September 10th, 2020

Found myself dwelling on a recent one-star review. Never mind the 30 other positive reviews for the book. You always end up fixated on the one person who criticized you.

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



  • ARuth Ware’s latest, a riff on Christie’s AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, is garnering very good reviews. The sort of locked-room or cottage mystery seems be having a bit of a moment with Foley, Ware and others this fall tackling the classic golden age setup.



Two quotes from Child’s Jack Reacher this week:

  • “No, I’m a man with a rule. People leave me alone, I leave them alone. If they don’t, I don’t.”
  • “I don’t care about the little guy. I just hate the big guy. I hate big smug people who think they can get away with things.”



  • I’m keenly interested to see how this latest Reacher book, now a collaboration between brothers, comes out. Should Lee Child have chosen to end his series? What is your favorite Reacher book? I’m partial to his debut in KILLING FLOOR but also like the ones that bring back some of his Army past like BAD LUCK AND TROUBLE.


Until next Thursday, happy reading,


Author the Max Strong thriller series