Bacchanal by Veronica G. Henry


Bacchanal, Veronica G. Henry, 2021 My favorite quote: “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”  Notable characters: Eliza (Liza) Meeks, the new recruit; Clay, the talent scout; Jamey, his assistant Most memorable scene: There are a few that stand out, but my heart will always belongContinue reading “Bacchanal by Veronica G. Henry”

Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming


Live and Let Die, Ian Fleming, 1954 My favorite quote: “The gain to the winner is always less than the loss to the loser.” Notable characters: James Bond, agent 007; Felix Leiter, Bond’s friend in the CIA; Mr. Big, the Voodoo Baron of Death; Solitaire, Mr. Big’s fortune-telling employee Most memorable scene: The note pinnedContinue reading “Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming”

A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton


A is for Alibi, Sue Grafton, 1982 My favorite quote: “Except for cases that clearly involve a homicidal maniac, the police like to believe murders are committed by those we know and love, and most of the time they’re right – a chilling thought when you sit down to dinner with a family of five.Continue reading “A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton”

The High Window by Raymond Chandler


The High Window, Raymond Chandler, 1942 My favorite quote: “The moonlight was cold and clear, like the justice we dream of but don’t find.” Notable characters: Philip Marlowe, the world’s favorite wise-cracking PI; Elizabeth Bright Murdock, the wealthy widow who hires him to locate a very valuable missing coin; Leslie Murdock, her irritating negative-Nelly sonContinue reading “The High Window by Raymond Chandler”

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward


Dark Lover (book 1 in the Black Dagger Brotherhood), J.R. Ward, 2005 My favorite quote: “Whoa. Fangs. She had fangs. She leaned in, prodded them a little. Eating with those puppies was going to take some getting used to, she thought. On impulse, she brought up her hands, turned her fingers into claws. Hissed. Cool.”Continue reading “Dark Lover by J.R. Ward”

The Throwaway Girls of Olympia by Ian Totten


The Throwaway Girls of Olympia, Ian Totten, 2020 My favorite quote: “In the last month, two young women, both brunettes, have been tossed to the side of the road in Olympia, both dead from apparent strangulation.” Notable characters: Alan O’Tool, the haunted small-town sheriff; Darcy, his not-very-likable ex-wife; James, his son; Amy, his deceased daughterContinue reading “The Throwaway Girls of Olympia by Ian Totten”

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson


The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson, 1886 My favorite quote: “With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, the moral and the intellectual, I thus drew steadily nearer to the truth, by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck: that man isContinue reading “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson”

The Bad Seed by William March


The Bad Seed, William March, 1954 My favorite quote: “She will destroy us all. I did not escape, either. She will destroy us all, in time.” Notable characters: Rhoda Penrose, the bad seed; Christine Penmark, her long-suffering mother; Leroy Jessup, the warped maintenance man who recognizes (and relates to) the evil that dwells in  littleContinue reading “The Bad Seed by William March”

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager


Lock Every Door, Riley Sager, 2019 My favorite quote: “Never take anything you haven’t earned, my father used to say. You always end up paying for it one way or another.” Notable characters: Jules Larsen, the apartment-sitter; Nick, another resident Most memorable scene: The fire Greatest strengths: The character motivation. I think most people wouldContinue reading “Lock Every Door by Riley Sager”

Craven Manor by Darcy Coates


Craven Manor, Darcy Coates, 2017 My favorite quote: “For the few brief days he’d worked at Craven Manor he felt as if he’d escaped into a better life. His work mattered … even if it was just to a ghost and a man made of shadows.” Notable characters: Daniel, the new caretaker; Bran, his not-quite-normalContinue reading “Craven Manor by Darcy Coates”

The Silent Companion by Laura Purcell


The Silent Companions, Laura Purcell, 2017 My favorite quote: “Sometimes, the brain cannot cope with the information it has to process. It makes sense of trauma in odd ways.” Notable characters: Elsie Bainbridge, co-manager of a factory; Rupert, her recently (and mysteriously) deceased husband; Sarah, Rupert’s unusual cousin Most memorable scene: When the locked doorContinue reading “The Silent Companion by Laura Purcell”

Return to Howliday Inn by James Howe


Return to Howliday Inn, James Howe, 1992 My favorite quote: “‘My fate is a mirror in which to see / One will look in and end like me.’” Notable characters: Harold, our narrator; Chester (also known here as Cute Whiskers, his friend; Howie, their young companion; Felony and Miss Demeanor, two cat burglars; Bob andContinue reading “Return to Howliday Inn by James Howe”

Nighty-Nightmare by James Howe


Nighty-Nightmare, James Howe, 1987 My favorite quote: “‘In the woods it’s always dark,’ he said. ‘In the forest of the soul it’s always night.’” Notable characters: Harold, our canine narrator; Chester, his feline friend; Howie, the young punster, the Monroes, their oblivious human family; Bud, Spud, and Dawg, their mysterious camping companions Most memorable scene:Continue reading “Nighty-Nightmare by James Howe”

Moonfall by Tamara Thorne


Moonfall, Tamara Thorne, 1996 My favorite quote: “Midnight. A dark, moonless shroud of midnight that closed in around Minerva Payne, starving her lungs, chilling her soul with its blackness.” Notable characters: Sara Hawthorne, a woman returning home; Minerva Payne, a mysterious local with mysterious abilities; St. Gertrude’s, aka, St. Gruesome’s, a girl’s school run byContinue reading “Moonfall by Tamara Thorne”

