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Cold Cuts – Robert Payne Cabeen

As a kid, when people asked what my favourite animal was, assuming they weren’t talking about the domestic variety, I’d always say a penguin. I mean, what’s not to like? They’re cute, full of abandon, have the reproductive division of labour sorted, and spend their days cavorting about on the ice as if it were a giant hydro-slide, and all while immaculately groomed in their everyday tuxedoes. And then Robert Payne Cabeen came along with his debut novel Cold Cuts, and made me reconsider my life choices because Cold Cuts is definitely not a Pingu remake. Instead, it’s attack of...

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Indelible Ink – a review

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of supernatural crime-noir stories, or the quirky cross-genre offerings of the Dog Star imprint, so picking up Matt Betts’ Indelible Ink was an easy choice.  Harder, was putting it down. Betts’ writing is fresh and fast-paced, and so dead-on accurate you might think he’d once been a teenage girl. Indelible Ink’s key character is twenty-something teen, Deena Riordan, a cross between Dexter and The Hulk, although somewhat prettier. An elusive ink stain Deena’s arm, imbues her with some darkly supernatural powers that she struggles to control. To hide from her past sins, she...

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What’s in it for me?

One of the writing organisations I belong to is conducting a membership drive. To that end, we-the-committee divided up the lapsed members’ list and began the task of sending out personal emails to let people know what was happening in our community, what programmes and activities were on offer, and to ask them what we could be doing to get them to come back. And while everyone who’s replied to date has been polite, the responses have been interesting. First off, there were the folk who gasped in horror. I’ve let my membership slip? There were exclamations of ‘oh no’...

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Congregations of the Dead – a review

Congregations of the Dead by James A Moore and Charles Rutledge is part Jack Reacher thriller, part episode of Supernatural. Explosive, compelling, and with break-neck pacing, it’s set in the small town of Wellman, Georgia, in the middle of a heat wave, where underage sex trafficking turns out to be the lesser of two evils for Sheriff Carl Price and private investigator friend Wade Griffin. The mysterious Reverend Cotton has turned up to spread his own brand of gospel in the southern town. There are simply no excuses for not picking up this book. Congregations of the Dead is a no-brainer,...