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Never be without something remarkable to read. We recommend the latest and best in mystery, suspense, romance and historical adventure, so you’ll never be without a book you can't put down. Interviews with successful series authors and their passionate readers, where readers and writers share the guilty pleasures of binge reading.

    Lee Goldberg – Eve Ronin Mysteries

    Lee Goldberg – Eve Ronin Mysteries

    Lee Goldberg is a #1 New York Times best selling author whose had a remarkably durable career as author and TV producer. His latest book is Movieland, the fourth book in the Eve Ronin series. Eve is the youngest female homicide detective in the scandal plagued Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in a series which is already optioned for TV.

    Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and in Binge Reading today Lee talks about his ambition to develop Eve into the legendary status of fictional detectives like Harry Bosch (in Michael Connelly’s the Lincoln Lawyer series) and John Rebus, (in Sir Ian Rankin’s Rebus detective series)

    We’ve got our usual free book giveaways = this week August mystery and suspense books, an another Booksweeps draw for a library of 50 books valued at over $500 and a new E-reader.



    Links for the draw and all the other fascinating topics we discuss can be found in the show notes for this episode on the website, the joys of binge reading .com.  If you’d like to ensure you don’t miss out on any episode subscribe to our weekly newsletter for all the relevant links.


    And don’t forget, you can get exclusive bonus content including hearing Lee answer the Getting To Know You Five Quickfire Questions by supporting us on Binge Reading on Patreon.  For as little as a cup of coffee a month you get the Five Quickfire questions, a Behind the Scenes newsletter featuring up coming books and authors, and a preview of the new monthly Encore series featuring authors who’ve already been on the show talking about their latest book.Chuck Greaves, talking about the new Jack MacTaggart The Chimera Club is the Encore author for August.

    Check it out on patreon.com/thejoysof bingereading.

    Links in this episode:

    Lee Goldberg, Monk Series:  https://www.goodreads.com/series/60433-mr-monk

    Calabasas:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calabasas,_California

    Malibu Creek State Park:  http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=614

    Ralph Dennis, the Hardman classics:  https://crimereads.com/ralph-dennis-the-lost-hardman-classics/

    Lee’s publishing venture - Brash Books:  https://www.brash-books.com/

    Ian Ludlow series:  https://www.goodreads.com/series/218857-ian-ludlow-thrillers

    Garry Disher on JOBR:  https://thejoysofbingereading.com/garry-disher-gold-standard-crime/

    Garry Disher:  https://garrydisher.com/

    Chris Pavone:  https://www.chrispavone.com/

    Anthony Doerr:  https://www.anthonydoerr.com/

    Jane Harper:  https://janeharper.com.au/

    Michael Connelly:  https://www.michaelconnelly.com/

    John Rebus:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Rebus

    Harry Bosch:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mickey_Haller

    Max Allan Collins:  http://maxallancollins.com/blog/

    Road To Perdition series:  https://www.amazon.com/Road-Perdition-Max-Allan-Collins/dp/0743442245

    Andy Breckman:  https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0106563/

    Calico:  https://www.amazon.com.au/Treasure-Painted-Hills-California-1882-1907/dp/0313308365

    Larry McMurtry: https://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Larry-McMurtry/547

    • 33 min
    Brenda Janowitz – A Hollywood Twist

    Brenda Janowitz – A Hollywood Twist

    “The Liz Taylor Ring is a gorgeously written multigenerational novel, tracing the path of a diamond ring across decades, through the ups and down in the lives of one family. Brenda Janowitz beautifully weaves stories of love, of motherhood, and of the unbreakable bonds between siblings. I absolutely devoured this dazzling book!” - Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of Beautiful Little Fools

    Picked as one of the “must read” picks for 2022 by everyone from Town and Country magazine to Katie Couric Media, Brenda’s latest amusing romp is part love story, part family saga.

    Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today on Binge Reading Brenda talks about building a mystery and a family story across generations, built around a famous memento like the ring Richard Burton bought Elizabeth Taylor, or Grace Kelly’s wedding dress.

