Episode 108: Suzanne Chazin

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What happens to a police officer who mistakenly shoots an unarmed man of color? That question and more is examined in Suzanne Chazin’s timely mystery No Witness But the Moon, when her protagonist Detective Jimmy Vega responds to a call of “shots fired” at the home of a wealthy Mexican musician  

Episode 107: David Mark

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In Cruel Mercy, David Mark’s new crime fiction novel, Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy, a Scot by birth, married to an Irish Traveler—a gypsy to Americans—who investigates murder in Yorkshire, is sent to New York City to get to the bottom of the disappearance of two Irishmen. Finding them could be a matter of life or… Read more »

Episode 105: Ingrid Thoft

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When Private Investigator Fina Ludlow begins a job she never really knows where a case will lead and what sort of secrets will be revealed. In Ingrid Thoft’s fourth crime fiction novel, Brutality, Fina looks into a growing evangelical church as well as a more personal investigation—into her own brother, Rand     Photo of Ingrid… Read more »

Episode 104: Rennie Airth

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The murder that the retired Scotland Yard Inspector John Madden has been asked to re-examine to see if the wrong man may have been hanged for it in Rennie Airth’s The Death of Kings may have occurred in an English country home, but this is no Agatha Christie-esque tale    

Episode 102: Hank Phillippi Ryan

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At the heart of Say No More, Hank Phillippi Ryan’s new crime fiction novel featuring TV investigative reporter Jane Ryland, is the question: Even though it may be the right thing to do, is speaking up always a good idea?   Les Klinger and Nancie Clare also talk to Hank about “The Adventure of the… Read more »

Episode 100: Michael Connelly

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Harry may be carrying a brand new badge in Michael Connelly’s new novel, The Wrong Side of Goodbye, but he brings the same Bosch intensity to the tasks at hand   As Harry Bosch fans know, there’s more Bosch to consume. Michael also talks about Bosch on Amazon, the third season of which is just about… Read more »

Episode 98: Tana French

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In her review in The New Yorker of The Trespasser—Tana French’s new Dublin Murder Squad novel—Laura Miller got it dead right: “Most crime fiction is diverting; French’s is consuming.”*     Photo of Tana French ©Kathrin Baumbach * “Tana French’s Intimate Crime Fiction,” Laura Miller. The New Yorker, October 3, 2016

Episode 97: James R. Benn

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Billy Boyle is back in Blue Madonna, the latest installment in James R. Benn’s series of World War II mysteries   Billy goes to France on D-Day, but he’s not part of the invasion on the beaches of Normandy. His assignment is no less dangerous though and, as usual, the stakes are high. Photo of James… Read more »

Episode 95: Reed Farrel Coleman

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In Robert B. Parker’s Debt to Pay, it’s back to Paradise to catch up with Jesse Stone, a man so buttoned up the only thing he wears on his sleeve is his sleeve, according to author Reed Farrel Coleman   Reed and Leslie Klinger also talk about how Robert B. Parker really felt about Tom… Read more »

Episode 92: Mark Billingham

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Die of Shame, Mark Billingham’s recently published stand-alone mystery novel is a tale of lies, drugs, recovery, therapy—and murder     Photo of Mark Billingham ©Charlie Hopkinson