Peter Spiegelman's fourth and newest thriller, Thick as Thieves, is one of our Whodunit picks for August, and reviewer Bruce Tierney called it "genre-defining" and "twisty as a corkscrew." No surprise there, as Spiegelman's book is not only the story of a "dream crime," but it is also one of the most exciting thrillers to hit shelves this summer.
Check out our Q&A with Spiegelman for his take on crime thrillers, great books and great writing.
And if you needed any more convincing about Thick as Thieves, here's the trailer:
Spiegelman's newest is already on shelves. Will you make room for it on your TBR list?
Our August 2011 Romance of the Month comes from Cindy Gerard's Black Ops series. With No Remorse stars supermodel Valentina and ex-SEAL Luke, and they find it difficult to resist each other while running for their lives.
Our columnist gives a little preview of the high-octane romance:
Val’s survival depends on trusting Luke, and trust is hard for her to give these days, even when she finds the man at her side so capable and so downright sexy. With the help of Luke’s team, they piece together the ugly truth. Righting old wrongs might mean losing her life . . . or Luke losing his.
With No Remorse came out in mid-July. Have you or will you pick up a copy?
Fans of historical vampire novels know Colleen Gleason and her Gardella Vampire Chronicles, which turns the streets of 19th-century London into a hunting ground for vampires. Vamp fans should check out her newest trilogy, The Recency Draculia, where fanged hunters are as much in danger as their prey.
The final installment in the series, The Vampire Narcise, was described by fellow romance author Christie Ridgway in our June romance column as having "lush details, lavish love scenes and characters both noble and violent." We asked Gleason a few questions about favorite and sexiest characters, inspiring books and what's next.
Vamp fans -- is Gleason on your bookshelf? What makes a great vampire novel?
It may have taken 14 years for Kommissarien och tystnaden to be translated into English and become The Inspector and Silence, but the wait has been worth it. Håkan Nesser has quickly joined the ranks of the great Swedish thriller authors, joined by reader-favorite character Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, whose crime stories take place in the fictional town of Maardam.
In Nesser's hands, the story of a young girl's rape and murder, as well as her connection to a cult, is a fearsome and entertaining read. We asked Nesser a few questions about books and writing -- read our Q&A with Håkan Nesser. He might be a craftsman of mystery but he is also a man of few words!
What is your favorite Nesser novel?
This Q&A marks the launch of a new series on The Book Case: "Seven Questions with . . . " Keep your eye on the blog for more interviews with your favorite authors!
Aching for Always follows Joss O’Malley as she struggles to save her family's map-making company—and travels through time with a Navy Captain seeking revenge for wrongs of the past (committed by none other than Joss's dad). Ridgway writes that the story is a "rollicking romantic adventure through time and space . . . full of twists, turns and sizzling love scenes."
To learn more about the woman behind the novels, we asked Cready seven questions about writing, books and life. And now we can't wait for A Novel Seduction—working title—Cready's first non-time-travel romance! (Keep reading for details.)
What's the best writing advice you've ever gotten?
From Nora Roberts, though she didn't give it to me personally. She said when she hears writers talking about their creative muse, she wants to bitch slap them. The only method that works, she says, is the "ass in chair" method. I agree with her wholly, though in my case you'd have to extend it to be the "ass in chair, fingers on keyboard, logged off of Facebook and Gmail" method.
Of all the characters you've every written, which one is your favorite?
I have a real soft spot for Drum, the captain of the privateer in Tumbling Through Time. Maybe it's because he looks like Colin Firth (never hurts.) Maybe it's because he is such a natural seaman. Maybe it's because he ends up yearning for the heroine but not getting her. I think there are more stories ahead for Drum.
What was the proudest moment of your career so far?
Oh, winning the RITA. Hands down. I think it even eclipsed getting the call that my first book sold. What made the night so special, apart from winning, of course, was that not only was my husband there, but four very close friends had come in to attend as well. It was great to share the night with them. That day was also my younger sister Claire's birthday. It had been Claire's unexpected death twelve years earlier that spurred me to become a writer. I know she was watching that night. In fact, if I know Claire, she was the one who made it happen.