Episode 173: Alex Segura

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You have to give Alex Segura credit. In Miami Midnight, his fifth and final—or so he says—Pete Fernandez mystery, Alex takes Pete to Hell and back…more than once    

Episode 172: Hallie Ephron

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Who knew there could be danger in the sparking joy that organizing can bring?  In her new novel, Careful What You Wish For, Hallie Ephron explores exactly that in the eternal push-pull of those who can’t pass a yard sale without stopping, and those who need to bring order to their lives      

Episode 168: Cara Black

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In Murder in Bel-Air, the 19th installment in Cara Black’s arrondissement-specific series featuring Aimee Leduc, in addition to running her detective business and being a mom to Chloe, her infant daughter, Aimee is juggling a missing mother and the pursuit of a man from Cote d’ivoirie, the former French colony in Africa, who possibly holds… Read more »

Episode 165: Randy Overbeck

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Darrell Henshaw, the protagonist of Blood on the Chesapeake, can’t help it if ghosts seek him out. But that doesn’t mean he has to welcome the otherworldly intrusions, either. The ghost reaching out to Darrell as he starts a new teaching and coaching position at a high school in Maryland, though, needs his help. And… Read more »

Episode 162: Glen Erik Hamilton

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The thing about Van Shaw, Glen Erik Hamilton’s protagonist in Mercy River, the fourth installment in his series about the former Army Ranger, is that Van is very good at what he does. The issue is, what Van does so well usually involves lock picking, high-velocity projectiles and other assorted strategic mayhem      

Episode 161: Jess Montgomery

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Jess Montgomery touches on many of the cross-currents buffeting the United States in the mid-1920’s in The Widows, the first novel in a new series featuring Lily Ross, the first woman sheriff in Ohio: women’s voting rights, Prohibition, the struggle to unionize at the mines, organized crime, child labor and educational inequality      … Read more »

Episode 153: Lou Berney

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A cataclysmic event, chance encounters, and unintended consequences collide in November Road, Lou Berney’s rolling tale of love, death and everything that comes in between     Photo of Lou Berney ©Brandon Michael Smith

Episode 152: Margaret Mizushima

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In Burning Ridge, Margaret Mizushima’s fourth Timber Creek K-9 mystery, Officer Mattie Cobb and Robo, her German Shepherd partner, are investigating the discovery of human remains in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains near the town of Timber Creek. It’s a deeply disturbing case from the very beginning — and then it turns personal… Read more »

Episode 147: Michael Koryta

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The inspiration for the murders that take place at the beginning of How It Happened, Michael Koryta’s latest mystery, come from a crime that impacted Michael, first as a teen in his hometown of Bloomington, Indiana, and then as a young reporter   One of the delights of the story, though, is how Michael created Rob… Read more »

Episode 146: Ashley Dyer

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Writing as Ashley Dyer, Splinter in the Blood, is the debut novel from the crime fiction dream team of award-winning writer Margaret Murphy and forensics expert Helen Pepper                             And the story is a doozy. As former-CSI-turned-police Ruth Lake pursues the Thorn Killer,… Read more »