Need a Father’s Day gift? Want to up your crime/mystery/thriller-writing game? How to Write a Mystery, the new collection of essays from Mystery Writers of America, is now out. It includes my piece on thriller writing, and you don’t have to listen to me telling you this is a great book. The Washington Postsays, “Is Dad always grumbling about how he could write a mystery novel? This collection of essays by the best crime masters will get him off the couch and into the library with the candlestick.
The Dark Corners of the Night, Book 3 in the UNSUB series, is published today in paperback. If you haven’t read it yet — or if you have and want to read it again with this cool new cover, or want to give copies (yes, copies, multiple, of course) to friends — here’s a reminder about what people have said about the novel.
“Don’t miss it. This is a great one!” — Stephen King
“Kickass.” — Los Angeles Times
“Brilliantly written. An unforgettable story. Stunning.” — Don Winslow
“Gardiner’s writing is lyrical and cinematic, and the final result is her best novel to date.” — Associated Press
Thursday, February 18, I’ll be in conversation with Amy Gentry about her fabulous new thriller Bad Habits. It’s a virtual author Q&A, hosted by A Mighty Blaze. It will be available on Facebook Live and YouTube. Join us!
Authors in Conversation Amy Gentry + Meg Gardiner Thursday, Feb. 18, 4PM EST YouTube Facebook
Meg Gardiner has the power to craft haunting novels that’ll stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page. And The Dark Corners of the Night is just that novel, atmospheric, chilling, and a sojourn into the mind of deranged killer, while striking a deft balance with a realistic and endearing protagonist in FBI behavioral analyst Caitlin Hendrix who is destined for the big screen.
If you haven’t read the other novels on the list, jump right on that.
Here’s a bit of news, and a cover reveal. The paperback edition of The Dark Corners of the Night will be published February 23rd.
As a quick reminder: This is book 3 in the UNSUB series, and is in development as a television show from Amazon Studios. The synopsis:
I am the legion of the night …
He appears in the darkness like a ghost, made of shadows and fear—the Midnight Man. He comes for the parents but leaves the children alive, tiny witnesses to unspeakable horror. The bedroom communities of Los Angeles are gripped with dread, and the attacks are escalating.
Still reeling from her best friend’s close call in a bombing six months ago, FBI behavioral analyst Caitlin Hendrix has come to Los Angeles to assist in the Midnight Man investigation and do what she does best—hunt a serial killer. Her work is what keeps her going, but something about this UNSUB—unknown subject—doesn’t sit right. She soon realizes that this case will test not only her skills but also her dedication, for within the heart of a killer lives a secret that mirrors Caitlin’s own past. Hesitancy is not an option, but will she be able to do what must be done if the time comes?
Tense and impactful, Edgar Award winner Meg Gardiner’s latest UNSUB thriller will leave you on the edge of your seat until its riveting conclusion.
More news to come as the publication date approaches!
To say 2020 has not gone as expected… yeah, no kidding. I hope you’re all holding up. We’re going to get through this, and light is actually showing at the end of the tunnel.
Amid all the uncertainty and difficulty and overwhelming disruption that this year has poured over us, I was reminded that some things are always true. And I was reminded in the best way, by a gift from my littlest fan, who made me this bracelet.
Writing rocks. Always has. Always will.
And I’m beyond lucky that I get to express my creativity through writing.
I know that if you’re in the USA, you may be consumed with the presidential election. I know I am. To help us all get through election night without biting our nails to the quick, a fine group is putting together the NIGHT OF A THOUSAND AUTHORS. They’re asking authors to talk about books and anything and everything except the election (because we’ll all be talking about that every other second of the evening). Join me and authors like Janet Evanovich, Brad Thor, John Connolly, Kyle Mills, Karin Slaughter, Kathy Reichs, Peter James, R.L. Stine, Jack Carr, Brad Meltzer, Lisa Scottoline, Linwood Barclay, Alafair Burke, Alex Segura, and many more.
Night of a Thousand Authors With Thriller Talk hosts K.J. Howe and Ryan Steck Tuesday, November 3, 2020, starting at 4PM Eastern I will be joining at 6:45PM Eastern
It’s been a minute since I checked in here. I’ve been busy, I’ve been isolated, I’m writing, I’m urging everyone to register to vote and make your voice heard. And I’ve been reading. Here’s a recent crop of fantastic novels I’ve enjoyed.
What are you all up to? What’s on your reading list?
This Sunday, September 6, I’ll be taking part in a live YouTube reading and Q&A session for The Pixel Project, which works worldwide to stop violence against women. Tune in… there will also be a giveaway.
BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival INTO THE MIND OF A PSYCHOPATHIC KILLER Meg Gardiner in conversation with LA Larkin FRIDAY JULY 17 5PM Pacific / 7PM Central / 8PM Eastern / SATURDAY JULY 18 10 AM Sydney, Australia The event is free, but click the link to register for the video via Zoom.
Mystery Writers of America does not support or tolerate discrimination of any kind. We stand proudly with our Black members, and implore our entire membership to start listening, speaking out, and amplifying the voices that have been silenced for far too long. Listening leads to understanding, and action leads to change. We cannot move forward as a society or culture without recognizing the disparities that permeate both.
As Chester Himes said, “Democracy is not tolerance. Democracy is a prescribed way of life erected on the premise that all men are created equal.’”