story collection, Joseph Scapellato takes aim at the American frontier’s familiar gun-toting, galloping figures and proceeds to blast 25 blistering holes clean through them. Often amusing, thoughtful and poetic, Big Lonesome is a weird and wildly inventive collection of 25 uniquely imagined short stories focused on the mythologies of the American West and the archetypal nomadic characters who roam the vast, pockmarked, barren landscape.”

My review of Big Lonesome by Joseph Scapellato is published today in the Lancashire Evening Post, and syndicated to 25 newspapers across the UK.

BOOK REVIEW OF ANGEL’S FLIGHT BY LOU CAMERON FOR THE LANCASHIRE POST

LEP.CO.UK - Angel's Flight by Lou Cameron

“Reprinted for the first time in 57 years comes a hard-hitting crime noir tour de force charting a gutsy musician’s bruising journey through the cut-throat American music business during the Dirty Thirties to the Fabulous Fifties. Angel’s Flight, first published in 1960, is the long-forgotten debut by prolific American author Lou Cameron who died in 2010 having written more than 300 novels.”

My review of the Stark House Press reprint of Angel’s Flight by Lou Cameron is published today in the Lancashire Evening Post, and syndicated to 25 newspapers across the UK.

Read the review here.

BOOK REVIEW OF NORTH OF FORSAKEN BY MATTHEW P. MAYO FOR THE LANCASHIRE POST

LEP.CO.UK - North of Forsaken by Matthew P. Mayo

“Old family wounds are reopened during a treacherous, blood-splattered journey through Wyoming to track down a valuable deeded property in a gritty Western from Spur Award-winning author Matthew P. Mayo.

North of Forsaken is the second book in Mayo’s all-action Roamer Western series featuring the exceedingly ugly, antisocial hero Scorfano, nicknamed Roamer by his long-time buddy Maple Jack because of his nomadic lifestyle.”

Matthew P. Mayo, a past Lowestoft Chronicle contributor, has finally provided a follow-up to the excellent Wrong Town, published by Robert Hale in 2008. The new Roamer adventure, this time published by Five Star, is well worth the wait. You can read my review of North of Forsaken in the Lancashire Evening Post, and syndicated to 25 newspapers across the UK.

Read the full review here.

BOOK REVIEW OF THE BERTIE PROJECT BY ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH FOR THE LANCASHIRE POST

LEP.CO.UK - The Bertie Project by Alexander McCall Smith

“Love and marriage, freedom and loneliness, and risk and misadventure are some of the themes in the latest instalment of prolific, bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith’s delightfully witty 44 Scotland Street series. The Bertie Project, the eleventh novel in the immensely popular series focused on the lives of a small community of people inhabiting a somewhat Bohemian corner of Edinburgh’s New Town, finds many of the streets best-loved residents buffeted by the winds of change.”

The Bertie Project by Alexander McCall Smith is published by Anchor Books this week. You can read my review of the book in the Lancashire Evening Post, and syndicated to 25 newspapers across the UK.

Read the full review here.

Book Review of ‘World, Chase Me Down’ by Andrew Hilleman for the Lancashire Post

LEP.CO.UK - World, Chase Me Down by Andrew Hilleman

“Colourful, real-life American outlaw Pat Crowe, the most wanted man in America at the turn of the century, is masterfully resurrected in the epic, action-packed Western novel World, Chase Me Down.

Andrew Hilleman’s riveting debut chronicles the incredible exploits of a hardened criminal who gained notoriety in 1900 for kidnapping and holding to ransom the teenage son of a meatpacking tycoon in Omaha and got away with $25,000 in gold.”

My review of World, Chase Me Down by Andrew Hilleman is published today in the Lancashire Evening Post, and syndicated to 25 newspapers across the UK.

Read the full review here.

Book Review of ‘Death and the Naked Lady’ / ‘The Lady and the Cheetah’ by John Flagg in the Lancashire Post

LEP.CO.UK - Death and the Naked Lady/The Lady and the Cheetah by John Flagg

“John Flagg, pseudonym of American crime writer John Gearon who died in 1970, delivers a barrage of murder and mayhem in two fabulous 1951 mysteries…with the added bonus of a suspense-packed short story.”

My review of Death and the Naked Lady / The Lady and the Cheetah by John Flagg is published today in the Lancashire Evening Post and syndicated to 25 newspapers across the UK.

Read the full review here.

Book Review: Erle Stanley Gardner’s ‘The Knife Slipped’ for the Lancashire Evening Post

LEP.CO.UK - The Knife Slipped by Erle Stanley Gardner

“After a forty-six year lull, the frosted office door of ‘B. Cool, Investigations’ swings open once more as the lovable private eye team of ‘hard as nails’ boss Bertha Cool and her ‘little runt’ operative, Donald Lam, set to work on a tough new case in The Knife Slipped.

Bestselling American author Erle Stanley Gardner, who died in 1970 – creator of famous fictional attorney Perry Mason – posthumously returns with this newly unearthed hard-boiled detective novel.”

My review of Erle Stanley Gardner’s never-before-published Cool & Lam mystery novel, The Knife Slipped, is published today in the Lancashire Evening Post and syndicated to 25 newspapers across the UK.

Read the review here.

Book Review of Lawrence Block’s ‘Sinner Man’ for the Lancashire Evening Post

LEP.CO.UK - Sinner Man by Lawrence Block

“First published in 1968 and thought lost for many years, acclaimed US mystery writer Lawrence Block’s riveting, unflinching first crime novel is at long last reprinted. Written in the winter of 1959, Sinner Man is Block’s first novel-length piece of crime fiction.

“Block is a naturally talented writer, very adept at getting readers invested in his stories and making you truly care what actually happens to the central characters. This book is no different in that respect, and by the end you can’t help but smile at the ironic twist and find yourself eager to get started on another of his crime novels… and fortunately, there are plenty of them.”

My review of Sinner Man by Lawrence Block is published today in the Lancashire Evening Post, and syndicated to 25 newspapers across the UK.

Read the full review here.

‘SWAMPJACK VIRUS’ BOOK REVIEW IN THE LANCASHIRE EVENING POST

LEP.CO.UK - Swampjack Virus by Nicholas Litchfield

“British-born Nicholas Litchfield, a librarian, journalist and researcher who has settled down in Western New York, pays homage to both his old homeland and the classic thriller-adventure spy novels of the 1950s and ’60s in this exciting and wryly funny adventure novel.

Swampjack Virus, a fast-paced, well-plotted and gripping 21st century espionage thriller, follows a middle-aged, maverick CIA agent on a deadly assignment through England’s dark, satanic landscape.

Litchfield paints a pitch perfect portrait of a delightfully offbeat US spy who bucks the trend by coming out of the heat and into the cold.”
— Lancashire Evening Post

The Lancashire Evening Post features an excellent book review of Swampjack Virus today. The review is available to read on their website or in various other regional newspapers. There will also be a review published in the printed version of the Lancashire Evening Post on the 28th of October.

Read the review here.