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At 9:56am on October 25, 2010, Jerry Peterson said…
Mark . . . It is alive and well. I, too, have been away from Crimespace for the better part of 2 months. I'm now back. Starting tomorrow, I will be putting up a week of blog posts on Midwest mystery writers. I hope you will read and enjoy them.
At 8:06am on August 23, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Mark , I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 12:50am on March 1, 2008, Beth Groundwater said…
The Agatha Award winners will be announced at the Saturday evening banquet at the Malice Domestic conference the last weekend in April. Of course, I have to go, which means I'll be missing PPWC for the first time in years.
At 1:05pm on February 29, 2008, Beth Groundwater said…
Thanks for the congrats on my Agatha nomination! I've been flying high and having fun answering the emails.
At 9:06am on February 12, 2008, Debbi Mack said…
I can see what you mean about FRACTAL MURDERS, but gave it extra points for the unique premise and, of course, being set in and around lovely Boulder.

At 2:35am on February 12, 2008, Debbi Mack said…
My brother recommended the Bookman series by John Dunning, which takes place in Denver. Also, "The Fractal Murders" by Mark Cohen, which takes place in part on the Boulder campus of Univ. of Colo.

At 1:57am on February 12, 2008, Judy Nichols said…
Just looking for readers...aren't we all?
At 2:56pm on February 11, 2008, Mark Stevens said…

Thanks. I'd love to know what's on your brother's list & I'll put Cloud Atlas on the "serious fiction" (what's the diff?) TBR list. Cheers, Mark
At 1:57pm on February 11, 2008, Debbi Mack said…
Thanks, Mark. I like to mix my reading up a bit. Why limit yourself, when there are so many great books out there--mystery and non? I think people who say so-called "literary" fiction (whatever that is) isn't well-plotted simply haven't read the good ones. I love mysteries, but there's some amazing fiction out there that doesn't fit neatly into any genre.

"Cloud Atlas" is very different--like a set of short stories of different genres with a common thread running through them. Unusual book.

Congrats on getting your first book published. It sounds interesting. My brother lives in Boulder CO and has recommended mystery authors who write about that town and Denver. Now I can add another Coloradan to TBR list.

At 12:06pm on February 11, 2008, Liz Mugavero said…
Hi Mark, yes, I grew up in Methuen. I will definitely check your book out, thanks for letting me know about it!

At 11:20am on February 11, 2008, Mari Sloan said…
:-) Thanks for the recommendation! I love all sorts of reading and will certainly give it a try as soon as I can. I just found out that what I thought was my "good" eye actually has a fairly well developed cataract and the other eye has one beginning, but I'm sure I'll feel better next week once I get my new glasses. Surgery is looming, but still in the future so I'll be back to normal as soon as I get over the shock. Usually when something bad happens to me I have some idea it's coming.
At 2:45pm on February 3, 2008, Bret Wright said…
Hey Mark! Thanks for the great review! I really appreciate it. Have you seen Beths? Virtual Death. I was ticked when I got to the end of the excerpt and there was no more to read.

Congrats on Antler Dust. I'm going to order it from Poor Richards down here. (I'd go Amazon, but I like to support local businesses)
At 5:19am on January 29, 2008, Mark Stevens said…
Hmmmm, I better read yours so when I lose I know I've lost to a worthy and well-written tale!
At 4:13am on January 29, 2008, Beth Groundwater said…
Thanks for letting me know that my books arrived for the CO book award contest. I, too, hope there are enough entries in our category and that we're both finalists! ;)
- Beth
At 7:11pm on January 28, 2008, Melinda Jane said…
Thanks alot for that Mark, much appreciated.
Look forward to becoming more involved.
At 2:31pm on January 28, 2008, Bret Wright said…
Thanks for the invite Mark! A little mutual backscratching -- My novel, NASTY, is in the semi-finals for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. There's a link to the first 5000 on the review page, if you're interested in slightly over-the-top PI fiction, please drop by and leave a review. I'd appreciate it.

The link:

The Publisher's Weekly review:

"Nate Jepson (a.k.a. "Nasty") is a solid entry into the P.I. hall of fame. . . ."

A Top 500 Amazon review:

"I have been surprised numerous times by the quality of ABNA entries, and Nasty is one of those manuscripts that grabbed my attention from the first paragraph . . . ."

Help a homie out?
At 7:59am on January 28, 2008, jKathleen said…
Thank You for your comment I will pursue it. I am new to this site I apreciate your time in contacting me.
At 12:13am on January 23, 2008, Susan Whitfield said…
Hey, Mark. I wait with "baited" breath.
At 9:15am on January 13, 2008, Susan Whitfield said…
Mark, I've never tried it that way, but sounds good to me. Thanks
At 6:58am on January 13, 2008, Susan Whitfield said…
Mark, congratulations on Antler Dust. I'm intriqued. Plan on getting a copy. How could I get an autographed copy?

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