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Mystery authors read us a story followed by a short interview about their books, characters and the mystery genre. Introducing mystery fans to new authors they may not have heard of yet. For show notes and more go to http://ItsAMysteryPodcast.com

It's a Mystery Podcast Alexandra Amor: Award-winning author

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Mystery authors read us a story followed by a short interview about their books, characters and the mystery genre. Introducing mystery fans to new authors they may not have heard of yet. For show notes and more go to http://ItsAMysteryPodcast.com

    Volcanoes, Surfing, and a Missing Brother with Amy Waeschle

    Volcanoes, Surfing, and a Missing Brother with Amy Waeschle

    We begin in Costa Rica.















    Author Amy Waeschle's protagonist Dr. Cassidy Kincaid is a volcano seismologist. I had to ask Amy what that is exactly. Turns out it's the perfect profession for an amateur sleuth as it takes her all over the world, where she encounters mysteries of all kinds.







    Dr. Cassidy is a surfer, visiting Costa Rica in the excerpt Amy reads. And, from the Small World department, Amy herself learned to surf where I live, on the on the west coast of Vancouver Island. She's even written a memoir about her surfing adventures.







    If you enjoy Amy's reading from Rescuing Reeve you can get the full book for free at her website.







    This week's mystery author









    Amy Waeschle is a bestselling mystery writer who fell in love with mysteries while reading late at night under her covers. Agatha Christie, Trixie Belden, and Ridley Pearson were her favorites growing up. She learned to surf just before her 30th birthday, and the challenging experience inspired her to write her first book, a memoir about surfing and traveling called Chasing Waves. After that, Amy was hooked on storytelling, and wanted to combine her love for adventure with fiction, and has been writing adrenaline-spiked mysteries and heartfelt dramas ever since.









    To learn more about Amy and all her books visit AmyWaeschle.com















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    Excerpt from Rescuing Reeve









    After a sunset surf session at another remote wave, Cassidy slipped to the bow of the Trinity with her stack of documents, hoping to pick up where she left off, but found fellow surfer Benita leaning back against the railing, playing Reeve’s ukulele and singing softly. 







    She must have seen the look on Cassidy’s face because she stopped mid-strum. “Is this yours? I found it on my bunk.”







    “Uh, no, I mean, yes, it’s mine.”









    Benita gave her a shrewd look. 







    “You can play it. I don’t mind, I was just surprised, is all.”







    “This is actually a really nice one. Do you play?”







    “No,” Cassidy said, settling in on her cushion. She realized that her answers were not making much sense. 







    “My son learned in school. He got really into it.” She looked up. “Do you have kids?” she asked. 

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    Creole Culture and California Murder with Myra Jolivet

    Creole Culture and California Murder with Myra Jolivet

    Mysteries and mysticism.















    Sarah Doucette Jean-Louis is a former therapist turned detective. And she's got a body on her doorstep.







    After author Myra Jolivet reads to us from The Holiday Murder Melange, we talk about the influence of Creole culture in Sarah's life, what Pushed Times Chewing Pepper means (that's the title of the first full length novel in this series), and the courage and tenacity it takes to be a writer.







    This week's mystery author









    At six years old Myra was a poet and playwright, holding SRO productions in her Berkeley, California backyard. That led to a 20+ year career in TV news, politics and corporate communications.







    When her children went off to college she gathered the nerve to begin a series of cozy, paranormal murder mysteries, the Sarah Doucette Jean-Louis mysteries. Sarah’s life is a blend of Myra’s own California and Louisiana Creole cultures that have helped her create a world of mysticism, murder and humor.









    To learn more about Myra and all her books visit MyraJolivet.com















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    Except from The Holiday Murder Melange

















    Sarah Doucette Jean-Louis removed freshly baked kale chips from her oven and uncorked a bottle of Luc Pirlet Cabernet, as velvety as her new purple Chesterfield sofa. She had planned to sit, sip and read. It was a gorgeous, sunny day in the San Francisco Bay Area, but two interruptions pissed all over her one-person peaceful Saturday afternoon. The first was a call from her mother, a mini-Lena Horne look-alike powerhouse of a woman who stood four feet, ten inches. Every greeting from her sounded like an order.









     “Good afternoon, Ma-ma.” 







    “Good afternoon, Sarah. I hope you’re well. I want to run something past you.” 







    “I get to have an opinion?” 







    “Don’t sass. I think that this year you should host the family holiday dinner.” 







    Sarah wanted to quiet the inner child begging for family validation, but couldn’t. “Oh, Ma-ma. Me? I’ve wanted to host since I was a kid. Wow, I get to pick the menu and set a gorgeous table, and . . .” 







