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Mysterious Goings On

Join author J. Alexander Greenwood for discussions about writing mystery, thriller, suspense, horror and other genre fiction. Every episode, Mysterious Goings On features tips, news, interviews with writers, fans, dramatic readings and more.

Greenwood, an award-winning writer, also provides a "look behind the curtain" at the life of an independent author. Whether you're a writer, aspire to be one, or just enjoy reading, this show is for you.


Oct 17, 2019

The John Pilate Mysteries now spans a decade with seven books, including the latest title, Pilate's Shadow. However, many readers are unaware the series is based on a tragic true story of murder in a small Midwestern town. Today, the tables are turned on MGO host and John Pilate creator Alex Greenwood, as guest host (and former guest!) Brian Hutton interviews Greenwood about that tragic truth, and how Greenwood turned it into a vibrant, critically-acclaimed mystery thriller series.

Listen in, John Pilate fans--you won't believe how all this got started!

Some source material for this discussion derived from "Tragedy at Peru State College: The Murders of William Nicholas and Paul Maxwell" by Nancy Handy Moran in Nebraska History -- Fall 1988

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The Mysterious Goings On Podcast is recorded at Green Shebeen Studios in the heart of beautiful Kansas City, Missouri. Copyright 2019, all rights reserved. No reproduction, excerpting or other use without written permission.

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