Don and Renee Bain are one of the cutest couples in the world. He’s tall and lanky, she’s petite, both are soft-spoken, and both are intent on murder.
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That’s no joke. They murder literally dozens of people each year — within the pages of the books they co-write. In fact, they are the brains and talent behind Universal’s “Murder She Wrote” series. With now fifty books under their belt (a few more have released since the video interview) they are the embodiment of Jessica Fletcher now that the series is no longer on the air.
But, that’s not all the Bain duo has been up to. Don Bain — who jokingly refers himself as the “world’s tallest, oldest, bearded stewardess” — was the real author of the sensational “Coffee, Tea, or Me,” book that once was considered steamy enough for mothers to refuse to allow their daughters to become flight attendants. He also collaborated with Margaret Truman on her Washington, D.C. based mysteries and, until now, could reap none of the credit.
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With Renee at his side, they discuss how they come up with story ideas, how they work as a team, how they try to emulate Angela Lansbury’s voice and mannerisms, and the ups and downs of working within the limitations of an iconic series.
Leave a comment or a question below or at KissAndThrill.com about ghost writing — is it a let down, or a wonderful surprise? — and Don and Renee will give one lucky reader who responds a copy of Close Up on Murder. (One prize for comments at both sites, if you comment on both sites, you will be a double entrant)
Some of the upcoming titles for Don Bain include Experiment in Murder from the Margaret Truman series, Lights Out, and the rerelease of Coffee, Tea or Me.
3 thoughts on “Lansbury, Truman, and Bain: Murder They Wrote”
You all gave off such great vibes it was as if I was catching up with dear friends I hadn’t seen in ages.
Thanks so much for sharing this awesome interview.
Thanks so much for being here Bella. And yes, I felt exactly the same way.
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