Midnight Lullaby, by Jen Blood

MidnightLullabyCoverBestselling and award-winning author Jen Blood joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, a prequel to her prequel to her Erin Solomon Pentalogy, MIDNIGHT LULLABY.

Show Notes

Jen shares the story of Erin Solomon and Daniel “Diggs” Diggins, the two primary characters her series.

We discuss the history of the series, which she calls the “Erin Solomon Pentology.” MIDNIGHT LULLABY is a prequel to the series, set 13 years prior to the beginning of the first book in the series, ALL THE BLUE-EYED ANGELS.

Jen is also a certified dog trainer and an editor specializing in plot-driven fiction, providing comprehensive content and copy editing, beta reading, developmental edits, and published novel evaluations for authors of mystery, thrillers, suspense, romance, science fiction, and fantasy. She does her editing work through her company, Adian Editing.

From the Publisher:

Jen Blood New Author PhotoLife, death, and the heart of darkness that lies between…

When a Sudanese refugee is killed in a bizarre ritual murder in Portland, Maine, reporter Daniel “Diggs” Diggins attempts to revive his flagging career by investigating the crime. The story becomes personal when a young African girl Diggs has befriended is targeted by the killer, and Diggs himself falls victim to a curse that brings to terrifying light the ghosts of his own past. Working with young protege Erin Solomon, soon the duo finds themselves immersed in a world of dark secrets, crooked politicians, and black magic.

Set during the summer of 2000, this standalone prequel to the bestselling Erin Solomon Pentalogy gives existing fans a front-row seat to those first tenuous days between Diggs and Solomon, as friendship evolves into something infinitely more complicated. And for newcomers to the series, Midnight Lullaby is the perfect introduction to the darkness and serpentine twists that mark every Diggs and Solomon mystery.With a list of not-so-sweet suspects, Dev’s in a race against the timer to solve the murder before someone else gets iced…

Links

Purchase MIDNIGHT LULLABY at Amazon

Author’s Website jenblood.net

Adian Editing website

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Stockholm Syndrome, by Melissa Yi (Plus a Free offer)

41jqwpwjuOLAuthor and Emergency Room Physician, Melissa Yi joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her wonderful new book, the fourth in the Hope Sze series, STOCKHOLM SYNDROME.

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Show Notes

Melissa shares the story of Hope Sze (pronounced see), who shares some character traits with her creator.

We discuss the storyline for STOCKHOLM SYNDROME, which was inspired by a 1991 incident that took place at the Alta View Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Melissa has written several short stories, including OM, a yoga murder story that was published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine early this year. She’s had recent stories appear in Fiction River Crime, Sleuth Magazine, and a new anthology edited by Kenneth Wishnia, called JEWISH NOIR.

From the Publisher:

Melissa Yi Author PhotoTwo doctors. One killer. One woman in labour.

A killer infiltrates the obstetrics ward of a Montreal hospital just before Christmas, taking one pregnant woman and one resident doctor hostage at gunpoint.

Dr. Hope Sze struggles to deliver her patient’s baby with blood on the floor and death in the air.

And when Dr. Tucker tries to rescue their tiny crew, only to end up hostage material alongside them, Hope’s heart just might break, even before the kidnapper drills a bullet through her skull.

Links

Purchase STOCKHOLM SYNDROME at Amazon and Kobo

Author’s Website www.melissayuaninnes.com/

Social Media:  Facebook and Twitter

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The code is valid through January 1st.

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Death Ship, by Joseph Badal

Death Ship CoverAward-winning author Joseph Badal joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his new book, the fifth in his Danforth Saga thriller series, DEATH SHIP.

Show Notes

Joe shares the history of the Danforth family and how they’ve evolved through the first four books in the series.

The Danforth Saga books are chronologically correct and the series characters age as the series progresses through the years. The first book in the series took place in the late 1970s featuring a young Bob Danforth, who is a grandfather in DEATH SHIP.

Joe shares the story behind his new book, DEATH SHIP.

