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Lori Avocato adds to her popular Pauline Sokol mystery series

BY Faygie Levy, JANUARY 06, 2011 | PERMALINK

If you're one of the many who enjoyed Lori Avocato's Pauline Sokol mysteries about a nurse turned fraud investigator this is your lucky day. Avocato has written and self-published the seventh adventure in the series, Dead Weight. It is available on her website, LoriAvocato.com for $7. Back for more fun with Pauline are Jagger, Goldie and friends. Also, look for a series epilogue to be e-released shortly. To learn more about the previous books in the series, check out Avocato's RT page for a list of her previous releases.

For more on authors self-publishing their own stories check out the February issue of RT Book Reviews on sale now.


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Three Tasty Mysteries - With Recipes!

BY Whitney Sullivan, JANUARY 03, 2011 | PERMALINK

One of my very favorite trends in the mystery genre is the tales of deception and death that involve cooking and baking escapades. I love figuring out the identity of a murder, thief or other evil-doer, and then introducing a new recipe into my kitchen repertoire from the story I just devoured. So we went to Sheila Connolly, Jenn McKinlay and Julie Hyzy, who are each continuing their sleuths' adventures this month. The three authors share the food aspect in these yummy mysteries — and a recipe from their tasty series!

 

A Killer Crop
by Sheila Connolly


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BONUS CONTENT: More from the Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child Magazine Article - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 30, 2010 | PERMALINK

In the February issue of RT Book Reviews, RT’s Liz French interviewed thriller co-authors Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston about their new series starring a new hero, Gideon Crew. We didn’t have quite enough room to include all the Q&As, but we thought you’d like to hear about Douglas Preston’s adventures in Italy and his involvement in the Amanda Knox case (Knox, an American living in Italy, was recently convicted of murdering her roommate). Additionally, we asked both authors which classic books they simply couldn’t get through and Child especially was very candid. And don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this bonus content from the February issue!

Liz French: Mr. Preston, Tom Cruise’s production company has optioned Monster of Florence. Care to comment? Would you also like to comment about your involvement in the Amanda Knox case and your entanglements with Italian prosecutor Giuliano Mignini? Is it true that you were one of the many persons of interest in the Monster of Florence case?


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Victoria Laurie's Homage To Agatha Christie

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 29, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author Victoria Laurie's newest tale was inspired by the maven of mystery herself, Agatha Christie. Learn how Laurie channeled Christie when crafting the latest novel in the Ghost Hunter Mystery serues, Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls.

Several months ago when I was casting about for a new story idea for the next book in my Ghost Hunter’s Mysteries series, I looked to the classics and found fantastic inspiration in Agatha Christie.

Like so many millions and millions of others, I simply adore Agatha. It’s not just that her mysteries are so well plotted; it’s the way she tells the story that I admire so much. With her succinct and easy style her novels are indeed timeless and just so readable...you know? 

I also love that in every Agatha Christie book I read, I find little pieces of myself reflected back in her characters. It’s part of her genius, I think, to show us our whole selves – and not just those bits about us we like. Masterful.


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Pamela Callow on her heroine Kate Lange - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 28, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author Pamela Callow stops by to chat about her heroine Kate Lange and the second mystery in the Kate Lange thriller series, Indefensible. Callow shares how lawyer Kate uses all her resources to try to keep a desperate single father out of jail. And don’t miss your chance to check out an excerpt of Indefensible and enter to win your own copy of the new mystery at the end of this post!

If you enjoy reading thrillers, you probably are fascinated with stories about crime. I know I am. I’ve often wondered what it would be like to face a killer. Or what it must feel like to be wrongfully charged with committing a crime.


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Author Podcast: CJ Lyons Chats About Her Final Angels of Mercy Novel - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 30, 2010 | PERMALINK

CJ Lyons concludes her popular Angels of Mercy series with Critical Condition, the fast paced thriller that is released today! Lyons, who is an ER doctor turned author, talks about readers can expect from the fourth novel in her popular medical thriller series. In Critical Condition all four of the series' heroines are trapped in the hospital with a serial killer on the loose, so this is sure to be another action-filled visit to the hospital. Lyons also shares what her fans can expect next — the author's upcoming series is co-written with Erin Brockovich. And don't miss your chance to win Critical Condition at the end of the interview!

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Author Interview With Tom Franklin

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 03, 2010 | PERMALINK

M, I, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, I, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, I, Humpback, Humpback, I. Just a string of gibberish until it's put together as Mississippi, the setting of mystery author Tom Franklin’s Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. This RT Top Pick! captures the feel of the South and has RT Reviewer Donna M. Carter raving, “Much more than a mystery, this literate, evocative tale is a story of guilty secrets, hidden loves and, ultimately, of redemption, with characters who are so real they practically walk off the page.” Now get an inside peek into the mind of the author behind Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter and don't miss the excerpt at the end of the interview.


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Big News For Fans of Pulp Paperback Mysteries

BY Liz French, OCTOBER 20, 2010 | PERMALINK

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Meet A Fourteenth Century Version of Philip Marlowe

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 11, 2010 | PERMALINK

Jeri Westerson's novel The Demon's Parchment got an enthusiastic Top Pick review, but the RT editors were scratching our heads on what to call the excellent tale. Certainly it has mystery and suspense, and it is historically set, but there is a lot more to the story. Thankfully, the author came to our rescue when she told us that she has labeled the new type of books that she created - Westerson calls it "Medieval Noir." Read on to learn more from the author about the evolution of this new subgenre.  


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Laura Childs Delivers Big Thrills In the Big Easy

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 07, 2010 | PERMALINK

Author Laura Childs turns what could be traditional "cozies" into "thrillzies" by setting her Scrapbook Mysteries series in New Orleans. In Childs' newest release, Fiber & Brimstone, amateur sleuth Carmela Bertrand follows a killer into the haunted Halloween parties of the Big Easy and beyond. Read on to learn how the author captures the true spirit of the city from the Rue Bourbon to the Mississippi River. 


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