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Fri
Mar 24 2017 4:30pm

“Vine Country” Cocktail

What happens when your nice vacation to Wine Country is interrupted by murder? Add bourbon to your wine...

And that's exactly what we do with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Vine Country" cocktail, inspired by Marla Cooper's 2nd Kelsey McKenna Destination Wedding Mystery, Dying on the Vine!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Mar 22 2017 3:00pm

The Decorator Who Knew Too Much by Diane Vallere: A Visual Guide

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Knowledge is half the battle—but this week, Madison Night might know too much.... Take a visual tour of Diane Vallere's 4th Madison Night Mystery, The Decorator Who Knew Too Much, with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Mon
Mar 20 2017 4:30pm

The Walking Dead Power Rankings 7.14: “The Other Side”

In last night's episode of The Walking Dead, we were granted a few characterization moments in an attempt by showrunners to make a wildly unpopular character making stupid choices a little more human, and to make a wildly popular character making stupid choices a little less ... well ... stupid. Daryl's apology and confession to Maggie provided an elegant window into his tortured mindset this season, while Rosita's heart-to-hearts with Sasha helped slightly redee— who are we kidding, she's still Rosita. Meanwhile, Eugene's true colors began to show, tequila stock is up in the apocalypse, and the Hilltop is undergoing an unspoken coup d'etat.

Onward!

[See who's “Walking Tall” and who's been “Eaten Alive” this week...]

Fri
Mar 17 2017 4:30pm

“Guinness at the Bar and It Doesn’t Look Friendly”

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Celebrate with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—“Guinness at the Bar and It Doesn't Look Friendly," inspired by Adrian McKinty's 6th Detective Sean Duffy novel, Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Mar 15 2017 4:00pm

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio: A Visual Guide

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Intelligent, thrilling, and richly detailed, If We Were Villains is a captivating story of the enduring power and passion of words. Take a visual tour of M. L. Rio's debut with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Mon
Mar 13 2017 4:45pm

The Walking Dead Power Rankings 7.13: “Bury Me Here”

Last night's episode of The Walking Dead brought us cobblerus interruptus, an extremely poorly hidden cantaloupe, and one of the better episodes of this half-season. Though the writers still seem stuck on staying with one group for whole episodes, at least this episode moved the story forward. 

Through some pretty forced symbolism with the weevils and “royal garden,” it seems like Ezekiel is finally onboard with fighting. Carol and Morgan played house-swap, but they also seemed to drop their collective pacifism for being badass again. It seems like all we need now are the Fish People and their guns. With three episodes left, let's hope all this lead up actually brings us the war it's been leading up to...

[See who's “Walking Tall” and who's been “Eaten Alive” this week...]

Fri
Mar 10 2017 5:30pm

“Skeleton Godfather” Cocktail

What do you do when you find yourself faced with a centuries-old secret and the possibility of ghosts?

Find yourself a spirit of your own with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Skeleton Godfather" cocktail, inspired by Eliot Pattison's Skeleton God!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Mar 8 2017 4:30pm

One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline: A Visual Guide

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This week, take a visual tour of Lisa Scottoline's upcoming suspense thriller, One Perfect Lie, with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Mon
Mar 6 2017 4:30pm

The Walking Dead Power Rankings 7.12: “Say Yes”

In another prime example of how to draw things out, “Say Yes” gave us an entire episode that centered exclusively on Rick and Michonne’s scavenging Adventureland. While Rosita only found a play gun, Rick and Michonne were busy playing find guns, and in the end they didn’t swipe enough for the Garbage People anyway.

It seems we’ve fallen back into the hole of long-winded episodes that feature heavily on a particular storyline, giving us tons of filler and leaving us wondering why each of the last few episodes couldn’t have simply been a quick C or D storyline in an episode with some actual substance. I feel like someone could edit this entire season into one two-hour movie without leaving out anything important. And, after all, isn’t six seasons and a movie the ultimate goal?

[See who's “Walking Tall” and who's been “Eaten Alive” this week...]

Fri
Mar 3 2017 5:30pm

“Black Sun” Cocktail

A brutal murder. A serial killer with no seeming motive. And a symbol that represents the darkness and evil that's to come.   

