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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.

Blogs
May 27 2016

Page to Screen: Comics I’d Love to See on My TV—Lackadaisy Cats

The Series: Lackadaisy Cats by Tracy J. Butler. The Heroes: Anthropomorphized cats in...
Excerpts
May 11 2016

Cape Hell: New Excerpt

Cape Hell by Loren D. Estleman is the 9th Page Murdock Novel, following U.S. Deputy Page Murdock's...
Blogs
May 4 2016

Fresh Meat: Sent to the Devil by Laura Lebow

Sent to the Devil by Laura Lebow is the 2nd Lorenzo Da Ponte historical mystery. “You!...
Blogs
May 4 2016

Billy the Kid Wooden Plaque

Billy the Kid is said to have killed 21 men—one for every year of his life. The man, the...
Blogs
May 3 2016

Who Is Your Favorite Wild West Outlaw?

The (Wicky Wicky Wild, Wicky Wild, Wicky Wicky Wild) Wild West of the mid-to-late 19th century...
Blogs
May 2 2016

What Became of Downton Abbey?

When Downton Abbey finally ended after six glorious seasons, I don’t think I was alone...
Blogs
April 29 2016

“A Death Along the River Peat”

We all love a good mystery—but I prefer the butler bring me a nice cocktail at the end...
Blogs
April 29 2016

A True Account of a Most Monstrous Act, and Other Strange Happenings…

Read this exclusive guest post from Susanna Calkins about 17th-century murder ballads, and then...
Blogs
April 27 2016

Deadwood-Inspired Mr. Wu’s Laundry Service T-Shirt

In honor of Kelley Armstrong's Twitter takeover, and her love for Deadwood, today's Daily...
Blogs
April 25 2016

Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in May 2016

April showers bring May flowers, which sadly rings true in the world of streaming media, as Netflix...
Blogs
April 20 2016

Q&A with Susanna Calkins, Author of A Death Along the River Fleet and Mary Higgins Clark Award Nominee

Susanna Calkins, author of A Death Along the River Fleet — the 4th Lucy Campion...
Excerpts
April 18 2016

Daughter of Albion: New Excerpt

Daughter of Albion by Ilke Tampke is a historical mystery set in Ancient Britain on the cusp...
Blogs
April 18 2016

The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter

The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter is the 1st Blake and Avery Mystery, set in the untamed wilds of...
Excerpts
April 12 2016

The 14th Colony: Audio Excerpt

What happens if both the president and vice-president-elect die before taking the oath of office?...
Blogs
April 7 2016

Hap & Leonard 1.06: “Eskimos” Episode Review

“You can’t walk out of a slaughterhouse like this one without having a little chat.” Mickey...
Blogs
April 1 2016

The Best Female Sleuths in Pop Culture, Part II

Sleuth fans, we’re back again, and this time with an even longer list of the best women...
Blogs
March 31 2016

Game of Thrones-Inspired Map of Westeros

Winter is coming. In less than a month, HBO will air the premiere of Season 6 of everyone’s...
Blogs
March 29 2016

Who Is Your Favorite TV Antihero?

Certain shows’ protagonists are not always the most honest, upstanding “heroes”...
Excerpts
March 29 2016

Night Work: New Excerpt

Night Work by David C. Taylor is the second book in the transporting historical crime fiction, Michael...
Blogs
March 10 2016

Hap & Leonard 1.02: “The Bottoms” Episode Review

The first episode set the tone, the second is setting the speed. Unlike some shows—such...
Blogs
March 9 2016

Customizable, Vintage Bookmark with “Stay Put” Design

I read dead people. Whether you read the newest bestseller, the timeless classic, or the densest...
Blogs
March 3 2016

Hap & Leonard 1.01: “Savage Season” Episode Review

I think what I like best about Joe Lansdale’s Hap & Leonard books is that the duo are...
Blogs
February 24 2016

Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in March 2016

The month of March is huge for Netflix—particularly for their own Netflix Originals.  After...
Excerpts
February 22 2016

The Ironsmith: New Excerpt

The Ironsmith by Nicholas Guild is a historical thriller that imagines the political plots to kill...
Blogs
February 18 2016

Now Win This!: Blood for Blood Sweepstakes

Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. Blood for Blood and a chance to win 9 books for you! Click...
Excerpts
February 15 2016

8 Presidential Mysteries

It's President's Day! Celebrate the history of our Commander in Chief with these excerpts...
Blogs
February 11 2016

History as Mystery: Part II

Yesterday, in History as Mystery Part I, I explored why I love historical mysteries so much and...
Excerpts
February 1 2016

Shoot: New Excerpt

Shoot by Loren D. Estleman is the 4th installment of the Valentino Mysteries where Valentino has to...
Excerpts
January 31 2016

The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish: New Excerpt

The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish by Tim Flannery is set in 1932 and follows young anthropologist...
Excerpts
January 28 2016

The Secrets of Lizzie Borden by Brandy Purdy

Writing The Secrets of Lizzie Borden was a fascinating experience for me. I am always drawn to the...