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Murder in Common 

All about crime fiction books and authors. Mainly, I feature books by debut and mid-list writers. While not quite reviews, I consider these books to be recommended reading and try to give the flavour of each story.

June Lorraine Roberts is a Flash Fiction writer of crime fiction, whose stories have been featured by Punk Noir Magazine, Akashic Books and The Flash Fiction Press.

She is the creator of MurderInCommon.com, a website about crime fiction books and authors, that features debut and mid-list writers worldwide. Her website is a FeedSpot Top 100 Crime Fiction Blog.

A graduate of the London School of Journalism and a member of Sisters in Crime, she has served as a Derringer Judge and Bouchercon panelist, and has read her work at Noir at the Bar. As time permits, she beta reads for crime fiction authors.

Three Flash Fiction stories:

Winter Day – Punk Noir Magazine

The Hong Kong Deal – Akashic Books

Picking Blueberries –  The Flash Fiction Press

For those of you not familiar with Flash Fiction, these are very short stories generally from 750 to 1200 words, depending upon the publishers requirements.

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I’m a graduate from the London School of Journalism and work as a freelance corporate communications consultant.

Some random bits:

I began reading crime fiction at an early age by sneaking from the kids side of the library to where the real books were kept.

I’m a self-proclaimed writer & dilettante word crafter. My hobbies include: staring at keyboards, looking out windows, gazing at empty pages, and crying over a well balanced, fruit forward, pinot noir.

I was never a trophy wife but got to play the part for 3-years in Asia.

Recipients of the Versatile Blogger Award 

The Rules:

  • Nominate 15 other bloggers relatively new to blogging
  • Let the bloggers know that youโ€™ve nominated them
  • Share 10 random facts about yourself
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your post

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  1. Just saw a comment by you on beetleypete, a blog I’ve been following religiously since 2013. Since I am writing back-to-back detective novels (to be published simultaneously in 2021), I thought it would be interesting to follow your blog.

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  2. Hi June. Thank you for creating this great platform for bookworms such as myself. I love crime fiction and it is great that you sharing this information of this page. Have a great weekend

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  3. Thanks for visiting my blog June Lorraine…

    Marts…

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  4. thanks for finding and following me. i love your ‘about’ page, and shows that you are a person who is not afraid to be who you really are. i am a crime story fan, as well, though i prefer reading about them, rather than being a part of them. best, beth

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  5. Have you sent a story for me to look at for one of my contests? We actually just had a murder mystery contest. Of course you knew that because you were reading one of the stories earlier.

    What were your thoughts on it? The contest and the winners?

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  6. Hi, Today I discovered your website, wow!! I really like it. Very interesting for me. Thank you for sharing it. I am sure I can learn a lot from you.

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  7. Hi June, thanks for liking one of my posts. I’m going to be checking more of yours out. It looks really interesting and inviting. I’ve always liked crows, they are intelligent, and it’s a clever take on murder. A murder of crows.

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  8. Thank you for the follow! I’ve got more crime fiction reviews to come in the future. I’ve been digging deeper into Fredric Brown lately. Hard-to-find, but check him out if you get the chance. Love your blog! I’ve already added to my to-read list.

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  9. June, had to stop by and say thank you for following meโ€”which has me looking over my shoulderโ€”In My Cluttered Attic. The fact that you made this questionable (well some non-readers might think so) decision, without any coercion on my partโ€”the check is in the mailโ€”is an obvious testament to my ability at convincing people that I can actually write compelling contentโ€”that, an the possibility that you may have read one of my post shortly after coming home from a Christmas party, where there may have been lot of alcohol consumption. It’s a good thing, though, because my yearly follower bribery budget looks rather lean right now. I’ve noticed that your writing has a sense of humor as wellโ€”not that I would ever suggest that I have a sense of humor, emphatically demand perhaps, but never suggestโ€”and so I look forward to reading more of your post. I’ve been told reading other bloggers is a great way to exchange (and otherwise steal) fellow bloggers ideas. Not that I would ever stoop to stealing ideas, but I’m not above it either. But in all seriousness, I am genuinely delighted to have you visiting my blog, and many thanks. I’m now going to have a look around at your blog, but not to worry, as I see your security detail is going to be kind enough to accompany me. :O)

