Ep. 123 Spacing Out With Andy Weir

Today we’re joined byThe Martian author Andy Weir for a chat about his latest book Project Hail Mary, cobbling the story together from pieces out of his “brain junkyard,” trying to get better at writing, defending Shemp, his hatred for flashbacks, and why he would never go into space. This week we also recommend: The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor, Just My Luck by Adele Parks, The Trouble With Tourists by Saxon Andrew. Our Audiobook of the week is The Man Who Lived Underground by Richard Wright.  Plus- Dave gambles on the 80’s, Andrew monkeys around, and Laura’s windshield wipers are making her lazy.

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Inside Chat: War And Bees With Mark T. Sullivan

Today we chat with author Mark T. Sullivan about his latest novel The Last Green Valley, the surprising place he found the inspiration for his book, the fascinating history of ethnic Germans, the secret of beekeeping, and what to look for in a guide when you’re on the road researching.

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Inside Chat: Joanne Tompkins

Today we chat with author Joanne Tompkins about her latest novel What Comes After, spending time with Quakers, how working as a mediator for high trauma cases influenced her writing, writing into the mystery, how we never know what we’re dealing with, and the evil that lurks among us.

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Inside Chat: Working Out With Lisa Renee Jones

Today we chat with New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones about her new thriller The Poet, how her husband’s infatuation with serial killers helped inspire her to write the book, working out, her husband’s candy obsession, plotting with her husband, and finding resources for her novels in the strangest places.

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Ep. 113 Shaking It Up With Susan Meissner

Today we’re joined by USA Today best-selling novelist Susan Meissner for a delightful chat about her new novel The Nature of Fragile Things, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, hooking the reader early, thinking in an Irish brogue, writing genre bending books, and the joys of going down YouTube rabbit trails guilt free when you’re researching. We also recommend: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn BarnesDon’t Look For Me by Wendy Walker, and A Tribute at the Gates by C.J. Aaron. Audiobook of the week is Lola on Fire by Rio Youers. Plus- Dave , Laura walks to the dentist,  and Andrew’s son gets a moto-wheel.

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Inside Chat: Dueling It Out With Sharon Virts

Today we chat with the delightful Sharon Virts about her debut novel Masque of Honor, living in the house built by her main character, how an Oscar nominated screenwriter convinced her to write the book, the “ghost written” chapter she doesn’t remember writing, chinchilla stoles and period detail, strong female characters, calling cards, duels, and the joys of the hurdy-gurdy. Plus – Dave is (again) pulled over while out for a run.

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Inside Chat: Sleepless Nights With Abigail Dean

Today we chat with the delightful Abigail Dean about her Sunday Times best-selling debut novel Girl A, her love of true crime, being an only child, the truth about “unlikable” characters, the power of meaningful relationships against a bleak setting, and experiencing sleepless nights while writing.

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Inside Chat: The Cult Of Personality With Alison Wisdom

Today we chat with the talented Alison Wisdom about her debut novel We Can Only Save Ourselves, how she’s always been interested in cults, growing up in the suburbs, why cult leaders are always men, neighborhood Moms, and why she had to cut back on “the Manson factor” for her book. Plus – Dave is taken aback by (and comments on) a sinister looking painting he observed while virtual teaching.

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Inside Chat: Vive La Revolution With Rosalind Miles

Today we chat with the delightful Rosalind Miles about her new book The Women’s History of the Modern World, how every revolution in the history of the world has involved women,  the meaning behind “hubby power,” why women have more equality in “primitive” societies, how society invents reasons why women are inferior to men as it evolves, the myth about men and machines, and why you might be better off not having children. Plus – Dave can’t recognize his fellow teachers with the masks on – which is no different than before.

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Inside Chat: Playing Checkers With Syed M. Masood

Today we chat with the fantastic Syed M. Masood about his new novel The Bad Muslim Discount,  the reason why his literary hero is Ray Romano, the difference between writing for Young Adults vs Adults, writing comedy,  and how his great-grandmother was a ruthless Checkers player and taught him how to play.

