Smokey the Cat
Maris Soule

Sixty seconds with Maris Soule...

Maris Soule is a two time RITA finalist who has won numerous awards for her novels over the last three decades. Born and raised in California, Maris majored in art at U.C. Davis and taught art for 8 years before retiring to raise a family. Maris and her husband divide their time between Michigan and Florida. Echoes of Terror is her 30th book. Visit Maris Soule online at: www.marissoule.com



RTE: Describe yourself in a sentence?

Soule: An anal retentive, stubborn, impatient, young-thinking person with a wry sense of humour trapped in an aging body.


RTE: What's the one record you'd take to a desert island?

Soule: “I Did It My Way” by Frank Sinatra

RTE: What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Soule: A horse trainer

Michael Niemann

Sixty seconds with Michael Niemann...

Sulari Gentill

Sixty seconds with Sulari Gentill...



Search Now:
In Association with Amazon.com

MILLER'S MOVIE COLLECTIBLES, The Film Poster Book by Rudy and Barbara Franchi. 325 illustrations plus extensive text on all aspects of collecting movie paper, with current values, sources, history, terminology, and trends. Order one at amazon.com.


 

Home | About | Reviews | Search | Submit | Links | Cons | Subscribe  Subscribe


April 21 2018


We begin with the thirteenth novel in Philip Kerr's ambitious record of Bernie Gunther's checkered career from the rise of Hitler to the post-war period, GREEKS BEARING GIFTS, which I thought just as compelling as any of the twelve that came before. I was half-way though the book when I heard that Kerr had died far too young at 62. While I was saddened to hear the news, I was also grateful for the immense pleasure this series has provided me over the years and to know that one more book awaited publication later this year.

Other established writers are represented this time out as well. Phyllis Onstad liked Elizabeth George's THE PUNISHMENT SHE DESERVES very much indeed, calling it one of the best of the lot. Michael Connelly's TWO KINDS OF TRUTH confirms the author as the finest crime writer in America today, says Jim Napier. While Sharon Mensing enjoyed Anne Hillerman's CAVE OF BONES, she did feel that the secondary characters lacked development. Caryn St Clair remarks that even after thirty-three appearances, Alex Delaware is holding up as a character very well indeed in Jonathan Kellerman's NIGHT MOVES.

While we may always be happy to welcome back established authors we've enjoyed in the past, there's a special pleasure in coming across a new writer, particularly when we're treated to a promising debut. Susan Hoover calls A.L. Devlin's COBRA CLUTCH, set in Vancouver, "a terrific novel,...with witty dialogue, startling characters, and amazing plot twists." And she is looking forward to the next appearance of its ex-wrestler hero "Hammerhead" Jed. THE STORM KING, by Brendan Duffy, is actually his second novel, and quite a different enterprise from COBRA CLUTCH. Cathy Downs reports that she is enthusiastic about this literary thriller because it is unafraid to take on big ideas.

Unusually, WEEPING WATERS, by Clarissa Goenawan, was the South African author's debut (she has written several more books in this series since) and it is also her debut in English translation from Afrikaans. Anne Corey says that the book unfolds slowly but will reward the reader's patience. RAINBIRDS, by Singapore writer Clarissa Goenawan, is a first novel, set in an imagined Japanese town. Lourdes Venard calls it an intricate and powerful novel that will stay with you. Larissa Kyzer (whom we welcome back after her long sojourn in Iceland) reviews Elizabeth Mundy's IN STRANGERS' HOUSES, which features a Hungarian cleaning woman working in London, one who makes a compelling leading lady in this debut.

We do have a serial killer this week, in A BREATH AFTER DROWNING, by Alice Blanchard. Cathy Downs did have to wonder whether the author didn't pile it on a bit too much but agrees that it is a page turner all the same.

