The House on Hatemonger Hill
By Eileen Haavik McIntire
A colorful caper
of historical suspense
“An engrossing tale of suspense, treachery, and bad choices made for good reasons…. Historical novel readers with special interest in a suspense story that embraces civil rights activism and gang activity will find The House on Hatemonger Hill hard to point down.” – Midwest Book Review
Sisters in Crime:
A Gift for the Mystery Lover
Before Sisters in Crime formed in 1987 to advocate for women mystery writers, men received more awards and earned higher royalties as mystery novelists than women. A ridiculous state of affairs, I’m sure you’ll agree. Now Sisters in Crime is a vibrant association of mystery writers and fans, both men and women, and provides advocacy as well as marketing and educational opportunities for its members. There are chapters around the country. I’m proud to be a member of Sisters in Crime and its Chessie Chapter.
This month, the SinC Chessie Chapter offered a program on “The Pitfalls of Police Procedurals.” I had the opportunity of listening to three former law enforcement officers who write police procedural mystery novels talk about the mistakes writers make in writing mystery novels involving the police. The speakers were David Swinson, Mark Bergin, and Bruce Robert Coffin.
See my blog for a report on their talk.
Every year in November and December, the Chessie Chapter offers a public Murder Mystery Extravaganza free and open to the public. Member authors who had a book come out that year sign up to talk about their latest book for four minutes. In normal times, the event is held in a public library. Because of covid, the 2021 events were held by zoom.
I participated in the December Extravaganza along with fifteen other authors: William Ade, Ellen Byerrum, Emmie Caldwell/Mary Ellen Hughes, Karen Cantwell, Maddi Davidson, Eleanor Cawood Jones, Tara Laskowski, Millie Mack, Susan Reiss, Misty Simon/Gabby Allan, Rosalie Spielman, Marcia Talley, Art Taylor, Grace Topping, and Stacy Woodson.
In December, the authors were: Meri Allen/Shari Randall, Donna Andrews, Barb Goffman, Debra Goldstein, Sherry Harris, Smita Harish Jain, Libby Klein, Debbi Mack, Sujata Massey, Alan Orloff, Lee Anne Post/Ginny Fite, Colleen Shogan, Heather Weidner, and Cathy Wiley.
Missed the two Extravaganzas in 2021? Mark your calendar for this year. We hope it will be in person.
Malice Domestic: April 22-23, 2022, Bethesda, MD
Thriller Fest XVII: May 31-June 4, New York, NY
Bouchercon: Sept. 8-11, 2022, Minneapolis, MN.
BLOG: Pitfalls of Writing Police Procedurals
See BLOG Page for complete column.
“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people."
--Thomas Mann, Essays of Three Decades
I love reading and writing mysteries. Here are two of my latest.
From Kirkus reviews -
“... fast-paced and multilayered thriller with well-developed characters and colorful settings.... An engaging tale for aficionados of psychological suspense.”
The 90s Club & the
"The fourth title in author Eileen Haavik McIntire's "The 90s Club" series, The 90s Club & the Mystery at Lilac Inn is another deftly written and thoroughly entertaining read that will be especially appreciated by all dedicated mystery/suspense fans." – Midwest Book Review