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“The Fallen Architect:” An Old-Fashioned Mystery

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It’s a good old-fashioned murder mystery, with a literal twist: back-bending acrobats! In The Fallen Architect, Charles Belfoure (House of Thieves and The Paris Architect, Sourcebooks Landmark) throws readers into a murder mystery enveloped in the electrifying world of variety theater in turn-of-the-century Edwardian England. Although the son of a humble stonemason, Douglas Layton became a rising star in the Royal Institute of British Architects, using his skills at designing facades to reinvent himself. His yearning for the upper-crust lifestyle led him to conduct an elaborate masquerade—mimicking the English aristocracy, lying about being a gentry landowner, and marrying into power and wealth. Even with his life of leisure, Layton continues his passion to design beautiful buildings, much to the chagrin…

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Interview with Michèle Phoenix, author of ‘The Space Between Words’

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Watch our new author video interview, “15 minutes with… Michèle Phoenix,” now! Here, we talk about her new novel , The Space Between Words, how her travels inspire her writing and her work with “Third Culture Kids”.  You don’t want to miss this interview brought to you by NetGalley, Meryl Moss Media and BookTrib.com.   “There were seconds, when I woke, when the world felt unshrouded. Then memory returned.” When Jessica regains consciousness in a French hospital on the day after the Paris attacks, all she can think of is fleeing the site of the horror she survived. But Patrick, the steadfast friend who hasn’t left her side, urges her to reconsider her decision. Worn down by his insistence, she reluctantly agrees to…

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Plague is coming to Reign–here’s two books of treachery while you wait

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Look! So many pretty people on The CW, especially on my guilty pleasure show, Reign. It’s a riveting historical tale that follows Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1557 France. Not interested yet? How about adding a love triangle, a borderline psychotic king and a conniving queen with a growing murder tally under her corset? It’s the CW done to perfection. Please hold a minute while I put my eyeballs back into their sockets—King Henry II is dead (finally! He was getting on my nerves), Prince Francis is about to be a papa (thanks to his drunken night with Lola), and the plague is coming (please don’t kill Bash, Mary, or Kenna!) Not to mention that heartbreaking scene between Greer of…

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One down, five to go: Getting up close and personal with Monty Python

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  It is easy to forget that the men who make up what began as Monty Python’s Flying Circus started out as writers.  John Cleese said as much when asked if “they ever made things up on stage.” “No, no,” responded Terry Jones immediately. “We aren’t improv actors. Everything is scripted.” “You see, we all started out as writers,” added Cleese. We were at an “add-on” Q&A session in a private room at the top of a bar in the O2, London’s rather amazing entertainment venue, following a performance of Monty Python Live (mostly). Originally meant as a meet-and-greet, the opening night enthusiasm had forced them to hire security and change it to strictly a Q&A session.  We lost the…

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