Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Ray's Reviews: Rick Murcer and Jenny Milchman

Jenny Milchman and Rick Murcer will be discussing 
"Writing and Publishing a Book Today: A Conversation 
Between a Self-Published and Traditionally Published Author" 
on Saturday at 7:00 PM at Schuler Books & Music, Meridian Mall, Okemos.

     Two highly successful authors will be discussing current trends in the field of contemporary writing. They will be focusing on various aspects of publishing your own book or getting it released by a traditional publisher.

     Holt resident Rick Murcer, who's made the New York Times and USA Today best seller lists, has self-published his books, selling over 100,000 copies.

     His popular series showcases Lansing Homicide police detective Manny Williams and his partner Sophie Lee. In the first book, "Caribbean Moon", (Kindle $2.99, Ridan Press, $12.99) Williams faces a devious, vengeful serial killer who turns a fun trip into a blood-splattered spree of terror.

     "Deceitful Moon" (Kindle $2.99, Ridan Press $12.99) continues in the same pattern; this time the stressed cops are looking for two serial killers as the body count dramatically rises.

     Murcer is the pseudonym for Rick Murgittroyd, an M.S.U. grad who's also been quite successful with other novels in the series. They're not great literature, but they are highly entertaining, with short chapters, intriguing plot twists and lots of action.

     "Cover of Snow" by Jenny Milchman (Ballantine, $26) is an impressive debut novel that introduces Nora Hamilton, a restorer of old homes in a small New York village.

     Her husband, a police officer, commits suicide; Hamilton discovers many dark, disturbing secrets in her quest for the truth.

     Milchman's carefully crafted, exceptional debut novel is compelling and fast-paced; she's definitely one of contemporary crime fiction's hot rising stars.

Ray Walsh, owner of East Lansing's Curious Book Shop, 
has reviewed crime novels and noir thrillers regularly since 1987.

Find books by great local authors (and more!)
at the Curious Book Shop, an independent 
book shop in East Lansing, founded in 1969.

Curious Book Shop
307 East Grand River Avenue
East Lansing, Michigan

This review is scheduled for publication with the 
Lansing State Journal during the week of March 4, 2013.

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