15 Minutes to Live with Phoef Sutton

15 Minutes to Live by Phoef Sutton Brash Books, May 2015

15 Minutes to Live
by Phoef Sutton
Brash Books, May 2015

Phoef Sutton joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his new book, 15 MINUTES TO LIVE and his Emmy award-winning career in television.

Show Notes

Phoef (pronounced “feef”) gives us the story behind his thriller 15 MINUTES TO LIVE.

The book has had an interesting life. Phoef describes its path before being published by Brash Books.

He was a writer and executive producer for the classic show Cheers, winning two Emmy awards during his eight years on the show.  He wrote more episodes of Cheers than any single writer.

Phoef describes the writer’s room process for scripting television shows.

He is publishing 3 books this year, including one as a co-author with Janet Evanovich.

From the PublisherPhoef Sutton

Carl moved into his childhood home after his parents died. It’s a house filled with fond memories…like when he was a teenager and his girlfriend Jesse would throw pebbles at his window at night to lure him outside for frantic sex. So he thinks he’s dreaming when late one night, he hears those pebbles hitting his window again…and there she is outside, aching for his touch. It’s only as they are ravaging each other again that he realizes it’s too good to be a dream.

It’s her. She’s back as if nothing has changed. But it has. For one thing, it’s been twenty years since high school. And she died three weeks ago.

Is she an imposter? A ghost? Or is the answer even more chilling? It’s just the beginning of a dangerous, unpredictable, and bizarre odyssey for them both…where nothing is what it seems… and every minute counts.


Phoef Sutton’s website www.phoefsutton.com

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Musseled Out by Barbara Ross

Musseled Out by Barbara Ross Kensington, April 2015

Musseled Out
by Barbara Ross
Kensington, April 2015

Barbara Ross joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss the third book in her Maine Clambake mysteries series, MUSSELED OUT.

Show Notes

Barbara describes the interesting background of her heroine, Julia Snowden, and her family’s clambake business.

Barbara shares the story behind the fictional town of Bussman’s Harbor, Maine, and the real town it’s based upon.

Transitioning from a career in business, to being a full-time author.

The genesis of the Maine Clambake Mystery series.

Barbara describes her inspirational writing environment.

br_web-105-social-networkFrom the Publisher:

The busy summer tourist season is winding down in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, but Julia Snowden senses trouble simmering for the Snowden Family Clambake Company. Shifty David Thwing–the “Mussel King” of upscale seafood restaurants–is sniffing around town for a new location. But serving iffy clams turns out to be the least of his troubles. . .

When Thwing is found sleeping with the fishes beneath a local lobsterman’s boat, the police quickly finger Julia’s brother-in-law Sonny as the one who cooked up the crime. Sure, everyone knows Sonny despised the Mussel King. . .but Julia believes he’s innocent. Proving it won’t be easy, though. It seems there’s a lot more than murder on the menu, and Julia needs to act fast. . .


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Method 15/33, by Shannon Kirk

Method 15/33 By Shannon Kirk Oceanview Publishing, May 2015

Shannon Kirk joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her debut novel, METHOD 15/33.

Show Notes

Method 15/33 is an astonishingly good book, one of my favorites of the year so far.

Shannon shares the story of METHOD 15/33.

The path to publication for this novel is fascinating, and Shannon shares the story.

METHOD 15/33 is the first book in a trilogy.  Shannon is working on the second book now.

From the Publisher:

Shannon Kirk

Shannon Kirk

Imagine a helpless, pregnant 16-year-old who’s just been yanked from the serenity of her home and shoved into a dirty van. Kidnapped…Alone…Terrified.

Now forget her…

Picture instead a pregnant, 16-year-old, manipulative prodigy. She is shoved into a dirty van and, from the first moment of her kidnapping, feels a calm desire for two things: to save her unborn son and to exact merciless revenge.

She is methodical―calculating― scientific in her plotting. A clinical sociopath? Leaving nothing to chance, secure in her timing and practice, she waits―for the perfect moment to strike. Method 15/33 is what happens when the victim is just as cold as the captors.

The agents trying to find a kidnapped girl have their own frustrations and desires wrapped into this chilling drama.  In the twists of intersecting stories, one is left to ponder. Who is the victim? Who is the aggressor?


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Shannon’s Website www.shannonkirkbooks.com

Thief’s Odyssey by John L. Monk

Thief's Odyssey by John L. Monk February 2015

Thief’s Odyssey
by John L. Monk
February 2015

John L. Monk joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his new book, THIEF’S ODYSSEY.

