Dark and Complex: Lisa Alber’s Lyrical Irish Mysteries

Like Chris Knopf, Lisa Alber is one of the Mysterious Eight, a contributor to Eight Mystery Writers You Should Be Reading Now. She lives in Portland, Oregon, but  she sets her mysteries in Ireland, a country she’s come to love. Although Kilmoon, her debut novel and the first of her County Clare mystery series, was … More Dark and Complex: Lisa Alber’s Lyrical Irish Mysteries

Pirates, Sunken Treasure, and Romance: Stacy Allen’s EXPEDITION INDIGO

If you like an adventure tale spiced with romance, history, sunken treasure, world travel, and modern-day pirates, look no further than Stacy Allen‘s debut romantic suspense novel, Expedition Indigo.The book opens with a compelling prologue about a shipwreck in the Mediterranean in 808 A.D. In fact, I was so drawn into the story of 12-year-old Lazio … More Pirates, Sunken Treasure, and Romance: Stacy Allen’s EXPEDITION INDIGO

Nancy Sartor’s BONES ALONG THE HILL: Riveting Romantic Suspense with a Serious Message:

There’s a tendency for people to think of romantic suspense as a “slight” genre–entertaining but not very deep. In truth, the best of the genre, like the best of all genres, is anything but slight. Nancy Sartor’s debut novel, Bones Along the Hill, is a perfect example. Yes, there’s a love story–the relationship between Neva and Davis is both … More Nancy Sartor’s BONES ALONG THE HILL: Riveting Romantic Suspense with a Serious Message:

Masterful Bangkok Thrillers & More: Timothy Hallinan and The Hot Countries

If Timothy Hallinan wrote only his masterful Bankok thrillers, he would still be one of the top crime fiction writers working today. Add to that his laugh-out-loud Junior Bender mysteries and his traditional PI novels, and you have a guy who can write pretty much anything and knock it out of the park. I discovered … More Masterful Bangkok Thrillers & More: Timothy Hallinan and The Hot Countries

Spotlight on Bruce DeSilva

Today’s spotlight is on Bruce DeSilva, the author of the hard-boiled Liam Mulligan crime novels. His first novel, Rogue Island, won the Edgar and Macavity awards and was a finalist for the Anthony, Barry, and Shamus awards. The second, Cliff Walk, was recently published to rave pre-publication notices including starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. It’s … More Spotlight on Bruce DeSilva

William Kent Krueger: A Writer of Extraordinary Grace

I don’t remember when I first read William Kent Krueger‘s debut mystery, Iron Lake, (published in 1999 and followed by an Edgar award for Best First Novel), but I do remember being captivated from the first page. The language is beautiful, even poetic, but it never pulls the reader out of the story. The descriptions of … More William Kent Krueger: A Writer of Extraordinary Grace

Carolyn Haines: Writer, Teacher, Animal Lover, Prankster

I met Carolyn Haines at an MWA-University in Atlanta, Georgia, and was immediately charmed by her humor, her down-to-earth attitude, and her huge heart. She runs an animal rescue and, when she’s not writing and teaching university classes, spends most of her time (and money) caring for needy dogs, cats, and horses. And she’s a … More Carolyn Haines: Writer, Teacher, Animal Lover, Prankster