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Mysteries in all mediums!

The organizers of Dark & Stormy are whipping up a perfect storm of crime writers–including Brighton homie Peter James–spies, music, film, TV and music. Listen to Peter talk about his home town of Brighton in SoM’s Episode Three and you’ll get a glimpse into why it’s not just the perfect backdrop for crime fiction, but a why-didn’t-we-think-of-this-sooner location for a festival for the genre.

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Cara Black’s character, Paris private detective Aimee Leduc, went to great lengths to find the right gun. She picked the sleek little Beretta Nano because it fits in her vintage Valentino clutch.

When Les and I were having this discussion of weaponry with Cara, Les wondered if Aimee might be interested in the Flashbang Bra Holster.  Who knows, it could trend with fictional female detectives everywhere.



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At the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Les Klinger and I spoke first to Peter James and later to Cara Black.

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Peter James talks about his character Roy Grace’s missing wife, how he found the inspiration for his most recent Grace novel, Dead Man’s Time, his research methods and gives us a preview of the next Roy Grace novel.










Cara Black travels from her home in San Francisco, California to Paris, France to research her Aimee Leduc series of mysteries, each set in a different neighborhood in the City of Light.



Her most recent, Murder in Pigalle, is the 14th in the series. Number 15 is currently on her laptop undergoing editing and Cara is currently in Paris researching Aimee Leduc number 16. Les and I agree it’s tough assignment—spending time in Paris drinking wine and doing research—but someone has to do it. And very few do it as well as Cara.

Next in our series recorded at the Mystery Ink Bookstore booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books are interviews with Stuart Woods and Lee Goldberg. It will be posted in iTunes next week on April 28, 2014.


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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 also be there in his official capacity, moderating “Dark Fantasy: Things That Go Bump in the Night.”) Les and I have reached out to all of them for some quality interview time to share with you on future podcasts. Many thanks to Mystery Ink Bookstore in Huntington Beach, CA for opening their booth to SoM so we can record.

Visit “Speaking of Mysteries” on FB and let us know if you have any questions for anyone and we’ll ask ’em! (And feel free to “like” us while you’re there.)

Stay tuned.

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Our first guest on the program is Robert Crais!

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In our exclusive interview, we ask Bob about his reaction to being named one of this year’s Mystery Writer of America’s Grand Masters and about his work to date, including observations on the reaction to last year’s best seller, Suspect.



And Bob gives us an inside look at his next book that, hopefully, will be out later this year. It was a great interview to do and we hope you enjoy listening to Bob as much as we did.

Nancie conducted the interview at World Headquarters, which is a shoe free environment. She wore white, nondescript socks not worth noting. Bob set the tone and raised the bar as he always does, whether it’s writing a mystery or shoeless sartorial-ism.


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Welcome to the first ever Speaking of Mysteries podcast. If you are a fan of any of the many permutations of the mystery-thriller genre, Nancie Clare and Leslie Klinger are confident that you will enjoy listening. Every week we’ll bring you the news and views from those who write, act and produce mystery and thrillers in all mediums—novels, graphic novels, TV, film and video games—from all over the world.

Because Les is an eminent Sherlockian (a member of the Baker Street Irregulars and author of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes and, along with Laurie R. King, is the editor of A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon and its upcoming followup In the Company of Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon due out this November), look for lots of insight into one of the most famous detectives of all time.

Nancie Clare, former editor in chief of LA, The Los Angeles Times Magazine and co-founder of the single issue iPad publication, Noir Magazine, has interviewed and edited interviews of mystery writers including Elmore Leonard, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Lee Child, Denise Mina, Jo Nesbø and Val McDermid. For her, mysteries are much more than “entertainment fiction,” they are windows into good, evil, crime, punishment, guilt and redemption. And, all over the world, some of the best writing being done today .

Episode 1:

Part One: Nancie Clare and Leslie Klinger introduce themselves and explain to the mystery-loving world at large why this podcast is a must listen.

Part Two: Les Klinger explains the court case he and Laurie R. King fought to free Sherlock Holmes! Or at least free the rights to the character.

For more information on the case and to see copies of the filings, visit

We want to hear from you! Let us know if there is a writer, actor and/or director you’d like us to interview and we’ll get on the case; take a look at our upcoming schedule and tell us what you are dying to know about the interviewee and/or his or her characters! Please subscribe to our podcast and tell all of your friends.