    Ma-ma cut her off. “That’s right. You’re good at all of that.”







    “Yes, but why me this time? I know it’s usually the married-with-children and I’m neither.”







    Creole holiday meals are major events and to be chosen to host is a woman’s rite of passage, like a Creole bat mitzvah. Men are never chosen to host in the culture; they’re served. Sarah had a love-hate relationship with Creole tradition.







    “Sarah,

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    Bootleggers, Mentalists, and Murder with Carolyn Marie Wilkins

    Bootleggers, Mentalists, and Murder with Carolyn Marie Wilkins

    Trouble is in Carrie McFarland's future.















    Carrie McFarland, the protagonist of Carolyn Marie Wilkins' book, Death at a Séance, isn't looking for trouble, but she finds it at her new job in 1920 Indiana.







    Carolyn is a woman with a wide range of interests, passions, and professions. She has been a Jazz Ambassador for the United States (I had to ask her what that is and she answers in the interview portion of the show), a music professor, a Reiki healer, a writer, and a medium, among other things.







    The dialogue and character voices that Carolyn performs while she reads her excerpt are amazing and she pointed out that this is due to her musical background. She has an ear for voices.







    This week's mystery author









    Carolyn Marie Wilkins is an author, a musician and a psychic medium.  She is the author of three mystery novels:  Death at a Séance, Melody for Murder and Mojo for Murder.







    She has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony and represented her country as a Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. State Department.  In addition, Carolyn maintains an active private practice as a psychic medium and Reiki healer. 









    To learn more about Carolyn and all her books visit CarolynWilkins.com















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    Excerpt from Death at a Séance









    The offices of Gaylord Wilson Entertainment were located on the third floor of a seedy walkup in the heart of Claxton’s red-light district. It was just before noon, and the streets were still quiet. No doubt the ladies of the evening were still recuperating from the previous night’s endeavors. This was my first time away from Aronsville since leaving Blockport. Claxton wasn’t much bigger, but it did feel more alive. The few people out on the streets at this early hour bustled with a sense of greater self-importance. The buildings were taller; the traffic more intense, the sense of danger somehow heightened. Maybe this impression was colored by the fact that I was about to meet the partner of the man who may have murdered Miss Parker.









    Whatever the reason, my heart was pounding a mile a minute as I knocked on the Gaylord Wilson’s office door.







    “Don’t just stand there,” a gruff voice of indeterminate sex barked in response. “Come in. It’s unlocked.”







    The small reception area had a large black desk facing the door. Once inside, I could see that the voice I’d heard belonged to a colossus of a woman ...

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    Secret Messages and Ancient Textiles with Jane Thornley

    Secret Messages and Ancient Textiles with Jane Thornley

    Magical Venice ...and murder.















    Jane Thornley was one of my very first guests. She joined me on episode 14 to talk about her Crime By Design books. Today she is back to discuss The Carpet Cipher, the first book in the Agency of Ancient Lost and Found mysteries.







    Jane has always done a lot of traveling, which is reflected in all her books and that's true as well of the excerpt she reads to us. We begin in Venice, pre-Covid-19, and you can almost smell the damp and decay as Jane's protagonist, Phoebe McCabe makes her way through the city. I've never been to Italy, but am as desperate as ever to visit the floating city after hearing Jane read.







    This week's mystery author









    Jane Thornley has been creating stories forever, or at least, as far back as she can remember. Once a superintendent of schools, once a travel host, once a professional librarian, once and still a knitwear designer, now she remains passionate about travel, history and art.







    Though she's published many books, her new Agency of the Ancient Lost & Found series remains the most popular.









    To learn more about Jane and all her books visit JaneThornley.com















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    Excerpt from The Carpet Cipher







    Venice, February 2019









    How long had it been since she had last ventured into the Venetian streets at night—five years, ten? Too long ago, in any event, and to do so tonight of all nights, when the carnival finale was in full swing and the revelry would reach a raucous pitch, seemed foolish even for her. How she detested the noise, the crowds, even the fierce and gilded costumes that would press against her in the dark like fevered dreams. To stay home by the fire with a book and a glass of wine seemed far preferable. Still, it must be done. After tonight she would lay one matter to rest and possibly see the conclusion of another, much older mystery.









    She opened the front door, hesitating briefly before leaving the safety of her palazzo and plunging into the throng, her velvet coat wrapped tightly around her to ward away the spring chill. As expected, the young people were outdoing each other with fantastic finery. Gone were the days when only the time traveler mode of long gowns and medieval costumes ruled, though plenty of those still roamed the streets. Now creative interlopers had arrived with glittery fairy wings, and was that a chicken? Yes, a chicken, complete with an enormous egg tucked under one false wing! She stifled a laugh. 







