If your idea of a great murder mystery includes nerve shattering suspense and a plot that will keep you guessing until the very end, you need look no further this spring than Alan Orloff’s latest novel, Killer Routine.
The story revolves around a comedian named Channing Hayes who lost his fiancée in an auto accident. Hayes runs a comedy club and is mentoring his fiancée’s sister Heather, who wants to be a comedian too. When a killer targets Heather’s past lovers, Hayes has to protect her while finding the killer.
It was the call every adult child dreads: “AnnaLise? You should come home. Your mother Daisy went and drained all the blood out of poor Ema Bradenham.”
Well, maybe not every adult child.
While life on Sutherton’s Main Street had often been inexplicably hazardous, the day Daisy Griggs siphoned nearly three pints from Mrs. Bradenham during the annual blood drive seemed to set a new standard, even by the unusual measure of this North Carolina resort town.
Clea Simon is a former journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, American Prospect, and other magazines. She’s written three nonfiction books and her essays have appeared in anthologies. A graduate of Harvard, Clea now lives in Cambridge with her husband and feline companion, Musetta. I recently caught up with her to discuss her two upcoming releases, Dogs Don’t Lie and Grey Zone.
Clea Simon is a former journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, American Prospect, and other magazines. She’s written three nonfiction books and her essays have appeared in anthologies. A graduate of Harvard, Clea now lives in Somerville with her husband and feline companion, Musetta. I recently caught up with her to discuss her two upcoming releases, Dogs Don’t Lie and Grey Zone.
by J. H. Bográn
A letter. A secret. A tragedy. David’s mother told him his father died when he was born. His mother lied.
Now, that’s a hook!
Let the Bermuda Heat make you feel the warmth of the story:
David Eric Laine always believed his father had died in Vietnam before his birth. His mother remarried and he was adopted by his stepfather and grew up knowing Graham Laine as his only father. Forty years later, a letter arrives and David finds out everything he thought was a lie.
Join Pat Brown and I into this journey to know a bit more about her new release.
I have the distinction of being a writer who decided the world was ready for a funny story…in the year of Stieg Larsson. Okay, I was a bit off (timing never was one of my best things). But, being part hambone and part funny bone, it’s what I do. Don’t get me wrong, I firmly believe in death and dismemberment—I simply can’t live there. And since, as a writer, I pretty much live in my story…well, you get the picture.
I didn’t start out wanting to write funny. No, I wanted to be Sandra Brown. Seriously, who wouldn’t? But some wise soul along the way told me, “We already have a Sandra Brown, and she’s doing quite nicely.” Good point. So, now I simply lust after her clothes on the off chance that someday I might make my body tiny enough to fit in them. And I have resigned myself to just being me.
In Lee Goldberg’s newest, Mr. Monk on the Road, with his job secure and his wife’s murder finally solved, Adrian Monk is feeling strangely…satisfied. He’d like his agoraphobic brother Ambrose to feel the same way, so Monk puts a secret ingredient in Ambrose’s birthday cake: sleeping pills. When Ambrose wakes up, he’s in a motorhome on the open road with Monk determined to show him the outside world. more »
By J. H. Bográn
When you think of what you want to leave behind after you’re gone; when you think how you will be remembered, then you are thinking about legacy. Common folks don’t spend much time thinking of what their legacy would be. However, when you think of grandeur, your brain, or at least mine, usually associates the word legacy with something good.
By Milton Toby
Don Bruns faced that question a few years ago when he was the successful bidder for a critique session from noted mystery writer Sue Grafton. She read the manuscript and then sent Bruns a detailed, eight-page critique identifying serious problems with the characters, the plot, the structure of the novel, with just about everything in the book. Grafton thought Bruns had potential as a writer and she suggested that he might want to just throw away the manuscript he had submitted for the critique and start over using her suggestions as a roadmap.
By Dana Granger
Chicago author Libby Hellman, former broadcast journalist and author of award-winning author of two crime fiction series, heats up December with the release of her her new standalone Thriller, Set The Night On Fire. I recently had a chat with her about the inspiration for her new book, her writing schedule, and how she made her first book sale.
THE LAST MATRYOSHKA by Joyce Yarrow takes the reader into a world of suspense and mystery, from Brooklyn to Vladimir Central Prison and to the brooding Russian forest, where criminals enforce a 19th-century code of honor.
THE LAST MATRYOSHKA is garnering rave reviews, and with its unique plot and international backdrop it will please mystery and suspense readers.
VERDICT – Intricately layered like the Russian nested doll of the title, this tale of vengeance and hatred flavored with a Russian cultural backdrop will appeal to readers who enjoy unusual mysteries with an international setting.” –Library Journal
In Nancy J. Cohen’s latest, Silver Seranade, ace pilot Jace Vernon is forced to flee his home world after being framed for murder. He seeks justice, but S.I.N. agent Silver Malloy gets in his way. The platinum-haired beauty counters his every move in the quest to clear his name. As he makes it his mission to break down her defenses, he doesn’t count on the personal consequences of success.
Fans of Jeff Sherratt’s mystery series have come to expect certain things from his novels. Jimmy O’Brien books are clever, gripping, and addictive. Known for their multi-layered suspense, Sherratt’s novels immerse the reader in the politics, society, and industry of Los Angeles in the 1970s, all the while maintaining a style more reminiscent of 1940s who-dunnit narratives than anything else. They’re classy, surprising, and endearing – in a murder mystery kind of way.
Recently, Bente Gallagher sent The Big Thrill the following interview about her new novel, A Cutthroat Business.
Tell us about the new book.
It’s the first book in a new series, featuring recovering Southern Belle Savannah Martin. Savannah has always been a good girl, always doing what was expected, fully expecting that if she does everything perfectly, everything will fall into place in its turn. When things don’t work out that way, she starts reassessing everything she’s always believed to be the truth and starts to build the kind of life she wants, not the one she’s expected to have. She gets her real estate license and starts plying her trade, and pretty much immediately finds herself tangled up in a murder mystery, when one of her colleagues is murdered in an empty house and Savannah is the one who stumbles over the body. It’s a part mystery, part romance, part suspense novel, with – according to one early reader – “enough wit and sexual chemistry to rival Janet Evanovich.” Can’t ask for better than that!
By Terry DiDomenico
Just the name fires up the imagination – Starvation Lake.
Even better, it’s a real place – a small town in Michigan that has folklore of its own. And following the dictum to write what you know, newcomer Bryan Gruley used the locale as the setting for his suspense novels, starting with last year’s Starvation Lake and continuing with this month’s release The Hanging Tree.