Friday, June 17, 2011

Frank Duffy's Review of No One To Hear You Scream

Talented horror writer Frank Duffy, author of Mountains Of Smoke and forthcoming, The Signal Block, has reviewed my book, No One To Hear You Scream. I'm ecstatic to share his review here. He actually threatens me with bodily harm, which is kind of a motivational technique I'm thinking. Although, I'm having some disturbing visions of Stephen King's Misery. I think I might need to get a bigger dog.

Julia Madeleine’s second crime novel, No One To Hear You Scream, is a genre book with wit, style, and all the ingredients that make classic crime stories so damn addictive when done right. It’s a vicious ride, populated with characters that don’t merely stay with you, but pound your senses into a rhythm very much Julia Madeleine’s choosing. The pace is enormously accomplished, and the voices in which she writes, strike up a hardboiled, modern crime rapport of astounding intensity.

The book is a brutal, but necessary experience, without it the story would feel unauthentic, and this story shoots straight, straighter than most would dare. Rory Madden is a stand-out bad guy, cut from the cloth of many a classic villain, but the tailoring is all Julia Madeleine’s, svelte and smooth and effortless characterization that will have you thinking, “I hope to God this guy isn’t based on anybody she knows.”

But as much as Julia doesn’t pull her punches, she is equally adept at layering her story with sharp and insightful characters, with a storyline that grips so tightly you find it hard to believe this is only her second novel. If you like crime, even if you don’t like crime, make sure you buy this incendiary and explosive novel. It’s a gem. I will wait patiently for Julia Madeleine’s next novel, but I can’t promise I won’t hold a gun to her head to hurry up the process.

Make sure you check out Frank Duffy's hot new book Mountains Of Smoke at Sideshow Press

Friday, June 3, 2011

2011 Arthur Ellis Award Winners Announced!

The Crime Writers of Canada have announced the winners for the 28th annual Arthur
Ellis Awards . The 2011 awards
are for books and short stories published in 2010.


Louise Penny, Bury Your Dead (Little, Brown UK)


Mary Jane Maffini, “So Much in Common” in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine


Stevie Cameron, On the Farm (Knopf Canada)


Alice Kuipers, The Worst Thing She Ever Did (HarperCollins)


Jacques Côté, Dans le quartier des agités (Alire)


Avner Mandleman, The Debba (Other Press)

UNHANGED ARTHUR (Best Unpublished First Crime Novel)

John Jeneroux, Better Off Dead

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Witch Of Babylon, Book Review

The Witch Of Babylon
By D.J. McIntosh
Penguin Canada (June 2011)

D.J McIntosh has written a fast paced page-turner in her sizzling debut thriller, The Witch Of Babylon.

John Madison is a Turkish-American art dealer living in New York. His older brother Samuel is killed in a car accident, a car that John was driving, and Samuel was the passenger in. And while John feels a sense of guilt, he also starts to wonder if it was really an accident at all, or were they targeted by someone trying to run them off the road. But John has another problem to deal with. Another mysterious death—a childhood friend whom, shortly before his demise, sends him a puzzle of sorts that John must solve. It involves a missing artifact looted from Baghdad’s National Museum during the Iraq invasion; an artifact that Samuel may have taken to protect. But now police suspicion is mounting against John in both deaths, and he’s being hunted down by some other dangerous characters.

For anyone interested in art history, ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, this is a fascinating read chock-full of historical information. It’s an intense mix of fact and fiction along the lines of The Da Vinci Code, that will please not only thriller lovers but history fans as well. The Witch Of Babylon is the winner of the 2008 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Unpublished Crime Novel. It was also shortlisted for the 2007 Crime Writer’s Association (U.K) Debut Dagger Award. I’m sure there will be more rewards to follow, it’s a book I found truly hard to put down.

4.5 out of 5 stars

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