Episode 190: Jason Pinter

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It is in the best interest of Rachel Marin, the protagonist in Hide Away, Jason Pinter’s new crime fiction novel, to keep a low profile. But when a woman falls to her death in what initially looks like a suicide, the potential that the authorities might shortchange justice for expediency is more than Rachel can… Read more »

Episode 189: Hilary Davidson

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NYPD Homicide Detectives Sheryn Sterling and Rafael Mendoza return in Don’t Look Down, Hilary Davidson’s second installment in her Shadows of New York Series. The case the partners are called to seems like a slam-dunk: Cosmetics entrepreneur Jo Greaver is seen fleeing from an apartment where a man has been shot to death. And yet…well,… Read more »

Episode 188: Susan Elia MacNeal

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Like England in 1943, Maggie Hope—the protagonist of Susan Elia MacNeal’s The King’s Justice, the ninth in her series—while keeping that famous stiff upper lift, isn’t doing quite so well on the inside. Having left the world of espionage, Maggie is simultaneously doing her best to get the serial killer she helped convict give up… Read more »

Episode 187: Heather Chavez

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When veterinarian Cassie Larkin happens on a man brutally attacking a young women in No Bad Deed, Heather Chavez’s debut mystery, Cassie wonders how she would have acted if her children had been in the car. We’ll never know, because they weren’t and Cassie’s actions set her—and her family—on a collision course with a relentless… Read more »

Episode 186: Chad Dundas

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Matthew Rose—the protagonist in The Blaze, Chad Dundas’s new mystery—sustained a traumatic brain injury while serving in Afghanistan, so when he returns to his hometown to settle his father’s affairs, it’s as if he’s someplace he’s never been that is also strangely familiar. He meets up with Georgie Porter, an old friend who was actually… Read more »

Episode 185: Jess Montgomery

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The year is 1926 and Sheriff Lily Ross, the protagonist of Jess Montgomery’s historical procedural series, is exhausted. Lily—who assumed the office of Sheriff when her husband died in the line of duty—may be mourning her husband, trying to mother her children, and officially running for the office of Sheriff, but there is work to… Read more »

Episode 184: Lee Goldberg

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In Lost Hills, the debut novel in a new series by Lee Goldberg, Eve Ronin, the youngest woman ever promoted to homicide detective in the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s history, didn’t get there by dint of her hard work: It was a video of her physically schooling an action-hero actor who assaulted his girlfriend that… Read more »

Episode 183: Alan Furst

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In Under Occupation, Alan Furst’s new historical espionage novel, Paul Ricard lives in a garret apartment, writes espionage thrillers and does his best to survive the German Occupation of Paris. And then a man is shot—probably by the Gestapo—and dies at his feet, but not before stuffing a piece of paper with a schematic drawn… Read more »

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 »