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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
December 20 2014

Back to the Beginning: The Bounty Hunters by Elmore Leonard

From the early 1970s until 1992’s Unforgiven, Westerns had become outmoded, pitiful television...
Excerpts
December 5 2014

The Iris Fan: New Excerpt

The Iris Fan by Laura Joh Rowland is the 18th mystery and finale of this acclaimed series set in feudal...
Blogs
December 5 2014

Newspaper Turns Frown Upside Down, Circulation Plummets

  Recently, The City Reporter in Russia promised to publish only good news, and circulation...
Blogs
December 4 2014

Calling Burt Reynolds Mega Fans!

By now the news has made the rounds that Burt Reynolds is auctioning off some of his most notable...
Blogs
November 30 2014

Fresh Meat: The Firebird’s Feather by Marjorie Eccles

The Firebird's Feather by Marjorie Eccles is a short historical mystery featuring a young English...
Blogs
November 20 2014

Wicked Good Brew: Jailhouse Brewery

Wintertime fills the shelves and supermarkets with one of our favorite things since the repeal...
Blogs
November 8 2014

Fresh Meat: The Laws of Murder by Charles Finch

The Laws of Murder by Charles Finch is the 8th book in the historical mystery series featuring gentleman...
Blogs
November 7 2014

Duper’s Delight: Unrestrained Glee at Getting Away With It

Remember this disturbing grin? Professional liespotter Pamela Meyer calls it “Duper's Delight,”...
Blogs
November 5 2014

Fresh Meat: Bad Country by CB McKenzie

Bad Country by CB McKenzie is a debut mystery set in Arizona featuring a former rodeo cowboy turned...
Blogs
November 3 2014

Death Comes to Pemberley: Part 2

George Wickham is in jail facing trial for the murder of his best friend, Captain Denny. He says...
Blogs
October 31 2014

Pumpkin Facts: Cinderella, Beer, and Ostriches

Be illuminated (and possibly de-wormed and de-freckled) with these odd pumpkin facts! Previously,...
Blogs
October 27 2014

Death Comes to Pemberley: Part 1

Elizabeth Bennet married Fitzwilliam Darcy and lived happily ever after... ...at least until...
Blogs
October 26 2014

Tom Sawyer, Detective: Twain’s Other Steamboat Adventure

It was always nuts for Tom Sawyer—a mystery was. If you'd lay out a mystery and a pie...
Blogs
October 25 2014

Fatal Footlights: The Theater Mystery

The theater world has long been a prime setting for mystery and mayhem. Shakespeare, that homicidal...
Blogs
October 22 2014

John Wayne Turned Cop: McQ and Brannigan

John Wayne (1907-1979), aka The Duke, remained a top ten box office draw for an impressive quarter...
Blogs
October 21 2014

99 Percent of You Might Be Jack the Ripper, Or His Victim

There has been a wave of examination of the latest Ripper case solution by crime enthusiasts and now...
Blogs
October 16 2014

Madly in Love: Edgar Allan Poe Short Story Adapted for Film

If you're a rabid Edgar Allan Poe enthusiast, like many of us are—especially around...
Blogs
October 13 2014

Fresh Meat: The Counterfeit Heiress by Tasha Alexander

The Counterfeit Heiress by Tasha Alexander is the ninth Victorian mystery featuring amateur sleuth...
Blogs
October 1 2014

Fresh Meat: Riders on the Storm by Ed Gorman

Riders on the Storm by Ed Gorman is the final mystery in the suspenseful and politically charged Sam...
Blogs
October 1 2014

Hello, October: Crime Writers in the Cemetery

If you know me—or if you’ve read one of my books—you know I have a thing for...
Blogs
September 30 2014

Fresh Meat: The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan

The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan is a novel set against the landscape of Montana, involving the relationship...
Blogs
September 25 2014

Being John Malkovich Being Other Celebrities: An Homage

Homages to popular iconic images aren't new, but they feel pretty new when the one posing is John...
Blogs
September 24 2014

Fresh Meat: Strong Darkness by Jon Land

Strong Darkness by Jon Land is the sixth mystery featuring the gunslinging Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong...
Blogs
September 23 2014

Fresh Meat: Silent Murders by Mary Miley

Silent Murders by Mary Miley is the second Roaring Twenties mystery, featuring a former Vaudeville...
Blogs
September 22 2014

Boston Delivers Twice the Poe

Baltimore, Philadelphia, Richmond, and New York, all lay claim to Edgar Allan Poe, but Boston...
Blogs
September 17 2014

Fresh Meat: Wouldn’t It Be Deadly by D. E. Ireland

Wouldn’t it be Deadly by D. E. Ireland is a historical mystery series debut, featuring Eliza...
Blogs
September 16 2014

Denzel Washington Joins Cast of The Magnificent Seven Remake

While promoting his upcoming film, The Equalizer, Denzel Washington announced that he has signed...
Blogs
September 15 2014

Steve McQueen: The King of Cool Westerns

Steve McQueen (1930-1980) built a legendary acting career playing anti-establishment characters...
Blogs
September 14 2014

Mossad as Superspy: Is the Myth Slipping?

I’ve run across an interesting piece by Nathan Abrams, Professor of Film Studies at Bangor...
Blogs
September 9 2014

Now Win This!: Can’t Beat the Classics Sweepstakes

The classics are the classics! This bundle of seven criminal works, including an audiobook and...