April 30th, 2020

I hit a wall yesterday where I found myself irritable with everything and everyone. I think I was putting pressure on myself to stay connected, attend Zoom socials, do more work, promote my existing work, not miss anything. It was exhausting and not sustainable. What did I do? Went for a long walk and then found a quiet spot and read a book. Cheap therapy. And it worked. I feel better.

On to the main event, here’s the most crime fiction news per word on the web.


Here are 3 crime fiction links, 2 quotes, and 1 question for this week:





  • At the New York Times, Maslin reviews the new Grisham and finds a lot of the old Grisham thriller elements bolted onto this new “beach” series and finds it darker than its CAMINO predecessor. I run hot and cold on Grisham. I sometimes find he “tells” to much without having characters actually interact and speak. Given his sales, I’m guessing I’m in the minority 🙂




Quotes from Raymond Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe from THE BIG SLEEP:

  • “I don’t mind if you don’t like my manners. They’re pretty bad. I grieve over them during the long winter evenings.”


  • “The kid poured him another straight rye and I think he doctored it with water down behind the bar because when he came up with it he looked as guilty as if he’d kicked his grandmother.”



  • What is your favorite private eye, classic or modern?


<strong>Bonus! New Releases</strong>
Recently published new mysteries or thrillers you might want to check out:


Until next Thursday, happy reading,


Author the Max Strong thriller series


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