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Book Passage Mystery Writing Conference, DEEP SIX Launch Party, and a Special Plotting Class

Join me at Book Passage Bookstore in Corte Madera, CA next week for these fun events.

First up on Wednesday evening 7-27 is the NorCal Launch Party for DEEP SIX. Meet my wonderful agent Kimberley Cameron, all the great folks at Book Passage, and grab a signed copy of DEEP SIX, the first in my Jake Longly comedic thriller series, and the updated 2nd Edition of FORENSICS FOR DUMMIES. We will have wine and cupcakes and some laughs.

Then on Thursday afternoon I’ll be presenting a special pre-conference class on Plotting The Perfect Murder. Bring all you great ideas and we will kill off a few folks. Fictionally, of course.

That evening the always excellent Book Passage Mystery Writing Conference begins. Come and improve your craft with a host of excellent instructors, including David Corbett, Cara Black, Isabel Allende, Rhys Bowen, Tony Broadbent, Laurie R. King, Kelly Stanley, Jacqueline Winspear, Tim Maleeny, and me as well as others.

Look forward to seeing you there. Here are the details:

DEEP SIX Launch Party
Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 7 p.m. PDT
Book Passage Bookstore
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA

Plotting the Perfect Murder
Book Passage Pre-Conference Class
Thursday, July 28, 2016, 1:00—3:00 PM PDT

Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference
July 28-31, 2016


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Posted by on July 21, 2016 in Uncategorized


DEEP SIX Review from Kingdom Books

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Great New PI Mystery from D.P. Lyle, DEEP SIX, an Alabama Case

With a publisher name like Oceanview, it’s easy to suspect the new detective title from D.P. Lyle might be set in Florida — but no, even better, it’s on Alabama’s Gulf Coast and it’s a lively investigation laced with both humor and danger.

And expertise! D.P. Lyle isn’t just an award-winning author of crime fiction. He’s also a forensics expert consulting for the top TV crime shows and is the expert I’d most like to know was coming to a crime-novel dinner party, because he’s quick to correct the scenes and the reasoning. In other words, his firearms and ‘tec services make sense. Thank goodness!

But who knew (from that background) that he could also be so entertaining? Well, the truth is, although I take note of his forensic pointers regularly, this is the first time I’ve read one of his crime novels … and I’m going to have to gather up some of the others soon. There are already three series (see Lyle’s website) and DEEP SIX launches the fourth.

Jake Longly is a former pro baseball player, and the last thing he wants to do is work in the family business, private investigations, for his dad Ray. But he’s not above taking an occasional surveillance job for a bit of cash flow. Unfortunately, checking on a possible womanizer for his father’s caseload puts Jake into the neighborhood of his suspicious and assaultive ex, who’s good with a baseball bat. Escape from the situation takes Jake and his classic car directly into the circle of a gorgeous beach bunny, Nicole, who turns out to also be a very smart script writer — and eager to assist in “surveilling” while also, umm, taking part in adult activities with Jake.

Add a Ukrainian mobster, a high-money land grab, and some deft legal and risk-taking twists, and it looks like Jake Longly could get hooked on the adventurous side of his dad’s PI business, after all. That is, if he and Nicole can survive!

With a quick pace, great scenes, and “murder and mayhem” right and left, DEEP SIX promises a lively new series ahead for D.P. Lyle and Oceanview. Add it to the summer reading stack, for sure!

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Posted by on July 18, 2016 in Writing


ITW Roundtable: July 18-24: Dialogue Can Be Tricky: How Do You Do It?



The unique and fun  ITW Roundtable series continues this week, July 18-24, with: Dialogue Can Be Tricky: How Do You Do It?

Dialogue can be tricky, as the author has to give each character a unique voice that is also distinct from his or her own. This week we’re joined by ITW Members Jean Harrington, Arthur Kerns, Bernard Maestas, L.S. Hawker, Shaun Harris, Lynn Cahoon, Terrie Farley Moran, J. C. Lane, Stephen Morrill, Steven Kuehn, Sharon Potts, Kat Martin, Elizabeth Noble, Susan Israel, Charles Atkins, D. P. Lyle, Joel Fishman, Jerry Kennealy and Alan Jacobson, to ask: How do you do it?

