Without Mercy (Dr. Bill Brockton)

Written by Jefferson Bass FORENSIC MYSTERIES. Dr. Bill Brockton is called to consult on a strange death in the woods of Cooke County Tennessee, a place he describes as “notorious for its frontier mentality and outlaw entrepreneurs.” Bill and his feisty doctoral student and assistant Miranda, drive up twisty roads into the Great Smokey Mountains, […]

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Jefferson Bass

(co writers Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson) FORENSIC MYSTERIES, DR. BILL BROCKTON. Full disclosure, I am content to watch reruns of CSI Las Vegas and Bones for mindless hours at a time, so not surprisingly I find the gruff slightly awkward central character of these books, Dr. Bill Brockton to be very winning for […]

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Night School

Written by Lee Child THRILLER. It’s 1996. Major Jack Reacher, still in the army, has been awarded his second Legion of Merit in a private ceremony “It was a transaction. A contractual token. Take the bauble and keep your mouth shut about what we asked you to do for it.” As Reacher leaves the ceremony […]

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Bouchercon 47: The Anthony Awards

The Anthony is an award named for the critic and writer Anthony Boucher (August 21, 1911 to April 29, 1968). It is one of the most prestigious awards in the mysery field and is voted on by the attendees at the convention, this year including me, Nancy Gallt, and you, if you were there. (If […]

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Notes from Bouchercon 47, continued

New Orleans 2016 – Blood on the Bayou Nancy Gallt and I got up early on Friday to be at the 7:30 New Author Breakfast at Bouchercon. Twenty-four first-time authors got three minutes each to stand up and talk about themselves and their books while their semi-hungover audience eats very good eggs, sausage, and biscuits. […]

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Notes from Bouchercon 47

New Orleans 2016 — Blood on the Bayou Nancy Gallt and I attended Bouchercon in New Orleans, to see some friends and do a little business. Also, we’re always on the lookout for a new writer who needs representation. I love hanging out with book people. The Opening Ceremonies featured the guests of honor in […]

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Magpie Going to New Orleans

We’re excited to be heading to Bouchercon in New Orleans. If you don’t know about this mystery conference, their website will give you a glimpse: bouchercon.com . I hope to be too busy to have time to post anything from the meeting, but I’ll take lots of notes. Probably. You can’t visit New Orleans without […]

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Quiet Neighbors: A Novel

Written by Catriona McPherson Half way through Catriona McPherson’s Quiet Neighbors I felt compelled to go to Goodgle and find out if Wigtown is a real place. I’m happy to report that the small Scottish village full of second hand bookstores does exist. We could all go there though I doubt the experience will be […]

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Little Pretty Things

Written by Lori Rader-Day AMATEUR SLEUTH. What happens to the girl who always comes in second? Juliet “Jules” Townsend was a brilliant high school track star who broke state records. Unfortunately that was not good enough to win. Her best friend Madeleine “Maddy” Bell beat her in every race. The silver cups in the lobby […]

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