Black Lotus Kiss: A Brimstone Files Novel Jason Ridler
FRONTLIST | August 14, 2018
$14.99 USD, $22.99 CAD, £10.99 GBP, €13.99 EUR
Fiction / Fantasy / Paranormal
Black Lotus Kiss is one heck of a fantastic ride. Filled with creative action sequences, over the top characters, exotic women, and a fast thinking hero, quick with both his wit and his fists, Black Lotus Kiss has everything that appeal to lovers of detective pulp. But there is more to Black Lotus Kiss - and it is the extras that make it stand apart. First, Brimstone has a conscience, one that is strong enough to stand up for others and do the right thing despite the cost. Often unappreciated, Brimstone’s conscience gets him into trouble or beaten up. In LA, doing the right thing isn’t good for business. Brimstone also has a gift for magic - the kind that’s real. Unfortunately, that gift tends to get him involved in cases that are far more complex and have farther reach...
Cross My Path by Clea Simon
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Jul 2018
Clea Simon is an astounding author with a unique talent for capturing the essence of both humans and animals in writing. Since its start, this series has been one of my favorites. The world of Cross My Path is a decaying one. There is limited commerce, and jobs and food are hard to come by. Few are literate, and women and children are always at risk from the more powerful who seek to profit off the weak. Care has taken over her mentor’s business, finding the lost and righting what wrongs she can - a difficult and dangerous job. Her cat Blackie does what he can to help and support her. If you have read the previous novels in the series (spoiler) you already know that some of her mentor’s consciousness survives in Blackie. This is of central importance to Cross My Path.
First, an old woman calling herself Blaze hires Care to find her brother’s effects. Care accepts the case after s...
Hex-Rated is an electrifying blend of pulp noir and horror. Jack Brimstone, LA’s newest Private investigator is looking forward to leaving a life of magic behind and spending his days chasing cheating husbands and finding lost dogs. Burying his mentor means freedom from all things strange and wondrous- at least until a beautiful woman shows up after an attack by a vicious demon. Naturally Jack wants to help, besides he’s flat broke and Bee’s locked him out. A paying client is just what he needs. From nazis to porn stars, fist fights to hot sex, Hex Rated has it all.
Armed with a flash wit, the ability to take a punch and a way of leading the ladies purring in satisfaction (not to mention knowledge of the uncanny), Jack charms readers and supporting characters alike. Jason Ridler has a way of making even...
Kate Shackleton is a rarity in rural post WWI England - a professional private detective. Independent, pragmatic, and highly perceptive, Kate is an excellent investigator, despite the limitations of the time on communication and travel. She is assisted by her colleague Sykes, a former policeman.
In Death of an Avid Reader, Kate is drawn into two possibly overlapping cases. First, Lady Coulton has asked Kate to find the daughter she gave up for adoption many years ago. Second, the discovery of a body in the basement of the library prompts Kate to investigate, as the police are all to ready to accuse a deathly ill man of his murder. As the man is clearly too sick to have committed the crime, Kate is eager to discover who is truly responsible.
Part of what makes this novel so enjoyable is the vast array of well defined charac...
The Female Detective stands out because it is literally the first novel published that features a woman who is a professional detective, as opposed to an amateur. Her identity is obscured, as are the reasons she chose her profession. All readers are given is one of her aliases, Miss Gladden or “G”. Despite being written by a man, The Female Detective challenges the preconceived notion that a woman’s inherent sensitivity prevents her from comprehending the nature of criminals or applying justice. Instead, Forrester shows that women are capable of going where men are not and acquiring information which would otherwise go undiscovered. While the police only see what is right in view, “G” perceives the complexity of situations.
The Female Detective is not a novel per se, rather it is a casebook, a collection of reminiscences which not only...
Lovecraft and pulp detective fiction - both fun on their own, but infinitely better together. Reanimatrix is an enthralling read with just enough horror to send tingles down your spine. Don’t be put out if horror isn’t your genre - there isn’t a lot of gore. There are zombies of a sort, as the reanimated dead play a major role in this captivating pulp fantasy but the explanation for their existence/activities is well done.
The story is told in diary entries, alternating between the two leads, Robert Peaslee and Megan Halsey. Robert’s experiences with the living dead date back to WWI and the reanimated soldiers that changed the face of the war. He, like the other central characters comes from Arkham. After working as an agent after the war, he is now a police detective assigned the stranger cases. Megan Halsey met Robert once soon after the w...
Murder in the Museum A British Library Crime Classic
by John Rowland
Poisoned Pen Press
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date: May 3, 2016
The British Library Crime Classics have a distinct charm that sets them apart from modern offerings. The time in which they were first published gives them a unique cultural flavor. While Murder in the Museum is not the only mystery written by John Rowland, the man perceived himself foremost as a journalist. Thus it is no surprise that a past newspaper story holds a very important clue.
Henry Fairhurst is a mild mannered man, easily dominated by his spinster sister. He takes pleasure in the time he spends at the British Museum Reading Room, imagining he like Holmes can detect much from the appearance and demeanor of the other visitors. His fantasies of being involved in a mystery inquiry become reality when he discovers the death of Professor Julius Arnell. The packet of sugared almonds in the professor's pocket and the manner of...
My first experience with Neville Steed was reading one of his cozies, Die-Cast. As I enjoyed that novel immensely, I decided to try Black Mail. Unlike Die-Cast, Black Mail is not strictly a cozy, blending in some pulp/noir elements. The main character, Johnny Black is a private detective in 1937 Britain. A former pilot, Johnny has charm, wit, and a number of helpful friends.
Like many noir novels, Black Mail starts with a beautiful damsel-in-distress approaching the Black Eye Detective Agency. Lucy Merrydew has received a gruesome blackmail note along with a severed finger. She begs for discretion because she doesn't want her rich fiancé's family to know. Of course she isn't telling the whole truth. Murder of course follows on the footsteps of blackmail, and Johnny is drawn into the complex workings of the Bolsover family. Johnny is good at finding skeletons in closets...
A ruthless assassin at large in the UK and heading for a target in Cambridge… an office steaming with jealousy and passion… a hero’s body found in a war museum and a disconsolate man – gnawed at by ghosts from his distant and recent past – charged with finding the murderer.
With a steadily increasing fusion of murder, intrigue and suspense, the floundering Mark McKay finds himself thrown onto a hotbed of deception, fraud, incest and even a neo-Nazi’s murderous intent.
Set in Cambridge at around the turn of the millennium, The Path of the Bullet, the first of the new Cambridge Mysteries series, explains how McKay forsakes his hermitic existence on the Lincolnshire coast and becomes attracted to the beautiful city of Cambridge in both mind and body.
M. C. Jacques is an author with promise. He is a skilled writer, but that isn't quite enough to redeem The Path of...