Up until a few months ago, I had no idea what a cozy mystery was. What’s worse is that I have a few friends who write them. (I am a bad friend. *Sigh*) If you haven’t a clue (Get that? Clue?) of what a cozy mystery is, it is a sub-genre of crime fiction, where the sex and violence are downplayed and the crime occurs in a small community. (Thank you, Wikipedia.) Anyway, I decided it was time to read something that was a little lighter than my usual fare of science fiction and fantasy mayhem.
Vampires, vampires, vampires. Everyone loves vampires, and this comic book series is not an exception. But unlike the sexy heart-throb glittering types, here, we get the dredges of the universe who were created to serve a higher purpose. In short, it means these vampires are expendable.
What if the descendants of pregnant African slave women, thrown overboard for being too burdensome to their kidnappers, become merpeople and developed a new culture and community under the sea? That’s the premise behind Rivers Solomon’s novella, The Deep.
Ever hear the story of Pinocchio and the whale? (Or the Biblical story of Jonah and the whale?) This latest issue of Ascender quite literally has us diving into the ocean depths and the backstory of Telsa, the captain who reluctantly offered her boat to save Mira and her father, Andy.
You could almost call this series Something Wicked This Way Comes, as just when you think Mira and her father are about to catch a break, something awful shows up. Or you could simply call it good storytelling.
Frankenstein and his creator, Mary Shelley, are an indelible part of western culture. So much so that horror stories written by other Victorian women have been overshadowed. Fortunately for us, Kymera Press has dug into the past and searched out horror stories by Victorian women that had been lost until now.
One of the finds I made at San Diego Comic-Con this year was the trade paperback of Vindication by MD Marie. A taut crime thriller set in Los Angeles, it explores the ever-growing distrust between law enforcement and the African-American community that it is sworn to protect.