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Dynamic (Female) Duos: Allison Brennan and Laura Griffin Team Up

BY Elissa Petruzzi, SEPTEMBER 03, 2013 | PERMALINK

As much as we at RT love romance, we also love reading about female friendships, real relationships that aren't mainly focused on discussing the hero's abs. So of course we were thrilled to hear that two of our favorite mystery authors were teaming up — to write a PI duo that teams up. Meta! 

Today Allison Brennan and Laura Griffin are self-publishing Crash and Burn, the first in their Moreno and Hart series, starring Krista Hart and Scarlet Moreno, two former cops trying to make their PI business work in sunny Southern California. The tough ladies fight crime and make a little time for romance — and they always have each other's backs.

The female dynamic duo is such an awesome, albeit underused, trope, we asked the ladies for their favorite fictional pairings, and here's what they had to say. 


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Web Extras: More Questions For Jeffery Deaver

BY Liz French, AUGUST 20, 2013 | PERMALINK

It was great fun sending questions to twisty thriller writer Jeffery Deaver for RT's October issue Q&A, where we talked about his July Lincoln Rhyme novel, The Kill Room and his October stand-alone thriller, The October List. One remarkable thing about The October List is the fact that it's written backwards, starting at the end of the story and working back in increments. As usual, I wanted to know so much from my interview subject that I asked too many questions! Here are Deaver's answers to two bonus questions that didn't fit into the print magazine, I hope you enjoy seeing how he plots his novels — this time in reverse!

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You’re the king of plot twists; how much more difficult was it to include them in a reverse narrative?  Do you have a quota, like OK, we’ve had five pages or three chapters without a big twist, time to give readers a doozy?


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August Mystery Overview

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 08, 2013 | PERMALINK

Fighting crime and putting criminals behind bars is not just for superheroes. In fact, some of the most influential and important crime fighters don’t wear tights, have laser-vision, or fly. Agents, cops, and attorneys may not be typical superheroes, but they are the men and women leading the fight against crime. This month’s mystery recommendations all feature these more ordinary, though no less amazing, crime fighters and the high-stakes cases they must solve before it’s too late!


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ThrillerFest 2013: An Interview With Bestselling Thrill Writer Michael Connelly

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 18, 2013 | PERMALINK

Master of the thriller genre, former journalist turned bestselling author Michael Connelly uses his experiences from working the “crime beat” for the Los Angeles Times in order to craft iconic characters — ahem, Harry Bosch, we are talking about you! — and gritty plots. With legions of fans, Connelly has transcended the written word and become part of popular culture (we love his appearances on the TV show Castle). As a Spotlight Guest at this year’s ThillerFest, Michael Connelly was interviewed by author Jon Land. Today we are pleased to bring you highlights from the discussion where the authors talked Bosch, Los Angeles and a TV deal in the works.


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ThrillerFest Asks If Young Adult Novels Are Meant For Adults

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 17, 2013 | PERMALINK

The lines between Young Adult and adult literature can be blurry, making it hard to distinguish audiences. But engaging characters and dramatic plots often results in books that everyone — no matter age — can enjoy. Still, the question remains: are teen novels meant for adults? ThillerFest authors tackled this question at this year’s conference. Author of the Goosebumps books R.L. Stine hosted the panel and we’re excited to share some highlights from this rousing conversation. 


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ThrillerFest 2013: Working With The Media

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 16, 2013 | PERMALINK

With almost 1,000 attendees, this year's ThrillerFest was the biggest yet. And while much of the discussion during the four-day conference surrounded ways for published and aspiring authors to improve their thriller, mystery and suspense writing, there were also plenty of opportunities to debate the changes in publishing. And one of the biggest shifts in the past few years is the way that works and authors are promoted. As the world continues to 'go digital' there are more opportunities to get found online by new readers and also engage existing fans. But with the widespread use of Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and other social networks, comes recommendations (and warnings) on the correct way to communicate with audiences. The ThrillerFest panel addressing these issues, “What Are the New Rules for Working With the Media?”, featured experts in the field including book reviewer Jeff Ayers, publicist Dana Kaye, former television producer and media specialist Kathleen Murphy, publicist Meryl Moss and Senior Director of Publicity at HarperCollins, Pamela Spengler-Jaffee. Moderated by Connecticut Post entertainment writer Joe Meyers, the panel members discussed the importance of working with print and digital mediums as well as ways to successfully navigate the social media waters.

Moderator Joe Meyers with panelists Jeff Ayers, Dana Kaye, Meryl Moss, Kathleen Murphy and Pamela Spengler-Jaffee


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Thrillerfest 2013: A Discussion with Michael Palmer

BY DJ DeSmyter, JULY 15, 2013 | PERMALINK

The annual ThrillerFest conference, hosted by the International Thriller Writers, came to town last week and featured a variety of thriller, mystery and suspense authors that gathered for days of jam-packed discussions, informative workshops, panels and signings. Bestselling and RT Top Pick! thriller authors Michael Palmer and his son, Daniel Palmer, never thought they’d end up having careers as writers. With Michael being told his writing skills were less than stellar and Daniel finding success in songwriting and website building, the two of them were more than surprised when they eventually found themselves creating thrillers that hook readers with high-stake action, medical drama, and technological elements. Daniel sat down to interview his father and what followed was an entertaining, personal, and all around enjoyable conversation reflecting on Michael’s career so far. Members of RT were in attendance and we’re delighted to bring our readers a recap of the discussion.

Son Daniel Palmer jokingly points out how his name is bigger on his book cover than his father, Michael's


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Mystery Book Recommendations: July 2013

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 10, 2013 | PERMALINK

Are you itching to solve the next great case? Then brush off your investigative skills and pick up these RT recommended July titles that are sure to satisfy your need for complex, thrilling and dangerous mysteries!


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Video Interview: Joe Hill

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 24, 2013 | PERMALINK

With his trademark mixture of thrills, horror and touch of the paranormal, it is nearly impossible to pin down Joe Hill's writing. Today RT's Morgan asks the author about his newest release NOS4A2, an absolutely captivating tale of a very bad man and the young girl who becomes trapped in his web. Hill describes his book and inspiration behind creating a non-traditional vampire. He also reveals how, in a strange way, the novel is about parenting and how his own mother and father, Tabitha and Stephen King, have helped develop his love for the written word.


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Mystery Book Recommendations: June 2013

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 11, 2013 | PERMALINK

As a private investigator, cop or FBI agent, hunting down criminals is the name of the game. However, there are some professions that are not always synonymous with the world of murder and mayhem. This month, we focus on our favorite June mystery, thriller and suspense novels that feature unlikely crimefighters.


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