The Edgar Awards Revisited: 1984

An account of the women in Narco Noir and the various roles they play in both real life and fiction.

Introducing Case Closed: Your Next True Crime Podcast Binge

Book Review: The Date by Louise Jensen

The Date by Louise Jensen is a gripping suspense novel where a woman’s date goes horribly wrong when she wakes up beaten and unable to remember anything about the night—or recognize her closest friends. I really enjoyed Louise Jensen’s 2017 novel The Surrogate, so I had high expectations for The… Read more

Dachshund Through the Snow by David Rosenfelt: A Visual Guide

Dachshund Through the Snow by David Rosenfelt is the 20th book in the Andy Carpenter series, where lawyer Andy Carpenter and his golden retriever, Tara, can’t say no to helping young Danny and his dachshund, Murphy, reunite with family in time for Christmas—take a visual tour with GIFnotes! Lawyer Andy… Read more

Book Review: A Deadly Deception by Tessa Harris

A Deadly Deception by Tessa Harris is the third book in the Constance Piper Mystery series, where the streets of Victorian London are clothed in shadows and secrets and Jack the Ripper might have returned. Victorian mysteries and Jack the Ripper go together like True till death, which is Cockney… Read more

The Edgar Awards Revisited: A Dark-Adapted Eye by Barbara Vine (Best Novel; 1987)

I wish I could have eavesdropped on the Edgar committee for 1987. “Are you kidding me?” someone might have said. “A Dark-Adapted Eye?  Barbara Vine, whoever that is, tells who did it on page one! What kind of a mystery is that?” Someone else may have chimed in. “Listen, Barbara Vine… Read more

Marooned and in Peril: Five Crime Novels Set on Islands

There’s something inherently interesting about a mystery set on an island. There are those that are set on small islands: ones that are remote, wind-swept, and hopefully facing a devastating storm. The threat of isolation without the possibility of outside assistance makes for great storytelling. Then there are the ones… Read more

The Geometry of Suspense

Why was writing The Murder List like doing math? Because it’s all about understanding the properties of a triangle. One of the basic shapes of in geometry, right? And one of the basic shapes of conflict. Three points on a triangle. Or three points of view. And in a twisty… Read more

Catacombs by Mary Anna Evans

Book Review: Catacombs by Mary Anna Evans

Mary Anna Evans’ newest book in the Faye Longchamp series follows the architect into tunnels under Oklahoma City. But when three children’s bodies are found, her sense of discovery turns to dread…

Book Review: Devotion by Madeline Stevens

Devotion by Madeline Stevens is a debut novel about a woman who falls into an overwhelming mutual obsession with the Upper East Side mother who hires her as a nanny.

Cooking the Books: A Killer Edition by Lorna Barrett

Tricia Miles is the owner of vintage mystery bookstore Haven’t Got a Clue, but since promoting her assistant, Pixie Poe, to assistant manager, she has found herself at a loose end as Pixie enthusiastically and capably takes over her responsibilities. Deciding to make good use of her years of experience… Read more

The Hit by Nadia Dalbuono

Book Review: The Hit by Nadia Dalbuono

In The Hit, the investigation of a hit-and-run in Rome leads Detective Leone Scamarcio on a deadly journey to confront his Mafia past.