Five Questions with Aimee Hix

Aimee Hix has been nominated for just about every prize there is (think Lefty, Agatha, Anthony, Shamus, etc.) and her protagonist, PI Willa Pennington is why. The tough-as-nails private investigator puts herself on the line in her first two outings. We're eagerly...

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Drinks with Reads!

Thrilled to take part in this regular Friday feature over at Mystery Playground. The setup is simple – it's Friday! Wouldn't you want to unwind with a drink with your favorite character? Whether you want one with a bit of – ahem – feline spirit or you prefer something...

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Five Questions with Laura Purcell

As any reader of my Dulcie Schwartz mysteries must have figured out, I love a good Gothic – the weirder and scarier, the better! Well, I first heard of Laura Purcell from a publicist. Was I interested in reviewing her upcoming The Poison Thread, described as a...

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#KillYourDarlings

There's a reason we writers say, "kill your darlings" and it has nothing to do with murder or even mystery. Instead, it refers to those words or phrases about which we are all a little too over fond. I reviewed Howard Norman's latest, The Ghost Clause, for the Boston...

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#TuesdayTreat (win a book)

Book giveaway! Today I'm participating in Denise Swanson's Tuesday Treat, offering a signed copy of her DIE ME A RIVER by Denise Swanson, author of the Scumble River cozies and – soon – a new paranormal series, too Leave a comment on my author Facebook page for a...

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Five Questions with Annette Dashofy

Annette Dashofy is one of those authors you can rely on. She makes us laugh at conventions (like Bouchercon in October) and she makes us hold her breath in her fresh fun mysteries. Like Zoe Chambers, her series heroine, Annette is smart and brave. This year, she's...

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Beach reads? Think again…

Writing for NBC's Think page, I found myself wondering if these times are too stressful for the traditional action/thriller beach read. Are these the books you want to read on the beach? Or are we going more for books about relationships, books by (and nominally for)...

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Five Questions with Lloyd Schwartz

I don't just love Lloyd because he loves my cooking, but some of my favorite memories of this Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and poet are not of anything literary – his books or readings, or his loyal attendance at mine – but of him and his partner David laughing (and...

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Becca and Clara are back!

Look for wannabe witch detective Becca and her loyal (and magical) calico Clara to return this winter in An Incantation of Cats (Polis). No cover yet, but you can pre-order here. When two new clients seek Becca’s professional services, the fledgling witch detective is...

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Five Questions with William Martin

I'd read William Martin long before I met him. And while I could have guessed from that first great read – Back Bay – that William lived somewhere nearby, it wasn't until a holiday party at the New England Mobile Book Fair that I realized that the New York Times...

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