Tea Tonic and Toxin: Mystery and Thriller Podcast and Book Club


We adore the special guests who join us on various episodes, and we’re thrilled to interview talented authors in the mystery, detective story, crime, and thriller genres.

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Emily Schwartz - Tea, Tonic & Toxin Book Club and Podcast

Murder on the Orient Express (1934)

Emily Schwartz was the artistic director of and resident playwright for the theater company The Strange Tree Group. She penned the Jeff Award-winning The Three Faces of Doctor Crippen and other acclaimed productions.

INTERVIEW: Recipes for Murder (2023)

We discuss Karen Pierce’s “to-die-for” cookbook. “Poisons, knives, and bullets riddle the stories of Agatha Christie, but so does food, which she uses to invoke settings, to develop characters, and, of course, to commit murder.”

INTERVIEW: Rumor of Evil (2023)

In this in-depth discussion, bestselling thriller author Gary Braver talks about his new book, Rumor of Evil, the Slender Man case that inspired it, and his writing inspiration, technique, teaching, and many books.

Nate Harrison - Tea, Tonic & Toxin Book Club and Podcast

Malice Aforethought (1931)

Nate is a geophysicist who works in the field of environmental remediation. He attended UC Davis and graduate school at the University of Montana. He enjoys biking and photography. He lives in Denver, where he met his wife, Sarah.

Mike Nugent - Tea, Tonic & Toxin Book Club and Podcast

The Maltese Falcon (1930)

Mike has worked as a lawyer, lobbyist, litigator, and business executive in the financial services, intellectual property, and technology fields. He has published three political mystery novels (a fourth is on the way) and a children’s book.

Eli Milliman - Tea, Tonic & Toxin Book Club and Podcast

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)

Eli is a music producer, photographer, theater director, and host of the podcast Everything I Hate About Me. He’s also the frontman of the synth pop band Urban Jack and the Savage Sophisticates and Subterranean Howl.

Jill Carstens - Tea, Tonic & Toxin Book Club and Podcast

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920)

A teacher for 30 years, Jill is a writer of nonfiction, journalist, painter, outdoor enthusiast, and mountain biker. She recently published her memoir, Getting Over Vivian. She lives in Denver and Salida, Colorado.

Wendi Anderson - Tea, Tonic & Toxin Book Club and Podcast

The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915)

Wendi is a senior business analyst and an avid outdoor enthusiast. She’s a fan of exploring the great outdoors, watching horror movies, reading Stephen King novels, and hanging out with her family in Golden, Colorado.

Deb Donner - Tea, Tonic & Toxin Book Club and Podcast

The Innocence of Father Brown (1911)

Deb is a bookaholic. Reading and writing are her therapy and her inspiration. She shares her stories and crafty fun on Instagram @debdonner62. She shares her experience of being raised in a religious cult @letstalkcults.