Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mystery Author of the Month: Madeline Gornell

Madeline Gornell

Madeline (M.M.) Gornell is the award winning author of Uncle Si's Secret, Death of a Perfect Man, Lies of Convenience, Reticence of Ravens, and Counsel of Ravens. Her first Route 66 mystery, Reticence of Ravens, was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer 2011 fiction Prize, the da Vinci Eye (cover art), and the Montaigne Medal (most thought provoking book). And Lies of Convenience was a Hollywood Book Festival Finalist and along with Uncle Si's Secret, a PSWA Fiction winner. Counsel of Ravens is a London Book Festival(honorable mention) and Los Angeles Times Book Festival Genre Fiction (runner-up). She continues to be inspired by historic Route 66.

M.M. is a lifetime lover of mysteries, and besides reading and writing, she is also a potter with a fondness for stoneware and reduction firing. She lives with her husband and assorted canines in the Mojave High-Desert near the internationally revered Route 66. 
You can visit her online at her website:, or her BLOG:, or email her directly at

Madeline says:
"Mainly my books are stand alone, with Reticence of Ravens and Counsel of Ravens the only two that are connected. I'm feeling pretty sure at this point, I'm a stand-alone kind of writer, and don’t have any plans to write another sequel—but I’m old enough to know saying “never” is fool hardy, indeed! And I do have a couple raven’s titles running around in my mind.

Route 66 does, though, remain the current “juice” for my imagination, and my next novel again takes place in the Mojave—in a fictional place between Ludlow and Needles I’ve created, called ShinĂ© (shy-knee). The working title is Rhodes —The Mojave-Stone. I thought it would be a thriller, but it’s turning into a mystery. I should have known!"

Amazon Buy link (all listed there) is

Madeline is offering a copy of "Counsel of Ravens" to one lucky commenter.