Episode 182: Frank R. Heller

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The idea for The Secret Empress, Frank R. Heller’s first thriller, was a “what if” moment while contemplating the Dragon Throne in Beijing’s Forbidden City. “What if” the last Emperor of China’s wife and child had not died in childbirth…      

Episode 181: Dana Ridenour

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In Below the Radar, Dana Ridenour’s new novel, FBI undercover agent Lexie Montgomery—still healing from her last assignment—isn’t ready for a new investigation. Too bad. A Dutch law enforcement official who had infiltrated a radical animal rights’ group has gone missing and Lexie’s expertise makes her the perfect candidate for the assignment in The Netherlands… Read more »

Episode 180: Michael Bowen

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Political operatives live for the game, and none more so than Josie Kendall—née Josephine Robideaux of Louisiana—in Michael Bowen’s False Flag in Autumn. Even when the stakes couldn’t be higher, Josie sticks to her guns. Literally                          

Episode 179: Deborah Crombie

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What was supposed to be a quiet weekend in the Cotswolds for Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Detective Inspector Gemma James in A Bitter Feast, Deborah Crombie’s new crime fiction novel, turns into a busman’s holiday. It’s not just lunch on the menu for the gala event they’re attending, but secrets and murder as well… Read more »

Episode 178: Nicci French

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In The Lying Room, the new stand-alone thriller from Nicci French—the husband-and-wife writing team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French—Neve Connolly, wife and mother of three, is having a very bad few days. It starts when she arrives for an assignation at the pied a terre of her lover and discovers he’s been murdered. As… Read more »

Episode 177: Paddy Hirsch

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The year is 1803 and in Hudson’s Kill, the second in Paddy Hirsch’s series about early New York City, all the usually warring factions, Protestant Nativists—those born in the U.S.—Irish Catholics and African Americans find themselves with a common enemy: Muslim immigrants     The argot of the time lends rhythm and color to the… Read more »

Episode 176: James R. Benn

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In When Hell Struck Twelve, the 14th installment in James R. Benn’s series of World War Two mysteries, the Allied Invasion of France is underway, but the war is far from over for U.S. Army Captain, and special detective for General Eisenhower, Billy Boyle and his friend and fellow warrior, Lieutenant Piotr Kazimierz—known as Kaz…. Read more »

Episode 175: Sherri Leigh James

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It’s hard to think of a more natural investigator than an interior decorator. Someone like Cissy Huntington, the protagonist in Sherri Leigh James’s Blood Red and Iced Blue, literally knows where all the skeletons are. After all, she designed the closets in which they reside    

Episode 174: Hank Phillippi Ryan

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Every side of the legal equation—the defense attorney and the prosecutor—in The Murder List, Hank Phillippi Ryan’s new stand-alone mystery, wants to be the on the side of the angels. But there is only one good guy, one winner; isn’t there?     Photo of Hank Phillippi Ryan ©Lynne Wayne

Episode 173: Alex Segura

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You have to give Alex Segura credit. In Miami Midnight, his fifth and final—or so he says—Pete Fernandez mystery, Alex takes Pete to Hell and back…more than once