Max Folsom – Author of the Baker Somerset series of mysteries


The burst of interest in forensics, for most people, happened with the O. J. Simpson trial. Millions of people, both in the U.S. and around the world spent nine months glued to their television sets and argued in pubs about the evidence being put forth and whether or not it was reliable. Following the Simpson case, television series began to feature forensics and both CSI and NCIS have had long running series as watchers became enamored with the details that helped detectives capture criminals. I

  Warning: This article contains “spoilers.” One of the most difficult things a mystery writer needs to do is to find a unique way for her, or his, victim to die. Let’s face it. Gunshot, stabbing, poison…it’s all been done. If you take a poll and ask mystery fans what the most unique way the victim met their end, chances are everyone will say. “The leg of lamb thing.” They may not remember that it occurred in the story, “Lamb to the Slaughter” (1954) or that

In One Bad Day After Another, Baker Somerset uses the library for her research. Writers love libraries too. The New England Library Association (NELA) is having its annual conference this October in Manchester, New Hampshire at the Doubletree Inn. If you are attending, stop by the Sisters in Crime booth. (#111 in the Vendor's Hall) I'll be there on October 24th (Monday) from 12:15 to 2:15. I'd love to talk with you and you can check out the cover for the new Baker Somerset novel.

The most frequent question I'm asked these days is: "When will the next Baker Somerset mystery be out?" The good news is that the editors at the printers should be done their first cut & slash any day now! It's going to be tight, but hopefully it will be available in time for holiday gift buying! Put Searching for Peter Griffiths on your wish list! Somerset is the best female private investigator in Ottawa. UPDATE: October 31st NEWS FLASH! SEARCHING FOR PETER GRIFFITHS IS OUT NOW!

Writing my second Baker Somerset novel, Searching for Peter Griffiths, I realized that one of the characters was going to get killed. The victim’s death was necessary, but the person hadn’t played an on-stage role, so to speak, and a death by stabbing, shooting, or suffocation seemed far too dramatic, calling more attention to the character than necessary and narrowing the possible list of suspects. One possibility, however, was poison. There are so many readily available poisons (in the golden age of mysteries cyanide,

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