by JC Gatlin
There is no shortage of mystery & true crime podcasts. Whether it’s listening to an unfolding new thriller, analyzing the details of a perplexing true crime case, or simply a discussion of a gripping new mystery novel, podcasts are a fast rising and immensely popular addiction.
Some of my favorites are produced by mystery-suspense authors because it provides insight into the writer as a person and their take on the genre. Their personal podcasts keep me engaged between book releases, and their recommendations carry a lot of weight with me. If I like the author, I tend to like the books he or she recommends.
Here are ten podcasts by authors that are worth checking out.
Mystery Books Podcast
USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett is the author of the High Society Lady Detective historical mystery series as well as several contemporary cozy series. Her podcast focuses on historical mysteries, such as Revenge of the Rubies, Olive Bright, Pigeoneer, and The House Without a Key, as well as classics, such as Murder on the Orient Express. You can find her podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Overcast, and Google Podcasts, as well as her website.
The Crime Café Podcast
New York Times bestselling author, Debbi Mack is the author of the Stephanie Ann “Sam” McRae mystery series, featuring a Maryland lawyer-sleuth. In her podcast, The Crime café, Debbi interviews crime fiction, true crime, suspense, and thriller authors, such as Jeff Lindsay, Robert Crais, Joe Lansdale, Burl Barer, Bill Crider, and many others. Episodes are released every other Sunday during a July-April season. You can find her podcast on iTunes and Stitcher, as well as her website.
Meet the Thriller Author
Alan Petersen is the author of the Pete Maddox thriller series, as well as well as the Costa Rica Beach Cozy Mystery series under the pen name K.C. Ames. In his podcast, Meet the Thriller Author, he interviews Amazon, New York Times, and USA Today bestselling authors like Dean Koontz, Tess Gerritsen, Russell Blake, Cheryl Bradshaw, Danielle Girard, Wayne Stinnett, John Ellsworth, Jeff Menapace, Marcia Clark, and many more. You can find Meet the Thriller Author on iTunes, Podchaser, Podbean, as well as his website.
Queer Writers of Crime
Brad Shreve is the author of the Mitch O’Reilly Mystery Series. In his podcast, Queer Writers of Crime, he has up close and personal conversations with LGBTQ authors of mystery, suspense, and thriller novels, such as Michael Craft, C.L. Brees, and Lucy Sussex, among others. His podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart, and queerwritersofcrime.com.
New York Times best-selling author Michael Connelly has written 36 thrillers, including The Lincoln Lawyer, Dark Sacred Night, and many more. His true crime podcast, Murder Book, explores real homicide cases not covered by mainstream media. The podcast is available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Podcast, and on his website.
Adam Croft and Robert Daws
Partners in Crime
Adam Croft is the author of over 40 independently published crime fiction and psychological thrillers. Robert Daws is the author of the Sullivan and Broderick Rock series. Together, they host the Partners in Crime podcast which takes a “lighthearted” look at crime fiction, and includes celebrity guests from the world of TV, film, and books. The podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcast, Podchaser, iHeart, and their website.
Wrong Place, Write Crime
Best-selling Amazon Author Frank Zafiro writes “gritty crime fiction from both sides of the badge” in the police procedural River City series and the criminal-centric SpoCompton series. His podcast, Wrong Place, Write Crime, takes the same gritty approach to crime fiction authors, mysteries, art and life. Episodes drop every Wednesday throughout the September to June season. The podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcast, Podchaser, iHeart, and his website.
Eric Beetner has written over 25 novels in the crime, thriller, and suspense genres, including the McGraw Crime series. His podcast, Writer Types, produces two monthly episodes featuring book reviews and interviews of top crime and mystery authors, such Sara Paretsky, Lee Child, Gillian Flynn, Lawrence Block, Megan Abbott, and dozens more. The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Libsyn, and Podchase.
Steve Cavanagh and Luca Veste
Two Crime Writers and a Microphone
Steve Cavanagh is the critically acclaimed, Sunday Times best-selling author of the Eddie Flynn series. Luca Veste is a psychologist and criminologist who writes the Murphy and Rossi series. Teaming up, they discuss all things books in their podcast Two Crime Writers and a Microphone. Their podcast features book news and reviews, interviews, and “irreverent” chat. You can find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Libsyn, and Spotify.
A Group of Crime Writers
Do Some Damage
Do Some Damage is a blog run by a group of crime writers, each with “a different voice and something to say.” Crime writer Steve Weddle hosts the podcast, which includes seven-minute chats with three amazing authors — Holly West on TV, Chris F. Holm on music, and Jedidiah Ayres on movies. The podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Sound Cloud, iTunes, and Stitcher.
About the Author
JC Gatlin is an award-winning mystery-suspense author with Millford House Press, the fiction imprint for Sunbury Press. His newest book, Darkness Hides, was published in April 2021, and his 2019 mystery H_NGM_N: Murder is the Word won “Gold – Top Mystery or Crime Fiction” at the Florida Royal Palm Literary Awards. Prior to that, he wrote three Indie mystery-suspense novels set in Florida, including 21 Dares, which went to Number One on Amazon’s Top Mystery Suspense and Top Young Adult charts. JC lives in Tampa, Florida and is a member of the Florida Writers Association and a board member of the Florida Writers Foundation, which gives grants to schools and libraries for literacy programs.
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