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Cooking the Books: Death of a Kitchen Diva by Lee Hollis

Hayley Powell is a 35-year-old single mom of two teenagers who works as the office manager at the Island Times, the smaller of two newspapers based in Bar Harbour, Maine. Her deadbeat ex-husband’s alimony checks don’t come as often as they’re supposed to, so when her boss, Sal, offers her… Read more

Visiting the Scene of the Crime

An old writing adage says, “Write what you know.” I live (and write) by a personal corollary: “Write where you’ve been.” I can’t actually visit 16th-century Japan (and given the lack of indoor plumbing, I’m not entirely sure I’d want to), but fortunately, I have been able to visit a… Read more

Book Review: Oscar Wilde and the Return of Jack the Ripper by Gyles Brandreth

Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle are recruited to track down Jack the Ripper in a novel that is at once a gripping Detective Story and a witty portrait of two of the most brilliant minds of Victorian London. The recent craving for top-notch, historically infused thrillers probably began with… Read more

Foul Play on Words by Becky Clark

Book Review: Foul Play on Words by Becky Clark

In Foul Play on Words by Becky Clark, mystery writer Charlee Russo has to juggle a kidnapping, a writer’s conference and a hotel that has gone to the dogs, and she worries that she may have bitten off more than she can chew. When mystery author Charlee Russo helps her friend Viv… Read more

Tribeca: Ten Years of Mysteries, Thrillers, and Crime Docs

Since its inception, the Tribeca Film Festival has taken a leading role in efforts to revitalize post-9/11 Lower Manhattan. In that time, it has become the quintessential New York film festival. We dig our crime stories here in New York, so it stands to reason Tribeca has showcased many memorable… Read more

Alice & Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story

Book Review: Alice & Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story by Ron Franscell

Alice & Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story is Ron Franscell’s deep exploration of a murderous couple and their shocking, grisly crimes.  Ron Franscell is a veteran author of fiction and non-fiction whose acclaimed works include the 2017 Edgar Award finalist A Life in Death (co-written with medical examiner Dr. Vincent Di… Read more

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