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Sep 5 2015 9:15am

The ZINNG: Litterbook, Convention Prep, and Literary Feasts

Who threw over 600 books in total from his vehicle onto Colorado highways—would you believe it was a bookseller?!

With upcoming conferences, not to mention Halloween, you may want to make one of these cute crime scene headbands as seen on Mystery Playground.

Whether you've been to Bouchercon before or Raleigh's Murder Under the Oaks will be your first, BOLO Books is offering tips and “rules of the road” with a popular four-part series of convention countdown posts.

Homeowners in the Capitol Hill neighborhood are hosting a month of literary-themed “feasts” as fundraisers for area schools. Hmm, we could have hearty roast and pickle soup with The Polish Officer by Alan Furst, or maybe Greek food with Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley. . . then again, perhaps something closer to home with Our Man From Havana by Graham Greene. Here's the menu of 36 dinner parties—you decide!

Feel free to submit items of interest (events, too!) through our e-mail, on Twitter @CrimeHQ or @thezinng, or on our Facebook wall!

Sep 3 2015 8:45am

The ZINNG: Women Crime Writers, Poisoned Poe, and a Killer Whale

Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s is a box set of work by Dorothy B. Hughes, Vera Caspary, Patricia Highsmith, Margaret Millar, Charlotte Armstrong, Dolores Hitchens, Helen Eustis, and Elisabeth Sanxay Holding. The website for the collection is worth exploring, with galleries, also essays from Sarah Weinman, the editor, and cool “appreciations” from other authors.

In the Baltimore Post-Examiner, René van Slooten discusses the hair samples indicating that moving to New York might have poisoned Edgar Allan Poe.

Gerald So's new blog is 3 Minutes from Live, a virtual event space. Writers can read a few minutes-long story into his voicemail, and then sit back for the digital fingersnaps. The debut is “Getting Even” by Bill Baber.

J. Kingston Pierce posts his EPIC quarterly crime fiction rundown at The Rap Sheet, and he admits, it's not every title he could've listed. Ach, we're going to need more eyedrops... and maybe a bigger boat.

Try not to feel dread watching this patient killer whale use his fish to entrap another lunch instead.


Sep 1 2015 12:00pm

Now Win This!: Murder in the First Sweepstakes

The jury has spoken, and these nine tales are guilty of murder! Enjoy life behind bars!

Click here to enter for a chance to win!

This is NOT a Comments Sweepstakes. You must click the link above to enter.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States, D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 18 years or older as of the date of entry. Promotion begins September 1, 2015, at 12:00 pm ET, and ends September 15, 2015, 11:59 am ET. Void in Puerto Rico and wherever prohibited by law. Click here for details and official rules.

[Book 'em...]

Aug 31 2015 9:45am

The ZINNG: The Scents of Outlaws and Spies

Hiding in plain sight! Espionage author Frederick Forsyth reveals his 20 years of spying for MI6 in his upcoming autobiography. Read more in the Telegraph: “It is 55, 60 years later. There have been memoirs written, highly secret minutes have been published. There's no East Germany, no Stasi, no KGB, no Soviet Union, so where's the harm?”

Over at Jungle Red Writers, Hallie Epron offers celebrity smells, in aromas legit and delightfully bogus. (This grenade perfume is real.)

Bouchercon 2015, Murder Under the Oaks, posts the panel schedule, so if you're heading to Raleigh in October, check out the line-ups!

Over at SleuthSayers, Leigh Lundin screens “Murder, Ph.D.,” an episode from a classic 1950's detective show, Rocky King, Detective which was broadcast live for the DuMont television network in the early fifties, with all its scene-switching and scenery problems.

The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) has announced the 2015 Ned Kelly Award Winners. See them and the shortlists for Best Fiction, Best First Fiction, Best True Crime, and the S.D. Harvey Short Story Award.

Aug 28 2015 4:00pm

The ZINNG: Stephen King, OITNB, and Ulysses

Stephen King reflects on the perceived successes of a busy writer in an op-ed to The New York Times: Can a Novelist Be Too Productive?”

Don't miss this feature by Sarah Weinman for The Life Sentence that profiles the amazing women who edited crime fiction.

Prepare to be disgusted by these five international serial killers profiled by The Lineup.

Travel back to Litchfield Penitentiary annd rejoin the women of Orange is the New Black with this nifty infograph that details the crimes (so far) of our favorite brightly-clad inmates, courtesy of Truthfinder.

