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Welcome to the official press room for Linda L. Richards
Here you will find updates about Linda’s books as well as information including quotes, press releases, a short bio, photographs, and images of her book jackets. All of this is downloadable for both electronic and print media.
• Newspaper inteview with Surrey Now click here.
• With Chadwick Ginther for the McNally Robinson Web site click here.
• With Ali Karim for Shots Magazine click here.
• With Cathy Clamp for The Big Thrill click here.
• Radio interview with Sean K. Berry for The Casting Couch click here.
• Radio interview with Joseph Planta for The Commentary click here.
• With Julia Buckley for Mysterious Musings click here.
• Some of Linda’s thoughts on the writing process.
Praise for Linda L. Richards:
“Madeline Carter is a smart, classy, and genial companion.” -- Adam Woog, Seattle Times
"For unforgettable characters and sheer suspense, remember Linda L. Richards’ name.” -- Gayle Lynds, author of The Last Spymaster
“Keep your eye on this author. She will go far!” -- Debra Fitch, Huntress Book Reviews
“If there’s justice, many more people will be finding out how good Richards is, and soon.” -- Sarah Weinman, Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind
Praise for Death Was in the Picture
“Linda L. Richards’ witty, well-plotted novels about secretary Kitty Pangborn couldn’t be more timely …. In the second novel of this series, Richards skillfully mixes the tenets of a traditional mystery with a hard-boiled novel for a snappy tale drenched in the atmosphere of 1930s Los Angeles.” -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“A heroine for hard times! Kitty rides again...” -- Tara Hanks
“Richards ... has done her homework on Hollywood’s past, and it shows. There’s plenty of local colour, snappy patter and some clever characters. Kitty Pangborn is spot-on as a kind of downtown Rosalind Russell...” -- The Globe & Mail
“Author Linda Richards made the winner's circle with her first novel, Death was the Other Woman. Death Was In The Picture is destined to do the same and draw rave reviews for Richards' command of atmosphere, along with two of the most entertaining characters to come along, P.I. Dexter Theroux and his assistant-in-all-matters-requiring-assistance (and then some), Kitty Pangborn.” -- Hamilton Spectator
“The Pangborn mysteries are a double treat for murder mystery fans in that Richards not only captures the spirit and language of the genre, but has put a refreshing twist on it with Kitty’s point of view as she learns the basics of the business and comes into contact with the seedier side of life.” -- Surrey Now
“Richards must have a time machine because her rendition of the 1930s Hollywood feels flawless. Her instincts are also perfect when it comes to pacing, she keeps the story moving without making it feel rushed. I really like this series and I really like Kitty and I promise you will too.” -- Crimespree Magazine
“Richards’s swell follow-up to Death Was the Other Woman … handles the slang and patois of the period neatly. Likewise, she paints a vivid picture of the contrast between those just scraping by during the Depression and those living high on the hog. Kitty has plenty of moxie, and while Dex gets top billing on the office door, she’s no second banana in this class act.” -- Publishers Weekly
“Richards effortlessly captures both the feel and lingo of a pulp classic. The banter between Kitty and Dex is ripe with an intimacy and familiarity that is deeply layered and honest. Kitty wants Dex to see her as a woman, not a girl, yet despite her own physical attraction to her employer, she doesn’t seriously want his attentions. Instead of a pistol-slinging femme fatale, Richards gives the reader a bright and capable woman, a heroine who -- refreshingly -- operates within the societal constraints of her time rather than anachronistically flouting them.” -- Quill & Quire starred review
“Nice period detail … and a satisfyingly twisty ending.” The Seattle Times
