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Magazine Extras: Lisa Jackson Takes Us Inside You Don't Want To Know

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 13, 2012 | PERMALINK

Do you love to go behind the scenes of a good book? Well, you aren't alone. And today with these exclusive photos and excerpts that we couldn’t fit into the August issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS magazine, Lisa Jackson continues her tour of the Pacific Northwest, the setting for her new thriller, You Don’t Want to Know. Jackson shares photos that inspired her story, as well as excerpts paired with each photo, showing how her inspiration translated onto the page ... 

This Victorian mansion in Oregon was behind the vision for Neptune’s Gate, the house in You Don't Want to Know. However, the house in Lisa Jackson’s book is much darker than the one pictured here (with Lisa herself standing on its porch). “The house and grounds [in the photo] are well-tended,” says Jackson, “they don’t have the sinister feel and look of Neptune’s Gate, but this is exactly the architecture that served as inspiration.”


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July Mystery Overview

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 11, 2012 | PERMALINK

July's heating up to be an exciting month for mystery readers. First up, there’s a new historical adventure from RT Seal of Excellence winner Carol McCleary, which brings back heroine Nellie Bly. But she’s not the only fan favorite character to return. Catherine Coulter’s Savich and Sherlock are also getting a new installment — and we reveal why this team’s adventures are on our summer must-read list. Plus, we take an in-depth look at a fictional woman that caused RT reviewer Jeff to proclaim Caitlin Strong "the best female thriller protagonist in the entire genre right now.” Find all this and more in July's mystery genre wrap-up!


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Janet Evanovich To Continue Her Stephanie Plus Series And Team Up With Lee Goldberg

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 11, 2012 | PERMALINK
Janet Evanovich is one of the biggest names in mystery fiction. She bridges the land between cozies and police procedurals to bring readers the often-hilarious exploits of bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. So we are very excited to learn that this prolific author will soon be adding not one or two, but an impressive eight books to her “written by me” bookshelf. (While we have no proof that she owns one of these — and if she does, it’s doubtful that she actually calls it that, the idea has us in stitches!) So what’s ahead for Evanovich’s fans?

 


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Video Interview: Michele Jaffe Talks Ghost Flower And Beyond!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 06, 2012 | PERMALINK

If you're hunting for that perfect beach book, we suggest that readers of all ages take a peek at author Michele Jaffe's summer 2012 release, Ghost Flower. This YA mystery won RT's Seal of Excellence in May and we can't get the compelling tale out of our heads. So for all those readers who haven't checked out this story about a runaway who assumes the identity of a missing rich girl, today we're bringing you an interview with the author! At the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention, Jaffe sat down with RT's Elissa to talk about how stealing someone's identity means changing yourself — sometimes in fundamental ways. But that's not all the pair discuss. Get an insider's look at Ghost Flower and then find out what Jaffe is working on next. (Here's a hint: this adult book will include Nazis, a New York socialite and the cabaret!)


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Flight: How Authors And Readers Co-Wrote A Novella During The 2012 RT Booklovers Convention

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 06, 2012 | PERMALINK

Great things come from book conventions. Readers meeting authors. Authors pitching books. Publishers finalizing contracts. But what happens when all three of these groups come together? Well, if you were at the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention, you had a chance to take part in a fantastic workshop where readers participated in a brainstorming session that resulted in a story the authors co-wrote and have now published.

“Flight,” the newly-released, self-published short story is the result of the “You Done It” workshop at the 2012 RT Convention. After readers and workshop attendees brainstormed the plot, it was up to the writers of the authors of “The Outfit,” a collective of Chicago crime writers, to get the story written. Talent including Libby Fischer Hellmann, Laura Caldwell, Jamie Freveletti and Michael Allen Dymmoch wrote the story in round-robin segments. The result is a mystery with a unique voice.


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BEA 2012: Thriller Panel Featuring Connelly, Meltzer, Koryta and DeMille

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 08, 2012 | PERMALINK

Mystery readers were in for something special during BookExpo America 2012 when President and CEO of Ingram Content Group Skip Prichard moderated a discussion between four very different thriller authors. This author chat, which included Michael Connelly, Brad Meltzer, Michael Koryta and Nelson DeMille, gave the audience an insider’s look at their paths to writing, the authors they love to read — and even weigh in on the discussion about print versus digital books! If you weren’t able to make the panel, here is a snapshot of what you missed:

(from left to right) Authors Nelson DeMille, Brad Meltzer, Michael Connelly and Michael Koryta

It’s no secret that these four authors came to writing from different corners of the professional world. They were a private eye (Koryta), a journalist (Connelly), a lawyer (Meltzer) and a soldier in Vietnam (DeMille). The result is four very different types of writers. What they have in common? They all write stories that make us double check the locks at night and check under the bed before we climb into it. These tales are thrillers with a capital T.


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June Mystery Overview

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 05, 2012 | PERMALINK

The mystery genre is always diverse, but this month authors released books that fell all across the spectrum. There were stories of mysterious deaths, dead bodies surprising people in the most unexpected locales and psychological thrillers that will have you double checking the locks on your doors. This month also saw the release of a book that won the rare honor of an RT Top Pick Gold! which was awarded to Gillian Flynn’s latest. And readers welcomed debut author Elizabeth Haynes with open arms. Plus we take a look at several must-read cozies in this month’s mystery roundup!


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Stephen King Announces His Next Project

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 01, 2012 | PERMALINK

The publishers at Hard Case Crime, the line of pulp stories released by Titan Books, has been carefully curating an impressive line-up of authors from those who were popular 'back in the day' like David Goodis and Erle Stankley Gardner, to modern authors like Christa Faust and Max Allan Collins. And we’ve just learned that another famed author will be joining their ranks: Stephen King.

The immensely popular author will release the new novel Joyland with the imprint, which he worked with when he released The Colorado Kid back in 2005. (King fans and science fiction enthusiast will recognize this title as the one that inspired Syfy Network’s popular television series Haven.) Knowing that Hard Case Crime has already been the home of a successful King story, we are even more excited to be getting an all-new novel from the talented writer.


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Michael Crichton's Classics Are Going Digital

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 15, 2012 | PERMALINK

Dinosaurs, super viruses and killer primates, oh my … Michael Crichton, that is! Nine of this prolific author’s chilling tales are now available as e-reads for the first time. The famous author and creator passed away in 2008; however, as his stories were techno thrillers and science-y suspenses, we bet that enjoying them on our e-readers will feel absolutely fitting.

If you’ve never tried a Crichton story, now’s the perfect time to get a taste for these haunting tales. RT BOOK REVIEWS Features Editor Mala raves about the authors work saying, “There’s no denying that Crichton was ahead of the game for thrillers. He wrote edge-of-your-seat, science-based adventures that always kept me turning pages!” Intrigued readers should head to their favorite online bookseller to get a piece of all this terrifying reading action.


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Video Interview: Sue Grafton

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 15, 2012 | PERMALINK

Bestselling mystery author Sue Grafton is best known for her Kinsey Milhone novels (also affectionately called the alphabet mysteries for their clever titles). The series is 22 books in and still going strong. The latest book in the series, 2011's V is for Vengeance, was rated an RT Top Pick! In today's interview with RT's Stephanie, Grafton shares her views on the psychology of violence, talks about the narrative directions she's taken with her stories and the ways that she keeps the series fresh. (One of these ways is that she works hard to capture Kinsey "in the moment" and not think too far ahead, in fact she doesn't even know what the title for her W mystery will be!) Plus, find out what the author thinks she'll do after she wraps up Kinsey's final alphabet adventure!


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