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Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch is back in The Bone Orchard, the next installment in the series.


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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 The Maine Literary Award) Paul Doiron talks to SoM about the fifth installment in his series, The Bone Orchard, due out July 15.

And for those of you who are wondering, as I did, how to pronounce Mr. Doiron’s surname, I suggest reading his tongue-and-cheek explanation on his website. You will have to listen to the interview, which will be published on Monday June 23, to see if I get it right.


Photo of Paul Doiron © 2012 Lori Traikos

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“The suburbs are filled with secrets.”
–Megan Abbott


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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 dream from the inside out: all the nasty bits that are usually hidden are revealed. Don’t just take my word for it,  Entertainment Weekly called The Fever one of the “10 Must Summer Reads.” I think that’s an understatement.

In mid-September, Megan is appearing at Bloody Scotland in Stirling, Scotland on a panel with another doyenne of dark, Scottish crime novelist Louise Welsh. It’s worth going to Bloody Scotland for that talk alone, let alone all the other great writers scheduled to appear.

Megan is without a doubt one of the country’s best novelists, but she’s pretty darn good as a magazine writer as well. Below are links to some of the pieces she wrote for LA, The Los Angeles Times Magazine.

Q+LA: Elmore Leonard

Pretty Tough

Robert Crais: Man of Mystery

Human Touch

On the Edge of Nothing


A special shout out to Thom Meredith, without whose technical wizardry and patience, this podcast in particular–and Speaking of Mysteries in general–would not be possible.

Photo © Drew Reilly


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Yeah, yeah, deadlier than the male.

Thanks then to Sarah Weinman, whose Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazer of Domestic Suspense Paperback, reviewed in LARB by Cullen Gallagher, gives us stories by some of the best noir writers regardless of  gender (but who happen to be women): Patricia Highsmith, Margarat Millar and Dorothy B. Hughes. As Gallagher concludes, “Weinman’s anthology is only the first word on the subject, and far from the last.” Amen to that.

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The New York Times best selling author on her book that delves into the secret program the U.S. employed to sanitize the relocation of Nazi scientists to America after the end of World War II.

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Annie Jacobsen and I sat down at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to discuss her most recent book, Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program to Bring Nazi Scientists to America. Along the way we also discussed the TV adaptation of her Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base by Chris Carter of X-Files fame as well as who has optioned Paperclip. Spoiler alert: His partner optioned—and is directing—the film version of Unbroken.

I also mentioned some of the articles that Annie Jacobsen wrote for LA, The Los Angeles Times Magazine when I was its editor in chief. Links to articles written by Annie Jacobsen are directly below:

What Plane?

The Road to Area 51

Camping with Qaddafi

Element of Surprise

What Lies Beneath

Kabul Lullaby

From Mojave to the Moon

Out of Iran: One L.A. Dentist’s Great Horseback Escape

Photo of Annie Jacobsen by Nancie Clare


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Alan Furst talks to SoM about his newest novel, Midnight in Europe, set against the backdrop of pre-WWII Europe.

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Called “America’s preeminent spy novelist,” by The New York Times, Furst considers his series of novels “really one very long book with, to date, twelve chapters.”

Look for the published podcast interview with Alan Furst here or on iTunes, Monday June 2, 2014, the day before the novel’s official publication date.

Book tour for Midnight in Europe

photo: © Rainer Hosch

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The author of The Amazing Harvey gets tricky with SoM!

Les Klinger and I enjoyed a lunch at the Napa Valley Grill with Don Passman to talk about The Amazing Harvey, his first mystery. The afternoon was entertaining on all fronts. Talking about mysteries is one of our favorite pastimes — and meeting a writer who’s just published his first mystery is exciting.

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But, as infomercials are so fond of broadcasting, there’s more! Don Passman, in addition to being one of the foremost attorneys in the music business, is himself a magician. And for the first time, at least for Les and me, we recorded a card trick. I’m still working on building a slide show of the images, but here is the photo to which Les refers taken after he has chosen his card.