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Join Sherry Knowlton and Joan West (Carlisle Crime Cases by JM West) in discovering new and seasoned authors in the mystery genre through their semi-weekly BookSpeak Network podcast with Milford House Mysteries, a division of Sunbury Press.

Grounds for Murder - October 8, 2020

On this episode of Milford House Mysteries I interview author Tara Lush.

Tara Lush/Tamara Lush a Florida-based author and journalist. She's an RWA Rita  finalist, an Amtrak writing fellow and the winner of the George C. Polk award for environmental journalism. Since 2008, she's been a reporter with The Associated Press in Florida, covering crime, alligators, natural disasters and politics. She also writes contemporary romance set in tropical locations under the name Tamara Lush. I talk with Lush about her leap from Romance to Mystery and what's in the Sunshine State's air that creates so many Florida-based writers.

Listen to the podcast here.

Marketing Your Book - September 17, 2020

On this episode of Milford House Mysteries, co-hosts J.M. West and I talk with Joe Walters, editor, marketer, publishing entrepreneur, and writer about the marketing aspect of book publishing. Walters shares his expertise on book marketing in general as well as some specific thoughts about the challenges of getting books noticed during the pandemic.

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A New Romantic Thriller; Fire on the Island - July 30, 2020

Timothy Jay Smith makes a return visit to the Milford House Mysteries to talk with co-hosts Sherry Knowlton and J.M. West about his new book, Fire on the Island. The novel is a playful, romantic thriller set in contemporary Greece, featuring Nick Damigos, a gay Greek-American undercover FBI agent, who is on the island to investigate a series of mysterious fires. Set against the real refugee crisis on the sun-drenched Greek islands, this novel portrays a community in crisis. Join us to hear more about this latest Timothy Jay Smith thriller as well as his fascinating life, much of it spent traveling the world.


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Chestnut Street by Simon Landry - July 9, 2020

In this episode of Milford House Mysteries, Joan West and I interview author Simon Landry about his debut novel Chestnut Street. This suspense novel involves a dangerous plot spanning five decades which looms over Philadelphia. Powerful men are willing to do anything to keep the truth from coming out. But when they make the mistake of framing Sam Brighton for a crime he didn’t commit and take away everything he holds dear, they unknowingly unleash a dangerous enemy who will do anything to bring them down. To listen, click the link below.


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Staying on Track During Pandemic- June 11, 2020

A special Milford House Mysteries for authors. During this COVID-19 crisis, many of us have been quarantined at home. For some authors, it's been a great opportunity to buckle down and finish that short story or novel they've been working on. Others might be working their day jobs from home, helping their kids with schoolwork, or dealing with the illness for themselves or family. As a result, finding the time or will to write might be a struggle. Especially when you add the stress caused by the pandemic and the precautions we must take to protect ourselves. In this episode, co-hosts Sherry Knowlton and J.M. West offer some thoughts on how to deal with the challenge of writing in this new environment.

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After the Pandemic- May 21, 2020

In this episode of Milford House Mysteries, co-hosts Sherry Knowlton and J.M. West interview Lawrence Knorr, Publisher of Sunbury Press, Inc. and editor of the new release, After the Pandemic: Visions of Life after COVID-19. The book, a collection of forward-looking essays by 25 Sunbury Press authors, just hit number one in its category on Amazon. Knorr tells us about the evolution of the idea for the anthology, the collaborative process in getting such a timely collection of essays to press, and his own piece in the book about the Economic Impacts of COVID-19. You can listen at the link below.

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a bittersweeet tale - April 30, 2020

Join co-hosts J.M. West and Sherry Knowlton in today’s Milford House Mysteries as we interview the talented Laury Egan about her latest novel, A Bittersweet Tale. We’ll also talk to Egan about her entire body of literary work, which includes a wide range of genre and literary fiction in novel and short story form. Egan is also a poet and fine art photographer.

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How Important is 'Setting' in a Novel? - April 9, 2020

How Important is Setting in a novel? Tune into this episode of The Milford House Mysteries to hear J.M. West and Sherry discuss the various ways authors approach setting as they write. They also talk about the advantages and pitfalls of setting one's books in real places, like Carlisle, PA.

