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

Episode 91: Martin Walker

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For Fatal Pursuit, Martin Walker’s Inspector Bruno had to channel his inner car guy. It was a wild ride for Bruno, both literally and figuratively     Photo of Martin Walker ©Klaus Einwanger

Episode 90: Cara Black

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Because it’s a prequel, Murder on the Quai—the sixteenth installment in Cara Black’s series of mysteries—is the perfect place to meet her protagonist, Parisian private investigator Aimee Leduc   Cara is undertaking a marathon book tour in support of Murder on the Quai—as well as the other 15 Aimee Leduc novels—with stops from Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San… Read more »

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