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Why This is the Last Thing I Will Ever Write by Aaron Michael Ritchey

I lie.  A lot. People ask me, “So Aaron, you’re second book is coming out.  Are you excited?” And I lie.  People expect a certain answer to that question, and I give them the appropriate response, carefully scripted.  “Why yes, eager young reader, I am excited.  Joy, gratitude and little puppies are bursting forth from …
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Engineering a Mystery by Beth Groundwater

These days, I am a mystery author, with six books in two series to my credit, but in my former career, I was a software engineer. That background in planning and design has wormed its way into how I construct my mystery novels. I’ve found that over the years, I’ve developed a basic recipe for …