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Elizabeth George is one of the most acclaimed mystery writers of the last two decades. The books in her Inspector Lindley series are mainstays on bestseller lists across the country, with each installment garnering rave reviews, an incredible feat for an American writer tackling British crime fiction.

Her ability to create characters who grow and evolve over two dozen novels develop scenes that take readers into a picture ask English setting and construct intricate plot twists that make her novels the definition of a page turner that has cemented her as one of the great crime novelists writing today at events Elizabeth George is often asked: "How do you do it?"

So, in her new book, "Mastering the Process: From Idea to Novel," she shares her method to creating one of the most beloved mystery series ever written.

For the past nineteen years, bestselling author Karin Slaughter has captivated readers with her poignant and gripping thrillers. Fans enjoy not only the depth, detail, and creativity that goes into every book, but Karin’s themes of female empowerment, her skill for holding a mirror up to society to explain what is going on in the world and her endless support of local libraries.

For her new novel, “The Last Widow,” Slaughter returns with her most popular characters, Will Trent and Sara Linton, after a three-year hiatus.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Scottoline reaches new heights with a riveting novel about how a single decision can undo a family, how our past can derail our present, and how not guilty doesn't always mean innocent.

"Someone Knows" is a complex psychological thriller that not only delves deeply into the lives of the five young people at the story’s center, but also into the troubled lives of many of the adults living in an insular community where carefully-curated appearances can be deceptive.

With inspiration from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s "Crime and Punishment," Scottoline explores the guilt that ripples from a twenty-year-old tragedy that took one teenager’s life and forever changed many others.

Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times-bestselling author and Edgar Award-winning author of thirty-two novels.

With his newest novel, bestselling author Greg Iles illuminates the intricate and complicated relationships that define not just one small town but that define human nature. "Cemetery Road" is a tale of friendship, betrayal, and shattering secrets that threaten to destroy a Mississippi town.

Greg Iles spent most of his youth in Natchez, Mississippi. His first novel, "Spandau Phoenix," was the first of thirteen New York Times best-sellers, including his trilogy that continued the story of Penn Cage, protagonist of "The Quiet Game," "Turning Angel," and "The Devil’s Punchbowl."

This coming Saturday, March 16th the Murderous March 2019 Writers’ & Readers’ Confab, hosted by the Mavens of Mayhem (Sisters in Crime, Upper Hudson chapter) and the East Greenbush Community Library will take place.

The women and men of Mavens of Mayhem, passionate about mystery writing and about equity and diversity in the genre, meet monthly and offers programs for fans and writers.

U.S. best-selling, Canadian author Vicki Delany has been booked to speak. Her keynote address, “Writers and Their Rituals,” will kick things off. Delany will share wisdom on the “Getting Cozy with Murder” panel. Guest speaker Edwin Hill, author and educational publisher, will join Ms Delany in a conversation called, “Breaking and Entering… Into the Field.” Mr. Hill will also join “The Place of Place in Crime Writing.”

Two more panels will offer insights into the field and craft of crime writing: “Conferences, Seminars & Retreats: The Value of Gathering” and “At the Scene of the Crime.” Speakers include Capital Region writers and those traveling from Buffalo, Syracuse, and Hudson, NY, Boston, MA, and Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada.

We are joined by Frankie Bailey, Rhonda Rosenheck, and, via phone, Vicki Delany.

In her 10th standalone novel featuring fan-favorite Boston Detective D. D. Warren, author Lisa Gardner pulls out all the stops.

"Never Tell" has already received incredible praise from reviewers and powerhouse thriller authors, landing it on many “Most Anticipated of 2019” lists in the lead-up to publication. "Never Tell" features a cast of strong female characters, and immaculately researched. All of those elements combine to make Gardner’s latest one that will keep readers on edge with each new twist while pondering the shocking conclusion long after they turn the final page.

Lisa Gardner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty novels, including "Look For Me," "Right Behind You," "Find Her," "Crash & Burn," "Fear Nothing," "Touch & Go," "Catch Me," and "The Neighbor."

Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling, award-winning author of sixteen novels. Her new release "Under My Skin" was named one of the most anticipated and top thrillers of fall 2018 by BookBub, Bookish, Library Journal, Booklist, PopSugar and CrimeReads.

It’s been a year since Poppy’s husband, Jack, was brutally murdered during his morning run through Manhattan’s Riverside Park. In the immediate aftermath, Poppy spiraled into an oblivion of grief, disappearing for several days only to turn up ragged and confused wearing a tight red dress she didn’t recognize. What happened to Poppy during those lost days? And more importantly, what happened to Jack?

For well over thirty years, T. Jefferson Parker has been a legend in the mystery-thriller genre. C.J. Box called Parker “the poet of American crime fiction,” and Ridley Pearson noted, “There are few if any crime writers out there this good.”

Parker is perhaps best known for both his Charlie Hood and Merci Rayborn series, as well as over a dozen standalone thrillers. Last year, he began a new mystery series, starring San Diego–based private detective Roland Ford, a former Marine with deep ties to the Southern California community. Parker returns with "Swift Vengeance," the second book in his new series.

