MYSTERY/DETECTIVE INTERVIEWS

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Aug 30, 2022

JOE R. LANSDALE 

 Author

Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over thirty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in eighteen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies.

Lansdale has received the Edgar Award, eight Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Grinzani Cavour Prize for Literature, the Herodotus Historical Fiction Award, the Inkpot Award for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many others.

A major motion picture based on Lansdale's crime thriller Cold in July was released in May 2014, starring Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Sam Shepard (Black Hawk Down), and Don Johnson (Miami Vice). His novella Bubba Hotep was adapted to film by Don Coscarelli, starring Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis.

About the Interview:

Interview with Joe Lansdale about his new book Born for Trouble 

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Aug 18, 2022 

PENNY GOETJEN

 Author 

National award-winning author Penny Goetjen writes murder mysteries where the milieus play as prominent a role as the engaging characters. A self-proclaimed eccentric known for writing late into the night, transfixed by the allure of flickering candlelight, Ms. Goetjen embraces the writing process, unaware what will confront her at the next turn. She rides the journey with her characters, often as surprised as her readers to see how the story unfolds. Fascinated with the paranormal, she usually weaves a subtle, unexpected twist into her stories. When her husband is asked how he feels about his wife writing murder mysteries, he answers with a wink, “I sleep with one eye open"

Victoria’s husband never returned home at the end of a work day. And no one seems to know what happened to him.
In the seven years since his disappearance, no witnesses have stepped forward and no credible evidence has been collected—not even his car. The few tenuous leads the police had are now ice cold. He simply vanished on a field trip with the private boarding school where he taught behind stone walls—the same school their son now attends.But someone has to know what happened. And that someone may be closer to Victoria than she realizes.

About the Interview:

Interview with Penny Goetjen about her book The Woman Underwater

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Aug 15, 2022

MARK EDWARD LANGLEY 

 Author 

MARK EDWARD LANGLEY is the award-winning author of the Arthur Nakai Mystery Series. HIs series has won the PSWA Award for Fiction, the Firebird Award for Best Mystery and the Feathered Quill Award for Fiction and has been praised by Publisher's Weekly, Writer's Digest, and Midwest Book Review. He has also appeared in The Albuquerque Journal, the Farmington Daily Times and other newspapers around the country. His latest novel, When Silence Screams, is a finalist in the 2022 Silver Falchion Award for Best Mystery at Killer Nashville!

Mark's debut Arthur Nakai novel, "Path of the Dead," took Arthur from his quiet home in Northwestern New Mexico to the bone-chilling mountains of Montana in a race against time that was praised by bestselling author Craig Johnson of Longmire fame as being "one heck of a debut novel!

Mark also is an active member in the Western Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and the Public Safety Writers Association. Mark has also contributed to three anthologies and is currently writing his fourth Arthur Nakai Novel, "The Source" and the first novel of his new Skye Roanhorse series, "Bloodlines."

Mark and his wife, Barbara, divide their time between their home base in Indiana and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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July 19, 2022

JEFFREY FLEISHMAN

 Author / LA Times Reporter

Jeffrey Fleishman is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and longtime foreign correspondent. He has had postings in Rome, Berlin, and Cairo and has covered wars in Iraq, Libya, and Kosovo. He returned to America in 2014 and is a Foreign editor of the Los Angeles Times.

Los Angeles is not itself. Rain falls hard every day. Homeless men are set on fire in their tents. Detective Sam Carver chases leads into a maze of militias and neo-Nazis. But before he gets too deep into the case, a past that has haunted him for years returns in the name of Dylan Cross. The killer who got away. Carver knows she has murdered again, but no one believes him. She leaves him clues, writes him notes, tempts him. She wants him to betray everything he is. He is drawn to her by the damage and demons they both carry. But he is certain that when they meet again, only one will survive. This is a love story of delusion and obsession, and how the dark things we desire reveal the truths that made us.

About the Interview:

Interview with Jeffrey Fleishman about his new book  Goodnight Forever

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June 21 , 2022 

GARY PHILLIPS

 Author 

Weaned on the images of Kirby and Steranko in comics and Hammet and Himes in prose, Gary Phillips was born under a bad sign and only through writing does he hope to get out from under. For more of his work, please visit his website at: www.gdphillips.com.

LOS ANGELES, 1963: African American Korean War veteran Harry Ingram earns a living as a news photographer and occasional process server: chasing police radio calls and dodging baseball bats. With racial tensions running high on the eve of Martin Luther King's Freedom Rally, Ingram risks becoming a victim at every crime scene he photographs.

