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Between the Lines: J.D. Barker

Playing the Long Game By Adam Meyer In talking about his new novel, A CALLER’S GAME, author J.D. Barker spent some time reflecting on his long and varied career. Some highlights include…

Up Close: David Baldacci

Refilling the Tank By Dawn Ius Pre-pandemic, back when book tours were the norm, New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci sat at a desk in his hotel one night and started…

On the Cover: Elle Marr

The Legacy of Unspeakable Memories By Jaden Terrell As a precocious nine-year-old, Elle Marr sneaked into online creative writing message boards, posing as an adult. She’d been writing since she was eight,…

Up Close: Kris Calvin

A Harrowing 48 Hours By E.M. Powell You’ve got to love a ticking clock in a thriller—once it starts to count down, it’s hard to stop reading. It’s even more difficult when…

On the Cover: Cate Holahan

Gaslighting Goes High Tech By Dawn Ius Most of us have three lives. The public one—Facebook status updates bragging about your children, the Instagram pic that proves hubs is perfect because he…

Up Close: Paula Munier

Buzzing with a Love of Books By Karen Hugg Pierre Simon Fournier may have said the aphorism, “After all the basic necessities of life, there is nothing more precious than books,” but…

Up Close: Clay McLeod Chapman

The Devil You Know By April Snellings In his acclaimed 2019 supernatural thriller The Remaking, Clay McLeod Chapman explored how a ghost story might evolve along with the modes of telling it,…

Up Close: Jason M. Hough

Conspiracy Theories Abound By Dawn Ius The past 18 months or so have given conspiracy theorists much fodder for their platforms—from the mass burning of 5G cell towers in Europe to the…

Up Close: Adele Parks

Money Not Only Talks, Sometimes It Screams By K.L. Romo In bestselling author Adele Parks’s 20th novel in 20 years, JUST MY LUCK, the bonds of family and friendship are put to…

Up Close: S.A. Lelchuk

Vigilante PI Protects the Defenseless By Austin S. Camacho Thrillers have long followed heroes who set out to help victimized women, but rarely have those heroes been believable, well-developed female characters. It’s…

Up Close: Joshilyn Jackson

Revenge, Redemption, and a Mother’s Worst Nightmare By K.L. Romo “I woke up to see a witch peering in my bedroom window.” This is the opening line in bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson’s…

Up Close: Harlan Coben

The Self-Rationalization of Privilege By Rick Pullen Harlan Coben’s new thriller, WIN, might be considered literature, but thankfully, its pace exceeds its grasp. WIN is driven at a high rate of speed…

Up Close: Wendy Heard

Girls on the Edge By April Snellings In Wendy Heard’s stellar young adult debut SHE’S TOO PRETTY TO BURN, an ambitious, charismatic young photographer named Veronica wastes no time falling head over…

Up Close: Stu Jones and Gareth Worthington

Winning the Battle Within By José H. Bográn They say the greatest battles are within. CONDITION BLACK goes to great lengths to prove this with the novel’s two main characters. Evan Weyland…

Up Close: Edward J. Leahy

Dealing with Past Grief Key to Survival By Dawn Ius When a mass shooting in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District lures third-generation NYPD detective Kim Brady back from an extended leave following her father’s…

Debut Spotlight: Debbie Babitt

Listening to the Voices in Her Head By Angela Channell Author Debbie Babitt describes herself as having had many creative incarnations: playwright, drama critic—not to mention copy director for two major Manhattan…

Africa Scene: Kwei Quartey

Honoring a Real-Life Unsolved Murder By Michael Sears Last year, acclaimed author Kwei Quartey branched out from his celebrated police procedurals set in Ghana featuring Inspector Darko Dawson to start a new…

Debut Spotlight: Jessica Hamilton

Childhood Memories Inform Debut By Millie Naylor Hast If you liked The Lovely Bones, you’re sure to enjoy Jessica Hamilton’s debut novel, WHAT YOU NEVER KNEW. Told in alternating points of view,…

BookTrib Spotlight: Bryan Christy

A Wildlife Journalist Discovers the Most Dangerous Animal is Man By Neil Nyren In Bryan Christy’s IN THE COMPANY OF KILLERS, Tom Klay has a unique and specific job—he’s an investigative wildlife…

AudioFile Spotlight: The 2021 Audie Awards

2021 Mystery Audie Award Finalists and Winners By Ellen Quint  I attended the 2020 Audie Award Gala on March 2 last year. It was a sparkly, exciting, energy-filled event. Everyone at the…

Eagles Over Britain by Lee Jackson

By David Healey As WWII rages, Britain fights back, not just in the skies, but also with technology. From Bletchley Park to advances in radar, the race is on to thwart Nazi…

Between the Lines: J.T. Ellison

A Wedding Crasher Intent on Revenge By K.L. Romo Bestselling author J. T. Ellison is well versed in enveloping her characters in betrayal, jealousy, and secrets. In her newest novel—HER DARK LIES—she…

On the Cover: Dean Koontz

Lightning Strikes Twice By Adam Meyer After publishing more than 100 books, including countless New York Times bestsellers and classic novels like Phantoms, Strangers, and Watchers, Dean Koontz is famously impossible to…

On the Cover: Alma Katsu

Navigating a New Genre By J.H. Bográn In RED WIDOW, a young CIA officer is asked to track down the mole inside Russia Division who is giving up important assets—Russians that the…

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