“Set in early-‘30s Hollywood and featuring a Marlowe-style private eye as a supporting player to the real star -- and the real detective -- his hard-boiled, wisecracking secretary, one Kitty Pangborn. The private eye is reasonably honest, as a private eye must be for this kind of book to be enjoyable, but a serious alcoholic -- so would Marlowe and the rest of them have been, if you think about how they talk about booze. But Kitty is something else again …. Kitty is a treasure, Linda Richards’s command of this tasty milieu is effortless … and this series is a pleasure to recommend.” -- The Ellenville Shawangunk Journal
“Luckily for Richards -- if not you -- the cooling global economy has put Depression-era stories on the front burner.” -- The Vancouver Sun
“Kitty takes center stage as she and Dex try and figure out the case and see if Laird did it or not. The story focuses on Kitty, as she makes better progress than her boss. Richards does a great job showing that Kitty seems to be the real brains of the operation, while her boss investigates in his own way: mainly drinking the studio’s Scotch and smoking their Cuban cigars …. don’t feel as though Dex does not earn his keep. He is a detective and gets his lumps when he does upset the apple cart. It seems Richards is having a great time turning the genre and the time frame on its ear…” Bookgasm
“Via Kitty, Richards skillfully evokes Depression-era life, emphasizing the travails of the masses, in grim contrast to the garish excesses of Hollywood and its promise of momentary escape through empty entertainment. Richards has clearly mastered the art of writing the historical, and her rendition of the Depression is unnervingly timely.” -- Mystery Scene magazine
“…a superb period piece.” Genre-Go-Round Reviews
“A good, old-fashioned gumshoe novel set in the early 1930s, Death Was In The Picture has it all: secrets, foul play, out-of-control passions, quirky characters, and - of course - several murders thrown into the mix. The bottom line is this: Stylish and great fun, just like Richards' earlier offering, Death Was In The Picture is first-rate entertainment, so don't miss it.” -- Book Loons Reviews
“Linda L. Richards' second Kitty Pangborn crime novel, Death Was in the Picture, is a vivid portrayal of Depression-era Los Angeles, with the contrast between Hollywood, and the ordinary people. Kitty, an innocent, but tough, young woman, provides a fascinating view of the times.” Lesa’s Book Critiques
“Written in the hard-boiled detective style filled with strong Prohibition bourbon and cast-off girls, Richards updates the genre by using Katherine’s perspective to effectively humanize Dex and add extra depth to the case. Even though she would normally be a minor supporting player, Katherine’s role is indispensable both in the office as part of the window dressing needed to impress clients and as Dex’s confidante who keeps in him in line. Through the twists and turns of the case, Katherine is able to momentarily shed her impoverished reality to transform into a mysterious starlet who dances with movie stars and eat caviar while dressed in glamorous clothes that cost enough to feed a family for a year.” New Mystery Reader
Praise for Death Was the Other Woman
"Death Was the Other Woman is a perfectly nuanced narration. I felt thrown back in time, like I was smack in the middle of a film noir." -- Lisa Lutz, author of The Spellman Files
“Richards takes a break from her Madeline Carter series (Mad Money, etc.) with this winning hard-boiled 1931 whodunit with a twist: the main sleuth is not world-weary L.A. PI Dex Theroux, but his loyal secretary and assistant, Kitty Pangborn. Theroux, who drinks far too much to drown his memories of WWI, gets a rare paying assignment when beautiful, wealthy Rita Heppelwaite hires him to tail her married boyfriend, Harrison Dempsey. Kitty tags along, only to find their quarry's corpse, a development that Theroux wants to keep secret. After her conscience prompts her to tip off the police to the body, Kitty finds herself involved even deeper when word reaches her that Dempsey is alive and well. Well-developed lead characters, in particular the insightful Kitty ... shows potential as a series detective...” -- Publishers Weekly
“Using a female narrator for a Depression-era noir tale seems a calculated strategy, but Richards makes it work naturally. Kitty, whose life of privilege disappeared when her father killed himself after the 1929 stock market crash, brings a peculiarly ironic point of view, filtering the tough guys, broads, gats, and gunsels through a patrician context that makes all the hard-boiled posturing seem as silly as high-society tomfoolery. Honoring the noir tradition while turning it on its head, Richards’ richly detailed period portrays a world in which lifestyles, whether high or low, become an elaborate defense against a harsh environment in which there is only one final act and the trick is to determine the time the curtain falls. Expect to hear more from Kitty Pangborn.” -- Booklist
