Fighting The Urge To Curse With Dwyer Murphy

We chat with Dwyer Murphy all about his novel An Honest Living, running in New York City, auction house coffee, and his tremendous urge to curse. Plus – we share some cruddy retail stories.

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Ep. 179 The Heat Is On With Meg Gardiner

A fun chat with Meg Gardiner all about her new book Heat 2, what it was like working with Michael Mann, her background as a mime, and why she makes her husband act out scenes from her books. Plus – Dave visits Andrew’s mountain home and is taken aback by some lifestyle choices, Laura has the worst waitress, and Andrew checks in from North Carolina. We also recommend: A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong, The People We Keep by Allison Larkin, and Mercenary Salvage Company by James Haddock.  Audiobook of the Week is Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe.

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Ep. 178 Pumping Iron With Mohsin Hamid

A fun conversation with Mohsin Hamid all about his new novel The Last White Man, how everything changed for him after 9/11, the importance of trying new things, how fiction allows you to become a child again, his workout regimen, and the genius of A Fish Called Wanda. Plus – Dave receives the glass booth treatment, Laura gets a needle shot up her foot, and Andrew is pulled over by cops on the same date three out of the last four years. We also recommend: The Heavenly Table by Donald Ray Pollock, Honor by Thrity Umrigar, and The Interstellar Slayer by Scott Baron. Audiobook of the Week is Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing.

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Ep. 177 How To Doom A Novel With Christina Dodd

We’re joined by Christina Dodd for a fun chat about her new thriller Point Last Seen, why she had to abandon her cruise ship book, the friendly Canadian airport security,  her amazing fire pit, and the bad luck she’s had with some of her choices of novel settings. Plus – Dave orders the wrong sandwich, Laura discusses The Lumineers concert, and Andrew is outraged over 1883. We also recommend: The Church of Baseball by Ron Shelton, The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley and The Ruins by T.W. Piperbrook. Audiobook of the week is Open by Andre Agassi.

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How To Interview A Parrot With Eve Chase

A fun conversation with Eve Chase all about her new novel The Birdcage, solar eclipses, chatting with a parrot over zoom, her very basic technology skills, and the time she interviewed the leather bed reclining Tina Turner. Plus – Dave and Laura are clueless in the gym.

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Ghost Touring In Savannah With George Dawes Green

A fun chat with George Dawes Green all about his new book The Kingdoms of Savannah, the sordid history and evil soul of Savannah, the seances his mother would put on, the tunnels running underneath Savannah, and the complete inanity of ghost tours. Plus – Dave can’t believe what his Southwest seatmate was doing on his phone.

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Ep. 176 Watching Goat Cams With Paula Munier

We’re joined again by the delightful Paula Munier for a fun chat about her new mystery The Wedding Plot, watching goat cams, writing what you love, baseball, and a surprise ending to when she was pulled over. Plus – Dave is attacked by a coffee grinder, Laura is mad at the tubas for drowning out the trombones, and Andrew is upset that no one wants to go to the Queen cover band concert with him. We also recommend: The It Girl by Ruth Ware, When You Are Mine by Michael Robotham, and Jakes Magical Market by J.R. Mathews.  Audiobook of the week is The Death of Sweet Mister by Daniel Woodrell.

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Ep. 175 Jolly Ranchers & Sour Patch Kids With Nadine Matheson

A fun chat with the delightful Nadine Matheson about her new thriller The Binding Room, exorcisms, tortured cops, and her favorite jolly rancher flavor. Plus- Dave’s HVAC repairman is an odd talker, Laura almost ruins the Avett Brothers concert at Red Rocks, and Andrew’s Uber driver nearly wipes out a family. We also recommend: A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne, True Biz by Sara Novic, and Lost Colony by Richard F. Weyand  Audiobook of the Week is Aurora by David Koepp.

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Food Taboos With Tess Gerritsen

We joined by Tess Gerritsen for a fun chat all about her new mystery Listen To Me, knowing she was a storyteller from the age of seven, the stress of not outlining, working with her son on movies, food taboos, and why she handwrites her first draft on unlined typing paper. Plus – Dave goes to the eye docs and gets an earful.

