Tuesday, 23 January 2018

2 BY MARGOT KINBERG


A couple this week from Margot Kinberg  and featuring her series character Joel Williams. Williams is an ex-cop turned academic and previously debuted in Margot's hard to find novel - Publish or Perish.

Margot is a writer, an academic, as well a tireless blogger and supporter of both authors and crime fiction bloggers all over.

Visit her at website - Confessions of a Mystery Novelist - and she will undoubtedly be singing the praises of some other author's books, displaying a near-encyclopedic knowledge of both Golden Age and more contemporary crime.

In addition she frequently drops her own crime and mystery short stories on her readers.
Most recently - Fishing Expedition


I've only enjoyed her short fiction to date, but intend to read at least one of these two in the next month or two (maybe three). It might be a bit of a departure from my usual fare - but I'm looking forward to stepping into a different world - academic crime!

Further links to Margot Kinberg on the net......

Facebook - Margot Kinberg, Author
Twitter@mkinberg
Google + - Margot Kinberg 




B-Very Flat (2017)

Is anyone really safe? At nineteen years old, violin virtuosa Serena Brinkman seems to have it all. A student at Tilton University, she's got good looks, money, people who love her, and rare musical talent. She's also got a valuable Amati violin, a musical rival, friends whose secrets she knows, and an obsessed fan. Serena's dreams are shattered when she dies on the night of a major music competition. Serena's partner is convinced that her death wasn't an accident, and asks for help from Dr. Joel Williams of Tilton's Department of Criminal Justice. Williams, a former detective, soon finds that, far from keeping her safe, Serena's privilege and talent made her vulnerable.

(2017 re-published, originally dropped in 2010)








Past Tense (2016)

A long-buried set of remains…a decades-old mystery

Past and present meet on the quiet campus of Tilton University when construction workers unearth a set of unidentified bones.
For former police detective-turned-professor Joel Williams, it’s a typical Final Exams week – until a set of bones is discovered on a construction site...

When the remains are linked to a missing person case from 1974, Williams and the Tilton, Pennsylvania police go back to the past. And they uncover some truths that have been kept hidden for a long time.

How much do people really need to know?

It’s 1974, and twenty-year-old Bryan Roades is swept up in the excitement of the decade. He’s a reporter for the Tilton University newspaper, The Real Story, and is determined to have a career as an investigative journalist, just like his idols, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. He plans to start with an expos√© article about life on the campus of Tilton University. But does everything need to be exposed? And what are the consequences for people whose lives could be turned upside down if their stories are printed? As it turns out, Bryan’s ambition carries a very high price. And someone is determined not to let the truth out.

12 comments:

  1. Col, PAST TENSE is an easy and engaging read with a protagonist readers will instantly like. Tilton is a convincing setting for the Joel Williams series though I still have to read B-VERY FLAT.

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    1. Prashant - I think I'll enjoy these both, but will probably start with the earlier one.....OCD and all that!

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  2. Glad to see Margot featured here. Loved both these books. She is a fab writer and draws you in to the story and plot quickly, hooking you into the characters as you read, needing more and more about them right to the end. Thanks so much Col for this.

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    1. Jane, thanks for stopping by. Glad to hear you enjoyed them both - I'll report back when I get to one or the other or both!

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  3. Thanks very much, Col, both for the feature and for the kind words. I hope you'll enjoy getting to know Joel.

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    1. Margot - you're very welcome. I'm looking forward to meeting him!

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  4. Col, good to see you featuring 'Margot the Wiz' of crime fiction and tireless supporter of crime/mystery writers. I sometimes wonder if she has a photographic memory, givem all the info she comes up with daily! :-)
    --Michael

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    1. Michael, it's astounding her depth of knowledge and her blog activity and her own writing and her blog visiting and her work life and her home life....she must operate in a different time-space dimension to the rest of us!

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  5. I have read both of these books, Col, and liked them very much. I like the Margot's series character, Joel Williams, and the setting in a university is interesting.

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    1. Tracy, I'm looking forward to both of these and it always nice to hear that my friends have enjoyed them.

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  6. Great to see such a familiar and friendly author here. I think you will enjoy her books. I have read two and have another one lined up. Perhaps you could do one of your trademark interviews with her....?

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    1. Hopefully she'll humour me, when I ask the question!

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