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Episode Info: Amateur sleuth Kendra Clayton has enough on her plate without adding murder to the mix. Author and librarian Angela Henry introduces us to her Kendra Clayton series, reading from the first book in the series, The Company You Keep. If you'd like to try more of Angela's work, she's bundled together excerpts from the first three books in this series and you can sign up to receive them here. In the introduction, I go a little inside baseball about book covers, how impressed I am with Angela's (and the fact that she designs them herself!) and the multiple jobs a book cover has to do to attract a reader's attention. In the interview portion of the show, Angela and I talk about how important it is for young readers to see representation of themselves in literature, including Black authors like Angela and characters like Kendra. This week's mystery author Angela Henry is a librarian and the author of six mysteries featuring amateur sleuth, Kendra Clayton, as well as the Xavier Knight Urban fantasy series, and the thriller The Paris Secret. She also writes middle grade fantasy adventure under the pen name Angie Kelly.  When she's not working or writing, she loves to travel, is connoisseur of B horror movies, and a functioning anime addict. She lives in Ohio and is currently hard at work trying to meet her next deadline. To learn more about Angela and all her books visit Press play (above) to listen to the show, or read the transcript below. Remember you can also subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts. And listen on Stitcher, Android, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, and Spotify. Excerpt from The Company You Keep I drove back to Archer Street. My mind was racing. Could Jordan really be dead? Then it dawned on me: Bernie hadn't said anything about Vanessa. Was she dead as well?  By now the rain had stopped and the streets were enveloped in fog. I turned onto Archer Street. Was the fog heavier on this street than any of the others I'd driven down? Given the circumstances, I was probably just being paranoid. I mentally kicked myself for watching so many scary movies. I made my way slowly down the street. When I came upon Bernie's car, I pulled up alongside and looked in. Bernie was sitting behind the wheel with her head in her hands. Her head jerked up when I honked my horn. I parked in front of her and got out. "Thank God!" she said as she jumped out of her car and ran up to me. We both stood staring at the house for what seemed like a long time. "Did you call nine-one-one?" I asked finally. "Yes. They should be here any minute now." "Bernie, did you see Vanessa in the house?" She looked for a second like she didn't know who I was talking about. Then the realization of what I'd just asked hit her.  "Oh, my God! I forgot all about her! She could be in there too!" "That is her car in the driveway, isn't it?" I asked, pointing to the red Mustang.  "Yes," she said, lo...
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