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Ep. 174 Forest Mushrooms With Will Dean

Another fun chat with Will Dean! We talk about his latest thriller First Born, Bernie the wonder dog, forest mushrooms, how to take weapons on planes, twins, getting up on rooftops in New York City, and why he doesn’t sleep on planes. Plus: Dave believes Competitive Parade Following should be a sport, Laura walks into a stranger’s house, and Andrew is befuddled by the lack of July 4th excitement. We also recommend: The Switch by Beth O’Leary, Walk the Vanished Earth by Erin Swan, Nolyn by Michael J. Sullivan. Audiobook of the Week is The Golden Season by Madeline Kay Sneed.

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Writing On The Beach With Lucy Clarke

We’re joined by Lucy Clarke for a fun conversation about her new book One of the Girls, writing on the beach, how she wrote the first draft in seventeen days, home schooling, and the one word she keeps posted at the top of her manuscript.

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Ep. 173 Plague Pits & Ghosts With Elly Griffiths

We’re joined by Elly Griffiths for a fun chat about her latest Ruth Galloway mystery The Locked Room, plague pits, the time she used the same name for different characters, The Grey Lady Ghost, and why you should never wear the same outfit as the dust jacket photo of your book. Plus – Dave has stories from his camping trip, Laura buys a new outfit that makes her look like a fisherman, and Andrew has a bad restaurant experience. We also recommend: Breathless by Amy McCulloch, The House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland, & Artifact by Joshua James.  Audiobook of the week is The Hop by Diana Clarke.

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Holding On To Good Ideas With Fabian Nicieza

We’re joined by Fabian Nicieza for a fun chat about his new book The Self-Made Widow, how he had the ideas for his first two books 30 years ago, how comic books helped him learn English as a kid, the downside to being nominated for an Edgar Award, and why people think Deadpool is Canadian. Plus – Dave has an awkward encounter with a receptionist.

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Ep. 173 How To Grift Your Friends With Julie Clark

We’re joined by Julie Clark for a fun chat about her new novel The Lies I Tell, the psychology of con artistry, real estate scams, being a self-taught author, graphic design, Joan Jett, and what makes June & July special.  Plus – Dave pokes fun at his father-in-law, Laura pokes fun at Dave, and Andrew’s buying pills. We also recommend: The Island by Adrian McKinty, Of Sea and Shadow by Will Wight, and The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager. Audiobook of the Week is The Wrong Side by Robert Bailey.

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Ep. 172 Secrets & Lies With Siena Sterling

We’re joined by Siena Sterling for a fun chat all about her debut novel Tell Us No Secrets, the impact of friendship, boarding schools, smoking rooms, and the time a teacher called her a witch. Plus – Dave goes from zero to hero at the beach and Andrew avoids near catastrophe while dropping off his kid at summer camp. We also recommend: Never Coming Home by Hannah Mary McKinnon, This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub, The Fallen Ship: Rise of the Gia Rebellion by Mark Wayne McGinnis. Audiobook of the week is Last Summer on State Street by Toya Wolfe.

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Ep. 171 How To Talk To Strangers With Clare Pooley

A fun chat with Clare Pooley about her new book Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting, giving nicknames to strangers, the impact of working from home all the time, and how she ended up singing backing vocals on an ABBA song. Plus – Dave and Andrew get VIP treatment at the Weird Al Yankovic concert, and Laura is plagued by beeps. We also recommend: Hide by Kiersten White, Deer Season by Erin Flanagan, and Starship for Sale by M. R. Forbes. Audiobook of the Week is The Unwilling by John Hart.

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Ep. 170 Cars, Cake & EEGs

This week: Dave doesn’t get his promised cake, Laura takes Sylvia in for an EEG, and Andrew goes car shopping. Again. Our recommendations are: The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward, A Bond Broken by J.T. Wright, and The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow. Audiobook of the week is With A Mind To Kill by Anthony Horowitz.

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Ep. 169 Running Barefoot Through Books With Isabel Cañas

A fun chat with Isabel Cañas about her debut novel The Hacienda, how she’s afraid of the dark, why she spend a lot of time in an unfinished basement as a kid, hot priests, and what it means to run barefoot through books. Plus – Dave goes to the track, Laura screams while falling and is laughed at, and Andrew hosts a host of Girl Scouts. We also recommend: Suburban Dicks by Fabian Nicieza, Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka, & The First Born Academy by Isla Frost. Audiobook of the Week is Pet Sematary by Stephen King.

