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 »

Episode 143: Nova Jacobs

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Chaos theory, quantum physics and higher math are all part of a day’s work for many of the characters in The Last Equation of Isaac Severy, Nova Jacobs debut crime fiction novel. But while some of the characters may be geniuses, many of the things they do are far from smart     Photo of… Read more »

Episode 139: Alison Gaylin

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Part psychological thriller, part police procedural, If I Die Tonight, Alison Gaylin’s new crime fiction novel, is a twisty journey through a small town’s secrets, lies and social media     Photo of Alison Gaylin ©Franco Vogt

Episode 125: Brad Abraham

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In Magicians Impossible, Brad Abraham’s debut crime fiction novel, even a spy with magical powers feels compelled to protect his son from a life he thinks is too perilous. Jason Bishop, the son, is drawn into the magical world regardless       Photo of Brad Abraham © Kirsty Reeves

Episode 124: Sheena Kamal

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As much as Nora Watts, the protagonist in The Lost Ones, Sheena Kamal’s debut crime fiction novel, might want the past to stay in the past, it doesn’t. And PI Nora Watts’ search for the daughter she put up for adoption will take her into some very dark corners of her memory as her hunt… Read more »