Out of the Blues, by Trudy Nan Boyce

Out of the Blues CoverDebut author Trudy Nan Boyce joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her first book, which introduces Atlanta Detective Sarah Alt, OUT OF THE BLUES.

Show Notes for Trudy Nan Boyce Interview

Trudy Nan Boyce spent more-than-thirty-year as a police officer for the city of Atlanta, serving as a beat cop, homicide detective, senior hostage negotiator, and lieutenant. We discuss some of the ways in which Trudy brings that experience to her writing.

We discuss, Sarah (Salt) Alt, the protagonist in the new series. Sarah, who’s father was also a police officer, is a newly minted detective who is a cold case where the victim was a blues musician. We spend some time discussing Trudy’s love of blues music and the inspiration for the victim in this story.

We discuss some of the ways in which Trudy learned more about her hometown of Atlanta by doing the research for the Salt series.

Trudy became interested in writing during a particularly challenging point in her life and used writing as both a creative output and as a way of honoring a deceased friend.

From the Publisher:

Trudy Nan BoyceFrom an author with more than thirty years’ experience in the Atlanta Police Department comes a riveting procedural debut introducing an unforgettable heroine.

On her first day as a newly minted homicide detective, Sarah “Salt” Alt is given the cold-case murder of a blues musician whose death was originally ruled an accidental drug overdose. Now new evidence has come to light that he may have been given a hot dose intentionally. And this evidence comes from a convicted felon hoping to trade his knowledge for shortened prison time . . . a man who Salt herself put behind bars.

In a search that will take her into the depths of Atlanta’s buried wounds—among the city’s homeless, its politically powerful churches, commerce and industry, and the police department itself—Salt probes her way toward the truth in a case that has more at stake than she ever could have imagined. At once a vivid procedural and a penetrating examination of what it means to be cop, Out of the Blues is a remarkable crime debut.

Links

Purchase OUT OF The BLUES at Amazon

Trudy Nan Boyce Author Website www.trudynanboyce.com

Trudy on Facebook

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Fragile Brilliance, by Eliot Parker

Fragile Brilliance CoverAuthor Eliot Parker joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his new book, the first in his Ronan McCullough police thriller series, FRAGILE BRILLIANCE.

Show Notes

Eliot describes the protagonist of his new series, Ronan McCullough. He’s an experienced and dedicated police officer with a strong sense of justice, a dry wit and a sardonic sense of humor.

One of the things that make Ronan unique as a character in a police thriller series is that he’s in a loving and committed relationship with a boyfriend, Ty Andino.

Eliot shares the story of Fragile Brilliance.

As the host of a local television program called Chapters, Eliot has the opportunity to interview authors, editors and publishers from West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.  We discuss the genesis of his show and why he loves doing it.

From the Publisher:

New_Picture1When off-duty Charleston police sergeant Ronan McCullough responds to the assault of a college student outside a downtown sports bar, he is brutally attacked and nearly killed by the assailants. As he struggles with the physical and emotional damage and doggedly pursues the perpetrators, his personal and professional relationships are strained to the limit; and what he uncovers in his investigation takes him to heart of a deadly drug ring threatening the very core of the city.

Links

Purchase FRAGILE BRILLIANCE at Amazon

Author’s Website www.eliotparker.com

Watch Chapters on YouTube

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A Banquet of Consequences, by Elizabeth George

51Ft4vVwFCLNew York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the nineteenth in her Inspector Lynley series, A BANQUET OF CONSEQUENCES.

Show Notes

We discuss the Inspector Lynley series, which she’s been writing for nearly 30 years.

Elizabeth shares the story of Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, who were crafted as polar opposites when the series launched.

We discuss the deep characterization of Elizabeth’s writing, and the way her initial editor, Kate Miciak, supported her vision for the series.

We discuss the BBC version of the novels and Elizabeth’s thoughts on the television series.

From the Publisher:

31LGE0ASweLThe unspoken secrets and buried lies of one family rise to the surface in Elizabeth George’s newest novel of crime, passion, and tragic history. As Inspector Thomas Lynley investigates the London angle of an ever more darkly disturbing case, his partner, Barbara Havers, is looking behind the peaceful façade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire and deceit.

The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind who will have to deal with its unintended consequences—could there be a link between the young man’s leap from a Dorset cliff and a horrific poisoning in Cambridge?

After various issues with her department, Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself. So when a past encounter gives her a connection to the unsolved Cambridge murder, Barbara begs Thomas Lynley to let her pursue the crime, knowing one mistake could mean the end of her career.

Full of shocks, intensity, and suspense from the first page to the last, A Banquet of Consequences reveals both Lynley and Havers under mounting pressure to solve a case both complicated and deeply disturbing.

Links

Purchase A Banquet of Consequences at Amazon

Author’s Website www.elizabethgeorgeonline.com

Social Media:  Twitter and Instagram

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Stillwater, by Melissa Lenhardt

Stillwater CoverDebut author Melissa Lenhardt joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her first novel, the first in the Jack McBride series, STILLWATER.

