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The Edgar Awards Revisited: A Case of Need by Jeffery Hudson (Best Novel; 1969)

[An abortion] is not a particularly difficult operation—a well-trained nurse can do it with no problem. There’s only one small catch.   It’s illegal. This is the driving thrust of Michael Crichton‘s (writing here as Jeffery Hudson, for reasons we’ll get into later) A Case of Need, a potent literary… Read more

Book Review: Who Slays the Wicked by C.S. Harris

In C.S. Harris’s Who Slays the Wicked, the 14th book in the Sebastian St. Cyr series, a fiendish nobleman is murdered, and Sebastian is tasked with finding the killer. The case strikes especially close to home for Sebastian, who must save his cousin from accusations of involvement.

The Disappearance of the Good Baby

The parents of 3-year-old Michael Scimeca were careful. The little boy was allowed to play in the hallway of their apartment building at 2 Prince Street, but he was not permitted outside without his mother. Not even in 1910, when many neighborhood children left their crowded apartments and took the… Read more

Book Review: Confessions of an Innocent Man by David R. Dow

In David R. Dow’s suspenseful debut novel Confessions of an Innocent Man, restaurant owner Rafael Zhettah is wrongfully convicted of the murder of a celebrity philanthropist, but he fights—for his freedom, and to deliver justice to those who stole everything from him.  David R. Dow, author of Confessions of an Innocent… Read more

Cooking the Books: Murder In Tranquility Park by J.D. Griffo

Imagine the Golden Girls starting a detective agency and you’ll get the general idea of J. D. Griffo’s charming Ferrara Family mystery series. Our main character, 64-year-old Alberta Scaglione nee Ferrara, enjoys living a life of unexpected ease surrounded by family in Tranquility, New Jersey. There’s her irascible sister, Helen,… Read more

Book Review: Triple Jeopardy by Anne Perry

In New York Times-bestselling author Anne Perry’s new novel, Triple Jeopardy, young lawyer Daniel Pitt must defend a British diplomat accused of a theft that may cover up a deadly crime.

Pop Culture’s Most Jaw-Dropping Twist Endings

Discerning readers will note upon reading Strong as Steel that my tenth book in the Caitlin Strong series features a twist ending, as do many of my books. Call it the influence of The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents on me when I was growing up. But I’ve long… Read more

Book Review: Charity’s Burden by Edith Maxwell

In Charity’s Burden, the fourth mystery in Edith Maxwell’s Quaker Midwife Mystery series, Rose Carroll seeks the true cause of a young mother’s death in turn-of-the-century Massachusetts. The fourth Quaker Midwife mystery finds our heroine, Rose Carroll, hard at work tending to the pregnant and postpartum mothers of Amesbury, Massachusetts… Read more

World War II and Ungentlemanly Warfare

There is no honor among thieves, they say. Perhaps it should not be surprising that when thieves are recruited into a nation’s secret service, there may be a shortage of honor among spies, also. This is what happened during World War II when the Allied powers were desperate for any… Read more

Alice & Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story

Alice & Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story: New Excerpt

True crime master Ron Franscell returns in Alice & Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story to deliver a grisly and shocking account of love, murder and mayhem. CHAPTER ONE One morning, a new neighbor showed up in the space next to Gerald’s. A bigger trailer than his. No big deal, since folks who… Read more