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Meg Gardiner Interview on KAZI Book Review

June 25, 2017 1 comment

UNSUBI just finished a live interview with Meg Gardiner about her new thriller, UNSUB, a KAZI Book Review Crime Fiction Pick of the Month. Scott Montgomery and Molly Odintz of BookPeople joined me for the interview. I have the first 20 minutes of the interview.  Unfortunately the flash drive ran out of space with 7 minutes left, but it is still worth listening to.

PODCAST: Interview with Meg Gardiner, Author of Phantom Instinct

July 5, 2014 Leave a comment

Austin based thriller author Meg Gardiner was interviewed live on June 29 on KAZI Book Review by host Hopeton Hay, Sisters In Crime Heart of Texas chapter board member and writer Gale Albright, KAZI Book Review contributor Tim Chamberlain, and KAZI Book Review intern Zoe Young.  To listen to the podcast of the interview click here: 

L-R: Gale Albright, Meg Gardiner, Tim Chamberlain

L-R: Gale Albright, Meg Gardiner, Tim Chamberlain

Podcast: Meg Gardiner Discusses Her New Thriller

July 13, 2013 Leave a comment

Meg Gardiner talked about her new novel, The Shadow Tracer, on KAZI Book Review on July 7. She shared her secrets for making the fight and flight scenes in her novel so cinematic. To listen to the interview click here: Meg Gardiner Interview.

Review of The Shadow Tracer by Meg Gardiner

July 1, 2013 Leave a comment

The Shadow TracerBy Tim Chamberlain

The latest thriller from Edgar Award-winning novelist Meg Gardiner is a careening pursuit through the southwest that rarely lets up on the gas.

Meg Gardiner opens The Shadow Tracer with a gripping scene that not only introduces you to our heroine, Sarah Keller, but is also the event that began all of her troubles. It’s something that isn’t completely explained at the time–Gardiner revisits this scene several times, showing both the reasons for Sarah’s current predicament and her own skill at the slow reveal.

While I won’t get into all of the details of Sarah’s predicament here, the vital information is this: Sarah has been in hiding for five years, raising her murdered sister’s daughter as her own. She’s been working as a skip tracer (more on that in a moment), keeping her head down and trying to give her niece/daughter Zoe the most normal existence possible. However, thanks to some bad luck following a school bus accident, Sarah is forced to go on the run with Zoe.

The action really takes off from there, and Gardiner has no trouble keeping the pace up. Given the fact that the bad guys chasing Sarah and Zoe are methamphetamine-making (and using) polygamist zealots, I suppose that’s not very surprising.

One of the really fun elements of The Shadow Tracer is Sarah’s occupation as a skip tracer. Think of a skip tracer as a kind of modern bounty hunter–someone that tracks down people trying to avoid jail or debts, people on the run. It makes for some excellent action with Sarah, a woman that aspired to be a Secret Service agent as a child, as she suddenly becomes the one on the run.

Another aspect I enjoyed was how seamlessly Gardiner weaved in elements to her story that marked it as clearly happening in the early 21st century–references to social media and smartphones, little snippets of current music in the background. Many authors can be heavy-handed with this, almost like they’re winking at you about it. Gardiner smoothly rolls it into the story, only noticeable because you know that this is happening in the present day.

The Shadow Tracer has all the necessary elements for a solid action novel: a strong, relatable heroine; believable action; a strong cast of characters; and a real knack for getting the details right. But Gardiner also gives it a fairly fresh plotline, something that’s difficult to pull off in this genre, and something that makes The Shadow Tracer highly recommendable.

Podcasts Features Women Mystery and Crime Novelists

July 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Thanks to Scott Montgomery, the crime fiction coordinator at BookPeople, and the Sisters of Crime Heart of Texas chapter, an association devoted to promoting awareness of the contribution of women mystery writers, I have interviewed a number of women mystery writers this year.  In celebration of these writers and a couple I found on my own, I decided to post podcasts of all of these interviews.  This collection of writers have featured plots covering everything from murder of  a world renowed chef to a couple of marijuana growers trying to discover the identity of a headless corpse found in their front yard.  I hope you take time to enjoy these interviewed broadcast on KAZI Book Review, then go out to buy the book:

Black Orchid Blues by Persia Walker

This novel is set in Harlem in the 1920s, and features a society columnist for a Black newspaper trying to solve the mysterious kidnapping of a cabaret singer: Persia Walker Interview

Black Water Rising by Attica Locke

Set in Houston in 1981, this novel features a struggling lawyer who saves the life of a drowning woman which pulls him into a murder investigation involving powerful Houston businessmen: Attica Locke Interview

Choke by Kaye George

Set in the fictional town of Saltlick, Texas; a 22 year-old single mother works to solve the murder of her uncle who owned a local restaurant: Kaye George Interview

Death on Tour by Janice Hamrick

A Texas high school teacher on a guided tour of Egypt tries to solve the mysterious death of one of her fellow travelers who falls off one of the great pyramids: Janice Hamrick Interview

Head You Lose by Lisa Lutz and David Haywood

In this novel a headless corpse ends up in the yard of a home shared by a sister and brother that grows marijuana on the side in California: Lisa Lutz – David Hayward Interview 

If You Can’t Stand the Heat by Robin Allen

A food inspector investigates the stabbing death of a world renown chef at her father’s restaurant in Austin, Texas: Robin Allen Interview

The Nightmare Thief by Meg Gardiner

A forensic psychologist, while investigating the mysterious death of a prominent lawyer, inadvertently stumbles into a kidnapping of a group of young adults in Los Angeles: Meg Gardiner Interview