James Joyce's Ulysses is considered to be one of the best books ever written, but Alison Flood at The Guardian peels back the curtain on the difficulties Joyce had in trying to find a U.K. publisher, as highlighted in two rare letters recently sold at auction.

Aug 27 2015 2:00pm

Hurry! “Lesson Learned” Submissions Mailbox Closes Friday at Noon

At 11:59 a.m. tomorrow, The M.O. submissions close, so get to writing and tell us your “Lesson Learned.”

Two weeks after the submissions mailbox closes (see more info at the link), we'll have previews of the shortlisted stories, mug shots will appear in our Rogues' Gallery, and after the site visitors make their selections, one of the original short crime stories will be published here. We've learned our lesson, have you?

Aug 25 2015 2:00pm

The ZINNG: Bank Heists and a Pit of Despair

Check out this beautiful infograph that breaks down the biggest bank robberies of the 21st Century, courtesy of Fast Locksmith.

Over at The Lineup, True crime author Fred Rosen recounts his investigation into the murder of 18-year-old Jennifer Robinson, where the gruesome details almost made him quit his job.

Author Jonathan Maberry lists five futuristic weapons that scare the bejeezus out of him, courtesy of The Hit List.

Tread carefully into these five books guaranteed to dump you into a pit of despair, from of Jason Sizemore at Tor.com.

Learn about one Brooklyn butcher's new cookbook with recipies taken directly from the pages of some of literature's greatest works.

Aug 24 2015 5:15pm

The ZINNG: Lolita and Victor Frankenstein

The Radio Times Festival will be held in London from September 24—27, with highlights including panels featuring actors from both BBC's Endeavor and Sherlock.

Take a look at every single one of the 210 covers that have been used for Vladimir Nabakov's Lolita.

J.E. Irving took home the inaugural Jeremiah Healy Mystery Writing Award on Saturday, August 15, during the Mystery Writers Key West Fest.

Bill Syken explains what elite athletes and master criminals have in common over at The Hit List.

Watch the newest trailer for Victor Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy:

Do you have a link that's perfect for The ZINNG? Send your suggestions to info@criminalelement.com!

Aug 21 2015 11:00am

The ZINNG: Cocoa and Improbable Weapons

At Mystery Fanfare, the Macavity nominees for Best Short Story discuss the importance of first lines.

The home of KISS's Gene Simmons is being searched by the LAPD, because something bad may have occurred there while he and his family were away.

Jon Jordan has an interview with Linda Fairstein over at Crimespree Magazine.

Anne Hillerman has taken over her father Tony's Leaphorn and Cree Navajo mysteries, and Theodore Feit of Spinetingler Magazine reviews the result, Spider Woman's Daughter.

Mystery Playground's Friday Drink with Reads is Cari Dubiel's recipe for sweetheart cocoa based on her short story “The Happiest of Endings,” which you can go read over at Kings River Life.

Hat tip to Gizmodo for referring us to this montage of the weirdest movie weapons:

An Improbable Weapon Supercut from Burger Fiction on Vimeo.

Aug 18 2015 12:00pm

Now Win This!: Dark Nights, Dark Dreams Sweepstakes

Caution all ye who enter here, for these nine titles should be warning enough: nightmares await!

Click here to enter for a chance to win!

This is NOT a Comments Sweepstakes. You must click the link above to enter.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States, D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 18 years or older as of the date of entry. Promotion begins August 18, 2015, at 12:00 pm ET, and ends September 1, 2015, 11:59 am ET. Void in Puerto Rico and wherever prohibited by law. Click here for details and official rules.

[You're getting sleepy...]

Aug 17 2015 1:30pm

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: September, 2015

Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of upcoming soft-boiled mysteries! We kept rolling off last month with August's releases, and now we're setting our sights on September! Let us know in the comments how you like it and what you can't wait to read next!

Criminal Element's September 2015 Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List!

[Let's get to the goodies!]

Aug 17 2015 9:15am

Sorry, Yogi, That Door’s for Cat Burglars

An Idaho man's home has been repeatedly raided by thieving bears, and a cub even tried to sneak in through the cat flap! There are more incredible pictures of the sneak thieves living it up at Douglas Harder's condo at CNN, which reports:

The first visit was in May, when a family of bears climbed up the side of Harder's home and onto his deck. Harder watched from the living room, shooting video as a bear and two cubs polished off birdseed from his feeder...

