Friday, June 28, 2013


Author Appearances

Award winning mystery author Michael Lister will be at River Day Celebration this weekend on the Florida Panhandle with a book signing. He recently won a second Florida Book Award for Blood Sacrifice, the fifth in the John Jordan mystery series. Michael Lister has written 11 novels, three short story collections and three works of non-fiction. His other award winning novel, Double Exposure, is my personal favorite.

Holly Goddard Jones was in Salisbury, North Carolina Thursday night to discuss her well received mystery suspense novel, The Next Time You See Me, and revealed a surprising tidbit: The title was not her first choice. Holly is a 2007 recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award.

Chuck Greaves makes an appearance tonight at Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe, New Mexico to discuss his latest novel, Green Eyed Lady. It's the sequel to his debut novel, Hush Money, an "entertaining crime novel...full of surprises" according to the Booklist review.

Julie Hyzy appeared Thursday on the airwaves at IndianaTalks to discuss her latest mystery Grace Takes Off, and the writing process.

And tonight, Chris Grabenstein will be interviewed on WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM about the latest Ceepak mystery novel, Free Fall.  Click here to listen at 7:30 PM EST. Jazz music and Chris Grabenstein cool is that?!

Wanna Buy A Bookstore?

The Penquin Bookshop in Sewickley, PA is for sale. The popular local business has been a staple for book lovers and book clubs for 84 years. The owners, who are in their 70s, are hoping to sell it by year's end.

Mystery Conferences

And now, a bloody word...about the Bloody Words Canadian Mystery Conference. Normally held in June, there was, alas, no conference this year. But they'll be back next year in Toronto for more bloody fun with tons of mystery writers and readers. You can boost international relations by attending.

And check out some of my favorite Canadian writers, Rick Mofina, Sandra Ruttan and Vicki Delaney, all of whom have new novels coming out this summer or have previous novels back in print.

Who knew cool Canadians could be so violent? And so much fun to read!

For more about the conference, see the video, compliments of our neighbors to the North. They're really a nice bunch. Really.


Richard Matheson, sci-fi and horror writer, has died. A prolific writer, he produced many novels that were later turned into movies, including The Shrinking Man and I Am Legend. He also wrote for television, creating episodes for Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone. You can read his obituary in The Pittsburgh Post Gazette.  

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