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You know that it's getting to be late(r) summer around these parts when the annual cicadas begin singing their ear piercing, siren-like calls during the evening. I actually don't mind, because the sound is evocative of carefree days as a child running barefoot in the backyard trying to catch the last lightning bugs in a jar. Of course, this time of year also means we're in the middle of a national heat wave, so for those of you sweltering, please stay cool and keep hydrated!

These days, my summer joys are a little different, but no less exciting; especially when I hear from readers who have enjoyed my books, and as I see - with some astonishment - how many of you are willing to post reviews online. Played to Death is nudging ever closer to that 200 mark on Amazon and 330+ on Goodreads. And Requiem for Innocence and Dies Irae are cranking right along. So a big thank you to all those who have taken the time to review  - and even for those of you haven't, because I'm still incredibly grateful you took the time to read the books. Worth your weight in gold, I say!

Speaking of which, if you have a print copy of one of my books and want to photograph yourself with it or just snap a shot of the book in a fun setting, feel free to send it along to me or send a link, and it may end up on my Facebook page or in a future newsletter. (You could even do this for an ebook version with the book cover showing.)

Now, on to this month's news, tips, trivia, a giveaway, and other fun bits:
Conference Spotlight
Killer Nashville, coming up August 18-21, is back near my old stomping grounds (well, in the same state, anyway). This year's event features a regular "who's who" of crime fiction authors including special guests Janet Evanovich, Kevin O'Brien, William Kent Krueger, Robert Randisi, Anne Perry, and Charles Todd. You can opt for a special pre-conference workshop, "Writing Your First Novel" with NYT bestselling Author Anne Perry, as well as dozens of other workshops and panels on every aspect of writing, publishing, and promoting. One other fun and unusual event is the mock crime scene staged by forensic professionals and special agents. Attendees gather clues and try to solve the case, with the person who best interprets the clues and solves the murder winning the Dupin Detective Award, which comes with a free registration to the next year’s conference.
Featured Reference Website
The National Institutes of Health have created an online exhibit called "Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body." There are case reports from a variety of famous and infamous historical criminal events, as well as a series of articles on forensic techniques and how they evolved. The media and exhibition images sections are fascinating, but not for those with sensitive stomachs, or as the site's disclaimer states, "Some people may find images from actual postmortem dissections disturbing. Viewer discretion advised." For those of you who are teachers, there are also some lesson plans for middle and high school students.
SP Round Table is sponsoring a multi-author cross promo giveaway of mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Enter to win a Kindle Paperwhite or a $50 Amazon Gift Card plus access to 43 free crime fiction ebooks in a variety of subgenres. Easy peasy entry right here, but you'd better hurry since the giveaway only lasts today through July 29th. (Astute folks will notice that the Scott Drayco novel Played to Death is among the offerings.)
This Month's Trivia Question
What detective did Denzel Washington portray in the 1995 film Devil in a Blue Dress?

(a) Lovejoy
(b) Mike Hammer
(c) Hoke Moseley
(d) Easy Rawlins

(The answer is at the bottom of the page.)
Quote of the Month
“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.”  - Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles
Three Ingredient No Bake Black Forest Icebox Cake
By now, readers of this newsletter can probably tell I'm not a fan of cooking, but even more so during hot summer months. Here's a cool treat that won't make you work up a sweat, and it only takes ten minutes to prepare.
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Trivia Answer:

(d) Easy Rawlins, a character created by Walter Mosley (technically, Ezekiel "Easy" Porterhouse Rawlins), who is a black private investigator, a hard-boiled detective, and World War II veteran living in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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