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    #77 - Behind the Bones: Lisa Bailey Unveils FBI's Forensic Art Secrets

    #77 - Behind the Bones: Lisa Bailey Unveils FBI's Forensic Art Secrets

    Today we welcome Lisa Bailey, a former FBI forensic artist, to discuss her captivating new book, "Clay and Bones." With a unique blend of artistry and investigative skills, Bailey shares her experiences from an extraordinary career in law enforcement.
    Book Spotlight: "Clay and Bones"
    "Clay and Bones" is a gripping memoir that takes readers behind the scenes of the FBI's forensic art department. Bailey's story weaves together her fascinating casework, the challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated field, and her personal journey of resilience and self-discovery.
    Discussed in this Episode:
    The intricate process of facial reconstruction and how it helps solve complex cases Bailey's unexpected path from graphic design to becoming a sought-after forensic artist High-profile cases that showcased Bailey's unique skills, including the hunt for notorious fugitive Whitey Bulger The intense pressure and working conditions of FBI deployments, from Bogota to Quantico Navigating bureaucracy, discrimination, and a toxic work environment within the FBI The emotional toll of working on harrowing crimes and how Bailey coped with the darkness Life after the FBI: Bailey's new chapter in Portugal and her plans for the future Links:
    Lisa Bailey Website: https://lisabaileyauthor.com/ "Clay and Bones" Book: https://amzn.to/3zJH9DN Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/IPdfFKZ7ykw _
    Produced by Podcast Studio X.
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    • 59 min
    #76 - Sunken Treasures: David Gibbins on 'Twelve Shipwrecks'

    #76 - Sunken Treasures: David Gibbins on 'Twelve Shipwrecks'

    David Gibbins, renowned marine archaeologist and bestselling author, joins us to discuss his latest book "A History of the World in Twelve Shipwrecks." With over a dozen novels and numerous non-fiction works to his credit, Gibbins brings a unique blend of academic expertise and storytelling prowess to this fascinating exploration of maritime history.
    Book Spotlight: "A History of the World in Twelve Shipwrecks"
    This groundbreaking work takes readers on a journey through time, using twelve significant shipwrecks as windows into different historical periods. From Bronze Age traders to World War II vessels, Gibbins weaves together archaeology, history, and adventure to reveal how these sunken treasures reshape our understanding of the past.
    Discussed in this Episode:
    The Dover Boat: How a Bronze Age vessel sheds light on early maritime trade and the interconnectedness of ancient cultures The link between shipwrecks and literary classics: Connecting archaeological finds to texts like the Epic of Gilgamesh and Homer's Iliad Roman-era shipwrecks: Insights into the vast trade networks and daily life during the height of the Roman Empire Emperor Justinian's "prefab churches": The fascinating discovery of flat-packed marble churches shipped across the Mediterranean The maritime Silk Road: Evidence of sea-based trade routes predating the more famous land routes The Mary Rose: How underwater archaeology solved the mystery of King Henry VIII's flagship's sinking HMS Terror: The ongoing investigation of Franklin's lost Arctic expedition and its connection to modern underwater exploration techniques Links:
    David Gibbins Website: https://davidgibbins.com/ "A History of the World in Twelve Shipwrecks" Book: https://amzn.to/3xG3z8w Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/VIrB8qv8BmI _
    Produced by Podcast Studio X.
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    • 1 hr
    #75 - Enigma Girls: The Untold Story of WWII's Youngest Spies

    #75 - Enigma Girls: The Untold Story of WWII's Youngest Spies

    Candice Fleming, award-winning author and historian, joins us to discuss her latest book "The Enigma Girls," a compelling narrative about the young women who played a crucial role in breaking Nazi codes during World War II at Bletchley Park. With over 60 books to her name, Fleming brings her expertise in crafting engaging historical narratives for readers of all ages.
    Discussed in this Episode:
    The untold story of teenage girls who became codebreakers at Bletchley Park The rigorous secrecy surrounding Bletchley Park and its impact on the young women's lives Insights into the Enigma machine and the complex process of breaking German codes The challenges of researching and writing about classified wartime operations The lasting impact of these young women's contributions to the Allied victory in WWII Links:
    Candace Fleming Website: https://www.candacefleming.com/ "The Enigma Girls" Book: https://amzn.to/45CS2U2 Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/1WYnDafvNno _
    Produced by Podcast Studio X.
    Find my book reviews on ViewsOnBooks.com.