Join us for a lively discussion and exchange:


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Posted by on July 17, 2016 in Writing


Mysteristas Interview

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Please welcome D.P. Lyle, author of the Jake Longly series and numerous other works.

Q: What’s your idea of a perfect day?

A: One perfect day would be a nice cup of strong coffee, a walk around the harbor in Dana Point, a round of golf where I shot par, and completing 3000 words of my latest book. That would be nice. But I can think of one better – any Saturday in the fall watching the Alabama Crimson Tide beat the hell out of their opponent.

Q: Do you have a signature accessory, color, fragrance, phrase/expression, or meal?

A:  Interesting question. I’m not sure I have a signature accessory but I do have a fountain pen on my desk at all times. I collect them and I love to write with them. He goes back to my childhood – – my father was an accountant and kept his ledgers with a fountain pen and the smell of the ink brings back great memories. My favorite color is blue and my favorite fragrance would be my mom’s pecan pie cooking in the oven. My signature expression is – – whatever is, is. It basically means that you can believe whatever you want and you have the constitutional right to be wrong because whatever is, is. As for favorite meal, that’s easy. From the time I was a child my father and I always made barbecued ribs, coleslaw, and cornbread for New Year’s Day to watch football. I do that every year. It’s actually my favorite day of the year.

Q: Which books/authors inspired or influenced you the most?

A:  Obviously, there are many, but two are essential to me. I’ve read everything that James Lee Burke and Elmore Leonard ever wrote. I learned more from these two wonderful writers than from anyone else. Their styles are totally different and yet they both write gritty crime fiction. James Lee Burke is poetry in motion and writes such beautiful and lyrical prose that it is sometimes breathtaking. Elmore Leonard on the other hand writes in a clean and concise manner that every writer can learn from. And if you want to write dialogue, you must read Elmore.

Q: Do you listen to music when you write?

A:  I actually can’t write in a quiet room. If it is too quiet, my mind goes elsewhere. I was the same way in medical school. I couldn’t study in a quiet room. I always had music on. It’s as if the background noise forced greater concentration. That’s still the case today. I mostly listen to blues and blues-based rock.

Q: If your latest book were chocolate, what kind would it be and why?

A:  That’s a funny question. I would say milk chocolate for smoothness and throw in some nuts – – likely pecans being a southern boy – – for insanity. And my latest book is crazy and fun and wild and set on the Gulf Coast.

Q: What made you interested in writing this particular story?

A:  I’ve always enjoyed the work of Carl Hiaasen and love his humorous take on crime fiction. I specially like most of his earlier work. I’ve always wanted to write a comedic thriller since I love both comedy and thrilling stories. In my latest book, Deep Six, that’s what I attempted to accomplish and I think it worked out well. I’m very pleased with the result.

Q: What themes do you regularly (re)visit in your writing?

A:  I don’t ever think about themes but if I had to put a theme on all of my fiction it would simply be good versus evil. That’s common and a cliché, but that’s pretty much what most crime fiction comes down to I think. I’m not big on writing or reading stories that make glowing social commentary because there’s enough of that on the news. I’m bored with it. For me, a story needs to be fun and interesting and move along quickly and I try to do that with my writing.

Q: Tell us about your main character.

A:  The protagonist of Deep Six is Jake Longly. Jake is an ex major league baseball pitcher and now owns a bar/restaurant on the Gulf Coast. His father, Ray, is an ex military type who is no nonsense and runs a private investigation firm in the same area. Ray and Jake don’t often see eye to eye. Ray wants Jake to work for him and doesn’t understand why Jake would think owning a bar and chasing bikinis was a good career choice. Such a career was fine with Jake. But as fate would have it Ray convinces Jake to at least do a stake out for him and, as I’m sure you expect, things didn’t work out well. That’s how the story starts and it goes completely sideways from there. So you would say Jake is a reluctant PI.

