Let me just begin by saying that I started this year with absolutely zero intentions of creating this blog. I did, however, begin this year with a strong desire to do better than I had in previous years when it came to my reading choices. The more I began to want to read stories by black authors featuring black main characters, the more I realized … Continue reading I Only Purchased Black Books in 2020… No, I Don’t Want a Cookie… No, I Don’t Have Any Regrets
This Jon Dough is far from average… Kevin Macklin brings us a fantastic new hero to root for. One who has his ear to the streets while still maintaining a heart of gold- oh and a bit of a killer instinct. The tale begins with Jon being approached by a woman who pleads with him for help in stopping an onslaught of disappearances of local … Continue reading Certain Reprisal by Kevin Macklin- Review
If you are familiar with my original blog then you will know I am really here for the cozy mysteries. It is not only the thing that tugged at my heart but it is also the thing that got me into blogging. I don’t think that I could love cozies any more! The true legends Barbara Neely and Nora DeLoach certainly paved the way for … Continue reading Black Cozy Mysteries to die for… but simply pre-ordering will do too
Okay, I am going to tell you a secret if you promise not to tell. I juggle books. I wouldn’t say I do it particularly well but that is my story. Thank you for attending my Ted talk. You can thank me later! Yes, I have the utter audacity to tell you which books you should be reading right now even if I have not … Continue reading Black books you should be reading in September
I start off by saying that your English teacher never mentioned the name, Eleanor Taylor Bland, but honestly and truly your History teacher should have probably mentioned her as well. Mysteries were required readings for me throughout my scholastic career. Yet Eleanor Taylor Bland (referred to as Mrs. Bland henceforth) was not on the list of people for which I was ever required to do … Continue reading The case of Eleanor Taylor Bland… The Queen of Mystery- the one your English teacher never mentioned
My husband can tell you better than I can that I have spent a small fortune acquiring black crime fiction books. Well, technically that is we have spent a small fortune but it’s all good because this is what I spend my extra money on. Some people like designer handbags. I like first edition signed hardbacks. Life is all about choices is it not? The … Continue reading How to spend a small fortune buying black crime fiction novels… and ways to change that
The Missing American is an intriguing Private Investigative novel by Kwei Quartey. It was initially released in January of 2020 and is book number one in the Emma Djan Investigation series. Let me start by saying that Kwei Quartey has an author bio almost as fascinating as this book. While he is now quite an accomplished author he was a surgeon prior to retirement. Mr. … Continue reading The Missing American by Kwei Quartey
By definition black crime fiction could be defined as a literary genre that fictionalizes murders and the identification of criminals pertaining to black main characters. This would include the following: Private detectives Amateur sleuths Police procedurals Legal thrillers For far too many reasons these types of novels and stories are largely overlooked and the works of black authors within crime fiction go unsung. Why aren’t … Continue reading What is Black Crime Fiction?