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Discovering The Brown Betty With Seraphina Nova Glass

We chat with Seraphina Nova Glass about her new thriller On a Quiet Street, why she wouldn’t want to be in a book club, how she doesn’t know how to type, writing Hallmark Christmas movies, and the reason why a Brown Betty made it into her book. Plus – Dave, quite literally, hits the ground running.

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Ep. 168 Banana Bread & Model Railway Sets With Linwood Barclay

We’re joined once again by Linwood Barclay for a fun chat about his new novel Take Your Breath Away, the nightmares of home renovations, the delights of banana bread, why he builds model railway sets, and the anxiety he gets awaiting to hear back from his editor. We also recommend: Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt, Death in the Sunshine by Steph Broadribb, and Child of the Grove by Tanya Huff. Audiobook of the week is Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay.   Plus – We recap mishaps we’ve had with guests over the years, Laura recruits help at a jobsite, and Andrew can’t dance.

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Remembering The Betamax With Stephen Lloyd

We’re joined by Stephen Lloyd for a fun chat about his new book Friend of the Devil, the differences between novel writing and screenwriting, being an insufferable drama student, when football was REALLY violent and tackling the serious issue of Betamax vs. VHS. Plus – Dave’s students get some outsized reactions while performing in public.

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Ep. 167 Living To Write The Tale With Dervla McTiernan

A fun chat with Dervla McTiernan about her new novel The Murder Rule, having to learn the idiosyncrasies of US law, The Innocence Project, Lucky Charms cereal, and the crazy circumstances surrounding the day she first heard back from a literary agent. Plus – Dave draws unwanted attention to himself, Laura drives a neighbor away, and Andrew buys yet another boat. We also recommend: Don’t Know Tough by Eli Cranor, Midnight Riot: Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch, and Discovery by R.E. Link.  Audiobook of the week is Snap by Belinda Bauer.

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How To Pick Your Poison With Lydia Kang

We’re joined by Lydia Kang for a fun chat about her new historical fiction book The Half-Life of Ruby Fielding, the Manhattan project, New York City blackouts during WW2, and her obsession with poisons. Plus – heckling seems to run in Dave’s family.

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Morphine & Violins With Hernan Diaz

A fun chat with Hernan Diaz about his new novel Trust, the dearth of novels about money, the American myth of the self made man, how narratives can shape reality, the value of fiction and its relation to truth, and pens. Plus – Dave’s classroom has mice, a busted radiator, and disappearing food.

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How To Terrorize Your Friends With Jennifer McMahon

We chat with Jennifer McMahon about her new novel The Children on the Hill, using her childhood and love of movie monsters as inspiration, how her first short story was about a haunted meatball, terrorizing her friends at slumber parties, writing what scares you, and her favorite movie snacks.  Plus – Dave rants about trail closures for raccoons.

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Ep. 166 History, Horror & Spiders With Alma Katsu

We talk to Alma Katsu about her new novel The Fervor, Japanese fire balloons, finding inspiration in civil unrest, and the inanity of the Japanese internment camps. Plus – Dave hides from the deans, Laura is forced to hop on yet another social media app, and Andrew forgets what grade his kids are in. We also recommend: The Hollows by Mark Edwards, City on Fire by Don Winslow, and A Warship Named Sky: A Hero’s Story by Saxon Andrew. Audiobook of the week is The Death and Life of Bobby Z by Don Winslow.

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Ep. 165 Speaking Ill Of The Dead With Sascha Rothchild

A fun chat with Sascha Rothchild about her new novel Blood Sugar, finding inspiration in the middle of the night, why she doesn’t care if you hate her book (you won’t), TV writing vs. novel writing, and why it’s okay to speak ill of the dead. Plus – Dave and his runny nose battle a mask on the airplane, Laura is over Millenials, and Andrew wants out of all group texts. We also recommend Litani by Jess Lourey, Twenty Years Later by Charlie Donlea, and The Emmisary by Michael J. Edwards.

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Snarfing Jellied Eels With Ben Aaronovitch

We’re joined by Ben Aaronovitch for a fun chat about his new novel Amongst Our Weapons, drinking coffee late into the evenings, marathon book events in Germany, jellied eels, why he hates mushy peas, the spell he wishes he could use, conspiracy theories, and the genius of grapefruit knives.

