The First Two Pages: The Blood Runs Cold by Catherine Maiorisi

In April 2015, B.K. Stevens debuted the blog series “The First Two Pages,” hosting craft essays by short story writers and novelists analyzing the openings of their own work. The series continued until just after her death in August 2017, and the full archive of those essays can be found at Bonnie’s website. In November 2017, the blog series relocated to my website, and the archive of this second stage of the series can be found here.

The last time Catherine Maiorisi appeared at The First Two Pages, she was writing about A Matter of Blood, her first full-length novel and the first book in her new series featuring NYPD Detective Chiara Corelli. Last week, Lambda Literary named that book a finalist for the Lammy Award for Best Lesbian Mystery. And in today’s post, Catherine offers a preview of the second book in the series, The Blood Runs Cold. Needless to say, the past year has been a fine one for Catherine, and I’m thrilled to help celebrate her success and to host her here today!

Catherine has also published short fiction fairly widely; when B.K. Stevens hosted several contributors to the anthology Where Crime Never Sleeps: Murder New York Style, she wrote about her story “Love, Secrets, and Lies” here. And crossing genres, Catherine write romance too. Check out her website for more information on all her work.

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