In "Swift Vengeance," Roland Ford is on the trail of a mysterious killer who is beheading CIA drone operators and leaving puzzling clues at each crime scene.

Considered one of the most acclaimed mystery writers at work today, Steve Hamilton has penned multiple New York Times bestsellers, and is one of only three authors to win an Edgar Award for both Best First Novel and Best Novel.

When "A Cold Day in Paradise" was published in 1998, introducing readers to Hamilton’s sharp prose and his beloved Alex McKnight, the novel was awarded both the Edgar and Shamus Awards for Best First Novel, propelling Hamilton to a place among the greats of contemporary crime fiction.

Now, after five years away, Hamilton returns to the series that put him on the map with "Dead Man Running," the eleventh entry in his Alex McKnight series, featuring the former Detroit cop, occasional PI, and general problem-solver in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Steve Hamilton will be discussing and signing his new novel at the Barnes & Noble in Kingston, New York next Thursday, August 30th at 7 p.m.

In "Hope Never Dies" by Andrew Shaffer, Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama team up in this high-stakes thriller that combines a mystery worthy of Watson and Holmes with the laugh-out-loud bromantic chemistry of Lethal Weapon’s Murtaugh and Riggs. Part noir thriller and part bromance, "Hope Never Dies" is essentially the first published work of Obama/Biden fiction.

Andrew Shaffer is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books.

David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world's favorite storytellers. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America.

Amos Decker is the Memory Man. Following a football-related head injury that altered his personality, Decker is now unable to forget even the smallest detail which is as much a curse as it is a blessing. In Baldacci's gripping new thriller, "The Fallen," Decker's life might be about to change again.

When a terrible crime shocks a New Jersey community, all signs point to one suspect. But if he's innocent as he claims, it means the murderer is still out there.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author and “Queen of Suspense” comes "I've Got My Eyes on You," a thrilling investigation asking what we truly know about the those we trust, and the secrets lying in even the most idyllic of neighborhoods.

Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, "The Bone Collector," was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

His new book in that series is "The Cutting Edge."

It has been one hundred years since Agatha Christie wrote her first novel and created the formidable Hercule Poirot. Award winning biographer, Laura Thompson now turns her sharp eye to Agatha Christie. Arguably the greatest crime writer in the world, Christie's books still sell over four million copies each year - more than thirty years after her death - and sales show no signs of slowing.

But who was the woman behind these mystifying, yet eternally pleasing, puzzlers? Thompson's book is "Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life."

Elizabeth George is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty psychological suspense novels, four young adult novels, one book of nonfiction, and two short-story collections. Her work has been honored with the Anthony and Agatha awards, two Edgar nominations as well as several other prestigious prizes.

"The Punishment She Deserves" is the latest in her Lynley series where Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley are forced to confront the past as they try to solve a crime that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of a quiet, historic, medieval town.

An award-winning former advertising executive, Marshall Karp is a playwright and a screenwriter, and has written and produced numerous TV shows. Having paid his dues in Hollywood, he began killing the people he used to work with - in his novels - the Lomax and Biggs series. 

He often collaborates with James Patterson and the duo has concocted several novels, "NYPD Red Alert" is the latest. It is the pair’s fifth "NYPD Red" novel. The two also collaborated on "Kill Me if You Can."

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Archer Mayor is a bestselling mystery author and has also worked for decades as a death investigator for Vermont’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and as a detective for the Windham County Sheriff’s Office.

His Joe Gunther detective series, begun in 1988, has become one of the most critically acclaimed police procedural series being written today. Set partly in Albany, the 28th and latest book in the series is "Trace." 

The New York State Writers Institute is bringing Mayor to Albany tomorrow (Tuesday, March 27). He will be conducting a Q&A about the craft of mystery writing at 4:15 in the Standish Room at the Science Library of the Uptown Campus; and at 7:30PM he will be part of a conversation entitled: "Corpses, Blow Flies, and Post-Mortem Forensics" with UAlbany Chemistry professor Rabi Musah.

Joe Pickett, the Wyoming game warden and unassuming lawman who graces C.J. Box’s #1 New York Times bestselling series of western crime novels, returns in a riveting eighteenth installment, "The Disappeared."

Having won every major prize in the crime fiction genre, including the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry awards, and with over ten million copies of his novels sold in the U.S. alone, C.J. Box is an acknowledged master at honing unforgettable characters and un-put-downable plots.

Kate Hamer is the author of The Girl in the Red Coat, which was a Costa First Novel Award finalist, a Dagger Award finalist, an Amazon Best Book of the Year 2016 and a winner of the ELLE Lettres Readers’ Prize. Her new book is The Doll Funeral.

New York Times-bestselling author T. Jefferson Parker -- whose career has spanned nearly two dozen novels, including the very popular Charlie Hood and Merci Rayborn series, and earned him three Edgar Awards -- has launched a brand new series with the thriller The Room Of White Fire.

