Category Archives: Books

January 17th: Authors on the Air


Today — Wednesday, January 17th — I’ll be on Blog Talk Radio’s show, Authors on the Air, discussing Into the Black Nowhere. I’ll be talking about the novel, the UNSUB series, heroine Caitlin Hendrix, writing, and a whole lot of (hopefully) entertaining stuff.

7 PM Eastern / 6 PM Central / 4 PM Pacific.

Listen live — and call in to talk to me and host Pam Stack. Or check it out via podcast anytime after the broadcast. At this link:

Authors on the Air: Meg Gardiner discusses Into the Black Nowhere.

Out now in paperback: UNSUB

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Happy New Year! 2018 kicks off for me with the paperback edition of UNSUB, published today.

I’m delighted that the novel has been so well received by readers — thank you! You’re the reason I write. Without you, my career wouldn’t be possible.

And I’ve been thrilled that UNSUB landed on a bunch of year-end Best Of lists:

Literary Hub: The Best Crime Books of 2017

BookPage: The Ten Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2017

LitReactor: LitReactor Staff Picks: The Best Books of 2017

The Real Book Spy: The Real Book Spy’s Best Books of 2017

KAZI Book Review with Hopeton Hay (KAZI 88.7 FM Austin): KAZI Book Review’s Favorite 14 Books of 2017

Crimespree Magazine: The publisher’s 2017 favorites

Murder by the Book: Sally’s Top Ten

I’m honored — and happy on behalf of the novel. It’s like seeing one of my kids bring home a science fair ribbon. I’m really grateful.

And, if you got gift cards or certificates for the holidays, you can start the new year by ordering UNSUB. I certainly won’t stop you.

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Farewell, Sue Grafton

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One morning years ago, long before I ever wrote a novel, I was driving along the freeway in Santa Barbara with my three small kids in carseats. A car passed mine. The license plate, as I recall, read THNXKNZ.

It took me a few seconds. Thanks, Kinsey.

I gasped. That car could only belong to Sue Grafton.

Sue Grafton had singlehandedly ignited my love for mysteries. I read her books voraciously. Thanks to her, I had started to dream of writing mysteries myself. Later, when Crimespree magazine asked me for 5 Books that Changed My Writing Life, I said that one of those books was A Is for Alibi.

My sister gave me this book when my daughter was born. I would tell my family that I needed quiet time to put the baby to bed—then I’d close her bedroom door, wait two minutes for her to fall asleep, and secretly read for an hour. I couldn’t get enough of the book’s twisting mystery or its feisty protagonist. With every page, I wished: Kinsey Millhone, be my friend. Beyond that, this novel showed me how a female series heroine could work. When I finished it, I thought: Yes. Give me more. And let me learn to write fiction that aspires to be as good.

And now Sue Grafton’s car was pulling past mine. Without hesitation I jammed my foot on the accelerator and followed it.

I gunned past the exit to my house. I don’t know what I thought I would do when I drew alongside — honk, or give thumbs up, or shout, “I love you!” I somehow thought that this would be my only chance to glimpse my favorite Santa Barbara author.

Finally, breathlessly, I pulled even with the car. At the wheel was Sue’s husband, Steven Humphrey.

I backed off. I don’t know if he saw the crazy woman in the Honda with three squirming kids and the embarrassed look on her face.

And I didn’t know how things would change over the coming years.

That morning on the freeway, I didn’t know I would be privileged to meet both Stephen and Sue in London, when Sue was awarded the Diamond Dagger by the Crime Writers’ Association. Or that I would write an essay on A is for Alibi for the anthology Books to Die For. Or that when Sue came to Austin on tour for X, we’d take the photo above. Or how unfailingly kind she would be, to me and every other author I know. That day on the 101, all I knew was that I had the chance to catch magic, and draw near to my heroine — the imagination that had brought Kinsey Millhone to life.

Thanks, Kinsey.

Thanks, Sue Grafton.

Happy Holidays


As we head into the heart of the holiday season, I want to send you the warmest wishes. May the season be filled with books, writing, laughter, cookies, books, singing, magic, books, discussions about books, debates about books, more writing, editing, insights about the great stories of humanity, suspense, thrills, stacks of books, sleepless nights caused by fantastic books, pie, starry nights, sunny days, and, of course, books.

I snapped the photo in London, and am sending love from Austin, Texas.

Joy to the World, y’all.

Into the Black Nowhere 2018 tour


My next novel, Into the Black Nowhere, will be published January 30th, 2018. It’s the sequel to UNSUB, and I’ll be hitting the road to launch it. Here are my tour dates:

Austin, Texas
January 30 — 7 PM
Book People

Dallas, Texas
January 31 — 7 PM
Interabang Books

Houston, Texas
February 1 — 6:30 PM
Murder by the Book

Delray Beach, Florida
February 2 — 7 PM
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore

Scottsdale, Arizona
February 6 — 7 PM
The Poisoned Pen
With Lisa Gardner

I hope I’ll get a chance to see some of you along the way.

Into the Black Nowhere: Publishers Weekly review


Into the Black Nowhere will be published January 30th, 2018. I’m thoroughly thrilled that Publishers Weekly has given the novel a starred review.

“Excellent… Gardiner expertly integrates the FBI science of profiling with a suspenseful plot and believable characters. It’s no wonder a TV drama based on this series is in the works at CBS.”

What a way to start my week. And here’s your reminder that the novel is available for preorder. Go on. I won’t stop you.

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Getting closer: Into the Black Nowhere


My next novel, Into the Black Nowhere, is coming soon. It’s the sequel to UNSUB. It’ll be published January 30, 2018. The cover art has just been finalized, and I never tire of seeing what the entire jacket is going to look like.

And yet again I’ll remind you that this blog is called Lying for a Living. You can preorder the novel today. And tomorrow. And every day until it’s published.

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