A 2019 Edgar Nominee for Best Short Story!

Revisiting the Edgar Awards!

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Book Review: Cat Chase the Moon by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

In Cat Chase the Moon—the 21st book in Shirley Rousseau Murphy’s Joe Grey Mystery series—feline P. I. Joe Grey and his friends pounce on three investigations that may connect to one larger mystery, including one case that is very personal. Joe Grey, one cat in a family of very unusual… Read more

Film Review: The Highwaymen (2019)

There is a playfulness to the classic 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde, which boasts the tagline “They’re young…they’re in love…and they kill people.” The story of two of the most notorious gangsters in history navigates their dual identity as killers and pop culture icons by presenting their undeniable charm alongside… Read more

Game of Thrones 8.02: “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”

What about afterwards? For its fans and characters alike, thinking about the future in Game of Thrones is a dangerous game to play. As Bran reminds Jaime, “How do you know there is an afterwards?” And yet, with a likely-to-be disastrous battle on the horizon, looking ahead is an understandable… Read more

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