A perfect formula for a murder mystery, but also a perfect recipe for this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Black Sun" cocktail, inspired by Nicolás Obregón's Blue Light Yokohama!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Mar 1 2017 3:00pm

The Lost Order by Steve Berry: A Visual Guide

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This week, it's all secret societies and hidden treasure! Take a visual tour of Steve Berry's 12th Cotton Malone thriller, The Lost Order, with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Mon
Feb 27 2017 4:30pm

The Walking Dead Power Rankings 7.11: “Hostiles and Calamities”

Last week, after Rick emerged from the Octagon victorious, he made a promise to the Garbage People that he'd go searching for guns. With that, the Garbage People would take their mangy hair and fight alongside Rick's group against The Saviors. 

We're not sure if we should be thankful that we were spared that follow-up episode, but it's completely unsurprising that we diverted and focused on a group of characters not normally used to the attention. Rather than watch Tara inevitably confide in Rick the existence of the Fish Women, we're left watching Dwight play CSI, Negan honor Fat Joe by promising to always serve as the physical embodiment of “Lean Back,” and Eugene found some pickles. Sounds about right.

[See who's “Walking Tall” and who's been “Eaten Alive” this week...]

Fri
Feb 24 2017 5:30pm

“Sloe Gin with Murder” Cocktail

What could be worse than being stuck in a snow storm? Unwittingly getting stuck in a snow storm with the cast and crew from a reality TV show! 

So warm your soul, drown your sorrows, and wait out the weather with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—“Sloe Gin with Murder," inspired by Auralee Wallace's 3rd Otter Lake Mystery, Snowed In with Murder!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Feb 22 2017 1:00pm

Bitter Harvest by Wendy Tyson: A Visual Guide

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This week, everything seems to be coming up Megan Sawyer—until the annual Oktoberfest celebration is interrupted when the local pub owner is found dead.... Take a visual tour of Wendy Tyson's 2nd Greenhouse Mystery, Bitter Harvest, with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Mon
Feb 20 2017 4:00pm

The Walking Dead Power Rankings 7.10: “New Best Friends”

This show is rapidly approaching a Game of Thrones level of characters, but not in a good way. We get that it’s building towards an epic showdown with the Saviors, but every week we get a new batch of “Who the hell are they?” We’ve got Fish People, Garbage People, Renaissance Faire People, a Jack-of-Many-Trades Jesus, and more—it’s almost like The Walking Dead took a look at what’s currently successful with television and movies (Marvel Universe, GoT, Mad Max, Hoarders?) and tried to mash it all up into one season. 

Here’s to hoping it’s worth it and the showdown with Negan justifies the hours we’ve invested to get there.

[See who's “Walking Tall” and who's been “Eaten Alive” this week...]

Wed
Feb 15 2017 4:30pm

Roux the Day by Linda Wiken: A Visual Guide

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This week, casino night on a cruise ship turns deadly! Take a visual tour of Linda Wiken's 2nd Dinner Club Mystery, Roux the Day, with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Mon
Feb 13 2017 5:00pm

The Walking Dead Power Rankings 7.09: “Rock in the Road”

Last night's episode of The Walking Dead had more of a familiar feel to it, as a number of our (anti)heroes fell back into their comfort zones and began doing what they do best—in stark contrast to the relentless dread and misery they (and we, the viewers) experienced throughout the entire first half of the season. Rick is wheeling and dealing (hopefully in a more measured way than aggro-Alpha-Rick from last season), Maggie (and the Hilltop) has had enough of Gregory's shit, and the Alexandrians are ready to fight back.

Will this renewed sense of hope and winds of rebellion end up spelling disaster for our heroes? Probably. But until then...

[See who's “Walking Tall” and who's been “Eaten Alive” this week...]

Fri
Feb 10 2017 5:30pm

“A Divided Dry” Layered Beer

When you're afforded an opportunity for long sought-after revenge, celebrate with a few beers first! 

And don't worry about choosing between your two favorites ... have the best of both worlds with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—“A Divided Dry," a layered beer inspired by Charles Cumming's 3rd Thomas Kell novel, A Divided Spy!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Feb 8 2017 5:00pm

Dying on the Vine by Marla Cooper: A Visual Guide

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This week, a rival wedding planner turns up dead, and Kelsey McKenna must investigate to clear her name! Take a visual tour of Marla Cooper's 2nd Kelsey McKenna Destination Wedding Mystery, Dying on the Vine, with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Feb 3 2017 5:30pm

“A Darkness Absolut” Cocktail

When your only shelter from a blizzard is a dark cave, you'd better hope they have a good bartender! 

Embrace the darkness with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—“A Darkness Absolut," a delicious martini inspired by Kelley Armstrong's 2nd Casey Duncan novel, A Darkness Absolute!

[Check out the recipe below!]