Q: Describe your protagonist as a mash-up of three famous people or characters.

A:  That’s not an easy question to answer and I’m not sure I’ve ever really thought about it. But I would suspect that Jake would be a combination of Nolan Ryan, Raylan Givens, and Lewis Grizzard – – the latter being a Southern humorist if you’re not familiar with.

Q: If you could host a mystery-author dinner party, who are the six writers (living or otherwise) you’d include?

A:  That’s a fairly easy one. Of course, James Lee Burke and Elmore Leonard. I would also invite Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck as each of these had a great influence on my reading early on. Lastly, Leonardo da Vinci simply because he’s one of the most interesting and brilliant humans that has ever lived and dabbled in so many arenas. I particularly would like to talk to Leonardo about his scientific and anatomical work.

Q: What’s next for you?

A:  Since the second edition of Forensics For Dummies came out in April and Deep Six was just released, I’m involved in promoting those two titles but right now I’m working on the next Jake book as well as outlining another book in an entirely new series. Of course, the radio show that I do with Jan Burke, Crime and Science Radio, is ongoing and always keeps us busy. Also, for ITW, I run Thriller School, CraftFest, and Master CraftFest, and each of these is time-consuming.


Posted by on July 15, 2016 in Writing


Deep Six Signings and a Cool Review

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I’ll be signing DEEP SIX at these locations:

July 16:SoCal Launch Party: Mystery Ink, Huntington Beach, CA

July 23: A great day with the fabulous Anne Saller: Book Carnival, Orange, CA

July 27: NorCal Launch Party: Book Passage. Corte Madera, CA

Details are here:

And here is another cool review from Coupondipity. Thanks !!!

I have a deep, dark secret. When I’m reading a book, in many cases, I will read the characters’ dialogue out loud to see what it sounds like in “real life”. Don’t judge me. And I have to tell you, the dialogue often sounds ridiculous when you speak it out loud. I usually exclaim into the room (when nobody’s around so they don’t haul me off to the loony bin), “Nobody talks like that! She should say this…”. And then I rewrite the character’s dialogue on the fly and I must say, it’s a lot more believable.

But guess what?! That didn’t happen in Deep Six! Not because I didn’t give in to my wild compulsion to start acting out the characters, but because Lyle’s dialogue is real, gritty, and oftentimes humorous.

Here’s the thing: Jake Longly is an ex pro baseball player with only a few things on his mind (I’ll let you guess). In his spare time, he owns a dive bar where he seems to eat and drink a lot of the profit. But Jake’s daddy, a private investigator, sometimes hires Jake to help with a case. Mostly because owning a dive bar and chasing women isn’t daddy’s idea of what a responsible offspring should be doing.

Jake and his new girlfriend (whom he met when his ex-wife bashed in his car windows with a baseball bat) are on a stakeout for daddy, and the object gets herself murdered, seemingly in front of their very eyes. Daddy is not going to be amused by this turn of events. And you’ve probably guessed by now that some very bad guys think Jake has not only witnessed the murder but will likely sing like a canary if pressed. With girlfriend Nicole, and his sidekick ‘Pancake’ (you gotta read any book if there’s a character named Pancake!), Jake finds himself in some fairly dicey situations.

There are a lot of twists, turns and unexpected happenings, and Lyle describes everything clearly and with a lot of humor, which I tend to really enjoy.

If you’re looking for a great summer read, this one ticks all the boxes!

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Posted by on July 12, 2016 in Writing


DEEP SIX Review in The Big Thrill

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Deep Six by D.P. Lyle

Dying Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard. Or Is It?

By Dawn Ius

Fans of D.P. Lyle’s darker, more noirish work may suddenly feel like they’re on the butt end of a badly written punchline, but Lyle’s new book is no laughing matter. Actually, that’s a lie. It’s funny as hell.

DEEP SIX is a comedic thriller. No joke.

