Episode 87: Steve Hamilton

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In The Second Life of Nick Mason, Steve Hamilton introduces a character who’s a good man in a bad situation. Yes, he may be in prison for a crime he did commit, but who wouldn’t make a deal with the devil to get out from under a 25 year sentence? Even if there’s a price… Read more »

Episode 81: Trudy Nan Boyce

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Out of the Blues, Trudy Nan Boyce’s debut police procedural, hits all the right notes as her protagonist, Sarah Alt—AKA Salt—reports for duty as Atlanta’s newest homicide detective. It’s music, the blues in particular, that brings a very cold case to life for Salt   Photo of Trudy Nan Boyce ©Viki Hoang Timian

Episode 80: S. J. Rozan

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Moral ambiguity attracts S. J. Rozan to the Private Eye genre, “It’s about what you do when there are only bad choices.”   S. J. Rozan writes the Lydia Chin and Bill Smith series—the point of view trades off between her two protagonists book to book—that includes Ghost Hero (a Lydia Chin novel) and On the Line (a Bill… Read more »

Episode 79: Barry Lancet

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In Pacific Burn, Barry Lancet’s third mystery featuring PI Jim Brodie, an assassin seems to be targeting the adult family members of an esteemed Japanese artist who is a good friend of Brodie’s. It’s up to Brodie to find out who is killing off the Nobuki family one by one …and why   Photo of Barry… Read more »

Episode 78: Phillip Margolin

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To all the world, defense attorney Amanda Jaffe’s client—who is charged with murder—looks guilty. Not to mention, he confessed. But in Violent Crimes, Phillip Margolin’s latest legal thriller, nothing is quite what it appears to be   Photo of Phillip Margolin ©Anthony Georgis  

Episode 77: Joe R. Lansdale

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Swamp Noir at its finest: Hap and Leonard, perhaps the world of PI’s most unique partnership, are back in Honky Tonk Samurai   And because there really can’t be enough Hap and Leonard in the world, Joe tells us more about the upcoming Hap and Leonard, starring James Purefoy, Michael Kenneth Williams and Christina Hendricks, on Sundance Channel.  … Read more »

Episode 76: Denise Mina

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Police Scotland’s DCI Alex Morrow is back in Blood Salt Water investigating two murders that may—or may not—be connected         The title of the book is inspired by a quote of President John F. Kennedy and for Denise it speaks to the connectivity of lives, circumstances and geography.

Episode 74: Robert Crais

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World’s Greatest Detective Elvis Cole may be driving The Promise, but fans will appreciate that Joe Pike, Jon Stone and the team of Scott James and Maggie the LAPD K-9 are worthy co-pilots to the story     Check out the schedule for Robert Crais book tour.

Episode 73: J.S. Law

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When it comes to elements of a locked-room mystery, there isn’t any location much more atmospheric—or claustrophobic—than a submarine. A setting James Law uses to great advantage in his debut crime fiction novel, Tenacity     Law knows of what he writes. He’s a former senior nuclear engineer in the Royal Navy Submarine Service. In… Read more »

Episode 72: Bonnie MacBird

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According to Les Klinger, co-creator of Speaking of Mysteries, Bonnie MacBird’s Sherlock Holmes adventure, Art in the Blood, “has the three key ingredients for a delicious pastiche: Meticulous research, plausibility and grand fun!”   Photo of Bonnie MacBird ©Ray Bengston