When Ingram hears about a deadly automobile accident on his police scanner, he recognizes the vehicle described as belonging to his good friend and old army buddy, a white jazz trumpeter. The LAPD declares the car crash an accident, but when Ingram develops his photos, he sees signs of foul play. Ingram feels compelled to play detective, even if it means putting his own life on the line. Armed with his wits, his camera, and occasionally his Colt .45, "One-Shot" Harry plunges headfirst into the seamy underbelly of LA society, tangling with racists, leftists, gangsters, zealots, and lovers, all in the hope of finding something resembling justice for a friend.

Master storyteller and crime fiction legend Gary Phillips has filled the pages of One-Shot Harry with fascinating historical cameos, wise-cracks, tenderness, and an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride of a plot with consequences far beyond one dead body.

About the Interview:

Interview with Gary Phillips about his book One-Shot Harry 

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June 8, 2022

HOWARD LINSKEY

 Author 

Howard Linskey is the author of a series of crime novels set in the North-East, featuring detective Ian Bradshaw and journalists Tom Carney and Helen Norton. Most recently, he has written standalone thrillers including Alice Teale is Missing and Don't Let Him In. Originally from Ferryhill in County Durham, Howard now lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and daughter. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Interview:

Interview with Howard Linskey about his book Don't Let Him In

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June 7 .2022

RODNEY HOBSON

 Author 

Rodney Hobson is an experienced financial journalist who has held senior editorial positions with publications in the UK and Asia, most recently Editor of the financial news website Hemscott.
Among posts he has held are News Editor for the Business section of The Times, Business Editor of the Singapore Monitor, Deputy Business Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review, Head of News at Citywire and Editor of Shares magazine.

He has also contributed to the Daily Mail, the Independent and Business Franchise Magazine and commented on investment on BBC TV and Radio, CNBC and Share Radio. His first book, Shares Made Simple, was published on November 10th, 2007.

He passed the Representative examination set by the financial regulatory authorities.
Rodney is married with one daughter.

About the Interview:

Interview with Rodney Hobson about his new book  Secret Death

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May 19 , 2022 

FAYE SNOWDEN

 Author 

Faye Snowden is the author of three published mysteries with Kensington— Spiral of Guilt (1999), The Savior (2003, 2004) and Fatal Justice (2005, 2006). She has published short stories and poems in various literary journals and small presses including The African American Review, Calliope, Red Ochre Lit, Bay Area Poets Coalition and Occam’s Razor. 

At eighteen, Faye left Louisiana to join the Navy. The Navy gave her an opportunity to spend some time living in Naples, Italy and on both US coasts—Washington, DC and northern California. After the Navy, she went to work as an information technology professional in various industries while on her way to a masters in English literature. Aside from her publications, she also managed two boys, a husband, five dogs and three writing fellowships following her Navy years. Today, Faye works and writes from her home in Northern California.

About the Interview:

Interview with Faye Snowden about her book A Killing Rain

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May 12.2022

TOD GOLDBERG

Noir Author 

Tod Goldberg is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books of fiction, including The Low Desert: Gangster Stories, Gangsterland, a finalist for the Hammett Prize, Gangster Nation, The House of Secrets, which he co-authored with Brad Meltzer, and Living Dead Girl, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His essays, nonfiction, and criticism appear widely, including in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal, as well as Best American Essays, and have earned five Nevada Press Association Awards. He is also the cohost, along with Rider Strong and Julia Pistell, of the popular podcast Literary Disco. Goldberg is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside, where founded and directs the Low Residency MFA program in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @todgoldberg and on Facebook at facebook.com/todgoldberg or visit todgoldberg.com.

About the Interview:

Interview with Tod Goldberg  about his new book  The Low Desert : Gangster Stories 

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April 15 , 2022

KATHLEEN KASKA

 Author 

The Mrs. Maisel of the mystery world, Sydney Lockhart, takes you on a thrill ride around San Antonio as she searches for the next killer.
She’s at it again, Sydney Lockhart is trying to solve a murder in another famous hotel while avoiding being locked up for the very crime she’s investigating. Bribes, fixed races, dirty money and unkempt places. A string of illicit deeds that trail from San Antonio to New Orleans and back again. Be it plane, train or automobile, Sydney will get to the bottom of this case in her own determined style.
It’s 1953, and detective Sydney Lockhart finds herself solving another murder. The victim is a slick bookie named Johnny Pine, who had his dirty fingers in pies from Texas to Florida. Sydney tracks Pine to the Menger Hotel in San Antonio where she discovers he’s been murdered in the room next to hers. And as usual, Sydney is a suspect. With her partner, Ralph Dixon, handling the case from Austin, or so she believes, Sydney is working alone in unfamiliar territory.

