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Extended Excerpt: Jo Bannister's Death in High Places

BY , AUGUST 02, 2011 | PERMALINK

Get a peek between the covers of Jo Bannister's newest mystery novel, Death in High Places. This extended excerpt will introduce you to Nicky Horn, who after being blamed for the death of a friend during an Alaskan mountain climb, is rebuilding his life while simultaneously running from a hit man hired by the father of his deceased friend. 

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He’d got in the way of returning home at different times and by different routes. The first thing he did when he moved to a new town was rehearse the alternatives, driving and on foot, and make a note of where it was normal to see parked cars and men standing on street corners and where it wasn’t. After four years it was second nature to him.

After four years the whole business had become second nature. Finding work where he could get cash in hand and no one would want his National Insurance number. Finding somewhere to live where paying the rent in advance would save him having to prove who he was. His name was Nicky Horn. But that wasn’t the name the world knew him by. It wasn’t even one of them.


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Mystery Month: A Look At Some Of The Most-Anticipated Upcoming Mysteries!

BY , JULY 29, 2011 | PERMALINK

All during July we celebrated Mystery Month with extra coverage of the authors, books and series we just can't get enough of. You heard from guest bloggers, got an inside look at the Thrillerfest conference and went behind the scenes in our author interviews. While all good things come to an end, we won't leave you completely empty-handed. Today we list the upcoming releases we are most looking forward to. From action-packed thrillers and suspenses, to the screwball sleuths and the hardboiled cops, if you love reading whodunits then you will definitely want to pre-order the gems highlighted below.

 

 

New York to Dallas
By J.D. Robb
Release Date: September 2011

 
The latest in Robb’s mystery series received a Gold rating from RT’s Senior Reviewer Jill Smith. This novel is sure to please long-time fans but those new to the series will also enjoy this story that focuses on new developments in the case that brought Eve and Roarke together!


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Mystery Month: Video Interview With Co-Authors Who Write As Charles Todd

BY , JULY 28, 2011 | PERMALINK

As we are coming to the close of Mystery Month, RT's Morgan Doremus got a chance to sit down with mother and son mystery author team Charles and Caroline, who write as Charles Todd. Their two WWI-era historical mystery series features the Scotland Yard investigator Ian Rutledge and the unflappable nurse Bess Crawford. Today the co-authors share an about what is next for their sleuths — and what it is like for the authors to work together!

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Mystery Month: Author Kari Lee Townsend's Psychic Heroine Gives Her A Reading!

BY , JULY 27, 2011 | PERMALINK

Debut author Kari Lee Townsend will charm readers with the heroine of her new novel Tempest in the Tea Leaves. The psychic Sunny is on a quest to prove that she is not the murderer her local police think she is. But today we asked Sunny to take a break from the challenging work of proving her innocence and instead take a shot at telling her author’s fortune!

I parted the beads to my sanctuary, situated at the front of the ancient Victorian house I lived in, and entered with my next client trailing behind me. Her name was Kari. She said she was passing through our quaint, small town of Divinity and simply couldn’t leave upstate New York without having her fortune read. 

“Okay, Kari, the first thing I’d like you to do is brew the tea.” I gestured to the old fashioned tea table in the center. She sat, and I took the seat opposite her.

“This is so exciting,” Kari said, her brown eyes sparkling and brown curly hair bouncing off her shoulders as she looked around the table. “Um, where are the tea bags?”


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Mystery Month: Emily Arsenault On Future Ghosts And In Search Of The Rose Notes

BY , JULY 25, 2011 | PERMALINK

Whether or not you believe in the supernatural, games that dabble in the paranormal are staples of the teenage sleepover. However, in this month's Top Pick rated release, In Search of the Rose Notes by Emily Arsenault, preteens Nora and Charlotte take their interest one step further when they use the occult to find their missing babysitter. Today Emily Arsenault stops by to share how her own experience at a sleepover many years ago inspired this new tale of suspense!

With In Search of the Rose Notes, I wanted to capture that phase of youth when you consider yourself way too mature to believe in Santa Claus and the tooth fairy, but are still willing to believe in darker kinds of magic—psychic powers, curses, and ghosts.


