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Killer Jobs: Occupational Hazards In April's Mysteries

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 02, 2014 | PERMALINK

Sure, work can be stressful, but the characters in this month’s mystery overview have jobs that are absolute killers. Reading our April mystery picks will make you feel better after a bad day at the office! Take a look:

The cover of Rick Mofina's Whirlwind

In Rick Mofina’s latest, Whirlwind, reporter Kate Page’s life takes a suspenseful turn after she begins an internship at a Dallas newspaper. Hoping to earn a full-time position, Kate works tirelessly to showcase her talents, even though she misses her daughter terribly. When she’s sent to cover the aftermath of a deadly tornado, Kate meets a woman searching for her son, who was last seen with a stranger during the storm. Kate takes it upon herself to find the woman’s son, but will she solve the mystery before it’s too late?


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Allison Brennan on Her New Series and the Changing Face of Publishing

BY Faygie Levy, MARCH 27, 2014 | PERMALINK

In the mood for a good mystery? (We almost always are.) Well, Allison Brennan’s launching a new series this week with Notorious. It’s the story of Maxine Revere, in-your-face TV investigative journalist, and the long ago murder of her best friend. We caught up with Allison to hear more about her writing life, and her thoughts on publishing as a whole.

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Your books are so full of twists and turns, how do you continue to keep your writing fresh?

The cover of Notorious

Thank you! I'm glad you think I’m still fresh, because that’s always a struggle. I want every book to be better than the last, and that pressure can sometimes stifle my creativity. For example, many of my earlier books were serial killer books, and in the Lucy series I tried to change it up a bit. I haven’t had a true serial killer since Kiss Me, Kill Me (2011, Ballantine), and even that book wasn’t a traditional serial killer. I’m actually thinking of going back to that with an upcoming Lucy book because I haven’t done it for awhile.


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Exclusive Cover Reveal: Hit By Delilah S. Dawson

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 24, 2014 | PERMALINK

Cover reveal time! You ready? Today we're pleased to reveal the brand spanking new cover of Delilah S. Dawson's upcoming YA novel, Hit. Although the book doesn't hit shelves until 2015, we are super excited to see the face of this killer story of a teen assassin in a bank-owned America. 

First, the book's back cover blurb:

NO ONE READS THE FINE PRINT.

The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that we were bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they’re unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country.

Patsy didn’t have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die?

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy's list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own.


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Haiku 4 U: March Mysteries

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 11, 2014 | PERMALINK

Every month your RT Web Team examines the books releasing. We plot and plan how best to cover them for you. Sometimes the process becomes almost … meditative, as we ogle the book covers and back cover copy. So it makes sense (in our minds, anyway) that we've come up with a new feature: Haiku 4 U. In it, we'll cover a genre trend in that beloved 5-7-5 syllable format, and then wax on about why these titles are the ones for you. Join us in the mindful exercise, or just check out the reads we recommend!

This month’s best mysteries feature blasts from the past!

The past, it lingers

We must learn from our mistakes

Only if we can


   

PAST MURDERS …


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The King of Horror Returns: Stephen King Announces New Novel Revival

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 13, 2014 | PERMALINK

Legendary and renowned author Stephen King has officially announced his return to the literary scene following last fall's Doctor Sleep. On November 11, 2014, eager fans can pick up Revival, a new and dark read sure to please readers across the board. Set in a New England town, the arrival of a mysterious and alluring minister and his wife stirs up secret obsessions, family tragedies and unexpected bonds. To read the full synopsis and announcement, visit King's official website here.

Alright, King fans, let the countdown begin!

Image courtesy of John Robinson via flickr.


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Laura Lippman's Favorite Baltimore Haunts

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 11, 2014 | PERMALINK

Laura Lippman’s mysteries are awesome for so many reasons, their intricate narratives, the multifaceted characters — and the way her Baltimore setting shines. Baltimore native Lippman and her husband David Simon, creator of the much lauded TV show The Wire, have vividly brought the Maryland port city to life for years. So in celebration of Laura’s latest, the RT Top Pick! After I’m Gone, we asked her to share her favorite places in Baltimore to hang out. Here’s what she had to say:

1) The bar at Cinghiale. This is our household go-to for comfort and celebration. When our daughter was small, we would just prop her car seat on the bar while we ate grilled calamari and drank Barolo.

2) A tie between two neighborhood restaurants — the Wine Market and Bluegrass Tavern. Both do great variations on mac 'n' cheese and when you have a 3-year-old, that's key. 


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Mystery Overview: February

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 10, 2014 | PERMALINK

Kids say — and do — the darndest things, and in this month’s mystery overview, we’re taking a look at some chilling cases where the adults aren’t the only ones getting in on the action or drama. Today’s youngsters are smarter than we sometimes give them credit for, and this month’s recommendations prove they have what it takes. So let’s get started, shall we?


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Seven Valentine's Day Recipes From Mystery Lovers' Kitchen

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 05, 2014 | PERMALINK

Who do you turn to when you're looking to make something tasty for your sweetie this Valentine's Day? Why, cozy mystery authors, of course! (Who did you think we'd say, Martha Stewart?) After all, many of them craft their suspenseful stories around decadent treats. Today, the lovely ladies from Mystery Lovers' Kitchen are here to share their favorite V-Day dishes, sweet and savory, and best of all? You can take all the credit!


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Mystery Overview: January

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 13, 2014 | PERMALINK

Whether you’re a dancer, actor or even a manager of a theatre, you probably know the world of art can be a little … well, cutthroat. Jealousy arises easily and stress can lead to disasters. In this month’s mystery overview, we take a look at a handful of exciting new January books that feature the dangers of treading the artful waters. So let’s raise the curtain and get on with the show!

First up is Joelle Charbonneau’s A Chorus Lineup, in which Glee club coach Paige Marshall must keep her students safe at Nationals when someone begins sabotaging costumes and sets. Even though her team has yet to be affected, Paige is still on edge, especially when the woman who accuses her of being the culprit winds up dead. Will Paige be able to shine the spotlight on the murder, or will the murderer get an encore?


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Mystery Overview: December

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 23, 2013 | PERMALINK

Were any gauntlets thrown at Thanksgiving? Any vendettas to be sworn by New Year's light? For our December mystery picks, nothing completes the holiday season like a hearty dose of vengeance — especially when justice is served in the name of family. 

In Maggie Barbieri’s Once Upon a Lie, Maeve Conlon’s awful cousin Sean is murdered, finally freeing Maeve from his abuse. But all is not well when her forgetful 80-year-old father becomes a prime suspect. Maeve must deal with her past in order to clear her father’s name.

Meanwhile, in Laura Joh Rowland’s latest, The Shogun’s Daughter dies from smallpox, but her mother isn't convinced the disease was behind her death. Believing her daughter was murdered so the family’s enemy could become heir, Sano desperately tries to solve the murder before it’s too late.


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