Mystery Scene magazine has a review column for small press books, where the reviews are written by a mystery author who's terrific in her own right, Betty Webb. In the current issue, she adds to the growing list of raves for my thriller Empty Rooms. The review isn't online, so to read the whole thing, you'll have to pick up the magazine or enlarge the photo below, but here are a couple of choice bits:
"In Jeffrey J. Mariotte's gripping Empty Rooms (WordFire Press, $16.99), a cop and an ex-cop pair up to examine the cold case of Angela Morton, an 11-year-old girl who went missing from her Detroit neighborhood 13 years earlier."
"This is not a book for the timid or easily shocked: the theme of violence against children is rough stuff. Despite that, Empty Rooms remains a highly recommended read. This atmospheric novel is notable in its descriptions of a bleak and dying city filled with people who have lost almost all hope. The Detroit setting works as a perfect metaphor for the grieving families whose children vanished."
Photograph by Marsheila Rockwell
"A highly recommended read"
In other news, last year Ragnarok Publications released an anthology called Neverland's Library, which contained the first published collaboration between me and my brilliant partner Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell. That story, "A Soul in the Hand," was a fantasy novella introducing two characters about whom we want to write more.
Later this year (after a Kickstarter campaign, which I'll link to whenever it's live), Ragnarok will release another new anthology, called Mech: Age of Steel. The fantastic cover is below, with art by Victor Adame and design by Shawn King. There are a lot of familiar names in the author list, which you can find here, and that list once more includes Marcy and me. The anthology's theme is "giant robots," and I'm pretty sure our story takes that theme in an entirely unexpected direction--unexpected and yet, as they say, "ripped from the headlines" current. More details as they're available. In the meantime, feast your eyes.
"A perfect metaphor"