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Secrets of the Galapagos - March 19, 2020

On this episode of The Milford House Mysteries, co-hosts JM West and Sherry Knowlton, interview author Sharon Marchisello about her latest novel, Secrets of the Galapagos, as well as her first novel Going Home and her other writing.

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Another Captivating Chat with Pat LaMarche

- February 6, 2020

On this episode of The Milford House Mysteries, JM West (Carlisle Crime Cases by JM West) and I interview author Pat LaMarche. LaMarche, who was a guest on a previous podcast, is back to talk about her first novel, Magic Diary, and her soon-to-be-released children's book, Princess of the Park.

An award-winning broadcaster and journalist, LaMarche has spent a lifetime traveling around the world and across the nation telling the tales of ordinary folks living through unimaginable hardship. Her two non-fiction books, Left Out in America and Daddy, What's the Middle Class?, exposed the harsh realities of life for the impoverished American and their ongoing struggle to survive.

Listen to the podcast here.

Our Favorite Books in 2019 - January 16, 2020

As the New Year begins, Sherry Knowlton and J.M. West (Carlisle Crime Cases by JM West) devote this first podcast of 2020 to taking a look back at 2019. In this episode, they each pick five of the favorite books they read in 2019. Not all of these books were published in 2019. They are simply some of the top books that Sherry and Joan enjoyed reading during the past year. They include brand-new books by well-known and not-so-well-known authors, some oldies but goodies that they reread during the year, and some books that have been out for a while but they finally got a chance to read them. Listen to hear their lists and a little about each book. You may just find some books to add to your own "to-read" pile.

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Check out the latest Milford House Mysteries podcast. JM West (Carlisle Crime Cases by JM West) and Sherry interview author JC Gatlin. 

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THE TRUSTED SIDEKICK - November 14, 2019

Sherlock Holmes has Dr. Watson. Mulder has Scully. Spenser has Hawk. What your favorite mystery or suspense series in which the main character has a trusted sidekick?


Join Sherry and co-host Joan West (Carlisle Crime Cases by JM West) for this episode of Milford House Mysteries on the role of Sidekicks in Detective Fiction and beyond. They talk about beloved detective-sidekick duos and some of the functions the role of sidekick fulfills in this genre, both from the perspective of literary device, enhancing character, and solving the fictional crime.


In books, films, television, plays, comics and cartoons, we are drawn to a main character who has a close companion who helps solve the crime, take on the bad guys, or helps the protagonist be "smarter than the average bear." Listen to hear Joan and Sherry discuss the enduring concept of sidekicks in fiction.

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THINGS STRANGLED by JM West - September 12, 2019

In this episode of the Milford House Mysteries, Sherry Knowlton interviews her podcast co-host JM West about her new release, Things Strangled. The police procedural is the latest in Carlisle Crime Cases by JM West series.  It's the fifth mystery featuring police detectives Christopher Snow and Erin McCoy. Hear what West has to say about her new book, her earlier novels, and where her writing is headed next.

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A Summer Dip Into Writing Tips - June 27, 2019

On this episode of Milford House Mysteries, hosts Joan West (Carlisle Crime Cases by JM West) and Sherry Knowlton offer Writing Tips for Aspiring Writers. They discuss the writing process, character development, dialogue, and how to build suspense among other topics. And they finish the podcast with a lightning round of things to avoid when writing. Join us with this light, refreshing summer dip into the pool of writing tips. 

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Global Travels & A Writer's Journey - May 9, 2019

In this episode, co-hosts Jody West and Sherry Knowlton interview Timothy Jay Smith, author of literary thrillers with a focus on social justice and foreign settings. Jody and Sherry talk to Smith about his writing journey, his experiences around the globe and his latest novel, The Fourth Courier.  Hear Smith's perspective on literary thrillers, screenwriting and writing for the stage as well as his adventures abroad.

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Hunting Historical Treasure - April 25, 2019

In this episode, co-hosts Jody West and Sherry Knowlton interview Dr. Barry Libin, author of two thrillers about weighty subjects, the Catholic Church and Milton's Paradise Lost. Jody and Sherry talk to Dr. Libin about his writing journey, his affinity for religious history, and the inevitable comparisons of his books to those of Dan Brown. Dr. Libin's novels are Mystery of the Milton Manuscript and his recent release, The Vatican's Vault.