    Beach Reads Books Giveaway

     We’ve got our usual book giveaway. This week it’s Best Beach Reads. You can find the link to download those on the show notes for this episode at www.thejoysofbingereading.com. OR HERE https://books.bookfunnel.com/pka-beach-read-mysteries/17c2mks8na


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    Links in this episode:

    The Elizabeth Taylor Ring (formerly known as the Krupp Diamond):  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Taylor_Diamond

    Princess Margaret and Elizabeth Taylor:  https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/02/princess-margaret-elizabeth-taylor-hollywood

    Elizabeth Taylor’s double eyelashes:  https://www.news18.com/news/india/elizabeth-taylor-born-with-two-sets-of-eyelashes-364781.html

    Lesson in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58065033-lessons-in-chemistry

    The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58532615-the-summer-place

    Marrying the Ketchups by Jennifer Close:  https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/58537243-marrying-the-ketchups

    Mustique Island by Sarah McCoy:  https://www.amazon.com/Mustique-Island-Novel-Sarah-McCoy/dp/0063252201

    Where to find Brenda Janowitz:

    Website:  www.brendajanowitz.comFacebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BrendaJanowitz/Email:  brendajanowitz@gmail.comInstagram:  @brendajanowitzwriter

    What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.

    Introducing author Brenda Janowitz

    Jenny Wheeler: Welcome to the show, Brenda. It's fantastic to have you with us.

    Author Brenda Janowitz

    Brenda Janowitz: Thank you so much for having me. I'm thrilled to be here.

    Jenny Wheeler: Your latest book, The Liz Taylor Ring, has got a wonderful title for starters, but it's your seventh novel and it's received a great series of accolades. It's been welcomed by many publications people would listen to. It was one of Town and Country’s best books for February, the Katie Couric people thought it was one of the best books of 2022 and Pop Sugar’s most anticipated reads of 2022. Did that give you a bit of a lift to start?

    Brenda Janowitz: My goodness yes. It was so incredibly exciting. Certainly by book seven, you think you'd be used to it and everything would be old hat,

    • 37 min
    Liese Sherwood-Fabre – Young Sherlock

    Liese Sherwood-Fabre – Young Sherlock

    Liese Sherwood-Fabre has a fresh angle on Sherlock Holmes, featuring Holmes as a wily adolescent saving his family from disaster, acclaimed by critics for its deep understanding of Holmes' life and times.

    Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and today on Binge Reading we hear about what happened before Sherlock Holmes became the world’s greatest consulting detective, when scandal rocked the Holmes family. 

    We’ve got a group promo of mysteries that are perfect to relax with on the beach or in front of the fire...

    Today's free MYSTERY book offer

    Readsey deals – free books plus the chance to win chocolate and gift card…




    All the links to books and topics discussed in this episode can be found in the show notes on The Joys of Binge Reading website, www.thejoysofbingereading.com.

    Links In This Episode:

    Early Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherlock_Holmes_(1939_film_series)

    Arthur Conan-Doyle, The Captain of the Polestar:  https://www.amazon.com/Captain-Polestar-other-stories/dp/B09B1TYK9X

    Sherlock’s brother Mycroft Holmes:  https://arthurconandoyle.co.uk/character/mycroft-holmes#

    Murder She Wrote TV show:  https://arthurconandoyle.co.uk/character/mycroft-holmes#

    Saving Hope, Liese Sherwood-Fabre: https://www.amazon.com/Saving-Hope-Liese-Anne-Sherwood-Fabre/dp/0998411213

    The Daughters of Yalta:  https://www.harpercollins.com.au/9780008299736/the-daughters-of-yalta-the-churchills-roosevelts-and-harrimans-a-story-of-love-and-war/

    The Bombay Prince, Perveen Mistry series:  https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/fiction/popular-fiction/The-Bombay-Prince-Sujata-Massey-9781761065248

    Where to find Liese Sherwood-Fabre: 

    Website:  www.liesesherwoodfabre.com

    Email:  liese@liesesherwoodfabre.com

    Facebook: @liese.sherwoodfabre

    What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.But now, here’s Liese.

    Introducing Liese Sherwood-Fabre

    Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Liese, and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.

    Liese Sherwood-Fabre: Sherlock Holmes mysteries

    Liese Sherwood: Thank you so much. I'm so honored to be on your podcast. I don't know what time people will be watching this, but for me it's late afternoon and for you it's early morning, so I’m very pleased that we were able to get together.

    Jenny Wheeler: That’s right, and we're on almost opposite sides of the globe. You're in Virginia, are you?

    Liese Sherwood: No, I'm in Dallas, Texas.

    Jenny Wheeler: I'm in Auckland, New Zealand, so it's the miracle of modern technology.

    Liese Sherwood-Fabre: Isn't it? I do hope someday to make it there. I understand it's an incredible place to visit.