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Author Podcast: James Barney On The Genesis Key

BY , JULY 21, 2011 | PERMALINK

In honor of our Mystery Month we spoke with author James Barney, who has just released his debut novel, The Genesis Key. The story is a fast-paced thriller about a talented biologist who stumbles into an amazing discovery that has everyone from government agents to terrorists after her. Today Barney shares an insider's look at his new novel with RT's Web Editor Morgan Doremus. Listen to the podcast below to find out about the role that fruit flies play in this thriller and what happens to an ordinary woman who gets caught up in a dangerous situation. The author also reflects on instances that technology meets religion and the moral implications of this intersection.

 


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Magazine Extras: Author Dan Burstein Answers Our Questions About His Stieg Larsson Nonfiction

BY , JULY 20, 2011 | PERMALINK

Stieg Larsson mania continues, with speculation about the late author's "lost fourth book" and film adaptations from both Sweden and the United States (the first U.S. film is scheduled for a December release). Fans of Larsson and his trilogy will certainly want to check out the new nonfiction title, The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of Our Time by Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer and John-Henri Holmberg. In our September issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS magazine, RT's Managing Editor Liz French excerpted Dan Burstein's answers to her emailed questions about the book; here is the complete, unedited Q&A with the author.

LF: Normally my first question would be, WHY cover this author and his books, but it’s a no-brainer — megabestseller, tragic early death, contentious heirs, kick-ass heroine, etc. But I would like to hear how you came around to liking the series so much that you devoted a book to it.


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Cozy Corner: Donna Andrews' The Real Macaw

BY , JULY 20, 2011 | PERMALINK

Mystery author Donna Andrews is beloved for her slightly screwball cozy mystery series which continues this month with The Real Macaw. This novel is heroine Meg Langslow's thirteenth full-length adventure and over the course of the stories she has met her husband, gotten married and recently given birth to twins — all while solving capers along the way. But what truly sets Andrews' plucky blacksmith heroine apart from the crowd is that Meg's home is frequently 'taken over' by whatever crime she is currently trying to solve. In Six Geese A-Slaying her home is the meeting place for the Caerphilly Christmas parade and in Stork Raving Mad her houseguest is murdered. In the author's own words, Meg is "bringing home murder." Today the author gives us an insider's look at amateur slueth heroine and Meg's very busy home. 


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Video Interview: Catherine Coulter Talks Suspense, Romance And Her New Novel!

BY , JULY 19, 2011 | PERMALINK

Bestselling author Catherine Coulter's latest tale of suspense, Split Second, hits shelves today. Now you can go behind the scenes of her newest story with this video interview. The author chats with RT's Morgan Doremus about transitioning from writing historical romance to suspense — a choice she made on a whim — and why she enjoys crafting these mysteries. And her romance fans will be thrilled to learn that she will also be returning to her roots this November with her upcoming novel, The Prince of Ravenscar.

Catherine Coulter On Writing Stories Of Romance And Suspense >>

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Mystery Month: How Thrillerfest Authors Are Inspired To Write Paranormal Tales

BY , JULY 15, 2011 | PERMALINK

Ask any author and they will tell you one of the most frequent questions they hear is, “Where do you get your ideas?” This was certainly the case for the authors at this year's Thrillerfest convention who took part in the panel Do You Suck Blood? How to Get Inside the Supernatural Head run by Heather Graham. Graham asked the popular question to the authors and got some very interesting answers that we thought we would share. 

Author Jeannie Holmes said that she feels comfortable writing about the "other side" since she has actually lived in several haunted houses. The smells she has encountered — including smoke and perfume — while cohabiting with spirits definitely give her ideas for her own urban fantasy tales. 

But you don’t have to have person experiences with the supernatural to read — or write — scary stories. Author Jonathan Maberry admitted to being a skeptic. He said while he may be “superstitious as hell” he was also taught that evil is a human concept. So, in order to become inspired for his horror stories, he oftentimes looks to old wives’ tales and other stories passed down through the generations. 


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