Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Locked In ~ Book Review and Giveaway

The Grand Master of mystery Marcia Muller brings her feisty, fearless Private eye Sharon McCone back from the brink in her latest novel Locked In! Sharon McCone lays in a hospital bed after being shot in the head, aware of her surroundings, able to see and hear her loved ones but Locked In, locked in her body unable to communicate and move!

Imprisoned by her body McCone refuses to give in to her physical and emotional state. With the help of her investigative team McCone pieces together the evidence to solve a mystery and identify her own attacker! A fast paced read juxtaposed to Sharon McCone's seeming state of stasis, crime novel readers who haven't encountered Muller before will certainly appreciate her mastery at mystery and become fans!

I was excited to have the opportunity to talk with author Marcia Muller during an interview on Blog Talk Radio! I asked Marcia how she came up with the unique idea of violently throwing her character into the crisis of Locked In Syndrome. I mean what a terrifying concept to be trapped within yourself! Marcia's reply, "Well, it started as a joke really." Marcia and her husband, author Bill Pronzini, were sitting around having a beer and Bill made an off handed joke about Marcia's character Sharon McCone solving a case from a coma. Hmmm?!

On a personal note I took to heart Muller's tips for aspiring writers. Read as much as possible {I definitely accomplish this especially reviewing} but most importantly write something every day! She believes too many people talk about writing rather than do! I certainly need this kind of discipline.

Marcia Muller switched to journalism after she was told by one of her creative writing professors she'd never be a writer because she had nothing to say! She definitely proved her professor wrong! She has written at least 26 Sharon McCone mysteries, as well as several non-series novels, and short stories. Muller was named a Grand Master by Mystery Writers of America in 2005! Muller decided creative writing was truly her niche after editors complained she embellished the facts a little too often to make the stories more interesting!

This pulse pumping page turner is a prime example of Muller's talent as a mystery Grand Master! Mystery readers everywhere should be grateful Muller did not stick to journalism!
Five lucky Northern Mama readers will understand this sentiment when they win copies of Locked In by Marcia Muller and crack them open!

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Giveaway open to US and Canadian residents. Giveaway closes November 4, 2009 10:00pm MT. For further details read Giveaway Rules.

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