Category Archives: Books

My next novel: The Dark Corners of the Night

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At BookExpo America last week, my publisher, Blackstone, announced my upcoming novel in exciting fashion. That’s me, standing next to a banner at the entrance to the convention, at the Javits Center in New York City.

The Dark Corners of the Night is the third novel in the UNSUB series, featuring FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix. It will be published in early 2020. I’ll have plenty more to tell you about it in the coming months. For now, know that I’m thrilled you’ll be reading it next winter.

This week: Book Expo & Book Con, NYC

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I’m excited that this week I’ll be attending BookExpo America and its fan cousin, BookCon. Both will take place at the Javits Center in New York City.

If any of you are in the NYC area, I’d love to see you there!

BookExpo America
May 29 – June 1, 2019
Javits Center, New York City

Audiobook New Titles Showcase
May 29, 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM, Choice Stage
With panelists Meg Gardiner, Guy Oldfield, Caitlin Garing, Maggie Stiefvater, Mo Rocca, and Dan Zitt

Blackstone In-Booth signing:
Thursday, May 30th: BookExpo
10:30AM — 11:15AM

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BookCon

Blackstone In-Booth signing:
Saturday, June 1st: BookCon
11AM — 11:45AM

The Edgar Awards 2019

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What a fantastic night in New York City. Mystery Writers of America celebrated the 73rd Edgar Awards with a gala at the Grand Hyatt. And, as 2019 MWA President, I was privileged to emcee the ceremony.

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated, and especially to this year’s winners. The entire list is here.

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It was great to see so many friends and writers I idolize, including MWA’s outgoing president, Jeffery Deaver, who presented the Raven Award to the New York Times crime fiction critic, Marilyn Stasio (and introduced me with a Jeopardy!-style quiz, in the form of questions).

Now to put my feet up. And read a whole bunch of amazing books.

Edgars week 2019

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This is a big week for the mystery writing world, and for me in particular. As this year’s president of Mystery Writers of America, I’ll be emceeing the Edgar Awards in New York City. Ahead of that, I’ll be moderating a panel at the annual Edgar Symposium.

EDGAR WEEK SYMPOSIUM
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Grand Hyatt Hotel – Mezzanine Level – Regency Room
East 42nd Street @ Grand Central Station
10:00 – 10:50 a.m.

Legalize It: Lawyers & Legal Professionals as Protagonists
How do writers capture the complexity of law—and the gray areas of morality—in fact and fiction?

Moderator: Meg Gardiner (2019 MWA National President)
Panelists:
Mike Lawson (2019 Best Novel Nominee – House Witness)
Sujata Massey (2019 Mary Higgins Clark Award Nominee – The Widows of Malabar Hill)
Michaeley O’Brien (2019 Best TV Episode – “Episode 1,” Mystery Road, Acorn TV)
Jonathan Green (2019 Best Fact Crime – Sex Money Murder: A Story of Crack, Blood, and Betrayal)

Edgar Allan Poe Awards
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Grand Hyatt Hotel
New York, New York

It should be exciting. Wish me luck!

RUN AWAY with Harlan Coben

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I had a great time on Saturday interviewing Harlan Coben at Murder by the Book in Houston. Despite Harlan having one flight canceled and a second delayed by severe weather across the region, readers waited, packing the bookstore, until he arrived. Harlan didn’t even have time to catch his breath before we launched into a discussion of his new novel, Run Away. But he’s a pro, and a champ, and a great person, and the evening was fantastic.

My kind of Saturday night.

This Saturday: in conversation with Harlan Coben

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This Saturday, April 6th, I have the privilege of interviewing Harlan Coben about his new novel, Run Away. If you’re in the Houston area, come out to Murder by the Book and join us.

Harlan Coben in conversation with Meg Gardiner
Saturday, April 6th, 2019
5:30 p.m.
Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005
713-524-8597

I hope to see you there!

Thanks, Vancouver!

I had an excellent time this weekend at Left Coast Crime 2019 in Vancouver. It’s always fun to catch up with readers and fellow writers, to attend panels and hear what people have to say, and generally to engage in writerly shenanigans. With sunny skies and snowcapped mountains, British Columbia was a perfect place to do it.

This week: Left Coast Crime, Vancouver

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This week I’m heading North-Northwest to Vancouver, British Columbia, for Left Coast Crime 2019. This is a terrific conference, and I’m looking forward to seeing everybody who’s attending. I have a couple of official and semi-official events on the schedule:

Mystery Writers of America reception
Thursday, March 28
Following opening ceremonies — 7:15pm-ish.

Panel: Writing Villains
Friday, March 29
1:30-2:15pm

It should be fun. I hope I’ll see some of you there!

A reminder: My books

IntoTheBlackNowhere    1121 UNSUB

phantom_instinct  Shadow    

      

      

Every now and then, readers ask how many books I’ve written, and what the titles are. Here’s the list as of February 2019. Into the Black Nowhere is the most recent. Click on each cover to learn more about each title.

And if you want to know the order in which they’ve been published, here you go. From first to fourteenth:

Evan Delaney novels:
China Lake
Mission Canyon
Jericho Point
Crosscut
Kill Chain

Jo Beckett novels:
The Dirty Secrets Club
The Memory Collector
The Liar’s Lullaby
The Nightmare Thief

Stand alone novels:
Ransom River
The Shadow Tracer
Phantom Instinct

UNSUB novels:
UNSUB
Into the Black Nowhere

Happy reading, y’all.

