Episode 202: James R. Benn

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In The Red Horse, Captain Billy Boyle—the inimitable protagonist of James R. Benn’s remarkable series of mysteries set in World War Two Europe—is sent to a secret hospital in the English countryside where he can recover from a psychotic break brought on by an overdose of amphetamines. If only recovery was his only task, because… Read more »

Episode 201: Robert Pobi

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Dr. Lucas Page, the protagonist of Under Pressure, the second in Robert Pobi’s series, is the ultimate hyphenate: An astrophysicist-best-selling author-university professor-former FBI agent and world-class misanthrope. To say Lucas Page does not suffer fools gladly is an understatement of infinite proportions. But someone, or a gaggle of someones, is blowing up parts of New… Read more »

Episode 200: Denise Mina

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In The Less Dead, Denise Mina’s new crime fiction novel, after the death of the mother who adopted her, Dr. Margo Dunlop wants to find out about her birth mother. It’s possible Margo finds out more than she might want to know. After all, families—either by blood or by choice—are complicated…     Photo of… Read more »

Episode 199: T. Jefferson Parker

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Roland Ford returns in THEN SHE VANISHED, the fourth installment in T. Jefferson Parker’s series about the Fallbrook, CA-based private investigator. This time around, Roland is tasked with finding the wife of a California State Assemblyman who has gone missing. But was she taken or did she leave? And then there are the bombings…  … Read more »

Episode 198: Cathi Stoler

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A man walks into a bar…in Bar None, the first installment of Cathi Stoler’s “Murder on the Rocks” series, Thomas “Sully” Sullivan is running late getting to his apartment, which is upstairs from Jude Dillane’s Lower East Side bar, to meet his co-worker Ed Molina. Ed ends up dead and Sully and Jude need to… Read more »

Episode 196: Craig Robertson

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In Watch Him Die, Craig Robertson’s latest novel, someone is Los Angeles is dying on a live video stream; someone in Glasgow is watching. Police departments in both cities want to find out where the victim is—and who is watching      

Episode 195: Paul D. Marks

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World War II-era Los Angeles: In Paul D. Marks’s The Blues Don’t Care, Bobby Saxon, a young white pianist with a secret, wants to join Booker “Boom Boom” Taylor’s band in spite of—or perhaps because—it being all African-American group. But first, because as a caucasian Bobby can go where black men cannot, “Boom Boom” wants… Read more »

Episode 194: Mariah Fredericks

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It’s nice to see Jane Prescott, Mariah Fredericks’ protagonist, getting a bit of time off in Death of an American Beauty, the third installment of the series about the hardworking lady’s maid that takes place in New York City the second decade of the 20th Century. Of course, Jane may have time off to see… Read more »

Episode 193: Andrew Mayne

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Sloan McPherson, the protagonist of Andrew Mayne’s The Girl Beneath the Sea, just wants to live her life as an evidence-recovery diver for Lauderdale Shores PD, a mom to her daughter and a supportive member of her problematic family. But the discovery of a recently murdered young woman during a dive in a canal leads… Read more »