Mile High Burro Racing With Heather Mateus Sappenfield

An “Inside Chat” edition! We are joined by Heather Mateus Sappenfield for a fun conversation about her new collection of short stories Lyrics for Rock Stars, the influence Colorado has on her writing, being inspired by a visit to the Molly Brown house, how stories arrive in her head fully formed, and how her father raced burros (a true ultra endurance sport).

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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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Ep. 93 Losing at Golf With Danny Gardner

We’re joined by Danny Gardner for an excellent conversation about his fantastic new book Ace Boon Coon, getting into it with Mike Tyson, turning 50’s Chicago into his own Westeros,  where the term red lining comes from, the plethora of Black Newspapers out of Chicago in the 30s, and how losing a golf tournament forced his writing hand. We also recommend: The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux by Samantha Verant, From the Grave by David Housewright, and Expeditionary Force, Book 1: Columbus Day by Craig Alanson. Audiobook of the week is My Lies, Your Lies by Susan Lewis.   Plus- Dave is busted kicking a kid out of his virtual class as a joke, Laura is tired of pedestrians telling her what to do while driving, and Andrew’s dancing Homer Simpson .

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Ep. 79 Author David Pepper

Author David Pepper joins us for a fun chat about his new book The Voter File, election meddling, and casually chatting with Bill Clinton. We also recommend: Another Brooklyn by Jaqueline Woodson, The Great American Deception by Scott Stein and The Threshold Child by Callie Kanno.  Audiobook of the week is Line of Sight by James Queally narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.  Plus – Dave’s posterior battles a cactus, Laura finds out why you don’t feed the dogs salmon, and Andrew drives halfway across the country to Branson, MO to get his kids in a summer camp.

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Ep. 78 JFK & Rock and Roll with Max Allan Collins

Author Max Allan Collins joins us for a fun chat about his new book Girl Can’t Help It, how he got his start writing the Dick Tracy comic strip, his Zeligesque character Nate Heller,  and JFK. We also recommend: In the Dark by Loreth Anne White, Sister Dear by Hannah Mary McKinnon and Pandora’s Star by Peter F. Hamilton.  Audiobook of the week is The Split by Sharon Bolton narrated by Katie Scarfe.  Plus – Dave has a golf ball incident, Laura is shocked by surly people unmasked, and Andrew’s dog has figured out how to open up the backyard gate.

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Ep. 76 – Blowing Raspberries with John Marrs

Bestselling author John Marrs joins us for a chat about his new book What Lies Between Us, cliffhangers, compact discs, refusing to borrow books, and putting on sunglasses to fool his 8-month-old.  We recommend: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning, Coyote Rage by Owl Goingback, and Colony One by T. L. Ford.  Audiobook of the week is The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix narrated by Bahni Turner.  Dave is a self-proclaimed hero, Laura is convinced she has Covid-19, and Andrew thinks Bit-O-Honey is a fine candy. Bram Stoker drops by as well.

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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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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. 67 – Top 10 Pandemic Novels & Baseball Books, and Author Abi Dare Joins us with a Beautiful Voice

Author Abi Dare joins us for a chat about her fantastic debut novel The Girl with the Louding Voice, using humor to show the resilience of the Nigerian people, and her love for telling stories.

Laura’s Top 10 Fictional Books About Pandemics

  1. Love in the Time of Cholera – by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  2. The Troop by Nick Cutter
  3. The Angels are the Reapers by Alden Bell
  4. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  5. The Line Between by Tosca Lee
  6. Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgesheg Rice 
  7. I Am Legend by Richard Mathesen
  8. The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
  9. The Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
  10. The Stand by Stephen King

And a special shout out to Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton

Dave’s Top 10 Books about Baseball:

  1. Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella
  2. The Natural by Bernard Malamud
  3. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
  4. The Brothers K by David James Duncan 
  5. The Iowa Baseball Confederacy by W.P. Kinsella
  6. Ball Four by Jim Bouton
  7. The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn
  8. The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence Ritter
  9. The Great American Novel by Philip Roth
  10. The Fan by Peter Abrahams

 

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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. 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. 33 Author J. Todd Scott and More!

Author J. Todd Scott joins us for an exciting chat about being a DEA Agent and a writer, the anti-hero, and his new book This Side of Night.  We recommend: Conviction by Denise Mina, This Side of Night by J. Todd Scott and Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card. Audiobook of the week is Nobody Walks by Mick Herron narrated by the versatile Gerard Doyle .  YA book of the week is Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

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Ep. 27 Author M.C.A. Hogarth and More!