    Her own mask, on the other hand, was demure by comparison, a lovely sun/moon creation she had had especiall...

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    Community Theatre Can Be Murder with Bobbie Raymond (John Gaspard)

    Community Theatre Can Be Murder with Bobbie Raymond (John Gaspard)

    The stage is set...for murder.















    Today's guest has been on the show before, way back in 2017. John Gaspard writes the Eli Marks mysteries, but today he's here to talk about his new series the Como Lake Players mysteries.







    In the interview, John explains why he's writing under the pseudonym Bobbie Raymond, what called him to write these books, and why he chose community theatre for his setting. (Hint: he's got experience with theatre and film.)







    John himself has a podcast where he talks to magicians about their work and also reads a chapter from an Eli Marks book. You can find that here.







    Today's show is supported by my patrons at Patreon. Thank you! When you become a patron for as little as $1 a month you receive a short mystery story each and every month. And the rewards for those who love mystery stories go up from there! Learn more and become a part of my community of readers at www.Patreon.com/alexandraamor















    This week's mystery author









    John is author of the Eli Marks mystery series as well as four other stand-alone novels, The Greyhound of the Baskervilles, The Sword & Mr. Stone, A Christmas Carl, and The Ripperologists. He also writes the Como Lake Players mystery series, under the pen name Bobbie Raymond.







    In real life, John's not a magician, but he has directed six low-budget features that cost very little and made even less - that's no small trick. He's also written multiple books on the subject of low-budget filmmaking. Ironically, they've made more than the films. 







    John lives in Minnesota and shares his home with his lovely wife, several dogs, a few cats and a handful of pet allergies.









    To learn more about Bobbie Raymond / John Gaspard and all his books visit AlbertsBridgeBooks.com















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    Excerpt from Acting Can Be Murder







    Chapter One









    “How embarrassing would it be if we got lost down here? I mean, here I am in charge of the theater and then I go and get us lost while giving a tour. Nutty, right?” 







    Leah turned to see how her witticism had landed,

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    Private Investigator as Knight Errant with Mike Donohue

    Private Investigator as Knight Errant with Mike Donohue

    A stranger rides into town...















    In the tradition oIn the tradition of the classic lone private investigators who right wrongs wherever they go, Mike Donohue is writing the Max Strong series.f the classic lone private investigators who right wrongs wherever they go, Mike Donohue is writing the Max Strong series.







    Mike reads to us from book 5 in the series, Burn the Night, and we talk about the research he does in the various locations Max goes to and why he finds himself circling back to Max's origins in the next book in the series that he's writing now.







    If you love Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, or the Spenser series from the late-great Robert B. Parker, you're going to love Max Strong. A reviewer described Max as 'the guy who doesn't have to help, but needs to' and I think that's the perfect summation of this type of hero.







    Mike has generously offered It's a Mystery podcast listeners a free audio called How to Buy a Shovel. It's a stand-alone short mystery story. Click here to get your copy.









    If you're looking for new books and authors I've got a treat for you. There are over 70 mystery novels available for you to try - for free! - when you go to:alexandraamor.com/march21







    (This offer expires March 31, 2021 so head over there today to take advantage.)

















    Today's show is supported by my patrons at Patreon. Thank you! When you become a patron for as little as $1 a month you receive a short mystery story each and every month. And the rewards for those who love mystery stories go up from there! Learn more and become a part of my community of readers at www.Patreon.com/alexandraamor















    This week's mystery author









    Mike Donohue writes crime fiction and suspense novels. His latest release, Burn the Night, is the fifth book in the popular Max Strong thriller series. 







    Born in New Jersey but raised in New England, Mike now lives outside Boston with his wife, two kids, and Dashiell Hammett. Dash is the family dog. When he’s not writing, Mike enjoys triathlons, making pizza, and reading.









    To learn more about Mike and all his books visit MikeDonohueBooks.com















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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

scameron.uk ,

Find your next favourite author

This series of interviews with mystery authors is a fun way to hear about authors.

Each episode is roughly 25 minutes so it makes for a light listen.

Since writers come from all sorts of different backgrounds you'll end up learning something else along the way - like how the print and press worked in the 60s.

Inadvertent Knitter ,

Great Format

I really like the format of the author reading a chapter (or 2) of their book and then the interview. I’ve found books to read based on the author’s reading

Mitchley13 ,

Goal Accomplished

This podcast sets out a very simple goal...acquaint listeners with mystery authors that they might otherwise be unaware of. It does this brilliantly with entertaining interviews full of insightful questions. As someone who is always looking for her next great mystery novel, I heartily recommend that you check this out.

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