Investigator Eli Wilkerson Discusses the Osage Murders

Feb 15, 2019
Eli Wilkerson

Listen each Friday, from Feb. 15 through March 8, as Eli Wilkerson who grew up in Oklahoma and lives now in the Texas Panhandle, explores this disturbing true story from his investigator’s point of view.

Radio Readers BookBytes are heard at 7:45 a.m. during Morning Edition and again at 6:44 p.m. during All Things Considered.

Eli Wilkerson hails from central Oklahoma and is a U.S. Army veteran from the Afghan war. Before moving to the Amarillo area, Eli earned his Eagle Scout award from Boy Scout Troop #396 and was active with Police Explorer Post #2299 in Mustang, Oklahoma. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology.


Stacie Frobenius is a Crime Scene Investigator working in Kansas City, Missouri.

She was born and raised in a small western Kansas town. After a science teacher mentioned Forensic Science as a career option, she started reading any forensic science book she could find. 

Men and Women - Thrillers and Mysteries

Feb 8, 2019

Thrillers and mysteries have long been seen as split along gender lines, and for the first 70 years or so of the 20th century, they actually were.  But things have been changing.

Thrillers were originally written by, for, and about men. The earliest thriller, The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childer published in 1903, had not a single female character initially until his publisher forced Childer to add a minor woman character to the book.

The Art Of Suspense

Feb 4, 2019
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, 1921 / Wikimedia Commons

Today, in service to our spring book club on mystery and suspense novels, I thought we’d talk about what I call the art of suspense—that is, the various methods writers use to keep readers turning pages.

If you asked a lot of crime readers how authors create suspense, many of them would probably say, “I keep reading to find out who the murderer is.” And that’s fair, oftentimes we do keep reading to see who committed a crime.

Following a Character into a Book

Jan 28, 2019

Lately, I’ve been intensely making notes for a new book in bits and pieces of time left over from other commitments.

That’s a fairly common thing around here.

Several times a year I follow a character into a short story or book. After the first draft is finished, I still refer to the much more I know about that character from writing that first draft as I revise and edit and edit, still following those characters as I chip away whatever doesn’t matter to them or what doesn’t fit.

It's a Mystery: Irene Adler R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Jan 23, 2019
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle knows how to grab our attention. He does it right out of the gate in “A Scandal in Bohemia,” which begins with the line, “To Sherlock Holmes, she was always the woman.”

The woman. We learn that she is Irene Adler, an opera singer and adventuress and the consort of aristocratic men throughout Europe. The case that introduces her to us comes when the future King of Bohemia asks for Sherlock’s help.

Dr. Watson, Famous Sidekick

Jan 16, 2019
Sidney Paget from The Strand / Wikipedia

I have never been much of a mystery reader. To me, the usual—if prosaic—depths of the human heart have provided all the mystery and intrigue I need. I’ve never felt the need to look for too much drama.

Really, isn’t every person, and every novel, a mystery, in its way? I read fiction because it lets me imagine the inner lives of the people around me: our everyday heartaches and desires, and how those desires drive us to do what we do. The greatest mystery to me, in many ways, is you. Who are you? What makes you tick?

All right, HPPR Radio Readers! It's time to crack open those mystery novels as we move into the 2019 Spring Read: It's a Mystery to Me! This season will surely delight with a huge list of stories, covering classic noir novels, true crime nonfiction, vintage whodunnits, regional mysteries, and so much more.

Lock the doors. Close the curtains. Keep the lights on. And get ready for HPPR Radio Readers Book Club's 2019 Spring ReadIt's a Mystery to Me! This season will surely delight readers who love thrillers, true crime, murder mysteries, classic detective stories, and regional authors exposing the darker side of our High Plains home. Now let's all snuggle up with this hearty stack of books and try to figure out WHODUNNIT! See below for the book list!

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