Get schooled with Dr. Elizabeth Murray’s 24-Course FORENSIC HISTORY: CRIMES, FRAUDS, AND SCANDALS

You’d think our bag of tricks would be empty by now, what with the conference coming up this Saturday on June 12. If you registered, rest assured you will be getting a Mail Chimp alert soon on how to call in. And if you registered and have not won any of our random giveaways, rest assured you’re in the running for our penultimate giveaway. (Yes, penultimate. We got another doozy on conference day.)

Instead of a book, this time you’re in for some schooling: A Professor at Mount St. Joseph University, Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Murray is certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and has participated in hundreds of forensic cases in southwest Ohio and Kentucky, as well as in national and international investigations.

Dr. Murray is generously giving away 24 (!!) enthralling sessions on fascinating histories and crimes from the last century. Let’s just quote from the Great Courses page and wish you good luck!

Modern history is filled with terrible crimes, baffling hoaxes, and seedy scandals. The infamous Jack the Ripper slayings. The alleged survival of Anastasia Romanov, the youngest daughter of the murdered Tsar. Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong’s public fall from grace. The Chicago Tylenol poisonings and the copycat crimes that followed.

These events have the power to captivate us with their mystery and shock us with views into the darkest parts of the human psyche. As a society, we seek resolution of these crimes and scandals, to bring their perpetrators to justice and hopefully prevent such events from occurring again.

Step into the world of forensic science and study the most fascinating historical crimes and mysteries from the last two centuries in Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds, and Scandals. Delivered by acclaimed Professor Elizabeth A. Murray of Mount St. Joseph University, a forensic anthropologist with nearly 30 years of experience in the field, these 24 lectures are a remarkable blend of storytelling and science—a whirlwind tour that takes you from the gas-lit streets of Victorian London to the mountains of Puerto Rico to small-town America. As you journey around the world and into the past, you’ll re-examine modern history’s great crimes and scandals using the tools and insights of forensic science. In doing so, you’ll learn how cutting-edge advancements in science and technology are applied to investigations and how to evaluate evidence and think like a forensic scientist.

Congrats to our A DEADLY DIVIDE book giveaway winner, Michelle White

Can you believe #CCWC21 is only days away? So much is happening around the world, and we’re grateful that you’ll spending some of that time with us.

One of those people is Michelle White of California, and her registration gets her a winning slot in our giveaway. She’ll be receiving A DEADLY DIVIDE by Ausma Khan, who will be appearing in the panel  Police Procedurals 2021: Social Justice and the Pandemic with Faye Snowden, Rachel Howzell Hall, Isabella Maldonado and moderator Jessica Kaye.

See you all June 12!

Don’t feel split because you didn’t win: Get A DEADLY DIVIDE today through Bookshop, which supports independent bookstores. 

Congrats to our winner Jeanine Blanchard for winning THEY ALL FALL DOWN

We love giving books and we’re glad our winners are happy to get them. The latest is Jeanine Blanchard of California, who gets a copy of THEY ALL FALL DOWN by Rachel Howzell  Hall.

The LA native will be on the panel  Police Procedurals 2021: Social Justice and the Pandemic with Faye Snowden, Ausma Kahn, Isabella Maldonado and moderator Jessica Kaye.

Want to get a leg up on all these great books? Get ALL FALL DOWN today through Bookshop, which supports independent bookstores. 

Congrats to our FAILURE TO PROTECT book giveaway winner, Noah Beurskens!


Like many, Noah Beurskens of Bay City, Wisconsin, is just days away from virtually attending the California Crime Writers’ Conference. But now he has a book to show for it.

Beurskens is the winner of FAILURE TO PROTECT by Pamela Samuels Young, appearing the panel Some Like it Hot: Adding Romance and Sex to Your Mysteries.

No FOMO here: Get FAILURE TO PROTECT today through Bookshop, which supports independent bookstores. 

Get cozy with Paula Bernstein’s MURDER IS A NIGHTMARE

Psychiatrist Dr. Andrea Marcus is Dr. Hannah Kline’s closest friend, and she has disappeared.
Before then, Marcus had taken on a new and unlikable patient: narcissistic, arrogant and controlling Blake Harris. He’s in therapy under protest, because his recurrent nightmares are interfering with his sleep and his job as the CEO of a pharmaceutical start-up company. Blake also becomes sexually obsessed with his new therapist.
Marcus was becoming convinced the nightmares hid a horrific truth, one that frightened her. Now Hannah Kline and her new husband, LAPD detective Daniel Ross, must find her before the unthinkable happens.
Headshot of Paula Bernstein
Dr. Paula Bernstein will be moderating the panel Some Like it Hot: Adding Romance and Sex to Your Mysteries with guest authors Victoria Thompson, Deborah Crombie, Toby Neal and Pamela Samuels Taylor.

Bernstein migrated to California from her native New York to attend graduate school at Caltech. After several years of post doctoral work in chemistry, she escaped her laboratory and went to medical school. Like her series heroine, Hannah Kline, Paula spent her professional life practicing Obstetrics and Gynecology in Los Angeles. When she retired, she reinvented herself as a writer of medical mysteries.

Don’t toss and turn: Find MURDER IS A NIGHTMARE today through Bookshop, which supports independent bookstores. 

Into the breach with Ausma Khan’s A DEADLY DIVIDE

With less than a month to go, we’re speeding through our giveaways. Leaving behind Rachel Howzell Hall’s tropical island in THEY ALL FALL DOWN, we now go to Quebec and the site of a terrible tragedy in Ausma Khan’s A DEADLY DIVIDE

Detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Gettyries liaise with the Muslim community grieving after a mass shooting at a Quebec mosque.  Despite an arrest, the detectives suspect there’s more to the story, but panic and suspicion fueled by a right-wing radio host get into the way of a solution.
Khan took her Ph.D. in International Human Rights Law to become an adjunct law professor. She eventually moved from the legal field into journalism, serving as editor-in-chief of Muslim Girl magazine, the first magazine targeted to young Muslim women. The British-born Canadian joins Rachel Howzell Hall, Faye Snowden, Isabella Maldonado and moderator Jessica Kaye in the panel Police Procedurals 2021: Social Justice and the Pandemic.

Register to be entered in this random giveaway— there are only a few left!

Improve your odds: Find A DEADLY DIVIDE today through Bookshop, which supports independent bookstores. 

Congrats to our DEATH OF CHINESE FIELD HANDS book giveaway winner, Erynn Crowley!

Book coverErynn Crowley of Phoenix gets special thanks just for registering for the California Crime Writers’ Conference.

Crowley is a winner of our weekly random giveaway DEATH OF CHINESE FIELD HANDS, part of the Old Los Angeles series by Anne Louise Bannon.

See author  Bannon moderate the conversation THE EXQUISITE JOY OF FINDING OUT: HOW TO RESEARCH YOUR NOVEL with an unbeatable gathering of Anne Perry, Jeffrey Deaver, Naomi Hirahara, and S.A. Cosby.

#CCWC21 is less than a month out. “See” you all soon.