    • 59 min
    #74 - Cracking the Code: K.D. Alden's Thrilling Tale of America's First Female Cryptologist

    #74 - Cracking the Code: K.D. Alden's Thrilling Tale of America's First Female Cryptologist

    Today I sit down with K.D. Alden, the brilliant mind behind the biographical fiction novel "Lady Codebreaker." Throughout the interview, we delve into the remarkable true story of Elizabeth Friedman, America's first female cryptologist, whose groundbreaking work helped shape the course of history.
    Discussed in this Episode:
    The incredible journey of Elizabeth Friedman from Shakespeare scholar to pioneering codebreaker K.D. Alden's meticulous research process and the challenge of blending fact and fiction seamlessly The forgotten history of the Tango War and the critical role of cryptology in WWII's South American theater The personal struggles and triumphs of a trailblazing woman in a male-dominated field Insights on the craft of writing, the publishing industry, and the power of untold stories Links:
    K.D. Alden Website: https://www.kdalden.com/ "Lady Codebreaker" Book: https://amzn.to/4b64fSo Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/rXH38hwOIp0 _
    Produced by Podcast Studio X.
    Find my book reviews on ViewsOnBooks.com.

    • 54 min
    #73 - From Venetian Mysteries to Bitcoin Conspiracies: Top 2024 Reads

    #73 - From Venetian Mysteries to Bitcoin Conspiracies: Top 2024 Reads

    Today, we're diving into a fantastic selection of books that have captured my heart and imagination in 2024.
    Join me as I explore the captivating world of Venetian mysteries with Donna Leon's "Uniform Justice," and unravel the secrets behind a lost Van Gogh painting in Jonathan Santlofer's gripping thriller, "The Lost Van Gogh." We'll also take a trip down memory lane with Hollywood legend Robert Wagner as he shares intimate stories about the iconic actresses of the golden age in his memoir, "I Loved Her in the Movies."
    But that's not all! I'll be introducing you to a timeless classic that celebrates the transformative power of travel and self-discovery in Elizabeth von Arnim's "The Enchanted April." And for those who crave a thrilling espionage novel, Steve Berry's "The Atlas Maneuver" will take you on a heart-pounding journey through the complex world of Bitcoin and global financial conspiracies.
    So, grab your favorite beverage, settle in, and let's embark on an unforgettable literary adventure together. Trust me, you won't want to miss a single moment of this episode!​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
    Links:
    "Uniform Justice" by Donna Leon: https://amzn.to/3yIJ9Mm "The Lost Van Gogh" by Jonathan Santlofer: https://amzn.to/4e1tVSN "I Loved Her in the Movies" by Robert Wagner: https://amzn.to/3KyIrDK "The Enchanted April" by Elizabeth von Arnim: https://amzn.to/4bLAgzZ "The Atlas Maneuver" by Steve Berry: https://amzn.to/458r4Do Views on Books: https://viewsonbooks.com Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/DH1A2dkpaw8 _
    Produced by Podcast Studio X.
    Find my book reviews on ViewsOnBooks.com.

    • 37 min
    #72 - Unlocking the Magic of Provence with Aimie K. Runyan

    #72 - Unlocking the Magic of Provence with Aimie K. Runyan

    Aimie K. Runyan is a bestselling author known for her enchanting historical fiction novels set in France. Her latest book, "The Memory of Lavender and Sage," marks her exciting foray into contemporary fiction. Set in the charming fictional village of Saint-Colomb in Provence, the story follows Tempesta, a disaffected New York food critic who inherits a ramshackle farmhouse and discovers she has a magical gift for growing herbs that can influence people's emotions.
    Discussed in this Episode:
    The allure of Provence as a setting for fiction and its influence on Aimie's writing Aimie's journey from historical to contemporary fiction and the challenges of the transition The power of food, herbs, and culinary traditions to bring people together and heal wounds Crafting authentic, atmospheric settings that transport readers to another time and place Insights on writing strong female characters, multi-generational storylines, and magical realism Links:
    "The Memory of lavender and Sage" Book: https://amzn.to/3Kk6YfO Aimie K. Runyan Website: https://aimiekrunyan.com/ Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/xFI7iweFdCU _
    Produced by Podcast Studio X.
    Find my book reviews on ViewsOnBooks.com.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

FSBurke2 ,

Love the discussions with authors

If you love books and fun discussions with author, this is the podcast for you. Blaine is a wonderful host.

susie southern ,

The Antiquarian —Alfred Balm

Once again, Blaine did not disappoint❗️I also love history including historic fiction. When I heard the Ghent Altarpiece mentioned in this podcast I remembered just two years ago when visiting Ghent that we visited St Bavo’s Cathedral and saw this LAMB OF GOD masterpiece by Jan and Hubert van Eych. It was really something to behold and I felt so lucky to be able to view it and learn all of the history surrounding it. Thanks Blaine for enticing me now to read this book❗️❗️

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BJones1129 ,

What a great find!

Snapshots is a fantastic podcast. I enjoy Blaine’s approach to the material. I feel like I’m listening to a modern-day Paul Harvey. There’s no cynicism and no agenda. It’s just a fun and informative addition to my week.

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