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Page to Screen: Rumble Fish & The Outsiders
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Wed
Apr 26 2017 4:00pm

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg: A Visual Guide

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This week, the daughter of the great detective teams up with the son of the good doctor to solve a murder in the highest levels of British society. Take a visual tour of Leonard Goldberg's The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Apr 21 2017 4:30pm

“Earth Day Cooler” Cocktail

This cocktail may not actually cool the Earth, but it's a great way to celebrate Earth Day and Ann Cleeves's 7th Shetland Island Mystery, Cold Earth!

So go green with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Earth Day Cooler" cocktail!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Apr 19 2017 4:00pm

Ivy Get Your Gun by Cindy Brown: A Visual Guide

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This week, there's a new sheriff in town. Take a visual tour of Cindy Brown's 4th Ivy Meadows Mystery, Ivy Get Your Gun, with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Apr 14 2017 4:30pm

“Pink Flamingo Road” Cocktail

What could you possibly add to a book with horse racing, gambling, and gangsters? The only logical choice is a delicious cocktail!

That's exactly what you'll get with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Pink Flamingo Road" cocktail, inspired by Sasscer Hill's 1st Fia McKee Mystery, Flamingo Road!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Apr 12 2017 4:00pm

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich: A Visual Guide

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This week, growing up a spy isn't easy. Take a visual tour of Cale Dietrich's debut YA novel, The Love Interest, with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Apr 7 2017 5:00pm

“One Perfect Rye” Cocktail

They say that baseball is America's pastime, but I'd contend that also includes drinking!

So celebrate baseball's and Lisa Scottoline's return with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “One Perfect Rye" cocktail, inspired by Lisa Scottoline's latest thriller, One Perfect Lie!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Apr 5 2017 4:00pm

Sticks and Bones by Carolyn Haines: A Visual Guide

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This week, tragedy, death, and old secrets return in Carolyn Haines's 17th Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery, Sticks and Bones. Take a visual tour with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Mon
Apr 3 2017 5:15pm

The Walking Dead Power Rankings 7.16: “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life”

Although last night’s Season 7 finale was ultimately a pretty good episode, it was also a pretty underwhelming finale. Some fun things happened (see: Shiva attack and Sasha zombie), but everyone is still waiting for the big war with the baddie with back problems. They teased us with a few bullets, some dead extras, and a swollen-faced Michonne, but the problem with this “cliffhanger” is that we all already knew what was coming—for literally the whole season. 

With that said, it was a pleasant surprise to Michael Cudlitz again, even in flashback form. The episode was structured surprisingly well from a story perspective, effectively dropping viewers into Sasha's entombed journey without context, then stitching the past and present together fairly seamlessly as the episode progressed leading up to her final, desperate assassination attempt. There was betrayal, sacrifice, heartbreak, and revenge. There were tiger attacks and unintentional fourth-wall-breaking metaphors, as Negan drove away from a cloud of chaos, middle finger high in the air.

But there was no way there was ever going to be enough time in this episode for there to be anywhere near the amount of resolution a season finale should demand, due to the inexorably slow pace of the rest of the season. After all that, we've come full-circle to Rick and his crew gearing up and preparing for the next onslaught, minus a Sasha.

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

Fri
Mar 31 2017 4:30pm

“The Devil’s Yeast” Cocktail

How do you handle a combination of political conflicts, personal vendettas, and England's first celebrity chef ... just add bourbon!

Though, you won't need a celebrity chef to whip up this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—“The Devil's Yeast" cocktail, inspired by M. J. Carter's 3rd Blake and Avery novel, The Devil's Feast!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Mar 29 2017 3:00pm

Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey: A Visual Guide

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Compelling and witty, Duels and Deception is perfect for readers who like their historical fiction with a side of intrigue. Take a visual tour of Cindy Anstey's Regency romance with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Mon
Mar 27 2017 4:20pm

The Walking Dead Power Rankings 7.15: “Something They Need”

Last night on The Walking Dead: Search for the Fish People, the showrunners finally caught the viewers up with the inevitable. Tara flipped on the Fish People, Sasha's idiotic plan yielded predictable results, and Dwight made a (surprise?) appearance in Alexandria.

Also—rejoice, all ye put-upon viewers hate-watching due to sheer obstinance! The season finale is nigh, and odds are good it'll be about as satisfying as most of the rest of this season has been so far. In most other shows, Rick's crew would've come together a couple of episodes ago, last night would have been about everyone arriving for the final showdown, culminating in a 90-minute battle of ups and downs between the Saviors and Alexandria, et al. But TWD, in all its infinite wisdom, is eschewing convention.

Anyone want to lay odds on whether we even get to see the beginning of this fight next week? We're about 70% convinced the finale is going to end with everyone assembling and staring at each other before the show peaces out for another year. If last season proved anything, it's that TWD is not at all adverse to anti-climactic finales.

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

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...]