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 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...

BEHIND THE BOOK

Memphis? Why Memphis? (Or New Orleans or Sopchoppy…) My eleventh Faye Longchamp archaeological mystery, UNDERCURRENTS, is hitting the streets right…about…now, and it’s set in Memphis, Tennessee. Wherever Faye goes—Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, New York, Oklahoma, Mississippi, or Tennessee—she has an adventure that she could have no other place.  There is only one place to explore the ghostly roots of Spiritualism and that place is New York. There is only one place to stand on the Mother Mound of the Choctaw and that place is Mississippi. Faye goes where the history is. However, she doesn’t travel to a new state with quite every book. For...

INTERVIEW with Dennis Palumbo

Mike Barson: HEAD WOUNDS is the fifth novel in your series about psychologist Daniel Rinaldi, who consults with the Pittsburgh police. Unlike some authors, you do not write a new book every year… Is that because you spend a lot of time doing research for each new entry? Dennis Palumbo: Research is always an important aspect of each novel, but the primary reason for the gap between books is that I have a full-time private therapy practice (35-40 patients a week). So my writing time is pretty much limited to lunch hours and the weekends. I’d love to put out a new book every year, but given my current clinical schedule, it’s...

Interview with Jeffrey Siger, author of AN AEGEAN ...

Mike Barson In Conversation with Jeffrey Siger, author of AN AEGEAN APRIL, ninth in the Inspector Andreas Kaldis  1) When you made the decision to start a crime series, why did you select Greece as the setting for the stories? (I believe that was a first…) Jeff Siger: When I started writing about Andreas Kaldis, I didn’t intend on creating a series.  I thought I’d be writing a stand-alone novel telling the story of a Greek island I knew intimately.  I wanted to write about the people, culture and politics of Mykonos, and only settled upon the mystery format because it struck me as the best vehicle for exploring how a tourist island...