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Wed
Feb 15 2017 3:30pm

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 4:00pm

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 4:30pm

“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 4:00pm

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 4:30pm

“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!]

Wed
Feb 1 2017 4:00pm

Bel of the Brawl by Maggie McConnon: A Visual Guide

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This week, Bel McGrath has her plate full with a dead groom, a case to solve, and a wedding to cook for! Take a visual tour of Maggie McConnon's 2nd Bel McGrath Mystery, Bel of the Brawl, with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Jan 27 2017 4:30pm

“Campari Thorange” Cocktail

When you take a job as a local policeman in a small town in Northern Iceland like Ari Thor Arason, life can seem dull. But just because excitement isn't happening around you, that doesn't mean you can't make things exciting! 

So get the party started with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Campari Thorange” cocktail. Inspired by Ragnar Jonasson's debut Icelandic thriller, Snowblind, this delicious drink will definitely get things going. Skál!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Jan 25 2017 3:00pm

A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming: A Visual Guide

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This week, Thomas Kell embarks on a dangerous mission of revenge in the 3rd thriller in the Thomas Kell series from Charles Cumming, A Divided Spy. Take a visual tour with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Jan 20 2017 4:30pm

“Requiem for a Mezcal” Cocktail

What do actors do when they sense danger? Play dead!

We promise that this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—isn't actually poison like the onstage drink laced with cyanide that spawned the mystery in Requiem for a Mezzo. So feel safe having a “Requiem for a Mezcal” cocktail, inspired by Carola Dunn's 3rd Daisy Dalrymple Mystery, Requiem for a Mezzo, now beautifully reprinted in paperback!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Jan 18 2017 3:00pm

Bookman Dead Style by Paige Shelton: A Visual Guide

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This week, a movie star is typecast as a killer in the 2nd Dangerous Type Mystery from Paige Shelton, Bookman Dead Style. Take a visual tour with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Jan 13 2017 4:30pm

“The Nowhere Manhattan” Cocktail

When all you know is a lifetime of killing, you deserve a stiff drink!

And damn if this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—isn't just what the doctor ordered. Try “The Nowhere Manhattan” cocktail, inspired by Gregg Hurwitz's 2nd Evan Smoak thriller, The Nowhere Man!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Jan 11 2017 3:30pm

Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb: A Visual Guide

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This week, we jump into the future of police work with J.D. Robb's 44th In Death novel featuring Eve Dallas, Echoes in Death. Take a visual tour with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Fri
Jan 6 2017 4:30pm

“The Dry Twist” Cocktail

What do you do when the past tries to make you remember? Have a few cocktails!

And what better a cocktail than this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—“The Dry Twist,” inspired by Jane Harper's debut mystery novel, The Dry!

[Check out the recipe below!]

Wed
Jan 4 2017 3:00pm

A Death at the Yoga Café by Michelle Kelly: A Visual Guide

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This week, it's all about yoga, food, and ... murder. Take a visual tour of Michelle Kelly's 2nd Keeley Carpenter mystery, A Death at the Yoga Café, with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Wed
Dec 21 2016 3:00pm

Dead Cold Brew by Cleo Coyle: A Visual Guide

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This week, engagement isn't all celebration and happiness. Take a visual tour of Cleo Coyle's 16th Coffeehouse Mystery, Dead Cold Brew, with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Wed
Dec 14 2016 3:30pm

The Rising by Heather Graham & Jon Land: A Visual Guide

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This week, from acclaimed thriller-suspense novelists Heather Graham and Jon Land comes a story of action, mystery, and the endurance of young love in The Rising—take a visual tour with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Mon
Dec 12 2016 5:30pm

The Walking Dead Power Rankings 7.08: “Hearts Still Beating”

Last night's midseason finale of The Walking Dead ended on a ... well, we can't quite call it a high note, but at least it was something in the treble clef. For perhaps the first time all season, storylines progressed at a speed beyond glacial, certain fundamental dynamics finally saw some change, and another annoying character found out he didn't quite have the stomach to survive the apocalypse.

On the downside, Negan remains incredibly two-dimensional, Rosita took over the idiocy mantle from Spencer, and Carl continued to mope around glaring impotently at Negan whilst not doing anything of note.

Onward!

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

Wed
Dec 7 2016 3:30pm

A Puzzle to Be Named Later by Parnell Hall: A Visual Guide

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Batter up! As the Winter Meetings kick off, the Puzzle Lady is dreaming of Spring Training and warmer weather! However, a murder and a break-in lead to more puzzles that must be solved in Parnell Hall's 18th Puzzle Lady Mystery, A Puzzle to Be Named Later. Take a visual tour with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]

Mon
Dec 5 2016 4:00pm

The Walking Dead Power Rankings 7.07: “Sing Me a Song”

Finally an episode that remembered different storylines can be featured in the same hour and a half. While we thankfully returned to the world of competent storytelling, we were still met with a pretty weak episode. You'd think after introducing a brutal new villain and two new societies, we could get some sense of variety. Nope—Daryl's gonna Daryl, Negan's gonna Negan, Jesus's gonna ninja, and everything remains the same.

With shows that follow the weekly format, the audience usually forgets the filler episodes with time, remembering only the crazy scenes rather than the 8 hours of setup it took to get there. So, TWD ... I'ma let you finish—but you better bring your A-game next week or people just might not return after the break.

Ach, who are we kidding? What the hell else are we going to watch?

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

Wed
Nov 30 2016 3:00pm

Fudge and Jury by Ellie Alexander: A Visual Guide

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This week, it's all about chocolate ... and murder. Take a visual tour of Ellie Alexander's 5th Bakeshop Mystery, Fudge and Jury, with GIFnotes!

[Like CliffsNotes, but more fun...]