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Ep. 110 Pits Of Salmon With Dana Stabenow

Today we’re joined by the award winning, best-selling writer Dana Stabenow for a fun chat about her new book Spoils of the Dead, the agony of writing during a pandemic,  missing her deadline by two months, Alaskan bush pilots, her R2D2 ringtone, and that time she fell in a pit full of live salmon as a kid. We also recommend: Resurrection Bay by Emma ViskicThe Mighty Oak by Jeff W. Bens, and Ganny Knits a Spaceship by David Gerrold. Audiobook of the week is Surrender the Dead by John Burley. Plus- Dave is unprepared for his school’s assembly, Laura takes Sylvia for a COVID test, and Andrew takes his kids tubing.

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Inside Chat: Falling Into A Sinkhole With Sarah Langan

Today we chat with the delightful Sarah Langan about her new literary noir Good Neighbors, her personal experience with sinkholes, suburbia, living in New York vs Los Angeles, Pam Anderson, and the time her 6th grade teacher took away her Stephen King book and replaced it with a Sweet Valley High tome. Plus – Dave’s students are struggling with social distancing now that they’re back in school

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Ep. 109 Watching People Read With Sebastian Fitzek

We’re joined by one of Europe’s most successful thriller writers, author Sebastian Fitzek for a chat about his book The Package, being afraid of getting kidnapped as a child, the fine art of watching people read his book in an old prison, the time an Italian translator added a chapter to the middle of his book, creating board games, and people who go missing on cruise ships. We also recommend: The Book of M by Peng Shepherd, Running the Light by Sam Tallent, and Legacy by Bob Mauldin. Audiobook of the week is The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin. Plus- Dave teaches online and in person at the same time, Laura is a driving instructor, and Andrew’s misreads the stock market.

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Inside Chat: Hearing Voices With Faye Kellerman

Today we chat with the delightful Faye Kellerman about her latest novel The Lost Boys, spiteful blue herons, how she finally wore out her bread machine, how Peter and Rina talk to her all the time, the terrifying time she couldn’t find her son, her love for weird docs, and why she calls herself “Betty Crocker with a ‘tude.” Plus – Dave is busted by the cops. Again.

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Ep. 106 Divorce Ranches and Dust Covers with Julia Claiborne Johnson

We’re joined by the fabulous Julia Claiborne Johnson for a fun chat about her new book Better Luck Next Time, how her father worked on a divorce ranch and helped inspire her book, her struggle to remember people’s names, being blinded by the light at the Emmys, changing the ending almost too late, dust cover etiquette, her obsession with obits, and why her family refuses to go on walks with her in public. We also recommend: The Invitation by Rachel Abbot, The Art of Violence by S. J. Rozan, Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline.  Audiobook of the week is Shed No Tears by Caz Frear. Plus- Dave gets a STOP WORK order, Laura sits on hold with aggressively vitriolic piano music, Andrew’s Christmas vacation is derailed by a beached whale.

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Ep. 103 Getting Flirty With Denise Williams

Today we’re joined by the delightful Denise Williams for a fun chat about her new romance How to Fail at Flirting, having to do math again for her book, being a list person, going through 41 different titles, and the reason her husband might be looking to get into better shape. We also recommend: The Searcher by Tana French, Dead Man Dancing by John Galligan, and The Rowan by Anne McCaffrey. Audiobook of the week is Live From New York by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller.  Plus – Dave is a hospital Peeping Tom, Laura has a Covid office tale, & Andrew has a broken TV and busted pipes.

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Inside Chat: Surviving Grizzlies with Alice Henderson

We’re joined by the delightful Alice Henderson for a fun conversation about her new thriller A Solitude of Wolverines, her obsession with the movie The Thing, creating Macguyveresque characters, practicing Jeet Kune Do, being a wildlife researcher, finding creepy settings while doing bat surveys, and why she was filled with joy during a close encounter with a Grizzly Bear in the wild.

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Inside Chat: Gothic Isolation with C. J. Cooke

We’re joined by C. J. Cooke for a fun conversation about her dark and delicious new Gothic thriller The Nesting, the isolation of Norway and the dark early stages of motherhood, freaking herself out while writing, replacing “save the planet” with “save us,” and her affinity for cultural Hall of Famers “Tiger King” & “Ice Ice Baby.” Plus – Laura hears attic knockings, Patrick Wilson befuddles us in The Conjuring 2, and Dave runs through bugs.