Show Notes

John shares some details about the protagonist for the book, Bo Mosley, who grew up in foster care and idolized cat burglars as a child.

John uses his background in technology well in this book, creating some technology based heists without allowing the story to bog down into techno-speak.

John shares his thoughts on the appeal of telling crime stories from the perspective of the criminal.

Part of John’s research was reading Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief, the story of Bill Mason.

From the Publisher:

John L. MonkBo Mosley is an uncommon thief. At the age of sixteen, living in a foster home, he set a goal to become the world’s greatest cat burglar. To that end, he mastered safecracking, lock picking, and a variety of skills needed for high tech burglary. Now, eleven years down the crooked path, Bo heads to the Bahamas for his biggest heist yet. But when a tragic figure from his childhood turns up, Bo must choose between lifelong ambition and loyalty, between freedom and responsibility. He’ll need to choose fast, because the stakes have never been higher.

He’s not just playing for money anymore.


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The Corpse with the Sapphire Eyes with Cathy Ace

The Corpse with the Saphire Eyes by Cathy Ace TouchWood Editions, May 2015

The Corpse with the Saphire Eyes by Cathy Ace
TouchWood Editions, May 2015

Bestselling author Cathy Ace joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the fifth in her Cait Morgan Mystery series, THE CORPSE WITH THE SAPPHIRE EYES.

Show Notes

Cathy is Welsch Canadian as is her heroine, Cait Morgan. When you hear Cathy’s voice in this interview you’ll know how Cait’s accent sounds.

Cathy’s readers have grown to expect a corpse to appear very early in her books.

Many traditional mysteries are set in specific, fixed locations. Cathy’s Corpse series is different, with each story taking place in a different spot on the globe.

Cathy’s Previous book, THE CORPSE WITH THE PLATINUM HAIR is a finalist for the Bony Blithe Award for best Canadian light mystery.

Cait Morgan returns to her Welsh roots in this book, which is set in a castle in Wales.

From the Publisher:

Cathy Ace“Don’t panic, Cait. This death will not spoil our wedding. I promise.”

It’s Cait and Bud’s wedding weekend and nothing is going as planned. The weather in Wales is terrible, the “romantic” castle they chose for their destination wedding feels creepy, and now there’s a dead man at the foot of the stairs.

Bud assures her that the death of the choirmaster is nothing more than an unfortunate accident, but the bride cannot help but suspect the worst. With the only bridge to the castle washed out by the storm, Cait surmises that the murderer is still in their midst, and sets out to catch the culprit. She knows she has to solve the case before something, or someone, prevents her from finally saying “I do.”

With an eclectic cast of characters and a baffling mystery, the fifth Cait Morgan Mystery will have you stumbling to catch up to Cait’s brilliant mind, and keep you guessing until its shocking conclusion.


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Murder Boy, by Bryon Quertermous

Murder Boy CoverBryon Quertermous joins us in the episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his debut novel, MURDER BOY.

Show Notes

Bryon shares the storyline for Murder Boy.

Laura Lippman calls Murder Boy, “Disturbing in a good way,” and “A black comedy with heart.”

Bryon shares a funny story about the publication process for the book.

Bryon shares the story of the first copy of Murder Boy he signed, at a bookstore, for one of his writing heroes.

From the Publisher

Bryon QuertermousDominick Prince is out of options. He’s lived in Detroit long enough to use his experiences of crime and poverty to fuel his writing, but he’s ready to move on to bigger and better things. Dominick’s thesis advisor, the elitist Parker Farmington, refuses to let Dominick pass his class, thinking the genre of potboilers beneath him. Which means rather than becoming the next literary sensation, Dominick will spend his life asking customers if they’d like fries with that. And if that’s the only plan, kidnapping doesn’t seem like such a bad plan B.

So if Farmington won’t pass him willfully, Dominick will make him do it forcefully. And once he has Farmington’s signature, fame and fortune are within Dominick’s grasp. But while Dominick may have a devious and brilliant mind on the page, in reality he’s more Betty White than Walter White. And before he can write ’the plot thickens,’ Dominick’s plan begins to go horribly wrong. Teaming with Farmington’s jilted mistress and her loose-cannon bounty hunter brother, Dominick finds that if even the best laid plans go awry, then his doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell. And being a great writer won’t matter much if he’s six feet under.


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Bryon’s website www.bryonquertermous.com

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