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An Interview with 2014 Killer Nashville Attending Editor Bryon Quertermous

All the agents and editors who come to Killer Nashville are looking for new authors. We make sure of that before they are invited. Sometimes, though, we see a new house that is incredibly hungry. And, for us, that’s a … Continue reading

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Blending Humor and Tension in a Traditional Mystery / Author Nancy J. Cohen

There’s nothing funny about murder. Or is there? Mystery, romance, and how-to author Nancy J. Cohen navigates the delicate balance between bloodshed and laughter in her guest blog, “Blending Humor and Tension in a Traditional Mystery.” Here’s a great way … Continue reading

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Killing Your Protagonist – Or At Least Trying To / Author Vic DiGenti (aka Parker Francis)

What makes us keep turning the pages? The same thing that makes us watch a train wreck. Award-winning author Vic DiGenti shares with us how he beats up his protagonists and how, if they didn’t have to appear in the … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book / Friday, October 4, 2013 / “Roots: The Saga of an American Family” by Alex Haley / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

As abhorrent as I have always viewed slavery, this book actually made me feel it. Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley Like most of Americans in the 1970s, I was riveted to the mini-series “Roots.”  Also probably … Continue reading

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2014 Guests of Honor Announced

Killer Nashville is please to announce bestselling authors Lisa Jackson and William Kent Krueger as the 2014 Guests of Honor for our 9th annual writers’ conference. Lisa Jackson is neck deep in murder, her books appear on The New York Times, USA … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book / Wednesday, September 18, 2013 / “Theodore Boone: The Accused” by John Grisham / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

A young wannabe lawyer finds himself on the wrong side of the law in “Theodore Boone: The Accused” by John Grisham. Read my review. Theodore Boone: The Accused by John Grisham I grew up reading John Grisham books.  Now my son … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book / Monday, September 16, 2013 / “Until She Comes Home” by Lori Roy / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

A murder and disappearance destroy the essence of a once-respectable neighborhood in “Until She Comes Home” by Lori Roy. Until She Comes Home by Lori Roy Winning an Edgar for your first novel is a hard setup for your second one.  … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book / Thursday, September 5, 2013 / “Tell Me” by Lisa Jackson / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Who murdered a pregnant teenage girl? Her mother is not talking. Tell Me by Lisa Jackson Thriller author Lisa Jackson’s new book “Tell Me” sucked me in and disabled me like a snakebite.  Out of nowhere, from the first page of … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Books / Tuesday, June 23, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

The senseless murder of children in Africa, an Amish love affair, a woman’s heart-tugging self-discovery, the financial industry’s crooked corporate deals, and the death of a police officer. Here are some books I think you might find of interest. Some I have … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Books / Friday, June 19, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

A man on death row, a second wife learning the startling truth about the first, a sister avenging the death of her sister, and how to write a killer thriller.  Here are some books I think you might find of interest. … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Rapscallion” by James McGee / Tuesday, May 28, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Rapscallion by James McGee It’s the early 1800s and espionage is alive and well in jolly old England. “Rapscallion” by James McGee is the third adventure for Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood and in this installment, without giving … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Green Light For Murder” by Heywood Gould / Saturday, May 18, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Green Light For Murder by Heywood Gould I’ve heard it said that the only good producer is a dead producer.  In “Green Light for Murder”, Heywood Gould takes that literally.  This is a true insider’s look at the … Continue reading

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My First Literary Advice / Award Winning Author/Screenwriter Heywood Gould

It’s 1963. I’m twenty- one and I have the best job in the world— police reporter for the New York Post. I’m making $95 a week and paying $53 a month in rent. A bowl of shrimp fried rice costs … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Don’t Go” by Lisa Scottoline / Thursday, May 9, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline Most of the books I read from Lisa Scottoline are series related.  Here’s a standalone you won’t want to miss.  Scottoline is one of the best writers I’ve ever read.  This one goes … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Blood Trade” by Faith Hunter / Tuesday, May 7, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Blood Trade by Faith Hunter “Blood Trade” is the sixth in the Skinwalker series from USA bestselling author Faith Hunter (also known as writer Gwen Hunter). Jane Yellowrock is a vampire killer who finds herself working for the … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day / “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger / Friday, April 5, 2013 / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger William Ken Krueger’s new deeply human grief-ridden novel “Ordinary Grace” is as much a literary novel as it is a mystery. Told from the point-of-view of a 13-year-old boy, Frank, an about-to-be … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Tuesday, March 19, 2013 / “Heart of Ice” by P.J. Parrish / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Heart of Ice by P.J. Parrish I save books from P.J. Parrish for when I know I won’t be interrupted. For “Heart of Ice” even sleep had to wait. I can’t say enough superlatives about this writing dynamic … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Tuesday, February 19, 2013 / “All the King’s Men” by Robert Penn Warren / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren. “A classic. Pulitzer Prize winner. Modern Library’s 36th greatest novel of the 20th Century. The fictional rise of governor Willie Stark and the self-discovery of Jack Burden. Written in the classic voice … Continue reading

