Episode 226: Amanda Jayatissa

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From the outside looking in, Paloma’s life in My Sweet Girl—Amanda Jayatissa’s debut thriller—seems charmed. Adopted from a Sri Lankan orphanage at age twelve, Paloma has grown up with loving parents surrounded by affluence in San Francisco. Now, at 30, Paloma is grappling with events from her past and dealing with ghosts, some more real than… Read more »

Episode 214: Mariah Fredericks

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All the World’s a Stage in Death of a Showman, Mariah Fredericks’ fourth installment of her series featuring lady’s maid Jane Prescott. After returning from what can only be called a working trip to Europe with her employers Louise and William Tyler, Jane finds that being involved with a new theatrical production with former beau… Read more »

Episode 203: Rachel Howzell Hall

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Isabel Lincoln is gone. Did she leave of her own volition or was she “disappeared” by, maybe, her jerk of a boyfriend? And where’s the labradoodle? That’s what Grayson Sykes, the protagonist in Rachel Howzell Hall’s latest thriller, And Now She’s Gone, is determined to find out        

Episode 200: Denise Mina

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In The Less Dead, Denise Mina’s new crime fiction novel, after the death of the mother who adopted her, Dr. Margo Dunlop wants to find out about her birth mother. It’s possible Margo finds out more than she might want to know. After all, families—either by blood or by choice—are complicated…     Photo of… Read more »

Episode 199: T. Jefferson Parker

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Roland Ford returns in THEN SHE VANISHED, the fourth installment in T. Jefferson Parker’s series about the Fallbrook, CA-based private investigator. This time around, Roland is tasked with finding the wife of a California State Assemblyman who has gone missing. But was she taken or did she leave? And then there are the bombings…  … Read more »

Episode 193: Andrew Mayne

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Sloan McPherson, the protagonist of Andrew Mayne’s The Girl Beneath the Sea, just wants to live her life as an evidence-recovery diver for Lauderdale Shores PD, a mom to her daughter and a supportive member of her problematic family. But the discovery of a recently murdered young woman during a dive in a canal leads… Read more »

Episode 192: Marcia Clark

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Upending Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Little Girl,” Samantha Brinkman, the protagonist in Marcia Clark’s series that concludes—for now, at least—with Final Judgement, “When she was good/She was very good indeed/But when she was bad, she was even better.” As a defense attorney, Sam is relentless; but when she’s defending her boyfriend, you can add ruthless, fierce… Read more »

Episode 189: Hilary Davidson

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NYPD Homicide Detectives Sheryn Sterling and Rafael Mendoza return in Don’t Look Down, Hilary Davidson’s second installment in her Shadows of New York Series. The case the partners are called to seems like a slam-dunk: Cosmetics entrepreneur Jo Greaver is seen fleeing from an apartment where a man has been shot to death. And yet…well,… Read more »

Episode 186: Chad Dundas

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Matthew Rose—the protagonist in The Blaze, Chad Dundas’s new mystery—sustained a traumatic brain injury while serving in Afghanistan, so when he returns to his hometown to settle his father’s affairs, it’s as if he’s someplace he’s never been that is also strangely familiar. He meets up with Georgie Porter, an old friend who was actually… Read more »

Episode 179: Deborah Crombie

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What was supposed to be a quiet weekend in the Cotswolds for Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Detective Inspector Gemma James in A Bitter Feast, Deborah Crombie’s new crime fiction novel, turns into a busman’s holiday. It’s not just lunch on the menu for the gala event they’re attending, but secrets and murder as well… Read more »