Author M.C.A. Hogarth joins us for a fascinating talk about her books, art and interacting with readers.  We also recommend: The Castle Mystery by Faith Martin, November Road by Lou Berney and Ship’s Log (The Alliance) by Lawrence P. White. Audiobook of the week is Instruments of Night by Thomas H. Cook read by the incomparable George Guidall.

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Ep. 26 Author Chris Sorensen and More!

Author Chris Sorensen joins us for a fascinating talk about his new book The Hungry Ones, writing plays in an iconic Western town, and climbing inside his “Whisper Room.” We also recommend: The Last by Hanna Jameson, Shockwave by Lindsay Buroker and My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing. Audiobook of the week is Blue Heaven by C.J. Box read by the memorable John Bedford Lloyd.

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Ep. 24 Italian Women, The Long Con and German Horror (Fairytales)

We have a major author announcement this week (!) and we recommend: Flowers Over the Inferno by Ilaria Tuti, Bluff by Michael Kardos and Struwwelpeter by Dr. Heinrich Hoffman. Audiobook of the week is Dodgers by Bill Beverly read by the warm baritone of J.D. Jackson.

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Ep. 22 Author Will Dean and More!

Author Will Dean joins us for a talk about his book Red Snow and Dark Pines, living deep in the Swedish moose forest and sunbathing at midnight.  We also recommend: A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher, Magician: Apprentice by Raymond E. Feist and House Witness by Mike Lawson. Audiobook of the week is Dark Pines by Will Dean read by the captivating Maya Lindh.

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Ep. 21 Author Jeff Strand and More!

Author Jeff Strand joins us for a talk about his new book Ferocious, hosting the Bram Stoker Awards and Richard Laymon among other things.  We also recommend: The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths, All That Glitters by Loren K. Jones and Coyote Songs by Gabino Iglesias. Audiobook of the week is Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson read by the flinty-voiced Will Patton.

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Ep. 20 Author P.J. Vernon and More!

The author P.J. Vernon, joins us for a talk about his new book When You Find Me, using Twitter to get a book deal, and his Ph.D. in Immunology!  We also recommend: The Last Woman in the Forest by Diane Les Becquets, By Darkness Forged by Nathan Lowell, and A Gambler’s Jury by Victor Methos. Audiobook of the week is The Whites by Richard Price, read by the exciting Ari Fliakos.

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Ep. 19 Author Debra Jo Immergut and More!

The author Debra Jo Immergut, an Edgar Award nominee for Best First Novel, joins us for a talk about her book The Captives, selecting cover art and Goodreads!  We also recommend: The Murderer’s Maid by Erika Mailman, The Trilisk Ruins by Michael McCloskey, and The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell. Audiobook of the week is Slayground by Richard Stark read by the exceptionally talented Joe Barrett.

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Ep. 18 An Interview with Paula Munier and More!

We have an entertaining chat with Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee Paula Munier about her book A Borrowing of Bones, baseball, decorating, dogs and happiness.  We also recommend: The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky, We are Legion (We are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor, and Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice. Audiobook of the week is Ararat by Christopher Golden read by the skilled Robert Fass.

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Ep. 17 An Interview with Mark Obmascik and More!

We have an entertaining talk with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author Mark Obmascik about his new book, The Storm on Our Shores: One Island, Two Soldiers, and the Forgotten Battle of World War II.  We also recommend:  The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard and Pressure by Jeff Strand. We talk marching bands and prison escapes.  Audiobook of the week is Meeting Evil by Thomas Berger read by the refreshing Bronson Pinchot.

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Ep. 16 Author Thomas Mullen and More!

We have a fascinating talk with author Thomas Mullen about his Darktown book series.  We also recommend:  Lightning Men by Thomas Mullen,  When You Find Me by P.J. Vernon and The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle.  Audiobook of the week is When Will There be Good News by Kate Atkinson read by Ellen Archer.

In “Library Corner” we talk to Amy about African American crime writers.  She recommends the authors Walter Mosely and  Chester Himes.

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Ep. 15 Things That Go Bump In the Night

We recommend:  Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker,  The Puppet Show by M.W. Craven and Temporary Duty by Ric Locke.  Audiobook of the week is On Writing by Stephen King read by Stephen King.

In “Library Corner” we talk to Amy about women in Noir and she recommends books by Megan Abbot and Cathi Unsworth.

We also puzzle over the Denver Nuggets Hype Squad, Dave can’t swim, Andrew doesn’t know how to park, and we play Guess That Dracula.

