Author J.R. Lithermuth on his latest Sticks Hetrick Mystery

My guest today is J.R. Lindermuth, a prolific mystery writer who just released his latest Sticks Hetrick tale, Shares the Darkness. J.R. tells us how he lets his fictional detectives share the limelight.


As Peter Robinson remarked in an interview, having a team of detectives at your command is a great way of avoiding boredom.

I’m seldom bored, but I agree with Robinson—and I do enjoy having this cast of characters on hand. Though Sticks Hetrick is the primary character, I have brought his proteges, Harry and Flora, and other associates into the limelight as I choose.

In fact, Flora insisted on taking the lead in Shares the Darkness, seventh in the Hetrick series, released Sept. 16 by Torrid Books, division of Whiskey Creek Press/Start Publishing. Here’s the blurb:

Jan Kepler and Swatara Creek Police Officer Flora Vastine were neighbors and schoolmates, but never close.

When Jan, a school teacher, avid birder and niece of a fellow officer, goes missing and is found dead in a nearby tract of woods, Flora finds herself thrust into the middle of an examination of the other woman’s life as she searches for clues.

As usual, the police have more than one crime to deal with. There’s illegal timbering and a series of vehicle thefts taking up their time. And there are other issues to deal with. Flora is concerned there’s some shakiness in her relationship with Cpl. Harry Minnich who seems to be making a lot of secretive phone calls.

Still Flora maintains focus on the murder. Despite evidence implicating other suspects, the odd behavior of another former classmate rouses Flora’s suspicion. Flora’s probing opens personal wounds as she observes the cost of obsessive love and tracks down the killer.

 Lindermuth-181x300About J.R. Lithermuth
A retired newspaper editor, J. R. Lindermuth has published 14 novels and a non-fiction regional history. His short stories and articles have been published in a variety of magazines. He is a member of International Thriller Writers and is a past vice president of the Short Mystery Fiction Society.


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