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And to think they can do it without cell phones! These stories highlight the perils of investigation and fighting injustice in times of yore, as well as adventures in the Old and New West.

Excerpts
September 3 2015

On Track for Murder: New Excerpt

On Track for Murder by Stephen Childs is a 19th Century mystery about an Englishwoman in Australia...
Blogs
September 3 2015

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...
Blogs
September 1 2015

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...
Blogs
August 28 2015

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...
Blogs
August 28 2015

TBR Confessions: Jungle Warfare, Nazi Rebellion, and Killer Clowns

My TBR Confessions include a harrowing retelling of World War II’s Pacific Theater, a grass-roots...
Blogs
August 27 2015

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...
Blogs
August 25 2015

Fresh Meat: Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart

Jade Dragon Mountain is the debut mystery by Elsa Hart set in China in 1708 featuring the exiled librarian...
Blogs
August 21 2015

The ZINNG: Cocoa and Improbable Weapons

At Mystery Fanfare, the Macavity nominees for Best Short Story discuss the importance of first...
Blogs
August 17 2015

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: September, 2015

Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of...
Blogs
August 17 2015

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...
Blogs
August 15 2015

Fresh Meat: A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd

A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd is the 7th historical mystery in the Bess Crawford series where...
Excerpts
August 13 2015

Allegiance: New Excerpt

Allegiance by Kermit Roosevelt is a historical legal thriller set in the US just after the Japanese...
Blogs
August 5 2015

Under the Radar: Genre Movies You May Have Missed — The Illusionist

The fall of 2006 was a great time if you were into magicians. No, not David Copperfield or Gob...
Blogs
August 4 2015

Now Win This!: Deadly Little Secrets Sweepstakes

You might think you want the truth, but these nine books prove you can’t handle it! Click...
Blogs
August 4 2015

What’s Whitey Bulger Done?: Trailer for Black Mass Starring Johnny Depp

If there's anyone who typifies the if you can't beat 'em, join 'em mantra, it's...
Blogs
July 31 2015

No Sweat, The M.O. Returns with a New Theme!

Summer's flying by and The M.O. is sweating with panic over the theme “Lesson Learned.”...
Excerpts
July 26 2015

The Madagaskar Plan: New Excerpt

The Madagaskar Plan by Guy Saville imagines an alternate history where a Nazi victory in World War...
Excerpts
July 22 2015

The Devil’s Seal: New Excerpt

The Devil's Seal by Peter Tremayne is the 25th Mystery of Ancient Ireland featuring Sister Fidelma...
Blogs
July 21 2015

Now Win This!: Shadow Lurker Sweepstakes

You can't run from what you don't see coming, so I'd avoid that dark alley if I were...
Blogs
July 19 2015

Could The Revenant be Leonard DiCaprio’s Chance to Shine?

It's well-known that Leonard DiCaprio's mantelpiece is lacking an Academy Award. Ever...
Blogs
July 17 2015

Spaghetti Western! (with Dogs and Vacuum, of Course)

Now, that's what we call a good ole' spaghetti western. Why yes, of course there are costumed...
Excerpts
July 16 2015

Badlands: New Excerpt

Badlands by C.J. Box is a new-age Western set in a North Dakota city that has suddenly become the...
Blogs
July 14 2015

Fresh Meat: Deadly Election by Lindsey Davis

Deadly Election by Lindsey Davis is the 3rd historical mystery in the Flavia Alba series set in Ancient...
Blogs
July 14 2015

Sherlock: A First Look at the Christmas Special

For its upcoming Christmas special, Sherlock will be traveling back to the time period in which it...
Blogs
July 13 2015

ThrillerFest Day Two: Debut Authors and Awards

The International Thriller Writers organization is well known for their debut authors program,...
Blogs
July 11 2015

ThrillerFest: Day One

The mood of ThrillerFest is palpably different from CraftFest. There’s more excitement...
Blogs
July 11 2015

Fresh Meat: Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich

Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich is a multigenerational tale of one family's history of crime and...
Blogs
July 10 2015

CraftFest: Day Two

The second day of CraftFest is technically CareerFest, with two tracks: one for independent (self)...
Blogs
July 7 2015

Now Win This!: Read All About It Sweepstakes

If these titles sound familiar, it's because each one has been recently featured on Criminal...
Blogs
July 4 2015

Happy 4th of July: 120 Seconds, $1000 of Fireworks!

For the 4th, we offer this explosive 2 minutes from TeddieFilms, who went into the desert with...