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The Joys Of Binge Reading: The Best in Mystery, Romance and Historicals

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The Joys Of Binge Reading: The Best in Mystery, Romance and Historicals
The Joys Of Binge Reading: The Best in Mystery, Romance and Historicals

The Joys Of Binge Reading: The Best in Mystery, Romance and Historicals

Jenny Wheeler

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Stephanie Barron – Controversial History

Stephanie Barron’s popular Jane Austen mysteries feature the famous novelist as a crime investigator and are so close to real life that Stephanie sometimes hears Jane’s voice in her head as she writes. Hi there, I’m your host, Jenny Wheeler and today Stephanie talks about channelling Jane Austen, World War II espionage novels, and That Churchill Woman, her latest novel about Sir Winston Churchill’s controversial American mother. Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode: How CIA experience helped with espionage novelsJFK's 'secret' Moscow mission revealedWhy Pommie power brokers found Jennie hard to takeMourning the loss of bookshops and newspapersHaving a double writer identityBeing an opera composer in the time of The Beatles Where to find Stephanie Barron and her alternative author name -Francine Mathews: Website: http://www.francinemathews.com/ (historical fiction like That Churchill Woman) Stephaniebarron.com (Jane Austen mysteries) Facebook:@francine...

51 MIN3 d ago
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Stephanie Barron – Controversial History

Gill Paul – Famous Fabulous Lives

Novelist Gill Paul takes iconic women of the 20th century – from Wallis Simpson to Diana, Princess of Wales, from Jackie O to Maria Callas – and spins a magic story that combines fact with imagination to give readers new insights into famous lives. . . . Hi there. I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and in this week’s Joys of Binge Reading episode Gill talks about the romance of the Romanovs, and her crazy passion for cutting ice to go swimming. Win a copy of Gill's latest book Gill’s been kind enough to offer listeners a lovely Christmas bonus – a Holiday Reading Royal Romance Giveaway of one paperback copy of each of Gill’s two most recent books – dual time line story The Lost Daughter, featuring the ill-fated Romanovs, and Another Man’s Wife, tracing links between Wallis Simpson and Princess Diana of Wales. Details for how to enter the draw for this exciting Holiday Reading Royal Romance Giveaway can be found on the Binge Reading Facebook Page or the website, or at the Joys of B...

39 MIN1 w ago
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Gill Paul – Famous Fabulous Lives

Joanna Shupe – Gilded Age Romance

Joanna Shupe’s Gilded Age New York heroes are giving Regency Dukes a run for their money on romance best seller lists, making the age of the Astors and Vanderbilts “hot” with contemporary readers. Hi there I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and Joanna talks about feisty women, ostentatious wealth, dinner parties on horseback and how so often truth is stranger than fiction. Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode: Why surprising readers is importantThe lure of the Gilded AgeYouthful passions - Edith Wharton or Jane Austen?The dawn of the independent womanLots (and lots) of great reading suggestionsWhy she'd like to slow things down a little Where to find Joanna Shupe Website: http://www.joannashupe.com/ Facebook:@joannashupeauthor Twitter: @JoannaShupe Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/joanna-shupe Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/joannashupe/pins/ What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, ...

38 MIN3 w ago
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Joanna Shupe – Gilded Age Romance

Anna Willett – Nightmare Thrillers

Anna Willet writes nightmare thrillers it’s best not to read before bed – and that’s the way her readers love them. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and in todays Binge Reading episode Anna talks about facing her worst fears in her nail biting books and the traumatic experience as a teen that has colored her work. Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode: The draw of psychological thrillersOn being an Australian thriller writerThe challenge of giving her characters a hard timeWestern Australia - one of the world's best kept secretsThe writersshe admires mostWhat she'd do differently second time around Where to find Anna Willet: Website: https://www.annawillett.info/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Anna-Willett-1732961043643247/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com.au/AnnaWauthor/ What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions. Jenny: Hello, Anna and welcome to...

33 MINNOV 6
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Anna Willett – Nightmare Thrillers

Cassandra Clark – Abbess of Meaux Medievals

When Cassandra Clark publishes a new book in her Abbess of Meaux series, medievalists rejoice. The ten-book series was sparked by a dream, and it focuses on the remarkable Cistercian nun Hildegard, during the turbulent reign of the boy king, King Richard II. Hi there. I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and today Cassandra talks about how the victors write history and being in New York on September 11. Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode: The dream that sparked a seriesThe shock of September 11The role of street theater and romance Her passion for the "wronged-King" Richard IIHer staunch support of women's agencyWhat she'd do differently second time around Where to find Cassandra Clark: Website:http://www.cassandraclark.co.uk/ Facebook:@authorcassandraclark Twitter:@Nunsleuth What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions. Jenny: And now here's Cassandra. Hello there Cassand...

