Mystery Review: Flesh and Gold by Ann Aptaker

Flesh and Gold (Cantor Gold Crime)Flesh and Gold by Ann Aptaker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love the writing in this series. It’s pithy, wise-cracking, noir talk crackling with wit, intelligence and magnificent metaphors. I’ve always wanted to go to Cuba, especially the sparkling, exotic, forbidden Cuba of the 50’s and Flesh and Gold gave me more than I could have imagined. It’s all there: the pastel buildings, the formidable sun, the white-walled tires, the architecture, and the rum. And now I know about Cuba’s darkest side: sinister, sinful, and dangerous. I’ll still go to Cuba. But now I’ll avoid some of the backstreets. Great storytelling.

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Sister Crime Writers

From Cozies to Noir.  Here are a half-dozen mystery-writing friends whose work I adore.  Try them.  You’ll like them.  It would be a crime not to.

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Thanks to Alexia Gordon for the concept, and thanks to her designer, Leslie Lipps.

Bouchercon: Where Hard-Boiled, Noir and Cupcakes Converge in Crime

Logo Bouchercon was held in St. Petersburg, Florida this year.  More than a thousand mystery/crime authors, bloggers, publishers, bloggers, readers and others who love the genre come together to rekindle friendships, make new contacts, conduct business, teach/learn the craft and celebrate the best in crime fiction and non-fiction.

It was my very first Bouchercon, and I had a blast.  This conference is overwhelmingly immersive.  I was pleased to participate in an event on the first day of the conference called Coats of Many Colors where authors were tasked with sharing a name or two of other authors who Coat of many colorsdeserved more attention.  I listed Stefani Deoul (On a Larp); Stephen Mack Jones (August Snow) and Penny Mickelbury (The Gianna Magglione/Mimi Patterson mystery series).  Later that day, I was honored to be on a panel that discussed the tropes of the private investigator genre with five experienced practitioners of the craft.

On Saturday, I paired up with a DC area writer friend, John Copenhaver, to do the Author Speed Dating event.  John and I gave our two-minuteAuthor Speed Dating spiels to nearly 80 readers moving from table-to-table, while breakfast eaters munched on pastries and listened attentively.  It was exhausting and exhilarating.

The 3-day conference was filled with panels, presentations, interviews of celebrity crime writers, book signings….

and cupcakes.

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Michigan Mini Book Tour-Good to be Home.

I met some amazing readers, librarians, and indie bookstore owners during my recent Book 2WMWIObook tour for Wake Me When It’s Over.  I had five events starting in Detroit; and then on to Lansing and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Wilder Branch Library of Detroit’s public library system invited me to chat with their book club. This vibrant group of women (and one man) were voracious and knowledgeable readers.  Librarian, Annette Stocks and book club Wilder Book Club

Alice Hudginscoordinator, Alice Hudgins  wSusan and RJ Foxere superb hosts.

Then it was on to Pages Bookshop in northwest Detroit. It’s a beautiful, neighborhood bookstore managed with care by owner Susan Murphy.  Susan had invited Detroit Author, RJ Fox to interview me.  RJ has a superb book called Awaiting Identification.

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At the Elmwood Park Branch Library, the book club asked specific questions about Book 1 in the Charlie Mack Motown Mystery Series, Bury Me When I’m Dead, and purchased book 2. The book club members were a committed, lively, friendly group.

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In Lansing, at the Everybody Reads Books and Gift Shop (thank you Scott); I was joined by authors, David Pratt, Beth Burnett, and Marianne K. Martin.

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In Ann Arbor, Keith (the owner of Common Language Bookshop) introduced our writers & music group-we called our event Queerly Michigan-and served wine!

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My mother and my kid joined me for part of the book tour.  It was good to be home!

BookPeople’s Mystery Bookstore-within-a Bookstore in Austin, TX

 

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I appreciate Scott Butki of Mystery People for this great interview.  Thanks!

“Cheryl Head is a fresh voice whose mysteries include references to diversity and tolerance, in addition to humor and good plot twists. This is all on display in her new book, Wake Me When It’s Over, the second in her Charlie Mack Motown Mystery series..”

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