We discuss Joe’s writing style, which allows him to complete a first draft in around 60 – 90 days, which is nowhere near the end for his writing process. After the first draft,  he completes six or seven additional drafts before it goes to his editor.

The first four books in The Danforth Saga are available for only $1.99 each during the month of November.

From the Publisher:

badalauthorweb“Death Ship” is another suspense-filled thriller in the 45-year-long journey of the Danforth family.

This fifth book in the Danforth Saga, which includes “Evil Deeds,” “Terror Cell,” “The Nostradamus Secret,” and “The Lone Wolf Agenda,” introduces Robbie Danforth, the 15-year-old son of Michael and Miriana Danforth, and the grandson of Bob and Liz Danforth.

A leisurely cruise in the Ionian Sea turns into a nightmare event when terrorists hijack a yacht with Bob, Liz, Miriana, and Robbie aboard. Although the boat’s crew, with Bob and Robbie’s help, eliminate the hijackers, there is evidence that something more significant may be in the works.

The CIA and the U.S. military must identify what that might be and who is behind the threat, and must operate within a politically-corrupt environment in Washington, D.C. At the same time, they must disrupt the terrorist’s financing mechanism, which involves trading in securities that are highly sensitive to terrorist events.

Michael Danforth and a team of DELTA operatives are deployed from Afghanistan to Greece to assist in identifying and thwarting the threat.

“Death Ship” is another roller coaster ride of action and suspense, where good and evil battle for supremacy and everyday heroes combat evil antagonists.

Links

Purchase DEATH SHIP at Amazon

Joe’s Website www.josephbadalbooks.com

Joe’s social media – Facebook and Twitter

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Marred, by Sue Coletta

Marred CoverDebut author Sue Coletta joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, a chilling psychological thriller, MARRED.

Show Notes

We discuss the storyline of MARRED and the way Sue slowly reveals some of the frightening backstory in the book.

Sue shares her thoughts on research (which she loves) and some of the specific research she did for this book.

Sue has always been fascinated with the motivations of serial killers. She shares her reason for her interest and admits to being unable to sleep for a few nights while writing the book.

Sue writes extensively on her website about both the craft of writing as well as her love of research and crime fiction. She writes for both other writers and fans of the various crime genres. We discuss the posting process for her site as well as the many benefits she’s

From the Publisher:

Sue Coletta Author Pic_When a serial killer breaks into the home of bestselling author, Sage Quintano, she barely escapes with her life. Her husband, Niko, a homicide detective, insists they move to rural New Hampshire, where he accepts a position as Grafton County Sheriff. Sage buries secrets from that night–secrets she swears to take to her deathbed.

Three years of anguish and painful memories pass, and a grisly murder case lands on Niko’s desk. A strange caller torments Sage–she can’t outrun the past.

When Sage’s twin sister suddenly goes missing, Sage searches Niko’s case files and discovers similarities to the Boston killer. A sadistic psychopath is preying on innocent women, marring their bodies in unspeakable ways. And now, he has her sister.

Cryptic clues. Hidden messages. Is the killer hinting at his identity? Or is he trying to lure Sage into a deadly trap to end his reign of terror with a matching set of corpses?

Links

Purchase MARRED at Amazon

Author’s Website www.suecoletta.com

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A conversation with Robert McClure, the author of Deadly Lullaby

Robert McClure Quote

We are pleased to welcome author Robert McClure to CrimeFiction.FM’s digital interview booth today.

Robert’s debut novel is DEADLY LULLABY (Alibi/Penguin Random House, September 2015). Deadly Lullaby is a father-son story of a different type. The father is a gangster just released from prison and the son is a cop. The book features terrific characters, spot-on dialogue and a breakneck pace.

We recently had the opportunity to spend some time with Robert to chat more about DEADLY LULLABY. Then we got into how some of the “morally flexible” people he’s met over the years have helped to form his characters, his gratitude to his aunt for sharing a book by Xaviera Hollander during his formative years, and more.

