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PODCAST: Steve Hamilton Interview on The Second Life of Nick Mason

May 18, 2016 1 comment

Author Steve Hamilton discussed his new suspense novel, THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON, on the May 13 edition of KAZI Book Review. THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON is about an ex-con recently released from prison after 5 years who was facing 25-to-life. But it comes at a terrible price as he is at the beck and call of a crime boss.  Steve Hamilton will be appearing at Murder By the Book in Houston, Texas at 6:30 p.m. on May 25.

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Lyndsay Faye’s Jane Steele Novel Inspired By Jane Eyre

April 17, 2016 Leave a comment

Lyndsay Faye

Lyndsay Faye, author of the novel Jane Steele, is today’s guest at 12:30 p.m. CST on KAZI Book Review on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin.  The inspiration for Lyndsay Faye’s new novel Jane Steele, is the Classic 1847 English novel Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Bronte.  What makes Jane Steele so fascinating is her novels protagonist has read Jane Eyre and is inspired by it, but has lived a life in 1840s England that subverts the expectations of a gentile, woman protagonist.

As I have learned fro reading 3 previous Lyndsay Faye novels, imagebringing light to the history and social justice issues in the mid 1800s is in her wheelhouse, and with Jane Steele she does not disappoint.  Whether she schools us on the Anglo-Sikk War in the late 1840s and the limited rights of women of the time, she makes learning history as entertaining as an HBO miniseries.

Lyndsay Faye is the author of four novels including the Timothy Wilde Trilogy, an actress, and a lover of all things Sherlocke Holmes.

KAZI Book Review Cosponsors Pflugerville Book Pfestival April 16-17

April 11, 2016 Leave a comment

Come join KAZI Book Review for the first Pflugerville Book Pfestival April 16-17 at the Pflugerville Public Library. Nineteen authors are confirmed to participate.  Enclosed below is a list of the panels sponsored by KAZI Book Review:

Saturday, 1:30-2:30pm

Sisters in Crime: Texas Women Crime Fiction Writers Making a Mark 

Moderator – Gale Albright 

Authors – Alexandra Burt, Meg Gardiner, Janice Hamrick, Helen Currie Foster

Saturday, 2:45-3:45pm
Diverse Voices in Fiction and Nonfiction
Moderator – Hopeton Hay

Authors – Natalia Sylvester, Marrick Armstrong, Kali Nicole Gross, Fabienne Josaphat

Saturday, 4:00-4:30pm

A Study in Character: Creating Likable Protagonists With Questionable Morals

Moderator – Hopeton Hay

Authors – Minerva Koenig, Mark Pryor  

Sunday, 1:30-2:30pm 

Mystery in Fantasy and Science Fiction Novels 

Moderator – Tim Chamberlain, 

Authors – Amanda Downum, Susan Powell, Steve Winfrey

Sunday, 2:45-3:15pm

International Crime Fiction: A Skype Interview

Moderator – Molly Odintz

Author – TBD

Sunday, 3:30-5pm

The 100 Greatest Crime Fiction Novels 

Moderators – Scott Montgomery  

Authors/Panelists – Meg Gardiner, Hopeton Hay, Mark Pryor, Molly Odintz


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Haitian Author Fabienne Josaphat Interview Today on KAZI

April 10, 2016 Leave a comment

imageFabienne Josaphat, author of DANCING IN THE BARON’S SHADOW will be appearing at the on KAZI Book Review today at 12:30 p.m. CST/1:30 p.m on KAZI 88.7 FM. Set in Haiti in 1965, DANCING IN THE BARON’S SHADOW focuses on the struggles of Haitians to survive the brutal regime of Papa Doc Duvaler through the experiences of two brothers, Nicolas, a lawyer, and Raymond, a cab driver. When Nicolas is sent to the notorious Fort Dimanche prison by dictator Papa Doc’s militia, his brother Raymond concocts a daring plan imageto help him escape. In our interview we discussed Fabienne’s path to becoming a writer and how the relationship between her father and his brother inspired the tumultuous relationship between the two brothers in her novel.

Fabienne Josaphat received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Florida International University. Dancing in the Baron’s Shadow is her first novel. She lives in Miami.

PODCAST: Simon Doubleday, Author, The Wise King

April 8, 2016 Leave a comment

Listen to Hofstra history professor Simon Doubleday tell the story of the 13th century monarch, King Alfonso of Castille(a kingdom in Spain), who ushered in an era of learning and enlightment, a virtual Renaissance in Spain.

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Review of Robert B. Parker’s Blackjack by Robert Knott

March 19, 2016 Leave a comment

By Tim Chamberlain

Knott has obviously become even more comfortable with marshals Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole in his fourth installment in the series, and he’s showing that as Appaloosa grows, so does the trouble that comes to town.

The novel starts with the incident that pulls in Hitch and Cole–a man is shot in front of the luxurious new casino that’s being built–but the mystery leads all the way back to Colorado.

The shooting that begins our adventure leaves a newcomer, Boston Bill Black, on the run along with his two gun hands. Black is a dashing raconteur with a reputation for being at ease with both gambling and women. But, as our heroes give chase, they begin to understand that the seemingly simple shooting they’re investigating is just one thread in a complicated series of events leading back to a dead woman in Denver.

As the town is growing, so are the types of trouble that they have to deal with–including big city lawmen. It’s a lot of fun watching Hitch and Cole deal with the “Denver contingent” that has come to town with very clear ideas about what they want to see happen to Boston Bill Black. It’s a classic big city/small town clash, and our men from Appaloosa are more than up for the challenge.

The cast of characters we’re getting to meet is expanding along with the town–we get to know a few of the deputies better, along with several key townspeople such as Appaloosa’s two lawyers. We spend several chapters in a series of courtroom scenes that, if simple by our TV courtroom-drama standards of today, are entertaining, both dramatic and comical at turns.

Another surprise that adds to the story is the introduction of a member of Virgil’s family. Virgil has never really been forthcoming about any of his family, so it’s quite a shock when a family member shows up. It’s another sign that Knott is making these characters his own and is willing to tell stories that help us understand how Virgil got to where he is today.

We’ve also got a new love interest for Hitch, the pretty bookkeeper for the new casino, the conveniently-named Daphne Angel. It seems like something that could work out for once for Hitch, but you’ll have to finish the book to see how it all plays out.

Fans of the series will not be disappointed. Blackjack is full of the terse but meaningful conversations Hitch and Cole are known for, and the action is both tense and realistic, though there isn’t as much gunplay as in some of the previous novels in the series. 

Knott, as always, gives us a mystery that is hard to unravel, but actually has a relatively simple explanation. The growth of Appaloosa gives him the opportunity to explore new ways to send Hitch and Cole on adventures–it’s always interesting to see what he’ll take on next.

Tim Chamberlain is a contributor to KAZI Book Review. He recently interviewed Robert Knott and it airs Sunday at 12:30 p.m. CST on KAZI 88.7 FM.




March 12, 2016 Leave a comment

Kali GrossUT Austin professor Kali Nicole Gross discussed her latest book HANNAH MARY TABBS AND THE DISEMBODIED TORSO: A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence in America, live on KAZI Book Review on February 21.  In the book, Gross explores the story of Hannah Mary Tabbs, a black woman arrested for murder in Philadelphia in 1887. 


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