Ready for summer reading?

What are you looking forward to reading this summer? There are so many great books coming out. Here in the Boston area alone, we'll be celebrating Hallie Ephron’s Careful What You Wish For, (Aug. 6), Hank Phillippi Ryan’s The Murder List(Aug....

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Five Questions with Leslie Budewitz

You probably know Leslie Budewitz from her fun, frothy Food Lovers' Village and Spice Shop cozies – the latest of which, CHAI ANOTHER DAY comes out on June 11. Or maybe you heard that she just won the coveted Agatha for her short story, "All God's Sparrows." Those of...

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Great thrillers by women

When a list of the supposed 100 best crime novels only included 28 by women, The Guardian responded with this great list of female authors (including Ann Cleeves, Val McDermid, and Dreda Say Mitchell) of 50 can't miss thrillers, all by women. Click through here (and...

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Five Questions with Bryon Quertermous

Dark books can have a ton of heart – and Bryon Quertermous's certainly do. Bryon's books often place his characters in horrible situations, where they have to deal with the emotional ramifications of grief. Yet, when I had the honor to serve with Bryon on a committee...

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“Shades of Grey,” rediscovered…

One of the most unexpected joys of becoming a writer has been discovering a community of generous, wonderful people. Mary Kennedy – whose bestselling Talk Radio mysteries are grand cozy fun (she also writes cookbooks and more!) – was one of the first to welcome me....

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Five Questions with Lewis DeSimone

Did Lewis and I know each other in college? That was so long ago, I no longer remember. What I do know was that hmm-hmm years ago, when I was putting together an alumni book event for a significant reunion, Lewis was one of my first classmates to respond. That meant I...

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See you at Malice!

Do you know about Malice Domestic? Do you like cozies (traditional mysteries)? If so, you should join hundreds of other authors and readers at Malice 31. Established in 1989, Malice Domestic™ is an annual fan convention in the metropolitan DC area...

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Five Questions with Charlaine Harris

Does Charlaine Harris even need an introduction? The #1 New York Times bestselling author, creator of Sookie Stackhouse (the basis of the True Blood TV series) has so many other projects going on – including more TV and a new series – that I'll just leave it to her,...

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Have you met Clara?

Being the youngest of three can be difficult, especially when your older sisters believe they have more magical powers than you do. Poor Clara – luckily she has her own blog today at Killer Characters. Sisters can be so mean! “Clara the clown,” my two siblings call...

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Five Questions with Deb Grabien

Was it the music? The mysteries? The rescue cats? I no longer recall how I first got to know Deb Grabien. Even before her rock Kincaid novels, Deb was incorporating music into her books, with the Haunted Ballad series, which focused on the crimes and ghosts of British...

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