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New books: So many ways to get killed

Murder Unscripted
Clive Rosengren
Coffeetown Press  2017
240 pages
Kindle $5.95  Trade paper $14.95

The first of Rosengren’s Eddie Collins series begins with actor Josh Bauer on a bearskin rug in front of a roaring fire with buxom, but temperamental, Ruby Landreaux in his arms. What comes next is up to Eddie Collins, a part-time actor and ex-husband of Landreaux—who is really actress Elaine Weddington—when Weddington turns up dead, her bearskin escapade simply a scene in an unfinished movie, Flames of Desire.

The production’s insurance company hires Eddie to represent their interests in the Americana Pictures film. Private eye is Eddie’s main gig now, although he doesn’t turn his back on acting jobs when they come his way.

Weddington was a star of sorts, though her pictures were B-movies and never up for major awards. Encroaching middle age meant her leading-lady days were numbered, and she worked with a lot of jealous wannabes. Did one of them off her? What about her personal assistant or live-in boyfriend? While searching through Weddington’s  trailer, Eddie finds a list of initials with corresponding phone numbers. As he gradually ticks off the entries, he begins to form an unwelcome, less idealized version of Weddington. Then an assistant director is killed as she is about to share a damning revelation. The quest to identify one set of initials almost puts him in the hospital. Can Eddie handle the truth? Will it set him free, or kill him?

Clive Rosengren is a recovering actor. His career spanned more than forty years, eighteen of them pounding many of the same streets as his fictional sleuth Eddie Collins. Movie credits include Ed Wood, Soapdish, Cobb, and Bugsy. Among numerous television credits are Seinfeld, Home Improvement, and Cheers, where he played the only person to throw Sam Malone out of his own bar. He lives in southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley, safe and secure from the hurly-burly of Hollywood.


Wicked River
Jenny Milchman
464 pages
Sourcebooks Landmark  May 1, 2018 (available for pre-order on Amazon)
Hardcover: $26.99  Trade paper $15.99  Kindle 15.99

Six million acres of Adirondack forest separate Natalie and Doug Larson from civilization. For the newlyweds, an isolated backcountry honeymoon seems ideal—a chance to start their lives together with an adventure. But just as Natalie and Doug begin to explore the dark interiors of their own hearts, as well as the depths of their love for each other, it becomes clear that they are not alone in the woods.

Because six million acres makes it easy for the wicked to hide. And even easier for someone to go missing for good.

As they struggle with the worst the wilderness has to offer, a man watches them, wielding the forest like a weapon. He wants something from them more terrifying than death. And once they are near his domain, he will do everything in his power to make sure they never walk out again.

Jenny Milchman is a suspense writer from the Hudson River Valley of New York State. Her debut novel, Cover of Snow, was published by Ballantine/Random House in January 2013 and won the 2013 Mary Higgins Clark Award for best suspense novel of the year.  Milchman is a board member and Vice President of International Thriller Writers and the founder of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, celebrated in all 50 states and four foreign countries 2013. She also teaches writing and publishing for New York Writers Workshop and Arts By The People.

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Stave off the winter blahs with an engrossing read


Two new novels, a thriller and a mystery, promise unusual excitement in diverse settings. Brendan Reilly’s An Unbeaten Man moves from a deceptively serene college campus in Brunswick, Maine, to a hidden laboratory in the United Arab Emirates, to a showdown at an isolated dacha outside Moscow. In Bryan E. Robinson’s Limestone Gumption, the plot leads readers from a small quiet Florida town into underwater caves in this fast-paced cozy mystery.

Unbeaten-man--web-optiAn Unbeaten Man: A Michael McKeon Book
Brendan Rielly
Down East Books Nov. 2015
334 pages
$24.95 hardcover





A microbe that instantly cleans up any oil spill, no matter how large, by devouring the oil should be the breakthrough that defines a career, but for Bowdoin College microbiologist Michael McKeon, it unleashes a nightmare.

In An Unbeaten Man, American, Russian and Saudi leaders fly to Moscow in a last ditch effort to defeat ISIS and its splinter groups and stop the Middle East from burning by creating a Middle East Marshall Plan. At the same time, The Global Group sabotages those efforts by capturing and threatening to kill Michael’s wife and daughter unless he uses his microbe to annihilate hundreds of billions of barrels of Saudi and Russian oil.

As Michael races against the clock, Deputy NSA Director Melissa Stark joins forces with Michael’s oldest friend, an NSA agent code-named Longfellow, to stop The Global Group and save Michael and his family. Framed for Michael’s kidnapping, she escapes.

With The Global Group, the NSA, the Secret Service and the FSB after them, Stark and Longfellow must stop the plot even if it means sacrificing Michael’s family. Just as he successfully contaminates the heart of Saudi oil production at Abqaiq, Michael is captured and tortured by Saudi security forces.

Forging a new alliance with a deadly Saudi agent, he agrees to save Saudi oil in order to save his family. When Global Group assassins nearly kill him, Michael faces the grim reality that his family may already be lost.

Brendan Rielly is an attorney who lives with his wife and three children in Westbrook, Maine. He’s the middle of three generations of Maine authors with his father and son (as a high school senior) also published. This is his first thriller.


Limestone-Gumption-web-optiLimestone Gumption: A Brad Pope and Sisterfriends Mystery
Bryan E. Robinson
Five Star Publishing  Jan. 2016
314 pages
$19.95 trade paper





When Brad Pope returns to his boyhood hometown to settle a debt with his long-lost father, the 35-year-old psychologist becomes a prime suspect in the murder of football legend turned cave diver, Big Jake Nunn. Perched high on the east bank of the Suwannee River, the sleepy town of Whitecross, Florida, is known for its natural crystal-clear springs and underwater caverns. Locals are online and computer savvy, but if asked about blackberries, they think cobbler, not wireless. And townsfolk die of natural causes, not murder.

Until now.

As if being accused of murder isn’t shock enough, the psychologist’s hopes of confronting his father and reconnecting with his cantankerous Grandma Gigi are hindered by the surprised horror surrounding his father’s whereabouts and sinister secrets of the Women’s Preservation Club (WPC).

The six quirky “sisterfriends” in the club founded by Grandma Gigi—whom Brad expects to jabber about preparing Sunday’s church bulletin or the next bake sale—start to look more like cold-bloodied killers than church ladies. As Brad learns of more dead bodies and that each sisterfriend has reason to kill Big Jake, his suspicions sour into the clabbered taste of fear.

Bryan Robinson is a novelist and licensed psychotherapist. His thriller received the 2014 Beverly Hills Book Award for best mystery. He is a veteran author of 35 nonfiction books, has appeared on 20/20, Good Morning America, World News Tonight, The Early Show, and NBC Nightly News. He maintains a psychotherapy practice in Asheville, N.C., where he is working on book 2 in the series.

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