Lefty Award-winning, Agatha Award-nomintated, and Silver Falchion Award-nominated author, Alexia Gordon, interviews authors who write along the crime fiction spectrum from traditional to cozy to the edge of cozy. Mystery without explicit violence, sex, or gore. Mystery full of intricate plots, engaging characters, and brilliant writing.
Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the Volstead Act (the National Prohibition Act, (H.R. 6810)), which went into effect on October 28, 1919 when the 66th Congress overrode President Woodrow Wilson’s veto (https://history.house.gov/Historical-Highlights/1901-1950/The-Volstead-Act/), Susanna Calkins joins me at the historic Deer Path Inn (https://www.thedeerpathinn.com/our-story) to chat about her new Speakeasy Murders mystery, Murder Knocks Twice.
Susanna Calkins is the author of the award-winning Lucy Campion Mysteries and the Speakeasy Murders (Minotaur Books/St. Martin's)
Learn more about MURDER KNOCKS TWICE (2019)
Book 2 in the series, The Fate of a Flapper, is out in July 2020
Check out her Agatha-nominated short story “A Postcard for the Dead”
Susanna is also:
Vice-President of Sisters in Crime Chicagoland Chapter
Instructor, StoryStudio Chicago
Murder Knocks Twice is listed in CRIME NOVELS IN THE AGE OF PROHIBITION, SEPTEMBER 4, 2019 BY ASHLEY WEAVER, https://crimereads.com/crime-novels-in-the-age-of-prohibition/
Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries and award-winning short crime fiction. As Maddie Day she writes the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. Maxwell, with twenty novels in print and four more completed, has been nominated for an Agatha Award six times. She lives north of Boston with her beau and an elderly cat, and gardens and cooks when she isn’t killing people on the page or wasting time on Facebook. Please find her at edithmaxwell.com, on Instagram, at the Wicked Authors blog, and at Killer Characters.
Meet Edith when the Wickeds go on tour, October 4-6:
Jabberwocky Books, Newburyport, MA Oct 6, 7 pm
Country Bookseller, Wolfeboro, NH Oct 7, 4-6 pm
White Birch Books, Conway, NH Oct 8 2 pm
Boston Book Festival, Boston, MA Oct 19 11 am
New England Crime Bake, Woburn, MA Nov 8-10
Judge Thee Not: No stranger to judgmental attitudes in her small town, 1880s Quaker midwife, Rose Carroll, is nonetheless stunned when society matron Mayme Settle publicly snubs Rose’s good friend, Bertie, for her nontraditional ways. When Mrs. Settle is later found murdered—and a supposed witness insists Bertie was spotted near the scene of the crime—the police blame her. Rose is certain her friend is innocent, and she enlists the help of a blind pregnant client—who’s endured her own share of prejudice—to help her sift through the clues. As the two uncover a slew of suspects tied to financial intrigues, illicit love, and an age-old grudge over perceived wrongs, circumstantial evidence looms large in small minds, and Rose fears her friend will soon become the victim of a grave injustice—or worse.
Kathleen Valenti, author of the Maggie O'Malley Mysteries, joins me to talk about As Directed, the third book in the series from Henery Press. We discuss poison, the pharmaceutical industry, research, and invent a new genre, the cozy thriller.
Find Kathleen at:
Find her books at:
https://www.henerypress.com/author-valenti-kathleen and wherever fine books are sold.
Infused with historical fact, figures, and culture, L.A. Chandlar's third Art Deco Mystery, The Pearl Dagger, brings the 1930s to life as Lane Sanders helps her boss, Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, fight organized crime on both sides of the Atlantic.
Find out more about Agatha- and Silver Falchion-nominated, bestselling author, L.A. Chandlar at www.lachandlar.com. And check out her red shoe collection at
Follow her on Twitter at @LAChandlar
Alison von Rosenvinge, author (as D.A. Bartley) of the Abish Taylor Mysteries from Crooked Lane, joins me in the Cozy Corner. We discuss how an empty house leads to a compelling murder mystery that examines the consequences of a community's refusal to disavow violent doctrine, whether it's harder to come up with a blog post or a way to murder someone, and what Kellye Garrett, Richie Narvaez, and Lee Child have in common. Tune in and find out what fields (yes, plural) Alison holds doctoral degrees in and what the D in her pen name stands for.
Don't miss Alison at the first meeting of the NYC/Tristate Chapter of Sisters in Crime: Bold Voices Expanding Horizons in Crime Fiction with Cate Holahan, Richie Narvaez, Laura Joh Rowland, and Catherine Maiorisi on Thursday, September 19th (moderated by Alison von Rosenvinge, President of NYC Chapter of SinC). The meet-and-greet starts at 6:00 pm Eastern, and the panel starts promptly at 6:30 pm at the Jefferson Market Public Library, 425 6th Avenue.
Abby Vandiver, author of the Romaine Wilder Mysteries (Henery Press), joins me in the Cozy Corner to talk about funeral homes, folk magic, heritage, and ice cream--and a murder or two.
P.S. Today (August 7) is Abby's birthday. Tune in and wish her a happy one!
Literary agent and bestselling author, Paula Munier, joins me at ThrillerFest XIV for a mini-sode to discuss her award-nominated debut novel, A Borrowing of Bones. And dogs. Of course, we discuss dogs.
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Patricia Sargeant, writing as Olivia Matthews, joins me in the Cozy Corner to talk about the Sister Lou Mysteries. Tune in to learn the difference between a nun and a sister, how she sold her editor on a main character who's in her sixties, and the story behind her pen names (there's more than one). And find out what's up with the cat and the bunny.
Olivia Matthew's third Sister Lou Mystery, Alibis & Angels (Kensington), is available now. Find Olivia (Patricia) at:
Enewsletter: Patricia's News
Gigi Pandian, author of The Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mysteries and the Accidental Alchemist Mysteries, winner of multiple awards, and locked-room mystery aficionado, joins me in conversation. We chat about organizations that support writers, where she gets her ideas, and the joys of a locked room.
Find Gigi's books on Amazon, through indiebound.org, and wherever fine books are sold.
JAYA JONES TREASURE HUNT MYSTERIES:
Pirate Vishnu ’14
Michelangelo’s Ghost ’16
The Ninja’s Illusion ’17
The Cambodian Curse & Other Stories
ACCIDENTAL ALCHEMIST MYSTERIES:
The Accidental Alchemist ’15
The Masquerading Magician ’16
The Elusive Elixir ’17
The Alchemist’s Illusion ’19
Other People’s Baggage ’12 (w/ Kendel Lynn & Diane Vallere)
Murder Most Conventional ’16 (anthology edited by Katherine Hall Page)
“The Hindi Houdini”
“The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn”
Join V.M. (Valerie) Burns--author of the Mystery Bookshop Mysteries, the Dog Club Mysteries, and the R.J. Franklin Mysteries, and me as we chat about how she writes three different series, the role place plays in her fiction, and her experience at Malice Domestic, the mystery fan conference where cozies take center stage.
Check out Valerie's books, available on Amazon, through indiebound.org, and wherever fine books are sold:
MYSTERY BOOKSHOP MYSTERIES:
The Plot Is Murder ’17
Read Herring Hunt ’18
The Novel Art of Murder ’18
Wed, Read & Dead ’19
DOG CLUB MYSTERIES:
In the Dog House ’18
The Puppy Who Knew Too Much ’19
RJ FRANKLIN MYSTERIES:
Travellin’ Shoes ’18