Episode 139: Alison Gaylin

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Part psychological thriller, part police procedural, If I Die Tonight, Alison Gaylin’s new crime fiction novel, is a twisty journey through a small town’s secrets, lies and social media     Photo of Alison Gaylin ©Franco Vogt

Episode 138: Naomi Hirahara

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In Hiroshima Boy, Naomi Hirahara’s seventh—and last—Mas Arai mystery, the American-born Mas travels to Hiroshima, where he lived between the ages of three and eighteen, surviving The Bomb, on a pilgrimage to repatriate the ashes of his best friend. The city of his youth has changed—and not changed—much like its former resident: Mas    … Read more »

Episode 137: Ben Dolnick

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The Ghost Notebooks, Ben Dolnick’s fourth novel, defies easy categorization: it’s a be-careful-what-you-wish-for story that’s a mystery, a ghost tale, and a love story, the whole being greater than the sum of its parts   Photo of Ben Dolnick ©Todd Heisler

Episode 136: Dennis Palumbo

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In Head Wounds, Dennis Palumbo’s fifth Dr. Daniel Rinaldi mystery, Rinaldi finds himself playing a deadly game of beat-the-clock with a villain so cunning and diabolical, he’s reminiscent of Hannibal Lecter     If you’d like to know more about Dennis Palumbo’s series featuring Dr. Daniel Rinaldi, and Dennis’s “Hollywood on the Couch” column in… Read more »

Episode 135: Karen Cleveland

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After a working all day as an analyst handling highly classified material on the CIA’s Russia Desk, Vivian Miller, Karen Cleveland’s protagonist in her debut novel Need to Know, returns home to her husband and four children. All that domestic normalcy isn’t what it appears to be, though, in what becomes a test of loyalty… Read more »

Episode 134: Jody Gehrman

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In Jody Gehrman’s Watch Me, character Sam Grist is so enthralled by Kate Youngblood’s debut novel, he enrolls in the writing course she teaches at a small liberal arts college. Sam’s actions through the course of his side of the narrative are a chilling reminder than “fan” is a shortened version of “fanatic”    

Episode 133: Adam Walker Phillips

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Amateur sleuths come from a variety of backgrounds—librarians, college professors, vampires—but as a Human Resources executive, Chuck Restic, Adam Walker Phillips’s protagonist in his two published crime fiction novels, The Silent Second and The Perpetual Summer, is unique. And wryly brilliant, too      

Episode 132: Andrew Grant

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In False Witness, Andrew Grant’s third installment of his Cooper Devereaux series, the bodies of young women wrapped up like birthday presents are being delivered across the city of Birmingham, Alabama, and Devereaux is in a race against the clock to prevent more murders     Photo of Andrew Grant ©Carrie Schechter

Episode 131: Phoef Sutton

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Before you settle in to watch the annual Rose Parade on January 1, 2018, start reading Colorado Boulevard, Phoef Sutton’s new Crush mystery. I guarantee you’ll come away with an entirely new appreciation for Pasadena—the parade’s host city—as well as the city’s varied denizens   And on January 14, 2018,  be sure to catch Phoef’s… Read more »

Episode 130: Con Lehane

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Don’t let the rarified, bookish air of New York City’s 42nd Street Library lull you into a sense of serenity: there are dark doings and bad people roaming the stacks in Con Lehane’s Murder in the Manuscript Room