Riddles, Riddles, Toil and Trouble…

by Angela Greenman

In the newly released thriller, The Child Riddler, a spider riddle holds the code to unleashing the most lethal weapon on earth. The code is known by only one person: a gifted nine-year-old girl. Top operative Zoe abducts the young girl to get the code, but soon is in a race to save the child she’s grown to care about—while simultaneously battling the demons of her drug addiction.

Movieland By Lee Goldberg: Review/Giveaway

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Movieland is book 4 in Lee Goldberg’s Eve Ronin series. I have been a fan of Lee’s writing for many years, but this series is my favorite of his and these books always end up on my “Best Books of the Year” list. Eve is the youngest homicide detective in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a position many think that she hasn’t earned since she got the job after a video of her went viral. Because of this, she isn’t very popular among her coworkers (which is putting it mildly in some cases), except for her soon-to-retire partner Duncan Pavone.

Who Are Bobby Cain and Harper McCoy?

by D.P. Lyle

One-year-old Harper McCoy was purchased from her Cherokee alcoholic mother for a few hundred dollars and a bottle of whiskey by a gypsy-like group. Around the same time, Bobby Cain, abandoned in a Houston train station at two-months of age, was snatched up by the same itinerate band. They fell under the tutelage of a couple they called Uncle Al and Aunt Dixie and from these two and the other members of the clan learned to hunt, fish, and live off the land. And more.

Using Personal Experience to Kickstart Plot for Mysteries and Thrillers

by Sue Hinkin

It's my observation that for most mystery writers the main protagonist in their books is usually semi-autobiographic in some way. The characters on our pages are smarter, stronger, and braver than we are, and they may be even more deeply wounded, tragic, and flawed, but they contain pieces of the writer. We plumb our own lives to bring our characters and plots to life.

The Lies I Tell A Novel By Julie Clark: Review/Giveaway

by Kathleen Costa

KAT Roberts enjoyed writing from reporting for her high school newspaper to creating fascinating stories, the latter she felt was her calling and earned her a prized spot at a writers conference. However her mother, whose career at the Washington Post was interrupted by motherhood, thought journalism was the only path for her daughter. Now working at the LA Times, she has become somewhat obsessed with an enigmatic young woman, Meg Williams.

Fear Hovers Somewhere Between 11 and 54

by Brian Lebeau

Eleven, tucked neatly between 10 and 12, is an often overlooked age that, when we reminisce, can be both magical and paradoxical. We relinquish our childhood fears in favor of prepubescent ones, yearning for independence even as we cling to the shelter of a warm bed in familiar surroundings. High school is near enough to ignite our imagination, yet distant enough to arrest our anxiety, and we expect our friends will be fixtures throughout our life, though most will be retained only as memories, becoming the stories we share with our children when they’re old enough to understand and still young enough to listen—somewhere between the age of 10 and 12. Yes, I believe 11 is the perfect age.

Lucy Burdette Tries a New Recipe, Unsafe Haven

by Lucy Burdette

With twelve cozy culinary mysteries down the hatch (sorry, couldn’t help myself), I realize I am very accustomed to understanding my characters through what and how they eat. The main character in my Key West foodie mysteries, Hayley Snow, is a food critic. Her mother, Janet, is a caterer. Both women are excellent cooks who love to entertain. As Hayley Snow said in Killer Takeout: “Food is a major deal in my family—life-sustaining, of course. But it also provides clues to the cook’s inner life, like a psychologist’s inkblot test.

Sensational Reads: Preston and Child’s Pendergast Series

by Sharon Tucker

Remember the femjep 1997 movie The Relic? It was loosely based on the first novel of the same name in a best-selling series written by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I say “loosely based” because the screenwriters left out one of, if not the main, character in all the books: Aloysius X. L. Pendergast, maverick FBI agent and all-around best person to have on your side in any kind of fight. It’s still a relatively good movie because a monster on the loose in a large museum, replete with departments in house to figure out who or what the creature is on the basis of anthropology, evolutionary biology, and genetics, sounds intriguing.

Why I chose a neighborhood setting for The Secret Next Door

by Rebecca Taylor

Setting The Secret Next Door in a neighborhood was an obvious choice for me once all the many story variables began to gel, and it became apparent that this novel was about safety. The safety we crave for ourselves and our loved ones, and our beliefs about where safety can and should be found. And what happens to us, psychologically and emotionally, once the systems we’ve constructed, or moved into, begin to break down and we sense that we are no longer safe.



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