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 142: Mariah Fredericks

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Jane Prescott, the protagonist of A Death of No Importance in Mariah Fredericks’ novel, introduces herself to readers as a “Nobody. Less than nobody.” As a lady’s maid in the first decade of the 20th century, she’s not too far off. Regardless of her station in life, though, Jane has a keen eye. Once again, in her… Read more »

Episode 140: Lee Goldberg

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Three years after spitballing doomsday scenarios for a U.S. intelligence agency, thriller writer Ian Ludlow—the protagonist of Lee Goldberg’s True Fiction—sees his horrible imaginings become reality. If that wasn’t bad enough, the agency who hired him would now like to clean up after themselves by destroying the evidence of their nefarious actions, and that means eliminating… 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 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 »

Episode 121: Augustus Rose

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In Augustus Rose’s debut crime fiction novel, The Readymade Thief, it’s 17-year-old Lee Cuddy against secret societies, conspiracies, stolen artwork, an underground city-within-a-city, physics, chemistry, a jailhouse breakout—and Marcel Duchamp  

Episode 120: Glen Erik Hamilton

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Van Shaw, the protagonist of Every Day Above Ground by Glen Erik Hamilton, is conflicted. He has the perfect skillset—as well as the family tradition—for being a successful career criminal. But Van is just not sure breaking the law for a living is right for him…     Right now, though, Van doesn’t have the time… Read more »

Episode 119: Karen Dionne

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Helena, the protagonist of The Marsh King’s Daughter, Karen Dionne’s recently published suspense novel, is the daughter of a brutal sociopath and the woman he kidnapped and raped. And the story just gets darker from there     Photo of Karen Dionne ©Robert Bruce Photography

Episode 116: Avery Duff

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Everyone is playing an angle in Beach Lawyer, Avery Duff’s debut novel that explores the dark side of sunny Santa Monica