Author Sophie Littlefield hit the scene in 2009 with her mystery, A Bad Day for Sorry, which won that year's RT Reviewers' Choice Award for best first mystery. Since that time Littlefield has made a name for herself with her mystery, young adult and paranormal series. Earlier this year, the author's post-apocalyptic novel Aftertime captured March's Seal of Excellence award. Today the author gives readers an insider look at her writing process, continuing series and more in this video interview with RT's Senior Editor and RT Reviews Coordinator Stephanie Klose.
This month D.P. Lyle continues his popular Dub Walker series with the thriller Hot Lights, Cold Steel. His new mystery has Lyle pondering when too much science is just that — too much. Aspiring authors and mystery fans can read the author's conclusions in this special post.
If you write crime fiction in any genre--hard boiled, cozy, thriller, romantic, literary--you must have some knowledge of forensic science. Even if your story doesn’t include DNA or fingerprints or toxicology or autopsies or any of the other forensic techniques, you have to know what’s out there. Failure to do so can sink your story.
Today Diana Orgain the author of the Maternal Instincts mystery series, chats about her heroine Kate Conolly. Kate is a stay-at-home mom who finds the time to also be an amateur sleuth. As anyone who has ever had a baby in their life knows, finding time to sleep, eat and shower is difficult, so we were extremely impressed by Kate's ability to multitask. Today the author reveals that she was inspired by her own struggles as a stay-at-home mom and mystery author. And then, don't miss your chance to win Orgain's new novel Formula for Murder!
First off – thanks so much to RT for inviting me to post here. In writing this post I’m trying to answer the number one question I get asked by moms (or other writers) – how I find the time to write. I have three little ones. My oldest is a girl, 7, and I have two boys ages 4 and 2. The honest answer is “I don’t know.”
Right now, two of three are playing with a tea set and the third, for unknown reasons, is working on taking his socks and shoes off and then putting them back on again. Today is the first day of summer and we’re getting ready to take the kids to the park. I’m writing this post between warming milk bottles, doing dishes and packing the diaper bag.
All the hub-bub is typical around here. Both my husband and I work from home and we squeeze out every productive moment of the day we can. Pre-school for the boys starts in a 55 days (but who’s counting) and although I’ll miss my darlings during the day it means I may have some interrupted blocks of writing time (the operative word being “may”) as it always seems there’s something that needs to done.
Last month the highly anticipated video game L.A. Noire debuted by selling more than a million units in the first week alone. While the stunning realistic graphics and the complex narrative of the game virtually ensured instant success, developer Rockstar Games took no chances with marketing their product to the public. Blanketing park benches, buses and billboards in Europe and America as well as saturating radio and television with ads, virtually no one could miss the game’s release.
But the marketing campaign goes a lot further than just advertisements. Rockstar Games has pulled out all the stops including appealing to mystery readers. Using the same world as the L.A. Noire game, eight heavy hitting authors were tapped to contribute to an anthology that has the same dark tone as the game. Titled L.A. Noire: The Collected Short Stories, the e-book releases today and includes short works by Megan Abbott, Lawrence Block, Joe Lansdale, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Jonathan Santlofer, Duane Swierczynski and Andrew Vachss. These tales of suspense capture the dark underbelly of 1940s Hollywood – the corrupt cops, femme fatales and their dupes and the gumshoes that tried to make sense of it all. And the best part is that the collection is now available for free! So whether you have already in love with L.A. Noire the game or are just looking to read some great mystery short stories, you can enjoy these tales of noir.
Have you ever wondered what is actually in the personnel files of your favorite fictional detective? Today Andrea Kane satiates your curiosity with a sneak peek into the files of three members of the Forensic Instinct team. Get an up-close look at these investigators racing against the clock to locate The Girl who Disappeared Twice, the new series starter — and RT Top Pick — from mystery mastermind Andrea Kane. (And don’t miss your chance to win this new suspense story at the end of the post!)
From the personnel files of Forensic Instincts…
NAME: Marc Deveraux
CULTURAL BACKGROUND: Asian (maternal), French (paternal)
The Duffer Awards have just taken over thriller writer Alafair Burke’s website. All month long, readers will get to vote which fictional characters will win a “Duffer”. A dubious honor at best and a clever putdown at worse, Duffer awards will include such categories “Quickest Rebounder From A Failed Relationship” and “Most Likely To Be Institutionalized”. Mystery and thriller fans will be happy to see favorite characters on the list of nominees. Such diverse characters as Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta and Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne make appearances as well as Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander and James Patterson’s Alex Cross, just to name a few.
Each day in June, two mystery characters will be pitted against each other to vie for a Duffer, named after Burke's beloved French Bulldog. Readers who comment on their choice for the categories' winners will be entered in a contest to win copies of Burke’s books and $50 gift certificates.
I don't know about you, but I am heading straight there to vote for the character "Most Likely To Make A 15-Mile Detour For Good Junk Food". I'm thinking this is going to have to go to Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone...
Fans heartbroken by author Michael Crichton's death in 2008 are in for an unexpected surprise. HarperCollins will be publishing the author's last work, a thriller, this November. At the time of Crichton’s death, Harper publisher Jonathan Burnham revealed that Crichton had written approximately 90 pages of a new thriller along with detailed notes for the story’s plot. The publisher did not wait long before deciding to get the unfinished book in reader's hands.
Another bestselling author, Richard Preston, was tasked with completing Crichton's last project. Titled Micro, the story is about an American biotech company where shady things happen and the group of graduate students who get caught up in the mess.
We spent the past week at BEA meeting authors, publishers and fellow book enthusiasts. And each day we braved the long lines in the Autographing Area in order to give readers a chance to win signed books from fan favorite authors.
Today is the day you've all been waiting for, because we are giving away not one, not two, but five bags full of signed books and ARCs from across genres! And with much thanks to all of the authors who contributed and publicists who made this giveaway possible, you can check out the lists below to see which books are in each bag.
To enter to win one or any of the bags, simply leave a comment below telling us what new book you can't wait to read and which bags you are hoping to win:
Mystery, Suspense and Thriller:
RT brings you an exclusive first look at Gregg Hurwitz's upcoming novel You're Next. We go beyond the back cover blurb with the author who shares how this story is different from his other works. Also, check out the giveaway at the end of the author's message.
Part of why I’m a writer is that I’m an insomniac. An image will hit me, or a scene, and it’ll gnaw on my brain in the small hours until I need to write it down to get it out. You're Next is the most emotional book I’ve written, I think because it’s the first book I’ve attacked fully from the perspective of a parent.
What was the scene that struck me and wouldn’t let go?
A boy is dropped off by his father at an unfamiliar playground as a four-year-old and told to go play. Climbing out of the station wagon, he notices a single drop of blood on the cuff of his father’s sleeve. But whose?
Following the announcement that Amazon will be publishing romance novels, the online retailer has revealed that it will also be entering into the mystery and thriller genres with its own publishing imprint.
Named Thomas & Mercer after the streets around Amazon’s headquarters, the newest imprint will release four titles this fall including D.M. Annechino’s Resuscitation, J.A. Konrath and Blake Crouch’s Stirred, Kyle Mills' The Immortals and John Rector's Already Gone. These books will be available in Kindle e-book editions, audio and print.
Thomas & Mercer is Amazon's fifth publishing imprint. Others include AmazonEncore which features emerging and new writers, AmazonCrossing which publishes translations of foreign language works and the aforementioned Montlake Romance. So what's next for Amazon? We predict a science fiction imprint, so stay tuned...