Higher Mysteries podcast

My buddy Rick Kleffel has posted his podcasts of the Higher Mysteries panel, in which four top-ranking crime writers talk about using religion and theology in their work, on his web site, The Agony Column:

“You’re all here for Tax Law 101, right?”

—Laurie R. King

For all the seriousness of her premise, Laurie R. King set a light tone for her panel discussion about “Higher Mysteries” with Sharan Newman, Julia Spencer-Fleming and Zoe Ferraris. King is a natural ring-leader, and must have been a rather mischievous student when she was studying theology in college. She makes a great host for three other very smart writers.

I captured the whole one-hour plus conversation, which offers a lot of fun, insight, and most importantly, many reasons to read. It’s hard to listen to such a great talk and not head directly to the library or bookstore to pick up the subjects of conversation.


But wait, there’s more!

He also recorded one-on-one interviews with all four of us who participated in the event, and has those available as well.  Rick, who does a lot of work for NPR, is one of the best interviewers around.  I think you’ll love what he got the four of us to say.

The “Higher Mysteries” event is here.

An abridged version (3:45) is here.

His interview with Zoë Ferraris is here.

The one with Julia Spencer-Fleming is here.

The talk with Sharan Newman is here.

Rick’s interview with me is here.



  1. Lenore on June 24, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I can find the links easily enough, but can someone tell me (and the other Luddite fans) how to transfer these to an mp3 player so that one can listen to them somewhere other than at the computer? I would be eternally grateful.

    • Laurie King on June 25, 2013 at 7:15 am

      I’ll post the query on Facebook, someone will know.

  2. Laurie King on June 27, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Hi Lenore, I had a bunch of answers on FB, but the one that seems most helpful is to check the iTunes instructions at http://www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts/fanfaq.html

    If you don’t have any luck, take a look at the other suggestions–it’s on the Laurie R King author page, not the timeline/personal page.

    Good luck!


  3. Lenore on June 27, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I’ll try out the solutions. Many thanks!


  4. Lenore on July 4, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I’ve only just started listening – even with all the help from the Facebook contributors, it took me a LONG time to master downloading the podcasts – but I’m sorry I couldn’t have been there in person. You all seem to have had a GREAT time! I find myself laughing along with you and arguing with some of the statements. To anyone who hasn’t listened to the panel: You really are missing something!

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