Musical Mysteries: A literary Odyssey

Haunted Melody

Haunted Melody Melody awoke with a start, her sheets soaked. The dream. It was getting worse. She couldn’t shake these nightmares. She thought she’d never break free.She slid from bed and wrapped her housecoat around her waist. After ensuring she hadn’t disturbed Paul, she stepped into her slippers and tiptoed downstairs. In the sitting room, […]

Lunch with Barbara Vine

Lunch with Barbara Vine There we sat at one of the closely placed tables in an Italian restaurant just off Covent Garden, two women of a certain age, respectably dressed, waiting for our pasta, talking shop.“What are your favorites?” I asked my companion, nodding to the waiter that, yes, I would like some more mineral […]

She’s no Tony Hillerman but…

She’s no Tony Hillerman but… Writing a debut novel is a challenge no matter how you look at it. But when your firstborn is also the next installment of a beloved series, the standards are higher, the expectations greater.My book, Spider Woman’s Daughter, continues the mysteries that my father, author Tony Hillerman, began more than […]

The Newest James Bond Author William Boyd speaks to the Strand

The Newest James Bond Author William Boyd speaks to the Strand < William Boyd is the author of ten novels, including Ordinary Thunderstorms; A Good Man in Africa, winner of the Whitbread Award and the Somerset Maugham Award; An Ice-Cream War, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach, […]

Ten Tips for a Murderous Country Weekend

Ten Tips for a Murderous Country Weekend Well, the holiday season is nigh upon us and perhaps you, too, are anticipating a round of weekend house parties at remotely located castles, mansions, and chateaux where many of the guests have long-buried antipathies toward one another. You know the old saying: When you mix blackmail, adultery, […]

Interview with Ben Sevier

Interview with Ben Sevier Ben Sevier joined Dutton as Senior Editor in January 2007. He was appointed Editor in Chief in 2011 and Vice President in 2012. Ben has edited the six consecutive #1New York Times bestsellers authored by Harlan Coben, including Six Years, which was called “perfect” (Entertainment Weekly), “a cause for jubilation” (Huffington Post), and “ingenious” […]

The Origins of The Lost Girls of Rome

The Origins of The Lost Girls of Rome My new novel The Lost Girls of Rome has its origin in two unforgettable encounters.The first of these was with an unusual priest, and took place in Rome late one afternoon in May.Father Jonathan had arranged to meet me in the Piazza delle Cinque Lune at dusk. […]

Halloween: The Other Family Holiday

Halloween: The Other Family Holiday by Stand Staff “What are you going to be for Halloween?”My eight-year-old niece called to ask me that question this morning, and it made me remember the way I used to interrogate people on the same topic every October when I was a kid. In my niece’s case, the question […]

Interview with Carolyn Marino

Interview with Carolyn Marino Carolyn Marino is a legend in the publishing industry, she has edited Lawrence Block, Lisa Scottoline, Diane Mott Davidson, Elizabeth George, Mary Kay Andrews, Tasha Alexander, Michele Martinez, Sujata Massey, Charles Todd, John Searles, Claire Matturro, William Lashner and countless other authors. In this exclusive interviews, she shares her insights and advice […]

Tartan Crime

Tartan Crime “Where were you last weekend?”“Bloody Scotland.”Look of surprise. “I thought you liked your native land?” “It’s a festival, not an epithet.” Yes, that’s right. Scottish crime fiction—or tartan noir, as it has been dubbed—has come of age. There are now enough of us and a big enough body of work to sustain a […]

Scott Turow’s Writing Tips

Scott Turow’s Writing Tips Scott Turow is the author of bestselling legal thrillers Presumed Innocent and Time magazine’s Best Fiction Novel of 1999 Personal Injuries. He has won multiple literary awards, most notably the Silver Dagger Award of the British Crime Writers’ Association.   Scott Turow’s writing tips: 1)  Write every day.  The muse only visits if you’re ready for her to […]