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Cooking the Books: A Deadly Feast by Lucy Burdette

In the ninth book of the Key West Food Critic mystery series, our heroine, Hayley Snow, is getting ready for her impending wedding to the man of her dreams, Detective Nathan Bransford. While this should be one of the most exciting times of their lives, very little is going to… Read more

Book Review: Swann’s Down by Charles Salzberg

Swann’s Down by Charles Salzberg is the fifth book in the Henry Swann Mystery series. Charles Salzberg is living proof that those who teach also do. A Big Apple native, he teaches at the Writer’s Voice and the New York Writers Workshop, which he co-founded. His novels include the Henry… Read more

The Sleepwalking Defense: How I Incorporated True Crime into my Historical Novel

For a writer, obsessions are more useful than ideas. One of mine is true crime. I’m a sucker for it. As a teen, my copy of Helter Skelter, Vincent Bugliosi’s account of prosecuting the Manson murderers, was thumbed to the point of disintegration, and I’ll Be Gone in the Dark,… Read more

Book Review: The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver

The Never Game is the first a new series from acclaimed thriller writer Jeffery Deaver, following the adventures of expert tracker Colter Shaw. Colter Shaw was named after the mountain man John Colter of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He was named so because his father was a student of… Read more

Book Review: The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

The Confessions of Frannie Langton is a debut novel from Sara Collins. A servant and former slave is accused of murdering her employer and his wife in this historical thriller that moves from a Jamaican sugar plantation to the fetid streets of Georgian London. I’m forced to trot to keep… Read more

Game of Thrones Series Finale Review: “The Iron Throne”

Before we get into the finale, I want to spend some time appreciating the phenomenon that is Game of Thrones. I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say it changed my life. I’ve built friendships around it… And drinking games. I’ve spent countless hours discussing theories and what-ifs. And I’ve been… Read more

Book Review: Tightrope by Amanda Quick

Tightrope by Amanda Quick follows an unconventional woman and a man shrouded in mystery who walk a tightrope of desire as they race against a killer to find a top-secret invention. Amalie Vaughn hears the voice in her nightmares. “Fly for me Princess,” the killer said. “If you fly, I’ll… Read more

Tribeca: Georgetown (2019)

In real life, they were named Albrecht Muth and Viola Drath, but the film calls them Ulrich Mott and Elsa Brecht, which maybe does him a small favor. According to the New York Times magazine, their marriage was “Georgetown’s Worst,” but that seems slightly unfair. They had things in common,… Read more

A Primer on the Imaginative and Hardboiled Crime Comic, Spencer & Locke

Comic Books are a medium where pictures and words combine in magical ways that allow creators to fully realize story concepts that seem insane or unworkable like, “Calvin & Hobbes meets James Ellroy.” That particular elevator pitch though is how I would best describe writer David Pepose, artist Jorge Santiago… Read more

The Edgar Awards Revisited: The Lingala Code by Warren Kiefer (Best Novel; 1973)

The Lingala Code might be the most mysterious Edgar award-winning novel out there, and I don’t just mean the plot. Even getting a copy of this book required internet research and a special order. Doing background for this review, I stayed up until 3:00 AM one night trying to untangle… Read more