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Ep. 96 Living Parallel Lives with Matt Haig

We’re joined by Matt Haig for an excellent conversation about his fantastic new book The Midnight Library, why he’s recently felt more pale than ever before, the multiverse, being known as “Mr. Depression”, writing like a DJ, learning to play piano during the pandemic, and a keen desire to compete in a rap battle with Neil Gaiman. We also recommend: The Killings at Kingfisher Hall by Sophie Hannah, Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger, and Heaven’s River by Dennis E. Taylor. Audiobook of the week is The Drowning Game by L.S. Hawker.  Plus – Dave’s parents commandeer his class, Laura has another harrowing incident with the dog, and Andrew’s taste in candy is horrific.

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Ep. 95 Planning Murders with Richard Osman

We’re joined by Richard Osman for an excellent conversation about his fantastic new book The Thursday Murder Club, the perks of writing for septuagenarian characters, how his career in TV helped him as a writer, British politeness, why he can’t perform his favorite karaoke song anymore,  and when it’s okay to root against quiz show contestants as the host. We also recommend: Nine Lives by Wendy Corsi Staub, East of Hounslow by Khurrum Rahman, and Ballistic Kiss by Richard Kadrey. Audiobook of the week is To Tell You the Truth by Gilly MacMillan.   Plus- Dave’s sordid dogwalking encounter, Laura wants off the Covid roller coaster, and Andrew faces the hazards of reading with a face shield.

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Ep. 94 Stuff We Don’t Know (But Should) with Fredrik Backman

We’re joined by Fredrik Backman for an excellent conversation about his fantastic new book Anxious People, the perils of helping to coach his girl’s soccer team, all the stuff you’re simply expected to know as an adult, being inspired by World War Z, Kevin Costner baseball movies, Andre Agassi and Donna Tartt commonalities, and the sublime ideality of a hamburger. We also recommend: The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea, Girl Gone Missing by Marcie Rendon, and Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells. Audiobook of the week is Tunneling to the Center of the Earth by Kevin Wilson.   Plus- Dave gets busted by his Principal, Laura just says no to the Ritz Carlton, and Andrew’s mustache makes him look like an NFL coach from the 70s.

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Pop Stars and Fame With Elissa R. Sloan

An “Inside Chat” edition! We are joined by Elissa R Sloan for a fun conversation about her new book The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes, how she was inspired by America’s Next Top Model, the impossible standards women face, *NSYNC’s rotating cube, and how she held off getting therapy until after the book was finished.

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Ep. 91 Stepping On Cats With Wendy Corsi Staub

We’re joined by Wendy Corsi Staub for a conversation about her fantastic book The Butcher’s Daughter, investigative genealogy, crying while writing, spending more time researching than writing, her clumsiness, and listening to audiobooks while swimming. We also recommend: The Night Swim by Megan Goldin, Dead West by Matt Goldman, and The Frozen Crown by Greta Kelly. Audiobook of the week is Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden.   Plus- Dave is surprised at every turn as he starts teaching virtually, Laura details the misadventures of hybrid learning, and Andrew gets a mail order bride bike.

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Ep. 88 Buried Treasure with Kirsty Manning

We are joined by Kirsty Manning for a fun conversation about her new book The Lost Jewels, American optimism vs. Australian sarcasm,  the Cheapside Hoard, the craftsmanship of jewelry,  the timelessness of the human spirit, and how her novel was borne of  procrastination. We also recommend Before You Go by Tommy Butler, Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby, and Gideon the 9th by Tamsyn Muir. Our audiobook of the week is Soul Circus by George Pelecanos. Plus – Dave goes to the DMV for the screaming, Laura is stressed out at a photo shoot, and Andrew goes horse riding and gets a biter. 

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Ep. 87 Where The Bodies Are Buried With Shari Lapena

We’re joined by author Shari Lapena and we discuss her new book The End of Her, her staunch refusal to outline, why she loves torturing parents, and how she can take a horrific news story and turn it into a crackling good thriller. We recommend: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones and Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken.  Audiobook of the week is Creepers by David Morrell narrated by Patrick G. Lawlor. Plus – Dave’s UPS guy chastises him, Laura says goodbye to her car by recalling all three times it was totaled, and Andrew buys a house in the town made famous by Killdozer.

