Showing posts with label Todd Ritter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Todd Ritter. Show all posts

Friday, February 1, 2013

Five on Friday - Todd Ritter

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you didn't think I abandoned you. I've been hanging out in Milwaukee with my friends who publish Crimespree Magazine, John and Ruth Jordan. On Tuesday we attended Robert Crais' event at Mystery One, and today we'll be seeing Ian Rankin (if you missed Ian's Five on Friday, be sure to check that one out). It's been an exciting week for me and I'll have plenty to share with YOU all next week.

Today, be sure to stop by the Friday Reads Facebook page where you can enter for a chance to win Elizabeth Haynes' INTO THE DARKEST CORNER. 

But, I couldn't neglect the Five on Friday post for this week. I'm very psyched to have Todd Ritter joining us today. Todd has written two books set in Perry Hollow, Pennsylvania, featuring police chief Kat Campbell. His third book will be out this summer. Most of you know how I feel about great, strong female protagonists and that's exactly what you'll find in Todd's books. He hooked me from page one, so I'm super excited that he agreed to join us for Five on Friday.

1.  When I was a kid, my favorite thing to get in my trick-or-treat bag was Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I could probably eat a whole bag of them. Now that I’m too old to go trick-or-treating, I buy them for those who can. (And hope none of them show up so I can have all that candy to myself.)

2.  My five favorite movies of all time are...A question guaranteed to earn me much mockery. But here they are:
  • Rear Window
  • Jaws
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • The Sound of Music
  • Mary Poppins
And no, those last two aren’t typos.

3. The one food I absolutely will not eat is meat. I used to eat it. Quite a bit. But I’m a huge animal lover, so two years ago, I became a pescetarian, which means I still eat seafood from time to time. My motto is: Fins, yes. Fur or feathers, no.

4. My favorite time of day is: I used to be a serious night owl, not going to bed until four or five in the morning. Which makes it ironic that my favorite time of day now is the morning, especially the first hour or so after I wake up. I like to settle in with my coffee and plan my day. Usually nothing goes the way I planned it, but in that first hour, there’s hope and possibility. And coffee. Did I mention coffee? It bears repeating.

5. The #1 item on my bucket list right now is: anyone who follows me on Twitter or Facebook probably knows that I am a hopeless Disney geek. I make no attempt to hide it. So the biggest item on my bucket list is to visit every Disney park in the world. I’ve been to all the ones in America several times, so that’s covered. But now I need to get to Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong and, soon, Shanghai. So if anyone from Disney is reading this, I’ll gladly write for park tickets. Seriously. 

If Todd needs an assistant to travel with him to the other Disney parks, I'll be happy to volunteer for the job! Many, many thanks to Todd for joining us. I'll be looking forward to reading Devil's Night this summer.

Have a great weekend, all! Hope it's filled with lots of good reading time.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

BAD MOON - Todd Ritter

First line: “It was the baby, of all things, that woke her up.”

In July of 1969 Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and Charlie Olmstead disappeared. Charlie was never found and was ultimately assumed dead by Police Chief Jim Campbell. Fast forward to the present. Charlie’s mother has just passed away and his brother Eric, who was an infant at the time of Charlie’s disappearance and is now a famous mystery writer (cute), is left with his mother’s dying wish, “Find Charlie.” With the help of former state police investigator Nick Donnolly and Perry Hollow’s present Police Chief Kat Campbell – daughter of Jim Campbell – Eric sets out to follow the clues his mother had amassed before her death. As the trio starts digging, they discover layers and layers of lies and deceit. The question is, under all that deception will they unearth the truth about Charlie?

BAD MOON is Todd Ritter’s follow-up to DEATH NOTICE. While I haven’t read DEATH NOTICE yet, I followed BAD MOON with no difficulty whatsoever. I also determined I need to go back and pick up DEATH NOTICE. Todd Ritter is not an author you should let slip by unnoticed. His keen depictions of humans who can feel love, pain, rage and fear are the kind that quietly reel you in while you’re caught up in the plot and not paying attention. By the time you encounter the first red herring, you’re invested and you care.