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Ep. 164 How To Be An Awful Collaborator With Sarah Pinborough

We’re joined by Sarah Pinborough for a fun chat about her novel Insomnia, being petrified of everything growing up, why she finds the horror she writes amusing, watching TV in the afternoon in lieu of working, and what makes her a terrible collaborator. Plus – Dave sees the worst theatrical performance of his life, Laura unsuccessfully channels her inner Johnny Appleseed, and Andrew’s getting too old to go to concerts. We also recommend: Seven Days by Alex Lake, Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel, and A Door Into Time by Shawn Inmon. Audiobook of the week is The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter.

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Ep. 163 Sharpshootin’ With Kate Quinn

We’re joined by Kate Quinn for a fun conversation about her novel The Diamond Eye, the Ukranian sniper known as Lady Death, the timeliness of this book, her “method writing” experience, and how to know when to fictionalize. Plus – Laura needs business help, Dave can’t find the finish line, and Andrew dives deep into his wallet for a birthday dinner. We also recommend: Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano, No Second Chances by Rio Youers, and  Fast Time At Aldmont High by Laurence Dahners. Audiobook of the week is Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark.

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Ep. 162 Giving Away Barbie Doll Heads With Karen White

We chat with the always fun Karen White about her new novel The Shop on Royal Street, staying in haunted hotels, her love for old houses, how nothing she writes is planned, and why she’s planning on chucking Barbie doll heads at the audience at her next book signing. Plus – Dave sucks at slots, Laura is the only one alarmed by the tornadoes during her trip to New Orleans, and Andrew pays for an Airbnb for the wrong weekend. We also recommend: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Last Flight by Julie Clark, and Violent Graduation by Jon Hindmarsh. Audiobook of the week is Gated Prey by Lee Goldberg.

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What To Pack For A Danish Picnic With Sara Blaedel

A conversation with Sara Blaedel about her new novel A Harmless Lie, insect collecting, speaking in the voices of her characters, and the best foods to take when you’re picnicking in Denmark. Plus – Dave has a horrific half marathon tale.

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Going Undercover With Ken Croke And Dave Wedge

We chat with Ken Croke and Dave Wedge all about their riveting new book Riding With Evil: Taking Down The Notorious Pagan Motorcycle Gang. Ken talks to us about having the luck of the Irish, going undercover, how it affected his family, having to lie nonstop and remember those lies, and the fears of getting caught.  Dave joins us to talk about writing the book and the great tool it will make for law enforcement. Plus – a bewildered Sylvia garners unwanted attention by wearing a Michigan sweatshirt in New Orleans.

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Ep. 161 Writing When It Pays With Peter Swanson

We’re joined by Peter Swason for a fun chat about his new novel Nine Lives, why he refuses to write bios for his characters, recycling lyrics, why he won’t write down his ideas, the tremendous demands authors place on their readers, the secret to a good lobster roll, and his NY Times crossword strategy. Plus – Dave has the worst birthday ever, Laura gets a scare, and Andrew thinks it’s a good idea to grab real gold coins from his safe for St. Patrick’s Day. We also recommend: The White Girl by Tony BurchEntanglement Bound by Mary E. Lowd, and The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb.  Audiobook of the week is Shamed by Linda Castillo.

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Ep. 160 Why You Should Be A Food Critic With C. J. Box

We’re joined again by one of our favorite authors C. J. Box for a fun chat about his latest Joe Pickett novel Shadows Reel, his new favorite Denver Nugget player, incorporating the recent US civil unrest in his book, why he doesn’t save plot points for future books, the reason he spent some time as a food critic, and the delicacy that is the Rocky Mountain oyster.  Plus – Dave gets no respect from his Principal, Laura has a horrific incident with Nelson the dog, and Andrew invests in a creative way to deodorize his son’s bedroom. We also recommend: Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain, Dead Silence by S. A. Barnes, and Shadow Sun Survival by Dave Wilmarth.  Audiobook of the Week is Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay.

