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United Flight 629: America’s First Mass Murder in the Sky

It was 1955. McDonald’s franchised its hamburger joints, Disneyland opened its doors to a magical world, and Elvis Presley commenced gyrating to screaming crowds. Times were changing. And United Air Lines Flight 629 exploded in the air killing everyone onboard to become the first bombing of a domestic aircraft and… Read more

Book Review: Dannemora by Charles A. Gardner

Charles A. Gardner’s Dannemora is a gripping account of the notorious escape of two vicious convicted murderers from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, in New York’s North Country, which lead to one of the country’s most extensive manhunts and culminated in a dramatic, bloody standoff. Great nonfiction shares some key features… Read more

Book Review: Murder Once Removed by S.C. Perkins

S.C. Perkins’ Murder Once Removed is the first mystery in the Ancestry Detective series, in which Texas genealogist Lucy Lancaster uses her skills to solve murders in both the past and present. Murder Once Removed, S.C. Perkins’ debut cozy mystery, is the perfect first in a new series and I’m eager to… Read more

SXSW: Body at Brighton Rock (2019)

One of the best ways to achieve terror is to put a character in a place where they should inherently feel safe and make it abundantly clear that they’re not. A lazy park ranger who trades her shift with a friend shouldn’t run into any trouble stapling flyers to trees… Read more

Cooking the Books: Murder with Macaroni and Cheese by A. L. Herbert

The second in the Mahalia Watkins mystery series sees us back in Prince George’s County, Maryland, as our heroine faces down one of the worst milestones in anyone’s life: the high school reunion. Halia isn’t even interested in going, as she’s only stayed in touch with one person from her… Read more

I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney: A Visual Guide

In I Know Who You Are, Alice Feeney proves that she is a master of brilliantly complicated plots and killer twists that will keep you guessing until the final page—take a visual tour with GIFnotes! Meet Aimee Sinclair. The actress everyone thinks they know but can’t remember where from. Except one… Read more

Book Review: The Road to Grantchester by James Runcie

The Road to Grantchester is the captivating prequel to the treasured Grantchester series (the first of which is Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death), which follows the life, loves, and losses of a young Sidney Chambers in post-war London. It is 1953, the coronation year of Queen Elizabeth II…. Read more

Book Review: Hipster Death Rattle by Richie Narvaez

Filled with a cast of colorful characters and told with sardonic wit, Hipster Death Rattle by Richie Narvaez is a fast-moving, intricately plotted debut novel that plays out against a backdrop of rapid gentrification, skyrocketing rents, and class tension in New York City. Richie Narvaez’s debut novel, Hipster Death Rattle, is… Read more

The Malta Exchange by Steve Berry

Book Review: The Malta Exchange by Steve Berry

In The Malta Exchange by Steve Berry, the pope is dead. A conclave to select his replacement is about to begin. Cardinals are beginning to arrive at the Vatican, but one has fled Rome for Malta in search of a document that dates back to the fourth century and Constantine… Read more

A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn

Book Review: A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn

A Dangerous Collaboration, the fourth installment of Deanna Raybourn’s Veronica Speedwell Mysteries, has everything a mystery reader could want: a spooky castle on a shadowy isle, a missing bride, and a murderer.  In their fourth outing, A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn, Veronica (the semi-legitimate daughter of the Prince of Wales) and… Read more