Creole Culture and California Murder with Myra Jolivet
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by Alexandra Amor
1y ago
Mysteries and mysticism. Sarah Doucette Jean-Louis is a former therapist turned detective. And she’s got a body on her doorstep. After author Myra Jolivet reads to us from The Holiday Murder Melange, we talk about the influence of Creole culture in Sarah’s life, what Pushed Times Chewing Pepper means (that’s the title of the first full length novel in this series), and the courage and tenacity it takes to be a writer. This week’s mystery author At six years old Myra was a poet and playwright, holding SRO productions in her Berkeley, California backyard. That led to a 20+ year career in TV n ..read more
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Bootleggers, Mentalists, and Murder with Carolyn Marie Wilkins
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by Alexandra Amor
1y ago
Trouble is in Carrie McFarland’s future. Carrie McFarland, the protagonist of Carolyn Marie Wilkins’ book, Death at a Séance, isn’t looking for trouble, but she finds it at her new job in 1920 Indiana. Carolyn is a woman with a wide range of interests, passions, and professions. She has been a Jazz Ambassador for the United States (I had to ask her what that is and she answers in the interview portion of the show), a music professor, a Reiki healer, a writer, and a medium, among other things. The dialogue and character voices that Carolyn performs while she reads her excerpt are amazing and s ..read more
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Secret Messages and Ancient Textiles with Jane Thornley
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by Alexandra Amor
1y ago
Magical Venice …and murder. Jane Thornley was one of my very first guests. She joined me on episode 14 to talk about her Crime By Design books. Today she is back to discuss The Carpet Cipher, the first book in the Agency of Ancient Lost and Found mysteries. Jane has always done a lot of traveling, which is reflected in all her books and that’s true as well of the excerpt she reads to us. We begin in Venice, pre-Covid-19, and you can almost smell the damp and decay as Jane’s protagonist, Phoebe McCabe makes her way through the city. I’ve never been to Italy, but am as desperate as ever to visi ..read more
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Community Theatre Can Be Murder with Bobbie Raymond (John Gaspard)
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by Alexandra Amor
1y ago
The stage is set…for murder. Today’s guest has been on the show before, way back in 2017. John Gaspard writes the Eli Marks mysteries, but today he’s here to talk about his new series the Como Lake Players mysteries. In the interview, John explains why he’s writing under the pseudonym Bobbie Raymond, what called him to write these books, and why he chose community theatre for his setting. (Hint: he’s got experience with theatre and film.) John himself has a podcast where he talks to magicians about their work and also reads a chapter from an Eli Marks book. You can find that here. Today’s&nbs ..read more
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Private Investigator as Knight Errant with Mike Donohue
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by Alexandra Amor
1y ago
A stranger rides into town… In the tradition oIn the tradition of the classic lone private investigators who right wrongs wherever they go, Mike Donohue is writing the Max Strong series.f the classic lone private investigators who right wrongs wherever they go, Mike Donohue is writing the Max Strong series. Mike reads to us from book 5 in the series, Burn the Night, and we talk about the research he does in the various locations Max goes to and why he finds himself circling back to Max’s origins in the next book in the series that he’s writing now. If you love Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series ..read more
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Globe Trotting Assassins and a Love Story with SJ Varengo
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by Alexandra Amor
1y ago
Nicole Porter has a lot of explaining to do. In SJ Varengo’s Cleanup Crew series, Nicole Porter ostensibly runs a company that cleans up crime scenes. The catch is that usually she and her coworkers are the ones who have caused the bloody messes in the first place. In this episode, Scott reads to us from The Beauty of Bucharest, book 1 in the series, which finds Nicole in the titular city with her new husband, Dan …and her assassin colleagues who are on the job and ready for work. Scott and I also talk about his most recent book, Jelly Jars, which is something of a departure for him. As a gen ..read more
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Cozy Mysteries for Every Taste with Sara Rosett
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by Alexandra Amor
1y ago
Celebrating the Golden Age of detective fiction. If you love the Golden Age of detective fiction (and who doesn’t?) you’re going to be happy to meet Olive Belgrave, the high society lady detective. This cozy mystery series from Sara Rosett is set in one of my favorite periods in history – between the two world wars. Olive is a young well-bred woman in search of an occupation, not an easy thing for those of the female persuasion to find in 1923. In this episode Sara reads to us from Murder at Archly Manor to whet your appetite. And then I ask Sara to give us a synopsis of her three other cozy ..read more
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Contemporary Noir Mysteries Set in Harlem with Delia C. Pitts
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by Alexandra Amor
1y ago
Meet a P.I. whose past is catching up to him. Brand new to Delia C. Pitts’ Ross Agency mystery series is Murder My Past, which she reads to us on this episode. Delia’s private investigator, SJ Rook, is catching up with his ex-wife, which can only lead to one thing: murder. Harlem features largely in this series and as Delia mentions in our interview it’s the perfect place to set a mystery series. A multi-cultural neighborhood that has seen lots of change over the years, and one that holds plenty of secrets. You’ll also hear Delia and I discuss the Crime Writers of Color website. On the books ..read more
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Femme Fatale as Private Investigator with SG Wong
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by Alexandra Amor
1y ago
Welcome to an alternative Los Angeles. The femme fatale is an archetype in literature, especially in crime novels. Think of Cora in The Postman Always Rings Twice or Phyllis in Double Indemnity. (Both those novels were written by James M. Cain. He seems to have had a thing for femme fatales.) These are women who are seductive and usually beautiful who lure men into compromising or dangerous situations. SG (Sandra) Wong has taken this classic noir mystery trope and turned it on its head, which I just love. Lola Starke is the femme fatale in Sandra’s historical crime novels, and she’s also the ..read more
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Murder and Mayhem in Small Town Ontario with Gloria Ferris
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by Alexandra Amor
1y ago
Small town, big mystery. Gloria Ferris writes in several genres, but today we’re talking about her Cornwall and Redfern mysteries, specifically book #3 in the series, Skull Garden. Small towns in Ontario are some of my favorite places in the world. I grew up visiting my paternal grandparents outside Gravenhurst, and now have an uncle who lives in the exact area near Lake Huron that Gloria is writing about in these books. So it was very easy for me to picture the landscape and architecture as Gloria read from her book, which was a delight. In the introduction, I also mention a class I took rec ..read more
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