Ritter’s atmosphere and pace coalesce with his small-town U.S.A. setting, yet at the same time steal hours from you before you have a chance to notice; his warm humor adds to the novel’s enticement and puts that extra shine on an already impressive work.

The greatest strength of BAD MOON is Ritter's ability to seamlessly blend all the elements of story so they effectively work together. No one part carries the brunt of the book. As he unfolds the complexity of his characters, he's simultaneously building the suspense. The dialogue develops the atmosphere as well as the character complexity. It's an interdependent series of links - all of which are strong, no weak links in this chain.  In BAD MOON there is no having to choose between, "which is more important to you character or plot?" The elements are too closely intertwined to consider separately. BAD MOON is simply a great book.

BAD MOON is available in hardcover (ISBN: 9780312622817) from Minotaur.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Look at What's Going On...

In all the traveling craziness lately, I haven't done a look at what fun things are going on around the web. So I thought I'd share what's come across my computer screen today and then you can share other things YOU know about in the comments!

Brilliance Audio has a podcast with Iris Johansen about her upcoming suspense novel, BONNIE.

Things are gearing up for the Murder and Mayhem in Muskego conference. You should really try to come if you can. I mean, look at this awesome lineup!

And speaking of conferences, don't forget that you can register for Bouchercon 2012 now. It's in my neck of the woods next year, and if you register before the end of the year, you can get a $25 discount.

Don't forget to go and nominate your favorite 2011 crime novels in the Independent Literary Awards! I'm part of the committee reading and voting on the short list, so nominate a good bunch of books for me to choose from. Make my job VERY HARD! :-)

Those of you looking forward to Stephen King's 11/22/63, Simon and Schuster are posting audio samples on Mondays and Fridays through October 24th. 

Todd Ritter has his Magical Mystery Tour going on right now. If he's in your area, stop out and say "hi." Buy a book and you could be a big winner!

Tama Ryder is making her debut with a memoir about Len Lesser who passed away in February. You probably know him from Seinfeld as "Uncle Leo" but he has also had character parts in many television crime dramas, including Hardcastle and McCormick (remember that one?), The Rockford Files, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, Simon & Simon, Remington Steele, and more.

Mark Harmon's role as Lucas Davenport in a TV movie adaptation of Certain Prey was announced earlier this year and it's set to air on November 6th. I'm wondering if I should watch this. I'm a huge Harmon fan; Davenport, not so much. Wondering if the movie might change my feelings about Sandford's character.

It isn't coming out until December, but I'm reading Craig McDonald's EL GAVILAN right now, and I can't recommend highly enough that you check this book out. It's just...WOW! You'll hear more about it from me later, but in the mean time, check out his website and here's the trailer for the book.

This is a book that will come in under the 2011 wire and make my favorite's list. Few books are able to keep me up past my normal bed time these days, this is one of the exceptions.

O.k., your turn. What do you have to share for the good of the order?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Crime Writers Caught Recommending Crime - Day 2

Today's author is a debut author this year and he's making quite a splash. Todd Ritter released his first novel, DEATH NOTICE, last month. And this month he's giving his recommendation to seasoned and award-winning author, Louise Penny for her most recent installment in the Armand Gamache series, BURY YOUR DEAD. Todd has this to say about his recommendation:

"I'm reading BURY YOUR DEAD, the latest Chief Inspector Gamache mystery by Louise Penny. All of her books would make great gifts for those who like their mysteries elegant, complex, witty and brutally insightful. She's become a must-read in my house, even though her talent and personal charm make me green with envy."

Well said, Todd!

To compliment Todd's recommendation, I'm going to recommend ROLLING THUNDER, the sixth book in the John Ceepak series from Chris Grabenstein. If you enjoy books with Sherlockian-type characters, fused with good old-fashioned humor you'll likely enjoy the Ceepak series. The plots are smart and complex; the characters authentic and rich...including that Officer Forbus character!

And for all you audiophiles, these are also two of my favorite series on audio. Macmillan Audio published BURY YOUR DEAD on audio. This is a change from the previous publisher, Blackstone Audio, but the narrator has remained the same, Ralph Cosham. The John Ceepak series is available exclusively from Audible.

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