The Edgar Awards Revisited: 1984

An account of the women in Narco Noir and the various roles they play in both real life and fiction.

Introducing Case Closed: Your Next True Crime Podcast Binge

Cooking the Books: Mulberry Mischief by Sharon Farrow

Sharon Farrow’s Berry Basket Mysteries is one of the most consistently well-put-together culinary cozy series out there, with some really solid mystery writing to underpin the charming small-town proceedings. Set in Oriole Point, a popular (but, alas, fictional) tourist destination on the banks of Lake Michigan, the series stars Marlee Jacobs, the proprietor of the…

Book Review: Pursuit by Joyce Carol Oates

Pursuit by Joyce Carol Oates is a novel of suspense about a newly married woman forced to confront the dark secrets of her past when the recurring nightmares from her childhood return.  The prolific talent of Joyce Carol Oates is legendary, as is her ability to write from the perspective of the diseased male mind, like…

The Stranger Inside by Lisa Unger

Book Review: The Stranger Inside by Lisa Unger

Lisa Unger’s new book explores the way humans deal with the horrors of the world, and what happens when those horrors push us too far.  At first glance, the protagonist of this book, Rain Winter, seems like a normal new mother. She is nervous about her baby girl, she is fraught with stress, and she…

Book Review: Land of Wolves by Craig Johnson

Land of Wolves is the new novel in Craig Johnson’s beloved New York Times bestselling Longmire series, in which Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire is neck-deep in the investigation of what could or could not be the suicidal hanging of a shepherd. After a journey to the deserts of Mexico in his last novel, Craig Johnson…

Book Review: C’est la Vie by Pascal Garnier

C’est la Vie by Pascal Garnier, translated from French to English by Jane Aitken, is a novel about a relatively obscure writer who hits it big and decides to embark on an adventure to relive his youth and reconnect with his son. Most of us have dreams of achieving success in life, whether via endeavors…

A Loftier Motivation for Two of Today’s Top Crime Dramas

Join Linwood Barclay, author of Elevator Pitch, for a conversation about a unique motivation for protagonists in two of television’s best crime dramas, Get Shorty and The Deuce. Bonus: once you’ve read the essay, comment on this post to enter for a chance to win a copy of Linwood Barclay’s new book—Elevator Pitch. We think…

Book Review: The Spotted Dog by Kerry Greenwood

The Spotted Dog by Kerry Greenwood is the seventh book in the Corinna Chapman Mystery series. When a military veteran comes to Corinna’s bakery, Earthly Delights, in search of his missing dog, Corinna and Daniel try to reclaim the missing pup while steering clear of the drug runners who set everything in motion. To enter…

The Edgar Awards Revisited: Black Cherry Blues by James Lee Burke (Best Novel; 1990)

Published in 1989, James Lee Burke’s Black Cherry Blues was the first of his two books to win the Edgar Award for Best Novel (his other came in 1998 for Cimarron Rose). It is the third in Burke’s signature series starring Detective Dave Robicheaux, a recovering alcoholic and Vietnam War veteran from New Iberia, Louisiana.…

One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski: A Visual Guide

One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski is a gripping thriller about a 30-year-old disappearance and the dark secrets unearthed while searching for the truth—take a visual tour with GIFnotes! It was the perfect place to disappear… One sultry summer, Maureen Haddaway arrives in the wealthy town of Opal Beach to start her life anew—to achieve…

DNA: Surprising Dangers and Abuses for Great Storytelling

Skeptical about DNA testing and family ancestry tests? Colleen Coble has you beat. Join Colleen, author of Strands of Truth, as she lists inventive story ideas involving the potential misuse and abuse of DNA data. You may want to think twice before spitting in that cup… Test your DNA and find out who you really are.…