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


We adore the guests who join us to discuss the history of mystery, just as we love interviewing talented authors of mysteries and crime novels.

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INTERVIEW: David Ignatius

David Ignatius is a prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post and has been covering the Middle East and the CIA for nearly four decades. He has written several New York Times bestsellers. He lives in Washington, D.C.

The League of Frightened Men (1935)

Ira Brad Matetsky has been the Werowance (President) of the Wolfe Pack, the international literary society for the Nero Wolfe stories by Rex Stout, since 2007. He has written many articles about Nero Wolfe

INTERVIEW: James McLaughlin

James A. McLaughlin is the author of Bearskin, published by Ecco/HarperCollins in 2018 and winner of the 2019 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. He’s currently working on a sequel to Bearskin.

INTERVIEW: Norman Shabel

Brooklyn-born New Jersey class-action attorney turned author Norman Shabel has written seven plays and eight novels. Three of his plays have been produced off Broadway in NYC, Philadelphia, and Florida.

INTERVIEW: Carter Wilson

Carter Wilson is the USA Today bestselling author of standalone psychological thrillers. He is an ITV Thriller Award finalist, and a five-time winner of the Colorado Book Award. He lives outside Boulder, Colorado.

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934)

Rebecca Heisler lives outside Boston with her two rescue mutts. Outside of her digital marketing day job, she can usually be found reading or recommending absurd genres to her book club.

INTERVIEW: Barbara Nickless

Barbara Nickless is a Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Charts bestselling crime novelist who joined Sarah and Carolyn in their makeshift studio for a heartfelt discussion. Amazing woman, amazing writer. You’ll love her.

The Thin Man (1934)

Dashiell Hammett scholar, editor, writer, and public speaker Julie Rivett joins Sarah and Carolyn to discuss The Thin Man. Julie also happens to be Hammett’s granddaughter. Let’s just say she knows her stuff.

The Nine Tailors (1934)

Autodesk cofounder and Dorothy L Sayers aficionado Dan Drake joins Sarah and Carolyn to discuss The Nine Tailors. The murder mystery begins on New Year’s Eve and includes a fabulous amount of bell-ringing.

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: Gary Braver (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.