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A crooked hat is vital to Detroit-set homicide thriller in newest from writer Harry Dolan

Author Harry Dolan(Photo: to Linda Randolph.)

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When writing mystery novels, author Harry Dolan keeps track of two different things: what the reader thinks is happening and what is really happening. 

“You want to play fair with the readers as much as you can, so there needs to be clues about what’s really going on. But the clues can’t look like clues or they’ll give everything away. It comes down to control: You have to reveal things at the right time, not too soon or too late,” explained Dolan, 51.

A native of Rome, NY, currently living in Ann Arbor, Dolan is the author of the David Loogan mystery novels: “Bad Things Happen,” “Very Bad Things” and “The Last Dead Girl.” The first two books occur in Ann Arbor. 

His latest, “Crooked Hat,” is set in Detroit and introduces private eye Jack Pellum.

Read more at: https://kaplanherald.com/2017/12/02/a-crooked-hat-is-key-to-detroit-set-murder-mystery-in-latest-from-author-harry-dolan/

Cold-case Podcast: Mystery writer probing local missing person case

“Leap in the Dark” will explore the case of Rose Peterson, who was last seen walking from Calumet to Hancock on U.S. 41 in 1989.

The podcast is hosted by Jill Revak, a mystery writer from Minneapolis. She decided to start a podcast as research for a novel in which the main character goes incognito as a podcaster.

Revak found out about the case from her mother, who grew up in Houghton. Peterson, who was living in a halfway house in Calumet, was believed to be walking from the group home when she vanished.

Revak’s interviews have included Peterson’s son and her niece, a detective with the Michigan State Police.

She’s also exploring a potential link with David Goodreau, who killed two people in the early 1990s. Goodreau may have encountered her while working in the Social Security office, Revak said.

The family had some reluctance at first but has cooperated

Read more at: http://www.mininggazette.com/news/2017/08/cold-case-podcast-mystery-writer-probing-local-missing-person-case/

Michelle McNamara, true crime writer and wife of Patton Oswalt, dies at 46

Michelle McNamara, a true crime writer who was married to comedian Patton Oswalt, has died.

Oswalt’s publicist Kevin McLaughlin, who confirmed the news to EW, told the Associated Press that she died in her sleep Thursday at the age of 46 — “a complete shock to her family and friends, who loved her dearly,” he said.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, McNamara received a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Minnesota. She married Oswalt, the actor and comedian known for roles in Ratatouille, The King of Queens, Magnolia, and more, in 2005.

She launched the website True Crime Diary, which cataloged cold cases and breaking news, at her husband’s urging. “I was always doing this research to satisfy my own curiosity,” she said in a 2007 interview with SuicideGirls.com. “I realized there was so much information online available about these unsolved cases that wasn’t making it to the news.

Read more at: http://www.ew.com/article/2016/04/22/michelle-mcnamara-dead-true-crime-diary-patton-oswalt-wife-dies-46

Michelle McNamara dead: Patton Oswalt’s wife and true crime writer dies at 46

Michelle McNamara, a true crime writer who was married to comedian Patton Oswalt, has died.

Oswalt’s publicist Kevin McLaughlin, who confirmed the news to EW, told the Associated Press that she died in her sleep Thursday at the age of 46 — “a complete shock to her family and friends, who loved her dearly,” he said.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, McNamara received a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Minnesota. She married Oswalt, the actor and comedian known for roles in Ratatouille, The King of Queens, Magnolia, and more, in 2005.

She launched the website True Crime Diary, which cataloged cold cases and breaking news, at her husband’s urging. “I was always doing this research to satisfy my own curiosity,” she said in a 2007 interview with SuicideGirls.com. “I realized there was so much information online available

Read more at: http://ew.com/article/2016/04/22/michelle-mcnamara-dead-true-crime-diary-patton-oswalt-wife-dies-46/