May 2015

May 2015


Dear reader,

This issue of the Killer Nashville Magazine will offer a little something for everyone, and more of the stories you’ve come to expect and enjoy. 

Beginning with our cover story, Clay Stafford’s interview with author Janet Evanovich, who turns out to be a bit of a quipster, is an interesting window into a very busy author’s life. Sharp and witty, she breaks down her daily schedule and shows she is capable of laughing at herself, a sign I say proves that we would get along. 

In D.P. Lyle’s final installment of “The Coroner’s Most Important Determinations”, prepare for a little putrefaction. Oh yeah, he takes the latex gloves off, so to speak, and gets real about decay, purge fluid and insects. Let’s not forget the insects. If you have a queasy stomach, it might be best to read Lyle’s column on an empty stomach.

We also have a newcomer added to the mix. Author Jake Needham, “Live from Thailand”, is contributing to the magazine this month. I met Needham via Twitter, and we struck up an interesting conversation about living abroad and publishing there. In his column, he shares excerpts from his novels to help paint the picture of his Asian home-away-from-home. In his second column, he will discuss publishing abroad.

And, last, but certainly not least, we have the latest Killer Nashville Original Cocktail, a twist on the J.D. Salinger novel, “The Catcher in the Rye”. Mark “Spaz” Morris, our professional drink-slinger, says it will give you pause for reflection about your youth.

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Publisher: Clay Stafford
Editor: Maria Giordano
Contributing Editor: Meaghan Hill
Content Manager/Graphic Designer: Will Chessor


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“Reflection” may be the key word for this month’s issue. There’s much to ponder.

Many thanks to our publisher Clay Stafford, who is always up to sharing his talents, and the Killer Nashville team, Will Chessor and Meaghan Hill.

Let us know what you think!


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Janet Evanovich

Character Stephanie Plum (as in Top Secret Twenty-One) has to be one of the characters I hear the most about at Killer Nashville. (And you are one of the authors most requested, by the way.) Why do you think Stephanie has made such a connection with readers?

Stephanie is like Seinfeld …she’s the likeable, approachable character who is the center of the universe.  She’s not perfect but she’s a good person who through tenacity, community, work ethic, and desperation succeeds at the end of the day.  She’s heroic because she’s not stopped dead in her tracks by a broken nail, bad hair, or monsters (real or imaginary) hiding under her bed.

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May 2015

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The Chicken Coop by Katherine Bonnie Bailey

Book Reviews

Edge Of Dark BOD

Edge of Dark by Brenda Cooper

Falling In Love BOD

Falling in Love by Donna Leon


The Mysteries of Soldiers Grove by Paul Zimmer

Kennedy Connection BOD

The Kennedy Connection by RG Belsky

Satans's Lullaby BOD

Satan’s Lullaby by Priscilla Royal

The-Forgetting-Place-BODThe Forgetting Place by John Burley

Who-Buries-the-Dead-BODWho Buries the Dead by C.S. Harris

The-Perfect-Game-BODThe Perfect Game by Leslie Dana Kirby

Kittens-Can-Kill-BODKittens Can Kill by Clea Simon

The-Missing-One-BODThe Missing One by Lucy Atkins

House-of-Wolfe-BODThe House of Wolfe by James Carlos Blake

The-Replacements-BODThe Replacements by David Putnam

Aftershock-BODAftershock by Philip Donlay

Pocket-Wife-BODThe Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford

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