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SunLit Interview: Barbara Nickless focused this Sydney Parnell mystery on vulnerable workers

The author felt like news stories she read after finishing "Gone to Darkness" had been ripped from the pages of her novel

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SunLit Excerpt: “Gone to Darkness” begins with a fog-shrouded mystery by the tracks

Newly minted detective Sydney Parnell and her K9 partner follow their instincts in this edition of author Barbara Nickless' series

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SunLit Interview: Mystery master Margaret Mizushima incorporates theme of family

In "Hanging Falls," she addresses newly found relatives -- and polygamy -- in a K-9 assisted murder investigation

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SunLit Excerpt: Family matters complicate a John Pickett historical mystery

In this volume from her humorous mystery series, "Brother Can You Spare a Crime?" author Sheri Cobb South reveals the relationship that powers the narrative

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SunLit Excerpt: A body at the mine, a politicking sheriff set the stage for mountain mystery

In "The Last Hurrah," dual authors introduce Phoebe Korneal, a mountain-town detective set to uncover what lies behind an unexplained death

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SunLit Interview: How two friends turned a fundraiser into their first mystery novel

Judilee Butler and Jean "GaGa" Gabardi had never tried fiction until they collaborated on short stories for charity. That experience led the to "The Last Hurrah."

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SunLit Interview: A mystery on the family ranch led author David M. Jessup to a trilogy

Oral history provided the basis for "Mariano's Woman." Then the author began crafting the fictional account that explores human motivation.

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SunLit Interview: For M.E. Browning, 22 years as a cop paved the way to this “police procedural”

Following the write-what-you-know formula, the author of "Shadow Ridge" adapted her approach to crime solving to fiction writing

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SunLit Excerpt: In “Shadow Ridge,” a detective, a crime scene and a curious visitor collide

In this Jo Wyatt mystery, author M.E. Browning introduces the fraught relationship between two cops amid a death that may not be what it seems

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In “Death of a Car Salesman,” a daughter discovers her semi-famous father’s death could be a homicide

Author Collin Brantmeyer introduces a woman returning home to settle family business involving her car-hawking dad, whose goofy TV ads made him a celebrity and overshadowed his checkered past

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SunLit interview: How a family estate battle turned Collin Brantmeyer into a novelist

The divisive elements of that experience, plus an episode of "This American Life," gave the author lots of material for a whodunnit -- and also offered an alternative to therapy

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In “The Body in Griffith Park,” a period-piece mystery combines interrogation with romance

While the authorities seek to unmask a killer in early 20th-century California, two of the questioners mix police work with flirtation

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Jennifer Kincheloe built her stories around a relatively little-known venue for women’s rights

In the early 1900s, women in police custody were at the mercy of an entirely male system. Police matrons addressed that problem, and provided rich characters for her novels.

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Cast your readers’ choice votes for Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers’ 6-word mystery contest

And while you're at it, submit your own beauties for The Colorado Sun's just-for-fun contest until Dec. 1

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Author Stephanie Kane created a new kind of detective from a world she knew little about

For "A Perfect Eye," Kane explored the art world, learned its lingo, and created a character whose sharp eye for detail sometimes blinds her to the big picture

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In “Ambush,” a detective seeks a young Iraqi boy with secrets — and so does a ruthless killer

Protagonist Sydney Parnell, blood-stained from her brush with the killer Alpha, continues her search just one step ahead of danger

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Two buddies, a few beers and the unfettered exchange of crazy ideas gave birth to the adventures of Denver Moon

Warren Hammond explains the creative process that produced the protagonist Denver Moon (and a lot more) who drives the trilogy of sci-fi novels he wrote with Joshua Viola

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The escape of an Egyptian princess provides the underpinnings of a trademark Cussler novel

Protagonist Dirk Pitt eventually will be launched on yet another adventure. But first, the authors lay out the ancient story that will tie everything together.

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In typical Cussler fashion, “Celtic Empire” begins with a historical premise — and then takes off

Dirk Cussler explains how this Dirk Pitt adventure, co-authored with his father, who died in February, uses an ancient tale from Egypt as a springboard for the globetrotting protagonist

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An eager new investigator proves indispensable in a novel about a Colorado cold-case murder

Author Donnell Ann Bell specializes in close-to-home thrillers -- like this 14-year-old unsolved killing suddenly revived by clues from a new crime

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