He thought he was in the clear until this week, when he came home and found his home in disarray. The bear appeared to have entered through his sliding door and got into a bag of flour, brownie mix, a Toblerone bar, and a can of Pepsi. The bear left a pile of poop the size of of Harder's foot in his living room.

Aug 14 2015 8:45am

“Lesson Learned” Submissions Open for the Next 2 Weeks!

The M.O. submissions mailbox is now open for your “Lesson Learned!”

That's themostories - aT- gmail (plus dot and com). We're seeking short, original crime stories of 1000-1500 words around the loose theme of “Lesson Learned.” Two weeks after the mailbox closes, we'll put up a selected shortlist of finalists in the Rogues' Gallery and in our newsletter. We'll ask registered site members to read samples from each, then vote on which story they'd like to read here in its entirety. After we pay for it, of course, the final selection will be posted to read free online.

We'll have the mailbox open for 2 weeks, so don't worry if you haven't begun a story yet. If you write just 72 words a day—less than the word count of the previous paragraph—you'll have one written from scratch by midnight of August 28th!

Entries should be submitted as e-mail attachments in any standard, not-too-fancy document format with author name (and pseudonym, if applicable), story title, and an e-mail contact all within the document itself.

You will receive an automatic reply to let you know your submission was received. If you don't, please check your spam folder and make sure to add our address to your list of approved senders. (If you try again, and still don't get confirmation, please use our Contact Us page, but only for technical problems. No other questions related to The M.O. will be answered there.)

For more details, please check The M.O. Submission Guidelines here. We can't wait to read what malfeasance you're wishing for!

Aug 11 2015 8:45am

A Sleuthing Celebration: Mystery Writers Key West Fest 2015

Here at CrimeHQ, we're always striving to give you the lowdown on all of the upcoming mystery conventions, but sometimes a few fall through the cracks. Luckily, we have the support of great readers like Carol Tedesco, who commented on our conventions' post and alerted us that Mystery Writers Key West Fest had fallen off our radar. That would have been a most unacceptable crime!

Mystery Writers Key West Fest will run August 14-16 in Key West, Florida, and this year's headliner will be Jeffrey Deaver! Through a series of panels, presentations, and social events, mystery writers and true-crime experts will reveal their sleuthing savvy and who-dunnit know-how, letting crime fans learn how to craft their own mischievous tales of crime, murder, and mystery. Other authors set to appear include James O. Born, Chris Kuzneski, Heather Graham, Libby Fischer Hellman, Laurence O'Bryan, Sandra Balzo, Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, and many others.

For a full schedule, online registration, links to accommodations, and complete details on the Jeremiah Healy Award visit the Mystery Writers Key West Fest official webiste.

Aug 10 2015 10:30am

It’s Not Counterfeit, It’s “Artisanal” Currency

This paper sports David Bowie's lightning-shocked face, and it's spendable! Well, in its local area it is. According to the NYTimes:

As Bitcoin, PayPal and other electronic forms of payment grow in popularity in the global economy, cash in a growing number of places — not only Bristol and Brixton, but also Amsterdam; Ithaca, N.Y.; and elsewhere — is becoming quite literally an artisanal object.

These are small-batch currencies designed by locals and lovingly handled by millennials, who came of age during the rise of the Internet, the meltdown of the stock market and Edward Snowden’s National Security Agency revelations, and would be forgiven for becoming more wary of credit and debit cards. Many are already opting for standard paper money over plastic (when not resorting to freeganism or bartering, that is).

If you want more information about how it works, here's more from Ithacash (I$): 

As in other models such as the Bristol Pounds, Brixton Pounds, and [Massachusetts's] Berkshares, Ithacash will be connected to the national currency on a 1 to 1 basis.  People may purchase them at a variable discount and/or otherwise earn them through special bonuses, collecting bounties, by applying for grant funding to support a cause they care about, or by helping someone with something they need!

Local merchants who are willing to accept Ithaca Dollars will be featured in a directory, on a map, and via other promotional materials the system will create to promote those businesses and the deals they offer folks using Ithacash.  There is never an obligation to accept Ithaca Dollars, as they are not legal tender.  Rather they are local tender, good for many things, all on a volunteer basis. They are still subject to sales and other taxes, and can be treated like regular cash when reporting these duties to the authorities.

It works where local shoppers are buying from local purveyors and can agree among themselves on the value and method of exchange. But if other people use gift cards practically as currency, why not have alternate currencies? Maybe we could give some of those talented counterfeiters legitimate design work!