Five Questions with Scott Von Doviak

"Clea!" I turned and there was Scott Von Doviak. The scene was a hotel lobby, somewhere in Dallas, a city known for barbecue and assassination. The occasion, Bouchercon, the latest iteration of the annual gathering where the crime fiction community – writers, readers,...

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Five Questions with Susan Fleet

Susan Fleet is fearless – a woman trumpet player in the very male world of jazz – and we first got to know each other over some of these ongoing battles. I'm thrilled that she's now given some of her courage to her fictional detective Frank Renzi, who's a cop in...

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In #MeToo era, we don’t need to make nice

As many of my writer friends know, I've been working on a darker-than-my-usual crime novel that deals with, among other things, the aftermath of violence, the funny tricks denial can play on memory, and how a single act can permanently alter the trajectory of a...

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Five Questions with Nina MacLaughlin

I first met Nina when she was at the Boston Phoenix, and she quickly became a go-to writer. You know, the ones whose stories you read as soon as you spot the byline – no matter what the subject was, even when it was "100 Unsexiest Men." When she quit and I'd heard she...

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Bouchercon!

By the time you read this, I'll be in Dallas. I've got two events today at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, and more to come. This is a huge convention that's focused on the readers and fans (though we authors always have a blast as well), now in its 50th...

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“I loved everything about this book…”

"I loved everything about this book. The characters were quirky, the story made me laugh out loud and I loved the sister cats with magical powers. After finishing book two, I immediately purchased book one so I could start from the beginning. " The advance...

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Five Questions with Dharma Kelleher

There's a lot of talk in the crime fiction community these days about "other voices." Basically, that means hearing from people whose stories don't necessarily follow the usual template – and it can focus more on our differences (race, gender, sexuality, religions,...

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PW loves “Incantation”!

"In Simon’s entertaining sequel to 2018’s A Spell of Murder...  Becca’s cats, each with a distinctive personality, use their individual magical skills in their efforts to solve the case and keep Becca safe. Fans of talking cat cozies will have fun." – Publishers...

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Five Questions with Paula Munier

I first knew Paula as a panelist – a wise and funny woman who would show up at conferences and always had something useful to say. I'd see her name on a schedule and I'd know that wherever she was, that was going to be good. I then started to hear about her agenting –...

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