Just in time for J.W.’s birthday, we crack the spine on Tamra Baumann’s Plotting for Murder. Full disclosure: this breaks a few of our rules, in that we (a) mainly focus on bad books and (2) rarely read anything that wasn’t published by a major house, but sometimes we just want to read something we […]Read more "133 — Plotting for Murder (Cozy Mystery Bookshop Series Book 1)"
This episode, we ask you all to take us down to Raccoon City, where the herbs are green and the ammo’s scanty — Take. Us. Home. We sneak into a supposedly disused mansion to investigate a branded spinoff and read Resident Evil: The Umbrella Conspiracy, by S.D. Perry, a (completely rad) novelization of the first […]Read more "132 — Resident Evil: The Umbrella Conspiracy"
Just in time for Mother’s Day, or maybe early for Halloween, it’s just flat-out time to get extremely spooky, so we’re bringing you the PG-est horror out there, slithering like a fat white worm and jutting upsettingly from a long-dug grave, Eric Morse’s epoch-defining Friday the 13th: Mother’s Day. Grab your backpack and get ready […]Read more "131 — Friday the 13th: Mother’s Day"
A book that will leave you sleepy, but a podcast episode that will leave you … in stitches, it’s Robin Cook’s quasi-classic Coma, a medical thriller more frightening than anything except a hospital bill. A thick slice of 70s anxiety, where women in the workplace crash up against the commodification of, uh, organ “donations” and […]Read more "130 — Coma"
It’s the greatest crossover of all time—again!!—as the delightful Kait & Renata from Worst Bestsellers repay our James Patterson guest spot with one of their own, joining us for James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet’s Witch & Wizard. Yes, it’s dude magic and lady magic together again for the very first time, in a Frankensteined-up teen-centered […]Read more "129 — Witch & Wizard (w/ Renata & Kait from Worst Bestsellers)"
Is that a parrot on your shoulder or are you just glad to see … Pirate Latitudes, a supposed novel supposedly found in Michael Crichton’s files, complete and entire, after his death? Slow-moving nautical action, a slow-motion rock-climbing heist with a basically super-powered team of what are over and over again described as not pirates, […]Read more "128 — Pirate Latitudes"
Helmet, jumpsuit, maybe a catheter: these are the things we needed to hop behind the wheel of Alistair MacLean’s The Way to Dusty Death, and it’s at the very least possible that they are the things you’ll need to have in place before you pop your clutch and try to slip behind the fastest cats […]Read more "127 — The Way to Dusty Death"
Throw us a bone, here, people, and don’t unleash a pack of “IDEOTVPod has gone to the dogs” jokes, just because we’ve finally managed to collar a couple copies of Spencer Quinn’s entirely endearing, even fetching novel Dog On It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery. You’d have to be one sick puppy to be mean […]Read more "126 — Dog On It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery"
What is the sound of a skull batting again and again at the hardest wall any coconut failed to crack? Why, it’s the sound of your pals reading Harry Stephen Keeler’s When Thief Meets Thief! This legendary underground author works through his obsessions (skulls, coincidences) and takes us through a long tour of his racial […]Read more "125 — When Thief Meets Thief"
It’s real original yacht rock time over here, folks: Belly up to the groaning board and get ready to pig out, because the buffet we’ve got ready for you, courtesy of Jimmy Buffett, is called Swine Not! Buffett hams it up as our eyes glaze over, and the porcine puns have, lamentably, just begun. It’s […]Read more "124 — Swine Not? A Novel Pig Tale"