Wednesday, August 29, 2018

My Review of Killing It Softly 2

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Killing It Softly 2 edited by Suzie Wargo Lockhart

Killing It Softly 2 is a big book. Thirty-eight stories to be exact. All by women. All unique. All terrifying. And all wonderfully well written. Kudos to editor Suzie Wargo Lockhart for putting together this superb collection. Killing It Softly 2 puts to rest the ridiculous notion that women can’t write horror. These stories hit hard, cut deep, and leave scars. I don’t usually single out individual stories in a review, but in this case, I will because these stories will stick with me for a very long while. “The Whims of My Enemy” by Amanda J. Spedding, “Scarecrow” by Vonnie Winslow Crist, “Death Warmed Over” by Rachel Caine, and my personal favorite “Bloody Rain” by Rie Sheridan Rose. While every one of these stories is cringe worthy and will make your skin crawl, some will also bring you to tears and some will make you cheer. Bloody amazing and highly recommended!

Review by JM Reinbold

Link to Amazon review.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

My Review of Abandoned Homes: Vietnam Revenge Murders by Frank Hopkins

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Abandoned Homes: Vietnam Revenge Murders
by Frank Hopkins.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s college campuses across the United States were sites of anti-war protests sometimes accompanied by violence as students and the country divided over the war in Vietnam. In 2008, when retired University of Maryland history professor, Paul O'Hare stumbles upon two skeletons in an abandoned home he's photographing in lower Delaware, he suddenly and inexplicably finds himself at the center of an intense and long-ranging police investigation. Paul is eventually cleared, but as the police uncover more and more evidence leading to the identity of the real killer, old enmities and enemies emerge from the shadows of Paul's past, making him a target right up to the story's dramatic conclusion. Abandoned Homes: Vietnam Revenge Murders is a step-by-step police procedural page-turner. Recommended for fans of realistic detective fiction, with a bonus if the reader is from Delaware and can recognize locations and landmarks.

Review by JM Reinbold

Link to Amazon review 

Frank Hopkin's website

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Reflections in a Camera's Eye: Discovering Mystery Writers in Their Stories ~ A Film and Discussion Series Presented by JM Reinbold

Mystery readers and writers, join me for a film and a fun discussion on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Hockessin Library. Who doesn't like to discuss Edgar Allan Poe, creator of the first ever detective story!

Sundays, January 14 & 28, 2018 | 1 – 3:30 p.m. ~ Edgar Allan Poe
Sundays, February 11 & 25, 2018 | 1 – 3:30 p.m. ~ Dame Agatha Christie
Sundays, March 11 & 25, 2018 | 1 – 3:30 p.m. ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

JM Reinbold will lead a film and discussion series for mystery writers and readers on the lives, stories, and writing techniques of mystery and crime writing giants: Edgar Allan Poe, Dame Agatha Christie, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Each month we’ll view a curated biographical film of an author and a film adaptation of one of their stories. Each film will be followed by discussion on the author and/or their stories, plus how we can use insights into the lives and work of these authors and their enduring stories to enhance and enrich our own writing.

Friday, January 5, 2018

JM Reinbold at Local Author Showcase Saturday, January 6, 2018

This Saturday, January 6, 2018 I and my writing pals Gail Husch and Bobbie Palmer will be at the Hockessin Bookshelf for an author Meet & Greet and Book Signing event from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Do drop in and see us. We'd love to meet you in person! If you'd like to buy our books, either for yourself or as gifts, we'll be thrilled!

Hockessin Bookshelf, 7179 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707. Phone: (302) 235-7665

Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Killingsworth Chronicle

The Killingsworth Chronicle is the newsletter for my DCI Rylan Crowe Mystery series. Readers who subscribe to the Chronicle will have access to information about characters, places, and events that take place in the world of the DCI Crowe mysteries that isn't available anywhere else. Also, you’ll receive advance notice about new stories, contests, exclusive book swag, and book events.

Subscribe to the Killingsworth Chronicle here.