    Jenny Wheeler: People say so. We love it. Liese, you've delved into Sherlock Holmes’ world in a great deal of detail with three highly praised non-fiction books about his life and times and now four mysteries about Sherlock when he's a ...

    • 34 min
    Gill Paul on Encore

    Gill Paul on Encore

    Bestselling author Gill Paul returns with a brilliant novel about Lady Evelyn Herbert, the woman who took the very first step into the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, and who lived in the real Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, and the long after-effects of the Curse of Pharaohs.

    Jenny: We're in our second episode of Encore, the new show for Binge Reading On Patreon supporters, talking to favorite authors, people who've already been on the podcast, about their latest release.

    And today we've got international best seller Gill Paul who's already been on the podcast twice before talking about her latest book, The Collector's Daughter,

    Gill Paul: The Collector's Daughter

    Gill’s previous JOBR shows:

    Gill Paul’s Famous Fabulous Lives, from November 2019: https://thejoysofbingereading.com/gill-paul-famous-fabulous-lives/

    And: Love and Betrayal from September 2020: https://thejoysofbingereading.com/jackie-kennedy/

    I love the way Gill makes historical events come alive in her fiction, and this book is no exception.

    The Collector's Daughter is a dual timeline novel moving between the 1920s and the 1970s telling the story of Lady Evelyn Herbert, the English aristocrat who was involved with the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb in the 1920s, and went on to live through the long-term after-effects of the supposed Curse of the Pharaohs

    She's also got the claim to fame of having grown up in the ‘real’ Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, where the popular TV series was filmed.

    Gill, It's great to have you with us again.

    Jenny: So welcome to the show Gill, and tell us about Pharaoh's tomb and Lady Eve part in it all.

    Gill: Thanks so much for inviting me on the journey. It's lovely to talk to you.  Evelyn was there with her father, the Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter when the tomb was discovered and opened in 1922. And all the evidence is that they sneaked in by night without the Egyptian authorities watching over them

    Lady Eve first to enter tomb

    And the Eve was the first one to crawl in and she was a young lady from the English aristocracy. And  I thought ‘Gosh’, what would it have been like for her, I'd always been interested in Egyptian stories from school days, but it only really came home to me in 2011 when I visited Egypt. And I went to the Valley of the Kings.

    We went down that long corridor that Eve and her father and Howard Carter would have gone down in 1922 and saw where his tomb had been and then went up to Cairo and saw all the artefacts in the Egyptian museum.

    And that was staggering. I mean the enormous wealth of all the gold tombs and the funeral masks and the jewelry, and then little personal details like Tutankhamun’s had sandals that pictures of Nubians on the soles, the  Nubians were the enemies of the Egyptians so every time he walked, he was walking on his enemies.

    I loved all the little personal touches I saw in the tomb. That’s what really brought it to life for me.

    Jenny: It's amazing. Now, one of the themes of the story is penetrates the whole story really is the long-term belief that there was some sort of curse involved in opening the tomb and Lady Evelyn did actually suffer quite a lot of personal misfortune in her life, including being involved in a massive car accident, which resulted in a series of small TIA’s, as they're called and later more serious strokes.

    And part of the story is her as an older lady in the 1970s,

    • 20 min
    Adrian Hyland – Whip Smart Crime

    Adrian Hyland – Whip Smart Crime

    Adrian Hyland is an award-winning Australian author of twisty crime stories that are perfect for the fans of Jane Harper, The Dry and Chris Hammer’s Scrublands.

    Hi there. I'm your host, Jenny Wheeler. And on Binge Reading today, we've got author who was a delightful discovery for me. Adrian Hyland's latest book, Canticle Creek combines complex and engaging characters, heart racing plot lines, and whip smart writing that captures the spirit and natural landscape of the Australian Heartland.

    Our free book offer is a great selection of historical romances - a big contrast to Adrian's work. You'll find the links for that in the show notes for this episode on our website for joys of binge reading.com, or you can take the easy route, join in our newsletter and have the links sent to you every week so that you can get in and enter for these books straight away.

    This week's book Giveaways




    A range of romances from a group of popular fiction authors....


    You'll also find out what's coming up next. Don't forget to check out. Binge reading on Patreon for exclusive bonus content for less than a cup of coffee a month.

