Linda’s most recent fiction story appears in the 17th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection, which was just released.
Of more than 5,200 entries, Linda’s story placed 15th. Only the top 25 stories were chosen for publication.
To purchase a copy of the book (it is currently being offered at 50% off the retail price of $10), visit the Writer’s Digest website by clicking this link.
This is a must-read book by the award-winning author of crime novels (the DI Ray McBain series), poetry, and Carnegie’s Call.
Hop on over to the website where I do my fiction stuff for a review and tips about where you can get it in paperback or for your Kindle: http://lindamchenry.com/2014/05/book-review-the-guillotine-choice-by-michael-j-malone/
I’d never read any of Ewan’s work before Safe House but that issue is to be remedied … and soon.
Safe House is a complex whodunit that begins when Rob Hale finds himself recovering in the hospital after a motorcycle accident. Problem is, his doctors and the authorities don’t believe him when he insists his passenger was taken away by ambulance before he was rescued. In fact, only one ambulance was called to the scene–and it transported him to the hospital.
Other complications involve the woman’s resemblance to his sister, who recently committed suicide, and the private detective his mother hired to look into his sister’s death.
Safe House is set on the Isle of Man, where Ewan lives and works as a celebrated crime writer. The setting is unique but did not overtake the story, which centers around the the motives and hidden agendas of all the characters. Although the cast is extensive, every single character is clear and sharp, and you can’t help wondering what’s really going on in the minds of each. The plot is intricate and keeps you guessing until the very end, something I don’t find as often as I used to.
This is a terrific read.
Safe House – Chris Ewan
To be released 10/29/2013 by Minotaur Books
Lost may just be the most suspenseful book I’ve ever read.
Set in London, where a serial killer’s abducting and killing ten- and eleven-year-old boys, Lost weaves together the emotional stories of a number of people living in same neighborhood. Enter Barney, an 11-year-old who’s searching for his mother … and whose father just happens to have been out on the nights the murdered boys disappeared. Enter Lacey, Barney’s next door neighbor, a Detective Constable on the London police force who’s on leave from her job and having a difficult time recovering from a recent job-related trauma. Enter Lacey’s coworker DI Mark Joesbury–and his 10-year-old son…
As the number of murdered boys mounts, Bolton delves into the lives of Barney and his friends, who are trying to find the murderer on their own. And as Lacey struggles to remain autonomous and sane, she can’t help but be drawn back to her job and DI Joesbury.
The rapid pacing, exquisitely depicted characters, and unremitting suspense make this a must-read.
Lost by S.J. Bolton
Minotaur Books – released June 6, 2013
A Taste for Malice is the second book in the DI Ray McBain series by Michael J. Malone. (Blood Tears is the first and the third is scheduled for release in November 2014.)
I came up with a one word description of this book after reading the first chapter and am sticking by it now that I’ve finished the book: brilliant.
Malone’s characters are real–with all their kindnesses, cruelties, and quirks. And although this crime novel doesn’t have a single dead body in it, the tension continues ratcheting upward, causing you to hold your breath as you’re sure you know what’s going to happen next … only it doesn’t.
That’s it for me. I’m going back to my original assessment: brilliant. You should be adding this to your summer reading list. NOW!
DI Ray McBain is back at work and on filing duty. Desperate for something to do, a pair of old files intrigue him. In the first a woman pushes her way into a vulnerable family. The children adore her. At first. Then she has some ‘fun’, which soon becomes torture and mental cruelty. Then she disappears. Meanwhile, in Ayrshire, another young family is relieved when a stranger comes into their lives to help them out. McBain makes the link, but nobody is interested in what he has to say. Is it even the same woman?
A Taste for Malice by Michael J. Malone
Published by Five Leaves Publications