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Counterpart: The Best Show You’re Not Watching

If you haven’t heard of the TV series Counterpart, you’re not alone, but it’s time to get familiar with it. The news from earlier this week that the show has been cancelled by Starz just ahead of its second season finale is immensely disappointing, but each of the twenty episodes… Read more

Book Review: One Fatal Mistake by Tom Hunt

In Tom Hunt’s One Fatal Mistake, eighteen-year-old Joshua Mayo kills a man in a terrible accident, but the tragedy quickly becomes a hit-and-run. Not reporting the accident to the police, Josh confides only in his mother—and then everything goes wrong. One Fatal Mistake is somewhat of a misnomer because it… Read more

The Edgar Awards Revisited: The Hours Before Dawn by Celia Fremlin (Best Novel; 1960)

The cover of Faber’s reissued The Hours Before Dawn, which features glow-in-the-dark type that scared the bejesus out of me earlier this week, calls the book a “lost classic.” Doesn’t that sound like something of an oxymoron—the jumbo shrimp of literature? Books become classics because they are good, yes, but… Read more

Book Review: A Deadly Divide by Ausma Zehanat Khan

From the critically acclaimed author Ausma Zehanat Khan, A Deadly Divide is the devastatingly powerful fifth thriller featuring beloved series detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty. Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty, detectives with Canada’s Community Policing Section, are called in to the most violent crime scene they’ve ever attended—the shooting of worshippers… Read more

Book Review: Miraculum by Steph Post

Miraculum is Steph Post’s new novel about a tattooed snake charmer, Ruby Chole, who works in her father’s carnival. Ruby is attracted to Daniel, a new employee of the carnival, though his timing is troubling. Arriving immediately after tragedy strikes, Daniel appears to be connected to the recent calamity and may be… Read more

The Five Best Plot Twists in Fiction

I grew up in Cyprus, with an English mother and Greek Cypriot father, in a house full of books. I remember so clearly when my mother took me to the British Council library for the first time and helped me select some “proper” books. I must have been around 10 or… Read more

Book Review: Careless Love by Peter Robinson

Careless Love by Peter Robinson is the 25th installment of the Inspector Banks Novels series.  What’s more pleasurable than a well-done police procedural? Careless Love is Peter Robinson’s 25th DCI Banks Novel, and it’s chock-a-block with elements that keep readers coming back. The Yorkshire setting gives readers a bit of an… Read more

Cooking the Books: Seven Deadly Zins by Nancy J. Parra

In the second book of the California Wine Country Mystery series, our heroine, Taylor O’Brien, has decided to do a favor for her friend Tim Slade. While Tim is independently wealthy, he’s starting to look for ways to expand the labor of love that is his winery. In order to… Read more

Black and Blue by David Rosenfelt: A Visual Guide

Black and Blue by David Rosenfelt is the third book in his Doug Brock series, which sees a dangerous old cold case resurface from the amnesiac Brock’s past—take a visual tour with GIFnotes! Doug Brock hasn’t had it easy since his getting shot in the line of duty as a New… Read more

Book Review: The Coronation by Boris Akunin

In The Coronation, Boris Akunin’s seventh novel in the Erast Fandorin Mystery series, the Russian detective and his sidekick, Masa, investigate the kidnapping of a Grand Duke Georgii Alexandrovich’s four-year-old child at the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II.  Matters are only made worse when the family receives the ransom request—an… Read more