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Ep. 159 Sleeping Behind An Electric Fence With Erica Ferencik

We’re joined by Erica Ferencik for an interesting conversation about her new novel Girl In Ice, sleeping behind an electric fence in Greenland, her relationship with fear, learning to be aware at all times, kayaking in the Iceberg Graveyard, and how she created her own Nordic language. Plus – Dave is the good cop, Laura relies on pencil marks on wood, and Andrew is a hero. We also recommend: Exit by Belinda Bauer, Road of Bones by Christopher Golden, and Battlefield Reclaimer by David North. Audiobook of the week is All Day is a Long Time by David Sanchez.

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Quantum Physics & Dinosaurs With Rob Hart

On this Inside Chat episode we talk to Rob Hart all about his new novel The Paradox Hotel, making sense of time travel, how he wrote for the future, and writing with his mother in mind. Plus – we see a movie we wish we hadn’t.

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Ep. 158 Fakin’ It With Erica Katz

Today we chat with Erica Katz all about her new novel Fake, why you might not know if you’re looking at a real work of art at a museum, private jets, the wealth disparity in New York, and the book she was reading that made her stop writing because of her insane book envy. We also recommend: The End of Temperance Dare by Wendy Webb, The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni, and Legacy Earth by Ross Buzzell. Audiobook of the week is The 22 murders of Madison May by Max Barry. Plus – Dave has a plumbing emergency gone awry and we recap a fine dining experience at Andrew’s. IMG_4231

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Harp Music & Hanging Wallpaper With Rebecca Ross

On this Inside Chat edition we have a fun conversation with Rebecca Ross all about her new novel A River Enchanted, listening to harp music, Scottish folklore, the Atlanta Falcons, the horrors of hanging wallpaper, and why she leaves glasses scattered around the house.

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Getting Rid Of Your Students With Marlon James

On today’s Inside Chat edition we talk to the great Marlon James about his new novel Moon Witch, Spider King, turning yourself into a character, what’s holding him back as a reader at live events, the strange camaraderie of rugby matches, how he gets rid of his writing students, and the reason he was confused when he finally watched The Empire Strikes Back.

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Ep. 157 Holing Up In Hotels With Mark Greaney

Today we chat with Mark Greaney (operating on generator power) about his new novel Sierra Six, finally seeing The Gray Man come to the big screen, working with Tom Clancy, and holing up in hotels to make deadline. We also recommend: Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer, Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay, and The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards. Audiobook of the week is Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby. Plus – Dave rails against a lack of customer service anymore, Laura blows up her father forgetting Valentine’s Day, and Andrew wins big on the Super Bowl.

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Inside Chat: Arsenic & Old Baseball With Heather O’Neill

A fun chat with Heather O’Neill about her new novel When We Lost Our Heads, Montreal Expos baseball, the sheer exhaustion of writing,  the beauty of arsenic as a poison, the dark side, and cake eating. Plus – Dave can’t keep his students away from the concession food.

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Ep. 156 Stalking Martha Stewart With Wendy Corsi Staub

We’re joined by Wendy Corsi Staub for a fun chat about her new book The Other Family, how she stalks Martha Stewart, getting her best ideas from her sons, Victorian death rituals, where you can find her rum cake recipe, and who her Amazing Race partner would be. We also recommend: A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw, The Trees by Percival Everett, and Mother of Learning by Domagoj Kurmaic. Audiobook of the week is Beautiful Little Fools by Jillian Kantor. Plus – Dave’s classroom is a house of horrors, Laura readjusts vacation plans after study crime maps, and Andrew makes bank from the airlines due to an “overweight” plane.

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Ep. 155 Flash Fiction & Running Zen With Charmaine Wilkerson

We’re joined by Charmaine Wilkerson for a fun chat about her debut novel Black Cake, writing short fiction, cake (naturally), the search for plausibility, the zen of running and how it pertains to writing, and her love of crunchy foods. We also recommend: Five Decembers by James Kestrel, The Maidens by Alex Michaelides, and Prodigies by Apollos Thorne. Audiobook of the week is I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. Plus – Dave rails against school administrators, Laura finds herself aimlessly wandering and muttering to herself, and we’re both shocked by how much Andrew the tooth fairy doles out.

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Ep. 154 Heather Gudenkauf Is Hot & Cold

Today we chat with Heather Gudenkauf about her new thriller The Overnight Guest, being a true crime addict, how the seasons influenced her writing, putting a dog in every one of her books, and keeping a police chief on speed dial. We also recommend: These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant, Notes on an Execution by Dania Kukafka, & Unidentified by Douglas E. Richard. Audiobook of the week is The Unfamilar Garden by Benjamin Percy. Plus – Dave rues his decision to choose pickup over delivery, and Laura kicks back and watches everyone fall on the ice.

