Cold Heart’s Rock Star Moment

I’m so excited to share this with you, Old Spirituals friends!

I write about crimes that occurred at the turn of the century. There was no advanced technology and even crime scene photographs were a rarity. When mysterious crimes were solved, it was always because of the detectives’ ingenuity.

That must be why I like to listen to detectives talking about their techniques. It helps me think through these old crimes. One detective I really like is Kenneth Mains. Detective Mains has a show called Unsolved No More, where he talks about different cases (some famous, some not). He breaks them down and talks about what he notices and why, and how he assesses crime scenes and witnesses. The first episode I ever watched was about Darlie Routier, the Texas woman on death row for murdering two of her sons. It was fascinating!

After I discovered his show, I really wondered what Detective Mains would think about Ed Burdick’s case and the perplexing crime scene…that case has never left my mind. I wondered so much that I overcame my shyness and sent him a copy of Cold Heart. Even though he probably gets inundated with messages and books, he sent back a really kind thank you message.

And today, I turned on his show to get caught up on the new episodes and look! Detective Mains held up the book at the beginning of his show and thanked me for sending it. This was definitely Cold Heart’s rock star moment!


If you haven’t checked out Unsolved No More, I highly recommend it. Here are my three favorite episodes in order:

  1. Delphi Murders
  2. Darlie Routier
  3. Girl Scout Murders


A little news…

If you’re in Austin on November 5, come by and say hi. I’ll be signing books at the Texas Book Festival at the Capitol Grounds. I’ll be at the Black Rose Writing booth with my best friend and best-selling author Kristin Sherry!


My fourth book, Grievous Deeds, will be out March 30! If you haven’t yet entered the drawing to win a signed copy, make sure you enter!

Drawing 1: Enter to win a signed copy of Grievous Deeds

12 thoughts on “Cold Heart’s Rock Star Moment

    • He didn’t… I just mailed it to him a few weeks ago and he was thanking me for sending it. I will definitely let you all know on the discussion page if he shares any theories! Mrs. Hull was definitely bloody awful…an apt description!


  1. How wonderful to get Cold Heart introduced to his many subscribers! I’m a subscriber. I love listening to these retired detectives on You Tube. My dad was a policeman before I was born and when I was a teenager, he showed my cousin and I an autopsy photo of an unsolved murder. That sparked my interest in unsolved crimes.

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    • Thank you, Kathy! It was so nice of him to show the book! If I get any updates, I’ll post them for sure! All kinds of people have shared different opinions about the case and some are totally different from the theory in the book… but I’ll admit they make a persuasive case…


  2. Oh my goodness! What a moment for you! I am going to listen to the episodes you cited. I hope he does give you his opinion after he has time to read your book. It sure would be interesting to hear what he thinks happened. Have fun in Austin!

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    • It sure is! I would genuinely love to hear his opinion, but no matter what, it was very nice of him to show the book! I’m sorry I missed this comment before! I just saw it today!


        • He is really interesting! I like how he’s observant and then deduces what details mean.
          He pointed out that the Delphi killer was more bundled up than the girls were, and said it was because he had been out there since earlier in the morning when it was colder. That is a big clue in the case… and it just comes from a different way of looking at things. I like finding info I can use!


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