Saturday, January 03, 2009

A Conversation with Mystery Author Carol O'Connell on Minnesota Public Radio

Minnesota Public Radio broadcast a conversation with mystery writer yesterday as part of its All Things Considered program. O'Connell, probably best known for her series character Kathleen Mallory, published her second stand-alone thriller last week, Bone by Bone.

O'Connell told MPR's Euan Kerr that while the novel turns into a portrait of an offbeat town with a lot to hide, it grew out of a single idea.

Four audio programs are available on the MPR webpage: O'Connell talks about the conflict between crime fiction writers and the rest of what she calls "the literati", O'Connell talks about small towns and her character Mallory, O'Connell reads from Bone by Bone, and the featured audio that MPR generously allowed us to post on our site, O'Connell and the covenant of the crime novel (listen below):

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  1. This was a wonderful book. A very different character from Mallory in O'Connell's novels of Kathleen Mallory but quite satisfying. Ms O'Connell's novels about Mallory are very complex, ultimately fascinating. This novel is excellent. It can stand alone or be part of a new series. The one thing about all of O'Connell's novels is they are impossible to put down once you read the first page.

  2. Any word when her next book will be out?

  3. Please write another Mallory book.


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