    Links to this episode

    Tanami Desert, Northern Territory: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanami_Desert

    Walpiri people: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warlpiri_people

    Kinglake-350: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/12146952-kinglake-350

    Walter Savage Landor:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Savage_Landor

    The Black Summer: https://theconversation.com/australias-black-summer-of-fire-was-not-normal-and-we-can-prove-it-172506

    Mick Herron: https://www.mickherron.com/

    Herron's Slow Horses TV series, starring Gary Oldman: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5875444/

    Ali Smith, Scottish novelist: https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/21919/ali-smith

    David Mitchell: https://www.davidmitchellbooks.com/

    John Kinsella, poet: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/john-kinsella

    Where to find Adrian online

    Text Publishing:


    LaTrobe University, Melbourne:

    A.Hyland@latrobe.edu.au ·

    Introducing crime novelist Adrian Hyland

    But now here's Adrian. Hello there, Adrian. And welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us

    Adrian Hyland, writing crime that is popular fiction with a literary edge.

    Adrian Hyland: Good morning, Jenny. Thanks for asking me.

    Jenny Wheeler: We're going to be focusing first on Canticle Creek, which is your most recent page turning mystery. I loved it. I must say it was quite a discovery for me. It's a page turner, as I emphasize, a really strongly, motivated narrative mystery, but it's got the sense also of an awareness of landscape and the creative process, which is sometimes more credited to literary fiction.

    In short, it does an excellent job of being a great page turner with a literary edge. And I wondered, is that a tension that you consciously feel as you're writing or is it just more something that comes to you naturally?

    Adrian Hyland: Hmm.

    • 32 min
    Lise McClendon – French Mysteries

    Lise McClendon – French Mysteries

    Lise McClendon’s Bennett Sisters Mysteries are for anyone wanting to lose themselves in the magic of France with heart-warming family stories involving – like Jane Austen’s Bennetts – five daughters.

    Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and in Binge Reading today Lise talks about the latest book in the series, Château Des Corbeaux, or in English, Castle of Ravens. Pascal’s dreams of owning his own vineyard come crashing down with a murder very close to home.

    We’ve got some exciting FREE books offers - a Booksweeps Historic Romance Giveaway - enter the draw for a library and a n E-Reader - and a Mystery in July author promotion with mysteries free for download. Both are limited time offers so get in now!



    Links for these books and all the details for other subjects discussed in this episode can be found on our website, www.thejoysofbingereading.com. Join our weekly newsletter so that you've got a prompt every week on what's newly posted and what's coming next.

    And don’t forget to check out Binge Reading on Patreon for exclusive bonus content for less than a cup of coffee a month at www.patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading.

    Links for this episode:

    Lise McClendon Books in Order:https://www.fictiondb.com/author/lise-mcclendon~21845.htm

    The Bennett Sisters Cookbook: https://www.amazon.com/Bennett-Sisters-French-Cookbook-Mysteries/dp/1792884850

    Thalia Press: https://lisemcclendon.com/the-books/thalia-press/

    Alice Hoffman: https://alicehoffman.com/

    James Lee Burke: https://www.jamesleeburke.com/

    Ellen McGarrahan: Tow Truths and a Lie: www.Amazon.com/Two-Truths-Lie-Ellen-McGarrahan/dp/0812998669 

    William Deverell:Arthur Beauchamp legal thrillers: Stung:   https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55407906-stung

    Martin Walker: To Kill A Troubadour: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/58467284-to-kill-a-troubadour

    Where to find Lise McClendon:

    Web site:  https://lisemcclendon.com/

    Facebook:  @LiseMcClendon Author

    Twitter:  @LiseMcClendon:  https://www.bookbub.com/profile/lise-mcclendon

    What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to the show notes in The Joys of Binge Reading.com for important mentions.

    But now, here’s Lise.

    Introducing mystery author Lise McLendon

    Jenny Wheeler: Hello there Lise, and welcome to the show. It’s great to have you with us.

    Lise McClendon - popular mystery author

    Lise McClendon: Thank you for having me, Jenny.

    Jenny Wheeler: You have written a wonderfully lively series of French mysteries. We are talking about the latest one today, which is Château des Corbeaux, Castle of Ravens, which is just out. Theoretically, it's number 17 in the series, but we'll talk a little bit about some of the slight complications within that 17.

    At the beginning, you had five strong-willed sisters who are all lawyers as their father and grandfathers were before them. When you started out, did you have any idea of how long these five sisters were going to be running?

    Lise McClendon: Absolutely not. I envisioned five books,

    • 28 min

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