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Tuesday 7 November 2017

☀☄ Bad Blood: Maggie Ryan [8] - P.M. Carlson

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for Bad Blood, a Traditional Mystery by (, The Mystery Company , 296 pages).

This is the eighth book in the Maggie Ryan series.

Don't miss our interview with author P.M. Carlson.

PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis and the Kindle Cloud Reader Preview below.

Author P.M. Carlson will be awarding a $15 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.   Please do take part: comment on our post and follow the tour where you will be able to read other excerpts (☀).

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After an argument with her grandmother at her Maryland home, sixteen-year-old Ginny Marshall – “born rotten,” according to Gram – gets high and runs away.

She turns up on the doorstep of Maggie Ryan and Nick O’Connor’s Brooklyn brownstone. Her presence in Brooklyn is unsettling, but, more urgently, Ginny is a suspect in a murder investigation back home.

Maggie travels undercover to Maryland, where she searches for a killer as threads from the past threaten to unravel both families.

“How great that Patricia Carlson’s entire Maggie Ryan series is back in print! She’s been a role model for women since the beginning and I loved watching her merge marriage and children with her talent for solving mysteries.” — Margaret Maron

The Series: Maggie Ryan

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Audition for Murder [1]

Nick and Lisette O’Connor need a change. They leave New York City for a semester as artists-in-residence at a college upstate, professional leads in a campus production of Hamlet. Threats and accidents follow Lisette, and Nick worries it might be more than just petty jealousy. Maggie Ryan, a student running lights for the show, helps investigate a mystery steeped in the turmoil of 1967 America.

This Mystery Company edition restores to print the 1985 novel that introduced Maggie Ryan.

[first published May 1985; this edition 28 September 2012, 236 pages]

"MURDER IS ACADEMIC treats violation of truth in tandem with assault and rape true violations of person, mind, and body–– and presents a cogent caesar for the inviolability both of persons and truth."–– The Armchair Detective

Murder Is Academic [2]

Vietnam, assassinations and riots. In the spring semester of 1968, a series of brutal attacks draws campus women together to study self-defense and the psychology of rape. Graduate student Mary Beth Nelson struggles to keep the Lords of Death at bay by immersing herself in researching Mayan languages. Her new housemate, Maggie Ryan, has her own secrets. When murder strikes close to home, Maggie investigates with a little help from her friends.

This Mystery Company edition restores to print the second novel in the Maggie Ryan series, a 1986 Anthony Award nominee.

[First published September 1985; this edition 28 September 2012, 196 pages]

Murder Is Pathological [3]

The exploding wastebasket is a prank, but slaughtered lab rats have graduate students Maggie Ryan, Monica Bauer and the rest of the lab on edge.

When the custodian is murdered, actor Nick O’Connor goes undercover to investigate, a protective gesture Maggie does not appreciate.

While Maggie and Nick search for the killer, Monica struggles to connect with a young man who was shot in the head in Vietnam.

This Mystery Company edition restores to print the third novel in the Maggie Ryan series.

[First published January 1986; this edition 29 April 2013, 214 pages]

Murder Unrenovated [4]

Realtor Len Trager is anxious to sell the brownstone in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood, but prospective buyers don't want to deal with Julia Northrup, who rents the basement apartment. Maggie Ryan and her husband Nick O'Connor love the property. They see though Julia's act, and they're not scared off by the corpse on the top floor. This Mystery Company edition restores to print the fourth novel in the Maggie Ryan series, a 1989 nominee for Macavity and Anthony

"Terrific characters, funny incidents, genuine suspense, and an absolutely right sense of period and place."–– Tom and Enid Schantz, THE PURLOINED LETTER

[First published December 1987, this edition 1 June 2013, 242 pages]

Rehearsal for Murder [5]

Steve Bradford has a good job, a loving wife and a precious daughter, but he dreams of life in Venezuela with another woman. Actor Nick O’Connor allows himself the luxury of a little hope, cast in a production with the famous Ramona Ricci. But there are new responsibilities too, as he and his wife, statistician Maggie Ryan, are adjusting to life with a baby daughter of their own. Then Ramona is shot, and Steve puts Maggie at the heart of a dangerous deception.

This Mystery Company edition restores to print the fifth novel in the Maggie Ryan series.

[First published July 1988, this edition 30 September 2013, 222 pages]

Murder in the Dog Days [6]

On a sweltering summer day, reporter Olivia Kerr and her husband Jerry invite Olivia's colleague Dale Colby and his family to the beach. Accompanying them is a very pregnant Maggie Ryan, Jerry's sister, and her family. Dale's last-minute decision to remain at home to follow up on an important story results in a tragic discovery when the beach-goers return: Dale’s body in a pool of blood inside his locked office. Vietnam veteran turned police officer Holly Schreiner leads the investigation, battling Maggie—and demons of her own.

This Mystery Company edition restores to print the sixth novel in the Maggie Ryan series, a 1992 Edgar Award nominee.

[First Published December 1990, this edition 29 April 2014, 274 pages]

Murder Misread [7]

Statistician Maggie Ryan returns to her alma mater to consult for Professor Charlie Fielding, who is conducting experiments on how skilled readers read. She is invited to a celebratory luncheon with retired professor Tal Chandler. But Chandler is found dead before he gets to the restaurant. The police say suicide, but Maggie offers a different reading of the crime scene, casting suspicion on Fielding, others in the psychology department and the dead man’s grieving widow.

This Mystery Company edition restores to print the seventh novel in the Maggie Ryan series.

[First Published November 1991; this edition 4 October 2015, 228 pages]

About the Author

P.M. Carlson taught psychology and statistics at Cornell University before deciding that mystery writing was more fun.

She has published twelve mystery novels and over a dozen short stories. Her novels have been nominated for an Edgar Award, a Macavity Award, and twice for Anthony Awards. Two short stories were finalists for Agatha Awards. She edited the Mystery Writers Annual for Mystery Writers of America for several years, and served as president of Sisters in Crime.

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CMash said...

After reading the synopsis on each book, it sounds like a series Icould get lost in.

P.M. Carlson said...

Great to visit Books Chatter today with BAD BLOOD! This is the last of the eight Maggie Ryan mysteries, and reveals some personal secrets about the statistician/mother/sleuth that may throw light on some of her earlier decisions and problems. Thanks again for hosting!