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Inside Chat: Throwin’ It Down With Chris Herring

On the show today a conversation with Chris Herring all about his new book Blood In The Garden: The Flagrant History of the 1990s New York Knicks, rough and tumble old school basketball, and the madness and genius that was Pat Riley. Plus – Laura finds herself in the middle of a real life missing cat mystery.

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Ep. 153 When Books Become Trays With Elizabeth George

Today we talk to Elizabeth George all about her new Inspector Lynley novel Something To Hide, teaching the craft of writing, what happens to her books when screenwriters get hold of them, her adoration of Idris Elba, and that time her husband used her book as a tray. We also recommend: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro, The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre, and The Eve of Snows by L. James Rice. Audiobook of the Week is Steel Fear by Brandon Webb and John David Mann. Plus – Dave is publicly shamed while skiing, Laura takes a drugged dog to the vet, and Andrew’s hawking girl scout cookies.

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Ep. 152 Buttered Popcorn & Stale Raisinets With Stephen Hunter

We’re joined once again by one of our favorite guests – Stephen Hunter. We chat all about his new book Targeted, his favorite Christmas snack, his aversion to new things, being a terrible short story writer, getting the names of his own characters wrong, and why he prefers old Raisinets. We also recommend: The Dry by Jane Harper, The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade, Date Night on Union Station by E.M. Foner. Audiobook of the Week is The Treatment by Mo Hader. Plus – we discuss our personal COVID outbreaks and supermarket strikes.

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Ep. 151 Driving and Crying

A fun show today as we recap our trip to New York, Laura is witness to a Nair emegency, and Andrew hurts his back putting together Christmas presents. Our book recommendations are: Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy, How To Find Your Way in the Dark by Derek B. Miller, and Voyagers by Ben Bova.  Audiobook of the week is Seasonal Work by Laura Lippman.

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Ep. 150 How Not To Read A Book With Darby Kane

Today Darby Kane joins us for a fun chat all about her new book The Replacement Wife, the voices in her head, why she switched genres, her experiences as a divorce lawyer, and her deep dark secret when it comes to reading a book. We also recommend: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, The Guide by Peter Heller, and The Expert System’s Brother by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Audiobook of the week is I Found You by Lisa Jewell. Plus- Dave feels ripped off at his yearly physical, Laura is freakishly paranoid, and Andrew has a hard time feeding his dogs.

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Ep. 149 The Fine Art Of The “Yes And” With Chip Brewer

We’re joined by Chip Brewer for a fun chat about his debut novel Questions of Iron and Blood, fracturing his foot while running the Boston Marathon, thrillers based in reality, performing improv professionally, and the curse of having to finish reading a book no matter how bad it may be. We also recommend: The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green, Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay, and The Night Ranger by A. C. Cobble. Plus – Dave gives his colleagues a piece of his mind at a holiday function, Laura puts into motion Operation Snowday, and Andrew hits it big with his sports wager.  Like really really big.

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Ep. 148 Crushing Keboards And Minibars With Jeffery Deaver

We chat with Jeffery Deaver about his new novel The Midnight Lock, the joys of being back on a live book tour, the food in Italy, minibars, getting locked out of his house, scary dolls, his unique writing process, his attempt at picking a lock, and why he needs to keep buying new computers. We also recommend: Bewilderment by Richard Powers, Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky,The Stolen Hours by Allen Eskens, Audiobook of the Week is The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig. Plus – Dave is a competitive band parent, Laura has a cat tale, and Andrew’s dog is really really really strong.

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Ep. 147 Writing Really Fast With Jodi Picoult

A fun chat with Jodi Picoult about her new novel Wish You Were Here, why it was the book she never intended to write, not seeing her son for two years, the effect of COVID on the medical profession, the secret bond she learned from interviewing COVID patients with near death experiences, and that time she forgot to take the wrapper off her Reese’s cup. We also recommend The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin, Razorblade Tears by S. A. Cosby, and A Learning Experience by Chris Nuttall.  Audiobook of the Week is Chouette by Claire Oshetsky. Plus – Dave forgets the name of his student at a parent teacher conference, Andrew has another bad Uber experience, & Laura’s dog is a drama queen.