Haunted by Tamara Thorne


Haunted, Tamara Thorne, 1995 My favorite quote: “He’d always thought of supernatural horror as something that arose in daydreams and nightmares, fantastic thoughts born of facts and twisted to the imagination’s wishes. It seemed to be the other way around now.” Notable characters: David Masters, author an new owner of Baudey House; Amber, his daughter;Continue reading “Haunted by Tamara Thorne”

Second Child by John Saul


Second Child, John Saul, 1990 My favorite quote: “But though her lips smiled warmly as she accepted the embrace, her eyes — had anyone noticed — betrayed an emotionless chill.” Notable characters: Melissa Holloway, a shy young girl; Teri MacIver, her older half-sister; D’Arcy, Melissa’s not-so-imaginary friend; Phyllis Holloway, the horrible mother; Charles, the excruciatinglyContinue reading “Second Child by John Saul”

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig


Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig, 1974 My favorite quote: “When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a Religion.” Notable characters: Phaedrus, the narrator’s former self Most memorable scene: No single scene really stands out for meContinue reading “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig”

Ghost Walk by Heather Graham


Ghost Walk, Heather Graham, 2005 My favorite quote: “ … you can get the same feeling at a Civil War battle site — even with all the bodies removed. I guess it’s a way of feeling the past, of history, people, the emotions. Remnants of the lives that were lived there, lost there.” I likeContinue reading “Ghost Walk by Heather Graham”

They Thirst by Robert McCammon


They Thirst, Robert McCammon, 1981 My favorite quote: “Well, look around. Just look. Have you ever considered the possibility that God might be insane?” Notable characters: Andy, the detective; the Roach, a rapist and murderer; Gayle, a reporter; Rico, a gangster Most memorable scene: When the albino opens fire in that bar in Texas. NotContinue reading “They Thirst by Robert McCammon”

Thornyhold by Mary Stewart


Thornyhold, Mary Stewart, 1988 My favorite quote: “I had always been content to know that there was more in the living world than we could hope to understand.” Notable characters: Geillis Ramsey, the heir; Thornyhold, the cottage she inherits; Christopher Dryden, the widowed writer; Agnes Trapp, a mysterious local Most memorable scene: The pigeons inContinue reading “Thornyhold by Mary Stewart”

Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie


Cat Among the Pigeons, Agatha Christie, 1959 My favorite quote: “No sign, so far, of anything sinister—but I live in hope.” Ha! I’ve always loved Agatha Christie’s dark sense of humor …  Notable characters: Hercule Poirot, the detective; Inspector Kelsey, and investigating officer; Honoria Bulstrode, headmistress of Meadowbank School for Girls Most memorable scene: WhenContinue reading “Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie”

Winter Moon by Dean Koontz


Winter Moon, Dean Koontz, 1994 (originally titled “Invasion” under the pseudonym, Aaron Wolfe, in 1975) I like “Winter Moon” way better than “Invasion” My favorite quote: “Maybe when all was said and done, the imagination was the most powerful of all weapons.” Yeah, I dig that Notable characters: Jack McGarvey, the cop; Eduardo Fernandez; theContinue reading “Winter Moon by Dean Koontz”

Creepy, Stabby, and Mentally Odd – A Review


I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of Creepy, Stabby, and Mentally Odd — which comes out TODAY, btw! — and I was surprised by what I found. This was my first excursion into the work and world of Wednesday Lee Friday and I’m not going to lie: I’m impressed. Creepy, Stabby, andContinue reading “Creepy, Stabby, and Mentally Odd – A Review”

Of Nightmares, There Will be Plenty: A Review of Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco


Marian Rolfe desperately wants to spend the sunny season away from the city, and the summer rental she finds advertised is everything she’s looking for. Her husband, Ben, is initially against it, but she eventually talks him into it. After giving the place a look and meeting its very odd owners, Marian and Ben eventuallyContinue reading “Of Nightmares, There Will be Plenty: A Review of Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco”

The Crimson Corset is on its way … in paper!


In just a few days, THE CRIMSON CORSET will be available in paperback. For now, you can buy it in ebook format at Amazon. “Alistair Cross’ new novel THE CRIMSON CORSET … is taut and elegantly written taking us into the realms where the erotic and the horrific meet. Reminiscent of the work of SheridanContinue reading “The Crimson Corset is on its way … in paper!”

REVIEW: The Ghosts of Ravencrest


Here’s a review from The Ghosts of Ravencrest, available now! NOVEMBER 21, 2015 by TINA WILLIAMS **REVIEW** ~ The Ghosts of Ravenscrest (The Ravencrest Saga Book 1), by Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross Modern Gothic #Erotica #Horror #Paranormal Adult/18+ Read This is another lust filled and downright scary read from the pens of these two veryContinue reading “REVIEW: The Ghosts of Ravencrest”

ETERNITY


Hello, Cross Talkers, Although I don’t do book reviews, I would occasionally like to recommend a book I’ve read that left a strong impression on me; whether it’s one of those novels that inspired me to write my own books, or a story that just charmed the pants off me for one reason or another. That said, Eternity by Tamara Thorne heads thatContinue reading “ETERNITY”