Author Archives: James L'Etoile

Getting Back in the Water Again

When Left Coast Crime in San Diego was abruptly cancelled after a single day in March 2020, many of the attendees left wondering when and if we’d be able to gather again. We learned more than we ever wanted to know about Zoom, remote working, vaccines, and quarantine workarounds. When we had a dip in […]

Black Label

My husband (an attorney) always cringes whenever we watch a courtroom drama on television. Why? Because, procedurally, they get everything wrong. I … Black Label

Character Interview with Jillian Cooper by James L’Etoile

Here is a fun interview of Jillian Cooper, the main character in Black Label. Jillian talks about her deepest fears and the predicament she found herself in during her search to find the truth. She claims she’s a cautionary tale about what happens when you keep your eye on the prize. https://ireadwhatyouwrite.com/2021/07/17/character-interview-with-jillian-cooper-by-james-letoile/#comments Want to take […]

James L’Etoile Launches His Latest Thriller – Elena Taylor

Elena Talyor calls BLACK LABEL, “A perfect suspense novel for a society that has become all too aware of the proliferation of fake reports espoused as gospel and the people willing to believe the lies. A delightfully tense summer read.”James L’Etoile launches Black Label, a brand new thriller with his new publisher. Read my review on […]

BLACK LABEL

Book Release! Coming out of the lockdown and COVID restrictions makes me feel a little like a groundhog squirming out of its burrow. What to do with all the left over masks and hand sanitizer? Not to mention all the toilet paper some folks hoarded early on in the pandemic that’s now turning into dust. […]

The First Two Pages: “Billy’s Plan” by James L’Etoile – Art Taylor

The First Two Pages: “Billy’s Plan” by James L’Etoile – Art Taylor — Read on arttaylorwriter.com/2021/05/25/the-first-two-pages-billys-plan-by-james-letoile/

Virtual Bouchercon Panels

Bouchercon is the annual gathering of the world’s mystery writers and serves as the high point of the year for many of us in the writing community. I was especially excited when the 2020 edition of Bouchercon was slated for Sacramento, California, a place I lived and worked for many years. Not to mention the […]

The Lockdown Continues : Lessons From Behind the Wall

Extended lockdowns like the six-month slog we’re going through can take a toll if you’re not prepared. As we talked about in March when the COVID lockdown orders were popping off across the country, a little prison wisdom can help ease the pain of long-term confinement. In prison, when the place comes off lockdown, it’s […]

Surviving the Virus Lockdown: Lessons From Behind the Wall

So, here we are, a month into our shelter-at-home exile from society. The virus, or more accurately, the response to it, has been difficult for some folks to wrap their heads around. One particular group seems to have coped exceptionally well during this isolation and quarantine — the convict. Shelter-in-place orders and doing time have […]

California’s Recently Uncovered Serial Killer

Serial killers are creatures of habit. It’s part of what often keeps them undetected for years. That same habit, often turns into a pattern, and patterns are a serial killer hunter’s best friend. Patterns helped to unmask the Golden State KiIler, Joseph DeAngelo, Jr,  and the Toolbox Killers, Bittiker and Norris. These killers sought specific […]