In the new novel, we meet Roland Ford—once a cop, then a marine, now a private investigator—is good at finding people. But when he’s asked to locate Air Force veteran Clay Hickman, he realizes he’s been drawn into something deep and dark.

G-Man By Stephen Hunter

May 16, 2017

Bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Hunter joins us this morning. His 10th book in the Bob Lee Swagger saga, G-Man, finds Bob uncovering his family’s secret tommy gun war with 1930s gangsters like John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson.

Hunter is the author of twenty-one books and there are over two million Hunter novels in print. He is the retired chief film critic for The Washington Post, where he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism. He has also published two collections of film criticism and a nonfiction work, American Gunfight.

USA Network adapted Hunter’s Point of Impact for its highly-rated TV series Shooter, featuring Ryan Phillippe as Bob Lee Swagger. Mark Wahlberg, who starred in the 2007 movie of the same name, is the executive producer of the series. Again, the new novel is G-Man

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of one of crime fiction’s greatest characters, John Rebus, created by one of the world’s leading crime writers, Ian Rankin.

Rebus’s anniversary coincides with the release of Rather Be the Devil, Rankin’s 21st Rebus novel. Ian Rankin joins us to talk about one of Crime Fiction's great curmudgeons.

A Tana French trademark is that each book features a different narrator around whom the entire world of the novel revolves. In The Trespasser, Detective Antoinette Conway is tough, fierce, and sure of herself, but her working life is filled with thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment from colleagues.

She is about to reach her breaking point when a new case comes across her desk. At first it looks like a routine lovers’ tiff gone bad, but then both the investigation and the victim’s life start to intersect with Antoinette’s in ways that can’t be ignored.

Eric Rickstad

Sep 15, 2016

  Eric Rickstad is the New York Times Bestselling author of the mystery novel The Silent Girls, heralded as intelligent and profound, dark, disturbing, and heartbreaking.

His first novel Reap was a New York Times Noteworthy Novel. His newest novel is Lie In Wait is a thriller - taking place in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, featuring Detective Sonja Test.

Downfall By J. A. Jance

Sep 14, 2016

  J. A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series, and five interrelated thrillers about the Walker Family as well as a volume of poetry.

Her latest, Downfall, is the latest installment in the Sheriff Joanna Brady series and Joanna has a lot on her plate. Pregnant and gearing up for a reelection bid, She is managing multiple cases plus trying to be a wife and a mother to her college bound daughter and rambunctious five-year-old son.

But when a personal tragedy forces her to the sidelines, she’s torn between the duty to her family and to the people she’s sworn to serve and protect. 

Linda Fairstein was chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the district attorney's office in Manhattan for more than two decades and is America's foremost legal expert on sexual assault and domestic violence. Her Alexandra Cooper novels are international bestsellers and have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Her latest is Killer Look.

New York City is one of the fashion capitals of the world, well-known for its glamour and style.  Nowhere is this more apparent than on the runway, where American haute couture continually astounds with its creativity, daring, and innovation in the name of beauty.  Yet high fashion means high stakes, as Alex Cooper quickly discovers when businessman and designer Wolf Savage is found dead in an apparent suicide, mere days before the biggest show of his career.

  

An award-winning former advertising executive, Marshall Karp is a playwright and a screenwriter, and has written and produced numerous TV shows. Having paid his dues in Hollywood, he began killing the people he used to work with - in his novels - the Lomax and Biggs series.

And then he started collaborating with James Patterson and the duo have concocted four novels - NYPD Red 3 is the pair’s latest collaboration, following up NYPD Red 1 & 2 and Kill Me if You Can.

But, his latest novel brings him back to writing solo and to his Lomax and Biggs series and he is here to tell us about his latest, Terminal.

Jane Steele is Lyndsay Faye’s re-casting of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel Jane Eyre. Faye, the critically acclaimed author of the Timothy Wilde trilogy (The Gods of Gotham, Seven for a Secret, and The Fatal Flame) and Dust and Shadow, gives us a heroine from the mid-nineteenth century who is ready for the twenty-first.

She refuses to be victimized, insists on living life on her own terms, and not only pursues but defends the man she wants. The fact that she leaves several corpses in her wake, as a serial killer on the side of justice, makes for a satirical historical romance that is at once raucous and refined. 

  The villains who abuse our monetary system get what's coming to them in The Capitalist, the fifth novel in the critically acclaimed Louis Morgon series, written by cartoonist, painter, and novelist, Peter Steiner.

  Linda Fairstein was chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the district attorney’s office in Manhattan for more than two decades and is America’s foremost legal expert on sexual assault and domestic violence. Her Alexandra Cooper novels are international bestsellers and have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

After publishing sixteen novels, Fairstein can still keep her legion of fans on the edge of their seats, offering rollercoaster plot twists and simmering emotional foreplay between her two main characters, NYPD Detective Mike Chapman and District Attorney Alexandra “Coop” Cooper.

She forwards the story in her new novel, Devil’s Bridge.

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