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Ep 86 Andrew Five-0

We recommend: Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey CatesA Dangerous Breed by Glen Eric Hamilton and The Watcher by Saxon Andrew.  Audiobook of the week is Shiner by Amy Jo Burns narrated by Catherine Taber. Plus – Dave waits hours for a piece of cake, Andrew’s “surprise” 50th birthday party, and Laura is preparing for a metaphorical hurricane.

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Ep. 84 Getting Rabid With Paul Tremblay

We are joined by Paul Tremblay! We discuss his new book Survivor Song, being inspired by panic, finding a new twist on zombies, rabies books, and Honeycomb cereal. We also recommend: Forward: Stories of Tomorrow edited by Blake Crouch and Adrift by Greg Curtis.  Audiobook of the week is Restaurant Man by Joe Bastianich. Plus- Dave, Andrew, and Laura share their 4th of July stories replete with cops and backyard fireworks mishaps.

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Joining Cults with Jeffery Deaver

An “Inside Chat” edition with author Jeffery Deaver! We chat about speed walking, his excellent new book The Goodbye Man, the Deaver formula, and that time his hot date turned out to be a cult recruiter.

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Ep. 75 – Shopping Bolivia’s Witch Market with Jennifer Steil

Author Jennifer Steil joins us for a chat about her new book Exile Music, living the high life in La Paz, miniature houses, and her special relationship with pancakes.  We recommend: Exile Music by Jennifer Steil, Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison, and Scholar by L.E. Modesitt, Jr..  Audiobook of the week is Deadwood by Pete Dexter narrated by J. Rodney Turner.  Dave takes a bike ride and sees monsters, Laura hears talk of cadaver autopsies, and Andrew battles a mariachi band.

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Ep. 74 Kimberly McCreight and Rikers Island Restrooms

New York Times Bestselling author Kimberly McCreight joins us for a chat about her new thriller A Good Marriage, the terror of not outlining, laptop stickers, and getting to the bottom of the whole marriage thing.  We recommend: Voices in the Snow by Darcy Coates, The Line That Held Us by David Joy, and Imager by L.E. Modesitt, Jr..  Audiobook of the week is The Compton Cowboys by Walter Thompson Hernandez narrated by Glenn Davis and Ron Butler.  Dave is sickened by a mask stain, Laura is stopped in traffic by people in the street, and Andrew’s getting a pool.

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Ep. 73 C Pam Zhang

Author C Pam Zhang joins us for a chat about her debut novel How Much of These Hills is Gold, creating her own mythology, otherness, moving a lot as a kid, and why The Lion King > Tiger King.  We recommend: A Brazen Curiousity by Lynn Messina, Before Familiar Woods by Ian Pisarcik, and Not Alone by Craig A. Falconer.  Audiobook of the week is The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel narrated by the fabulous Lisa Flanagan.  Dave is a destroyer of jumper cables, Laura finds no relief from her yakking mechanics, and Andrew reminisces on a shirtless Amish hunk.

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Episode 72 – Seeking Vengeance with Jack Carr

Author and former Navy SEAL Jack Carr joins us for a chat about his new novel Savage Son, writing torture scenes, action missions in Iraq, and writing the book he wanted to write since 6th Grade.  We recommend: Dreamland by Nancy Bilyeau, Do No Harm by Max Allan Collins, and Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke.  Audiobook of the week is Broken by Don Winslow narrated by the fantastic Ray Porter.  Dave is tired of people sidling up next to him, Laura details the worst purchase she made this year, and Andrew goes to war against pine trees.

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Ep. 71 – Of Genes & Monsters with Danielle Trussoni

Author Danielle Trussoni joins us for a chat about her fanstastic novel The Ancestor, DNA tests gone wrong, Austrian castles, and how being bored in church led to a fascination with the supernatural. We recommend: The Straw Men by Michael Marshall, The Worst is Yet to Come by S. P. Miskowski, and Transcendence and Rebellion by Michael G. Manning.  Audiobook of the week is Deacon King Kong by James McBride narrated by the brilliant Dominic Hoffman.  Dave is distance teaching and his students are “right at home”, Laura is wobbly, and Andrew is disturbed by a crackling Oreo.

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Raising Hell with James Rollins

An “Inside Chat” with Author James Rollins who talks with us about his fantastic new novel The Last Odyssey, a lice laden tarantula, playing with mythology, and the Jessica Fletcher Syndrome. Plus – candy thermometers and blasting music.

