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The Elderly Female Antihero We Never Knew We Needed

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What if the quiet old lady down the hall was a cold-blooded killer? Maud an 88-year-old introverted Swedish woman, seems so innocuous and frail….but of course maybe that’s the perfect cover for getting away with murder. In Helene Tursten’s An Elderly Lady Is Up To No Good (Soho Press), the resources normal senior citizens rely on for rehabilitation quickly turn to tools of revenge in the skilled hands of a mastermind no one was suspecting, but everyone will relish reading. Helene Tursten, author of the popular Irene Huss investigation series, has shifted her focus from a dedicated cop looking to enforce the law to a crafty senior citizen using all of her elderly wiles to try and escape it. Motivated…

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DIY MFA Radio Episode 120: Creating a Great Crime Novel — Interview with John Sandford

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In this podcast, Gabriela Pereira speaks with John Sandford about his writing process and the latest installment in his Virgil Flowers series. During the interview, they discuss how to create compelling characters within the context of a crime novel, how Sandford shifted from journalism to writing fiction, and the biggest pitfall beginning writers face (and how to avoid it).

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Jonesin’ for a fix– Orange is the New Black edition

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Humor, redemption, heartbreak; three of many things Netflix’s original series Orange is the New Black has. If you’re anything like me you probably already binge watched the second season of the Netflix original series. Man, they really made out like a bandit with this one. And by binge watch, I mean like, legit sat down from 7 p.m. on its release date and mowed straight through (with minimal bathroom and food breaks) until 9 a.m. the next morning. No? Just me? Doubtful! This show has got everybody talking; the series follows Piper Chapman, a woman in her 30s who, because of a decade-old crime committed while transporting money for her drug-dealing girlfriend, has to serve 15 months in prison. Add…

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JUST ANOTHER DAY IN LEONARD LAND: Curvaceous corpses, heroic cops, pure evil, dry wit

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Beautiful women are turning up dead on the beach, artfully arranged on lounge chairs in front of the Florida motel recently purchased by a former Detroit homicide detective. O’Clair had been hoping for a quiet retirement with a lower body count, but the clues are pointing to case files he thought were long closed. Eyes Closed Tight is Peter Leonard’s sixth crime novel, but it’s the first one published since the 2013 death of his famous crime-writer father, Elmore Leonard. British writer Martin Amis, also a son of a famous author (Kingsley Amis, author of Lucky Jim), calls the elder Leonard “a literary genius” and “the nearest America has to a national writer.” Ask the younger Leonard how he feels…

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