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CFFM: Thanks for being here, Robert.  Let’s get started with you telling us a little about your book.

Deadly Lullaby coverThe two protagonists are Babe Crucci, a mob hit man just released from serving eight years in San Quentin, and his son Leo Crucci, an edgy Los Angeles police detective. Not surprisingly given their opposing professions, Babe and Leo are estranged and Babe sorely wants to rekindle the relationship. Leo’s not thrilled with the idea, and throughout the story he struggles with what he should do. The key question that propels the plot is whether Babe will achieve his goal, and events frustrate him at every turn. Don’t get me wrong. There’s a lot going on in Deadly Lullaby—mob politics, violence, murder for hire, romance and pure lust—but above all else it’s a story about a man who loves his son, a son who’s unsure about how to feel for his father.

ROBERT:  While Babe and Leo Crucci and the father/son angle are the significant features of Deadly Lullaby, I think the supporting characters set the book apart, too: Leo’s commanding officer Lt. Jon Abel plays a not insignificant role, and Babe’s sidekick is an old friend and associate named Jack Barzi, who goes by “Chief.” And there is Babe’s girlfriend Maggie, a prostitute he met the day of his release. And, of course, there are the villains, who are difficult to identify completely without spoiling the plot. The unique feature about Deadly Lullaby is that most people would probably have a hard time finding a character in it who’s “good” in the traditional sense, including the protagonists. From the very start, though, my goal in writing crime fiction has always been to create characters that thieve, kill and create other forms of mayhem who readers can’t help but love, and the guiltier the reader feels about it, the better. I feel like I accomplished that with Deadly Lullaby. With that proviso, then, the list of “bad” guys who play significant roles in the book are as follows: An LA mafia kingpin named Joe Sacci, who is Babe’s ex-boss; Sacci’s top henchmen Ricardo Donsky and Michael Fecarotta; a Russian gangster named Viktor Tarasov who spent time in San Quentin with Babe, and his henchmen; and a Cambodian drug lord named Khang Nhou who helped found The Oriental Lazy Boyz gang in LA.

CFFM:  We understand you’re working on a sequel to Deadly Lullaby. How do you expect your characters to evolve over the course of your series?

Robert: Answering that would be telling, would be a plot spoiler of unforgivable magnitude!

Seriously, I can say that in the sequel I’m calling The Slow Dawn, I’m exploring whether Babe and Leo (more…)

Hear My Plea, by Diana Deverell

Hear My PleaseAuthor Diana Deverell joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the third in her captivating Nora Dockson Mystery series, HEAR MY PLEA.

Show Notes

Diana gives us a quick biographical sketch of her protagonist, Nora Dockson.

We discuss the storyline for HEAR MY PLEA and what makes this book different from the first two books in the Nora series.

Diana has a short story being published in the January/February double issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. We discuss what she sees as the difference between writing novel length fiction and short stories.

Diana lives in a small (population around 500) village in Denmark. We discuss a recent community event where the residents celebrated the fall harvest moon.

From the Publisher:

Diana Deverell 006An ex-con, Nora Dockson has a soft spot for underdogs like her former cellmate. She got her law degree so she could rescue her ex-cellie and others treated unfairly by a flawed system.

So why has Wesley Mitchell jumped to the top of her potential client list? Mitchell’s no underdog. Man’s so well-connected, for years he evaded punishment for killing unarmed civilians. Only after the FBI and the Justice Department stepped in did a jury find him guilty of two cold-blooded murders. Mitchell deserves his 65-year prison sentence.

But what about that hint in the trial transcript—did the feds fight dirty to convict him?

She has to check it out. And confronts a challenge to all she believes.

Without preaching, Diana Deverell draws on the legal and political topics filling today’s headlines to create a compelling story. Peopled by indelibly-drawn characters, this series keeps you entertained while it raises disturbing questions about our justice system.

Links

Purchase HEAR MY PLEA at Amazon

Diana’s Website www.dianadeverell.com

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