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And to think they do it without cell phones. These stories highlight the difficulties of investigation and the perils of fighting injustice in times of yore.

Blogs
July 25 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing: First Trailer for The Imitation Game

No, this is not a still for BBC's Sherlock. This is an image from the upcoming Oscar's...
Blogs
July 22 2014

Longmire 3.08: “Harvest” of Resentments

“Harvest” picks up where we left off with Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) receiving...
Excerpts
July 18 2014

Atonement of Blood: A New Excerpt

Atonement of Blood by Peter Tremaine is a historical mystery set in 670 AD Ireland, the 24th novel...
Blogs
July 15 2014

Longmire 3.07: “Population 25” Calls for Help

Victoria “Vic” Moretti (Katee Sackhoff) and her husband Sean (Michael Mosley) on...
Excerpts
July 15 2014

Enemies at Home: A New Excerpt

Enemies at Home by Lindsey Davis is the second historical mystery set in Rome featuring Flavia Albia,...
Blogs
July 14 2014

Death Becomes Her, Or is it That Fabulous Veil?

“Death Becomes Her,” the fall exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna...
Blogs
July 10 2014

It’s Sir Ian McKellen’s Turn: Can There Be Too Much Sherlock Holmes?

This is the first official image released of Sir Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes in the upcoming film...
Excerpts
July 9 2014

Blade of the Samurai: A New Excerpt

Blade of the Samurai, by Susan Spann, is the second historical detective mystery in the Shinobi mystery...
Blogs
July 6 2014

From the Western Frontier to the Final Frontier: When Cowboys and Sci-Fi Collide

The Phantom Empire starring Gene Autry is widely regarded as the first mash-up between Western...
Blogs
June 24 2014

Longmire: 3.04 “In the Pines” With So Little Time

So many storylines, so little time. That’s what I was thinking while I watched ace writers Hunt...
Blogs
June 24 2014

Prized, But Not Necessarily Prizes: The Strange Plight of the Hot and Busted

A tumblr specializing only in mugshots of hotties? Why yes, of course there is: Hot & Busted...
Blogs
June 23 2014

Fresh Meat: Strange Gods by Annamaria Alfieri

Strange Gods by Annamaria Alfieri is a historical mystery set in early 20th century British East...
Blogs
June 13 2014

Happy Friday 13th: Get Girl Trouble At a New Low Price!

Good, cheap, or fast? Don't choose, because this lucky day, you can have it all! Our very...
Blogs
June 10 2014

A Western for the B-Movie Junkie: The Female Bunch (1969)

When Thelma and Louise hit the big screen in 1991, it stood out in the world of mainstream movies...
Excerpts
June 5 2014

No Job for a Lady: A New Excerpt

No Job for a Lady by Carol McCleary is the fourth historical mystery set in Victorian times with Nellie...
Blogs
June 3 2014

Longmire 3.01: Season Premiere “The White Warrior”

“The White Warrior” opens with Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) thundering across the...
Blogs
May 9 2014

All My Earps: The Many Film Faces of Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp is a unique breed—for more reasons than one—among the famed gunslingers and...
Blogs
May 7 2014

Getting a Law Degree, Even If It Kills Me: Law Students Petition to Award Posthumous License

We've heard of posthumous awards, but what about posthumous licenses? Students in California are...
Blogs
May 6 2014

2014’s Edgar Awards: A Grand Night for Books

I considered titling this post “The Night I Hugged John Connolly,” but that might...
Blogs
May 5 2014

2014’s Agatha Award Winners Announced

Ask the winning authors to make you some tea—they've got the gear! This weekend, during...
Blogs
April 27 2014

15 Fierce Female Roles: Women in Westerns

In a genre that revels in the lone male protagonist, there are few meaty roles for women beyond the...
Blogs
April 24 2014

Crime Solvers: Forensics From the Past

In writing my historical novels, which are set in seventeenth-century England, I have had to...
Blogs
April 21 2014

The Bletchley Circle 2.02: “Blood on Their Hands” Part 2

We begin this episode in an unusual position: a step ahead of the women of the Bletchley Circle. A...
Blogs
April 21 2014

Fresh Meat: From the Charred Remains by Susanna Calkins

From the Charred Remains, by Susanna Calkins, is the second book in the Lucy Campion Mysteries Series...
Blogs
April 14 2014

Wrapping Up Justified’s Season 5: Can Raylan Kill His Own Shadow?

When they first announced that Justified would end after Season 6, I was prepared to be heartbroken...
Blogs
April 14 2014

The Bletchley Circle 2.01: “Blood on Their Hands” Part 1

The first series of The Bletchley Circle reminded us that sisterhood is powerful. So it’s...
Blogs
April 14 2014

Avoid Redcoats, But Take The Turn Trail

If you’ve been watching Turn, AMC’s new Revolutionary War spy drama, you might be...
Blogs
April 8 2014

Life Lesson: Never Draw Straws to Test the Bulletproof Vest

You may think you're brave, but no one will be as brave as the man who tested out a new bulletproof...
Blogs
April 5 2014

From Henry Fonda to Jeff Bridges: A Wild West Primer

I can’t count the number of times people have said to me that they won't watch a Western...
Blogs
March 30 2014

Fresh Meat: By Its Cover by Donna Leon

By Its Cover by Donna Leon is the 23rd Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery about the Venetian police...