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September Interviews

9/2 Dianne Freeman, A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder

9/9 Ellen Byron, Murder in the Bayou Boneyard

9/16 Marilyn Levinson, writing as Allison Brook, Checked Out for Murder

9/23 Rhys Bowen, The Last Mrs. Summers

9/30 Sherry Harris, From Beer To Eternity

September Guest Bloggers

9/19 Judy Alter

WWK Weekend Bloggers

9/5 V. M. Burns

9/12 Jennifer J. Chow

9/26 Kait Carson


For The Love Of Lobster Tales by Shari Randall is now available to download free for a limited time. Go to Black Cat Mysteries at: https://bcmystery.com/ to get your free copy! Thanks for the freebie, Shari.

Keenan Powell recently signed with agent Amy Collins of Talcott Notch. Congratulations, Keenan!

KM Rockwood's "Secrets To The Grave" will appear in the new SinC Chesapeake Chapter's new anthology Invitation To Murder, which will be released by Wildside Press on 10/6.

Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!

Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!

Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.

KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.

Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!


Saturday, July 21, 2018

Kristen Lepionka's debut novel

By Margaret S. Hamilton

Kristen Lepionka’s debut novel, The Last Place You Look, introduces Roxane Weary, a thirty-four-year-old cop’s daughter and private investigator.

 Lepionka ably establishes the setting in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio:

"I walked to the patisserie on Oak Street for breakfast and drank a cup of tea and ordered the white African sweet potato tart, which was not a breakfast food, so I got it to go in a little paper box in order to pretend it was for later. The neighborhood was caught in midgentrification right now, and though I approved of the introduction of exotic pastries, I hoped Olde Towne wasn’t going to get much nicer. I walked back home in the bright, cold morning air and tried to imagine who I might be appear to be: a rich lady buying a dessert tart for a Tuesday-night dinner party and checking items off a to-do list, instead of a slightly hungover detective inordinately proud of herself for being out and about before eleven o’clock and planning to eat half—no, most—of the dessert tart while driving.” (The Last Place You’ll Look, p.40)

Weary is hired to investigate a fifteen-year-old murder in the fictional suburb of Belmont, where the local police have their own way of dealing with persistent private investigators. She finds a body, though it’s not the one she seeks, and solves several other cases of missing young women as she risks her own life.

 “Chief Jake Lassiter was not happy with me. I doubted there were any circumstances under which he would have been, but he was especially irritated with me now that I’d discovered human remains inside his town’s jurisdiction…I just stood there, arms folded across my chest against the chill in the air and, also, the chill in my blood—from the sight of the brown, brittle bones nestled in the folds of that blue tarp. The sparse strands of long, blond hair. My cases usually stuck to the problems of the living, to the trouble people make for each other. It seemed like a meaningless distinction, that I’d never seen anything quite so dead before, but I hadn’t, and I couldn’t stop thinking that.” (The Last Place You Look, p.136-7)

Weary shows the same dogged determination as Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone, while she seeks enough evidence to exonerate a death row inmate. She is a complicated young woman, still grieving for her recently-deceased father and answering to her mother (baked ham, green beans, crescent rolls served at her command appearance family meal). Weary has the emotional support of her father’s former partner and one of her brothers.

In 2015, Kellye Garrett mentored Lepionka through Pitch Wars. She subsequently landed an agent and contract. Published in 2017, The Last Place You Look was nominated for 2018 Anthony and Macavity Awards. Lepionka’s second Roxane Weary book, What You Want to See, has just been released.

Readers and writers, who is your favorite female private investigator?


Kait said...

Interesting book, definitely on my TBR. My tastes lately run more to the amateur sleuth than to the female PI so I would have to vote for Kinsey Millhone as my favorite, but I'm open to expanding the field.

Warren Bull said...

Congratulations on the release of your first book. My favorite females sleuth is Miss Marple.

Gloria Alden said...

Congratulations on your first book. It's on my TBO list. As for my favorite sleuth, I have read so many mysteries that it would be hard to pick a favorite. Last year I read 97 books and most of them were mysteries except for my book clubs' picks.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Warren and Gloria, this is Columbus-based Kristen Lepionka's Anthony and Macavity-nominated debut novel. Kait, I write about an amateur sleuth and enjoy reading female PI mysteries.

Miss Marple, Kinsey Millhone, and now Roxane Weary are on my short list of female PI's. My favorite is PD James' creation, Cordelia Gray.

Jim Jackson said...

I am a fan of Sara Paretesky’s VI Warsharski and Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon.

Sorry for the late post, I was in full revision mode yesterday and when done shut off the computer!