Your 2019 President of the Mystery Writers of America

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I’m tremendously honored to have been elected the 2019 President of the Mystery Writers of America. This organization supports and promotes thousands of working writers across the country. It presents the Edgar Awards. Being asked to serve in this position is a high point of my career.

Here’s what I said when my name was put forward for the presidency:

From the moment I became eligible to join Mystery Writers of America, I’ve been grateful to be a member. Being awarded an Edgar is one of the greatest honors of my life. That’s because MWA is one of the most significant organizations in the world dedicated to crime and mystery writing. It would be my privilege to serve as its president and support its mission: to promote recognition and respect for crime writing and those who write it, to encourage literacy, and to support aspiring writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, editors, agents, and the wonderful community devoted to the genre.

And before I get too full of myself, I should clarify that the presidency of MWA is highly ceremonial — I’ll have the privilege of emceeing the Edgars this year, and writing some articles for the MWA magazine, and perfecting my royal wave. The day-to-day work of the organization is done by a committed group of volunteers, led by Executive Vice President Donna Andrews. They’re the ones who deserve a tip of the hat.

Though my son did ask if I’ve been given the nuclear codes. Nope; just this shiny presidential badge. Which I’m going to treasure.

Into the Black Nowhere named Best of 2018: Novel Gossip, Mystery People

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I’m delighted that Into the Black Nowhere is getting so much book love. It’s my baby, and I’m proud of it. So I get a warm feeling when others add it to their Best-Of lists.

Novel Gossip: BEST SERIES OF 2018 #BESTOF2018
“If you’re looking for a book that feels like watching an awesome episode of Criminal Minds, Into the Black Nowhere is the perfect choice!”

Mystery People: TOP FIVE TEXAS CRIME NOVELS 2018
“Gardiner’s second book to feature Caitlin Hendrix has the newly minted FBI agent chasing down a charming, Ted Bundy-type killer who operates along I-35. Meg truly brings the creepy to this one.”

Aw, thanks. I try.

This weekend: Texas Book Festival

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This weekend I’ll be at one of Austin’s biggest annual events: the Texas Book Festival. They’re expecting 40,000 people at the festival over the weekend, which is a whole lot of book love.

If you’re anywhere nearby, I hope you’ll stop by and say hello.

Texas Book Festival
October 27-28, 2018
Austin, Texas

My schedule:

Noir at the Bar at Lit Crawl Austin
Saturday, October 27, 8 PM
Stay Gold, 1910 E. Cesar Chavez Street
MysteryPeople presents a round of hip, hard-boiled, nitty-gritty noir readings with crime fiction authors. With Meg Gardiner, Lou Berney, and more.

A Trio of Texas Crime Writers
Sunday, October 28, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Texas Tent (Congress and 8th Street)
Serial killers, psychological thrills, and page-turning mystery spin from the pens of three of Texas’s most talked about crime fiction writers. Join them for a big conversation about writing the dark side. With Jeff Abbott, Meg Gardiner, and Julia Heaberlin

Come on down, y’all!

Thanks, Oklahoma

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I had a fabulous time at the inaugural Oklahoma Book Festival. It was great to get back to my hometown, and to share a sunny autumn day with thousands of people who wanted to hear authors talk about books. I’ll admit that before my panel, I got concerned when the front row filled up with little kids. I was there to talk about Into the Black Nowhere, which isn’t exactly a children’s book. Then a baffled mother asked, “Is this the Extreme Animals presentation?”

Well, the novel is a cat-and-mouse psychological thriller, but that wasn’t what she wanted to know. Eventually, the families all got directions to the correct tent.

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One of the great things about any book festival is getting the chance to see other authors. I was lucky to catch up with Lou Berney, a fellow Oklahoman and Edgar winner, whose new novel November Road is one of the best things I’ve read all year.

As you can see from the top photo, I signed stacks of books. They were supplied by Best of Books, a fabulous local independent bookstore. Let me tell you, those booksellers worked for days to set up the festival book tent. On Saturday they were out before sunrise, hauling boxes of books onto the display tables. They deserve massive thanks and a huge round of applause.

And if you’d like to order any signed copies of my novels, Best of Books has them. And they ship. You can order online, by phone, or in person, of course. Support local independent bookstores!

Best of Books
Kickingbird Square
1313 East Danforth Road
Edmond, OK 73034
Phone: (405)-340-9202

(Photo with Lou Berney courtesy of Joe Hight)

Saturday October 20th: Oklahoma Book Festival

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I’m excited that this weekend I’ll be taking part in the inaugural Oklahoma Book Festival. It’s going to be a terrific event and I’m happy that it will bring me back to my hometown. My schedule:

Oklahoma Book Festival
October 20, 2018
OKC Boathouse District
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Meg discusses Into The Black Nowhere
Saturday October 20,  11:00am – 11:45am
Ida Sutton Williams Headliner Tent
Signing to follow

Here’s more on the festival, from the Sunday Oklahoman: Oklahoma Book Festival to bring 50 to 75 authors to Oklahoma City this week.

If you’re in the Oklahoma City area, come on down. I hope to see you there!