AudioFile Magazine was excited to be in conversation with narrators of mystery audiobooks featuring characters with diverse perspectives. We enjoyed hearing from Pete Cross, Janina Edwards, Frankie Corzo, and Tanya Eby as they discussed new mystery series and favorite characters and read excerpts for AudioFile listeners. Watch the full conversation below.
Janina Edwards narrates a selection from the latest Peach Coast mystery, MURDER OUT OF CHARACTER, by Olivia Matthews. Out this month, MURDER OUT OF CHARACTER continues the story of librarian Marvey Harris and her gang of amateur sleuths who listeners first met in MURDER BY PAGE ONE. Marvey is the new librarian in Peach Coast, Georgia—and her friend becomes a murder suspect. Watch to hear a preview of the dilemma Marvey faces in the next mystery, and get Janina's insights into playing this charming character.
Tanya Eby reads a chilling selection from MAGIC, LIES, AND DEADLY PIES by Misha Popp. The audiobook is a sweet treat, though it is an unusual mystery—we're rooting for Daisy, a pie-baking vigilante serial-killer witch who settles scores with her "murder pies" and is suddenly threatened with exposure. Tanya discusses bringing this upbeat, warmhearted character to life, with all of her quirks.
Frankie Corzo narrates from the tantalizing beginning of MANGO, MAMBO, AND MURDER by Raquel V. Reyes. This cozy culinary mystery is the start of the Caribbean Kitchen Mystery series, set in the bougie Coral Shores outside of Miami. Miriam is a food anthropologist who is uncomfortably close to a suspicious death in a country club. She is naturally curious about the death but doesn't become involved until her best friend becomes a suspect. Frankie tells listeners about the fun of bringing Miriam and her friends and family to life in this series opener.
Pete Cross reads from DEVIL'S CHEW TOY by Rob Osler. In this queer cozy mystery, shy Hayden McCall has a great night with Camilo, a charming go-go dancer he went home with after a disastrous first encounter. But Camilo the next morning, Camilo has disappeared from his home, leaving his dog—and many questions—behind. Hayden now has to search for Camilo, and he meets a diverse assortment of characters along the way. Pete does a great job of delivering a plot that combines humor with more serious themes.
Janina Edwards photo by David Clifton Strawn, Tanya Eby photo courtesy of the narrator, Frankie Corzo photo courtesy of the narrator, Pete Cross photo by David Zaugh.