INTERVIEW WITH BETTY WEBB

  THE OTTER OF DEATH by Betty Webb is part cozy mystery and part thriller, with portions delving into the very relevant issue of sexual harassment.  This story combines current issues with information about zoo animals including some light amusing scenes that make for an interesting read. The plot has the main character, zookeeper Teddy Bentley contemplating her life changes that will happen once she marries Sheriff Rejas. Her thoughts are interrupted when she spots an otter swimming with a smart phone.  After taking the device she discovers a photograph of a murder-in-progress. Rumors swirl that the victim, Stuart Booth, PhD, a local...

INTERVIEW WITH OWEN LAUKKANEN

    GALE FORCE by Owen Laukkanen is a realistic story where readers take the journey with the characters as they board the ship, and feel the splash of the waves. It is an attest to the author’s writing style he is able to make an intense adventure story of a maritime salvage operation. The plot has McKenna Rhodes inheriting the Gale Force, a salvage boat, after her father died in violent weather on the open seas. Hearing about a salvage operation, she and the crew decide to attempt a rescue of a freighter, the Pacific Lion, which has turned over on its side during a horrific storm. A stowaway who has stolen fifty million in bonds...

INTERVIEW WITH JON TALTON

Jon Talton is a fourth-generation Arizonan, the author of 11 novels, and a former columnist for the Arizona Republic. Talton now lives in Seattle, where he is the economics columnist for the Seattle Times and writes the blog Rogue Columnist. His latest novel, THE BOMB SHELTER,  is now. Mike Barson: The jumping-off point for the story is the bombing death of a Phoenix newspaper reporter some forty years ago. Is that a case that has long fascinated you? If so, why? Since I began the David Mapstone Mysteries, readers have encouraged me to take on the 1976 murder of Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles. I do this in a fictionalized way with The...

INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTOPHER RICE

    BONE MUSIC’s story by Christopher Rice is not a classical melody, but more like hard rock. The scenes are riveting and realistic enough that there is an element of believability, alternating between a thriller and the fringes of science fiction. This consuming read has the heroine trying to overcome her tragic past by rebuilding her life and overcoming her trust issues.  The intensity begins from page one when a husband and wife team of serial killers abducts a nine-month-old baby after brutally killing its mother.  They raised Trina, hoping to include her in their viciousness, grooming her to follow in their footsteps. Luckily for...

INTERVIEW WITH BRAD MELTZER

   THE ESCAPE ARTIST by Brad Meltzer once again proves he is the master of secrets.  His books always delve into the hidden stories of the characters and governmental conspiracies.  He has a knack for finding out and then writing about interesting topics that are not widely well-known, incorporating them into a thrilling story. The book starts off with a bang when one of the passengers jumps out of a plane without a parachute before it crashes to the ground.  It might have received little notice except that one of the passengers was the Librarian of Congress and a good friend of President Orson Wallace. A little tidbit, this is the...