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Toast to Bouchercon

. By Rebecca Cantrell . . Everyone is going to Bouchercon this week but me. Not strictly speaking true, because there are a billion people in China who never even heard of Boucheron, plus nearly everyone I know who isn’t a writer or a mystery fan. But […]


Blending in with a Cult?

By Rebecca Cantrell . . Hannah Vogel does manage to infiltrate the cult of all cults: the Nazi party. Let’s run through the cult checklist: overbearing leader, fanatical devotion, mind control, serious consequences if you leave, questions or doubts strongly discouraged. Yes, on all counts. . . […]


Men Who Love Hannah Vogel

Men Who Love Hannah Vogel By Rebecca Cantrell This week’s question “why do fools fall in love?” is deceptively simple and completely impossible to answer. So, instead I decided to run through the fools who have fallen in love with Hannah Vogel. Considering her complicated lifestyle, it’s […]


Top Gear for Book? Top Shelf!

By Rebecca Cantrell I know this week’s question was about who my protagonist aspires to be. But Hannah Vogel isn’t big on role models. She just does the best she can. But that is obviously WAY too short to be my first blog post in a month […]


Hannah’s Latest Adventure Starts Today

Happy Independence Day Alexandra Sabian and Hannah Vogel! Today is July 5. I’m calling it “Independence Day” for Jeannie Holmes and me because today we release our latest novels into the wild. In honor of that, I’m totally blowing off this week’s question and instead Jeannie and […]


Guilty Pleasures

Guilty Pleasures . By Rebecca Cantrell . What’s the guiltiest pleasure on my bookshelf? . I’m vaguely guilty about all the stacks of books I have that won’t even fit onto my shelves, but not enough to give them top billing. Because, really, they’re just a sign […]


Thriller, mystery, or cheater?

by Rebecca Cantrell Here’s an opening based on a thriller I’m working on. I fudged a bit. The scene is set in Venice, so there’s no high rise, and Clara’s in her 20s instead of her 30s. But at least I followed a couple of the rules […]


Inciting a riot for the lovely new paperback edition of A NIGHT OF LONG KNIVES

Today’s post is about inciting a riot and then getting off scot free. Hannah Vogel, as we know, never gets off scot free, no matter how glib she might be. This is because her author is mean to her and forces her to constantly confront Nazis in […]


What’s on my reference shelf? Not just dust!

Sorry for the lateness of today’s post. I just got back from the Tucson Festival of Books and collapsed in an exhausted, dried up husk instead of writing my blog post. Today’s topic? What’s on my reference shelf? I have all the standard writing books on the […]


Dump the body

Your protagonist blows a tire on a deserted road. When she checks for the spare, she finds the body of a young girl (mid-teens.) What does she do? Living in Berlin in the 1930s with a small income, Hannah doesn’t have a car. In “A Trace of […]

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