While it may come as a shock to readers, the genre-shift wasn’t a surprise for Lyle, who credits his family for instilling in him the power of laughter. After eight successful dark and gritty novels, Lyle says he was ready for something light and … well, comedic.

“I had this idea for a funny story about a guy who gets bamboozled into a stakeout, and so I just started writing,” he says.

No outline. No concrete plot. No sense, in fact, of where a “comedic thriller” would even fit in today’s somewhat fickle marketplace. To Lyle’s pleasure, readers appear to be laughing (out loud!) with him rather than at him—and that is certainly something to chuckle about.

“Comedy is hard,” he says. “I could do stand-up comedy no problem, because when you’re speaking in front of an audience, you can gauge their reactions. It easier than writing. You don’t know if the one-liners and gags are making people laugh, because you write in a vacuum.”

True, but Lyle’s vacuum seems to be infused with laughing gas, because DEEP SIX is funny in all the right places, creating a page-turning experience reminiscent of Carl Hiasson’s work.

DEEP SIX centers on ex-professional baseball player Jake Longly who, despite much protest, gets sucked into doing a gig for his dad’s PI business. He’s just supposed to hang around, snap off a few shots of the suspected adulteress, and report back to pops. Easy peasy. That is, until his target gets herself killed.

An investigation into her death leads Jake and his cohorts—new girlfriend, Nicole Jemison and computer genius Tommy Jeffers—deep into a crime where murder and mayhem run rampant along the sugary beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama.

While the plot absolutely lends itself to comedic relief, Lyle’s true talent shines in the development of his characters—from the loveable Jake whose foot is found in his mouth more often than not, to his tough-as-nails, sarcastic girlfriend, Nicole, the perfect partner-in-crime. Together, they’re a hoot.

“If you read my other books, you’ll find there’s a Nicole in all of them,” he says. “Smart, sarcastic, tough, and alarmingly pretty. I like characters like that—the kind that end up being so much more than they appear at the start.”

Lyle credits his mother for both his love of writing strong female characters, but also for his sense of humor, noting that she could “turn everything into a party.” His father, on the flipside, gets the nod for Lyle’s exceptional worth ethic—even as a successful author, he still practices medicine, a career he pegged at the tender age of 10 after watching the first “blue baby” heart surgery on TV.

“Dad was always about work first, play second,” he says. “He worked at the post office for 30 years and had an accounting business at night—even when he didn’t have to. My parents were of that generation. They never had to ask me if I’d done my homework. Of course I had—that was my job.”

These days, Lyle continues the family tradition by burning the candle at both ends, a routine he says he can sustain thanks to his needy, nocturnal cat—and a deep hatred of sleep.

It doesn’t hurt that DEEP SIX was one of the easiest books Lyle has written—and by some people’s measurement, perhaps his best. The novel came back from his editor with zero structural edits—as in none. (He’s not kidding!)

“That’s unheard of,” he says. “There’s always edits, always something. But I fixed the manuscript up in a few hours. Some books are just easy. Others are not. This one was.”

If you think that would inspire him to keep writing more Jake Longly books, you’d be dead wrong.

Ha! I’m just messing with you.  Book two, Fractured Image, is already underway.

But if belly laughs aren’t your thing, don’t worry, Lyle is heading back to the grit with another new character that is, “flawed out the gazoo. The kind who would kill you in an instant. My kind of character.”

. . . says the man who, in his other career, has saved dozens of lives.

Dawn Ius is a short story author, novelist, screenwriter and Journalist. She is the co-publishing editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal and the Managing Editor of the International Thriller Writer’s online magazine, The Big Thrill. Inspired by the true story of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII, Dawn’s contemporary YA debut ANNE & HENRY (Simon Pulse, 2015) reimagines the intensity, love and betrayal between one of the most infamous couples of all time. OVERDRIVE, an edgy mystery / heist YA set in Las Vegas launches Sept 2016 (Simon Pulse) Dawn also writes paranormal young adult under the last name DALTON. Connect with her on Twitter via @dawnmius, or get the full scoop at


Posted by on July 1, 2016 in Writing

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