Thursday, May 21, 2015

Do You Have a Favorite Agatha Christie?

Katherine Turro, marketing coordinator for William Morrow sent me this notice:
It's the 125th anniversary of Agatha Christie, and her estate is on a mission to discover the "World's Favorite Christie Mystery." You can be a part of this selection. Check out World's Favourite Christie to browse books, watch videos, and vote for your favorite Agatha Christie mystery.

Careful—you get only one vote!

Happy reading!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spring Mystery Tour Updates

I've just received the news that Ann Cleeves has had a family emergency and will have to cancel her North Carolina tour. All the bookstores will have her books on hand for purchase—we just won't be able to have them signed.

The Friday, May 8 Barnes & Noble event has been canceled.

Elaine Viets will be unable to be at the Saturday, May 9 event at McIntyre's, but she will have been by the store to sign stock.

Sarah Shaber will join Marcia Talley, Frances Brody and me for a discussion on Saturday, May 9, at McIntyre's.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring Mystery Tour ONE TIME CHANGE

Another star-studded mystery tour for the Triangle area of North Carolina!

Frances Brody, Ann Cleeves, Marcia Talley, and Elaine Viets will join me at the following times and locations:

Tuesday, May 5
7:00, Flyleaf, 752 Martin Luther King Blvd., Chapel Hill NC 27514 

Wednesday, May 6 
Noon, Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 Salem St., Apex NC 27502 (Brown Bag Event)
4:00, Cambridge Village of Apex  
7:00, Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Avenue, Raleigh NC 

Thursday, May 7
2:00 Page-Walker Cultural Arts Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary NC 27513 
                (Molly-on-Mysteries program)
5:30 The Country Bookshop, 140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines NC 28387

Friday, May 8
6:00 Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Rd, Cary NC 27511 

Saturday, May 9
2:00 McIntyre's Books, 2000 Fearrington Village Ctr., Pittsboro NC 27312

Please join me in welcoming these outstanding authors!

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Triangle (NC) Mystery Tour

Great news for mystery readers: Three outstanding authors are visiting in February! Donis Casey, Erika Chase, and Eva Gates (you may know her as Vicky Delany) will be in the area February 18–23. Our schedule is as follows:

  • Feb. 18, 7:00, Cameron Village Library, Raleigh
  • Feb. 19, 2:00, Page-Walker Cultural Arts Center, Cary
  • Feb. 19, 4:15, Cambridge Village of Apex
  • Feb. 19, 7:00, West Regional Library, Cary
  • Feb. 20, 3:00,  Southeast Regional Library, Garner
  • Feb. 21, 2:00, McIntyre's Books, Fearrington Village, Pittsboro
  • Feb. 23, 3:00,  North Regional Library, Raleigh
  • Feb. 23, 7:00, East Regional Library, Knightdale
At each venue, I'll moderate a panel at which the authors will share information about themselves, their books, and their characters. Their books will be for sale at each venue and the authors will be delighted to sign and personalize them. 

I hope to see a good turnout of enthusiastic readers at each visit!

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Dorothy Cannell's THE THIN WOMAN

I just saw a posting that Random House has just published a Kindle edition of Dorothy Cannell's first mystery, The Thin Woman, for only 99 cents. It's a great book that brought me through a very tough evening and one I've recommended often. I just had the pleasure of moderating a panel which boasted Dorothy as one of the members. She's as funny and delightful as ever! BTW, I just downloaded it too!

Friday, October 10, 2014


E. J. Cooperman and Jeff Cohen (same person!) have a terrific new book just out, The Question of the Missing Head, "An Asperger's Mystery." They're raising money for the Autism Spectrum Education Network (ASPEN) and now each photo posted with a picture of you and the book (or ebook title page) is worth $10 to ASPEN, thanks to HSG Agency, Midnight Ink and Moonstone Books/Twice Told Tales of Flemington, NJ. 

