A Short Series on Fixers

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Not detectives, private or police, nor attorneys, the next two interviews feature writers whose protagonists make things work out—one way or the other. Mike Lawson’s House Reckoning, the latest in his series on Joe DeMarco, personal fixer for Congressman John Mahoney, delves into DeMarco’s past and the death of his father, who had been a… Read more »

Episode 14: Becky Masterman

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Becky Masterman describes Brigid Quinn, the 59-year old protagonist of her debut novel, Rage Against the Dying, as a cross between Bruce Willis and Sarah Jessica Parker.     It turns out people are interested in female characters over the age of 30, in spite of what one agent to whom Becky Masterman initially sent… Read more »

Next up: Becky Masterman

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Her Rage Against the Dying has received nominations for “Best First Mystery” awards from the genre’s top organizations. Talk about last laughs: when Ms. Masterman first submitted her novel (with the then title One Tough Broad) an agent rejected it, saying “no one was interested in a woman who’s over 30.” Well, plenty of people… Read more »

Episode 13: Julia Keller

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Later next month, just in time for a good Labor Day read, Summer of the Dead—the third in Julia Keller’s series about Raythune County, West Virginia prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins—will be released.     If you haven’t read Ms. Keller’s previous two works A Killing in the Hills and Bitter River, I suggest you start reading… Read more »

The Pause that Refreshes

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Speaking of Mysteries is taking a short break to catch up on its reading and to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. In the next few weeks we plan to have interviews with Pulitzer Prize winning author Julia Keller (A Killing in the Hills, Bitter River) to talk about Summer of the Dead, the third… Read more »

Episode 12: Paul Doiron

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Toto, I don’t think we’re in Cabot Cove anymore. For the most part, popular culture associates the intersection of mysteries and the state of Maine with Murder She Wrote. You know, the circa ‘80s episodic TV series that featured the quite brilliant Angela Lansbury as a bicycle-riding, Miss Marple-esque mystery writer in a fictional Maine… Read more »

Paul Doiron: Our Maine Man

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Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch is back in The Bone Orchard, the next installment in the series.     Former editor in chief of Down East: The Magazine of Maine and registered Maine guide specializing in fly fishing (who has also been nominated for Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Thriller Award, as well as winner of… Read more »

Episode 11: Megan Abbott

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“The suburbs are filled with secrets.” –Megan Abbott     Read any of Megan Abbott’s last three books and you’ll find there is no darker heart than that of a teenage girl. I think she’s invented a genre: teenage girl suburban noir. Reading one of Megan’s novels is a little like looking at the American… Read more »

Episode 10: Alan Furst

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The author of Midnight in Europe talks to SoM about everything from good and evil to romantics and two-lane blacktop roads in France.       Book tour for Midnight in Europe photo: © Rainer Hosch