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

Episode 71: Sarah Weinman

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As if fans didn’t already know, there’s really nothing darker than the distaff side of crime fiction. One look at the choice of novels included in Women Crime Writer’s: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s and you’ll know there is no better guide to this harrowing region of the genre than Sarah Weinman   Photo of… Read more »

Episode 70: John Katzenbach

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There’s revenge on both sides of the equation—the killer and those who are hunting him—in The Dead Student, John Katzenbach’s taut new thriller   Photo of John Katzenbach ©Nancy Doherty

Episode 63: Bill Syken

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Are you ready for some football? Good. Because just in time for the 2015 NFL pre-season, comes Bill Syken’s debut mystery, Hangman’s Game, about punter Nick Gallow     But you don’t have to be a football fan, or know much about the game, to appreciate the story—as well as the dark humor—of Hangman’s Game.  Photo of Bill… Read more »

SoM @ the LA Times Festival of Books!

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Looking forward to mysterious insights April 12-13 Lee Goldberg, Sara Gran, Denise Hamilton, Attica Locke, Peter James, T. Jefferson Parker, Lisa Scottoline, April Smith and Stuart Woods are just some of the mystery writers from all over the world who will be at the LA Times Festival of Books this weekend at USC. (Les will… Read more »