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Off-the-Cuff - April 4, 2019

Robert Burns wrote that, "The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry."  Turns out that his famous observation also applies to podcasts.  As the blurb below notes, Joan West and Sherry had planned to interview author April Knight.  But, they found out at the last minute that wasn't going to happen due to some crossed wires.


Instead, they talked about Joan's upcoming book, Sherry's book tour, and, more generally, author marketing activities and conferences.


If you are interested in those topics and appreciate off-the-cuff podcasts, listen to this session.


P.S. April Knight will join us on Milford House Mysteries later this summer. 

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Do Clothes Make the Character? - March 14, 2019

In this episode of Milford House Mysteries, Joan West and Sherry discuss the topic: Do Clothes Make the Character? In their own lives, they often draw conclusions about other people based on how they are dressed.


A fiction author can also use these and other aspects of clothing to help paint their characters personalities, backgrounds, and more.

In Hamlet, Polonius says, "For the apparel oft proclaims the man." Tune in to hear what Joan and Sherry think about this enduring bit of Shakespearean wisdom.

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Interview with Sherry on Dead of Winter - February 21, 2019

Sherry became a guest instead of a co-host on this episode of Milford House Mysteries.  Tune in to hear Jody West (Carlisle Crime Cases by JM West) interview Sherry about her new Alexa Williams suspense novel, Dead of Winter.

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Secret Service Agent Turned Author - January 24, 2019

On this episode of the Milford House Mysteries, co-hosts Joan West and Sherry Knowlton interview suspense author JJ Hensley.  As a former police officer and former Secret Service Agent, Hensley brings hands-on law enforcement experience to his novels that feature flawed heroes and gripping suspense.  We'll talk to JJ about his newest Trevor Galloway novel Record Scratch as well as his other books: Resolve, Measure Twice, Chalk's Outline, and Bolt Action Remedy.  JJ has also published short stories in magazines and participated in two anthologies.

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Renaissance Woman & New Author - January 10, 2019

In this episode co-hosts Jody West (Carlisle Crime Cases by JM West) and Sherry interview Pat LaMarche, an author who could easily be described as a Renaissance woman, given her interesting and eclectic background. The hosts chatted with Pat about her upcoming book, The Magic Diary and also discussed her work as a journalist, homeless advocate, non-fiction author, politician and philanthropist. Pat has run for public office several times, including twice as the Green Party candidate for Vice President of the United States. Her first foray into fiction, The Magic Diary, is expected to be released this spring.

Listen to the podcast here.

Booked for the Holidays! - December 13, 2018

On this episode of The Milford House Mysteries, Joan West (Carlisle Crime Cases by JM West) and Sherry get into the holiday mood with a discussion of holiday and winter mysteries. They talk about Christmas-themed mysteries, suspense and thrillers. They mention some favorite books that use a holiday backdrop to increase the suspense or ramp up the emotion. Plus, they discuss some new novels, which may not focus on the holidays, but would be excellent presents for your favorite readers. Or to buy for yourself. Join us for Booked for the Holidays!!

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Violence in Villains - November 8, 2018

What would a mystery or suspense novel be without a villain?  The villain is one of the most important characters in this genre and is usually a driving force for the plot, even though he or she may not be fully revealed until the end of the book.  In developing the villain for their stories, authors consider a wide range of characteristics, and rely on a combination of research and imagination.  In this podcast, Sherry and JM West (Carlisle Crime Cases by JM West) discuss the types of violence that villains -- both fictional and real -- may commit and the challenge of writing a believable bad guy/girl.

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One Writer's Journey - October 25, 2018

Today, on the Milford House Mysteries Podcast, Sherry went it alone -- without co-host Joan West (Carlisle Crime Cases by JM West) in "One Writer's Journey." In this episode, Sherry talks about her journey to becoming a suspense author. She talks about her life-long love of books, her background in various types of writing, and her later-in-life leap to suspense novelist. She also talks about some of her literary influences and favorite authors. She hopes you enjoy this extended soliloquy.

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Rural Vermont to ROOTED- October 11, 2018

Co-hosts Sherry Knowlton and Joan West (Carlisle Crime Cases by JM West) talk to Wendy Tyson about her new novel ROOTED IN DECEIT and her other mystery/suspense books. We also discuss the art of juggling three series and her move to rural Vermont. Is it as idyllic a spot for an author as it seems?