“This is a great period piece with action aplenty and nostalgia-evoking characters. Kitty is a delight, and fans of Megan Abbott's noir crime novels will enjoy.” -- Library Journal
“Instead of tough-guy prose and a private investigator protagonist, Linda L. Richards offers something terrifically different .... Elegant prose and well-rounded characters make this fresh take on the old PI tale a real find.” -- Mystery Scene Magazine
“Richards’ spot-on portrayal of 1930s California -- the tumultuous social and political atmosphere, the fashions, the vernacular -- make this a must read for palookas, mooks and twists with enough spondulix to spare for some rip-roaring, hard-boiled literary escapism.” -- The Chicago Tribune
“Richards introduces the refreshing heroine Kitty Pangborn, a socialite turned investigator's secretary who's broad in the best possible sense, a cross between meddlesome Torchy Blaine and wordly Nora Charles. The girl Friday helps her hapless P.I. boss solve a murder in Prohibition-era Los Angeles.” -- The National Post
“For something really snappy -- a dandy, old-school hard-boiled detective story, told from the point of view of a tough PI's equally tough secretary -- go no further than Linda L. Richards' Death Was the Other Woman. Seattle Times
“Author Linda Richards has a pair of hard-boiled angels on her shoulders -- names of Spade and Marlowe….Richards writes with wit and sharp dialogue that propels the reader into the Depression era with the ease of a Packard transmission. The descriptive speakeasy atmosphere sparkles with good plotting, pacing as racy as the nightclub scene she describes and a satisfying twist at the end …. I'm not usually a fan of this style, but I loved Death Was the Other Woman, cover to cover, speakeasy to nightclub and crime to solution.” -- The Hamilton Spectator
“Richards’ hardcover debut transports readers back in time ot Depression-era Los Angeles, where gang warfare abounds and private detectives walk a fine line between upholding the law and breaking it. Katherine (Kitty) Pangborn is a fabulous heroine…” -- Romantic Times
“A twist to noir.” -- The Windsor Star
“This campy first-person thriller is set in Prohibition-Depression era L.A. Kitty Pangborn works for a P.I. who finds many ways to land them in the soup, as they say.” -- The Sacramento Bee
“A delightful homage to hard-boiled P.I. yarns.” -- Washington C.E.O.
“This is a noir thriller in the classic Dash Hammett/Raymond Chandler mode, only Kitty Pangborn, secretary to PI Dexter Theroux, is not a secondary character.” -- Vancouver Sun, editor’s choice
“Every so often a book comes along and just sweeps you away; which is exactly what Richards’ homage to private eye fiction of the 1930s did for me …. Taking the familiar conventions that shaped the work of Chandler, Hammett and the like; Richards reshapes them from their genre-mould, creating a fresh outlook on the era we term the “golden age.” …. The writing is well researched, captivating, hard-boiled but with a compassionate eye that makes it impossible to escape the flow of the narrative …. In a day when some books come to my table bloated, over-written and vanilla, it is with sheer delight to read such a sharp and captivating mystery. I felt moved by the descriptions of poverty but also by the sheer pride and resourcefulness in Kitty Pangborn. I have a prediction: Pangborn will become a major character in the genre, because her life … makes me thirst for more. At times the book is heartbreaking, at times it’s fast and furious and at times perceptive about how people lie and deceive -- but at all times it showcases brilliant storytelling. I loved it completely as it is an excellent tale of a bygone age told by an unusual talent featuring an amazing character.” -- Shots Magazine UK
“… a film noirish mystery that kicks in gear on the first page and never lets up …. Richards’ got the thirties lingo down pat, and the book brims with atmosphere and enough plot turns to give you whiplash. - Dame Magazine