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Ep. 14 Author Kathleen Kent and More!

An excellent conversation with author Kathleen Kent about her Edgar nominated book, The Dime!  We also recommend:  The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent, The Bonesetter by Laurence Dahners. and All the Rage by F. Paul Wilson.  Audiobook of the week is Out by Natsuo Karino read by the beautiful Emily Woo Zeller.

In “Library Corner” Amy, inspired by Alma Katsu’s The Hunger, recommends a non-fiction book about the Donner Party and a few novels about the American West .  She recommends: The Best Land Under Heaven by Michael Wallis, True Grit by Charles Portis, Doc by Mary Doria Russell, Canada by Richard Ford.  We also talk a little bit about “Weird Westerns.”

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Ep. 13 Author Alma Katsu and More!

An excellent conversation with author Alma Katsu about her book, The Hunger!  We also recommend:  A Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier, The Dark Ability by D.K. Holmberg. and The Nightmare Room by Chris Sorensen.  Audiobook of the week is A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes read by the unmistakable Samuel L. Jackson.

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Ep. 12 Author Joshua Gaylord and More!

A fun conversation with Joshua Gaylord about his books!  We recommend:  Hummingbirds by Joshua Gaylord, The Second Ship by Phillip Richards, The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs. William “Billy” Faulkner pops in the studio. Audiobook of the week is Darktown by Thomas Mullen read by Andre Holland.

In “Library Corner” Amy recommends novels about teachers  inspired by Joshua Gaylord and his book Hummingbirds. She recommends Teacher Man by Frank McCourt, Teacher: The One Who Made the Difference by Mark Edmundson, The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe, Spare Parts by Joshua Davis.

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Ep. 11 The Teacher Strike Wave and Women in Horror & SciFi

This week we recommend:  Forging Zero by Sara King, The Natty Professor by Tim Gunn and The Hunger by Alma Katsu.

In “Library Corner” Amy recommends a few romance novels in honor of Valentine’s Day. She mentions books by Nora Roberts, Nicholas Sparks and Piper Vaughn and recommends Gail Carriger‘s The Parasol Protectorate Series.  In honor of the recent Denver teacher’s strike she also recommends a lively non-fiction book entitled A History of America in 10 Strikes by Erik Loomis.

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Ep. 9 Author William Shaw and More!

The highly engaging British crime fiction novelist William Shaw joins us this week from Brighton, England!   We chat with him about his books, his earlier career as a journalist and we talk a little about refugees in both countries.  Charles Dickens, who can’t resist a fellow Brit, also pops in for a chat with William.

Books recommended this week are:  Salt Lane by William Shaw, Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb and The Captives by Debra Jo Immergut.

In “Library Corner” Amy recommends books set in Norway and other Scandinavian countries based on last week’s read of Derek B. Miller’s American By Day. She recommends: Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg, The Harry Hole detective series by Jo Nesbo, Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson, and the long, 6 part autobiography of Karl Ove Knausgard called My Struggle.

Thank you to Rebel Mouthed Books for including us in her list of favorite book podcasts!

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Ep. 5 The Dime, Old Man’s War, Desperation Road

Our heroes, Dave, Andrew and Laura, talk about books that they had great expectations for and that failed miserably.  At the mention of Great Expectations, Charles Dickens uses that as an excuse to call in and we also dive deep into a small town in Mississsippi because of Dave’s book, Desperation Road.

Books reviewed in this episode are:  The Dime by Kathleen Kent, Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith   Audiobook of the week is the big and bold Redemption Road by John Hart read by Scott Shepherd.

Other books mentioned this week are:  The Bird Box by Josh Malerman.  And yes, it’s better than the movie.

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Ep. 4 She Rides Shotgun, Rising Man, Ugly American

In episode 4 our heroes, Dave, Andrew and Laura, take a call from Charles Dickens who was upset at their critique of his Tale of Two Cities. Andrew announces a plan to mail a book to any listener that needs a book recommendation. Dave tells a story about two drunk guys and a drone in his backyard at dusk and, yet again, all three of them are annoyed by other people.

Books reviewed in this episode are: A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee,  She Rides Shotgun by Jordan HarperThe Ugly American by Eugene Burdick and William Lederer.   Audiobook of the week is a full cast production of Neil Gaiman’s charming The Graveyard Book.  

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Because what doesn’t say Christmas like a life size Mike Myers doll?  Yes, this is what Andrew gave his 7 year old this year.  Listen to the show this week for more!

Other books mentioned this week were Good to Great by Jim Collins, The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe and T.H. White’s The Once and Future King.

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