INTERVIEW WITH WENDY WALKER

The Night Before Wendy Walker St. Martin’s Press May 14th, 2019 The Night Before by Wendy Walker Is a first-class psychological thriller with a lot of twists. Interestingly the premise begins with on-line dating that creates a tension-filled, suspenseful mystery. The plot delves into childhood memories, family relationships, secrets, lies, and betrayals. The story alternates between three time periods.  The day of Laura Lochner’s blind-date, the day after, which has her sister, Rosie Ferro, searching for her, and a few months earlier with Laura in therapy sessions speaking to Dr. Kevin Brody. When Laura does not return home,...

INTERVIEW WITH AMANDA QUICK

Tightrope Amanda Quick Berkley Press May 7th, 2019 Tightrope is a fabulous mystery, typical of what readers have come to expect from Amanda Quick also known as Jayne Krentz. This action based plot has secrets, betrayals, Hollywood actors, circus characters, spies, gangsters, and a sweet romance, although the focus is more on the suspense than the romance. The plot has Amalie Vaughn putting the past behind her, especially the recent attack from the Death Catcher, a serial killer who targeted trapeze artists. She decides to remake herself by moving to Burning Cove California. Using her entire inheritance Amalie buys a mansion with the...

INTERVIEW WITH S. M. Stirling

Theater Of Spies ( Black Chamber World War I Alternate History Book 2) S. M. Stirling Penguin Random House Pub. May 7th, 2019 Theater OF Spies by S. M. Stirling brings back US operatives Luz O’Malley and her love interest Ciara Whelan.  They are sent to Germany to find out about a new weapons system the Germans have developed.  These American secret agents are the only thing between the Germans winning World War I and the Americans being able to foil them. This second book in the Black Chamber series has less action and more intelligence methods as well as the relationship factor between Luz and Clara.  Besides having to...

INTERVIEW WITH NATALIE WALTERS

Living Lies by Natalie Walters brings to life the characters with an emotionally charged story. With thrilling suspense, threads of romance, and important messages about removing the stigma of mental health and depression this book seems to have it all, including an action-packed crime mystery. The crime revolves around murder, drugs, art, and dealing with mental health issues.  Lane Walton, widower at the age of twenty-eight, journeys back to her hometown in hopes of a new start for herself and her young son, Noah. The small Southern town of Walton, Georgia would seem like the place to begin again.  She is hopeful she can...

INTERVIEW WITH LIZ FREELAND

MURDER IN MIDTOWN by Liz Freeland brings to life New York in the early 1900s.  Besides a good mystery, readers will be enlightened about the different social issues during that era. The plot begins with a fire breaking out at a publicity house.  It is the one Louise Faulk works at while waiting to see if she has passed the exam to become a NYPD police officer. As the investigation of the charred ruins begins, rumors of foul play are already circulating. Trying to get to the truth, the firm’s surviving partner asks Louise to investigate the matter, knowing she has experience in police issues. While trying to find who murdered her boss,...

INTERVIEW WITH MAX ALLAN COLLINS

GIRL MOST LIKELY by Max Allan Collins is more of a police procedural than a thriller. What makes this plot unique is the relationships.  In this book, the police chief is the daughter and she enlists her father’s help to find a killer. Krista Larson has recently lost her mother.  She is worried about her father, Keith, who appears suicidal from his grief.  Deciding a change of environment is best for him, Krista moves him in with her to a small town in Illinois. Galena is in northwestern Illinois that is close to Dubuque and not too far from Chicago. It is the birthplace of US Grant. While trying to make her father feel at home...