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Ep. 68 What It’s Like to Swim With Great White Sharks with Author Stephanie Wrobel

Author Stephanie Wrobel joins us for a chat about her page-turning debut novel Darling Rose Gold, Munchausen syndrome by proxy, vans, and swimming with the sharks.  We recommend: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James, City of Margins by William Boyle, and Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas.  Audiobook of the week is Woman on the Edge by Samantha Bailey narrated by the dynamic Katherine Fenton.  Dave is shocked by a stranger’s confession, Laura tries to escape a hand-shaker, and Andrew rues getting restaurant pickup.

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Ep. 64 Author Kathleen West and More!

Author Kathleen West joins us for a chat about her debut novel Minor Dramas and Other Catastrophes, teacher personas, parent Facebook groups gone wrong, and what the hell is meant by a grow and a glow. We recommend: The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley, Cold Quiet Country by Clayton Lindemuth, and Skyward by Brandon Sanderson.  Audiobook of the week is The Fisherman by John Langan narrated by Danny Campbell. YA Shout Out is Adorkable by Cookie Gorman.  Dave is flummoxed by breathing exercises at work, Laura is spooked at a creepy construction site blasting 50’s music, and Andrew’s kids are writing themselves checks he can’t cash.

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Ep. 51 Author Jeff Menapace and More!

Author Jeff Menapace joins us for a lively conversation about his book Dark Halls, his love for The Three Stooges and childhood phobias. We recommend: The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell, Twilight by William Gay, and Steel Dragon by Kevin McLaughlin and Michael Anderle.  Audiobook of the week is Homicide:  A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon narrated by the fantastic Reed Diamond.  YA book of the week is Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young.  Also – Dave’s students text him about his substitute,  Andrew’s dogs get groomed, and Laura has to pick up her notebook from a bartender with a handlebar mustache.

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Ep. 44 Author Simon Brett and More

Author Simon Brett OBE joins us for an entertaining chat about his career as a novelist, his character Charles Paris, meeting Prince William, narrating his own books, and much more!  We recommend: Fake Like Me by Barbara Bourland, Walkers by Graham Masterton, Breaking Destiny by Mitty Walters, and all of the Charles Paris books. Audiobook of the week is The Hungry Ones by Chris Sorensen narrated by the talented Chris Sorensen.  YA book of the week is The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards. We are outraged at the state of HS marching bands today, Dave’s classroom needs better soundproofing, and Andrew is bemused by some cotton candy grapes.

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Ep. 42 Author Robyn Harding and More!

Author Robyn Harding joins us from Vancouver, British Columbia for a fun conversation about sugar daddies, writing, and her new thriller The Arrangement.  We recommend: Theme Music by T. Marie Vandelly, The Mongrel Mage by L.E. Modesitt Jr, and Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard.  Audiobook of the week is Scrublands by Chris Hammer read by the lively Rupert Degas.  YA book of the week is My Plain Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand and Jodi Meadows. Plus- Andrew is a slumlord, Laura is helpless as Dave is stung by (5) bees, and Dave’s students are using their acting skills learned in his class for nefarious purposes.

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Ep. 38 Snacks in the Stacks

We debut a new game this week called “Snacks in the Stacks” and we talk about jury duty evasion and Andrew owns a courthouse(!).   This week we recommend: Goodnight Stranger by Miciah Bay Gault, Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh and All Systems Red by Martha Wells.  Audiobook of the week is Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem read by the salty voiced Geoffrey Cantor.  YA book of the week is The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu.

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Ep. 37 Author Erika Mailman and More!

Author Erika Mailman joins us for a chat about Lizzie Borden and her latest book The Murderer’s Maid.  We recommend: Someone We Know by Shari Lapena, The Escape Room by Megan Goldin, and Uprooted by Naomi Novik.  Audiobook of the week is IQ by Joe Ide narrated by the smooth baritoned richness that is Sullivan Jones.  YA book of the week is Haunted by Lynn Carthage.

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Ep. 36 Author Kristan Higgins and More!

Author Kristan Higgins joins us for a chat about using dogs in her books, holding grudges and her new book Life and Other Inconveniences.  We recommend: Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins, Ghostman by Roger Hobbs, and Caretaker by Josi Russell.  Audiobook of the week is The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth narrated by the voice bending Barrie Kreinik.  YA book of the week is Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza.

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