Show Notes

STILLWATER is Melissa’s debut novel and the start of the Jack McBride mystery series. Jack is a former FBI agent who winds up as a small town Sherriff, living with his son in Stillwater, Texas.

Melissa shares the genesis for her fictional town of Stillwater.

We discuss the long and winding road that led to Stillwaters release.

Melissa shares her fear of pitching and how she overcame that fear to find her agent.

Melissa will be in Bouchercon later this week. She discusses her plans (which includes at least one sweaty palms event) for the conference.

From the Publisher:

Melissa LenhardtFormer FBI agent Jack McBride took the job as Chief of Police for Stillwater, Texas, to start a new life with his teenage son, Ethan, away from the suspicions that surrounded his wife’s disappearance a year earlier.

With a low crime rate and a five-man police force, he expected it to be a nice, easy gig; hot checks, traffic violations, some drugs, occasional domestic disturbances, and petty theft. Instead, within a week he is investigating a staged murder-suicide, uncovering a decades’ old skeleton buried in the woods, and managing the first crime wave in thirty years.

For help navigating his unfamiliar, small-town surroundings, Jack turns to Ellie Martin, one of the most respected women in town—her scandal-filled past notwithstanding. Despite Jack’s murky marriage status and the disapproval of Ethan and the town, they are immediately drawn to each other.

As Jack and Ellie struggle with their budding relationship, they unearth shattering secrets long buried and discover the two cases Jack is working, though fifty years apart, share a surprising connection that will rattle the town to its core.

Links

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Author’s Website www.melissalenhardt.com

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Lie Catchers, by Paul Bishop

Lie Catchers CoverAuthor and former LAPD Top Cop Paul Bishop joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his new book, LIE CATCHERS.

Show Notes

Paul shares the story behind the two lead characters in LIE CATCHERS, Robbery-Homicide detective“Calamity” Jane Randall and Detective Ray Pagan.  One of his goals with this duo was to avoid the cliches that are so easy to slip into with two strong characters in a story.

Police procedural novels need a hook, and Paul has found an interesting one with this series, taking readers into an area of police work that is rarely explored.

Interrogation plays a significant role in this book. Paul has a deep history as an interrogator for the Los Angeles Police Department, and even now conducts interrogation seminars for law enforcement, military, and arson investigators.

Paul shares some thoughts on his 35 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, and the different ways he and his team used interrogation as a tool to convict criminals.

Paul and Mel Odom launched the Fight Card series a few years ago, with a desire to bring back a form of writing that they felt had disappeared from popular fiction.  The series currently stands at 45 novels and continues to grow.

From the Publisher:

Paul BishopWith her special abilities, top LAPD Robbery-Homicide detective “Calamity” Jane Randall thought she knew all about interrogation until she met detective Ray Pagan. Wielding a suspect’s vocal intonations, emotions, and physical gestures like a scalpel, Pagan’s empathetic lie catching abilities are legendary.

Both detectives are scarred by past tragedies, but when paired together, they threaten to tear the city apart searching for a duo of missing children – a search where the right answer to the wrong question can mean sudden death.

Ripped from the experiences of thirty-five year veteran LAPD detective and nationally recognized interrogator, Paul Bishop, Lie Catchers takes the reader inside the dark and dangerous mind games of the men and women for whom truth is an obsession.

Links

Purchase LIE CATCHERS at Amazon

Paul’s Website www.paulbishopbooks.com

The Fight Card series website

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The Secret Place, by Tana French

The Secret  Place Penguin Books

The Secret Place
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New York Times bestselling author Tana French joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the fifth book in her Dublin Murder Squad series, THE SECRET PLACE.

Show Notes

Tana shares her overview of her new novel, THE SECRET PLACE.

She began writing the first book in the series without a plan for it to become a series.   She describes the books as being chain linked together, each with a different narrator who was a minor character in a previous book.

Tana’s work has been described by critics as “literary mysteries.”

Tana enjoys writing from the perspective of people going through the crucial turning points in their lives.

From the Publisher:

TanaFrenchDetective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to join Dublin’s Murder Squad when sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey arrives in his office with a photo of a popular boy whose body was found at a girls’ boarding school a year earlier.

The photo had been posted at “The Secret Place,” the school’s anonymous gossip board, and the caption says “I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM.” Stephen joins with Detective Antoinette Conway to reopen the case—beneath the watchful eye of Holly’s father, fellow detective Frank Mackey.

With the clues leading back to Holly’s close-knit group of friends, to their rival clique, and to the tangle of relationships that bound them all to the murdered boy, the private underworld of teenage girls turns out to be more mysterious and more dangerous than the detectives imagined.

Links

Purchase THE SECRET PLACE at Amazon

Tana’s Website www.tanafrench.com

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