Stephen Usery interviews authors of mysteries, thrillers, and crime fiction.

THE BIG INTERROGATION: Katy Munger might be best known for her Casey Jones series, but she has a couple of other series, one starring Hubbert and Lil written under the name Gallagher Gray, and the other the Dead Detective series which she began under the name Chaz McGee. Severn House has just released the fourth installment of that series, entitled Angel Among Us, which was named one of Amazon's best suspense novels for November. Disembodied spirit and former incompetent, drunk cop Kevin Fahey tries to find a kidnapped woman before it's too late.

BONUS: I interviewed Jeff Crook this summer when his first Jackie Lyons novel, The Sleeping and the Dead, was released by Minotaur/St. Martin's. Not only does it have a supernatural setting, with the protagonist being a crime scene photographer who can see the dead, but it is set right around Thanksgiving, so I thought it be a great time to revisit it.

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The Big Interrogration: Peggy Webb has enjoyed a prolific and respected career of writing fiction since 1985, with close to 70 novels being published. Her cozy Southern Cousins Mystery series cracks way more jokes than it bumps off characters in the Mooreville/Tupelo, Mississippi area. The narrators are beauty shop owner Callie Valentine and her basset hound Elvis, who believes himself to be the reincarnated King of Rock'n'Roll. In the new installment, Elvis and the Blue Christmas Corpse, will they be able to stop a Yuletide serial killer who is bumping off the residents of the local shopping mall's Santa's Village?

As a bonus for human Elvis fans, here's my 2010 interview George Klein about his book,  Elvis: My Best Man: Radio Days, Rock 'n' Roll Nights, and My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley. GK, as he's known to friends and fans alike, is a broadcasting legend in Memphis and was a member of The King's famed Memphis Mafia.

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The Big Interrogation: Michael Kardos is the co-director on the creative writing program at Mississippi State University. His story collection One Last Good Time won the 2012 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award for fiction. His debut novel is The Three-Day Affair, published by Otto Penzler's The Mysterious Press. It's the story of three college friends and a golf weekend reunion that goes horribly wrong.

Direct download: Case019-MichaelKardos.mp3
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Jamie Freveletti is a lawyer turned award-winning novelist. Back in September, her offering for the Robert Ludlum estate, The Janus Reprisal, was published. Harper has just released the fourth novel in her series featuring chemist and adventurer Emma Caldridge, Dead Asleep, which is available now in paperback. 

Also on this week's show is an older interview I conducted with Molly Caldwell Crosby back in 2010 about her book Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic that Remains One of Medicine's Greatest Mysteries. It's about encephalitis lethargica, one of the possible causes of the sleeping sickness in Dead Asleep by Jamie Freveletti. Molly will be back on Mysterypod in a few weeks to talk about her brand new historical true crime story, The Great Pearl Heist: London's Greatest Thief and Scotland Yard's Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Necklace, which will be published on November 27 by Berkeley.

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