46 MINOCT 29
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Cassandra Clark – Abbess of Meaux Medievals

Jenny Wheeler – 100 Podcasts – and new book

Jenny: Welcome to the 100th episode of The Joys of Binge Reading podcast. Yes! We've reached 100 episodes. I can hardly believe it! Hi there. I'm your host Jenny Wheeler and when I started this podcast two years ago, my first modest goal was to reach a respectable number - 50 in fact - and now look at us! I'm absolutely thrilled. We talked to a hundred fantastic mystery, thriller and romance authors, recording their wins and losses and giving you, their readers, a chance to discover new books you'll never want to put down. All to be found on the website with links in perpetuity. To me, that's an exciting achievement. And I'm just as enthusiastic about adding the next 100 new Authors to the list. But we're pausing just for a moment to celebrate by doing something a little different for our centenary podcast. For our 100th birthday. I'm swapping seats with thriller author Annie Seaton and she's going to ask me the questions for a change. Annie was on Episode #62 of the podcast talking...

38 MINOCT 21
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Jenny Wheeler – 100 Podcasts – and new book

Margaret Mizushima – K9 Mysteries

Tracking Game with Margaret Mizushima - a new K-9 police procedural Margaret Mizushima's police-procedurals-with-heart mysteries feature K-9 Deputy Mattie Cobb and her very smart partner, a highly trained German Shepherd called Robo. Hi there. I'm your host Jenny Wheeler and today Margaret talks about the remarkable real life dog that Robo is based upon, as well as telling the truth of writing what you know, from her experience. Six things you’ll learn about Margaret in this Joys of Binge Reading episode: "Tag teamed' into a 'real job'How red tape ended her first careerWhy Robo will never be 'Ole Yeller' Remarkable scent detection skillsThe threat to National Parks and forestsWhy she'd like to have started sooner Where to find Margaret Mizushima: Website: https://margaretmizushima.com/ h Facebook: @AuthorMargaretMizushima Twitter: @margmizu Instagram: margmizu What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to importa...

42 MINOCT 14
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Margaret Mizushima – K9 Mysteries

Fiona Davis – Big Apple Drama

Critics rave about the unexpected and clever plot twists in Fiona Davis's historical bestsellers, dual timeline stories set in the Big Apple's most iconic buildings, from the Chelsea Hotel to Grand Central Station and the Dakota building to the Barbizon. Hi there. I'm your host Jenny Wheeler and today in the 98th episode of The Joys of Binge Reading, Fiona talks about the famous and sometimes eccentric people who bring New York - and her books to life. Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode: What excites Fiona about historic hotelsThe thing that shocked her most researching her latest bookWhy New York is a great place to set novelsThe 100th anniversary of The Age of InnocenceHow film is influencing fictionWhat she'd do differently second time around Where to find Fiona Davis: Website:www.fionadavis.net Facebook:@FionaDavisauthor Twitter:@fionajdavis Instagram: @fionajdavis What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word, but pr...

35 MINOCT 4
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Fiona Davis – Big Apple Drama

Harriet Steel – British Raj mysteries

Harriet Steel’s Inspector de Silva historical crime series takes us back to the exotic sights, sounds and smells of 1930s Ceylon under the British Raj, in classic Golden Age mystery style. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and today Harriet talks about how an encounter with Chocolat author Joanne Harris changed her life, and her passion for the remarkable Lola Montez, who in her time was second only to Queen Victoria in fame and notoriety. Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode: The chance encounter that led to her first novelThe holiday that led to a mystery seriesHer passion for the remarkable Lola MontezBalancing historical accuracy and entertainment The writersshe admires mostWhat she'd do differently second time around Where to find Harriet Steel: Website: http://harrietsteelblogspot.co.uk/ Facebook:@harrietsteelauthor Twitter: @harrietsteel1 Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5423444.Harriet_Steel What follows is a "near as" transcr...

38 MINSEP 27
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Harriet Steel – British Raj mysteries

Kirsten McKenzie – Time Travel Mysteries

Kirsten McKenzie’s time travel series The Old Curiosity Shop has been likened to 'Antique Road Show Gone Viral' – and that’s appropriate, because Kirsten is a former antiques dealer who is fascinated by the power of previously loved objects. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and Kirsten talks about historic time travel and her passion for unearthing ancient objects from archaeological digs. Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode: Kirsten's passion for digging up the pastThe serendipity of her first bookWhat she wishes she'd learned earlierHer time as a Shortland Street extraSpeed dating readers - and why she loves itThe importance of finding your tribe Where to find Kirsten McKenzie: Website: https://www.kirstenmckenzie.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kiwimrsmac/ Facebook: @kiwimrsmac Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kiwimrsmac Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.nz/kiwimrsmac/ What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word ...

