Genre: Mystery

Jun 09 2018
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Confessions of a Red Herring by Dana Dratch

Confessions of a Red Herring by Dana Dratch

Character Interview with Alex Vlodnachek

1) Alex, what made you want to be a reporter?

Well, I’m kind of nosy. So the idea of being able to ask questions for a living was appealing. I also felt like it was a way to contribute and make the world a little better. Plus, have you ever been in a newsroom on deadline? Electric.

2) If you could instantly solve one problem in your life, what would it be?

Let the entire world know that I didn’t kill my late boss, Everett Coleman. Or sleep with him. Or even like him.

3) What’s your go-to dinner recipe?

Pizza delivery. I know three different take-out numbers by heart.

4) What does a typical day look …

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May 28 2018
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Don’t Believe It by Charlie Donlea – Guest Post

Don’t Believe It by Charlie Donlea – Guest Post

A Caribbean resort. A grisly murder. A documentary filmmaker looking for answers.

In the early ‘90s, John Grisham published a novel called The Firm. In it, a shadyMemphis law firm routinely flew its attorneys to Grand Cayman for long weekends, putting them up in the firm’s beachside condo and allowing the overworked lawyers some R&R. In reality, the firm was sending its best and brightest to the tropics to launder mob money.

The book’s island scenes were so fabulous that by the time The Firm finished selling seven million copies, Grand Cayman had morphed from a little-known island that was a mere sixty-minute flight from Miami, to one of the Caribbean’s most sought-after tropical destination. Behind the scenes, Cayman …

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May 18 2018
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Dangerous Mistakes by Susan Hunter

Dangerous Mistakes by Susan Hunter

Excerpt | Dangerous Mistakes by Susan Hunter

Chapter 1

“All of us are dying.”

“Well, yes, I guess I can’t argue with that, Betty,” I said to the slight, white-haired woman seated behind my desk in the newsroom. I had come barreling in to pick up a new notebook, late for my next assignment.

“Oops, sorry, if I could just get into that center desk drawer there.” I gently rolled her away from the desk, edged my drawer out a couple of inches, and stuck my arm into the depths until I felt cardboard. I tweezered out the spiral-bound notebook between two fingers.

“All of us. Dying. It’s not right.”

I slipped the notebook into my purse and moved to scoot Betty back into position, …

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May 04 2018
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Dangerous Habits by Susan Hunter – Review

Dangerous Habits by Susan Hunter – Review

My Thoughts

Dangerous Habits by Susan Hunter is the first book in the Leah Nash mystery series. I wouldn’t call this a cozy mystery book, but a regular mystery. There’s a lot more action, as well as some situations that wouldn’t occur in a cozy mystery.

Dangerous Habits is set in small-town Wisconsin where Leah has returned home to work at the newspaper where she got her start. She lives with her mom. Leah is a great character. She’s intelligent but she tends to run her mouth a bit more than she should…she doesn’t have a filter and her mouth is usually what gets her in trouble. That, and her inability to let something go when she has a niggling idea.

There …

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Dec 21 2017
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Unnatural Causes by Dawn Eastman

Unnatural Causes by Dawn Eastman

My Thoughts

Unnatural Causes by Dawn Eastman is the first book in the Dr. Katie LeClair mystery series. I found this to be a suspenseful mystery that had me juggling quite a few suspects along the way. I love the redirections thrown in and the way the story just kept growing. I thought the ending was so good! I am looking forward to more books in this series.

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Dec 01 2017
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Margaritas, Mayhem and Murder by Mary Cunningham – Fast Five with Andi Anna Jones (and giveaway)

Margaritas, Mayhem and Murder by Mary Cunningham – Fast Five with Andi Anna Jones (and giveaway)

Fast Five with Andi Anna Jones

1) As a travel agent, you must love travel. Where are your favorite places to go?

Really? You assume I love travel? I suppose that’s a popular misconception about agents. Actually, I get so sick of hearing customer complaints, personal travel is about the last thing I want to do! And, crowded airplanes (I’m a severe claustrophic!), airports, and lost luggage? Forget it!

Well, unless it involves a white sand beach in Cancun, a handsome sheriff, and a pitcher-full of margaritas. On second thought, travel can be pretty cool!

2) How did you find yourself as an amateur sleuth?

I’ve always been interested in “sleuthing”. I watched Matlock, Murder She Wrote, and Columboreruns while …

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Nov 17 2017
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Death at the Emerald by R.J. Koreto – Guest Post and Giveaway

Death at the Emerald by R.J. Koreto – Guest Post and Giveaway

Lady Frances and Mallow: Friends and Colleagues

My sleuth, Lady Frances Ffolkes, employs a maid, probably the most conventional thing she does. And exploring their relationship is the most fun I have in writing my mysteries!

Frances, of course, is a very non-traditional heroine in turn-of-the-century England. Although times were changing, some conventions were set in stone: well-born women didn’t work and could have no occupation except perhaps charitable work. They lived at home until they found a suitable husband—or one was selected for them.

But Lady Frances turns all those conventions on their heads: she lives on her own, campaigns for women’s suffrage, chooses her own romantic partners (even going outside of her class) and sets herself up as …

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Sep 18 2017
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Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

Guest Post

Thanks for having me on the blog to share a bit about my third novel, Lies She Told.

My favorite line in Lies She Told comes in the first act. Liza Cole, my author protagonist, is explaining how she develops her stories. “I don’t invent my characters, I steal them from my surroundings. To be a writer is to be a life thief. Every day, I rob myself blind.”

I like the line because I think it tells a truth about most myself and most writers. We’re all observers and describers of real phenomenon, first. We abstract from what we see around us, read about in the newspaper, in other books, or on the Internet, and understand about …

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Jul 27 2017
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Calamity at the Continental Club by Colleen J. Shogan – Guest Post + 2 Giveaways

Calamity at the Continental Club by Colleen J. Shogan – Guest Post + 2 Giveaways

Mixing It Up

Calamity at the Continental Club, the third book in the Washington Whodunit series, is set at a fictitious social club in Washington. Due in part to my day job as a senior executive at the Library of Congress, I’m a member of D.C.’s Cosmos Club, which has been in existence since 1878. After joining, it didn’t take me very long to devise a plot for murder with Cosmos as the primary setting.

Private social clubs are an important part of the society scene in our nation’s capital. In addition to Cosmos, entities such as the Metropolitan, Army-Navy, the University, and the National Press Clubs maintain refined atmospheres for face-to-face meetings, power breakfasts, and entertainment. This is …

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Jul 23 2017
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New Sins for Old Scores by Tj O’Connor – Guest Post

New Sins for Old Scores by Tj O’Connor – Guest Post

The Real Sins in New Sins for Old Scores
Tj O’Connor

Murder, like history, often repeats itself. And that, my friends, is the premise for my new murder mystery, New Sins for Old Scores from Black Opal Books.

My fourth mystery follows similar footsteps of my last series—a murder mystery with a paranormal twist that includes a historical subplot and a main character that is, well, living-challenged. Dead. Okay, yes, one of my main characters is dead.

Let me explain. Here’s the story’s summary:

Murder, like history, often repeats itself. And when it does, it’s the worst kind of murder.

Detective Richard Jax was never good at history. Now, after years as a cop, he was about to get the lesson of …

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