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  10. Hello June! Saw your comments on our blog, #MotiveMeansOpportunity — thanks so much! I love this from your “about” page: “My hobbies include: staring at keyboards, looking out windows, gazing at empty pages, and crying over a well balanced, fruit forward, pinot noir.”
    If you will substitute a fine, single malt Scotch for the pinot noir, then we’re almost soul mates — shh! don’t tell my wife!
    Anyway, you are hereby invited to guest post on MMO anytime on any subject (as long as we can work you in); and this is an open invitation. Thank you for visiting and commenting on our guest post at MMO! ๐Ÿ™‚
    –Michael

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  11. It’s a pleasure to meet you.

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  12. Hello from a fellow traveller on the corporate communications treadmill. How do you find time to do that and write a blog and somehow fit in your own fiction writing. Phew…..
    Thanks for following me…..

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    • Hi Karen, I do freelance communications so there are times I’m not working. Hard on the money side but great for the writing/reading side of things.
      I hold an EU passport – I guess that may change – my father was a Londoner. However my grandmother was from Wales. Sadly, I have no idea where. Wales is on my travel list, possibly for 2017
      Thanks for the follow-back. Looking forward to your posts.

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  13. Congratulations!

    I have nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award.

    More on this nomination is at

    https://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2016/03/15/versatile-blogger-award-thanks-paul/

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  14. Sounds exciting…..Thanks for popping into by blog. Be seeing you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. Thanks for dropping in. You have indeed found a “new” crime fiction author but “new” is for the fiction part only. Lots of baggage to sift through from my past life, stay tuned…

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  16. Thanks for following ZimmerBitch and introducing me to your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. I wouldn’t call myself a crime fiction lover but then realized that I like quite a lot of crime mysteries (Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes, Murdoch Mysteries, etc.).

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  18. You have a really cool blog.

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  19. Thanks for popping into my blog June and I love the heading for your blog.. I love murder mysteries.. best wishes Sally

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  20. Thank you June for visiting my photography blog and choosing to follow along.
    philip.

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  21. Hey, I’m just stopping by to let you know that you’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award, view it at Crazy Antics
    https://crazyanticsreviews.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/versatile-blogger-award/
    Congratulations and Happy Reading!!

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  22. Thank you for visiting my blog. I stalked you back to your place here and was immediately impressed by the layout. I really love your slogan/quote/thingy, it made me laugh so thanks. Also, that banner is pretty cool and it fits the theme of your blog really good. I’ll be sure to come back in time to read some more stories you post up here. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  23. Very interesting blog, June! I can see how you are pulling together your writing skill and content passion in a cool way. Glad to connect and hope to see you again at Family Love Does More https://familyanswersfast.wordpress.com/ – where homicide is not actually committed although idle threats have been uttered ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  24. You have such a cool blog! It is stunning!

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  25. Thanks for following my blog at NotebookM.com. Keep up your fine work here.

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  26. Hi very good to meet you! How are you doing?

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  27. Thanks for stopping by and for the follow!! Happy Reading!!

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  28. Thanks for finding and following my blog. I look forward to discovering yours too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  29. Hi June! Thanks for following my blog! I have to confess…your blog is more than interesting! Unusual and really creative ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  30. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate the like and the follow. I’m so glad you enjoyed.

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  31. Thanks for the like on my piece from Opher’s World.Murder Mystery is not my top genre but I like what you’re doing.
    Best Wishes – Opher

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  32. thanks for the visit. interesting site you have here.

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  33. This is an interesting (and laudable) site – I’m honoured you should choose to follow mine! Many thanks – will be following with keen interest.

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  34. I am happy that you found me and love the idea for your blog as well. I love reading about crime– true or fiction– so this is right up my alley. ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice to meet you virtually.

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