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J. R. Lindermuth's Blog (184)

Mystery in Asia

The current issue of Mystery Readers Journal focuses on the theme Mystery in Asia.  An essay on my time in South Korea has me rubbing shoulders with luminaries the like of John Burnett, Colin Cotterell, Tim Hallinan and others. Lots of interesting content for the mystery lover.

Added by J. R. Lindermuth on November 21, 2018 at 8:22am — No Comments

Got a Rail Buff on Your Holiday List?

My new release, Hear The Whistle Blowing: Railroading in the Coal Region, might be just what you're looking for. Lots of illustrations, insights on the life of the railroaders and their families, innovations and history.

The book traces railroading in Pennsylvania's anthracite coal region from its earliest days down to the introduction of diesel engines.

Available in both print and electronic versions from the publisher …


Added by J. R. Lindermuth on November 20, 2018 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Now Available

Hear The Whistle Blowing, my non-fiction book on railroading in Pennsylvania's anthracite coal region, is now available from the publisher, on Amazon and other fine booksellers. Go here for more information:

Added by J. R. Lindermuth on November 5, 2018 at 7:03am — No Comments

What's Your Genre?

I took part in an interesting reader survey this summer, which had some surprising results. I've posted the first of a two-part blog on the topic. Have a look:

Added by J. R. Lindermuth on October 11, 2018 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Reader Survey, Part 2

What do readers want from a writer? That's the topic of the second of two blog posts on a reader survey in which I participated earlier this year. The answers might hold a few surprises for you--as they did for me. Have a look. Comment welcome.

Added by J. R. Lindermuth on October 9, 2018 at 6:59am — No Comments

Paying Tribute

Sometimes a writer has to remember his roots. I'm putting my hometown in the spotlight today in a guest post at

Added by J. R. Lindermuth on September 16, 2018 at 8:37am — No Comments

Pinkerton's Competition

The Thiel Detective Service Agency, though not as well known, was a major competitor to the famous Pinkerton Detective Agency in the 19th century.

I've given my character Sam Blake a job with Thiel in the novel Blake's Rule. A reputation the company had creates a minor conflict between him and the town sheriff before they become allies in saving a woman accused of murder from a lynch mob. 

Read more about Thiel and the book here: …


Added by J. R. Lindermuth on September 9, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

Mystery Gets a Plug

Shares The Darkness, eighth in the Sticks Hetrick crime series, is highlighted in the San Francisco Review of Books. Check it out:

Added by J. R. Lindermuth on September 5, 2018 at 6:07am — No Comments


How does a writer handle working on multiple projects?

That's the topic for Amy Reade, my blog guest this week. Come on over and see how she does it. She'd be glad to hear your comments and ideas on the subject, too.

Added by J. R. Lindermuth on August 14, 2018 at 6:17am — No Comments

My New Release

Blake’s rule has always been to do what’s right…not what’s easy.


Range detective Sam Blake is after cattle rustlers—but when a beautiful woman is accused of murdering her employer, he has to step in and see justice done. Miriam had her reasons for the brutal killing, and though she’s not talking, Blake understands there’s more to this crime than meets the eye.


When the local…


Added by J. R. Lindermuth on July 31, 2018 at 7:03am — No Comments

Making Things Tough for a Character

See what complications I threw in the path of my protagonist in The Bartered Body.

Added by J. R. Lindermuth on July 11, 2018 at 8:25am — No Comments

Read A Short Story

The Hat on the Bed, a western short story with a twist, is now up at

Added by J. R. Lindermuth on July 2, 2018 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Reader Support

Receiving a new five-star review for The Bartered Body is a great way to start another week. Go here to read this review and more about the book

Added by J. R. Lindermuth on May 21, 2018 at 7:37am — No Comments

A Deceitful Game

Wanna read a short story (free)? New one up at Rope And Wire. A gambler's luck takes a bad turn. Can fate deal him a better hand? Check it out. Comment welcome.

Added by J. R. Lindermuth on May 11, 2018 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Here Today

The Bartered Body is featured here today:

Added by J. R. Lindermuth on May 8, 2018 at 6:33am — No Comments

Gin Mill Grill

I'm hosting Marja McGraw on my blog and she's talking about her new Sandi Webster mystery, which begins in Prohibition days. If you haven't met Sandi, you're in for a treat. Come on over:

Added by J. R. Lindermuth on May 1, 2018 at 7:20am — No Comments

Weather's Not Always a No, No.

Elmore Leonard and others have warned writers not to begin a story with weather. That doesn't mean weather can't be an important feature in a story. See how I used a record blizzard in The Bartered Body. There's also an excerpt from the book. Comment, as always, is welcome.

Added by J. R. Lindermuth on April 26, 2018 at 7:49am — No Comments

Must a Mystery Have a Murder?

What's the most important element in a crime story? That's my question in a guest post here. Come on over and state your opinion.

Added by J. R. Lindermuth on April 25, 2018 at 7:04am — No Comments

Reviews Are Important

Some times readers don't understand how much their opinion means to a writer. A review is only one person's opinion. But reviews can help get a book noticed. And they don't have to be long. Just a few sentences to say what you think of the story and the way the writer handled it. I appreciate the time a reader takes to review one of my books. The Bartered Body is brand new and only has two reviews so far. But they're both excellent. Have a look: …


Added by J. R. Lindermuth on April 24, 2018 at 11:41am — No Comments

First Review

A review is one person's opinion. But most writers bite their nails in anticipation of such feedback on their work. This first review for the third in the Sheriff Sylvester Tilghman series couldn't thrill me more. Have a look. If you haven't visited with Syl and Lydia in the past, I'm hoping this will tempt you. …


Added by J. R. Lindermuth on April 18, 2018 at 6:55am — No Comments

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