Burning Cold on Sale until April 21
Cara and Gray venture into Budapest during the 1956 revolution in search of their half-brother Zoltán, the forgotten son of their father’s first marriage. They track him to Mád, a small town in the Tokaj wine region on Hungary’s eastern border—a place I chose simply because of the potential for wordplay. Then I learned the fate of Mád’s once-thriving Jewish community.
Some three hundred men, women, and children were locked in the town’s synagogue when the Germans occupied Hungary in 1944, deprived of food and water for three days, then herded into cattle cars with the help of the Arrow Cross (Hungarian militia). Most perished in Auschwitz.
–From Mystery Scene magazine
Upcoming Events for Spring 2018
It’s a Mystery to Me
Wednesday, May 16 at 7 PM
The Northborough Library is pleased to present three local mystery authors from the New England Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Join Sharon Healy-Yang, Lisa Lieberman, and Leslie Wheeler as they discuss how they craft mystery stories. Each author will discuss her process: coming up with that first idea, creating characters, doing research, and the daily writing schedule where the job gets done. Whether you’re a fan of mysteries or an aspiring author, you’ll be sure to pick up some clues from these Sisters in Crime! Copies of the authors’ books will be available for signing at the program.
Praise for BURNING COLD
“In 1956, newlywed Cara Walden is enjoying singing with husband Jakub’s jazz trio in Paris when they learn of the Hungarian revolution. Cara has little interest in the events until her older brother Gray mentions they have a half brother, Zoltán Szabo, living in Hungary. After Jakub impulsively announces that they should make an effort to try to rescue Zoltán, the trio head to Budapest. In the span of a week, they encounter spies and set one on their trail, witness murder, escape capture, and discover how far they will go to rescue a man they have never met. VERDICT: Lieberman follows up All the Wrong Places, which reimagines the 1950s Red Scare in Hollywood, with this account of spies and the Hungarian uprising. Readers of Alan Furst’s spy novels may appreciate this fast-paced story.” -Library Journal
“Lisa Lieberman, Queen of the Hollywood noir!” -Jeffrey Keeten, Goodreads Top Reviewer
“A book you cannot put down. These are people easy to adore and an exciting story.” – Bonnye Reed, NetGalley
Set during the Hungarian revolution in 1956 and the immediate Soviet response, this is a beautifully written piece of historical narrative fiction. Budapest and the surrounding country are so perfectly described that I could visualize them and found myself swept away by the pace and plotting.
It’s rare to find an author who is so gifted writing descriptive prose. I really felt completely immersed in the story. I was engaged with the characters and really hoping everything would work out in the end. The juxtaposition of brutal, even casual, violence and art and culture, love and humanity, living side by side were heartbreaking.
It’s a relatively short book and is a quick but very profound read. It’s not very often that I find myself finishing a book and having the desire to go back and re-read it. This one did it for me. I really enjoyed this book so very much.
It’s listed as the second Cara Walden mystery, but works perfectly well as a standalone book. I intend to go buy the first book, and have added the author to my future TBR list as well. Exceptional book. Five stars. – Annie B, NetGalley
“Vividly atmospheric with a fine consciousness of place, be it war-torn Budapest, desolate and dilapidated Mad village or the seedily sophisticated Left Bank of Paris, Burning Cold teems with memorable characters, the narrator, starlet, chanteuse Cara Walden, her activist violinist husband Jakub, her hard-drinking playwright brother Gray, a cast of Hungarian heroes and villains, and her new-found revolutionary half-brother Zoltán, on the run from state arrest. The brilliantly evoked setting is the 1956 Hungarian Uprising and the doom-laden expectation of Soviet retribution. Life under dictatorship, with its AVH secret police, terrorised informers, homicidal agents, and bestial soldiery has been deeply researched by Lisa Lieberman. In this sinister world, no one can be trusted; arrest, torture, imprisonment, forced labour or sudden death menace every life. The plot adds to our sense of fear and excitement. The ingénue Cara Walden has been thrown into the murky intrigue of the cold-war Balkans, and emerges from her adventures a self-confident and decisive actor. All in all, this is a worthy successor to All the Wrong Places.” – Roger Thompson, Professor of American History Emeritus, UEA, Norwich, England
Upcoming Events for 2017
July 29: Bookstock Literary Festival, Woodstock Vermont
I’ll be signing books in the morning at the Sisters in Crime Booth
August 4: Brown Bag Lunch, Framingham Public Library
Noon panel with fellow Sisters in Crime authors Susan Oleksiw and Carolyn Wilkins
August 26: Hollihock Writer’s Conference, New Bedford, MA
Teaching a beginner’s workshop, “Jump-Start a Story,” at 5 p.m.
October 6: Launch party for Burning Cold at Amherst Books
Celebrate the release of the second Cara Walden mystery with champagne
October 12-15: Bouchercon 2017
Panel on “Mysteries Steeped in Different Cultures,” Friday, October 13 at 2 p.m.
October 28: Boston Book Festival
Signing books at the MWA booth, 11:45-12:30 and the Sisters in Crime booth, 4-5
New Story out in WINDWARD
“Yemayà’s Revenge,” my first crime story, was selected for the the fourteenth Best New England Crime Stories anthology.
Reading at Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca, New York
Praise for ALL THE WRONG PLACES
“Old Hollywood glamour comes vividly to life in historian, novelist, and film blogger Lieberman’s series debut, highlighting the effects of the 1950s Red Scare on the movie industry and the tragedies that happened off the silver screen. Aficionados of Alfred Hitchcock and Hollywood-themed mysteries will find this historical noir right up their alley.”– Library Journal
“All the Wrong Places weaves in historical events and controversial politics with remarkable subtlety. Like recent Philip Marlowe tribute The Black-Eyed Blonde, this goes way beyond mere period pastiche. The Cara Walden setup has a lot of promise, and indeed, Lieberman is halfway through a sequel. . . Settle in with some popcorn and a stack of DVDs: I predict plenty of nostalgic viewing–and reading–ahead.” -Rebecca Foster of BookTrib.com
“Yes, there is a death, and a mystery, and danger. But there is so much more to enjoy in All the Wrong Places. Open the novel and step into the time machine that Lisa Lieberman has created for you. Prepare for a magical ride back to the Hollywood of the 1940s and international film community of the 1950s. The coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953? Check. The marriage of Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956? Check. Enjoy.” -Michael Kahn, award-winning author of the Rachel Gold mystery series