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Inside Chat: Amazon Book Editors’ Best Books Of 2021

We chat with Erin Kodicek from Amazon Book Editors all about their list of the best books of 2021! Plus – Dave rails against an incompetent doctor.

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Ep. 146 Sherry Thomas Is The Unobservant Author

A fun conversation with Sherry Thomas about her new Lady Sherlock book Miss Moriarty, I Presume?, not using the character of Moriarty as an antagonist, what makes a good villain, and writing for Holmes despite not being very observant in real life. We also recommend: The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki, Shoot The Moonlight Out by William Boyle, and Rocket Repo by CP James.  Audiobook of the week is Black River by SM Hulse. Plus – Dave brings a knife to class, Laura is force fed Christmas music, and Andrew attempts surgery on himself and fails.

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Inside Chat: Social Commentary With Wanda M. Morris

We chat with Wanda M. Morris all about her new book All Her Little Secrets, incorporating social commentary without being preachy, why her book has been nearly two decades in the making, finding time to write, and what it was like being the youngest of seven kids. Plus – Dave has a run in with the Denver Fire Department.

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Ep. 144 Silly Questions With Jeffrey Archer

We have a very funny chat with the great Jeffrey Archer all about his new book Over My Dead Body, his love for and bafflement of Americans, being passed by a letter box while running a marathon, why it’s important to write what you know, how his favorite sports teams can’t win, his writing routine, the founding fathers, and what he said to Jack Lemmon that made him cry. We also recommend The Collective by Alison Gaylin, Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon, and Fair Trade by Mackey Chandler. Plus – Dave’s theater students take their pants off while performing for elementary students, Laura is forced to join a marching band, and Andrew shops for clarinets.

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Ep. 143 Check and Mate With Gabriella Saab

We chat with Gabriella Saab all about her debut novel The Last Checkmate, the Polish resistance, chess, traveling for writing, and the PTSD that concentration camp survivors experience. We also recommend: The Locked Door by Freida McFadden, They Never Learn by Layne Fargo,  and Backyard Starship by J.N. Chaney and Terry Maggert.  Audiobook of the week is A Line To Kill  by Anthony Horowitz. Plus – Dave’s students hide his keys, Laura takes delight at grown men falling down, and Andrew can’t hit golf balls any more without needing a deep tissue massage.

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Ep. 142 Drunken Pool Diving With Josh Malerman

We chat with Josh Malerman all about his new novel Pearl, having to write with his keyboard at an angle, how he maintains tension in his books, outdoing himself, and why he drunkenly jumped in a pool with his clothes on. We also recommend: The Handyman by Bentley Little, The Quiet Ones by Brandon Massey, and Suited for Life by Daniel Schinhofen.  Audiobook of the week is The Prestige by Christopher Priest. Plus – Dave’s students create a fan Instagram page for him, Laura sprints while marching with the band, and Andrew gets an anonymous letter complaining about the plethora of animatronics in his yard.

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Ep. 141 Metabolizing Darkness With Lisa Unger

We chat with Lisa Unger all about her new novel Last Girl Ghosted, the differences between social media and real life, how technology changes the way we relate to each other, online dating, her Rilke and Jung obsession, waiting to hear her characters’ voices, and how she uses writing to metabolize darkness. We also recommend: Chasing the Boogeyman by Richard Chizmar, No Exit by Taylor Adams, and Od Magic by Patricia McKillup.  Our audiobook of the week is Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons. Plus – Dave gets a vampire stake through the sole, Laura semi accidentally eats old gray yogurt, and Andrew’s kid snores at the movies.

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Ep. 140 The Witching Hour Is Upon Us With C. J. Cooke

We’re joined by C. J. Cooke for a chat about her new novel The Lighthouse Witches, the lost history of the forgotten Scottish Witch Trials, the beauty (and horror) of lighthouses, the friendliness of basking sharks, and getting a Tarot card reading from her daughter. We also recommend The Quiche of Death by M. C. Beaton, The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish, and Arrival by Jasper T. Scott.  Audiobook of the week is Afterparties by Anthony Veasna So. Plus – Dave can’t sit criss cross applesauce, Laura’s clients are breaking into their own house, and Andrew gets hit hard by hotel tax.

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