About the Interview:

Interview with Kathleen Kaska about her book Murder at the Menger

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March 23, 2022 

REB MACRATH 

 Author 

One day like any other day, I grew serious about writing. For a few years, I read like a bastard and studied every book I read. Then I began to master my craft by working in the short form: short novels, not novellas, of 40K words, I channeled what I'd learned as a copywriting--pith, speed, and razzmatazz--with what I'd learned about pacing, plotting, and suspense.

Then, to get myself in an adventuresome mood, I moved cross-country to Seattle. And here I've produced an assortment of books, applying the lessons I'd' learned. If you like a smooth fusion of style and suspense, along with some laughs on the way, here they are.

1) The Seatle BOP mysteries starring wee Chief Armstrong.

2) The Boss MacTavin series: four action mysteries with the world’s first Southern Scot.

3) The Fast and Furies series: five suspense tales of souls on the run from karma.

About the Interview:

Interview with Reb MacRath about his book A The Rock of BOP: A Seattle BOP Mystery

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March 10.2022

MEREDITH DOENCH 

Mystery Author 

Theodora Madsen has everything she’s ever hoped for: a distinguished career as a homicide detective with the Dayton Police Department, a woman she loves, and a baby on the way.

While Theo and Bree nest and plan for their family’s future, two sixteen-year-old Ohio girls vanish—one from Dayton and the other from Brecksville—each leaving behind a bloody handprint. Then a routine interview goes disastrously wrong, and Theo’s injured and facing a lengthy recovery.

With her professional future uncertain and the cases growing cold, Theo scrambles to piece together the links between the girls. But the clock is ticking and time is running out.

About the Interview:

Interview with Meredith Doench about her new book  Whereabouts Unknown 

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Feb 28 , 2022

NIC QUANTRILL 

 Author 

In SOUND OF THE SINNERS we find Joe Geraghty leaving his new home in Amsterdam to attend the funeral of his former business partner and mentor Don Ridley who was found dead shortly after asking for Geraghty’s help.
With a heavy heart and weighed down with guilt, Joe returns to Hull, a city he thought was in his past.
Don’s death points to his days with the police and an off-the-books investigation into the unsolved ‘Car Boot Murder’ decades previously. As Geraghty investigates the circumstances of his friend’s death he uncovers dangerous secrets and a conspiracy of silence - Hull might have had a makeover during Joe’s absence, but clearly some things never change in the northern sea-port.
With his own life on the line, and with a debt of honour to be repaid, Joe is unable to stop in his quest for the truth, but powerful people with vested interests will always seek to ensure some stories never see the light of day.


 

About the Interview:

Interview with Nick Quantrill about his new book The Sound of Sinners 

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Feb 22, 2022 

IAN SKEWIS 

 Author 

Ian Skewis is an author and freelance editor as well as an Associate Editor for Bloodhound Books.

His debut novel, A Murder Of Crows, became a No.1 Bestseller and was longlisted for the Guardian's Not the Booker Prize. The audiobook, which Ian narrated, won the Gold Acorn Award for Best Audiobook.

He has also written several short stories in a variety of genres which are available FREE in paperback via his website for subscribers. To subscribe to his monthly newsletter please visit: https://www.ianskewis.com

About the Interview:

Interview with Ian Skewis about his new book A Murder of Crows 

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Feb 21.2022

MATT COST 

Mystery Author 

Matt Cost was a history major at Trinity College. He owned a mystery bookstore, a video store, and a gym, before serving a ten-year sentence as a junior high school teacher. In 2014 he was released and began writing. And that’s what he does. He writes histories and mysteries.

"Love in a Time of Hate" is the third historical by Cost. "Joshua Chamberlain and the Civil War; At Every Hazard", was published in 2015, in which Emmett Collins grows into manhood during the Civil War. "I am Cuba" was published in 2020. It was recently awarded the silver award for historical fiction from Kops-Fetherling.

Cost has also published the Mainely Mystery series including "Mainely Power" (the MHC Read ME fiction book of the year), "Mainely Fear", and "Mainely Money". The fourth book in the series, "Mainely Angst", will be published in January of 2022.

About the Interview:

Interview with Matt Cost about his new book  Mainley Angst 

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Jan 20 , 2022

RON KATZ

 Author 

Ron Katz was a trial lawyer for over four decades. A Rhodes Scholar, in 2016 he was a Fellow at Stanford University‘s Distinguished Careers Institute. 

