mystery

  Lisa Scottoline's best-selling and award-winning novels have been hailed as a centrifuge of fast-paced and nerve-wracking suspense. Bringing emotional charged questions of family, relationships, and justice to light, her deeply developed characters are both flawed and sympathetic.

In her new novel, Every Fifteen Minutes, Scottoline draws readers into the mind of a sociopath - who seems set on deliberately and methodically destroying a man's life.

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  British mystery and crime writer, Ruth Rendell, one of the most prolific authors in the genre with more than 60 novels, died at the age of 85 on May 2nd following a stroke in January.

We remember her, and her popular protagonist Chief Inspector Wexford, on this week’s Book Show.

    

  New York Times–bestselling writer C. J. Box returns to his Joe Picket series with Endangered, a thrilling new novel, featuring the Wyoming game warden.

Joe Pickett had good reason to dislike Dallas Cates, even if he was a rodeo champion, and now he has even more—Joe’s eighteen-year-old ward, April, has run off with him. And then comes even worse news: The body of a girl has been found in a ditch along the highway—alive, but just barely, the victim of blunt force trauma. It is April, and the doctors aren’t sure if she’ll recover. Cates denies having anything to do with it—says she ran away from him, too—and there’s evidence that points to another man. But Joe knows in his gut who’s responsible.

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  British mystery and crime writer Ruth Rendell - one of the most prolific authors in the genre, with more than 60 novels - has died at age 85 following a stroke in January.

Rendell was best known for creating Inspector Reginald Wexford, a character that was later translated for television, becoming a popular series on British and American TV. She brought a psychological depth to the class mystery that gave readers unusual access to the emotional makeup of seeming ordinary people capable of foul deeds.

In an unaired interview we did with her in November of 2014 for her most recent novel, The Girl Next Door, we spoke about how she thought she'd grown as a writer over the course of her career.

  Mary Higgins Clark has been publishing bestsellers for 40 years. 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Where are the Children?, the book that launched her career. She is celebrating by releasing a record-breaking three books beginning with the novella, Death Wears A Beauty Mask.

The book is a compilation that revisits the short stories from Clark’s career, from her first-ever published story – 1956’s “Stowaway” – to classic tales featuring Alvirah and Willy, My Gal Sunday and more.

  In December 1969, the Museum of Fine Arts announced the acquisition of an unknown and un-catalogued painting attributed to Raphael. Boston’s coup made headlines around the world. Soon afterward, an Italian art sleuth began investigating the details of the painting’s export from Italy, challenging the museum’s right to ownership. Simultaneously, experts on both sides of the Atlantic debated its authenticity.

Belinda Rathbone, daughter of Perry Rathbone, the director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 1955 to 1972, will discuss her book: The Boston Raphael: A Mysterious Painting, an Embattled Museum in an Era of Change, and a Daughter’s Search for the Truth at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, April 26th at 3 pm.

In his Isaac Bell novels, Clive Cussler has brought the past to life in a series hailed as “historical action-adventure fiction at its rip roaring best.” Now in The Assassin, Clive Cussler and Justin Scott return to the early days of Bell’s career with a case that will pit him against a foe unlike any he has previously encountered.  Clive Cussler is the author or co-author of over fifty previous books and five best-selling series.  He joins The Roundtable today to discuss his research on John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil monopoly, co-authorship, and how his personal passions have influenced his novels.   

    Chilean writer, Isabel Allende, has written her first murder-mystery.

Ripper takes place in San Francisco and centers on Amanda, a teen sleuth hooked on crime novels and online games. When a rash of killings strikes the city and her mother disappears, she takes it upon herself to investigate.

    

  Dean Koontz has sold over 400-Million copies of his books, fourteen of which have been number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list. Koontz is one of a 12 writers ever to have achieved that milestone, and 14 of his books have been number one in paperback. Rolling Stone has called him America’s most popular suspense novelist.

Koontz won ever more fans with his popular Odd Thomas series. Now, Koontz brings the series to a close with the final book, Saint Odd. He returns to our program for the 20th time!

  A former MD-turned-internationally-bestselling author, Tess Gerritsen’s popularity skyrocketed when TNT launched the television series Rizzoli & Isles starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, based on her bestselling novels featuring the fan-favorite characters of medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles and Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli, which is enjoying its fifth season and heading into national syndication.

Now, Gerritsen returns with her new novel, Die Again, for a case that takes Jane and Maura out of their Boston beats and abroad for a killer whose victims have spanned the globe.

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