mystery writing

Book Cover Betrayal at IgaSet in 16th century Japan, SUSAN SPANN'S HIRO HATTORI murder mystery series features a detective duo that pairs her Ninja protagonist Hiro with a Portuguese Jesuit, Father Mateo. BETRAYAL AT IGA, the fifth mystery in the series, will be published soon by Seventh Street Books. A practicing transactional att

 

 

Fracking, sex trafficking & genetic engineering are among the thorny contemporary issues DR. KELLY OLIVER explores in riveting murder mysteries.

Curiosity about the world we live in inspired Dr. Oliver's 20 scholarly books (Example: CARCERAL HUMANITARIANISM: LOGICS OF REFUGEE DETENTION) and also generated her mysteries, WOLF, COYOTE, and F.O.X.

All three feature JESSICA JAMES, a young philosophical cowgirl detective. To learn how Dr. Oliver garnered the courage to tackle challenging topics via noir millennial mysteries, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Kelly Oliver 1 PM Monday & 7AM Wednesday on KRUU.

Portrait of Author Delia Ray

 

A fading Iowa town's real-life elderly mayor, his donkey Wayne, and the centenarian daughter of an Iowa button company magnate all helped author Delia Ray bring history alive for young readers in her intriguing new mystery novel, FINDING FORTUNE: A MYSTERY ABOUT TREASURES LOST & FOUND.

True life details, like the connection between actor Ronald Reagan and Muscatine's 1946 Pearl Button Queen, enliven the story of why Ray, an award-winning Iowa author, felt compelled to write this book. For a glimpse into an award-winning author's creative process and Iowa's forgotten history, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and author Delia Ray.

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New York Times best-selling author April Henry has two new thrillers coming out this spring. Aimed at young adults, The Body in the Woods focuses on a teen trio newly inducted into a Portland, Oregan search-and-rescue team.

Penned with national TV legal analyst Lise Wiehl, A Deadly Business (for adult readers) features single-mom Mia Quinn, who prosecutes Violent Crimes in Seattle courtrooms. April's had 17 books published.

She's won many Teen Read awards, and several of her thrillers have been optioned for movies. What are some of the secrets behind April's productivity, creativity, and indefatigable zest for life? Find out this week on The Studio with Cheryl and April.

Rob ClineCedar Rapids Arts Professional Rob Cline returns to The Studio to report on the success he and his critique group buddies experienced after teaming up to inspire each other to finish, self-publish, and market their novels. Rob also reveals how his 365 Short Stories in 2013 project inspired him to write and submit short stories of his own. Rob's the Director of Marketing and Communications for the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium and the Grants Manager of the Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids. He's appeared at Prairie Lights Bookstore and other venues to promote his self-published mystery, Murder By the Slice.