All this July we are celebrating Mystery Month, paying tribute to those tales of murder and mayhem, conspiracy and cover-ups, that get our blood pumping. Among those authors whose series we love is James Rollins and his popular Sigma Force books. Today the author, who has just released his newest novel in the series, The Devil Colony, stops by to chat with RT's Morgan Doremus about some of the exciting revelations in this tale — and what fans can expect next.
We are celebrating Mystery Month on the RT Daily blog, so we thought it would be fitting to check out the first book in Andrea Kane’s new series starter The Girl Who Disappeared Twice, which introduces the Forensic Instincts team, a crime-fighting trio that works just outside of the law to bring criminals to justice. Their latest case is a race against time as Casey and her crew investigates the kidnapping of young Krissy, the only daughter of a powerful judge and lawyer.
Morgan: Okay, so the story starts off with a parent’s worst nightmare. A young girl named Krissy is kidnapped in broad daylight. No ransom is demanded and false leads just keep piling up. And since Krissy’s high-profile parents are both well-off and well-known, the police, FBI and others are sent in to find the girl.
Whitney: Among those that join the search for Krissy is the private investigative team Forensic Instincts.
Morgan: And while they have a very unfortunate name, you can’t disagree that the Forensic Instincts team gets results.
In honor of mystery month, today we are taking a look at some of the latest inspirational stories of suspense, danger and crime-solving that we've reviewed in the magazine. These books have a faith element, but they are easily accessible to most readers — and we suggest that genre fans hungry for more mystery reads check out some of the recent and upcoming titles we've spotlighted below.
When Crockett Grey, a teacher who is mourning the loss of his daughter, agrees to let one of his pre-teen students stay at his home, he doesn’t realize this act of kindness will plunge him into the center of a conspiracy that involves the Vatican.
Each month RT Book Reviews’ editors select one book that is not only compelling but pushes the boundaries of genre fiction and stands out from the more than 250 books reviewed in its latest issue and online.
“Because of the sheer number of books we review each month in RT Book Reviews we have a unique perspective on which one is destined for the keeper shelf and therefore deserves our Seal of Excellence,” says Carol Stacy, Publisher and Internet Director. “It is our intention to share this gem with readers and draw attention to a fantastic book they might not otherwise pick up.“
At Thrillerfest 2011 we surrounded ourselves with mystery, suspense and thriller authors. And with so much murder-minded talent in attendance, we took a few minutes to ask five of our favorite authors about the most unique ways they have ever killed off a character.
Legendary author Margaret Atwood’s most memorable death actually takes place off of the page. She quotes the opening sentence from her 2001 novel The Blind Assassin for the death scene she likes the best. “Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge.”
RT Managing Editor Liz French and Author Margaret Atwood
Two death scenes came to Michael Palmer’s mind. The first was from The Sisterhood where he says, “I defibulated a character with paddles on the side of their head.” Then in The Second Opinion there was a wheelchair loaded with sharps which was “wheeled toward a victim chained to an MRI machine.” Gruesome!
This afternoon I attended Thrillerfest and was able to speak with some of my favorite thriller and mystery authors. I also sat in on several panels including Ask The CIA: Insights from the Undercover Life. Hosted by mystery author Gayle Lynds, this panel allowed attendees to ask questions about everything from military contractors, to WikiLeaks and the CIA’s role in the Bin Laden operation. “Agent Chris” (no last name given) and CIA media spokesperson Marie E. Harf fielded a variety of questions, but in my opinion their most interesting answers revolved around the things that they say that authors and screenwriters get wrong when they create fictional characters in the CIA. For everyone out there who couldn’t attend the panel, here are some myths that Marie and Chris busted about the CIA’s operations.
Myth #1 – Undercover agents are independent operators that can make their own decisions.
Today we got a chance to catch up with bestselling mystery author Harlan Coben. The author is beloved for his long-running series featuring sports agent Myron Bolitar who helps solve murders that involve his famous clients. And this fall the author will publish his first YA novel, Shelter, which stars Myron's young nephew, Mickey Bolitar.
What are you reading right now?
Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
What is the scariest mystery you've ever seen/read?
Marathon Man, the dentist scene is incredibly frightening.
Who is the mystery sleuth you most admire?
My Own. [Myron Bolitar] is basically me with wish fulfillment.
Which mystery dame would you love to spend time with?
I fall in love with every heroine I read.
What's something that will mean nothing to readers now, but will be significant to them after they finish Shelter?
I've got two words: Bat Lady.
From grisly murders to intricate heists and beyond, this month we are celebrating the genre that makes us lock the door at night, July is Mystery Month on the RT Book Reviews website!
With so many great new novels hitting the selves this season from all the corners of the mystery genre, as the summer heats up we will be shining a spotlight on the genre with special author interviews, book trivia and more. (To give you just a taste of some of the coverage to come, you’ll be hearing from Catherine Coulter, Harlan Coben, Chevy Stevens and more.) During the month of July we’ll also bring you coverage from Thrillerfest, video interviews, breaking news and insider information about what to expect next from the popular genre. You can follow all of the developments on RT’s Everything Mystery Page, or just bookmark this blog post where we link all of the mystery features.
And of course, we are giving you a chance to win big all month long, five lucky readers will each take home a five book prize pack of new mysteries.
Bestselling author Janet Evanovich has made her screwball amateur PI (and professional bail bondsman) Stephanie Plum a household name. Stephanie's latest numerically titled adventure, Smokin' Seventeen, sold over 218,000 books across the digital, audio and traditional formats — in the first day! Today Janet Evanovich sits down with RT's Morgan Doremus to chat about Ranger and Morelli, the two men in Stephanie's life, and the third one that her mother picked out for her special. And then don't miss your chance to win a copy of Smokin' Seventeen after the interview.
GIVEAWAY ALERT: One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of Smokin' Seventeen. To enter just tell us why you'd love to be an amateur sleuth. Or email your comment here with your name, US mailing address and the subject line "Janet Evanovich's Smokin' Seventeen Giveaway!" The winner will be announced on July 12.
This month Victoria Thompson's thirteenth installment of her long-running mystery series hits shelves, Murder on Sisters' Row. So we asked the author to give us a special look at the evolution of her series and the world of the Gaslight Mysteries!
When I started writing the Gaslight Mysteries, set 1890’s New York City, I had no idea that I would discover “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” What has surprised me most about the research I do for the series is that the problems people were dealing with back then are the same problems we’re dealing with today. In Murder on St. Mark’s Place, the murder victim is a young woman whose only sin was trying to find Mr. Right. In those days, young women had just started working outside the home for the first time in history and courtship rituals had suddenly changed to allow men and women to go places together, unchaperoned. The women would go to dangerous places to meet prospective husbands, dance houses where they could partner with eligible men who would buy them drinks. Sometimes they found the man of their dreams, and sometimes they ended up raped or murdered. Just like today.