Episode 28: Tom Nolan

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According to the critic of mysteries and thrillers for The Wall Street Journal, we are in a Golden Age of crime fiction                 Who better to discuss the state of mysteries and thrillers than a critic who specializes in the genre? The topics Tom discusses run the gamut:… Read more »

Episode 27: John Lawton

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Sweet Sunday, John Lawton’s newly published stand alone novel, is a mystery wrapped inside of an odyssey that jumps through time and geography, starting and ending in New York City in the late ’60s   Photo of John Lawton ©Nick Lockett        

Episode 26: Bradford Morrow

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Murder, dismemberment, stalking and blackmail are all part of the journey The Forgers takes through the territory where love and books overlap.     If the first five words of The Forgers—”They never found his hands.”—don’t intrigue you, you might want to check to see if you have a pulse. Photo of Bradford Morrow ©Jessamine… Read more »

Critic’s Choice: Tom Nolan, reviewer of mysteries for “The Wall Street Journal”

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The man with—at least for fans of crime fiction and thrillers—one of the best jobs in the world, shares his opinions on the state of genre Tom Nolan, whose biography of California noir writer Ross MacDonald was nominated for an Edgar Award, talks mysteries, thrillers, must-reads and gives his honest opinion of Gillian Flynn’s Gone… Read more »

Episode 25: Margaux Froley

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The Anthony Award-nominated YA writer talks about Hero Complex, the second novel in the Keaton School series.     Margaux’s main character, Devon Mackintosh, is a fish out of water at her boarding school, which gives her a unique perspective. Pretty handy when you’re trying to get to the bottom of a mysterious death school… Read more »

Author Reading 1: Robert Olen Butler

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What better way to celebrate the publication day of The Empire of Night than listening to the author read chapter one!                         Signed first edition copies of The Empire of Night are available from MYSTERIOUS BOOKSHOP

Episode 24: Robert Olen Butler

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In The Empire of Night, we pick up the story of Christopher Marlowe Cobb, who survived the sinking of the Lusitania, as he hunts down German sympathizers in the British aristocracy during the early months of World War One.     The idea of Christoper “Kit” Cobb, grew out of “The One in White,” a… Read more »

A Spy and His Mother in the War to End All Wars: Speaking to Robert Olen Butler

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Having survived the sinking of the Lusitania, American Secret Agent Christopher Marlowe Cobb returns in The Empire of Night. For this mission, Kit must find a German mole in the British aristocracy and for this he has help—from his mother, Isabel Cobb, one of the world’s most famous stage actresses. Look for our interview with… Read more »

Episode 23: James R. Benn

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Billy Boyle is back in The Rest Is Silence, the ninth installment in the series of Billy Boyle World War II Mysteries.     James. R. Benn first book, On Desperate Ground, took place during World War II, but was not a mystery. But one of the story’s secondary characters, police detective Billy Boyle, stayed… Read more »