Tyson's mystery novels also include Killer Image, Deadly Assets, Dying Brand, Fatal Facade, A Muddied Murder, Bitter Harvest, and Seeds of Revenge. Wendy's short stories have appeared in literary journals, and she has short fiction in two anthologies.

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Meet Robert Walton - August 30, 2018

In this Milford House Mysteries podcast, Joan West Carlisle Crime Cases by JM West and Sherry interview Robert Walton about the latest in his Harry Thursday series, WISH TO DIE. When Robert appeared on the Milford House Mysteries podcast a few months ago, he told us about his upcoming new release. Now that WISH TO DIE has hit the bookshelves, we asked him back to tell us about this new thriller. Set partly in modern-day Greece, with a rollicking plot that involves World War II, Nazis and the famous Amber Room of Russia, we enjoyed hearing more about Walton's new thriller.


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An Editor's Role - August 2, 2018

Have you ever wondered what role an editor plays in bringing an author's book to press? In this Milford House Mysteries podcast, Sherry and Joan ask Sunbury Press Managing Editor Jennifer Cappello all about it.

Just a hint: editors are really important!

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Snakes & Ladders - July 5, 2018

Joan (Carlisle Crime Cases by JM West) and Sherry did an interesting podcast interview with Matty Dalrymple who writes suspense with a supernatural twist. She also talked with us about her venture in independent publishing.

Listen to the podcast here.  

Detective Fiction - June 7, 2018

Joan West (Carlisle Crime Cases by JM West) and Sherry have a new podcast of episode Milford House Mysteries. In this latest episode, they discuss Detective Fiction -- its history and its various genres and sub-genres. Along the way, they talk about some of the best known authors in these genres, including some of our favorites.

Listen to the podcast here.  

Meet Beverly Connor - May 24, 2018

On this week's Milford House Mysteries Podcast, Joan West (Carlisle Crime Cases by JM West) and Sherry interviewed  mystery/suspense author Beverly Heth Connor.


An archaeologist, Beverly writes the Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation series, the Lindsay Chamberlain archaeology mystery series, and coauthor other books with her husband, Charles.

Among other topics in today's podcast, Beverly sets me straight on why Indiana Jones is not a real archaeologist! Click on this link to listen to the podcast. You can also subscribe to the series.

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Meet Donald Dewey - May 10, 2018

On this week's Milford House Mysteries Podcast, Joan West (Carlisle Crime Cases by JM West) and Sherry interview the fascinating Donald Dewey about the recent re-release of his Paul Finley investigator series -- and his career in writing fiction, non-fiction, plays and screenplays.

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Grounding Fact in Fiction - April 26, 2018

On this week's Milford House Mysteries Podcast, Joan West (Carlisle Crime Cases by JM West) and Sherry will take a different direction in their podcast. They will be discussing a topic that is near and dear to authors - background research. Their show focuses on Grounding Fiction in Fact. 

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Meet Robert Walton - April 13, 2018

In the latest Milford House Mysteries podcast, Sherry Knowlton and J.M. West interview author Robert Walton about his thriller series, which features archaeologist Harry Thursday. They cover a range of topics from bordellos in Wyoming to the missing Amber Room to Indiana Jones. 

Listen to the podcast here.  

Meet Dr. Alma Bond - March 29, 2018

A new episode of the Milford House Mysteries podcast with co-hosts Sherry Knowlton and JM West (Carlisle Crime Cases by JM West). Their guest this episode, Alma Bond, shares a bit about her fascinating life and talks about both her mystery and On the Couch series. Among other things, Alma dishes about Marlon Brando and her new project about centenarians. 

Listen to the podcast here.  

Meet Sherry & Joan - March 17, 2018

Exciting news! Joan West (Carlisle Crime Cases by JM West) and Sherry are now hosting the Milford House Mysteries Show, a podcast on the BookSpeak Network. They kicked off the podcast series by asking Sunbury Press Publisher Lawrence Knorr to interview them! They will be interviewing other authors and people related to the world of books. In some shows, they will talk about the art of writing mysteries. Sherry hopes you'll tune in.


Listen to the first podcast here.  

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