Barb and Bernie Silver, a/k/a the Sleuthing Silvers, are a Baby Boomer detective couple who specialize in cases where age is an edge. Imagine Nancy Drew married to one of the Hardy Boys 50 years later. In The Mystery of the Fatal Firing, they go undercover at a large high tech company to investigate the ultimate case of age discrimination: murder.

About the Interview:

Interview with Ron Katz about his new book The Mystery of the Fatal Firing

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Dec 21, 2021

BRUCE ROBERT COFFIN

 Author 

Bruce Robert Coffin is the award-winning author of the Detective Byron mystery series and former detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement. At the time of his retirement, from the Portland, Maine police department, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine’s largest city. Following the terror attacks of September 11th, Bruce spent four years working counter-terrorism with the FBI, earning the Director’s Award, the highest honor a non-agent can receive.

Winner of Killer Nashville’s Silver Falchion Awards for Best Procedural and Best Investigator, and the Maine Literary Award for Best Crime Fiction Novel, Bruce was also a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel.

About the Interview:

Interview with Bruce Robert Coffin about his new book Within Plain Sight 

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Dec 7 , 2021

CONNIE BERRY

Mystery Author 

Connie Berry is the author of the Kate Hamilton Mysteries, set in the UK and featuring an American antiques dealer with a gift for solving crimes. Like her protagonist, Connie was raised by antiques dealers who instilled in her a passion for history, fine art, and travel. During college she studied at the University of Freiburg in Germany and St. Clare's College, Oxford, where she fell under the spell of the British Isles. In 2019 Connie won the IPPY Gold Medal for Mystery and was a finalist for the Agatha Award’s Best Debut. She’s a member of Mystery Writers of America and is on the board of the Guppies and her local Sisters in Crime chapter. Besides reading and writing mysteries

About the Interview:

Interview with Connie Berry  about her new book  The Art of Betrayal 

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Nov 17 , 2021

ROBERT P. FRENCH

 Author 

I am a former software developer, former actor, turned author of the Cal Rogan Mysteries. I was born in Oxford and now live in my beautiful adopted city, Vancouver. It has taken me many years and several books (either partial or failed) to learn the writers' craft. I invite you to enjoy the six Cal Rogan Mysteries. Six days a week you can see me at the Vancouver Public library hunched over my computer working on the next book in the series, as yet untitled.

About the Interview:

Interview with Robert P. French   about his new book Jailed

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Nov 10, 2021

CATHI STOLER

Mystery Author 

Cathi Stoler is an Amazon Best Selling author. Her new Urban Thriller, LAST CALL, the 2nd book in the Murder on the Rocks Mystery series, featuring The Corner Lounge bar owner, Jude Dillane, was published in November 2020 by Level Best Books. The third book in the series, STRAIGHT UP, will release in November 2021. Her series, with Blackjack player, Nick Donahue, includes the novel OUT OF TIME, and the novella, NICK OF TIME. She is also the author of the three-volume Laurel & Helen New York Mystery series, which includes TELLING LIES, KEEPING SECRETS, and THE HARD WAY, and a three-time finalist, and winner of the 2015 Derringer for Best Short Story, "The Kaluki Kings of Queens". Very involved in the crime writing world, Cathi is a member of Sisters in Crime New York/Tri-State, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers.

About the Interview:

Interview with Cathi Stoler about her new book  Straight Up 

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Nov 4 , 2021

WILLIAM BOYLE 

Mystery Author 

William Boyle is from Brooklyn, New York. His books include: GRAVESEND, which was nominated for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière in France and shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger in the UK; THE LONELY WITNESS, which was nominated for the Hammett Prize and is nominated for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière; and, most recently, A FRIEND IS A GIFT YOU GIVE YOURSELF. CITY OF MARGINS is forthcoming in March 2020. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi..

About the Interview:

Interview with William Boyle  about his new book  Shoot the Moonlight Out 

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Oct 26, 2021

SASSCER HILL 

 Author 

Sasscer Hill: Author, Amateur Jockey, Horse Breeder and Mystery Lover

Sasscer Hill, a former Maryland racehorse breeder, trainer, and rider, uses the sport of kings as a backdrop for her mysteries. Her “vivid descriptive”prose about greed, evil, heart, and courage propelled her “Nikki Latrelle” novels to multiple award nominations, including an Agatha, a Macavity, and the Dr. Tony Ryan Best in Racing Literature Award.

