Episode 170: Alafair Burke

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The Better Sister, Alafair Burke’s 18th novel, is a tale of two sisters, the husband they shared and the son of one sister being raised by the other. Oh, and murder, too       Photo of Alafair Burke ©Nina Subin    

Episode 169: Alison Gaylin

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More and more, podcasts are owning the true crime genre. In Never Look Back, Alison Gaylin’s new mystery, the decades-old murder spree being investigated by Quentin Garrison for “Closure,” his true-crime podcast, is personal     As if the story wasn’t real enough, Alison has written an episode of “Closure” … have a listen  … Read more »

Episode 168: Cara Black

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In Murder in Bel-Air, the 19th installment in Cara Black’s arrondissement-specific series featuring Aimee Leduc, in addition to running her detective business and being a mom to Chloe, her infant daughter, Aimee is juggling a missing mother and the pursuit of a man from Cote d’ivoirie, the former French colony in Africa, who possibly holds… Read more »

Episode 167: Hilary Davidson

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In One Small Sacrifice, Hilary Davidson’s new crime fiction novel, NYPD Detective Sheryn Sterling suspects Alex Traynor—who suffers from PTSD owing to his time in war zones as a photojournalist—in the disappearance of his girlfriend Emily. After all, Sheryn has always suspected him in the death of another woman. But the case only looks straightforward…. Read more »

Episode 166: Sean Carswell

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In Sean Carswell’s Dead Extra, post World War II Southern California is a dark and stormy place in spite of the sunshine. Jack Chesley Jr., presumed dead in the war, comes home to find out that his wife has died…and that’s not the worst of it      

Episode 165: Randy Overbeck

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Darrell Henshaw, the protagonist of Blood on the Chesapeake, can’t help it if ghosts seek him out. But that doesn’t mean he has to welcome the otherworldly intrusions, either. The ghost reaching out to Darrell as he starts a new teaching and coaching position at a high school in Maryland, though, needs his help. And… Read more »

Episode 164: Mariah Fredericks

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Lady’s maid Jane Prescott returns in Mariah Fredericks’ Death of a New American. The year is 1912 and the sinking of the Titanic casts a pall over the comings and goings of New York City’s social elite. The Benchleys, Jane’s employers, are worried that the wedding of their daughter Louise will be lost in the… Read more »

Episode 162: Glen Erik Hamilton

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The thing about Van Shaw, Glen Erik Hamilton’s protagonist in Mercy River, the fourth installment in his series about the former Army Ranger, is that Van is very good at what he does. The issue is, what Van does so well usually involves lock picking, high-velocity projectiles and other assorted strategic mayhem      

Episode 161: Jess Montgomery

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Jess Montgomery touches on many of the cross-currents buffeting the United States in the mid-1920’s in The Widows, the first novel in a new series featuring Lily Ross, the first woman sheriff in Ohio: women’s voting rights, Prohibition, the struggle to unionize at the mines, organized crime, child labor and educational inequality      … Read more »