Not in the mood for tension? A wee trip to Brittany should be just fine then. Jean-Luc Bannalec's THE FLEUR de SEL MURDERS provides every incentive to book a stay in the land that provides the salt on gourmets' tables everywhere, and I enjoyed it immensely. Also in France, NUMBER 7, RUE JACOB by Wendy Hornsby was a thrilling and engaging read, says Ruth Castleberry. Or if France isn't your cup of tea, there's Scotland, in Paige Shelton's LOST BOOKS AND OLD BONES. Sharon Mensing says this is great escape reading, transporting readers to an Edinburgh that is quite different from the US and very appealing. Or for another kind of travel, there's THE GHOST IN ROOMETTE FOUR, by Janet Dawson, which takes place on a Pullman car on the California Zephyr in 1953. Lourdes Venard says it evokes an age of comfortable train travel, but the historical research overtakes the plot to some degree.

Our guest in the "Sixty Seconds With..." feature this week is Maris Soule. Look over to your left to see what she has to say.

For what's happening on the British crime scene, you should pay a visit to CRIMEREVIEW.

We'll return in May with more to say about what we've read. In the meantime, enjoy the spring - we've waited long enough for it.

Best,

Yvonne

ymk@reviewingtheevidence.com




P.S. If you wish to submit a book for review, please check here before contacting us. Please note that we do not review self-published books.


Our mascot and masthead is Smokey the Cat. Smokey the cat went to the great playground in the sky on April 29, 2008, at 3:30 p.m. He was about 13 years old, had diabetes and only 11 teeth left. He is much happier now. He will remain as our masthead and mascot.


Recent Reviews:


We have thousands of reviews archived on this site. Use the form below to search by title, author's name, or keyword (e.g., noir, cozy, PI, female, thriller, gay, cats).

QUICK SEARCH:

 




PLEASE READ BEFORE ASKING US TO REVIEW A BOOK




Publishers or authors wishing to submit books for review should contact the editor. Please note, before approaching us, that the publishing house must be a print publisher, pay advances and issue royalty statements, edit books, create covers, neither solicit nor accept financial payments from its authors, never copyright an author's title under the publisher's name, and never expect or ask authors to buy a certain number of copies of the author's books. As a general rule we will only consider books for review which have been published by publishers listed on the Mystery Writers of America approved list. We can never guarantee that a review will appear. And our reviewers are given a free rein to express their opinions constructively and honestly.

Please note that we review crime fiction and selected science fiction and horror. We have a policy of not accepting any religious books—and that includes religious crime fiction. We are unable to review any ebooks, unbound galleys, PODs, or PDF files or self-published work.


OUR REVIEWING PRINCIPLES


Since RTE first appeared, some twelve years ago, the business of books has changed out of all recognition. Then, books were reviewed in the print media for the most part, though Amazon was encouraging readers to post their reviews of the books they read. Now, newspapers across North America have reduced or eliminated the space they allot to books and, with certain notable exceptions, only best-selling authors are likely to get noticed. As a result, electronic reviewing has become increasingly important and, due to the somewhat slippery question of online authorship, occasionally problematic.

For this reason and in view of a recent article in the NY Times detailing a reviews-for-hire enterprise, it's probably wise for RTE to reiterate its position on reviewing. While our reviewers receive galleys, ARCs, or finished copies of books for review, they are otherwise unpaid. Furthermore, they are asked to disclose any special interest they might have in a book or an author they are reviewing. No one, including the editors, receives any compensation for the work they do. All our reviewers are encouraged to express their honest opinions, whether positive or negative, about the books they are reviewing. None of our reviewers uses a pseudonym and all are who they say they are. Nor do we employ rating systems (stars, grades, "highly recommended," or the like) in the belief that our reviews deserve to be read in their entirety. Since RTE does not review self-published or digital-only releases, we are perhaps less vulnerable to offers to pay for reviews, but it seems a good idea to make our policy clear. Finally, in the years that I've been editing RTE, I have never once been approached by a press or a publicist to violate this principle in any way.




Contact: Yvonne Klein (ymk@reviewingtheevidence.com)


[ Home | About | Reviews | Search | Submit | Links | Cons ]