47 MINSEP 17
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Kirsten McKenzie – Time Travel Mysteries

Latest Episodes

Stephanie Barron – Controversial History

Stephanie Barron’s popular Jane Austen mysteries feature the famous novelist as a crime investigator and are so close to real life that Stephanie sometimes hears Jane’s voice in her head as she writes. Hi there, I’m your host, Jenny Wheeler and today Stephanie talks about channelling Jane Austen, World War II espionage novels, and That Churchill Woman, her latest novel about Sir Winston Churchill’s controversial American mother. Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode: How CIA experience helped with espionage novelsJFK's 'secret' Moscow mission revealedWhy Pommie power brokers found Jennie hard to takeMourning the loss of bookshops and newspapersHaving a double writer identityBeing an opera composer in the time of The Beatles Where to find Stephanie Barron and her alternative author name -Francine Mathews: Website: http://www.francinemathews.com/ (historical fiction like That Churchill Woman) Stephaniebarron.com (Jane Austen mysteries) Facebook:@francine...

51 MIN3 d ago
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Stephanie Barron – Controversial History

Gill Paul – Famous Fabulous Lives

Novelist Gill Paul takes iconic women of the 20th century – from Wallis Simpson to Diana, Princess of Wales, from Jackie O to Maria Callas – and spins a magic story that combines fact with imagination to give readers new insights into famous lives. . . . Hi there. I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and in this week’s Joys of Binge Reading episode Gill talks about the romance of the Romanovs, and her crazy passion for cutting ice to go swimming. Win a copy of Gill's latest book Gill’s been kind enough to offer listeners a lovely Christmas bonus – a Holiday Reading Royal Romance Giveaway of one paperback copy of each of Gill’s two most recent books – dual time line story The Lost Daughter, featuring the ill-fated Romanovs, and Another Man’s Wife, tracing links between Wallis Simpson and Princess Diana of Wales. Details for how to enter the draw for this exciting Holiday Reading Royal Romance Giveaway can be found on the Binge Reading Facebook Page or the website, or at the Joys of B...

39 MIN1 w ago
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Gill Paul – Famous Fabulous Lives

Joanna Shupe – Gilded Age Romance

Joanna Shupe’s Gilded Age New York heroes are giving Regency Dukes a run for their money on romance best seller lists, making the age of the Astors and Vanderbilts “hot” with contemporary readers. Hi there I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and Joanna talks about feisty women, ostentatious wealth, dinner parties on horseback and how so often truth is stranger than fiction. Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode: Why surprising readers is importantThe lure of the Gilded AgeYouthful passions - Edith Wharton or Jane Austen?The dawn of the independent womanLots (and lots) of great reading suggestionsWhy she'd like to slow things down a little Where to find Joanna Shupe Website: http://www.joannashupe.com/ Facebook:@joannashupeauthor Twitter: @JoannaShupe Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/joanna-shupe Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/joannashupe/pins/ What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, ...

38 MIN3 w ago
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Joanna Shupe – Gilded Age Romance

Anna Willett – Nightmare Thrillers

Anna Willet writes nightmare thrillers it’s best not to read before bed – and that’s the way her readers love them. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and in todays Binge Reading episode Anna talks about facing her worst fears in her nail biting books and the traumatic experience as a teen that has colored her work. Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode: The draw of psychological thrillersOn being an Australian thriller writerThe challenge of giving her characters a hard timeWestern Australia - one of the world's best kept secretsThe writersshe admires mostWhat she'd do differently second time around Where to find Anna Willet: Website: https://www.annawillett.info/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Anna-Willett-1732961043643247/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com.au/AnnaWauthor/ What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions. Jenny: Hello, Anna and welcome to...

33 MINNOV 6
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Anna Willett – Nightmare Thrillers

Cassandra Clark – Abbess of Meaux Medievals

When Cassandra Clark publishes a new book in her Abbess of Meaux series, medievalists rejoice. The ten-book series was sparked by a dream, and it focuses on the remarkable Cistercian nun Hildegard, during the turbulent reign of the boy king, King Richard II. Hi there. I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and today Cassandra talks about how the victors write history and being in New York on September 11. Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode: The dream that sparked a seriesThe shock of September 11The role of street theater and romance Her passion for the "wronged-King" Richard IIHer staunch support of women's agencyWhat she'd do differently second time around Where to find Cassandra Clark: Website:http://www.cassandraclark.co.uk/ Facebook:@authorcassandraclark Twitter:@Nunsleuth What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions. Jenny: And now here's Cassandra. Hello there Cassand...