Her 2020 novel, TRAVELS OF QUINN, is “A heart-stopping thriller of a murder mystery”– Charles Todd, Anthony, Edgar, and Barry Award winning author.

Born an Irish American gypsy Traveller, can Quinn escape

a dreaded marriage contract and the life of crime forced upon her?

About the Interview:

Interview with Sasscer Hill   about her new book Shooting Star

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Oct 25, 2021

S.J. ROZAN

Mystery Author 

S.J. Rozan has won eighteen awards for her fiction, including the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, and Macavity, the Japanese Maltese Falcon, and the Private Eye Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award. S.J. was born and raised in the Bronx and now lives in lower Manhattan.

Her newest book is Family Business: A Lydia Chin / Bill Smith Mystery, out this December from Pegasus Crime. The death of a powerful Chinatown crime boss thrusts private eye Lydia Chin and her partner Bill Smith into a world of double-dealing, subterfuge, murder, and—because this is New York City—real estate. The battle for the boss’s building has begun. Can Lydia and Bill escape being caught in the crossfire?

About the Interview:

Interview with S.J. Rozan about her new book  Family Business 

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Oct 7 , 2021

JOHN COPENHAVER

Mystery Author 

Philippa Watson, a good-natured yet troubled seventeen-year-old, has just moved to Washington, DC. She’s lonely until she meets Judy Peabody, a brilliant and tempestuous classmate. The girls become unlikely friends and fashion themselves as intellectuals, drawing the notice of Christine Martins, their dazzling English teacher, who enthralls them with her passion for literature and her love of noirish detective fiction.
When Philippa returns a novel Miss Martins has lent her, she interrupts a man grappling with her in the shadows. Frightened, Philippa flees, unsure who the man is or what she’s seen. Days later, her teacher returns to school altered: a dark shell of herself. On the heels of her teacher’s transformation, a classmate is found dead in the Anacostia River—murdered—the body stripped and defiled with a mysterious inscription.
As the girls follow the clues and wrestle with newfound feelings toward each other, they suspect that the killer is closer to their circle than they imagined—and that the greatest threat they face may not be lurking in the halls at school, or in the city streets, but creeping out from a murderous impulse of their own

About the Interview:

Interview with John Copenhaver  about his new book  The Savage Kind: A Mystery 

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Sept 8 , 2021

ALAN ORLOFF

Mystery Author 

Before Alan stepped off the corporate merry-go-round, he had an eclectic (some might say disjointed) career. As an engineer, he worked on nuclear submarines, supervised assembly workers in factories, facilitated technology transfer from the Star Wars program, and learned to stack washing machines three high in a warehouse with a forklift. He even started his own recycling and waste reduction newsletter business. Now he writes fiction.

His most recent novel, I KNOW WHERE YOU SLEEP, is a Shamus Award Finalist for Best First PI Novel.

HIs YA thriller, I PLAY ONE ON TV, will be released from Down & Out Books in July.

About the Interview:

Interview with Alan Orloff about his new book  I Play One on TV

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Sept 7, 2021

CHRISTOPHER SWANN

Mystery Author 

Nick Anthony has retreated to the North Carolina mountains to mourn the untimely death of his wife. Once a popular professor, Nick just wants to be left alone with his grief. But when his estranged brother and sister-in-law die in a house fire, a stunned Nick learns he has a niece, Annalise, who is missing.
 
At the scene of the crime, the men who set the fire have realized Annalise, and the information they are looking for, got away. Feverish and exhausted, she stumbles onto her uncle's porch, throwing Nick into the middle of the mystery of her parents’ death and the dangerous criminals hunting her down.
 
Hired to retrieve the stolen information at any price, private military contractor Cole and his team track Annalise to Nick’s cabin. But Nick has a hidden past of his own—and more than a few deadly tricks up his sleeve

About the Interview:

Interview with Christopher Swann about his new book  A Fire in the Night

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Sept 3 , 2021

GARRICK JONES

Mystery Author 

I write mostly historical gay fiction. The stories are always about relationships and the inner workings of men; sometimes my fellas get down to the nitty-gritty, sometimes it's up to you, the reader, to fill in the blanks.
Every book is story-driven; spies, detectives, murders, epic dramas, there's something for everyone. I also love to write about my country and the things that make us Aussies and our history different from the rest of the world.
I'm research-driven. I always try to do my best to give the reader a sense of what life was like for my main characters in the world they live in.
Visit my website for news, blogs, and upcoming titles:
https://garrickjones.com.au/

About the Interview:

Interview with Garrick Jones about his new book  X for Extortion: 14 Manchester Square