Episode 72: Bonnie MacBird

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According to Les Klinger, co-creator of Speaking of Mysteries, Bonnie MacBird’s Sherlock Holmes adventure, Art in the Blood, “has the three key ingredients for a delicious pastiche: Meticulous research, plausibility and grand fun!”   Photo of Bonnie MacBird ©Ray Bengston

Episode 71: Sarah Weinman

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As if fans didn’t already know, there’s really nothing darker than the distaff side of crime fiction. One look at the choice of novels included in Women Crime Writer’s: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s and you’ll know there is no better guide to this harrowing region of the genre than Sarah Weinman   Photo of… Read more »

Death in Veracruz by Héctor Aguilar Camín

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In the early 1980’s, Mexican historian and journalist Héctor Aguilar Camín wrote his mystery novel about the intersection of oil, politics, money and corruption in Mexico. The translation by Chandler Thompson comes just as Mexico is about to privatize Pemex, the country’s national oil company, an event of historic proportions that goes to the very heart of Mexico’s modern… Read more »

Episode 70: John Katzenbach

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There’s revenge on both sides of the equation—the killer and those who are hunting him—in The Dead Student, John Katzenbach’s taut new thriller   Photo of John Katzenbach ©Nancy Doherty

Episode 69: Rhys Bowen

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The prolific mystery writer discusses how the work of Tony Hillerman inspired her to write the Constable Evan Evans series, toggling between her two current series—for which she produces at least one novel a year for each, the most recent being Malice at the Palace—adventures in book touring and the role of social media in her work

Episode 68: Matthew Guinn

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In The Scribe, Matthew Guinn’s new novel, a series of brutal murders in the black community threatens to put a pall over the 1881 International Cotton Exhibition being held in Atlanta     Photo of Matthew Guinn ©charliegodbold godbold&company

Episode 67: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Anna Waterhouse

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Just who was Sherlock Holmes older brother? Of whom Sherlock once said, “sometimes he is the British Government”? And, perhaps more importantly, what led Mycroft to become the British Empire’s preeminent political fixer? In their novel Mycroft Holmes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse give us the tale of how Mycroft Holmes became who he was      

Episode 66: Arthur Kerns

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Who better than a former FBI Agent specializing in counterterrorism and counterintelligence who, after retiring from the Bureau, went to work as a consultant for the Director of the CIA to write thrilling tales about a retired FBI agent who becomes a contractor for the CIA? Meet the creator of Hayden Stone …    … Read more »

Episode 65: Hallie Ephron

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By her own admission Hallie Ephron was late to the family business of writing, but mystery fans will agree that the wait was worth it   From her first five novels, co-written with Donald Davidoff as G.H. Ephron, and her non-fiction works, to her standalone mysteries, the most recent of which is Night Night, Sleep Tight,… Read more »