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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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San Francisco’s first lady of Noir has her own tales of the City, including her most recent Miranda Corbie novel, City of Ghosts

 

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Kelli’s Noir cred goes beyond San Francisco of 1940, her other series, which features Arcturus, a physician of Roman Britain, began with Nox Dormienda, a nod to Raymond Chandler.

 

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The past and the present collide in The Patriarch, Martin Walker’s new Bruno, Chief of Police mystery, when a suspicious death follows the 90th birthday celebration of World War II flying ace Marco Desaix, one of France’s national icons—and a boyhood
hero of Bruno’s

 

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In Dry Bones in the Valley, a body is found in the spring thaw and another murder occurs not long after in the
small town of Wild Thyme in rural Pennsylvania

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Tom Bouman’s protagonist, Henry Farrell—who has returned to the town to heal after a devastating loss of his own—needs to determine if the crimes relate to an old feud between two families or the fact that some of the county’s residents have sold the rights under their land to mining companies so they can extract natural gas by means of fracking. Or if it is something else entirely.

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Set in Las Vegas, the highly atmospheric, deeply noir Dragonfish, Vu Tran’s first mystery novel, takes its name from the Asian arowana, an endangered fish that’s supposed to bring good luck and keep evil away. But in the story of the intertwining lives of Robert, the Oakland cop, Suzy, his Vietnamese wife and Sonny, the Vietnamese gangster who is Suzy’s second husband, the promise of the fish’s power fails to fulfill either goal

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In The Redeemers, Ace Atkins’ newest crime novel, it’s the holidays and the about-to-be-ex Sheriff Quinn Colson encounters evil deeds and profound stupidity—and sometimes it’s hard to tell which is the more dangerous

 

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Ace also talks about writing for Garden & Gun, the award-winning magazine that covers the best of the South, including his essay in G&G‘s latest book, Good Dog.

 

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Fina Ludlow is back in Brutality, Ingrid Thoft’s latest mystery about the thirtysomething Boston-based private investigator

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In a bit of a departure for Fina, she takes a case that doesn’t come through her family’s law firm. Initially, her dad isn’t happy about it. But then, when is Carl Ludlow, patriarch of the deeply dysfunctional Ludlow clan, ever completely happy with Fina?

 

Photo of Ingrid Thoft ©Doug Berrett

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