“If you liked... The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett or Die a Little by Megan Abbott, this book is for you.” -- This Book Is For You
“You’ve got all of the familiar conventions of the genre (femme fatales, gangsters, speakeasies etc.) but the story is made fresh and unique by telling it from Kitty’s perspective. Kitty not only helps Dex with his investigations but also does some snooping on her own, and I like that she's not the type of heroine who clumsily stumbles upon the killer. She's smart, intuitive and is more practical than romantic. Each character in the book, from Kitty to Dex, to the mysterious Mustard and glamorous Brucie are complex and interesting, and I missed them all when I finished the book.” - Dewey Divas and the Dudes
“Stylish and edgy, Death Was the Other Woman has everything an old-school mystery fanatic could want in a good, old-fashioned mystery: an intriguing plot with more twists and turns than a canyon road in the Hollywood Hills, a cast of quirky characters and a stunning new protagonist in Katherine Pangborn, fiendishly scintillating crimes with double-crossers who get double-crossed (and murdered), and tons of page-turner fun. The bottom line is this: Death Was the Other Woman is an absolute winner. Don't miss it!” - Bookloons Reviews
“Highly recommended.” - Armchair Interviews
“Sharp, vibrant and crackling. One chapter in to Linda L. Richards’ sparkling 1930s Los Angeles mystery, Death Was the Other Woman, and we’d follow her smart, resourceful, spirited heroine, Kitty Pangborn, down any dark alley, any mean street.” -- MEGAN ABBOTT, author of The Song is You and Queenpin
“You’re about to meet a new great dame of crime fiction in Death Was the Other Woman. Linda L. Richards does a stunning job in creating a character with a voice and eye right out of a 1930s L.A. hard-boiled classic: guns and gams, booze and bodies, peepers and perps. Move over, Sam Spade: Kitty Pangborn is on the case.” -- LINDA FAIRSTEIN, author of Death Dance
“Linda L. Richards can grab her readers better than a slap in the puss or a slug from a forty-five. She breathes new life into the L.A. Noir genre with an array of fresh characters and stylishly seedy neon-lit dives. More importantly, she moves the gritty crime genre on in the form of Kitty Pangborn, a well brought up young lady who gets a crash course in the dark underbelly of the City of Angels. She may be a longsuffering PA to a less than successful PI, but Kitty is no kitten. She’s the broad with the brains, and readers will be left clamoring for more.” -- BRENDAN FOLEY, author Under the Wire, director The Riddle
“With crackling dialogue and bang-on authenticity, Death Was the Other Woman engrossed me in a terrific, compelling mystery. With memorable characters and settings, Richards manages to dig beneath the surface of Prohibition-era Los Angeles and give a sense of its historical context. A great read!” -- DANIEL KALLA, internationally bestselling author of Pandemic and Blood Lies
“Death Was the Other Woman propelled me straight into depression-era Los Angeles, a really stunning and exciting achievement. And the murder kept me guessing right to the page turning end. On top of that, the lively characters have walked off the page and now pursue me long after I’ve closed the book. A really stellar crime caper, a delight.” -- LOUISE PENNY, author of Still Life
“Reading Death Was the Other Woman was like stumbling across a long-lost and wonderful Orson Welles flick. It’s a pitch-perfect story of Depression-era LA that’s so damn good I recommend calling in sick to work and making a plate of sandwiches before you start reading, because you won't want to put it down for anything--including such petty concerns as food, drink, sleep, and oncoming Packards and locomotives.” --CORNELIA READ, author of A Field of Darkness
“Kitty Pangborn, the narrator of Linda Richards’ winning new mystery, Death Was the Other Woman, is just what every underachieving, over-imbibing, minimally employed, and maximally hard-boiled PI needs: that is, a decent secretary.... Death Was the Other Woman is a first-rate, rousing new take on the Southern California detective novel. Let’s hope it's the beginning of a long series.” -- DYLAN SCHAFFER, author of I Right the Wrongs
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