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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 identity

 

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I wish Speaking of Mysteries was posting its own interview with Héctor Aguilar Camín, but I don’t speak Spanish. After reading this book, though, I was sorely tempted to learn. But that would have meant years before the interview about Death in Veracruz could be conducted, let alone posted. Tom Nolan gave Death in Veracruz a glowing review in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required to read the entire review) as did Kirkus. Héctor Aguilar Camín was interviewed by David Garza for Kirkus. I’m taking Spanish lessons in anticipation of Aguilar Camín’s next book.

 

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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

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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

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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 …

 

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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

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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, Hallie has made up for lost time—and then some.

 

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September 2015 is shaping up to be another great month of interviews for Speaking of Mysteries

 

  • Hallie Ephron, will talk about her latest novel, Night Night, Sleep Tight, which is a crackerjack mystery that’s been called both “a satire and a celebration of Hollywood”
  • Former FBI Agent and consultant to the CIA, Arthur Kerns, talks about his series, which began with The Rivieva Contract, featuring former FBI agent turned consultant for the CIA, Hayden Stone
  • Matthew Guinn, whose The Resurrectionist, was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Debut Mystery in 2014, talks about his second mystery, The Scribe, which takes place in 1881 Atlanta
  • In Mycroft Holmes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, along with Anna Waterhouse, writes a novel about how Sherlock Holmes’s older brother evolved into the shadowy political fixer for Her Majesty’s Government that he became.

 

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In Rubbernecker, Belinda Bauer’s award-winning crime fiction novel, an anatomy student with Asperger’s Syndrome suspects that the cadaver he’s dissecting is the victim of murder. The problem is convincing the authorities before the evidence has been whittled away into bits and then cremated

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Are you ready for some football? Good. Because just in time for the 2015 NFL pre-season, comes Bill Syken’s debut mystery, Hangman’s Game, about punter Nick Gallow

 

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But you don’t have to be a football fan, or know much about the game, to appreciate the story—as well as the dark humor—of Hangman’s Game. 

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