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My Take on Thriller Writing / Author Chester D. Campbell

I’ve always enjoyed reading about authors who lucked up by hitting the right agent who sent their manuscript to the right publisher at the right time. Problem is it never happened to me. I got a good agent for the … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Wednesday, November 28, 2012 / “Run to Ground” by D.P. Lyle / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Run To Ground by D.P. Lyle. What would you do if someone brutally murdered your child? Why Clay Stafford chose this book: The thriller “Run to Ground” is D.P. Lyle’s best work of fiction. I served for four … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Monday, November 12, 2012 / “Luther: The Calling” by Neil Cross / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Luther: The Calling by Neil Cross. Womb raiders. A missing child. A serial killer. Why Clay Stafford chose this book: I’m a speed reader. I read one book a night. This one I had to take slowly like … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Monday, October 22, 2012 / “Rebecca” by Daphne Du Maurier / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. It’s classic, gothic, romantic suspense at its finest. Why Clay Stafford chose this book: “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” One of my absolute favorite opening lines. And the book never … Continue reading

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On Romantic Suspense / Author Greg Herren

“Carmela Lacy is the silliest woman I know, which is saying a good deal.” That’s the opening line of Mary Stewart’s Airs Above the Ground, which I read for the first time when I was ten, and transitioning from the … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Monday, October 8, 2012 / “A Sunless Sea: A William Monk Novel” by Anne Perry / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is A Sunless Sea: A William Monk Novel by Anne Perry. For the brutal murder of of one woman, an innocent woman may hang. Why Clay Stafford chose this book: Real. That’s the word I would use to describe … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Thursday, September 27, 2012 / “No Sale” by Patrick Conrad / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Today’s featured book is No Sale by Patrick Conrad. A serial killer is loose in 1998 and taking his cues from old movies. Why I chose this book: Wow. Having just read this, I’m dumbfounded. Incredible. From the first page two things … Continue reading

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“A Member of the Family” / Author Donald Bain

Writers are often asked where they get their ideas.  The late Nora Ephron and I agree. We get our ideas from life. She used to say: “Everything is copy.” My favorite phrase is:  “Everything gets used.” Often a fictional account … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Friday, August 10, 2012 / “The Spymasters” by W.E.B. Griffin

Today’s featured book is The Spymasters by W.E.B. Griffin. Why I chose this book: This is number seven in Griffin’s Men at War series. Griffin, frankly, is one of the best, no matter what the subject. This is the third one he … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville Book of the Day / Wednesday, August 8, 2012 / “The Crime of Julian Wells” by Thomas H. Cook

Today’s featured book is The Crime of Julian Wells by Thomas H. Cook. Why I chose this book: How can you not love a writer who has been nominated for the Edgar Award seven different times in seven different categories? 🙂 Cook’s novel “Julian Wells” … Continue reading

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Under the Bloody Tuscan Sun / Author Jon Jefferson

Amid the green-gold hills of Tuscany in summer – a dazzling landscape of farmhouses and villas, olive groves, and picture-postcard views – a depraved killer stalks lovers’ lanes, spying on young couples and killing them as they make love, then … Continue reading

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7th ANNUAL KILLER NASHVILLE CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES TOP TEN 2012 CLAYMORE AWARD FINALISTS FOR BEST UNPUBLISHED NOVEL

Killer Nashville, the premier conference for mystery, thriller and crime fiction authors and fans, is pleased to announce the Top 10 2012 Claymore Award finalists for best unpublished manuscript in the mystery, thriller and suspense genres. “We had an incredible … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / “The Darkest Part of the Woods” by Ramsey Campbell

Today’s featured book is The Darkest Park of the Woods by Ramsey Campbell. Why I chose this book: Something older than time in a dark forest finds an opening into this world through the actions of the Price family in this modern … Continue reading

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Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Thursday, July 19, 2012 / “The Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe” by Edgar Allan Poe

Today’s featured book is Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe. Why I chose this book: Here’s the big cheese. If he’s not in your library, he should be…kind of like Vincent Price has to be in … Continue reading

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