Help support a great cause that helps families touched by autism. Just get a copy of The Question of the Missing Head, take a picture with it, and post it online somewhere Jeff will see it (Twitter, Facebook, etc.). That’s all you have to do! (Obviously, the photo doesn't have to be great!)

The deadline for this challenge is Wednesday, October 15.

Sunday, September 28, 2014


to North Carolina's Ms. Pope!

Watch this space for a new contest soon…

New Contest

Tor Publishing is offering a lucky reader of Meritorious Mysteries a free copy of Linda Davies' new Ark Storm. 

There are five Bouchercons currently scheduled across the US and Canada. The first person to email me (mystery heel at with the correct order (by year) of these Bouchercons will be the winner. I will email the winner requesting his/her snail address. Tor will mail the copy directly to the winner. I'll also post the winner's last name and state on this site.

Good Luck! 

Ark Storm

Linda Davies

“A plausible and stormy eco-thriller that might presage future events…. an exciting and enjoyable book.”

Ark Storm is a winner. It draws you in and thrashes you about like a hurricane. It’s plausible and terrifying. The writing is crisp, the pacing is breakneck, and the characters are vivid. I highly recommend it.”
—Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author of Impact

“This vivid, exciting and original tale turns a very real superstorm possibility into one of the most exciting stories I’ve read in a long time. I was going to say that I got blown away by Ark Storm, but I’m afraid to! So I’ll say that I got caught up in it, loved it and had wonderful time reading it!”
—Whitley Strieber, New York Times bestselling author of The Grays

Linda Davies’ first novel, Nest of Vipers, has been published in more than thirty countries, selling over two million copies. She is also a winner of the Philip Geddes Prize for journalism. Her latest novel is ARK STORM (A Forge Hardcover; $25.99; August 19, 2014), a stylishly written thriller that tackles the relationship between high finance and extreme weather events.
The Ark Storm is coming—a catastrophic weather event that will unleash massive floods and wreak more damage on California than the feared “Big One.” One man wants to profit from it. Another wants to harness it to wage jihad on American soil. One woman stands in their way: Dr. Gwen Boudain, a brave and brilliant meteorologist.

When Boudain notices that her climate readings are off the charts, she turns to Gabriel Messenger for research funding. Messenger’s company is working on a program that ionizes water molecules to bring rain on command. Meanwhile, Wall Street suits notice that someone is placing six-month bets on the prospect of an utter apocalypse and begin to investigate. Standing in the shadows is journalist Dan Jacobsen, a former Navy SEAL. War hardened, cynical, and handsome, Jacobsen is a man with his own hidden agenda.

ARK STORM brings together the worlds of finance, scientific innovation, and terrorism in a fast-paced thrill ride that will leave readers gasping.

LINDA DAVIES is a graduate in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Oxford University, and worked for seven years as an investment banker before escaping to write novels. Davies is married with three children. She lives by the sea in Suffolk, United Kingdom.

Dear Reader,

It was the summer of 2010.  I was living in Dubai, and I had read that dramatically heavy rains were falling in the deserts of neighbouring El Ain in the United Arab Emirates.  The historical average number of rainfall events for June through September is two.  The National Weather Service forecasted zero rain events over that period.  But it did rain. On fifty-two separate occasions. And it hailed and galed and thundered.  It made the international news. 

There were rumors of masts in the desert, of scientists and computer models, and it sounded like something out of a James Bond movie. And then I read an article which explained what had been going on.

It was the work of scientists.  Technicians were mounting ionizers on masts, producing electrons which attached to dust particles in the atmosphere. These dust particles rose by convection until they reached the right height for cloud formation where they attracted water molecules floating in the air. Those molecules then started to condense around them.  Billions of droplets of rain formed and fell….

So far, so Bondian.  Then I heard about the latest twist where the ionisers are sent up on drones, which made me think of terrorists, and I had myself a novel. It had all the things I love to write about—science, terrorism, financial shenanigans counterterrorism—and in the midst of it, a wonderful heroine.

Welcome to Ark Storm.