Lois Duncan, James Ellroy to receive MWA Grand Master; 2015 Raven & Ellery Queen Award Winners Dec12

Lois Duncan, James Ellroy to receive MWA Grand Mas...

Today, the Mystery Writers of America announced the recipients of the 2015 Grand Master, Raven, and Ellery Queen awards. The press release is below, but here are the winners: Grand Masters: Lois Duncan and James Ellroy Raven Awards:  Crimespree’s own Jon and Jordan and Kathryn Kennison (Magna Cum Murder) Ellery Queen Award: Charles Ardai, founder of Hard Case Crime Lois Duncan and James Ellroy have been chosen as the 2015 Grand Masters by Mystery Writers of America (MWA). MWA’s Grand Master Award represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributions to this genre, as...

Pet Spotlight: Tracy Weber and Tasha

Security Chiefs and Soul Mates I never believed in love at first sight until the night I met my three-week-old puppy. I had high expectations of dog ownership. After all, I had dreamt about owning a German shepherd for well over a decade, which was how long it took me to convince my animal-fur-allergic husband that our home—which already housed four cats—had enough space for a one-hundred-pound behemoth. At three weeks old, Tasha wasn’t yet able to show me her personality. She and her littermates barely had their eyes open and they couldn’t control their back ends, so they dragged their legs and tails behind them like miniature seals....

Q&A with Phillip Margolin

WOMAN WITH A GUN has a receptionist, Stacey Kim, desiring to write a novel. A Pulitzer Prize winning photograph viewed at a New York Art Museum inspires her. Investigating the backstory of the photo she travels to Oregon. Here she finds that the photo of a woman on the beach, over looking the sea, holding a western style gun at her back, that becomes a part of the evidence in a Cold Case murder mystery. Elise Cooper: Where did you find this photo? Phillip Margolin: In Georgia. I was keynoting a writing conference. In a restaurant restroom over the toilet was the photograph seen on the cover of the book. I was blown away with the many...

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Q&A with Michael Connelly

The Burning Room, Harry is partnered with twenty-eight year old Mexican-American Lucia Soto. Harry becomes Lucy’s mentor, sharing his wide-ranging knowledge of procedure. Two cold case investigations assigned to them involve political corruption, greed, lust, and vengeance. The first case has someone whose recent cause of death is associated with a bullet lodged in his spine from a ten year old shooting. The second case is personal to Lucy as she tries to find the person who set fire to an apartment complex where she was living as a child and that killed many of her friends. Elise Cooper: Why did you decide in this book to include...

Author Work Spaces: Matt Cairn Nov29

Author Work Spaces: Matt Cairn

My diamond workspace I work in a diamond-shaped room, roughly ten by ten feet. And when I say diamond-shaped I really mean it. Not like the diamond on a playing card (basically a slightly stretched square turned on its point) but the precious sort. You know, flat at the top with two really short sides at each end and two really long ones forming a downward triangle. The sort a crook holds up to the light in a bad heist movie. The funny thing is that I’ve only just realized it now, while writing this text. Five years of being in here, all day most days, and I pretty much thought it was square. How’s that for observant? I should be a writer…...