46 MINOCT 29
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Cassandra Clark – Abbess of Meaux Medievals

Jenny Wheeler – 100 Podcasts – and new book

Jenny: Welcome to the 100th episode of The Joys of Binge Reading podcast. Yes! We've reached 100 episodes. I can hardly believe it! Hi there. I'm your host Jenny Wheeler and when I started this podcast two years ago, my first modest goal was to reach a respectable number - 50 in fact - and now look at us! I'm absolutely thrilled. We talked to a hundred fantastic mystery, thriller and romance authors, recording their wins and losses and giving you, their readers, a chance to discover new books you'll never want to put down. All to be found on the website with links in perpetuity. To me, that's an exciting achievement. And I'm just as enthusiastic about adding the next 100 new Authors to the list. But we're pausing just for a moment to celebrate by doing something a little different for our centenary podcast. For our 100th birthday. I'm swapping seats with thriller author Annie Seaton and she's going to ask me the questions for a change. Annie was on Episode #62 of the podcast talking...

38 MINOCT 21
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Jenny Wheeler – 100 Podcasts – and new book

Margaret Mizushima – K9 Mysteries

Tracking Game with Margaret Mizushima - a new K-9 police procedural Margaret Mizushima's police-procedurals-with-heart mysteries feature K-9 Deputy Mattie Cobb and her very smart partner, a highly trained German Shepherd called Robo. Hi there. I'm your host Jenny Wheeler and today Margaret talks about the remarkable real life dog that Robo is based upon, as well as telling the truth of writing what you know, from her experience. Six things you’ll learn about Margaret in this Joys of Binge Reading episode: "Tag teamed' into a 'real job'How red tape ended her first careerWhy Robo will never be 'Ole Yeller' Remarkable scent detection skillsThe threat to National Parks and forestsWhy she'd like to have started sooner Where to find Margaret Mizushima: Website: https://margaretmizushima.com/ h Facebook: @AuthorMargaretMizushima Twitter: @margmizu Instagram: margmizu What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to importa...

42 MINOCT 14
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Margaret Mizushima – K9 Mysteries

Fiona Davis – Big Apple Drama

Critics rave about the unexpected and clever plot twists in Fiona Davis's historical bestsellers, dual timeline stories set in the Big Apple's most iconic buildings, from the Chelsea Hotel to Grand Central Station and the Dakota building to the Barbizon. Hi there. I'm your host Jenny Wheeler and today in the 98th episode of The Joys of Binge Reading, Fiona talks about the famous and sometimes eccentric people who bring New York - and her books to life. Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode: What excites Fiona about historic hotelsThe thing that shocked her most researching her latest bookWhy New York is a great place to set novelsThe 100th anniversary of The Age of InnocenceHow film is influencing fictionWhat she'd do differently second time around Where to find Fiona Davis: Website:www.fionadavis.net Facebook:@FionaDavisauthor Twitter:@fionajdavis Instagram: @fionajdavis What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word, but pr...

35 MINOCT 4
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Fiona Davis – Big Apple Drama

Harriet Steel – British Raj mysteries

Harriet Steel’s Inspector de Silva historical crime series takes us back to the exotic sights, sounds and smells of 1930s Ceylon under the British Raj, in classic Golden Age mystery style. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and today Harriet talks about how an encounter with Chocolat author Joanne Harris changed her life, and her passion for the remarkable Lola Montez, who in her time was second only to Queen Victoria in fame and notoriety. Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode: The chance encounter that led to her first novelThe holiday that led to a mystery seriesHer passion for the remarkable Lola MontezBalancing historical accuracy and entertainment The writersshe admires mostWhat she'd do differently second time around Where to find Harriet Steel: Website: http://harrietsteelblogspot.co.uk/ Facebook:@harrietsteelauthor Twitter: @harrietsteel1 Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5423444.Harriet_Steel What follows is a "near as" transcr...

38 MINSEP 27
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Harriet Steel – British Raj mysteries

Kirsten McKenzie – Time Travel Mysteries

Kirsten McKenzie’s time travel series The Old Curiosity Shop has been likened to 'Antique Road Show Gone Viral' – and that’s appropriate, because Kirsten is a former antiques dealer who is fascinated by the power of previously loved objects. Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler and Kirsten talks about historic time travel and her passion for unearthing ancient objects from archaeological digs. Six things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode: Kirsten's passion for digging up the pastThe serendipity of her first bookWhat she wishes she'd learned earlierHer time as a Shortland Street extraSpeed dating readers - and why she loves itThe importance of finding your tribe Where to find Kirsten McKenzie: Website: https://www.kirstenmckenzie.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kiwimrsmac/ Facebook: @kiwimrsmac Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kiwimrsmac Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.nz/kiwimrsmac/ What follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word ...

47 MINSEP 17
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Kirsten McKenzie – Time Travel Mysteries
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